Your faithful author has just had a few days away after the end of the play and so here has been a bit of a delay in getting more photos etc online.
The last night at Kingston Maurwood was a complete success, completely sold out, with some very nice comments given to the production team afterwards.
The venue was spectacularly in theme with the play and huge thanks to the College who let us borrow their chairs etc. for the set. Record time for a ‘get in’ to a venue, setting lights etc ready for curtain up on time. Many thanks as well for the guys that turned up just to help with the get out as well.
We are waiting for a few more photos, particularly of the Kingston Maurwood performance, I was too busy to even think about snapping a few shots before curtain up.
Meanwhile below is the gallery of photos we’ve gathered so far.
Finally, DD aims to put on three productions a year, so we’re straight into the next. Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’. A complete change of pace and genre and due for performances in November. Keep up to date here, on facebook and Twitter.
Also, date for our AGM this year is 23rd August 7:30pm at Sunninghill hall, Culliford Road. Obviously there’s going to be some committee business to do, but there’s also a chance to socialise, meet the group and find out how you can join us.
Some photos from the tech rehearsal last night.
Break a leg for the performances today guys.
A Portrait of Jane Austen
A Dramatised Reading based on her life and writings
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.
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….
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.
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.
Was He Anyone?
Attended rehearsal last night to run some technical sound and images. Took the opportunity to take some more photos.
Was He Anyone?
Once again we move into the final month of rehearsals.
Tickets are available now, posters and flyers are out there.
Please join us on
Saturday 14th January. 10 a.m.
at the Bandstand in the Borough Gardens, Dorchester.
Planting of tree; Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura)
To be dedicated to the memory of Ann Ottaway
Followed by tea and cakes in the Borough Gardens House
All Welcome, Spread the word
There’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.