A research, performance and exhibition project in, and about, the Winter Gardens, Morecambe.
This is not a theatre any more.
This will always be a theatre.
Settling snugly between the fell land and the salty salty sea, this old building sits here still. We are searching for stories in the bones of its beams and its rivets and its rafters; from a man who sold the tickets and a girl who swept them up. We hide out at night in the lungs of this building, this sleeping giant, this giant beached whale, and we are catching its breaths as they shiver the dust. And every one sings its own story; “oh the land, oh the sea; oh the things we have seen”.
Drawing on research in the building, and on stories gathered from its past workers, Sea Breeze is a spectacular and poetic response to one of Morecambe’s most loved and iconic landmarks. Using soundscape, voices and extraordinary architectural projection, Sea Breeze will breathe new life into the dry bones of an old seaside theatre, exploring themes of memory, decay and what it means to survive.
A performance piece, Sea Breeze, will take place over the weekend of 31st August/1st September in the Winter Gardens, Morecambe.
During October and November, the Peter Scott Gallery, at Lancaster University, will host an archival exhibition – ‘splinters of story and old paint, tall tales and tickets stubs… Memory, dust and dreams’.