The Nornen Project

The Nornen wreck

Have you seen the shipwreck of the Nornen at Berrow? Do you know the stories? The Nornen Project is bringing the story to life with a series of events and the creation of a brand-new theatrical production, all to celebrate the 125thanniversary of this local landmark in 2022. Come and find out about the successful rescue of the crew (and their dog!) by our very own community and have your say in how our story is told.

Local Producer Corrinne Curtis will create a brand-new theatrical show based on the wrecking of the Nornen in Berrow in 1897. The first phase of the project will see professional theatre makers working with the local community to devise the show from scratch. These locally generated ideas will be worked into a full script, ready for full production.

Corinne says “Come armed with your own stories from the past, a listening ear and an open imagination. Together we will make an energetic, touching, and playful show for all the family.”

Seed Director Scott O’Hara adds “We tend to feel an ownership over stories that happened in our local area – especially when our ancestors were involved – that makes them our stories. More often than not, however, these stories are told, dramatised without our input. It is very exciting for Seed to provide an opportunity for local people to influence and participate in the telling of this tale and to ensure it is not appropriated. This is a chance to not just see a professional show in the making, but to be a part of shaping the show with your own ideas and local knowledge. Who knows what we’ll create together….

There are many ways for people to get involved.

 On Wednesday 27th October 10am – 1pm and Thursday 4th November 6pm – 9pm, John Strickland from the history group Capture Burnham will deliver talks about the Nornen followed by an open discussion. Participants will have a chance to share local knowledge and stories and discuss how local history and culture can be reflected in the show.

On Tuesday 23rd November and Friday 10th December, anyone can join workshops on ‘Making Theatre’ where you will get an insight into the skills and techniques involved in creating the bare bones of a play without the pressure of performing.

On Wednesday 19th January 2022 and Thursday 27th January 2022, join the professional cast and creative team as they research and develop the story of the Nornen into a brand-new play. 

Corrinne is a Producer and Actor from Burnham-On-Sea. She has created and performed in 40+ professional productions across the country and overseas, including appearing in Show of Strength’s Trading Local, which saw 12 solo performances hosted in shops and businesses in Burnham-On-Sea in 2016.