St Lawrence Church in Chobham is staging a theatrical entertainment with a difference – a light show with dramatic audiovisuals bringing to life the history of the building and the people linked to it.

The Son et Lumière production – A Celebration of 900 Years of Chobham and its Churches – will take place in the church, which is the oldest building in the borough of Surrey Heath, with performances on three evenings, November 16, 17 and 18.

It is the latest event presented by the Friends of St Lawrence Heritage Trust, which raises money to look after the ancient church building.

The show has been created by two of the Trust’s supporters.

Geoff Barham, a retired headteacher who lives in Camberley and now works as an actor and voiceover artist, wrote and recorded the narrator’s script.

Dominic Witherow, a Chobham-based film producer who runs his own production company, weaved in in the music and images to elevate the words into a compelling show.

Mr Barham said: “It is very much a similar process to producing a television documentary. I have given Dominic carte blanche to do whatever he thinks will work with the words."

The film will be projected on to a huge screen at the front of the church but the audience will be surrounded by lighting effects in all corners of the building.

A third volunteer, taking charge of lighting for the show, is Geoff's brother Peter. a former lighting designer at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield with experience going back to his days with the Cambridge Footlights Revue.

The project has been a labour of love and has been two years in the planning.

He said: “I was starting from scratch really. I have only been at St Lawrence for six years and although I know a little of the history of the church, I had to go back to the reference books and papers to get the information I needed to tell a story,” he says.

Tickets for the show are £15 and there is free entry for Under 16s. You can book online at or call 01276 858333