Characters of the Chase

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General Augustus Pitt Rivers (portrayed by Tony Horitz) at the Larmer Tree Gardens
General Pitt Rivers at his Larmer Tree Gardens (storytelling performance by Tony Horitz) as part of the Characters of the Chase project

See local history come alive through the in-character portrayal of notable residents of Cranborne Chase, from early settlers to more recent historic figures, a series of storywalks and performances will bring the area’s past vividly to life. 

This unique look at history through those who once lived here will raise awareness of the area’s rich heritage and ecology, encouraging audiences to better understand the diversity and importance of this special place.

Characters of the Chase Project Aims

This project aims to bring to life key characters associated with the Chase & Chalke area.  Professional performers will devise short stories that can be performed on walks and events within the programme.

In 2020 the father of modern archaeology, General Augustus Pitt Rivers, entertained and educated audiences in his Larmer Tree Gardens, bought to life by talented storyteller Tony Horitz, a film of Pitt Rivers at the Larmer Tree Gardens can be viewed here.

Get Involved with the ‘Characters of the Chase’ project

If your school or community group would like to get involved with the project, through an interactive workshop, helping research or learn about local history, or perhaps making period costume then please get in touch with Project Lead, Rachel Limb;

Seeking Storytellers

The Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership are seeking storytellers to research, devise and deliver in-character, site-specific performances.  To find out more please take a look at the briefClosing date for expressions of interest is Monday 17th April.

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The Chase & Chalke team offer free training opportunities to our volunteers. Register today to view upcoming activities to get involved with the ‘Nurturing Nature’ project, as well as free training & more.

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