Spinning the Moon is Dorchester's 7th Community Play. It will be staged in 2020.

This website will tell the story of the play's production over the coming weeks and months, documenting the preparations for this landmark event in the town. The play is commissioned and produced by Dorchester Community Plays Assocation.

Stephanie Dale
Playwright

Stephanie Dale writes for stage, radio and large-scale theatre. She has written numerous adaptations for stage, and is currently working on her fifth large-scale play for Dorchester Community Plays Association. Stephanie has written Afternoon Dramas for BBC Radio Four, and is part of Centric - a Midlands based collective - who tell regional stories nationally.

Peter Cann
Director

Peter Cann is a writer and director. He was Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre from 1985 -1989. He is an Associate Artist with Centric Theatre in Birmingham, Cães Do Mar in The Azores and Absolute Theatre He collaborates frequently with Coventry based Talking Birds and with O Teatro Montemuro in Portugal.

Spinning the Moon is Dorchester's 7th Community Play. It will be staged in 2020.

This website will tell the story of the play's production over the coming weeks and months, documenting the preparations for this landmark event in the town. The play is commissioned and produced by Dorchester Community Plays Assocation.

Stephanie Dale
Playwright

Stephanie Dale writes for stage, radio and large-scale theatre. She has written numerous adaptations for stage, and is currently working on her fifth large-scale play for Dorchester Community Plays Association. Stephanie has written Afternoon Dramas for BBC Radio Four, and is part of Centric - a Midlands based collective - who tell regional stories nationally.

Peter Cann
Director

Peter Cann is a writer and director. He was Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre from 1985 -1989. He is an Associate Artist with Centric Theatre in Birmingham, Cães Do Mar in The Azores and Absolute Theatre He collaborates frequently with Coventry based Talking Birds and with O Teatro Montemuro in Portugal.

Welcome to "Spinning The Moon"

Spinning the Moon is Dorchester's 7th Community Play. It will be staged in 2020. This website will tell the story of the play's production over the coming weeks and months, documenting the preparations for this landmark event in the town. The play is commissioned and produced by Dorchester Community Plays Assocation.

About the Play

"Spinning the Moon" is set in Dorchester in 1485. Echoing our current political and social climate, the play is based on conflated, real events which took place, in Dorchester, across a 50-year period. It explores the collapse of the manor houses and the rise in popularity to sheep farming, which in turn saw many people turned off the land and made homeless. It was a period of political and financial insecurity, which saw many people turning to desperate measures in a bid to survive. Witchcraft was also on the increase, as was punishment for being involved in such activities, as more and more people needed someone to blame for the breakdown of their society.

"I have taken the decision to look back at this period through a 21st century lens. I wanted to write a play that doesn’t make the past feel dusty and remote. Therefore, the play should feel bold and contemporary in its production. By the end of the play, the LANDLESS should be in contemporary clothes; this idea could and should spill over into the design and music."

Stephanie Dale - Playwright

Get Involved

We would love to hear from you if you'd like to get involved with this exciting new production. We're going to need all sorts of people to make this play happen. We're currently looking for people to help with marketing, fundraising and promoting the new play in Dorchester.

So if you're a whizz on social media, or a great copywriter, or brilliant at organising fundraising events, please get in touch.

enquiries@spinningthemoon.org.uk

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Conference

To mark one year since the death of playwright and practitioner Ann Jellicoe we jointly hosted, in partnership with Dorchester Arts, the First National Community Theatre Conference, to be held at the Corn Exchange, Dorchester on Saturday September 15th, 2018. Read more here.

Fundraising

We are looking for help with fundraising for the play. We need to raise in the region of £30,000 in order to stage the play. Please contact us if you have any great ideas for fundraising events and activities.

Volunteers

Our list of jobs that need to be done as part of the preparation for the play is long and very varied. Click here if you might consider volunteering to help with "Spinning the Moon".

 

Stephanie Dale
Playwright

Stephanie Dale writes for stage, radio and large-scale theatre. She has written numerous adaptations for stage, and is currently working on "Spinning the Moon" for Dorchester Community Plays Association. Stephanie has written Afternoon Dramas for BBC Radio Four, and is part of Centric - a Midlands based collective - who tell regional stories nationally.

Peter Cann
Director

Peter Cann is a writer and director. He was Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre from 1985 -1989. He is an Associate Artist with Centric Theatre in Birmingham, Cães Do Mar in The Azores and Absolute Theatre He collaborates frequently with Coventry based Talking Birds and with O Teatro Montemuro in Portugal. His work on community plays includes: The Witches’ Promise (written by Stephanie Dale) for Birmingham Rep at Weoley Castle; Of Bricks and Bones for The Welsh National Opera - performed in a burnt-out ballroom in Birmingham; Jericho Stone for Absolute Theatre (produced in Kingston Jamaica) and Cry to the Hunt for Shared Experience. Centrictheatre.com

 

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