Gainsborough: KISMET to perform new production based on history of the marshes

The performance will be at the Trinity Arts Centre
The performance will be at the Trinity Arts Centre

Gainsborough-based theatre group, KISMET, are in the final stages of their world premier performance that will detail the history of Beckingham marshes.

The two-hour production entitled Marsh Songs, which has been written and composed by Michael Hatfield and Russell Booker respectively. has been presented to the RSPB ahead of a joint venture that has been scheduled to take place towards the end of September.

It is a production that the amateur group have been working on since January and it is just one part of the joint venture, named the Beckingham Marshes Project, which has been designed to promote the recently completed installation of a new wetlands site on the marshes by the charity organisation.

The project, which recieved funding worth £178,000 from WREN, will benefit water voles predominantly, plus a host of other wildlife such as lapwings, otters and dragonflies.

And after receiving funding worth £5,000 from the Heritage Fund, KISMET and RSPB have teamed up with Beckingham Village Hall and the Beckingham history group to produce two separate weekend events - the first at Beckingham Village Hall on 19th and 20th September and the second The John Robinson Memorial United Reform Church in Church Street, Gainsborough Gainsborough on 26th and 27th September.

“We want people to be as enthusiastic as we are,” Kerry Greenwood, the co-ordinator of the project, said. “We have become massively enthused.

“I certainly have been converted by the work of the RSPB and I believe greatly in what they’re doing.”

As well as the showpiece event from KISMET, professional arts workshops will be held in Gainsborough and other regional venues will be on show, whilst the results of a host of art workshops which will have been taking place. A Beckingham Marsh Fayre will also be held in the village hall at 12pm on 20th September.

Whilst interest in the event has been high, the event organisers are also trying to entice the ‘untapped’ community.

KISMET member and local artist, Julie Rogers, has created a frog template to help people create 500 fabric-made frogs to be shown on the specially made Facebook page ahead of the 19th September deadline.

“It has gone brilliantly so far,” Greenwood added. “We sent the idea out to all the schools, cubs and brownie groups and we already have between 150 and 200 fabric frogs in place. This initiative is all about tapping into that untapped community and using social media spreading the message out even further than it already has done. It’s going to be a great event.”

Ten per cent of any profits made on the day will be donated to RSPB’s Beckingham branch following the event.