Community Story-telling project


Here is the link to the film short made during the project: 
As we passed the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine, this project was realised to mark a unique moment of our community’s history. More than 900 Ukrainians have settled across Dorset since the Russian Invasion, forcing thousands to flee their homeland. Weymouth has welcomed and hosted many Ukrainian families – some 118 remain a year on. This pertinent, and cathartic Multi-media Arts Therapy R & D project  gathered legacy stories, giving voice to those telling them –from both Ukrainian families and Weymouth hosts. The project was realised during a series of shared relaxation, role-play, storytelling, and theatre-games workshops for families. The adults – mainly women – and children in separate spaces to encourage an uninhibited, truthful telling of experiences using practice that suited them on the day. The culmination of these professionally led workshops produced a poem called Rucksack dedicated to the families, a new song written by Slavio Pole and his wife Irina, and a short film documenting the process and the evaluation presented to the group,  friends, stakeholders, and practitioners.  The form and style devised by all involved during the process having been introduced to puppetry, movement, dance, song, roleplay, storytelling, and folklore in workshops.  Ukrainian professional practitioners – an Art Therapist, a song writing duo, a translator were engaged – along with local performing arts professionals made up the AsOne Creative Team.

Oksana Papeta from Ukraine has worked in Kiev as a theatre director, psychologist, and art therapist said,” It was interesting and valuable work because real stories will be documented. What is important is that it will be therapeutic for Ukrainians.  The adults need strength for their children. I was happy to support such an interesting and necessary project”. 

The host family stories were equally important with all kinds of experiences to tell from the expected to unexpected – dealing with a mix of relief, sharing, trauma, caring, homesickness, language barriers, and an exchange of culture. They welcomed strangers into their homes and hearts, but it wasn’t all straight forward. 


A book is in the curation stages before being published.

AsOne are pleased to have received support and funding grants from Dorset Community Foundation, Weymouth Town Council and Dorchester Town Council. 


Mary Anning’s Fossil Depot

Visiting schools, libraries, and museums

contact or 01305 835541/ 07778737700

Mary Anning’s Fossil Depot – ‘The little girl who grew up to amaze the world’ – inspired by the true 19th Century story of Dorset’s own, and Britain’s first, true female palaeontologist.
The project won the ‘Fantastic for Families’ South-West Award and then commended as a finalist in the National Awards.

The play was developed and toured with support from a Crowdfunder, with matched funding from Arts Council England providing quality, family theatre for libraries, museums, and schools – AsOne’s mission keeping children’s theatre live and accessible!

 It is an entertaining performance, packed-full of interactive fun, facts, & adventure on the Jurassic Coast. In Anning’s Fossil Depot, Mary looks back at an inspiring life with a passion for hunting & understanding fossils, as well as struggles with poverty, self-education, and lack of recognition as a woman in the 19th Century. This special story is interwoven by a string of ‘Curios’ – small fossils which Mary offers for the children to handle and introduces Percy the Plesiosaur, a large jigsaw to make. Performance running time approx. 45 mins – plus post show Q & A and or drama workshop. Aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 but enjoyed by all the family!

(click on link below for promo video).


16 & 17 December 2023

A Christmas Carol – a short storytelling performance

Nothe Fort, Weymouth 

“Scrooge – a rich, grumpy, lonely man – is haunted by ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

A chilling family story with a warm heart told by award winning

AsOne theatre company.”


For further details of performances and tickets follow the link here:    


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