Tim Laycock is Artistic Director for The New Hardy Players
Tim Laycock is a Dorset man of many talents: actor, writer, musician…. He often combines these roles, adding much to all aspects the performances in which he is involved.
Splitting Tim’s work into neat packages just isn’t possible, but to give you a flavour of the incredibly wide range of things in which he gets very successfully involved:
- Past company member with The National Theatre and Festival Theatre Chichester among others.
- Actor/Musical Director in (among others):
- The Old Wife’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe August 2000
- Dorchester Community Play “A time to Keep” 2007
- Composer and Musical Director for the 2014 Dorchester Community Play “Drummer Hodge”, drawing rave reviews.
- Led ‘Tuneful Stories’ sessions through the summer of 2013,at Hardy’s Birthplace.Music and storytelling projects with the
- Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Poole and Bournemouth Schools.
- Extensive storytelling work in Dorset schools
- Specialises in readings of the poetry of William Barnes and Thomas Hardy.
- Playwright, writing for theatre companies and community groups.
- Thomas Hardy stage adaptations include:
- The Return of the Native 1985. An adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel which received a South West Arts writer’s award, and was performed in Dorset in 2005 by the New Hardy Players
- The Distracted Preacher. In 2010 Tim directed Ray Sargent’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s humorous short story as the New Hardy Players’ summer production.
- The Withered Arm. Tim worked with Pippa Brindley and the Museum Makers group at Dorset County Museum to devise a new play based on Thomas Hardy’s short story The Withered Arm. A cast of 18 actors, performers and carers worked on Monday mornings for several months to produce an hour long play with music, human and shadow puppetry, dance and audience participation.
- Wrote and directed a 20 minute DVD about Thomas Hardy’s work, commissioned by the National Trust
Tim is also a skilled folk musician, and collects Dorset (and other) folk songs, sometimes putting them to music. Many people will remember his performances with the New Scorpion Band