THREE Inch Fools were formed by Cumbrian brothers James and Stephen Hyde in 2015, and have since built up an eager following on the summer touring circuit. The original idea was to combine their love of Shakespeare and of music, and now they have branched out, introducing plays from other sources to their touring schedule.
This year two shows, Twelfth Night and The Gunpowder Plot, are touring the country. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night came to Dunster in May, and returns south for eight August and two September dates. The Gunpowder Plot has five August performances in the region.
See Twelfth Night, with its shipwreck start and happy, funny ending as Viola gets her duke, Olivia gets a man, and poor old Malvolio gets the hump, in August, at Corfe Castle (11th), Stourhead (12th and 26th), Mothecombe House near Plymouth (20th), Sandford Orcas (21st), Filleigh (23rd), Chagford (24th) or Hartland Abbey (25th). In September it is at Highcliffe Castle on 15th and Powderham Castle near Exeter on 18th.
The Gunpowder Plot, set in 1605 when the Protestants and Catholics were at daggers drawn and the king’s life was in danger, makes an exciting story for all the family, spiced with the Three Inch Fools’ signature musical additions.
See it in August, at Stourhead on 13th and 27th, Powderham Castle on 14th, Dunster Castle on 17th and Corfe Castle on Thursday 18th.
Visit the company website for full details.