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The Lyric presents Story Windows 13 Jan 2021 - 28 Feb 2021

Have you read all your books, finished everything on TV and had your fill of Zoom quizzes?

It might feel like there’s nothing left to look forward to in Lockdown 3, but The Lyric has a juicy creative project for everyone to get their teeth into over the next few weeks, from the comfort of your homes: Story Windows.

We invite you to create a scene from your favourite book as a 3-dimensional window display. These are known as ‘dioramas’. It can be as simple or complicated as you like, using materials found around the house (although Bridport art shop is still taking orders over the phone).

You may remember (and have taken part in) the Portrait Challenge that we ran in the summer. Over five weeks our streets became an art gallery as portraits popped up of people’s loved ones in their windows and in shop windows, spreading a smile to passers by. With the Story Windows project the aims are the same - to bring joy to both makers and viewers of the scenes. Can passers by guess the book your scene is from?

We will share examples of dioramas to inspire and start you off, and hopefully some Bridport shopkeepers will share top tips on how they design their shop window displays. This is a project for all ages, and no experience is necessary. Let your imagination be your limit and challenge yourself to create something beyond what you thought you were capable of! Create more than one if you like.


We hope this project will bring you excitement and creative fulfilment during the dark evenings. If you don’t have a street-facing window, why not take part anyway and share your creations with the world on social media. Perhaps you might make a little film of it. Consider the lighting for it to make your scene visible from the street after dark. Dig out those Christmas tree lights you’ve just packed away!

Let’s bring our windows and favourite books to life and spread joy out in our community.

Please share your photos and videos with us (by doing so you give us permission to repost/share):

Facebook: @thelyrictheatre

Instagram: @lyrictheatrebridport

by email:


Download a print at home poster to put up next to your diorama: SW print at home poster.pdf

Download our Teachers' Pack (great for any grown-ups' use too!): Story Windows teachers pack.pdf


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