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Play takes inspiration from Brame’s Famous Novel

Published Wednesday, 29 March 2023
A photograph of three people sat on a bench. A woman, dressed in cardigan and dress, is smiling. The man next to her is looking to the man to his left, who is wearing a top hat and smart black coat and is in the middle of talking

An exciting new play taking inspiration from Hinckley novelist Charlotte Brame’s most famous work, Dora Thorn, will be performed in Hinckley as part of a weekend to celebrate St George’s Day festivities.

Performed by the Red River Youth Theatre, the play has been funded by the Hinckley High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), an initiative supported by Historic England designed to promote, restore and revitalise Hinckley’s high street area.

The play lasts for around 30 minutes and is set in a workhouse.  It follows the story of a young aristocrat who falls in love with a workhouse girl. Will the young man defy his father and the prevailing values of the day or will love win through?

Being Dora can be seen on:

  • Friday 21 April, 1pm and 3pm, St Mary’s Church, Hinckley
  • Saturday 22 April, 11.30am and 1.45pm, Argents Mead bandstand
  • Monday 24 April, 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Hinckley

The performance is free to watch, no booking is required. Please note, Saturday’s performance will be moved inside to St Mary’s Church in the event of wet weather.

Alan Larsen, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s High Street Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme Coordinator who is organising the event for the council said:

"It’s great to see the HSHAZ has helped fund another new production that families and visitors can come along and enjoy for free.  Last year’s play performed by the Red River Youth Theatre was really popular, so we were pleased to be able to offer another performance this year.

"Being Dora is suitable for all ages and promises to be an entertaining and original way to learn about history.  The play will be part of our high popular St George’s Day event so I urge everyone will come into the town centre to watch the play, support our local high street, and enjoy all that will be on offer.”