Members Area

This is our members area, which will have information relating to upcoming rehearsals and other important  information.

Dates for your diary:


May 1st. Maypole Dancing in the Borough Gardens

Angela, Tim and Naomi are leading the dance and any NHP who fancy coming along for a dance or two will be very welcome.  This is part of a larger event and we will  be able to perform sometime between 4 and 5pm. Musicians especially welcome!

Contact Andy Worth. (Thanks to those who have responded already)

13th and 14th May.

 Performances of Far From the Madding Crowd at the Corn Exchange, Dorchester- visiting professional company. Contact Dorchester Arts.

Thursday 18th May at 4pm.- Tea With Mr Hardy, Lawrence as guest, to coincide with Lawrence week Rehearsals Friday 12th May ,  Wednesday 17th May, Dress Thursday 18th May. Directed by Andrew Munro. Mummers and additional Stage Management help required, please contact Andrew Munro.

Saturday 3rd June. Hardy’s birthday. Various events organised by the Thomas Hardy society over the weekend. NHP will be presenting ‘Mr Penny’s Cobblers Shop’ from the beginning of Act 2 of Under the Greenwood Tree outside County Hall at approximately 5pm. Directed by Emma Hill. Come and support your fellow players!

Wednesday 21st June. 3pm to 4pm. Rehearsal times tbc. Poetry reading devised and led by Sonia Morris/ Sue Worth. Poetry workshops in May. Anyone interested in taking part in the poetry readings this season, please contact Sue Worth.

Thursday 6th July. High Tea with Mr Hardy with Sir James Barrie/ Peter Pan. Featuring young NHP members in Peter Pan excerpt. Starting at 5pm. Rehearsals Tuesday 27th June, Thursday 29th June, Dress Tuesday 4th July, times tbc. Directed by Tim Laycock. We’ll need a considerable number of pirates for this one, so if you fancy donning the eyepatch and tricorn hat, please contact Tim.  This Tea will also be quite a technical show, so we’ll need additional stage management assistance- oh, and a war party of Red Indians. And help with flying. And a band. And a crocodile.

Tuesday 15th August. 3pm to 4pm. Rehearsal times tbc.   Poetry reading devised and led by Sonia Morris / Sue Worth

Saturday 16th September. 2.30pm to 3.30pm Barnes/ Hardy poetry reading devised by Tim Laycock and Brian Caddy. We’re going to base the content on the poems chosen by hardy as a tribute to William Barnes after Barnes’ death in 1886. It’s a lovely, affectionate selection, and we’ll also explore the relationship between the two poets using letters, prose and song.  Contact Tim or Brian Caddy if you would like to read.

17th October.  The Withered Arm. Performance for the Literary Festival in Dorset County Museum on Tuesday 17th October. 3 further dates the following week, in Ashton Farm Barn, Martinstown on 26th, 27th and 28th October. Adapted for the New Hardy Players by Sue Worth.  Directors Andrew Munro and Sue Worth. Music by Alastair Simpson. This will be the first in a series of ‘Hardy Short Stories in Interesting Places’ in collaboration with Dorchester Arts, and we’ll need help with mounting the performances, actors  and help with catering, stage management and car parking. Rehearsals from Mid-August on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Contact Andrew Munro or Sue Worth.

Going the Rounds on Saturday 9th December. A costumed promenade performance following the route of the Melstock Carollers in Under the Greenwood Tree. Tremendous fun! A lovely thing to do in the run-up to Christmas. Come and join in, and help to keep the Bockhampton carols alive. Two rehearsals of the carols, venue tbc. The rehearsal dates will be Thursday 30th Nov and Wednesday 6th December at 7.30pm.  Leaders Phil Humphries and Alastair Simpson. Contact Tim Laycock if you want to join in.

Saturdays 16th and 23rd December at 2pm and at 3.30pm. 30 minutes of carols, mummers play, festive poems and dances [rather like Athelhampton in 2016] and Christmas fare. Please let Alastair Simpson or Tim Laycock know if you are available and would like to take part on either or both of these days. We’ll need readers, actors, singers, dancers and mummers.