Seats 669. The Towngate Theatre closed in June 2001 for the first phase of Poole Arts Centre's £8.5 million refurbishment programme and reopened in October 2001. The second phase of refurbishment closed the Arts Centre between May-Oct 2002.. Previously known as Poole Arts Centre.
Originally written for TV, Dennis Potter's deceptively simple tale relates to the activities of seven West-Country seven-year-olds on a summer afternoon during the Second World War, in a wood, a field and a barn. The children (all played by adult actors) play, fight fantasise and swagger, their aggressions, fears, hostilities and rivalries a microcosm of adult interaction. Easy-going Willie tags along as burly Peter bullies gentle Raymond and is challenged by fair minded John. Plain Audrey is overshadowed by Angela's prettiness and wreaks her angry frustrations on the boys. All of them gang up on the terrified 'Donald Duck' who, abused by his mother and ridiculed by his peers, plays his own dangerous game of pyromania which ends in tragedy. Age recommendation: 12+
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