The Shaftesbury Tales

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Visit Dorset in the Dark Ages with this immersive, family-friendly theatre!

In the style of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, join us at The Pilgrims Inn as a merry company rests on their journey to St Edward's shrine in Shaftesbury, entertaining with tales of murder, miracles, music and mayhem.

Taking a mischievous peek into life a thousand years ago The Shaftesbury Tales troupe is walking from Corfe Castle to Shaftesbury, stopping to perform interactive family shows along the way. Selected from a writing competition, stories by local people are woven through the central tale of Edward the Martyr, the teenage King who suffered a terrible fate. What happened when? Who saw what? Who lived to tell the tale, and who didn't?!

Every show is different, with its own unique cast and tales. Alongside Treehouse Theatre, the Child Okeford show features Remix the Originals Theatre Group and participants from an earlier workshop. At Springhead, Sturminster Newton Amateur Dramatics Society (SNADS) and children from Fontmell Magna Primary School will perform.

All of the winning stories can be read in the accompanying show programme.

Recommended 4+
Running time: 75mins no interval

Child Okeford: indoor show, doors open 3:30pm.
Springhead: outdoor show, gates open 6pm. Bring a chair. Ice Creams Available

Drama Workshop

20 July, 2pm-3pm. Child Okeford Village Hall. Free to attend, booking essential.

Join Treehouse Theatre at Child Okeford Village Hall for a fun drama workshop suitable for all. Learn performance skills and have fun with drama games, as we turn a short story into a simple performance piece incorporating mime, music and drama. Participants will then have the option to perform as part of The Shaftesbury Tales in the afternoon show. 

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Dates & Times

Sat 20th Jul 2024 4:00pm Child Okeford Village HallBlandford ForumFamily ShowBook
Mon 22nd Jul 2024 7:00pm Fontmell Magna Springhead GardensShaftesburyOutdoor EventBook