The New Hardy Players bring the stories of Thomas Hardy to life through evocative dramatisations of his work
November & December
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.15pm
The New Hardy Players will continue the tradition of perform a seasonal selection of poetry readings, carols and a mummers play at Hardy’s home. The Mummers play featured in Hardy’s novel, ‘The Return of the Native’. Hardy was fascinated by rural traditions and had Mummers perform at Max Gate one Christmas.
This event is free, but normal National Trust admission charges apply for Maxgate House.
GOING THE ROUNDS
Follow the ‘Mellstock Quire’ as they ‘go the rounds’, carol singing in the ancient way around the villages of the Mellstock parish.
The New Hardy Players, The Ridgeway Singers, and The Madding Crowd will lead the mass choir and band from Hardy’s Cottage to Stinsford Church, singing the old carols and reenacting scenes from ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’.
At the church will be mince pies, mulled wine and more carols, poetry and music.
Tickets are £10 (£8 for Thomas Hardy Society members) and gain entry to the church for the final section. If you’d just like to hear the carols around the village, no ticket is required.
Meet at 6pm in Thorncombe Woods car park before moving off at 6.30pm.