The Lament of Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth has finally found her place, living in domestic and literary bliss in the Lake District with her famous brother, William.

They write poetry, nurture their garden and take inspiration from the mountains they climb together.

Dorothy believes they cannot get any closer.

Then she discovers that William plans to marry her best friend, Mary.

Distraught, Dorothy must decide if she can share her brother’s affections or give up the life she loves.

Audience comments …

“Enjoyable, touching and thought-provoking …. Gillian Massey gives a great performance as Dorothy.”

“Absolutely enchanting and engaging … acted with great subtlety and feel”

“Small but perfectly formed production. The writing was beautiful – capturing the personal and the poetic”

“A touching insight into the life of both Wordsworths. Left wanting more.”

“I felt I was there in a country garden in the Lake District.”

“Hats off to the solo performer who combined the voices of Dorothy, William Wordsworth and narrator so effortlessly. Would highly recommend.”

“What a wonderful little solo show – beautifully scripted and acted. Dorothy is brought to life and given a voice at last. Bravo to all involved, especially writer Jane Sunderland and actor Gillian Massey – you brought a tear to my eye…”

The Lament of Dorothy Wordsworth had a successful run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe after a positive reception as part of the 2019 West End Festival in Glasgow.

The play was performed in Cockermouth in summer 2022 as part of the celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of Dorothy Wordsworth’s birth there.

The Lament of Dorothy Wordsworth by PenPal Productions Theatre Company
Actor: Gillian Massey
Director: Melloney Flinn
Writer: Jane Sunderland
Producer: Jill Franklin

Penpal Productions is an Edinburgh-based theatre company founded by graduates of the Playwriting MSc at Edinburgh University.

Duration : approximately 50 minutes (followed by optional Q&A)
Recommended age: 14+

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