Back to school in Dorchester

MEMBERS of Dorchester Drama are heading back to school for their latest production, John Dighton’s The Happiest Days of Your Life, due on stage at the Corn Exchange on Friday and Saturday 26th and 27th November.

First performed as a television play in 1947, the story was performed as a stage play the following year, and since then many television and radio adaptations have been broadcast. The stage play was revived by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican in 1984. Perhaps most famously, The Happiest Days of Your Life was  filmed in 1950, with Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford as the head teachers of the two schools and Joyce Grenfell as Miss Gossage. The film is seen as a precursor to the St Trinian’s films, sharing common themes and some of the cast.

Set in 1947 this rollicking farce begins as  RAF pilot Dick Tassell returns to his pre-war job as a schoolmaster at Hilary Hall, only to find that the Ministry of Devacuation has told the school to expect the imminent arrival of St Swithin’s, whose own premises have been bombed. And St Swithin’s is  … Girls School.  Hilary Hall head Mr Pond and St Swithin’s principal Miss Whitchurch quickly realise that they are going to have to work together to avoid the parents of their pupils finding out that their precious darlings are now accidentally co-ed.

The potential for chaos, misunderstanding and fun is limitless. Dorchester director Dee Thorne and a talented and versatile cast have put together a lively a  production with some interesting props!

Performances are on Friday at 7.30 and Saturday at 6pm. For more details, telephone 01305 266926 or visit the website, www.dorchetserarts.org.uk

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