Reviving the Priest's House Museum

Reviving the Priest's House Museum

Members of the group visited the Priest’s House Museum on November 15th to explore the building and gather ideas for our next project.  Curator, Emma Ayling, explained plans for the Priest’s House Museum and Garden’s Revival project, funded by HLF.

Wimborne Community Theatre has been invited to develop a site-specific theatre event to commemorate the closing of the Museum in Spring 2019 for major refurbishment , and its reopening in 2020.  We will be starting work on this exciting project in January.


 

Dunja Wood, 1949-2018

Dunja Wood, 1949-2018

Dunja first became involved in WCT when she was teaching at Pamphill School in the 1990s, and her class took part in WCT’s first production, ‘Voyages’, in 1991 at Kingston Lacy.  Dunja performed with over thirty Year 3 & 4 students as a group of Durotrigues meeting the Veneti (QE students), on the slopes of the Cedar Avenue.

Since then, Dunja has been a stalwart supporter of the group, from steering group member to costume designer, photographer to back stage support.  Nothing was ever too much or too difficult for her, and she met every challenge with a positive and cheerful manner.

Dunja’s creativity and calm presence will be very much missed by everyone at WCT,  but she’ll always be an invaluable part of the company’s development and history.


 

Fundraising Quiz

Fundraising Quiz

A fun time was had at the Quiz Night  on Wednesday, November 7 and we raised around £300 to help develop the group’s next community theatre project at the Priest’s House Museum in April 2019.

Thank you especially to Quizmaster John Billington, Ace Caterer Clare Small, and to all  members of the group who helped and all those who came along to support us.

The next fundraising event will be the Skittles Evening in February.  Watch this space for further details.

 


 

WCT's Giant Puppet at Wimborne War on Waste Street Party

WCT's Giant Puppet at Wimborne War on Waste Street Party

WCT’s giant-puppet, now renamed Iris Willow-Walker, took to the streets of a very wet town at Wimborne War on Waste‘s Street Party on Saturday 22 September.

WWOW organizers invited WCT to provide a short dramatic provocation, flagging up the key issue of the global environmental threat caused by single use plastics. So we revived the Naiad, the giant puppet first seen last summer emerging from the ancient pond in Leigh Common in our production ‘By The Way’.

The Naiad’s new role was as another Giant, based on the popular storybook of the same name by Charles and Julia Snape. The giant who has lived for many years as a hill above a fictional town in the countryside near the sea, offering people shade, shelter, fruit and flowers, as well as a special place to play safely. But she grows fed up of them taking her for granted, digging holes in her and dumping their rubbish on her, and, one night, gets up and walks away into the nearby sea. The people are horrified and try to persuade her to come back but she won’t until they make it clear how they will change their ways.

Iris made her way down Mill Lane into the Square  accompanied by live music and performed to the words of a poem based on the book, The Giant. We then made our way in procession to the Minster Green, where members of the public were invited to stop by our craft stall (staffed mainly by Clare and Hannah) and make their own mini puppets to fly around the giant.

The puppet was designed and made from recycled materials by WCT members Clare and Hannah Small, assisted by others.
See more photos here

Instant Theatre

Instant Theatre

WCT members took part in a workshop to trigger creative ideas in preparation for the next project currently being discussed.  Tony Horitz led a session of Instant Theatre, a theatre form invented by R G Gregory, founder of Word and Action (Dorset), a Wimborne based theatre group, following the commemorative reunion for Greg, held in Wimborne on October 6.

The next workshop will be held on Thursday 15th November from 7.30 – 9.30 pm at Alchemy Health Clinic, 154 Leigh Rd Wimborne Dorset BH21 2DB.

Photo by Tony Horitz, 2018