So it was you all along……….

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Cracking last night for the play. Thanks to everyone who came to see it and laughed in all the right places, and some of the wrong ones. Check out the gallery page for the latest photos.

Huge apologies to Dee Thorne, who we left off the programme and thankyou’s. She worked hard gathering costumes and, you know the knife that killed Penworthy, Yes, that was all Dee’s creation with some help from her husband. Sorry again. promise to do better in future.

So what now?. Well over the next few weeks and months we are running a few events. Keep an eye on the website, twitter and facebook for more updates. Dates below.

  • Play readings at Sunninghill Community Hall on Wednesdays at 7.30 pm.  Starting this week, Wednesday 26th November.  This isn’t a commitment to anything, it’s an evening out with some like-minded people, reading a few plays and enjoying a coffee.  We’d love to see you. Open to non members.
  • Christmas Fun and Games  at the Colliton Club.  Monday 8th December 7.00- 7.30pm start to be confirmed.  An evening of light-hearted competition and perhaps the odd bevvy.  All welcome, children, friends and non-members.  Come and join our pre-Christmas gathering. Have a go at a quiz or just come to catch up.
  • Christmas Meal.  Friday 9th January. Members only I’m afraid. OK so it’s a Post-Christmas Meal, but it’s going to be good. We are going to be at the Engine Room, Poundbury Garden Centre– just us, with Jess running the Bar.  This means, that as well as a great meal, we get to do what we want.  So dust off your party pieces, your favourite skit, the poem you learnt at school, get the kids to practise a song.  Of course, you can just come along, enjoy a meal and watch the rest of us have a go – if you want to!  Just come along, the more the merrier.  Further details to follow soon, but let us know if you’re interested.

Dress Rehearsal

Last night’s dress rehearsal was great fun.  A few photos below, more to follow.

Tonight is the opening night. “Break a leg” to all the actors. (If you’re not familiar with ‘acting’ terminology, this is not a disgruntled bad wish to players, but a wish of fair tidings, the ‘G.L’ phrase being considered bad luck by those that ‘tread the boards’.)

Plenty of tickets still available for tonight. They will be available on the door as well as from the booking number and Trinity stores.

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Get In…..

Scenery is going up and lighting is being set.

An awful lot of very nice people have put an awful lot of very nice work into the last few days. We even managed to get a sort of rehearsal done last night, trying to squeeze behind the flats and through the doors, amidst periods of light testing ( which apparently means turning them all off occasionally).

Please come and support us, tickets are selling and we’d love to sell out.

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Also keep tuned for news of a couple of social events that are planned. These are planned for both members and non-members and will give you a chance to talk about what we do, if you don’t know…….


Not an SOS exactly, but if anyone has some spare time Saturday 8th Nov to help do some scenery paining, meet us out at the Stores at Piddlehinton Gym from 10am.

Meanwhile here some photos from a recent rehearsal.

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Thanks to Robin Mills (Who’s copyright they are) for taking the photos for us.

“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.


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).