Theatre and Storytelling

Wimborne History Festival is pleased to be working with Sting in the Tale to offer a variety of storytelling as part of this year’s festival, welcoming back popular local storyteller Graham Rogers, as well as an exciting new trio, Harp and a Monkey and Janet Goring, aka Bluebird the storyteller.

In addition the Festival is delighted to be hosting a performance of the moving, locally focused piece “The Gathering, messages from the Great War”.


Documentary Theatre: The Gathering – Messages from the Great War, plus the short film, ‘Tommy’s Sisters’

Allendale Centre, Saturday 21st July at 7.30pm

This original production of documentary theatre, written and directed by State of Play Arts, is a commemoration of the lives of two local soldiers, Will Cutler and Hubert Wareham, who died during the First World War, and two people closely involved in their lives: Will’s wife, Tillie, and the Vicar of Wimborne Minster, Reverend James Fletcher. At its premiere, audiences described the show as “very poignant…moving and beautifully acted”. Commissioned by the Priest’s House Museum, the play is based on letters, photographs and stories provided by family members, local historians and the Museum’s own archives. See Festival website for ticket information.’


To complement the performance of ‘The Gathering’, the short film ’Tommy’s Sisters’: 5 Women in 1916 will be shown.  This is a moving drama about the lives of women on the Home Front in Wimborne, also based on documented research materials.


TICKETS:  £5 Adults (to include refreshments), children (up to and including 17 free), suitable for age 12+, available online and from East Dorset Heritage Trust.



The Great War – Storytelling and Music with Harp and A Monkey

Priest’s House Museum, Friday 20th July at 7pm

Award-winning modern folk and storytelling trio Harp and a Monkey specialise in poignant, humorous and melodic historic short stories (traditional and original) about life, love and remembrance. Their work has been described as “bold and brilliant” by the likes of The Observer, “fantastic” and “fascinating” by Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 2, “inventive” by Mojo, “excellent” by The Guardian, and “rousing” by The Daily Telegraph.

Their innovative approach has seen them undertake numerous projects with the likes of the Arts Council and leading national galleries and museums. Fronted by WW1 historian, author and broadcaster Dr Martin Purdy, the trio enjoy a fantastic rapport with their audiences and will perform their acclaimed First World War show for the first time in this part of England. The show is family friendly.

TICKETS available online; Adults £3, Children (up to and including 17 year old) FREE.


Storytelling – 5,000 Cherry Stones

Allendale Centre, Saturday 21st July at 2.30pm

Through the winter storm struggles a tiny ship, the Jessamine. Tangled in the mast is Fred Smith,
a stoker, a nobody, awaiting the next wave and
 an end to his days in a world upon which he will barely leave a smudge. He will soon be able to tell his mother why he had collected all those cherry stones.

A story told by Graham Rogers based on the memoirs of his great uncle Fred Smith, a Stoker aboard HMS Jessamine during the First World War.

FREE Event.



Storytelling – Tistou the Boy with Green Fingers

Priest’s House Museum, Sunday 22nd July at 10.30am and at 1pm

Based on the tale by Maurice Duran, Bluebird the Storytelling will tell this delightful story in which a young boy discovers he has ‘Green Fingers’ and manages to avert a war with flowers.  It brings in to question people’s ready made ideas through the eyes of a child.

FREE Event, a good family story for those about around 8+.