Tess of the d'Urbervilles by thomas Hardy Presented By SISATA

2016 TOUR

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SISATA was created out of our passion for Shakespeare, making theatre accessible and the Swanage Amphitheatre. Starting out with just a week’s run at this spectacular site in the Prince Albert Gardens in 2012, we have since grown and our annual show now tours to various locations and theatres across the South of England. Adapting to each location, we hope to bring classic stories alive and enable audiences to come enjoy, learn and laugh at our work and the worlds we inhabit. We bring to life classic texts adapted for four actors; producing energetic, fun and playful pieces of theatre which are suitable for all ages. We want our audiences to be part of storytelling that is enthralling and stimulating. This year SISATA is making the bold move away from Shakespeare to tackle a classic novel, which is rooted in the same beautiful countryside as the company. We bring you our version of Thomas Hardy’s infamous novel 'Tess of the d’Urbervilles'.

"Our impulses are too strong for our judgement sometimes."
"What are you going to do, Angel?"
"Very well, Miss Independence..." Alec d'Urberville
"I am sure I ought to be much obliged to you."
"Come you have not told me all."
"What's done can't be undone!" Joan Durbeyfield
"She's too good for a dairy maid." Mr Crick
"A prize for any man..."
"There he is again!" Izz Hewett
"I hope that is of no ill-omen for us now!"
"You must be deemed perfect today..." Angel Clare

Tess of the d’Urbervilles adapted and directed by Charmaine K Parkin.

Four actors play multiple roles in what is an enigmatic and fast paced telling of virtue, love and injustice, but above all the impact of this on the human condition. Our interactive and engaging performances aim to make universal classic tales interesting and enjoyable for all ages, and hopefully encourage an enthusiasm for Thomas Hardy’s work. We hope to bring to life the Wessex of the past and honour the beautiful countryside where the story takes place, whilst also highlighting the timeless issues that this story presents. However, in true SISATA style there will still be fun, interaction, laughter and song to tie together this heart-breaking tale.

2016 TOUR

May 28th


Audience feedback from the Shelley Theatre

May 31st & June 1st

Elizabethan Gardens, Plymouth

June 2nd

Old Sarum, Salisbury

*Thomas Hardy's Birthday*

Audience feedback from Plymouth Fringe and Old Sarum

June 4th

Mowlem Theatre, Swanage

Audience feedback from the Mowlem Theatre

June 11th

The Hub, Verwood

Audience feedback from The Hub

June 18th

Rum's Eg Gallery, Romsey

Audience feedback from Rums Eg

June 25th

Priest's House Museum, Wimbourne

Audience feedback from the Priest's House Museum and Garden

June 28th - July 2nd

Bread & Roses Theatre, London

Audience feedback from the Bread and Roses Theatre, London

July 21st

Pentridge Village Green

*'Trantridge' in the novel*

July 22nd & 23rd

Max Gate, Dorchester

*Where the novel was written*

July 26th - 30th

Brighton Open Air Theatre

August 6th

'Woolbridge Manor, the real Wellbridge House in Tess of the d’Urbervilles'

August 7th

Edmondsham House and Gardens

"I am ready."

"These violent delights have violent ends."

The show premiered at Trowbridge Arts as part of the Theatre Fest West on Saturday March 26th with huge success.

Audience highlights from the premiere:

‘Brilliant, Gripping, Good Pace’ 5*
'True to the Book' 5*
'Lovely West Country Accents' 5*
'The Acting and Music' 4*
'The Message' 4*

Most of the audience gave us 5* and the rest 4*

Actors: (Pictured left to right) Bryony Reynolds, Ieuan Jeffcott, Eleanor Johnson and Robert Wallis

Join us this summer and experience this new, fast-paced, dramatic presentation of one of the greatest 19th century novels.

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This show is available to schools in conjunction with BOK Theatre's accompanying show and workshop package with support from the Thomas Hardy Society and West Dorset District Council.

Please contact BOK Theatre for further details:

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