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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Mary Anning on the stage in Montreal

What sounds like a really great play inspired by Lyme's very own Mary Anning opened recently at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal, Canada. The play, written by Colleen Curran, is called True Nature and centres around a modern-day female palaeontologist whose life seems to parallel that of Mary Anning, her role model. True Nature runs until 6th November, and you can find out a lot more about it on the play's web page. There are even a couple of short videos (from which the still shown above is taken) for those of us who can't make it to Montreal in person!

In an e-mail to Museum director Mary Godwin, Colleen Curran writes that "Montreal has gone Mary Anning mad in the best way. We have lots of school groups coming to the show at the Centaur who are learning all about her. Book Clubs and Study Groups are reading Curiosity [by Joan Thomas] and Remarkable Creatures [by Tracy Chevalier]. And on October 23rd The Redpath Museum is hosting a Mary Anning Day. And everybody knows a lot more about Lyme Regis now than they ever did before."

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