Hugh Hughes Presents Shôn Dale-Jones: The Duke

Date:Tue 15 Oct
Venue:The Salisbury Club
Price:Pay What You Feel

"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.”

Shôn Dale-Jones, the multi-award winning writer/performer behind Hugh Hughes performs the award winning one-man show, THE DUKE.

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 and raises money for child refugees via Save the Children’s Emergency Fund.

THE DUKE is the first show in Hoipolloi’s LOOSE CHANGE Trilogy that questions ‘the value of art’ it received The Scotsman's Fringe First Award in Edinburgh and has since been made into a radio play for BBC Radio 4, been nominated for a Prix Europa Award. The show was also highly commended in the Sit Up and Act Awards for its services to charity, it has to date, raised over £50,000 for child refugees.

PLEASE NOTE: This event takes place offsite at The Salisbury Club, Mill Road, Cambridge


From this autumn you can Pay What You Feel for the majority of our arts programme, with tickets from £2.50. All seating is unreserved and every ticket receives the same great experience. So whether you’re feeling flush or short on cash, you can come with us on some amazing artistic journeys.

"He makes the real world seem wondrous and, in that, The Duke is its own antidote: art that alleviates, but also art that does its bit. Rather than presuming to lecture and guilt-trip us, it gently sets us thinking, then provides buckets for donations to Save the Children. This is art that practices its preaching: made for nothing, but doing something. And delighting as it does, just as art should. You won't find a show with a bigger, better heart anywhere on the Fringe."
What's On Stage | 4 Star Review

"The subsequent narrative is engaging and complex, existing somewhere between truth and fiction, drama and radio, fantasy and reality. Dale-Jones is a natural and immediately likeable storyteller, knowing exactly which details to embellish and which to gloss over. He returns frequently to the idea of value: how much is a complete set of porcelain figures worth? Or a film script that is by now only vaguely familiar to him? Or a refugee's seat on a boat across the Aegean Sea?"
The List | 4 Star Review

"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 | 5 Star Review

"A fantastic and likeable storyteller"
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine | 4 Star Review

Produced by Hoipolloi, PBJ Management, Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with The Pleasance Theatre Trust in aid of Save the Children’s Emergency Fund

PLEASE NOTE: This event takes place offsite at The Salisbury Club, Mill Road, Cambridge

Age: 8 years+

Duration: 60 mins (no interval)

All prices show booking fees.


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