Dorchester’s Shire Hall stood at the centre of local law and government for over 200 years. It was here that the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried in 1834, and later Thomas Hardy sat as a magistrate.
Dorchester Drama is delighted to be staging their spring production there this April. With a new venue and a new director in Sean Colledge, the group is looking forward to presenting Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
Described variously as “an examination of socialism and the way different parts of society interact” and “a political morality tale”, Caucasian Chalk Circle is also a rollicking good story with good guys, bad guys, and the morally ambiguous.
The dispute between the governor’s wife, who abandoned her baby during a coup, and Grusha, the young servant who saved the child and cared for him, is settled by an eccentric judge who places the child in a chalk circle and declares that whichever woman can pull him from the circle will be granted custody.
Performances will be at the Shire Hall on the evenings of Thursday 5, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 of April. Tickets are available from the box office on 01305 268692.