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Flea the Pandemic

Flea the Pandemic

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.


We are very grateful to Taboo Theatre Company who are donating all ticket monies from Flea the Pandemic to support The Exchange.


We want our patrons to feel safe and confident when returning to The Exchange, and we will therefore 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.


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Saturday 19 Jun 202115:00 Book Now
Saturday 19 Jun 202119:30 Book Now
Sunday 20 Jun 202115:00 Book Now

Beauty & the Beast (12+)

Beauty & the Beast

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 therefore 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.




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Wednesday 30 Jun 202119:30 Book Now
Thursday 1 Jul 202119:30 Book Now

Lucy Worsley Very British Murder

Lucy Worsley Very British Murder

A Very British Murder


An illustrated tour through the dark story of our fascination with murder, with renowned historian Lucy Worsley. Lucy has covered the history of this very British obsession in a book and BBC TV series. Here she shares its secrets and explores the history of this phenomenon in forensic detail, examining not only the crimes themselves but also how murder became a form of middle-class entertainment through novels, plays, artefacts and the press. From a Regency serial killer to Agatha Christie, this is the story of how crime was turned into art.


Lucy is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, she is an hugely popular writer, broadcaster and speaker. Her recent TV series includes Lucy Worsley: Mozart’s London Odyssey , Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, and American History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley.


"The undisputed Queen of TV history" The Guardian


Further biographical information may be found on Lucy's website at  www.lucyworsley.com



PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH CLIVE CONWAY PRODUCTIONS


We want our patrons to feel safe and confident when returning to The Exchange, and we will therefore 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.


Book Tickets

Thursday 9 Sep 202119:30 Book Now