"Memories of Dorset and World War Two"
Devised and Performed by Tim Laycock and
Ray Sargent
A unique stage show, based entirely upon the memories of people from nine Residential Homes and Day Care Centres across Dorset. These fascinating stories were recorded as part of a Reminiscence project which took place during the 2004 "Sting in the Tale" Festival.
following the premier performance
Doodlebugs, Exploding Whale Pies and Schooldays were some of the remarkable stories and real memories that were performed to an enraptured audience at The Gainsford Theatre, Lytchett Minster School. This unique performance entitled "Memories of Dorset and World War 2" was produced and performed by Dorset based Actors Tim Laycock and Ray Sargent.

The show came to fruition following eight reminiscence workshops, which took place in different Residential Homes across Dorset. Elderly people from the Homes were keen to share their memories of the past and World War ll with the two actors who also regaled them with songs and music from their past.

Anecdotes and recollections were gathered and recorded then used to produce this show, which was introduced by 'Land Girl' Sandra Hooker.

All the Residential Homes who had taken part were invited to the performance to see their memories brought to life on stage. One Resident, Bill Thompson, joined the Actors at the finale of the show to entertain the audience on drums.

The performance rounded off the Sting in the Tale 'Festival of stories' that has been running throughout East Dorset and Christchurch since the summer. Local Storytellers have been entrancing and captivating audiences in venues as diverse as The Priest's House Museum, the Tivoli Theatre and remote, atmospheric outdoor locations. 2,000 people attended the various events on offer during the Festival.

Memories of Dorset and World War 2 was so successful that discussions of touring it to residential homes next year are underway. The project has also inspired the BBC's Peoples' War project to develop the show further.

Funding from Help the Aged is already been granted in order to record the show and reminiscences onto CD for retail.

This project was the result of an arts development partnership initiative between partners: The Priest's House Museum, Christchurch Borough Council and East Dorset District Council.

Awards For All, East Dorset District Council, Christchurch Borough Council, Help the Aged, NHS PCT, Dorset Arts Partnership, Dorset County Council, CO OP Community Fund and Arts Council England funded the project and BBC Peoples War and many other people gave assistance to the project to make it such a success.


13th. October 2004.

East Dorset District Council, Furzehill, Wimborne BH21 4HN. Tel: 01202 886201

Tim and Ray The double CD cited above is now available: one disk features the original stories, as told by those who contributed the source material, whilst the other disk is of the show itself.

To find out how to obtain this CD, together with educational and other useful information, visit the new website dedicated to this project:


Tim Laycock and Ray Sargent perform
"Memories of Dorset and World War II"
~ photograph courtesy of Bernard Tyrer ~
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