Dickens Children

Dickens Children

If you didn’t get a chance to read or audition for DD’s next play, Dickens Children, there will be another chance this coming Wednesday 12th December at Sunninghill Community Hall. Even if you don’t want a part, but prefer to help out behind the scenes, this is a good chance to pop along and meet the director Dee.

Rehearsals start on the Monday 7th Jan 7:30pm at Acland Court, Wednesdays at Sunninghill.

Dickens Children

One hundred and seventy five years after A Christmas Carol was published, Charles Dickens is as popular as ever, with the BBC working on a new series of adaptations for the coming years. Dorchester Drama are looking forward to doing their bit in the spring of 2019, with a production of “Dickens Children”.

Written by playwright and screenwriter Nick Warburton, Dickens Children combines scenes from many of Dickens stories, with narration, and with commentary from Dickens himself. Touching, provocative scenes with Miss Havisham, and Jo from Bleak House, are balanced against comic action with the Jellyby children, and Miss Petowker: usually played by a man.

Complementing Nick Warburton’s short play will be a prologue “Dickens Life” and an Epilogue “Dickens Hopes” new pieces by Dee Thorne written in discussion with local experts Sue Worth and Alban O’Brien. These three pieces will provide a sweeping picture of the man and his work, combining to create a performance that promises laughter, sadness, entertainment, and some Dickens education. Something for everybody, and an interesting and exciting challenge for actors who may be called upon to play several parts.

Performances will be at the Town Hall, above the Corn Exchange, Dorchester, on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March at 7.30, with a 2.30 matinee on the Saturday.

With rehearsals due to start after Christmas, director Dee Thorne is after an enthusiastic and hardworking team of actors and back stage crew. Dorchester Drama has a core of welcoming and frequently talented members, but we are always looking to recruit new members. DD Wants
YOU. Every play we put on, we enjoy welcoming new members, behind scenes and in the spotlight. Dickens Children promises to be a varied and fun production to join us for – be you a drama virgin or a seasoned treader of the boards.
Play readings and castings will take place over the next two weeks. On Wednesday 28 th November, Wednesday 5th December and Wednesday12 th December at Sunninghill Community Hall, Culliford Road North.  Dorchester, and on Monday 3 rd December at Acland Court, Dorchester, all at 7.30 p.m.

All welcome. Please contact us through our website at www.dorchesterdrama.org.uk or just turn up on the night. Please also contact us to register your interest if you cannot make any of the evening
sessions, or for any other information about DD.

Next Production – Dickens Children.

And now to 2019!
We will be reading Dickens Children, Life and Hopes on Wednesday 28th November at Sunninghill Hall Monday 3rd December at Acland Court.
Auditions will be on Wednesday 5th and 12th December at Sunninghill Community Hall.
Performance of this play will be at the Town Hall  29th – 31st March 2019 with 2.30 pm matinee on Saturday.
Hope many of you are looking forward to this Dickensian Experience.

Present Laughter – Production photos

As another superb production comes to a close, we give a sigh of contentment for a job well done and thanks to all those that helped make it so. It also amazes me that we had people from Stoke, Exeter and London come down to specifically see the show. Thanks guys.

Below are some cracking photos captured during the last shows. click on our Flickr link to see the whole album and download the hi-res versions.

Present Laughter 2018

Present Laughter – 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.