AFTERMATH, the final play in the State of Play documentary theatre trilogy, had its premiere in Wimborne on 22nd March
Sub-titled “in the wake of War”, the performance followed the impact of the Great War on people living in East Dorset, and was commissioned by the Priest’s House Museum.
Based on letters, diaries, photographs and other research material, the play reflects on the feelings and concerns of four people living in East Dorset after the Armistice: Sir John Hanham of Deans Court and Samuel Durrant, who were both injured and survived their wounds, local doctor, Dr E Kaye Le Fleming, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and Eliza Burden, of Pilford, whose son was killed in action and who worked as a washerwoman for many local families.
The play was performed at Deans Court in Wimborne, home to the Hanham family for nearly 500 years.
Further performances are planned in the coming months.