Sunday, 14 March 2010

Hardy Player takes to stage at 104...

A centenarian has taken to the stage, all for the sake of some old documents. Norrie Woodhall, 104, is the last remaining original member of the 'Hardy Players', a group cast and directed by author Thomas Hardy himself. Appearing as Tess's sister Liza Lu in the stage version of his novel in 1928, Woodhall, 82 years on, has reprised her role to raise money for the Hardy Players Manuscript Fund. The campaign, based in Dorset, aims to retain a collection of Hardy's works in the county for future generations. The collection of work for sale includes scripts, some with handwritten production notes, programmes, posters and stage set models. Including all the prospective funds from Ms. Woodhall's performance, the campaign aims to raise £58,000. A video about the story can be found here

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