Last Tuesday night’s Author talk produced not one author but two. Between them, Tony Benge and Sue Ashby have written many plays for the stage, radio and television, and have a long track record of devising scripts for television soaps.
Their talk was a highly entertaining canter through their previous collaborations and a detailed look at their current project, which is a play to commemorate the end of the Great War and how the controversial National Peace day of 1919 affected people in Sturminster Newton. The play is entitled “Rage, Tears and Cider”. Tony and Sue took us through the detailed process of research, character development (there are many real people from Sturminster’s history in the piece - we were shown photographs of some of them), plot construction and dialogue-shaping before any actual writing happens. They also described how random pieces of unexpected information can be used to heighten the drama, enrich the characterisation or solve plot difficulties. And then the writing and seemingly endless rewriting, to create the finished piece of work.
The process was illustrated by scenes from the play, acted out by members of the cast and their director Craig White. There were moving exchanges between complex characters, together with hilarious and colourful dialogue from all-too-real individuals, everything combining to move the drama along and keep the audience informed, engaged and amused. If the rest of the play matches these brief trailers, the two performances on Saturday 10th November at the Exchange Sturminster Newton deserve to be sold out.
A question and answer session followed Tony and Sue’s talk, providing a suitable close to a very enjoyable evening.
Hurry and get your tickets for Rage, Tears and Cider before they all sell out
The Library Management Group and Friends of Stalbridge Library would like to thank everyone who supported the evening