Dr Marie Stopes forever transformed how we think about sex; this play explores her time at her rugged Island retreat at Portland.

Hailed as one of the most controversial women of the 20th century, her strong views on sex and contraception provided women with a graphic understanding of the physiology, pleasure, and consequences of sex. Whilst her books were all vilified by the Catholic Church their relevance is still discussed today. Much is known about her work but who was the real Marie Stopes?

Escaping the Storm sees Stopes during her time at her rugged Island retreat of Portland. There she enjoys writing poetry, exploring the island’s rich Jurassic fossil forests and mingling with the locals.

Fascinating, forceful, and formidable, the complexity of Marie Stopes’ private world is as gripping as her public story.
The show, written by Peter John Cooper will premiere on the 15th of October as part of the Dr Marie Stopes’ Weekend Festival organised by the Portland Museum to mark the 100 year anniversary since the publication of her best-selling book, Married Love.

Escaping the Storm is produced by Dorset’s award winning, AsOne theatre company, in association with The Portland Museum, and the adjacent Pennsylvania (Castle) Estate.

£11 concession /  £13 standard / £5 schools advance, £13 concession / £15 standard / £5 schools on the door

10% off for Theatre Friends

Includes £1 Restoration Levy

Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

Unreserved seating 


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