The Lament of Dorothy Wordsworth

Theatre (new writing, solo show)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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Dorothy Wordsworth has finally found her place, living in domestic and literary bliss in the Lake District with her famous brother, William. They write poetry collaboratively, nurture their garden and take inspiration from the mountains they climb together. Dorothy believes they cannot get any closer. Then she discovers that William wishes to marry her best friend, Mary, with the intention that they will all live together in Dove Cottage. Distraught, Dorothy must decide if she can share her brother’s affections – or not. Actor: Gillian Massey. Director: Melloney Flinn. Writer: Jane Sunderland.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: The audience enter the venue from Merchant Street, with the box office located on street level. 3 steps or a lift provide access to the upper foyer, with snack bar and toilets on this level. The space is located immediately off the upper foyer, with one row of seats on the same level. A shallow rake provides additional seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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jean dickson 23 days ago

On the strength of other reviews booked this show and loved it. So poignant, brilliant writing and acting. I could visualise everything she looked at & share her feelings. A wonderful fringe play & one that’s going to lead to reading much more about the Wordsworth family. Thanks

Lynne Bulmer 27 days ago

What a wonderful little solo show - beautifully scripted and acted. Dorothy is brought to life and given a voice at last, her language powerfully evoking the spirit of the Lakes as she faces the dilemma of a real-life 'love triangle'. Bravo to all involved, especially writer Jane Sunderland and actor Gillian Massey - you brought a tear to my eye...

Dan 27 days ago

An excellent show - the language echoes the beauty of Lake District and Dorothy's conflicting moods of peaceful contentment and internal angst are superbly portrayed. Like some other reviewers I am also now intrigued by the Lake Poets, especially to find and celebrate Dorothy's overlooked (until now) contribution. Brilliantly done all round, a beautiful way to start a day at the Fringe!

Anja E 27 days ago

Small but perfectly formed production. The writing was beautiful - capturing the personal and the poetic. The actor's performance was captivating. Would definitely recommend as a great start for a day at the Festival. Well done!

Yorkshire Tyke 28 days ago

A touching insight into the life of both Wordsworths. The poetry speaking volumes and the fells speaking for themselves. Left wanting more, which is always good.

Nandi 30 days ago

A good way to start to a day at the Fringe. Enjoyable, touching and thought-provoking solo show....Gillian Massey gives a great performance as Dorothy. It makes you want to go away and find out more about the characters.

Ruth Najda 32 days ago

A wee gem! See this show if you can. Nuanced and gripping story-line from Dorothy's perspective that portrays the dependencies, typical for women at that time, on relationships with men-folk to create space for personal development, self-expression and for Dorothy happiness. Dorothy knows her brother's marriage will change their relationship. She has so much to lose and few positive options. As well as a compelling narrative, it seems like there is a lot of historical accuracy here.

David Strachan 32 days ago

Superbly acted, brilliant colourful script, slightly controversial but very original subject, I felt I was there in a country garden in the Lake District.
Special mention for the sound, ably provided by my sister Carol.

Peter Noble 32 days ago

I'm not a particularly literary person. I'd heard of William Wordsworth, a poet or writer of some renown, but knew virtually nothing if him...let alone his sister.
This play however I found absolutely enchanting and engaging, beautifully written, I now realise in the flavour of Wordsworth (brother or sister I'm not sure) and acted with great subtlety and feel, drawing me into the world of the Lake District setting of the Wordsworth family home. The relationship between the characters was wonderfully drawn in the words and the telling of this intriguing story. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good tale beautifully told.

Ann Love 34 days ago

Loved this show for the way the character of Dorothy Wordsworth was brought so vividly and movingly to life. And hats off to the solo performer who combined the voices of Dorothy, William Wordsworth and narrator so effortlessly. Would highly recommend.

James Gravenor 34 days ago

Great performance - made me want to find out more about Dorothy Wordsworth. Well worth going to.

Gillian Gibson 35 days ago

Brilliant show! Fabulous, well performed script. A must see!!!

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