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Dorchester's Community Play Opens Office

Dorchester Town Centre

8:13am 6th January 2014

Dorchester's popular Community Play will be opening the curtains on it's Play Office today (6th January) in the County town.

If you're not sure what a play office is, we spoke to Rupert Creed, the Writer and Director of the upcoming 'Drummer Hodge' performance, to tell you, "We've got a hundred local people performing in it, plus about another fifteen odd musicians, so we'll be holding rehearsals there, the design workshops for both the set and costumes will be there - so there'll be a massive team of people making all the costumes and build all the set parts, and nearer to the time we'll be selling tickets there. We will also be hoping people bring in donations."

It's located in Colliton Park and will be manned from 9.30am - 5pm Monday to Saturday ready to accept donations for the performances of the play which will be at Thomas Hardye School from the 1st to the 12th of April.

The list of things the team have asked to be donated are as follows:
Costumes (of the period 1890 - 1914) or items you think may be suitable for the play.
Sewing notions that people don't want - i.e. hooks and eyes, poppers, tapes, petershams etc.
Sturdy ironing boards and couple of steam irons in good working order.
Clothes rails
Cardboard boxes for storing shoes and accessories with each costume, the kind that hold packets of photocopying paper would be ideal, if they have lids even better
Large brown envelopes for storing patterns
Sewing machines
Hoovers - in good working order

Rupert's from Hull and is travelling down to stay in Dorchester from today until after the performances. He told us he's pretty excited, "The great thing about this sort-of play is that it's an expression of Dorchester's community; it's history, it's past, but also the present- i.e.. the people of Dorchester now, because it's these people who are making these things happen."

He added that all are welcome to visit the Play office anytime.

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