Little Grimley

Last night we met up and read ‘Last Tango in Little Grimley’, and also welcomed a few Community Player friends along. We didn’t get a chance to read through ‘Murder in Little Grimley’ as the scripts haven’t arrived.

So we’ll be meeting up at the Pointe again next Monday 24th April 7:30pm (The Pointe Old Salvation Army Hall, Durngate Street, Dorchester DT1 1NA), to read that one with a view to starting rehearsals on Wednesday once the Director has cast everyone.

It would be great to see anyone who wants to come along, old and new members alike.

Next Productions

Just recently a few of Dorchester Dramas’ members have been involved with the latest Dorchester Community Play. During this, we’ve also been looking at what DD will put on, holding some informal play readings on a Wednesday evening.

So we’re pleased to say that we’re going to do a couple of one act plays, Last Tango at Little Grimley and Murder at Little Grimley. A couple of performances are planned, 1st July – St Marys Church Hall, Dorchester & 8th July – Charminster Village hall.

We’re holding a meeting Wednesday 19th Apr, 7:30pm at the Pointe ( The Pointe Old Salvation Army Hall, Durngate Street, Dorchester DT1 1NA) to say Hi to anyone who would like to get involved with Dorchester Drama.

Over the Summer, DD have also been asked back to collaborate with the Shire Hall Museum, on another Murder Mystery evening.

And we’re looking ahead to our normal November production back in the Corn exchange, details to be confirmed soon.

DD Play reading social

We’ll be meeting again at the Queen Victoria Pub in Dorchester next Wednesday (8/2/23) at 7:30pm.

This time we’re going to have a read through of ‘Curtain Call’, by Bettine Manktelow.

Curtain Call depicts an amusingly chaotic day in the life of Alec Partridge, Manager of Thurlow Playhouse. He has a lot to deal with. Doreta Mason, director of an amateur production of Oklahoma at the theatre, upsets the stage crew with her demands for real horses in the show; ms Murdstone, the far from genial agent from the Arts Council, arrives to assess the theatre’s eligibility for a grant; the Front of House manager’s flirty ways upset Alec’s secretary Val and, worst of all, Doreta’s husband Clarence, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, appears on the scene, bringing negotiation skills reminiscent of Attila the Hun to bear on the ever-worsening situation.

Everyone is welcome, even if it’s only to say hello and catch up.

DD News and updates

We’re looking at putting our next production on in the summer, though there is no decision as what it may be yet.

However in the meantime we are meeting socially, to read through some ideas for plays, have a natter and generally keep in touch with each other.

Wednesday 1st Feb at 7pm at the Queen Victoria pub in Dorchester, a few of us will be meeting up to have a look at ‘Noises Off’ by Michael Frayn. Consistently lauded as one of the funniest plays of all time, this should be fun to read through. All are welcome, including anyone wanting to meet some of the group and find out more about joining us. This is an ideal opportunity to do so.

The Trial – News

See below a message from our Director & Chairman.

“After having to sadly cancel half our run of Trap for a Lonely Man earlier in the year it saddens me to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances we have also had to cancel the upcoming production of “The Trial”.

I’d like to thank my wonderful cast for all of their time they’ve spent and hope we can show you what we’d achieved in the near future.

Refunds can be obtained via Dorchester Arts”

The unforeseen circumstances are mainly due to the lead character, Josef K, coming off his motorcycle and needing surgery on a broken hip, three weeks before the performance.

This is extremely annoying as he had learnt 99% of his lines and moves (Anyone who knows the play, will know that this is a huge amount of work) and, while he was willing to try to carry on while on crutches, this is actually quite a physical play. He gets thrown to the ground several times and it ruins the theatrical element if he then has to be helped up before being thrown down again…

Some might ask why don’t we use understudies, or someone else take over the role. We are a small amateur group and its a little unfair to ask anyone to put in a lot of extra work learning lines for a lead role that they are very unlikely to perform usually. And having the lead reading from a script is never going to give the audience the satisfying theatrical experience that we would like.

As the Director has said, we hope that we can return to this project and build on what we’ve already achieved, giving everyone a chance to show the results of our efforts to a standard that everyone expects from DD.

Next Production – The Trial

Our next production in November will be ” The Trial” by Franz Kafka.

Originally a novel written in 1915 and published posthumously on 1925, it is one of his best known works. It tells the story of Josef K, a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor to the reader.

This production is due to be held at the newly refurbished Corn Exchange in Dorchester, where the techies are excited to be using the new sound and lighting setup there.

Performance dates are 24-26th November 2022, and tickets will be available online via the website.

Trap News

Its with Huge regret We have had to make the decision to cancel the next two performances of Trap for a Lonely Man at Martinstown.

Unfortunately two of the cast have gone down with COVID, and due to these being main characters, DD feels that it would not be fair to put the show on with a third of the cast being read in.

I know this will be a disappointment to everyone hoping to see it this weekend and devastating for the crew and cast that have put so much work in. However we will be looking to put another couple of performances on later in the Summer so keep an eye on the social Media and website.

Thanks all for you support. DD

Trap For a Lonely Man

Dorchester Drama present –
Trap for a Lonely Man by Robert Thomas
A gripping psychological thriller set in a French alpine chalet.

A man reports his wife’s disappearance to the police but soon a woman turns up, claiming to be his wife, and makes herself at home. He insists he has never met her, she seems to know all about him and has evidence to prove it. What is the explanation? As the plot twists and turns a conspiracy unfolds and the tension and mystery build to the final moments.

Fri 1st April – Moreton Village Hall
Sat 2nd April – Broadmayne Village Hall
Fri 8th April – Martinstown Village Hall
Sat 9th April – Martinstown Village Hall
Refreshments available.

Doors open: 7:00 pm. Show starts: 7:30pm.
Tickets available from at £11 inc booking fee
e-Ticket – Just bring along the reference number you’ll be emailed. That’s it!

Social Play Reading – Arsenic & Old Lace

While current production things are going on in the background, there is going to be an opportunity to read some plays.

The invitation is open for existing and new members, an excellent opportunity for those people who have expressed an interest in joining us, to meet some of the group in a social atmosphere and have a bit of fun reading. If you don’t want to read, but just want to come along and say Hi, that’s fine as well.

These are not auditions, but an excellent chance to experiment with characters, dodgy accents and suchlike. There’s no guarantee that DD will put this on as a play in the future, but who knows.

2nd March 2022 – 7:30pm at the Queen Victoria (Dagmar Rd, Dorchester DT1 2LW)