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Nothe Fort hosts Son et Lumiere for fireworks spectacular in Weymouth

By Dadcock  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

By Dee Adcock

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Nothe Fort forms the seaside setting for a sound and light spectacular telling the maritime history of Weymouth and Portland.

The Son et Lumiere is being presented from 10th to 13th September as an open air play performed on the parade ground with action and stunning lighting effects also presented on the ramparts and staircase.

Dramatic and historic moments from Weymouth and Portland’s history will include smugglers, the arrival of the plague, the Armada, world war and the Olympics. The visits by King George III and the building of the Portland breakwater and Palmerston Forts plus life in the Navy Days of the 50s and 60s all form part of the story.

The production concludes with the entire cast on stage to sing Land of Hope and Glory as fireworks form a fantastic display.

The community play is produced by Martine Burt with actors and singers from performing arts societies in and around Weymouth including Weymouth Drama Club, WOW, Weymouth Junior Drama Club and Weymouth Operatic Society. Dancers from Quay Theatre Arts and Dorchester Jive Club also join the line-up.

There will be poignant readings and atmospheric music and the fort’s own artillery will be playing a part too.

The Son et Lumiere will be a first for Weymouth.

The Fort View Café will be open for pre-show dinners and there will be a bar for pre-show and interval drinks.

Tickets are available from the reception at Nothe Fort on 01305 766626 and there is a special rate for group bookings.

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