Wednesday, February 28, 2007

I am yet again amazed

at how long Thomas Hardy lived into the twentieth century (and also the way that performance history serves as a way of hearing the dead speak, as it were). Steven Morris at the Guardian:

The only surviving member of Thomas Hardy's theatrical group is to tread the boards again at the age of 101. Norrie Woodhall, a member of the original Hardy Players, is to recite poetry by the writer as part of an event called Dorset Voices.

Her performance will come more than 80 years after Hardy cast her as Tess's younger sister Liza Lu in a production of Tess of the d'Urbervilles at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester. She said: "I have been reciting Hardy's works all my life and know a lot of it off by heart. " Dorset Voices is being staged at the United Church in Dorchester on March 11.

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