Twisted Tales is a hilariously dark triple bill of riotous comedies that reveal the darkness under the domestic, the lengths people will go to for love and how to wash blood stains out of a carpet.
WHY HAVE three strangers; a brash Bristolian, a Cockney wide-boy & an introverted blogger been summoned to play a deadly locked-room mystery?
WHO IS the bandaged man, obsessively in love and held captive inside an upmarket flat, counting down the seconds until it’s time for her to return and “thing I can’t say” to begin.
HOW WILL two children’s TV presenters dispose of a corpse before time runs out? All they have is their wits, their arts and crafts skills and a foul-mouthed, criminal genius glove puppet.
Join us for an anarchic night of Twisted Tales and consider “how far would you go to get what you want?”
Suitable for ages 14+
Living a Wild Life with Colin Stafford-Johnson
Irish wildlife cameraman and television presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson is one of the world’s most acclaimed and internationally awarded filmmakers. Throughout his legendary career, Colin has won countless awards from wildlife festivals and events around the world. He's lived first hand with tigers for many years in India, filmed some of the most renowned natural history sequences in his homeland of Ireland and now for the first time will be sharing his hair-raising stories with UK theatre audiences this autumn.
Illustrated with his own stunning film footage and photography, the talk promises unique natural history stories and special wildlife encounters in what promises to be a spell binding evening.
Photo credited to Matt Loughrey
* Show suitable for all ages.
* 2 hours running time including interval
Dorchester Arts and Poonamallee Productions present
A Pure Woman
a new play by Simon Reade based on Christopher Nicholson’s novel ‘Winter’
Based on true events, Thomas Hardy, 84, has an affair of the heart with the 20-something Dorset woman playing Tess in the local amateur Hardy Players’ production - which drives Hardy’s second wife, Florence, in her 40s, into a jealous rage. Within this highly theatrical love triangle, a deeply moving portrait of a marriage in extremis is played out. Adapted from Christopher Nicholson’s highly acclaimed novel Winter.
***** “Ravishing” Telegraph
“Absolutely first rate” New York Review of Books
“Pitch perfect” Times
In a brand new show, adventurer-explorer Benedict Allen tells the whole unvarnished truth of his most recent adventure – a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea, during which he filmed his journey to visit a community he had befriended thirty years earlier – when he hit the headlines after failing to turn up for a flight to Hong Kong, prompting his friends and family, and eventually the world media, to become concerned for his wellbeing.
Benedict will recall the highs and lows of this awe-inspiring trip, tell exhilarating tales from his life as an explorer and show never-before-seen material from his travels across the globe.
‘Part of history of television’ – Mark Thompson, Former Director General, BBC
‘This is a hugely exciting venture for me. I can’t wait to travel the UK and share my experiences of some of the most testing, but also wonderfully inspiring, corners of the globe’ – Benedict Allen
Ahir Shah has rapidly become one of the key voices in UK comedy, whose sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up features a blend of philosophical inquiry, political vigour and top quality gags. His astute and hilarious observations on the current social and political situation have seen him receive nominations for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018, as well as make appearances on The Now Show (BBC Radio 4) and Newsnight (BBC2).
"One of his generation’s most eloquent comic voices" Telegraph
A young comedian from Yorkshire, Maisie Adam only started on the comedy circuit in 2016 but her anecdotal material and self-deprecating charm have quickly won her praise up and down the country. Winner of the prestigious So You Think You're Funny award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, Maisie followed that up the following year with a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
"So natural is her stage presence and the command she radiates from it" Scotsman
Bedford-born Chris Chopping began his stand-up career in Wales and quickly installed himself as one of the top-rated acts in the country. Now, his dry outlook and hilarious punchlines have established him as one of the go-to pros for clubs across the UK, where his strong material and deadpan persona have garnered him a cult following.
"A really good comic, tremendously clever" Metro
plus WILL DUGGAN (MC)
A Fantastical Beasts inspired dance showcase. Revelio merges a collection of pieces that explore the themes and plot of this magical world and narrative.
The typewriter starts and the magic begins. The year is 1920 and the world for a 'no-maj' is about to be blown wide open as we take that step inside the case and reveal the magic and darkness inside.
One of the biggest stars of UK comedy right now, James Acaster toured the country last year with a staggering three show ‘Trelogy’, performing Recognise, Represent and Reset consecutively over three nights in each venue. These three shows plus Recap form the Netflix series Repertoire - the first ever stand up mini series with an overarching narrative. In 2017 James also released his debut book Classic Scrapes, making the Sunday Times bestseller list.
"Weaving together unlikely strands in his routines to form bizarre, even beautiful, comic structures" The Telegraph
Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee 2018
Passion. Betrayal. Harold Wilson. Character comedian Kieran Hodgson returns with the epic and surprising tale of how Britain joined Europe in the first place.
On a deeply personal quest for understanding, Kieran perfects a series of obsolete impressions and discovers that the 70s were about more than just TISWAS, the colour born and the words ‘Let’s go on strike again’.
Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Star of Radio 4’s Earworms and Lance, and as seen regularly on BBC2’s Two Doors Down, Upstart Crow and Dad’s Army: We’re Doomed.
‘A terrific show’ ★★★★ The Guardian
‘There’s a delicious perfectionism here to the writing, structure and delivery that puts most other shows to shame’ ★★★★★The Telegraph
‘Ravishingly entertaining, informative, full of insight and plenty of laughs’ ★★★★The Times
‘Incredible dense in laughs…it’s not half as niche as it sounds, and ten times funnier’ ★★★★ Chortle