A spectacular performance is set to breathe new life into Morecambe’s iconic Winter Gardens theatre as the building becomes home to Sea Breeze from September 23.
Commissioned and produced by Lancaster-based Live at LICA, ‘Sea Breeze’ has been created by Liverpool-based artists Raisin & Willow, in collaboration with Lancaster-based visual innovators, Imitating the Dog.
Written by Jonathan Raisin and Elizabeth Willow, Sea Breeze will blend live performance, live music and architectural projections, to reveal the story that would be told if the Winter Gardens, which stands proudly on Morecambe’s sea front, had eyes and ears.
This will not be traditional, Sea Breeze turns the tide on theatre conventions performing in the stalls, circle and gods, with the audience seated on the stage
The show draws on extensive research into the Grade II* building with stories and recollections of those who once worked there.
Forgotten, intricate details of the interior will be mapped to stunningly beautiful effect with light projection, featuring found and original film footage.
Original music has been composed by Jonathan Raisin for Sea Breeze which includes a new arrangement of Sir Edward Elgar’s The Weary Wind of the West, originally composed for the Morecambe Festival in 1903, and a local choir.
Previously piloted at the Morecambe Seaside Festival in September 2013, Live at LICA has commissioned the artists to rework ‘Sea Breeze’, with support from Arts Council England, Lancashire County Council, Lancaster University, Live at LICA and The Creative Exchange. Tickets are available for between £5 and £8, with matinee and evening performances taking place from September 23 to 27. You can buy tickets from the Live at LICA box office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Morecambe Visitor Information Centre at the Platform.