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SITT 2007

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Sting in the Tale


the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre


Two Classic Victorian Stories of Mystery and Suspense performed by Raymond Sargent in

Further Tales at the Pottery

on the 24th of August 2007 at 07:30 p.m.
(Tickets on sale in July 2007. – Details later.)

~ Act One ~
The Signalman by Charles Dickens

“The Signalman" is the first-half of Ray's popular nationally-touring one-man show

"Two Victorian Tales",


The Signal Man

"A retired wealthy industrialist feels a need to explore the new phenomenon that provided his company's sudden expansion and resounding success: the Railway System. Stumbling upon a lonely signalbox, he befriends its solitary inhabitant. A difficult initial meeting ultimately leads to an uncanny conclusion: a masterpiece of the Supernatural."


~ Act Two ~

The Withered Arm

a Masterpiece by Thomas Hardy (the Wessex Bard)

"The Withered Arm" will be a local premiere! First presented in July 2007 at the internationally renowned Buxton Festival, this will be only the second performance. It will be the very first opportunity for an East Dorset audience to experience this gripping tale of mystery and witchcraft, and the superb well-proven fusion of the craftsmanship of Thomas Hardy with Ray Sargent's dramatisation, performance and sound technology skills.

Combining all of this with the organisers passion and insight in enhancing an already delightful and intimate venue with atmospheric yet non-intrusive lighting, this event truly promises to be one of unparalleled indulgence for those with a taste for a great story, peerlessly told.


The Withered Arm

It is said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Rhoda Brook would have no idea of the powers she possesses, until her wealthy clandestine ex-lover returns home with his new, young bride.

Suspicion is aroused amongst the country-folk when the new bride is afflicted by a mysterious malignant ailment: an ailment which defies every treatment that conventional medicine has to offer.

Strange maladies require strange cures, indulgence in which will lock the three pivotal characters into an inevitable chain of events which must run their course, but just how will it all end?

Adapted and Performed
Raymond Sargent


We are sorry to report the sad news of the death of Ray Sargent early on the morning of Sunday 9th of March 2008 when he lost his fight with cancer.
Ray was a well known local Actor and Musician who was very active with EDALE (East Dorset Arts Leisure and Entertaiment). He last appeared on stage at the "Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre" and at the "Barrington theatre" in August 2007 during the "SITT" Festival. Our condolences to his wife Julia and his daughter Laura 
  Ray's funeral took place at St Hubert's Church, Corfe Mullen Tuesday March 25th.



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