Lightning strikes at new show

PUBLISHED: 15:30 07 June 2012

Cabinet Makers Daughter.

Cabinet Makers Daughter.

The Playhouse

A SPINE-TINGLING story about life and death, frustration, achievement, dreams and memories of long ago, comes to The Playhouse next month.

The One Theatre Company brings its highly talented cast to the theatre to perform its latest Jurassic Coast tale - The Cabinet Maker’s Daughter.

It tells the story of 19th century fossil hunter, Mary Anning, who was destined to be special from the moment she was struck by lightning as a baby.

Afterwards the community attributed her curiosity, intelligence, and lively personality to the incident.

Mary later became known around the world for a number of important finds she made in the Jurassic marine fossil beds at Lyme Regis, Dorset, where she lived.

This adaption, written by Peter J Cooper, is set in 1846, when Mary is dying and increasingly dependent on laudanum, an opium-based painkiller used in the Victorian era.

It follows her as she embarks on a strange dream journey through a life where she challenged the world of men and shook their beliefs to the core.

She is haunted by hallucinations of old friends, enemies and even the dinosaurs she spent her life hacking out of the rock.

The Cabinet Maker’s Daughter will be at The Playhouse on July 5 at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £10.50-12.50, are available from the box office on 01934 645544 or via

The Mercury has teamed up with The Playhouse to offer three readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

To enter the competition simply answer the following question: What year is the show set in?

Send your answer, along with your name, address and a daytime telephone number, to The Cabinet Maker’s Daughter competition, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW by 9am on June 15.

Alternatively click on the link at the top right hand corner to enter.

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