Hardy’s notebooks inspire new folk drama

WORDS Take Wings, at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Wednesday 24th April, is an original folk-drama which draws on Thomas Hardy’s notebooks.

Hardy kept a private journal in which he recorded reports and anecdotes from local papers and magazines such as the Dorset County Chronicle that amused or interested him. They tell of 19th century lives and dreams, hopes and despair, love and laughter.

The musicians and actors of the group Wyvern have traced snippets and jottings that Hardy wove into his poems and novels, where the words have ‘taken wing’ from dry prose to rich imaginative literature. These extraordinary stories, always observant and often quirky are brought to life through carefully chosen extracts, lively music and dramatic readings.