Flea the Pandemic at Stur

THERE was something almost timely about the coronavirus pandemic forcing the postponement of the latest play by Sue Ashby for Sturminster Newton’s Taboo Theatre.

Now the new play, Flea the Pandemic, will finally be staged at the Exchange, on Saturday 19th June at 3pm and 7.30, and Sunday 20th at 3pm.

Sue, who with her late partner Tony Benge, has written three historical plays, including two for Taboo Theatre, says: “We’ve had quite a struggle bringing Flea the Pandemic into the world. Its conception was easy as the play virtually wrote itself. But then, at the end of three months our first performances were cancelled because of Lockdown 2.

“Moving into the second trimester we faced what wasn’t really called a lockdown but nevertheless resulted in a ban on theatre trips. But, with a fair wind behind us and the generous gift of time to rehearse, the first appearance of our creative endeavours will now take place at The Exchange.

“So come and welcome the arrival of Flea the Pandemic into an almost-but-not-quite-normal world and discover how the first ever plague entered our island via the Dorset port of Melcombe Regis; how the Sheriff urged the populace to wash their hands, the nobles fled and the serfs became revolting.”

Taboo thanks Stour Management Limited for its funding. The performances are raising funds for the Exchange – for tickets ring the venue on 01258 475137.

Pictured: Rehearsal scenes from Flea the Pandemic.

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