New Dorset play off to Edinburgh

A NEW play by a young Dorset writer is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe following a successful sold-out premiere at Dorchester Corn Exchange, hosted by Dorchester Arts.

Not only was the play very well received, but the £800 raised through ticket sales will go towards funding the two-week run at Surgeons Hall n Edinburgh, from 12th to 24th August..

Mallets, by 22 year-old playwright Rex Fisher, is a darkly funny marital comedy with a cast of three. When Rex approached Dorchester Arts last December about staging a special preview they didn’t hesitate to offer him the opportunity.

The play is set on a perfect croquet lawn in middle England, but in this tranquil setting a bloodthirsty grudge match plays out between two couples. As things take turn sour, the stakes become high and the tensions higher. .

Artistic director Mark Tattersall says: “Having been to Edinburgh as both a performer and a programmer I know just what a challenge it is to take a production up there, not least financially. Rex is a talented writer with a great young cast and one of our stated aims is to nurture and promote local talent, so we were delighted to be able to help by staging the performance and passing on all the ticket income to the theatre company”

Rex Fisher said: “It’s the support of Dorchester Arts that will give us the mojo to really make some Dorset noise up in the Scottish capital. Flaming croquet hoops, giant games on the Meadows, street performances and a croquet rap are all on the cards. And so much of it is down to Mark’s faith and kindness.”