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3rd October & 12th-15th November 2003
Two Victorian Tales
Rural Buckingham-
Arts Council England funding mark
A fully technically supported tour of "Two Victorian Tales" to five rural venues in Buckinghamshire. Organised and promoted by
Theatre in the Villages (Buckinghamshire's Rural Touring Scheme).

Supported by Wycombe, Chiltern, South Bucks and Aylesbury Vale District Councils.

Funding for the technical support was provided by a
Grants for the Arts award from
Arts Council England

The Stage-Management at these performances were headed by Nick Lamprey.

Thurs. 23rd. October 2003
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Theatre Royal logo
"Two Victorian Tales" - at an authentic Victorian venue! - 7.45pm at the Theatre Royal, Addington Street, Margate, Kent. Promoted by Pirouette Productions.

The Stage-Management at this performance was headed by Martin Neeves

Click here to see the review from this performance.

The Theatre Royal, Margate, was established by Royal Patent in 1786 and opened on the 27th June, 1787. It is the 2nd oldest theatre operating in Great Britain. It is also the oldest un-restored theatre in the country; its splendid auditorium dating from the 1874 designs by J T Robinson.

Fri. 1st. August 2003
Harry the Poole Dolphin
Poetry in Performance
the culmination of an intensive week-long Poetry Summer-School at Upton House in Poole

For this performance day, the Students had worked with Nick Crump (musician and instrument builder) and Raymond Sargent (actor and musician).

The performance was planned as a 'promenade' event at four locations in the grounds of Upton House. Regrettably, the inclement weather prevented this however the Drawing Room of Upton House made a superb venue, enabling the Students to fully demonstrate their literary, rhythmic and public reading skills.

Friday, 25th. April 2003
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Dorchester, Dorset
Thomas Hardy
a Fund-Raising performance of
"Two Victorian Tales"
7.30pm in the Victorian Room, at the Dorset County Museum,
High West Street, Dorchester.
Over 500.00 was raised towards the Museum's Funds.
Admission included free glass of wine during the interval.
Relevant items from the Museum's Collection were on display.

Research carried out here provided a good deal of the musical content of "Two Victorian Tales" (the Thomas Hardy Memorial Collection) as well as one of the songs in the show, and other useful information of the period.
Thurs. 6th. March 2003
Dorchester, Dorset
A Concert
celebrating the Life and Work of the Dorset Poet,
William Barnes

Raymond Sargent .... Guitar, Vocals, Recorder
Alice Montgomery .... Bass Clarinet

7.30pm at
Dorchester Library,
Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset.

As a finale piece of this concert, Ray composed an original piece but gave it no name. During its intruduction, Ray invited the audience to think of a title, and to let him know whilst he and Alice were packing up their equipment afterwards. It was considered that the best title was that suggested by Frank Whillock, the then Chairman of the William Barnes Society. His suggestion being; "Quiet Flows the Frome".

The River Frome flows through Dorchester, on its way towards Wareham and Poole Harbour.

To hear this piece, simply click on the "Quicktime" logo below. Dial-up users might have to wait a little while, but it's well worth it!

For map, click here (courtesy of "Multimap")

Friday, 8th. November 2002
Dorset Dance
Poole, Dorset
Harry the Poole Dolphin
"Celebration of Dance" - a presentation by participants from a residency in Poole, in a celebration of Dance. The Performers, who experience learning difficulties, had worked with Natasha Player and Noah Messomo on African Dance and Drumming; with Debbie Fionn Barr creating a modern dance piece; and with Ray Sargent on traditional English Folk Dance and Circle Dancing.
Organised and promoted by Dorset Dance and Poole Borough Council.
Presented at the Study Gallery, Park Gates, Poole, Dorset.
Saturday, 14th. September 2002
Fontmell Magna, Dorset
The fifth TRAC Ceilidh (Dorset Traditional Arts Cooperative) at Fontmell Magna Village Hall, near Shaftesbury, Dorset.
May & June 2002
English Nature
Arne Peninsula, Dorset
The first performances of Heathland Wisdom: commissioned by English Nature's Hardy's Egdon Heath Project.
November 2001
Two Victorian Tales
Wimborne, Dorset
the Tivoli Theatre
The Premiere Performance of "Two Victorian Tales" at the Tivoli Theatre, West Borough, Wimborne.
14th. June 2001
English Nature
Wareham, Dorset
The Launch Event of English Nature's Hardy's Egdon Heath Project. Although a "former" project for me; very much an ongoing project for English Nature.
November 2000 to June 2001
Dorset County Council; supporters of Artsreach
Village Halls around Dorset
Dorset Library Service
"Books Uncorked"
Book and Wine Tasting from around the world!
A wonderful evening listening to literary extracts from several countries, whilst enjoying the wine of each particular country.

Readings by Trisha Lewis and Raymond Sargent.

Wines introduced by Master of Wines Jack deCarteret.

Produced and Promoted by Artsreach in association with
the Dorset Library Service.
October 2000 to March 2001
Common Ground
Wimborne Minster, Dorset
Otter: Lutra Lutra on the Stour: a new choral work, organised by Common Ground, celebrating the return of this elusive creature to the banks of the River Stour.

And what else?.... See Ray's biography

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