JAM spreads thickly over Marsh


The annual JAM on the Marsh festival of music, art and theatre is getting ready for its run, July 6-16.  This year’s programme includes a world premiere by BBC Singers, which will be broadcast on Radio 3; an open air production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet; several art and photography exhibitions and a mini one-day children’s festival.

Boat by local artist Susan Pilchar

The curator of this year’s programme is Daniel Cook, the sub-organist of Westminster Abbey.

A special treat will be performances by Sabotage, the horse drawn theatre company, which will show off their new production The Looker and will host a puppet-making workshop.

The children’s festival on July 9 will inspire children to create a story based around the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and The Railway Children by E Nesbit, the renowned children’s author who is buried in St Mary in the Marsh.  This day will also involve a bug crawl where guests will be encouraged to interact with the insects and then make masks of their faces.

Children from six schools will also give a choral concert, the result of attempts by JAM to redress the cutbacks in music funding in schools.

The festival is an eclectic mix of entertainment and also includes a tour of four of the Romney Marsh churches, poetry recitals and a vast diversity of musical offerings.

A full list of events can be found online. 

Photos: courtesy JAM

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