FLEA the PANDEMIC Dorset 1348 by Sue Ashby In 1348 a ship arrives at Melcombe Regis carrying goods from China, having visited ports across Europe. A flea comes ashore, carrying the plague. Dorset folk are the first to experience the unknown illness that will spread across the whole country. Flea the Pandemic mixes history and humour to look at the rich and the poor, the powerful and the essential workers – and wonder why little has changed in 672 years. Taboo Theatre Company has worked in partnership with The Exchange to create an original, socially-distanced, play. This is Taboo’s third play using Dorset history and the lives of ordinary people: join us in celebrating the re-opening of the Stour Hall for public, socially-distanced, performance.
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The Exchange, Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 1FH
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The Stour Hall is the largest space here at The Exchange with total theatre seating capacity of 300, half of which are tiered. With one of the widest stages in the county, it is ideal for all types of performance, be it dance, drama or music and with a 16ft wide cinema screen, we are now able to show the latest blockbuster hits. There is level access to the stage which makes loading in and out simple.
Disabled car parking is available
The Stour Hall has a hearing loop system installed
A lift is available for users to access all floors
Guide, hearing and assistance dogs are welcome throughout the building.
There are accessible toilets for wheelchair users on all floors
The ground floor disabled toilet has a nappy changing facility
The Exchange shares a free short stay car park on Old Market Hill (DT10 1FH) with the adjacent medical centre. We ask that from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, visitors to The Exchange use only unmarked white parking bays.During the evening and at weekends, visitors to The Exchange can park anywhere within the Old Market Hill car park and enter the building via our first-floor entrance.
Alternatively, the town’s main car park is situated behind The Exchange on Station Road (DT10 1BN). Charges apply between 9 am and 3 pm only and the maximum charge is £3.50 for 6 hours. Visitors to The Exchange can enter the building by our ground floor entrance on Station Road.