FLEA the PANDEMIC Dorset 1348
by Sue Ashby
In 1348 a ship arrives at Melcombe Regis carrying goods from China, having visited ports across Europe. A flea comes ashore, carrying the plague. Dorset folk are the first to experience the unknown illness that will spread across the whole country.
Flea the Pandemic mixes history and humour to look at the rich and the poor, the powerful and the essential workers – and wonder why little has changed in 672 years.
Taboo Theatre Company has worked in partnership with The Exchange to create an original, socially-distanced, play. This is Taboo’s third play using Dorset history and the lives of ordinary people: join us in celebrating the re-opening of the Stour Hall for public, socially-distanced, performance.
David Mynne performs Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol'
David Mynne, veteran Cornish actor and a founder member of Kneehigh, in a one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Spend an evening with Ebenezer Scrooge: a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, clutching, covetous, old miser! Bah!
In their inimitable style, the team that brought you Great Expectations, Dracula and The Odyssey will now take you on a grim (sort of) journey through the dark, dismal streets of Victorian London.
Dickens’ original words with added silliness. Silliness? Bah!
Celebrate the festive season with a mesmerising one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ timeless, transformative story: A Christmas Carol. Bah! Now with extra Humbug!
Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 9.
Performance: 75 minutes. No interval.
Attending a Live Performance
We are thrilled to be back with some live performances in our theatre once more!
To keep you safe, we will be seating households and support bubbles at a social distance for the performance, in line with government regulations. Please make sure that your booking is for your household/support bubble only, maximum of 6. If you want to book for someone else who isn’t in your household/social bubble, that’s fine - just book for your household and then book their tickets as a new transaction, or encourage your friends to book directly.
Please be aware that those aged 11+ are required to wear a mask at all times within community spaces.
We ask that you respect the social distancing measures in place at all times and thank you for your support.
Drinks can now be purchased at time of booking and will be at your table on arrival.
Living Spit’s Beauty and the Beast
The classic French tale of Beauty and the Beast tells of a bright and beautiful young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. She learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realise the kind heart and soul that lies within.
The enormously popular Living Spit stars Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin. Howard is beautiful. There’s no escaping that. But then so is Stu. In fact, Living Spit is widely known as the most physically attractive two-man musical comedy theatre company in the South-West. However, in this tale as old as time one of them will have to portray an ugly, foul-tempered beast. But which one will it be?
From the creators of the Offie award-nominated The Six Wives of Henry VIII; the perennial Christmas favourite Living Spit’s Nativity; and the “beguiling rib-tickler” (The Times) Living Spit’s Frankenstein The Musical comes a brand-new, monstrously-musical, Disney-defying version of this classic French tale about what it means to be truly beautiful in the 18th century.
We want our patrons to feel safe and confident when returning to The Exchange, and we will therfore be introducing measures in accordance with Government Guidelines, to ensure the safety of our customers, volunteers and staff.
All tickets must be pre-booked in advance.