Gainsborough: See the story of the River Trent unfold on stage

The incredible story of the River Trent is soon to come to life on the stage thanks to a partnership between RSPB’s newest wetland nature reserve Beckingham Marshes, local youth group PACS, and amateur dramatics society Kismet.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 27th August 2014, 2:01 pm
Liz Barnard (proprietor Gainsborough Craft and Model shop), Brenda Green, Jenny Stephenson, Julie Willoughby (Workshop organiser),
Liz Barnard (proprietor Gainsborough Craft and Model shop), Brenda Green, Jenny Stephenson, Julie Willoughby (Workshop organiser),

Supported by generous funds of £399,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Marshsongs, a moving celebration of theatre, music, dance, poetry and visual arts, is the result of a unique collaboration between local drama groups and a wetland creation project along the River Trent.

Michael Copleston, Site Manager for RSPB Beckingham Marshes, said: “The performance is a phenomenal piece of work that vibrantly tells the story of the River Trent through the ages from Viking settlements, willow weaving industry up to the present day with a running theme of how the wildlife of the landscape ebbs and flows with human influence.”

The first two performances will be held on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September at 7.30pm in Beckingham Village Hall with more performances on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September at 7:30pm in Gainsborough Old Hall.

The performance tells the story of the River Trent and how the culture and heritage of the local community has transformed alongside a dramatically changing landscape for wildlife.

Michael added: “Its been an absolute joy to witness our local drama groups out on the reserve experiencing and drawing inspiration from the wildlife of the marshes, from brown hares boxing, lapwing tumbling in the vast skies to dragonflies flitting over the wetland areas.”

Kerry Greenwood from Kismet said: “We’ve loved being involved in the project.”

“As a company, we have never tackled anything like this before, so it has been a challenge but one we have learned so much from and we are very proud of what we have put together.”

“Not only that, but members of Kismet have become fascinated by the work of the RSPB, some of us have even joined as members which has been a real pleasure.”

“We are certain we have developed a production with wide appeal which truly reflects a community response to the Beckingham Marshes wetland project and which will be full of surprises, so we hope very much people will come along and experience what we have created.”

Michael said: “Please come along and support this one-off local event, we would all love to see the show reach as many people as possible.”

For more information and to book tickets for one of the performances visit: and to find out more about RSPB’s Beckingham nature reserve visit