After seeing The Souvenir at Quay Arts, I definitely feel five stars is a must. A most impressive slice of theatre, and music, culture, and history too.

Audience feedback keeps getting better and better, and it motivates us to keep improving. That's why we are embarking on our most ambitious programme yet, starting with - appropriately enough for a New Year - our brand new play, Fresh Start ...

      FRESH START ... 2018

      FRESH START ... 2018

Fresh Start - absorbing, challenging, unmissable!

Don't miss our new play!

Fresh Start gets its world premiere at a special charity performance at the Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, on Thursday, February 8th, with a chance to meet and question the cast and writer.

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It's all about Alice, an older woman whose hopes of escaping her rundown home and her abusive husband are closely linked. She’s got the support of a young man from a property company, and her ever-present neighbour Beryl. But are they all they seem, or is Alice about to jump out of the old frying pan and into a brand new fire?

The play is directed by Kevin Wilson (and written by him under his pen name Heaton Wilson).  He said: “It’s a very difficult and emotional subject, but this play approaches it sensitively and with some touches of humour, too.  Audiences will be engaged from the start, and wondering what is going to happen right up to the end.

Fresh Start explores themes that affect a lot of people, many of whom find it difficult to talk about, even to people they know.  We are proud to be working with The YOU Trust, who are working to tackle this issue in Hampshire and Dorset.”

The YOU Trust said: "We are delighted to be supported by Origins Theatre with their play. Domestic abuse continues to remain vastly hidden within the community and we as a charity are passionate to raise awareness of this crime in many different ways. The play will allow the audience to see the different dynamics in which domestic abuse can take hold of someone’s life. We hope it will help people understand the complexities of domestic violence and abuse and bring the community together to help those affected by it."

You First Dorset and Hampshire are the Integrated Domestic Abuse Service supporting women, men and children within Dorset County, West and North Hampshire;  and in the last year we had over 5000 referrals to our services. We help those living within the community, in refuges, and run recovery groups for those who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

On tour

After the premiere on February 8th, Fresh Start sets off on a tour of Hampshire and Dorset, taking in the Forest Arts Centre, New Milton (March 1st); Berry Theatre, Hedge End (March 9th); The Stage Door, Southampton (March 21st and 22nd); and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth (March 28th).