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The quiz at the Colliton Club was a huge amount of fun, and thank you to everyone who came along, and especially Fran and Ann for providing the quizzes!

Below are a few updates to keep you posted:
  • Having had some really fun play readings for in the last few weeks, they will now be stopping until after Christmas, when the preparations for the Spring Production will start! This means there is no play reading next week (Wednesday 17th December).
  • Plans are in place for our (Post-)Christmas Meal at 7pm in the Engine Room in Poundbury on the Friday 9th January. We’ve been given a fantastic deal by Jess of two courses for £12 pp. Please reply by Friday 19th December to Fran Sansom (fran.sansom@btopenworld.com), with your answers. This is only open to members and their families, but members may bring a plus one.  And always remember you can pay your membership when you book a place.

We have made a call out for party pieces afterwards. If you have anything – a poem, song, sketch – tell Fran when you arrive at the dinner and we will put a programme order together on the night.

  • The official read through of the spring play will be happening on Wednesday 7th January. We are looking at a funny but poignant piece, looking at the generation divide, which will need four men and four women. Further details to be confirmed. these will be appearing on the website. Please invite anyone who you think may be interested, members and non-members!

Finally – I’ve produced a news letter for people that do not access to the Great WWW. It’s just a quick wind up of the news which appears on here, Facebook and Twitter, But I’d hate to leave anybody unable to get updates. – Check the Newsletter tab at the top of the page.

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.

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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.