The first full rehearsal of Hardy’s “The Return of The Native” took place on Sunday 15th of February at the Brownsword Hall In Poundbury.
It was great to see nearly 30 enthusiastic Hardy Players tackling and blocking two complicated ensemble scenes: Scene One and Scene Five. Blocking is the working out of who stands and moves where in each part of the play: one of those things a watcher takes for granted (if we get it right!) but which can take a long time to perfect and for the actors to remember.
Scene 1 is set on Egdon Heath and involves the Heathfolk and all the Furzecutters interacting around a bonfire on November 5th.
Scene 5 sees the Mummers give full voice and energy to the entertaining set piece which the company watch at a Christmas party.
Alastair Simpson ran a singing workshop too, to introduce the cast to a couple of the lively songs that will feature in the production.
Looking forward to building on this on Sunday March 8th when we will be rehearsing at The United Church in Dorchester.