Lark Rise – Friday 8 July 2016

htg logo - thumbnail 325 x 325A play written by Keith Dewhurst
Starting 8pm
Tickets:  £8 available from The Triangle or from
Headley Theatre Club’s central box office 01428 717358

Flora Thompson was the author of Lark Rise to Candleford which many will have seen adapted as a Sunday evening BBC TV series a few years ago. The book was about her youth in late Victorian times in Oxfordshire but, before she found fame writing it (in her 60s), she lived and worked in post offices at both Grayshott and Liphook.

This year is the centenary of her arrival in Liphook (1916) where she was to spend the next 12 years as postmaster’s wife. Here she had her first book (of poems) published and here she began writing regular nature notes (the Peverel Papers) which would one day lead to her preparing Lark Rise for publication.

To celebrate the centenary, Headley Theatre Club are touring the play Lark Rise locally in July. The Club has a strong tradition of supporting Flora Thompson’s memory, having previously toured plays written by John Owen Smith about her time in the local area.

This time, the play is one written by Keith Dewhurst, based on the Lark Rise book, and first performed at the National Theatre in London in 1978 ‘in promenade’ with live music. It has become popular with schools and amateur dramatic societies since then and we are sure that you will enjoy experiencing it here in Liss.

lark rise - official poster