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The Sewell Barn Company

Flare Path


Two plays by Keith Dewhurst adapted from the novels by Flora Thompson

Director: Robert Little

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Performance dates:  Lark Rise: 11, 13, 19 October (matinées 14, 21 October)

 Candleford: 12, 14, 18, 20 & 21 October


Flora Thompson is best remembered for her semi-autobiographical trilogy which evokes, through childhood  memories  in  the  person  of Laura, a  vanished  world  of agricultural  customs  and  rural culture in England of the 1880s. Keith Dewhurst has adapted the trilogy into two plays – Lark Rise which  enacts  the  first  day  of  harvest  from  sunrise  to  sunset  and  in  contrast,  Candleford  which depicts a day in midwinter  –to give a lively picture of typical country life of the period with music and songs.

I have managed to secure the wonderful Michelle Glover as my musical director and she in turn

has assembled an amazing band. Michelle is composing and re arranging some classic folk songs.

So this will prove to be a truly exciting experience to be involved in.

CASTING - minimum of 12M / 8F.

This can be very flexible in both age and gender.

This amazing project calls for actors who can become very versatile changing from character to character. I do see both cast crossing over from Lark Rise to Candleford in some cases. Although I have willingly kept some of the original cast there are still many parts up for grabs. So please come along and join us.

Single characters:

Laura Timms

Edmund Timms playing age 10 -14yr

Emma  Timms mother of above

Albert Timms father of above

Then we have: farm labourers, women of the hamlet, Old Sally and her husband, gamekeeper, a pub landlord, fish seller, blacksmiths, maids, postman, letter sorters, Sir Timothy (the squire), huntsman/women, the Rector, telegram girl, old soldiers, the post office inspector, and many more.

I need old people (70/80s) and youngsters, people from the county and the town, upper and lower class, rich and poor. Can you sing, or play an instrument?


I would like to start working with the cast in July with a few rehearsals so the company can get to know each other well, before we start proper from mid-August. I will be rehearsing Sunday, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, all to be confirmed after casting.


Audition date:

Tuesday 6 June 2017 at 7.30pm

Please note venue: UEA Drama Studio Rehearsal Room (contact Robert with any queries)

I will use improvisation based around the script with the aim to have fun and working together. I might have separate auditions for certain characters after.

SCRIPT: ISBN 0-573-10011-X (both plays in one volume)

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