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“Another story by great storytellers!”

TOURING WIDELY – see schedule so far by scrolling down

A few slots available for venues to programme us!

Call and talk to our Booking Officer, Marta Vella on: +44 7769 385139

or if unavailable for more information AsOne Artistic Director, Jane McKell  on: 01305 835541/ 07778 737700

The isolated communities of the Isle of Portland on the Dorset coast are shocked to discover the notorious sex campaigner Marie Stopes has bought the Higher Lighthouse.  She hopes it will be her refuge from the storms battering her on the mainland. A collision of cultures is inevitable. How will she change the Islanders’ ways of thinking and how will she be changed by Portland?

Dr Marie Stopes transformed how we think about sex. One of the 20th Century’s most controversial women, her strong views provided graphic understanding of pleasure and consequence of sex. Vilified then by the Catholic Church, Marie Stopes still provokes today. But apart from her work, who was the real Marie Stopes?

Escaping the Storm finds Stopes on Portland; writing, exploring fossil forests, skinny-dipping, and interacting with the locals. Fascinating and formidable – Marie Stopes’ complex private world as controversial as her public one.

 This first play about Marie Stopes marks 100 years from the publication of Married Love, selected by Melvyn Bragg as one of “12 Books that Changed the World”.

An ensemble of four performers give life to this thought-provoking piece of storytelling by playwright/director Peter John Cooper.

 For those who wish to stay there is an optional post-performance Q & A with the AsOne ensemble. 

 (12 date Autumn Tour now completed)

Touring Dates Spring 2019 

Four private school dates in Dorset

Wed 16 Jan 

The Corn Exchange Dorchester Arts

High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF

 BO: 01305 266926



Thurs 31 Jan

 Spring Arts and Heritage Centre

56, East Street., Havant, Hants PO9 1BS

BO: 023 9247 2700 or


Fri 1 Feb

Winchester Discovery Centre

Jewry StreetWinchesterSO23 8SB

BO: 01962 873603 or


Sat 02 Feb

The Athenaeum Centre

18 – 20 High Street, Warminster, BA12 9AE

BO: 01985 213891  or Ticket Source: 0333 666 3366


Tues 5 Feb

Tacchi Morris Arts Centre

School Road, Taunton, Somerset. TA2 8PD

Box Office: 01823 414141


Wed 06 Feb 

Regal Theatre

10-16 The Avenue, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5AY

BO: 01643 706430


Thurs 07 Feb 

Everyman Theatre, Studio

Regent Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HQ

BO:  01242 572573 or


Frid 08 Feb 

Princess Theatre and Arts Centre

     Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. TA8 1EH

BO: 01278 784464


Sat 09 Feb

Palace Theatre, Paignton

Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, Devon TQ3 3HF

BO: 01803 665800 or 01803 522522


Thurs 14 Feb

Weymouth Pavilion Theatre

The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset. DT4 8ED

BO: 01305 783225 or


01305 835541/



Touring Again from April 2019 MARY ANNING’S FOSSIL DEPOT

“Can I just say how blown away I was by the event. I have to say I went with little expectation and was well…. totally amazed. The children were totally drawn into the event and the life of Mary. There was so much information on Mary’s life and what she achieved in such a short space of time. The audience interaction along with the story telling was a perfect match. I would not hesitate to recommend a performance by your company. Well done to both Jane and EltJo a truly amazing show. Thank you.”

bookings considered for an extended tour in libraries, schools, and arts centres

Call 01305 835541

Mary Anning’s Fossil Depot

It is said that Mary Anning, born in Lyme Regis in 1799, was a placid baby; then struck by lightning she became bright and talkative. Not only did little Mary survive, but at 11 years old she & her brother Joseph found the first complete Ichthyosaur fossil. Self-taught, Mary went on to be an inspiration, shaking the 19th Century world of science. ‘Mary Anning Fossil Depot’ is an, entertaining performance, packed-full of interactive fun, facts, & adventure on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Mary, aided & abetted by her brother Joseph, looks back at an inspiring life led with a passion for hunting & understanding fossils; struggles with poverty & self-education. This special story is interwoven by a string of ‘Curios’ – small fossils which Mary & Joseph introduce for the children to handle: ‘Snakestones’, ‘Devil’s Toenails’, ‘Ladies Fingers’ – each sold for a penny by the Anning’s to put food on the table. Mary Anning went on to prove with desire and determination, whoever you are, you can achieve great things.

Libraries & Schools Live Tour – Free Theatre for all Children


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Feb-March 2017 – Theatres, Libraries & Primary Schools

Part I Sea-Monsters & Pirates

‘Through a chance meeting – with middle aged, redundant librarian, Moira and a hilarious, one-legged seagull, Harold – ten year old Jess discovers the healing magic of books. Waiting for her fisherman father ‘s return one stormy night, young Jess faces her fears dreaming of shipwrecks, sea-monsters, treasure, & survival. A rollicking adventure with literacy and an inter-generational exchange at its heart.’

Part II Jess’s Odyssey

The Fisherman’s Daughter Jess loves reading but Homer’s Odyssey confuses her. Up pops a stranger, who just happens to have the same name as the author. Homer, a Greek boy from a trawler in the harbour, holds a very bedraggled one legged seagull he has rescued from the water. All three go on an Odyssey. But where is the colourful librarian, Moira?  

AsOne’s Artistic Director, Jane McKell said:

“The audiences invited, love making the sounds of the storm, the waves, the wind, and seagulls; for each and everyone there are characters to empathise with. One father said: ‘My daughter loved it. Even grumpy grandpas thought it was brill.’ It’s been a joy hearing families leave the theatre chatting away about what they have seen and enjoyed together. The piece has real heart and is cleverly written with several layers for adults, children, and toddlers to engage with.”

With funding from Arts Council of England, the original play was commissioned by Weymouth’s Leviathan Maritime Literary Festival last Easter 2016; is returning to the 2017 Festival; and has toured to packed libraries, schools and theatres this year.

available for your theatre, primary school, library, literary festival or community space

If you are a school or theatre we are booking now – tel: 01305 835541 / 07778737700



Interspersed by a tour of Primary Schools

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James Farquharson Weymouth Leviathan Maritime Literary Festival Founder:

‘I’ve heard nothing but wonderful reviews for the Fisherman’s Daughter. Apart from everyone else, my eldest daughter and father in law attended the 14:30 pm. She loved it, especially the bit where she had to make storm noises, and even grumpy old grandpops was very energised by the experience,”It was brilliant,” he said.’ 

Originally Commissioned by The Leviathan Weymouth – Maritime Literary Festival 12-13 March 2016

Various premiere Leviathan audience members:Brilliant’, ‘Better than a visit to the doctors’, ‘Harold was hilarious’, ‘Two very talented performers’, ‘A wonderful play, both touching and very funny’ ‘Very striking, stripped-back set.’

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Spring February – April 2017

A double-bill: The Fisherman’s Daughter and Jess’s Odyssey

( coming next February, a companion piece to The Fisherman’s Daughter, Jess’s Odyssey – enquire on the numbers above)


Jess’s Odyssey

Fisherman’s Daughter Jess now loves reading, and books fill the hours of waiting for her dad. But reading Homer’s Odyssey strange words, names and places confuse her. Frustrated she throws down the book and up pops a stranger who just happens to share the name of the writer. Homer is a Greek boy from a trawler moored in the harbour.  He tells Jess that a woman, Moira, has been kidnapped and held below decks.  Jess is in disbelief until he produces a bedraggled Harold, the one legged seagull.  They revive Harold, and all three set off on their own odyssey to rescue Moira.

 Book NOW – please do call us on 01305 835541 o0r 07778 737700 to book us for your venue: primary school, library, village hall, theatre, or arts centre.



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