“A Tomb with a View”

Rehearsals are ongoing. It’s great to see characters developing and scenes coming together. There is a lot of work still to do though, and everyone is aware that time is passing by at a great rate.

There is an initial poster and flier out doing the rounds, but also keep an eye out for a more professional one about to hit the streets as well. The banner promoting the play is also up at the ‘Top of Town’ roundabout as well. If anyone would like to put a few fliers out, or a poster up, please contact us asap. The sooner we get the word out, the more people will get to hear about the production.

Also we are going to start appealing for people to help with ‘front of house’, back stage, donation of raffle prizes etc. But most of all, book a ticket and come along to see the show. I can promise a story that will keep you guessing right up to the last page…..

 

“A Tomb with a View”

Rehearsals have begun and the play has been cast.

Hamilton Penworthy will be played by Trevor Williams, who is also directing. Lucien Tomb is played by Ian, who is new to Dorchester Drama but comes to us with lots of experience. Emily Tomb is taken on by Lee Stroud, Monica Tomb by Stella Hollis and Dora Tomb will be Felicity Morgan. Perry will be Rob Sansom, Freda/Amy by Monica Hunt and Agatha the housemaid by Anne Ottoway.

With the nurse Anne being taken on by Naomi Phillips and Marcus Tomb by Andrew Munro, members fresh from the Dorchester Community Play, this is a play with lots of new talent and old experience, full of larger than life characters for the players to get their teeth into.

A Decision has been made………..

At last, It’s decided to be “A Tomb with a View”.

As always seems the case, we’re desperately short of blokes, males and men for the play. So there’s another chance for casting this coming Wednesday, 11th Sep.

Sunninghill community centre 19:30.

Old man Tomb is dead. Trusted Lawyer Penworthy pours himself a drink amid the howls from the resident werewolf Oliver Tomb who is never seen, only heard as he’s locked safely away down in the family vaults. The other members of the Tomb family however live very much above ground.

Lucien Tomb tinkers in his laboratory insisting that he’s the head of the family and quite enjoys dwindling the wildlife numbers with his potions. Dora Tomb on the other hand goes for the slightly larger model and ‘tops’ humans (don’t touch the sherry). Emily Tomb dresses as a man and bosses everyone she can and has a mouth on her like a foghorn.

Then we have Marcus Tomb strutting his stuff in a toga. He is completely bonkers and believes he’s Julius Caesar. And last but not least, Monica Tomb is a big girl. Let’s say she wouldn’t sink in the local swimming baths! She loves men and could eat a whole one, not literally of course but would have a good try at mouth to mouth.

This not-so-bereaved bunch are gathering impatience as the reading of the Will is nigh. Penworthy has just announced that before the old boy’s money gets shared out amongst the siblings, family nurse and the housekeeper there is to be another beneficiary, a romantic novelist. Miss Ash arrives later that morning with her
secretary Peregrine Potter.

Synopsis credit to BBC Lincolnshire.

Casting

Last minute reminder.

Casting is Wednesday evening (3/9/14). The play will either be “Tomb with a View” or Alan Ayckbourn’s “Neighbourhood Watch”.

Tomb with a View – In a sinister old library presided over by a portrait of a grim faced, mad-eyed old man, a dusty lawyer reads a will involving a vast fortune to an equally sinister family. One has werewolf tendencies, another wanders around in a toga of Julius Caesar, and a third is a gentle old lady who plants more than seeds in her flowerbeds…
Neighbourhood Watch – An innocent mistake on an estate leads to an alarming escalation of events as the residents of Bluebell Hill Development takes extreme measures to protect themselves.

Come along and have a go, both will be cracking plays to do and I wouldn’t want to choose between them.

If you cannot make it, but still fancy a part, let someone on the committee know and they’ll pass the message on.

Also please remember we need help with the set, front of house etc. If you don’t fancy treading the boards this time, come along to help out and see how things run in the background.

 

News update

Dorchester Drama has had a bit of a shuffle about and we’d like to welcome the new committee, including new Officers Fran Sansom (Chair), Alastair Simpson (Treasurer) and Harriet Still (Secretary).

We’d also like to thank the old committee and members that are standing down for the dedication and the part they’ve played in keeping Dorchester Drama moving forward, producing some fine results.

And so, looking ahead, the next production is being planned for the 20-22nd November, Corn Exchange.

Though the play has not yet been decided, a director has been chosen/volunteered (Trevor Williams). It will be a comedy and readings of various plays are going on in the next few weeks to get old and new members together and finalising which play we’ll do.

13th & 20th August. 7:30pm Sunninghill Community Hall.

(Please note vehicle access is restricted to the hall at the moment and it is suggested that you park in Charles St car park and walk through the school grounds)

Auditions are planned for the 27th August. All are welcome

Death at the Tenth – Murder Mystery Dinner

Just confirm that tickets are now in sale for our Murder Mystery Dinner “Death at the Tenth”.Tickets are in advance only and we sold out the two night’s last time we did one, so get your tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment! Here is the press release:

Dorchester Drama tee of the new year earlier than usual with the murder mystery dinner “Murder at the Tenth” . It is the annual dinner of the Primrose Hill Golf Club and the committee are looking forward to a pleasant evening with the club membership, with an opportunity to reflect on another successful year. However Herbert Gloom, once club professional but now green keeper, has harboured a grudge against the entire club committee ever since a new young golfing professional was hired to take his place. What follows is a series of revelations leading to a body discovered by the tenth fairway! It is up to DCI Sherbert-Holmes to solve the case.

“Dorchester Drama put on a murder mystery dinner a couple of year’s ago and is back after much public demand.” says spokeman David Reeve. “Murder Mystery evenings are great fun for the audience, who have a chance to work out who done it, how and why. As well as that they get to have a two course meal as well. Tickets are in advance only and I would recommend getting tickets as soon as possible since last time we sold out on both nights”.

The play stars regulars David and Anne Reeve, Jonny White, Sam Kelly, Emma Follis and Tom Horsington along with new comers Billy Moore and Hannah Ward. “The cast are having great fun working on the plot and characters and are looking forward to the performances. As well as a cast we also have a number of members working hard behind the scenes sorting out the food and waiting on the tables, it is a real drama club team effort”.

Performances are on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February at Sunninghill Community Hall, Culliford Road Dorchester. Tickets are priced at £15 to include a two course meal (with a vegetarian option) or £12 for under 18s and students. They are available at Trinity Stores, Trinity Street or box office 01305 889202. Tickets are available strickly in advance only (available up to the day before the performances).

DORCHESTER DRAMA Newsletter Christmas 2013

DORCHESTER DRAMA
Newsletter Christmas 2013

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Over the next two Wednesdays (27th November and 4th December) DORCHESTER DRAMA are holding Creative Writing Murder Mystery Workshops and Impro which we will use as a basis for our February Murder Mystery and Meal production (nice and early so won’t interfere with the community play). They will take place at Sunninghill Community Hall 7:30pm

Life and Beth and beyond!!

The next couple of Wednesday nights we would like to start some fun work on our Spring adventure!!! The committee are keen to put on a two night murder mystery and meal (probably on the Friday and Saturday that will start the February half term). That will leave those involved in the Community Play a chance to be involved in both!!

So on Wednesday 27th November and Wednesday 4th December we are meeting in the hall for 7:30pm to do a couple of creative workshops, planning and writing a murder mystery (and probably so,e impro) that we can then rehearse and perform in the New year.  It should be a lot of fun and a lot less commitment than a full production run. Anne Reeve will lead the sessions but is keen for someone to else to do the actual directing!! Should be a good way to start doing some directing with a lot of support.

Can you give us an idea if you are keen to get involved please.

We are still taking bookings for our Weatherspoons Christmas meal 7pm for 7:30pm Sunday 15th December. We have to book this soon so please email me back ASAP.

The committee are also looking at a number of different acting experiences which would be a lot less commitment than a full production which would be a lot of fun and keep those not cast in a play still involved.  More details of these soon!

Life and Beth reviews

Dorchester Drama finds festive fun and gloom in Ayckbourn’s Life and Beth – Blackmore Vale Magazine

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AS if Christmas itself isn’t bad enough, Alan Ayckbourn adds a supernatural twist to this bitter-sweet comedy.

The appearance of Beth’s late husband Gordon, somehow summoned back by a Christmas Eve prayer, is too much even for his long-suffering and not very mournful widow, Beth.

Add visits by Beth’s boozy sister-in-law Connie, son Martin and his odd girlfriend Ella and the mix is ripe for a festive explosion.

Dorchester Drama has crowned its 50th anniversary year with this outstanding production.

Directors Paul Lawless, who pops up as a policeman, and Richelle Khan – stepping in at short notice because of illness as Ella – deserve so much of the credit for this highly enjoyable show. They successfully find the balance between laugh aloud comedy and the darkness that lies beneath the surface of these mostly ludicrous characters.

Stella Hollis is perfect as the patient, exasperated and sharply funny Beth.

Sarah Hayes turns in a terrific performance as Connie, revealing flickers of jealousy and weakness as the drinking proves to be a problem for all.

Ashley Newman portrays Martin as a loving and well-meaning son, but also a man who has major problems with relationships – a tricky mix that he does well.

The vicar is of the soppy and awkward type, nicely captured by Anthony Atkins, while Nick Heape generates humour from the hugely irritating Gordon.

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It is a strong cast, well supported technically – Jonathan Reeve does sterling service with light and sound – to do full justice to Ayckbourn’s jaundiced view of a family Christmas.

The Town House Killings

Some members of Dorchester Drama with Atmos Theatre Company, were involved in a Murder Mystery Tour on behalf of the Dorchester Arts centre.
This involved three grisly murders in three locations, ending in the final and probably bloodiest murder during a buffet for the guests in the Wessex Royale Hotel.

This involved about I hours rehearsal, a lot of impro and a very amused, intrigued and pleased audience!!

This very positive collaboration with the Arts centre has led us to open discussions with them as to the potential of other similar ventures. Watch this space.

Raiders of the Lost Past

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Last summer Dorchester Drama were contacted by UK TV who are producing ( and now showing on Yesterday channel) Raiders of the Lost Past, which is a thirteen part series on the intrepid treasure-hunting tales that artefact-hungry historians have set out on.
The episode concerned the search for the lost site of Knossos on the Island of Crete by Victorian Archaeologist, Arthur Evans. There was a short notice request for extras sent out by David Reeve, to which a number of us responded. Unfortunately. Those adult ladies who volunteered were rejected!!! No, not modern day sexism by the production company, but Victorian sexism by Arthur Evans, who by all accounts was renown for not letting women onto his Archaeological sites!! In the end Nick and Isabel Heape attended. The planned day in Tout quarry was cancelled due to fog ( it was supposed to be the Mediterranean), the next day was truly Mediterranean and the filming went ahead. Great (and Hot) fun!

Future Plans

As a result of Dorchester Drama’s developing collaboration with other Arts organisations in and around Dorchester, we are looking to further our current relationship with Sunninghill School and will be co using the rehearsal space with the Community Play. We have also agreed with the Community play organisers to pull together a ‘ Drama Fair’ during one of their latter Sunday rehearsals, with a view to inviting all interested Drama and stage related organisations to set up their stall as it were, and both encourage and invite Community play participants to get involved after the Completion of Drummer Hodge as a legacy to the Community play. Watch this space.

REVIEW: Life and Beth, Sunninghill Community Centre, Dorchester – Dorset Echo

WELCOME to a family Christmas in which a drunken sister-in-law throws up on the carpet, a son wreaks havoc with the festive lights and his girlfriend creates chaos in the kitchen – in fact just a normal get together as told by playwright Alan Ayckbourn.

Dorchester Drama make the most of the comic possibilities in this riotous seasonal offering that takes place in the home of Beth, a recently bereaved widow who was dominated by her control freak of a husband Gordon and whose guests carry on the work of bossing her about.

Into the midst of this family from hell arrives a well-meaning but bumbling vicar whose prayers bring back the ghost of the ghastly Gordon, taking a break from re-organising heaven in order to run Beth’s life again.

Stella Hollis takes on the demanding role of Beth with immense skill, creating a suppressed personality who gradually comes to life as she confronts the past. She is the perfect foil for over-the-top family members like drunken Connie, a hilarious performance by Sarah Hayes, and Ashley Newman as her incompetent son.

Anthony Atkins is just right as the likeable but hopelessly inept vicar while Nick Heape comes back from the dead as Gordon, ready and willing to resume his place as head of the household.

Emma Follis is a suitably sulky girlfriend and Sam Kelly completes the cast as the local policeman in a production that is full of laughter and Ayckbourn observations.

The play continues for the rest of the week and is a great way to start the festive season.

Dorchester Drama finds festive fun and gloom in Ayckbourn’s Life and Beth – Blackmore Vale Magazine

AS if Christmas itself isn’t bad enough, Alan Ayckbourn adds a supernatural twist to this bittersweet comedy.

The appearance of Beth’s late husband Gordon, somehow summoned back by a Christmas Eve prayer, is too much even for his long-suffering and not very mournful widow, Beth.

Add visits by Beth’s boozy sister-in-law Connie, son Martin and his odd girlfriend Ella and the mix is ripe for a festive explosion.

Dorchester Drama has crowned its 50th anniversary year with this outstanding production.

Directors Paul Lawless, who pops up as a policeman, and Richelle Khan – stepping in at short notice because of illness as Ella – deserve so much of the credit for this highly enjoyable show. They successfully find the balance between laugh aloud comedy and the darkness that lies beneath the surface of these mostly ludicrous characters.

Stella Hollis is perfect as the patient, exasperated and sharply funny Beth.

Sarah Hayes turns in a terrific performance as Connie, revealing flickers of jealousy and weakness as the drinking proves to be a problem for all.

Ashley Newman portrays Martin as a loving and well-meaning son, but also a man who has major problems with relationships – a tricky mix that he does well.

The vicar is of the soppy and awkward type, nicely captured by Anthony Atkins, while Nick Heape generates humour from the hugely irritating Gordon.

It is a strong cast, well supported technically – Jonathan Reeve does sterling service with light and sound – to do full justice to Ayckbourn’s jaundiced view of a family Christmas.

Life and Beth is at the Sunninghill Community Hall in Dorchester until tomorrow, Saturday. D.A.

Life and Beth

scan0001Tickets are now on sale for our production of Life and Beth by Alan Aykbourn, a festive comedy, which is being performed at Sunninghill Community Hall 21 to 23 November. Tickets are £8 (or £5 for u18s and students) from Trinity Stores or box office 01305 889202.
It is Christmas, and Beth Timms is mourning the recent death of her health and safety officer husband, Gordon. Beth’s Sister-in-law Connie and son Martin have come to stay, determined to ensure that she should have a stress-free Christmas, but between Connie’s drinking problem and Martin’s unspeaking and emotionally volatile girlfriend Ella, their intentions prove to be short-lived. Only David, the local vicar, provides Beth with any comfort, but when he says a prayer for her bereavement he unwittingly summons an unwelcome visitor!

Chairman Anne Reeve says “we are very excited that local professional actors Paul Lawless and Richelle Khan are co directing the production. They have brought a lot of enthusiasm, commitment and fun! This will be a lovely way to start the festive period”.

Cast members include regulars Stella Hollis as Beth, Nick Heape as Gordon and Sarah Hayes as Connie. The group is always keen for new members and is delighted to welcome three newcomers to the group, Ashley Newman, Tony Atkins and Katherine Kennet. Emma Follis and Sam Kelly make up the remainder of the cast.”image