We are delighted to be working with a group of theatre and music professionals for Spinning The Moon - let's meet the team.

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. 





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.

She is also a visiting tutor at Birmingham City University, where she teaches: Playwriting; Project Planning; and supervises the Applied (Community and Education) placements.




Tim Laycock, Musical Director

Introducing Tim Laycock our Musical Director for “Spinning the Moon” Tim is a professional Musician and Actor and has been working with traditional folk tales, stories and songs for more than 35 years. Tim has performed at The National Theatre and The RSC. Tim is Artistic Director for The New Hardy Players and resident artist for Tuneful Stories for The National Trust. Tim has been Musical Director for the previous two Dorchester Community plays: A Time to Keep and Drummer Hodge.... we are looking forward to the music in store for “Spinning the Moon”






Penny Levick, Assistant Director

Introducing our Assistant Director for Spinning the Moon: Penny Levick. Penny graduated with a Masters Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies specialising in Contemporary Performance Practice after completing her Post Graduate course at The London International School of Performing Arts. Penny has travelled extensively teaching drama and facilitating workshops. Penny’s credits include: Assistant Director / Performer for Drang Theatre Group at The Hague, Artistic Director for Glass House Total Theatre Company London, Musician and Performer with Cobblers Theatre Company London and Director / Movement Director for The New Hardy Players. Penny is currently based in Dorset and her passion and energy for Community Theatre will be an exciting contribution to Spinning the Moon.





Jenny Savage, Play Officer

“Spinning the Moon” would be impossible to bring to the stage if it wasn’t for our brilliant Play Officer Jenny Savage. Following a successful career as a school Business Manager Jenny recently retired from Westfield Arts College. Westfield is based in Weymouth and provides for the individual needs of children aged 3 to 19 with moderate or complex learning difficulties. Jenny is delighted to be amongst the professional team on this inclusive, exciting community project.






Alistair Simpson, Assistant Musical Director

Introducing our Assistant Musical Director for “Spinning the Moon”  - Alastair was born and bred in Dorchester, and this is his fourth community play in the town. At 10, he first acted in 'Fire from Heaven', was heavily involved both on- and off-stage in 'A Time to Keep', and was grateful to be able to perform in the band for the performances of 'Drummer Hodge', which was rehearsed while he studied music at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

Alastair is Musical Director for The New Hardy Players, often performs alongside Tim Laycock at Max Gate, runs local ceilidh band Tatterdemalion, and is Music Librarian for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

He enjoys knitting, bellringing, exploring odd corners of Dorset with the dog, real ale, and the Oxford comma.



Gillian Spencer-Gulliford: Wardrobe Supervisor

A new venture for me! After 30 years experience working as a designer, buyer, consultant, lecturer and manager for clothing companies around the UK and France transferring those skills to a role in the theatre has been a goal.

My appointment as Wardrobe Supervisor for Spinning the Moon has given me this fantastic opportunity


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