The Wessex Actors Company's
The Company served five counties of the South-West for 13 years on negligible finance, taking some 25 own productions and 5 presented one-person shows to 179 venues, mostly on multiple visits. A unique focus on talent and writing from the South-West generated the company’s policy over that period. This archive provides a brief record of the company’s achievements as time allows.
You have the following options:
v The Company's Lottery-funded assets are for sale: see listing and prices
v View "Running Time: 13 Years" – a publication celebrating 13 years of operation and detailing essential facts and figures about the Company’s operation.
v Find out about The Wessex Actors Company's history and aims
v Our focus has always been on the creative talent of the South-West - so who are the writers whose work we have produced?
v Search the list of venues played by the Company
v Discover the sources of funding, who helped the Company (beyond earnings from activities)
Information on some past productions:
v The Wessex Actors Company has twice produced Hardy's own dramatization of "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (1993 and 2001) - the only company to have done so since Hardy’s own production (last played 1929). Our acting/ production edition is now published and represented by New Theatre Publications.
v "Love Letters", one of our best ever productions, was a retelling of Thomas Hardy's moving domestic drama "On the Western Circuit". This has now been published and is represented by New Theatre Publications - click here.
v Another Hardy adaptation published and available for production is “Passion and the Revolutionary”, a tragic mature love story in one-act form for a cast of 3 and based on a short story.
v Responses to our production of Michael Barry’s “Dead Woman’s Ditch” – based on thetrue story of John Walford, hanged for the murder of his wife in 1789. Now published and represented by New Theatre Publications as "Burning Passions" - click here
v Info on: "Do Reindeer Dream of Santa Claus?"
v Find out about our last own production: "The Mayor of Casterbridge"
v Other productions are identified in "RunningTime: 13 Years"
v The Community Chest was the Company's unique programme of small-scale, low-cost productions for small venues:
Ø The portfolio of productions
Ø The Community Chest Press release
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Talk to us by e-mail: - or by phone: (+44)(0)1278 733100.
Or write:The Counting House, Dodington, Bridgwater, Somserset TA5 1LE
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