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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.


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Friday 20 Nov 202019:30 Book Now
Saturday 21 Nov 202015:00 Book Now
Saturday 21 Nov 202019:30 Book Now

Dave Mynne - A Christmas Carol (9+)

Dave Mynne - A Christmas Carol

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.



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Saturday 5 Dec 202014:00 Book Now
Saturday 5 Dec 202019:30 Book Now

Beauty & the Beast (14+)

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 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.




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Thursday 14 Jan 202119:30 Book Now
Friday 15 Jan 202119:30 Book Now
Saturday 16 Jan 202119:30 Book Now

Living Spit - Elizabeth I (14+)

Living Spit - Elizabeth I
1558. England. A country divided by religion and politics, teetering on the brink of civil war. The hopes of the nation lie with one woman. 2020. England. A country divided by those who enjoy plays featuring men in dresses and those who don’t. The hopes of the nation lie with two West-Country actors. Yes, that’s right. By popular demand (and the fact that they can’t be bothered to write a new show) Elizabeth’s back! The third of Living Spit’s (un)Holy Trinity of hilarious heritage historiographies is go as Howard and Stu attempt to tell the story of the greatest monarch that ever lived – Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen. With more live original music, silly songs, smutty shenanigans, perfunctory props, and hysterically historical horseplay, this promises to be (another) poorly researched lesson in Tudor history that you’ll never forget. “A case study of sinewy simplicity and honed comedy craftsmanship.” ???? The Stage “Side-splittingly funny.” StageTalk Magazine

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Thursday 1 Jul 202119:30 Book Now