Magical journeys at Shaftesbury


THE characters in Shaftesbury Arts Centre youth theatre’s December double bill are all on journeys. In Magic Fairy in a Microwave by Dara Murphy, Sarah is on a chaotic journey into her own overactive imagination. In The Clearing (by Jennifer Reif) a group of teenagers find themselves on strange, moving paths into a mysterious wood.
The two one-act plays, Delightful Dramatic Diversions, are being staged at the arts centre on Saturday 9th December at 2.30pm and 6.30pm.
Magic Fairy in a Microwave won the Overall Best In Fringe award this year’s Shaftesbury Fringe 2023, and the same cast will be playing again. It’s the story of Sarah Williams and her overactive imagination – after a series of events, she eventually becomes trapped deep in her own mind … or has she been trapped by the narrators?
It is a fast-paced physical extravaganza with guns, knives and blood. Kittens will be harmed, and we discover what happens should a fairy ever become locked in a microwave.
The second play, The Clearing, is a collection of ten vignettes. In early autumn a group of teenagers find themselves in a clearing in the woods. Some are searching, some are hiding, some are lost and others found. Each vignette is witty, sweet and poignant – woven together they make for a magical and refreshingly good-natured play.


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