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Echo Burnham: Affectionate portrait of a seaside town
3:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in What's On
In ‘Echo Burnham’, the Somerset-based company combines a patchwork of film clips – interviews with residents – set against Burnham imagery, to reveal the town’s past, present and future. The words of Lewis Charles Coleman, Burnham’sown poet laureate, are also key.
The result is shrouded in secrecy, however, revealed only to lucky audiences this week.
Sandy Maberley, artistic director of the company, said: “Over the last few months we’ve gathered people’s stories, filming, gathering sound, collecting images.
“People can be quite reserved in Burnham at first – you make contacts by chatting to someone, then they’ll introduce you to someone else, and so on, so it’s quite a slow process.
"But we do it by collecting individual stories and experiences, and by asking, not, what’s wrong with Burnham, but what would be your wish for Burnham. We’ve all got our opinions, and those are the things that divide.”
Echo Burnham is the third in the performers’ Somerset north coast series, following Minehead and Watchet.
“We found people always ‘fetched up’ in Burnham, or came to be here – it wasn’t intentional,” Sandy adds. “That said, people came and they felt at home.”
The production opens tonight (Thursday) at 7.45pm and runs until Saturday – tickets are £10/£5 from 01278-784464 or www.theprincesstheatre.co.uk.
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