Sting in the Tale returns

PUBLISHED: 15:21 01 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:21 01 August 2016

Alex (Curly), The Imaginician

Alex (Curly), The Imaginician


From Jesse Owens and the Olympics, to railways and bicycles, from mythology and classics to pirates and princesses, this year’s Sting in the Tale Festival has it all

The programme for the 2016 festival, which runs from 5 to 15 August, features a fantastic mix of events for all ages, kicking off, on the eve of the Olympics, with the ever popular Treehouse Theatre and Games of the Gods at Wimborne’s Allendale Centre.

This year’s festival also sees the performance debut for Beowulf and Grendel - two stunning puppets that play the key roles in a new family performance of the famous tale by Rattlebox Theatre. Catch these diminutive stars in the beautiful setting of the Priest’s House Museum Garden as part of the Museum’s Summer Fete - followed by a blend of stories in a ‘Stirabout of Tales’.

Some familiar and much loved faces will return, with the wonderful Granny Cousins taking those who are brave enough on ghost walks in Poole and Curly The Imaginician and friends will be bringing fun and laughter to Wimborne Model Town, following their highly successful visit there last year.

Thomas Hardy’s much-loved Tess (of the d’Urbervilles) is adapted as an open-air theatre production by SISATA, to be held in the peaceful setting of Edmondsham House. Four actors play multiple roles in an enigmatic and fast paced telling of this tale of virtue, love and injustice, but in true SISATA style there will still be fun, laughter and interaction.

As the Rio Olympics hit our screens, bok Theatre tells the amazing story of Jesse Owens’ journey to becoming the first African-American to win four gold medals in a single Olympic Games.

Sting in the Tale audiences can also enjoy memories of the Somerset and Dorset Railway Line, tales of life on the road as an RNLI lifeboat trainer, stories of incredible journeys, magical creatures, pirates, princesses and even the history of the creation of Rome. To find out all that is on offer pick up a copy of the Festival Programme at Wimborne Tourist Information Centre, East Dorset Heritage Trust, the Allendale Centre and local libraries, or visit

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