Part in TV  hit ‘Doc Martin’ up for grabs in Marine Theatre raffle

    Martin Clunes in the hit television series 'Doc Martin'

    RAFFLE tickets are now on sale to support the upcoming community play ‘Monmouth’, at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, with the top prize being a walk-on part in the new ‘Doc Martin’ series.

    The team behind last year’s award-winning community play ‘The Tempest of Lyme’ are joining forces once more for the production ‘Monmouth’ this July.

    The play will tell the true story of the Monmouth Rebellion; a fascinating piece of South West history which saw James Scott landing on the beach in Lyme Regis in 1685 in an attempt to claim the throne from King James II. What followed was one of the most brutal and pivotal moments in English history.

    More than 50 local actors, musicians and production crew will be taking part, led by the Marine’s artistic director Clemmie Reynolds.

    ‘Monmouth’ has been written by scriptwriter Andy Rattenbury, a patron of the Marine Theatre originally from Lyme Regis. His portfolio includes episodes of ‘EastEnders’, ‘The Golden Hour’ and ‘Doc Martin’, starring West Dorset actor Martin Clunes, and he has donated the top prize of a raffle which will help raise funds for the production.

    The winner will be given a walk- on part in the filming of ‘Doc Martin’ in Cornwall for a day between July 10th and 21st 2017 (the winner must be available for a day between those dates).

    Other prizes will include a Toad Hall Cottages holiday for up to four people across any of their 800 properties, reaching from the New Forest to Cornwall up to a maximum value of £500; a made-to-measure, hand-kitted piece from Kathrens Rare Knitwear in Lyme Regis, worth £500; a luxury weekend for two at The Old Monmouth B&B located in the heart of Lyme Regis worth £300; a fine art deckchair designed by Sarah Thomas commemorating the Monmouth Rebellion, made for Lyme Regis ArtFest and supported by the Arts Council, worth £250; the use of a Monmouth Beach hut for two days at the location where the rebellion began; lunch and wine for two at Dottie Kitchen at the Marine Theatre; cream tea for two at the Courtyard Cafe in the Town Mill; Jurassic fossils sourced and found on Monmouth Beach; Monmouth Marmalade by local ‘Monmouth’ participant Maya Pieris.

    Raffle tickets are available to buy from the Tourist Information Centre, Serendip bookshop and the Marine Theatre before most performances, costing £2 each or £10 for a book of five. All proceeds of the raffle will go towards ‘Monmouth’ and ‘Maintain the Marine’ funds, to help keep on top of consistent repairs needed to maintain the building.

    The raffle will be drawn at the ‘Monmouth’ gala performance on Saturday, July 8th.

    Lyme Regis editor & Colyton reporter | Francesca gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University before joining the paper full-time in 2011. She is now editor of the Lyme Regis edition, as well as a sub-editor on the East Devon and South Somerset editions, and reporter for Colyton.