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Chalk Circle News

Dorchester Drama’s next production is cast and we’ve started rehearsals, running through a complete reading and some blocking. It’s too early to say it’s coming into shape, there are many ideas still being tried out and, for some of us, the concept of Brecht’s Epic Theatre is still quite foreign.

CCC Rehearsal

In the meantime we also had a social evening last week, with a number of planned and impromptu party pieces entertaining those attending.

If you were not there, you missed Rob playing the part of Sleeping Beauty under the direction of Billie, while Mike & Fiona played the King and Queen, but not necessarily in that order. Other talented actors were also involved.

Chalk Circle workshop

By the time you read this, Casting for Caucasian will be under way. There will be another casting night at Sunninghill hall 7:30pm this Wednesday if you fancy coming along.

Last week we had a workshop to introduce the play, and to the Brecht style of Epic Theatre. This involved us playing some improvisation scenes including short versions of Red Riding Hood. These were good enough to put on to the public, so maybe we can suggest to the director a change of production?

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Austensibility success

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.

Austensibility

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.

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….