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Present Laughter – Tickets

Tickets.


At this time, we’re setting up the online ticketing which you will be able to access via the link at the top of our webpage. We’ll also be promoting it through Social Media.

Tickets will also be available at the Tourist Information Centre in Dorchester Library from tomorrow (24th Sept)

You can also ring the box office number and leave a message if there’s no one in to take your booking.

All tickets are £10, (or £7 for under 18s).

Performances are Thurs 15th, Fri 16th & Sat 17th Nov at 7:30pm with a Matinee on the Saturday as well at 2:30pm.

Present Laughter – Cast

So the initial plans are underway, casting is complete, and so the line learning begins. Below is a note from the Director.
Thanks to those of you who have shown interest in this production and attended the readings and auditions.  I have enjoyed hearing everyone read the various parts and have now decided on the cast.  In some cases, there were several possible actors for particular roles and I am sorry that I could not give everyone who auditioned a part.
As you know, there are other very important jobs to be done so that we can put on this play and I welcome offers to assist in any way with the production.  As I mentioned on Monday evening, finding a good, reliable prompt is very important to me, particularly from when books are put down so that I can give my full attention to watching the actors.
So, the cast will be as follows (in order of appearance);
Daphne                        Cassie Grindley
Miss Erikson               Fran Sansom
Fred                               Colin Elphick
Monica                         Monica Hunt
Garry                            Martin Stephen
Liz                                  Dee Thorne
Roland                         Sean Colledge
Henry                           Rob Sansom
Morris                          Steve Twinn
Joanna                       Jo Salisbury
Lady S                         Sue Worth
As the Director says, we’re still needing to people to do all those other vital tasks needed to put on a show, from setting lights, to printing tickets and above all, putting the word out so we get decent audiences to appreciate all the hard work.

Next Production News

We’re still getting praise in for the last production, Thanks to everyone who has been in contact to say that they enjoyed it. I’ll try to collect some of the best bits and post them later.

It is always a shame when a production comes to a finish, however, we at DD are never at a loss for something to fill the time and we’re already looking forward to the next production for next year.

‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ is is a play by the German playwright Bertolt Brecht.  An example of Brecht’s epic theatre, the play is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than its wealthy natural parents.

This play has lots of characters and there will be a chance to players to take on multiple roles, so whether you do or don’t want a big part, there will be a part for you.

On Monday 4th December there will be a workshop to introduce the play at Acland Court 7:30pm.

Casting will be held at Sunninghill Community hall on Wednesdays 6th & and 13th, 7:30pm.

If you want to come along and find out a little more, feel free to drop in and say Hello and contact us even if you cannot make either of the castings.

The Crucible – News

We’re into the final week of rehearsals and now we’ve all had a chance to see the power that this play has as it’s coming together in form.

If you don’t know anything about the story, you can see articles in the Dorchester Life magazine as well as the Dorset Evening Echo. The story is as relevant today as it was back when it was written, guaranteed to provoke thought.

Tickets are available from Trinity stores, the box office line or online via the  link here or at the top of the page.

AGM

Dorchester Drama AGM 2017

Wednesday 23rd August at 7.30p.m.

at

Sunninghill Community Hall, Culliford Road, Dorchester.

 

To open with business and conclude with pleasure.

Please bring a plate of food to share

We’d love you to share your favourite piece with us – recite a poem, tell a joke, or perform a skit.

(enthusiaism much more important than talent)

If you want to come and meet us, this is an ideal opportunity.

Austensibility Update

Because of availability of venues, this production will have two performances, both on the 15th July 2017.

The Matinee performance will be at 2:30pm with an evening one at 7:30pm.

There is talk of cake and tea for the afternoon one, and a bar for the evening, but this is still in the planning stages.

This is the first time we’ve actually, single handedly directed a play, and it’s surprising how soon the performance seems. At least I’ve got no lines to learn for this one, though there’s still lots to plan, staging, lighting etc.

Each new production we do attracts new members and we pleased to welcome them into the folds, even if there is no opportunity to perform this time round, it’s brilliant that they all want to help out behind the scenes as well.

Austensibility Cast:
Monica Hunt
Maggie Ansell
Ellie Simmons
Amelia Chorley
Jo Salisbury
Dee Thorne
Sue Worth
Colin Elphick
Ollie Hickey
Sean Colledge

 

Next Production – ‘Was he Anyone?’

DD Logo Here’s hoping all had a merry Christmas and wishing everyone a happy new year.

It’s long overdue, but here’s the latest about the next production:

The Director has made the decision to not do ‘Godot’, but to do an NF Simpson play. Not ‘The Cresta Run’ as first proposed, but another one, ‘Was he Anyone?’.

“Albert Whitbrace is alive and well, drowning in the Mediterranean. While Albert treads water and his lifebelt gets soggier, world rescue organizations set about their tasks. Questions must be answered, forms filled out. Mrs. Whitbrace has to prove that she can’t afford to get her husband rescued privately. Occasionally, Albert can be heard calling for help. As the incredible nonsense mounts, someone decides to throw the poor man a life preserver.”

It is very much in the same zany, Pythonesque style as Cresta Run and it was preferred by those who attended the read-through.

It has the advantage that there are so many parts that everyone who wants a part can have at least one. We think a revival of this, once very popular and now almost forgotten, playwright in a production that that can involve as many of the group as want to be involved is the best way forward.

Rehearsals are starting next week for the cast (listed below), but if you are interested in helping out with any other task, stage management, front of house, costume props etc. please let us know.

Performance dates are: Dorchester Town Hall, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th April, and Martinstown Village Hall, Saturday 6thMay.

Tickets will be available from the usual places.


Cast
Lee Stroud
Miss Rugg, Mrs Treplatchly,

Dee Thorne
Mrs Cathage, Mrs Crabbe-Harmsworth,

Monica Hunt
Sybil, Mrs Blithehampton,

Ann Brown
Mrs Whitbrace,

Sarah Hayes

Mrs Dubarge, Mrs Clacton

Martin Steven
Williams, Clarence, Mr Clapton, Cabinet Minister 

Ian Farley
Vernon, Senior Civil Servant, Archbishop, Mr Burbage

Colin Elphick
Baverstock, Piano Engineer

Sam Kelly
Putney, Solicitor/Lawyer, Interviewer

The following parts will be shared between the younger actors as soon as we are clear who wishes to take part. 

Barbara Hughes, Junior Civil servant, Reporter, Receptionist, Miss Stewart, Miss Havergal, Miss Lindthropp, Trainee.

 

AGM and next production.

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No rest for the Wicked (Counts or Devils).

DD has their AGM this coming Wednesday, 3rd Aug. 7:30pm at the Colliton Club. It wont be all about business though (this bit might be quite boring and will be over quick) and there will be a chance for some nibbles and a chat about the future events.

Which leads nicely into the news of the next production in November in our normal slot at the Corn Exchange.

We’re planning on a production of Ayckbourn shorts. Readings and castings will be:

  • 17th & 24th August at Sunninghill Community Hall
  • 22nd August at the Victoria Hotel, Dorchester.

These will all be at 7:30pm as well.

Please feel free to come along and say hello. Don’t feel that you need to be prepared to act, we’re still more than happy to have people help with costume, props, lighting, sound, etc.

See you all soon.

Witches of Prestwick/Out for the Count

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And we’re In. Possibly the hardest get in ever. Lift was broken meaning that we had to carry the kit and staging up the stairs.

Fastest Tech ever…… Finished with 10 mins spare for a quick break before starting the run through Dress Rehearsal, which went really well and

Below are a few pics from the rehearsal. Check out the gallery for the whole collection Break a leg this evening.

7:30pm 28th & 29th July. Dorchester Town Hall (Corn Exchange). Tickets will be available on the door.

Witches of Prestwick/Out for the Count