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Stronghold of Happiness

January 6, 2016

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‘Stronghold of Happiness’, a play by Devina Symes, of New Hardy Players’ fame

Dorset writers and Dorset life in WWII inspires Play

7.30 pm on 30th January at the Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

When Devina Symes penned her play Stronghold of Happiness, which she adapted from the book of the same name; as well as researching and recording life in Dorset during WWII, she drew on the inspirational words of Thomas Hardy and William Barnes, who both feature in the story.

The play is based around Dorset couple, Peter and Ella Samways, who, in 2015 answer an advert placed by their local drama college, asking for couples who were married during WWII to write in with their story.

The couple are excited when their story is chosen, and are invited to watch a rehearsal of the play, and to answer questions posed by the actors about the war and local history.

Watching their story, with its shattering wartime events, unfold, turns out to be more dramatic and cathartic than the couple initially realised.

Tickets at £7 will be available from early January from the museum reception, or by phoning 01305 756827, or on the door, subject to availability.

The price includes a complimentary glass of wine or juice and nibbles.

1940s costume optional! Not suitable for children.

 A Brief synopsis:

Stronghold of Happiness – a play inspired by Dorset and its writers: Set in Dorset in WWII
Historic – Dramatic - Captivating


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