- Ticket price:
- From: £13.99
- Running time:
- 1 hr (no interval)
- Age guidance:
- 14 plus
Funny and poignant, The Duke is a one-man show by Shôn Dale-Jones, Artistic Director of Hoipolloi, who combine original storytelling with an inventive spirit.
The Duke weaves together the tragi-comic fate of a family heirloom – a porcelain figure of The Duke of Wellington, the quandary of a scriptwriter stretching his integrity and an unfolding disaster as thousands of children flee their homes. Blending fantasy and reality, this playful show gently challenges our priorities in a world full of crisis.
Produced by Hoipolloi, PBJ Management, Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with The Pleasance Theatre Trust in aid of Save the Children’s Emergency Fund
“In 1974 my father invested £750 (£8,100 in today’s money) in a Royal Worcester porcelain figure of The Duke of Wellington on horseback – made to celebrate his victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. He kept the figure we affectionately called The Duke, wrapped in sponge, in a big box, under his bed. After he died in 2001, my mother decided to take the figure out and display it on the table in the bay window. Since 2005 I’ve been working on a film script, which is in the very final stages of development. In the autumn of 2015 I sit at my desk waiting for an email that will tell me what I need to do to the script to get it onto the screen. I turn the radio on. I listen to a report about the refugee crisis. My mother calls. She tells me she’s broken The Duke. My mother, my film script and the refugee crisis all need my attention.”
The Duke received The Scotsman’s Fringe First Award when it premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and has been produced in aid of the Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, with audience members giving to the worthwhile campaign after the performance.
'...engaging and complex, existing somewhere between truth and fiction, drama and radio, fantasy and reality. Dale-Jones is a natural and immediately likeable storyteller'
'Outstanding one-man show about (but not limited to) the film industry, the refugee crisis and a porcelain figure of the Duke of Wellington on horseback.'
Theatre Bubble - Madeline Perham
'A fantastic and likeable storyteller'
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine