I went along to ‘A walk along the Dorset coast from Lyme Regis to Poole with JMW Turner’, a production by the St Gabriel’s Strolling Players, not really knowing what to expect.

It was an absolute joy and delight. Everyone left the evening with new information about the lives and customs of those who inhabited the Dorset Coast in the 1800s (including discovering young ladies in Portland were expected to get pregnant before receiving a proposal).

The research by Sue Herman into the writings and poems of past well-known authors and less well-known local characters and the music research by Ruth Jenkins ensured it was a factual, humorous performance, giving the audience much local historical information in an entertaining and novel way; definitely more entertaining than ploughing through the history books.

The whole production, put together by Sue Herman (with help from the whole cast) was superb. The production was very professional, well written and extremely entertaining. The cast gave an outstanding performance much enjoyed by the 80 or so members of the audience.

It was by far the best history lesson I have had in ages! Keep an eye out for future productions.