Tim Laycock — Author

Tim Laycock — Author

Tim Laycock is a Dorset man of many talents: actor, writer, musician….   He often combines these roles, adding much to all aspects the performances in which he is involved.

Splitting Tim’s work into neat packages just isn’t possible, but to give you a flavour of the incredibly wide range of things in which he gets very successfully involved:

  • Past company member with The National Theatre and Festival Theatre Chichester among others.
  • Actor/Musical Director in (among others):
  • The Old Wife’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe August 2000
  • Dorchester Community Play “A Time to Keep” 2007
  • Composer and Musical Director for the 2014 Dorchester Community Play “Drummer Hodge”, drawing rave reviews.
  • Led ‘Tuneful Stories’ sessions through the summer of 2013, at Hardy’s Birthplace.
  • Music and storytelling projects with the:
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Poole and Bournemouth Schools.
  • Extensive storytelling work in Dorset schools
  • Specializes in readings of the poetry of William Barnes and Thomas Hardy.
  • Playwright, writing for theatre companies and community groups.

Thomas Hardy stage adaptations include:

  • The Return of the Native 1985. An adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel which received a South West Arts writer’s award, and was performed in Dorset in 2005 by the New Hardy Players
  • The Distracted Preacher. In 2010 Tim directed Ray Sargent’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s humorous short story as the New Hardy Players’ summer production.
  • The Withered Arm. Tim worked with Pippa Brindley and the Museum Makers group at Dorset County Museum to devise a new play based on Thomas Hardy’s short story The Withered Arm. A cast of 18 actors, performers and carers worked on Monday mornings for several months to produce an hour long play with music, human and shadow puppetry, dance and audience participation.
  • Wrote and directed a 20 minute DVD about Thomas Hardy’s work, commissioned by the National Trust

Tim is also a skilled folk musician, and collects Dorset (and other) folk songs, sometimes putting them to music. Many people will remember his performances with the New Scorpion Band



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