THE continuing pandemic and Covid restrictions have forced Dorchester Community Play Association to postpone the next play, Spinning the Moon, until it is safe to continue with rehearsals and performances.
The play, which has a cast and crew of almost 200 people, was due to be performed at Thomas Hardye School in April this year, but the initial nationwide lockdown meant it had to be postponed. Organisers hoped it would be safe to restart rehearsals in January 2021, with performances taking place in the spring.
Rowan Seymour, who is joint chairman of DCPA, stressed that Spinning the Moon is not being cancelled, “but we do understand and accept that it will not be possible to re-start rehearsals in January and perform in April 2021 due to the ongoing Covid 9 situation.
“Therefore, we have decided that we will move forward when we are completely confident that it is safe to do so, with the health and safety of everyone involved our utmost priority.
“We are in a good financial position and confident that we have the financial backing and reserves to move forward when appropriate.”
Spinning the Moon, the record-breaking seventh community play to be staged in Dorchester, has been written by playwright Stephanie Dale and will be directed by Peter Cann, who has worked with theatre companies all over the world.
The play, set in and around Dorchester shortly after the Wars of the Roses, focuses on the fortunes of a landed family and their tenants at a time of immense national turmoil and change.
Anyone who bought tickets for the original performance can either hold them over until the production takes place or contact Dorchester Arts for a full refund.
DCPA would like to thank the cast and professional team for their commitment and patience, all those who made costumes, donated props and supported in so many ways. The costumes are in store, the scripts on hold and the play will go on when the time is right!