This is not my body. This is not my body. This is not my body.
After the sell-out international tour of Smother, 201’s award-winning hip-hop theatre returns with SKIN: a boy’s intimate journey of gender transition to discover a body that feels like home.
Fusing urban and contemporary styles with an original score, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of 7 dancers in a fast paced, emotionally driven story of family, identity and belonging.
***** “201 have created a masterpiece of human sensitivity” - EdFringe Review
***** “Thrilling...Thought provoking” - The Wee Review
***** “Beautiful...Uplifting” - Voice Mag UK
**** "Packs an emotional punch,steering Hip Hop into fresh territory" - The Times
Suitable for 12+
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.
* 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