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Storytelling Events

East Dorset Heritage Trust provides a box office service, providing tickets and booking assistance, for The Earthouse at the Ancient Technology Centre and Wimborne Community Theatre as well as hosting our own events from time to time.

How to Book:
Call the Box Office at East Dorset Heritage Trust on 01202 888 992
(9am to 5pm, Mon to Fri).
You can pay over the phone by credit or debit card and your tickets will be e-mailed to you. A bank surcharge is payable on all card transactions.

Alternatively, once you have booked your tickets over the phone, you can send a cheque to:
EDHT, Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1AS.
Please check who the cheque should be made payable to before sending!

Tickets should be booked and paid for prior to the event. The purchase of tickets on the door is subject to availability and to a £1 per ticket surcharge.


Allendale House

Five Thousand Cherry Stones
Friday 11th August at 2:00pm

A story told by Graham Rogers, based on the memoirs of his great uncle, Fred Smith, a Stoker aboard
HMS Jessamine during the First World War.
Through the winter storm struggles a tiny ship, the Jessamine. Tangled in the mast is Fred Smith, a stoker, a nobody, awaiting the
next wave and an end to his days in a world upon which he will barely leave a smudge. He will soon be able to tell his mother why he had
collected all those cherry stones.

Tickets £5

The Earthouse,
Ancient Technology Centre

The Earthhouse at the ATC is the only purpose-built storytelling space in the country and the massive timber and earth structure can seat up to 250 people in the round, warmed by the fire in the centre pit and illuminated by candlelight and lanterns. The acoustics are phenomenal and the setting provides the most unique and magical stage for an unforgettable evening.
Doors open at 6.30pm, and performances begin at 7:30pm, unless stated otherwise. There is an interval during which time refreshments will be served (included in the ticket price). Tickets available through EDHT on 01202 888992. Online booking is available at www.earthousefairytales.eventbrite.co.uk

by Xanthe Gresham-Knight & Arash Moradi

Saturday 24th June
Performance storytelling by Jan Blake & TUUP


Sometimes what you see is not what you get...

Transmogrifying humans; old ladies with animalistic tendencies, feral lovers, protective mothers, Loogaroos with sly eyes – this is a night of transformations.

With unsurpassed style & alarming charisma, The Unorthodox Unprecedented Preacher TUUP, and the mistress of Afro-Caribbean storytelling Jan Blake, pick their way through an untamed landscape in the company of those who can become other – in mind, in body, and in spirit.

Powerful and bold, Jan Blake is the Queen of Afro-Caribbean Storytelling. An outstanding storyteller, she performs in theatres and festivals the length and breadth of Europe. Jan was born in Manchester to Jamaican parents. Inspired by recordings of 'Miss Lou' (Louise Bennett) she came to telling stories in 1986, and rapidly gained an international reputation for witty and exhilarating performances. Specialising in folktales from West Africa, North Africa, the Arab world and the Caribbean, her repertoire is full of tales of powerful women and her versions of Ananse’s exploits are definitive.
In 2004 Jan took the American National Storytelling Festival at Jonesborough, Tennessee by storm and in 2011 she was awarded the Thüringe Märchen Preis for devoting her life to this art form.

‘one of the world’s greatest storytellers’ André Naffis-Sahely

Born to Guyanese parents and raised in Acton, West London, Godfrey Duncan - TUUP (The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher) - has been a professional storyteller since 1981, when he joined Ben Haggarty to form the West London Storytelling Unit. Truly an elder of the storytelling revival in Britain, his style is one of total improvisation, unbounded charisma and alarming spontaneity. His fabulous capacity for mimicry and ear for a wild story is outstanding.
TUUP has travelled the world extensively, telling stories all over Europe and in both Northern and Southern Africa. In his role as a creative lyricist, poet, percussionist and vocalist with the highly influential dance music collective, Transglobal Underground, he has performed throughout Europe, Central Asia, Asia and North and South America.

For information about future performances or the Ancient Technology Centre Telephone Pascale Barnes on 01725 517 618 or email p.d.barnes@dorsetcc.gov.uk
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Wimborne Community Theatre

Wimborne Community Theatre creates original site-specific performances, set in unusual outdoor venues or non-theatre buildings. Members of the community work in partnership with artists and organisations to develop and perform stories inspired by local places and the lives of inhabitants, past and present, real and fictional. Over 1,000 people have been involved (aged from 6 months to 89 years), performing to audiences of several thousand. The number of core members expands with each production depending on who gets involved.


                                                                         © East Dorset Heritage Trust 2010 | Charity No: 1002126 | Company No: 2532151.