Play about author Flora Thompson touring six local venues

Monday 11th July 2022 11:00 am
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John Thompson (Rod Sharp) tells Flora Thompson (Mel White) that he has decided to move to Dartmouth in the play Flora’s Peverel by author and historian John Owen Smith.
John Thompson (Rod Sharp) tells Flora Thompson (Mel White) that he has decided to move to Dartmouth (John Owen Smith )

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A play marking the 75th anniversary of the death of Lark Rise To Candleford author Flora Thompson is touring six local venues this month.

Flora – born in Juniper Hill, Oxfordshire in 1876 – lived in Grayshott from 1898 to 1900 and in Liphook from 1916 to 1928.

In 1938 she sent some essays on her country childhood to Oxford University Press which were accepted and published in three separate volumes, Lark Rise (1939), Over To Candleford (1941) and Candleford Green (1943).

In 1945 they were republished as a trilogy under the title Lark Rise To Candleford. It is a lightly-disguised story of her youth in a hamlet, a village and a country town in the 1880s.

The play, Flora’s Peverel, by local author and historian John Owen Smith, will be staged at The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre in Bordon (July 15), Liphook Village Hall (July 16), Haslemere Museum (July 17), The Triangle in Liss (July 22), Headley Village Hall (July 23) and the Holybourne Theatre in Alton (July 24).

For tickets, priced £8 at all venues, call 01428 717784 or visit the Headley Theatre Club website www.headley-village.com/drama

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