The Dell

Find out more about the people and the companies performing at this year's summer season at The Dell, our free open air theatre.  

Edward Blagrove

Edward Blagrove  is a director of BMH. Founded in 2005, they have spent the last eight years performing plays, concerts and a musical, mainly in Oxfordshire but they are also regulars at The Dell. Edward is immensly proud of the achievements of BMH and the springboard it has been for many professional actors.

Ellen Mateer

Ellen Mateer  is a founder-member and performer for The King's Troupe. She is a mum of three children, who also perform in the troupe and is also the partner to the chief props maker (right now a production line of papier mache severed heads is filling our kitchen).

Tim Stoneman

Tim Stoneman  is a member of the HMS Collingwood's theatre company. He has been involved in the Royal Navy's theatrical productions for several years, either behind the scenes or on stage – often typecast as a larger-than-life and somewhat threatening character.

48 hours to go...

August 27, 2013
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We started rehearsals four weeks ago and tonight we go into our final dress rehearsal. For most of this years Dell participants the costumes will have been packed up, the set dismantled and the dust settled on what, we hope, was a cracking weekend of performances, for us, it is just beginning.

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Stratford at last...

August 27, 2013
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Finally we arrived in Stratford for some last stilt-walking practice and fine tuning by our fabulous musicians.

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Now is the summer of our disco tents

August 7, 2013
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We are in the last weeks of rehearsal and preparation and are very excited indeed!

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Last time unto the breach, dear friends

July 31, 2013
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Our journey from Portsmouth to Stratford via Agincourt has ended – with a flourish.

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Cheesy seagulls

July 23, 2013
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Well, the efforts are paying off; we've performed Henry V in front of four paying audiences, in the magnificent location of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, alongside Nelson's iconic flagship HMS Victory – a stirring sight, especially in the battle scenes.

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If you go down to the woods today

July 19, 2013
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We have been rehearsing in nearby Nutclough Woods (re-christened The Nutclough Dell).

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Intense rehearsal in tents

July 19, 2013
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With a fortnight to go, we're into whole-act rehearsals, with props, weapons and the 'real' layout of campaign tents, stage lights and the like.

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Risk assessments: Richard coned off

July 17, 2013
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For the past few weeks the population of Hebden Bridge has been wrapped up with The Handmade Parade (our wonderful carnival) and The Arts Festival.

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Twins! Twins! TWINS!

July 17, 2013
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One of the fundamental plot points of The Comedy of Errors revolves around the fact that there are not one, but TWO sets of identical twins.

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Rain stops play at Agincourt

July 2, 2013
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Henry V (the real one) led his troops to victory at Agincourt 600 years ago when torrential rain had turned the field of battle into a muddy quagmire.

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