Austensibility

Austensibility

A Portrait of Jane Austen
A Dramatised Reading based on her life and writings
devised by
Alan Richardson

The script is drawn from many of the excellent biographies available, particularly those by David Nokes, Park Honan and Claire Tomalin.
Another valuable source was ‘A Memoir of Jane Austen’ by her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh. Her own letters also provide a wonderful source.
Extracts include not only her popular novels such as ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Northanger Abbey’ ,’Emma’ and ‘Persuasion’ but many lesser-known works which can surprise even those who think they know their Jane Austen.

Performance date will be 15th July. Sunninghill Hall.

Austensibility – Casting & Reading

Dates for reading and casting the next production, Austensibility, are going to be on Monday 8th May at the Victoria Hotel and Wednesday 10th May at Sunninghill hall.

You can attend one or the other, or even both if you fell like it. Even if you don’t want a part, (or unlucky enough to get a part this time around) we will still need crew for costumes, props, stage management, etc.

Remember also we have our last performance of “Was He Anyone?” at Martinstown on 6th May as well. Going to be a busy week….

 

 

Was he Anyone? – Update

It’s quite a change this, split performance dates.

While there is the hassle of building and striking the set in two very different performance spaces, it does mean we get a chance to show everyone some pics from the first lot of performances in time to try to persuade you all to come to the next lot.

It also means that we get to see a review while the play is going on, rather than when we are thinking about the next one:-

Dorset Evening Echo Review – Marion Cox

However, before you peruse a few photos of the performances in the Town Hall, we are looking ahead to the next production already, Austensibility – a performance based on her life & writings. Devised by Alan Richardson, marking the 200 year anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

Wednesday 26th April 7.30p.m

Sunninghill Community Hall

Play Reading of potential Summer Production in July 2017

“Austensibility” – a Rehearsed Reading/Play about the Life and Works Jane Austen

2017 is the Bicentenary of her death.

All welcome

There hopefully will be another chance to read it on the 8th May. Keep an eye on the website, facebook etc for the venue and details about castings.

Next Production – ‘Was he Anyone?’

DD Logo Here’s hoping all had a merry Christmas and wishing everyone a happy new year.

It’s long overdue, but here’s the latest about the next production:

The Director has made the decision to not do ‘Godot’, but to do an NF Simpson play. Not ‘The Cresta Run’ as first proposed, but another one, ‘Was he Anyone?’.

“Albert Whitbrace is alive and well, drowning in the Mediterranean. While Albert treads water and his lifebelt gets soggier, world rescue organizations set about their tasks. Questions must be answered, forms filled out. Mrs. Whitbrace has to prove that she can’t afford to get her husband rescued privately. Occasionally, Albert can be heard calling for help. As the incredible nonsense mounts, someone decides to throw the poor man a life preserver.”

It is very much in the same zany, Pythonesque style as Cresta Run and it was preferred by those who attended the read-through.

It has the advantage that there are so many parts that everyone who wants a part can have at least one. We think a revival of this, once very popular and now almost forgotten, playwright in a production that that can involve as many of the group as want to be involved is the best way forward.

Rehearsals are starting next week for the cast (listed below), but if you are interested in helping out with any other task, stage management, front of house, costume props etc. please let us know.

Performance dates are: Dorchester Town Hall, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th April, and Martinstown Village Hall, Saturday 6thMay.

Tickets will be available from the usual places.


Cast
Lee Stroud
Miss Rugg, Mrs Treplatchly,

Dee Thorne
Mrs Cathage, Mrs Crabbe-Harmsworth,

Monica Hunt
Sybil, Mrs Blithehampton,

Ann Brown
Mrs Whitbrace,

Sarah Hayes

Mrs Dubarge, Mrs Clacton

Martin Steven
Williams, Clarence, Mr Clapton, Cabinet Minister 

Ian Farley
Vernon, Senior Civil Servant, Archbishop, Mr Burbage

Colin Elphick
Baverstock, Piano Engineer

Sam Kelly
Putney, Solicitor/Lawyer, Interviewer

The following parts will be shared between the younger actors as soon as we are clear who wishes to take part. 

Barbara Hughes, Junior Civil servant, Reporter, Receptionist, Miss Stewart, Miss Havergal, Miss Lindthropp, Trainee.

 

What’s next?

DD LogoThere’s no time to rest on our laurels (or Hardy’s).

Some of us are diving straight into the New Hardy Players ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’. – https://hardyonline.org/

But Dorchester Drama is also looking ahead to our Spring production. See below the message from our Chairman.

“All budding actors, stage managers, and those who like to read a play just to see.

Please put dates in your diary for Wednesday 7th December (Sunninghill) and Monday 12th December (Victoria Pub), when Steve Twinn will be reading “Waiting for Godot” and “The Cresta Run”.

This is in anticipation of choosing and casting one of these for our DD spring production, to be performed at the Town Hall, Dorchester on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th April, and  Saturday 6th May in Martinstown.”

This will be a little different, with 2 venues planned and the associated challenges that come with it.

So if you fancy it, come along and see what’s going on and have a go. Both of these plays are going to be challenging but worthwhile to do.