A SEA-THEMED weekend is being held at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.

A sea shanty choir will perform and a film about a man's attempt to revive the diminishing traditional Carribbean boat-building scene will be shown.

Harbour Voices: The Pull of the Tide will be performed on Friday, November 1 and Vanishing Sail, a film about a man’s attempt to revive the diminishing traditional Carribbean boat-building scene, will be screened on Saturday, November 2.

The popular shanty choir presents its brand new show. Riding high from previously sold-out performances, Harbour Voices’ current show intertwines the traditional and contemporary as it includes famous and familiar shanties alongside newly written songs. The performance also has the added dimension of narrative vignettes performed by the group who pay tribute and bring life to their collective maritime heritage.

Originally formed to support the Lyme Regis Gig Club, the group have evolved under the artistic direction of Penny Dunscombe into the group it is today. Mark Hewitt took over as musical director in 2018 and continues to develop the local choir’s ever expanding repertoire, and under his direction the group has debuted new songs as well as a new look for this year’s show.

To tie in with this nautical event, the Marine Theatre will also be screening Vanishing Sail the following day. The film charts Alwyn Enoe’s nautical swan song as he builds a sloop in an attempt to resurrect the increasingly vanishing boat-building scene in the Lesser Antilles by teaching his sons.

Alwyn Enoe’s journey echoes the movements of the waves themselves as the film follows his progress and despair over three years. Intermingled with Alwyn’s narrative is the introduction and discovery of other important figures in the Caribbean traditional boat scene - the films recalls inspirational and haunting tales of what these historical vessels mean to the people, their lives, and the Carribbean.

*Harbour Voices: The Pull of the Tide - Friday November 1. Vanishing Sail, Saturday, November 2, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. Tickets for harbour voices £12 advance / £15 on the door. Tickets for Vanishing sail: £6 advance / £7.50 on the door / Harbour Voices ticket holders special price of £5 (not available online). There is a 10 per cent discount for theatre members.