Author Archive for: "WBSupport"

Dorset-based drama Aftermath premieres online

A new drama by Dorset-based State of Play Arts is being premiered on YouTube on Monday (May 25th) at 7pm. Aftermath – in the Wake of War tells the story of the physical and mental legacy of war through four WW1 survivors. It is based on real lives researched through stories from relatives, diaries and archives. […]

Learning Adventures

State of Play has just finished another successful Learning Adventure with Rushcombe First School, Corfe Mullen. This year the school wanted to include the themes of spirituality and philosophy in the theme. Working in partnership with staff, we created a new open-ended play “Sophie and the Colour Thief” which told the story of a young […]

The Gathering – 3 further performances

‘The Gathering – Messages from the Great War’ Three further performances of original documentary theatre ‘The Gathering – Messages from the Great War’, commemorating the lives of two local soldiers, Will Cutler and Hubert Wareham, and people closely involved in their lives: Will’s wife, Tillie, and the Vicar of Wimborne Minster, Reverend James Fletcher.  Also showing of […]

Tommy’s Sisters

Tommy’s Sisters tells the moving story of life on the home front through the eyes of four women and a girl. What was it like to be one of thousands of munitions workers at Dorset’s huge cordite factory, a nurse looking after grievously injured soldiers at Colehill’s Red Cross Hospital, or a young girl wondering […]

Live Public Memorial for 10 Wimborne Soldiers

Professional and volunteer actors appeared over a hot July weekend in Wimborne town centre, dressed in First World War uniforms and each representing ten local men killed in action during the Great War. When approached as they walked about the town, the actors silently handed out a small card with personal details, researched with local […]

Another chance to catch “The Gathering”

A further performance of ‘The Gathering – Messages from the Great War’ will be staged in Wimborne on Friday June 8th at 7.30pm. The production was staged earlier this year and quickly sold out. The play is a commemoration of the lives of two local soldiers, Will Cutler and Hubert Wareham, who died during the First World War, and […]


The extraordinary story of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica in 1914 Tony Horitz brings to vivid, chilling life the awe-inspiring endurance displayed by Shackleton and his crew on their 2 year voyage to Antarctica and celebrates human capacity for survival against the odds. Drawing on Shackleton’s autobiography and the superb photographs of Frank Hurley, this […]

Actors Wanted for Local History WW1 Drama (Paid)

State of Play is seeking one female and three male actors for roles in a theatre production to take place in February, 2018.  The production is based on research about people who lived in Wimborne during 1914-18. The project has been commissioned by Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne, as part of the museum’s The One Hundred Year […]

Pirates Ahoy

Tony ran a popular summer holiday storytelling and drama session for families at Corfe Mullen library, near Poole, last month. Jolly Roger, a shipwrecked pirate, asked the children to help him read a Treasure Map he’d rescued. He then asked them to accompany him on a dangerous but very exciting voyage across the oceans to […]