Rehearsal Hardy Would Have Liked

Our rehearsal on 5 July was at Max Gate, and as we rehearsed in the grounds of Thomas Hardy’s house, in the sunshine, it all felt like it was coming together just as he would have wished.

We’ll share a few shots of the rehearsal with you below – do come and see the performance for yourself.

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March 5 – Woodland Words

The New Hardy Players present a special programme of words and music as part of the official opening ceremony for the National Trust’s Thorncombe Woods Visitor Centre on Tuesday March 10th. This Visitor Centre serves Thomas Hardy’s cottage in Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester – more info on the National Trust website.

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The thirty- minute programme is devised and directed by Tim Laycock, and features short acted extracts from The Woodlanders and Far From the Madding Crowd, as well as poetry and prose by Thomas Hardy, and local folksongs and music.

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Thorncombe Woods and the heath beyond was Thomas Hardy’s playground as a young boy, and the landscape inspired some of his most memorable prose and poetry. ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ and ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ were both written in Hardy’s Cottage, and the stories of his mother’s early life in Melbury Osmond provided the raw material for The Woodlanders. ‘Woodland Words’ will be performed on the very edge of the wood in amongst the trees. Sadly, this performance will not be open to the public, but there will be an opportunity to see and hear it at Hardy’s Cottage on Saturday May 2nd. Further details once the timings are confirmed.

Feb 28 – Publicity shots on the heath

A brilliant sunny day on “Egdon Heath” on Saturday saw some of the furzecutters and heathfolk, from our forthcoming Production of “Return of the Native”, sharpening their tools as well as their acting skills!

This is the first of several photo shoots that we will be undertaking to promote the Play.

Four people in nineteenth century rural costume sitting on a bank

Furzecutters were: Evelyn Grey – played by Jill Withey, Charley – Tom Archer, and Rosy – Molly.

Heathfolk were Timothy Fairway played by Chris Pullen, Tabitha Cricket – Devina Symes and Marcia Hinton – Hilary Charlesworth.

A group of people, most in nineteenth century rural costume but some in twenty first century garb

Also shown are two of our brilliant costume team – Lou Pugh and Gerry Gwyther who will also be playing Furzecutters, plus Alison Payton – Assistant Director.

Two women in nineteenth century costume standing on a dirt track talking, with other people in the background
Photographs taken by Howard Payton – Director of the Production

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