Friday, 17 August 2018

From Exe to Axe

A new play about Raleigh is about to be staged, and it’s only right that the author should be a Budleigh resident.

From Exe to Axe has been written by Steve Andrews, the town’s very own playwright, producer and director, as part of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the execution of Sir Walter Raleigh.

The play dramatises the life of one of the most remarkable characters of the Elizabethan era, from his birth in East Budleigh through to his imprisonment and execution in the Tower of London.

Steve is well known for his pantomimes, and there are plenty of comic and entertaining moments in the new play. But much of the Raleigh story is of dark ambition and betrayal, as Steve discovered from his research; there is from the start, as he told me, ‘an atmosphere of fear and treachery’. 

‘From Exe to Axe’ has been an absorbing project for the author and the team of professional actors who are putting on four performances locally.  ‘It's been rather obsessive doing this,’ says Steve. ‘Such a brilliant tale to tell.’ 


Wed 22 August Bicton College    
Thurs 23 August  Devoncourt Hotel, Exmouth 
Fri 24 August Budleigh Croquet Club, Westfield Close
Sat 25 August 7, Cliff Terrace, Budleigh  

Tickets (£10) are available from Budleigh TIC  (01395 445275), The Card Shop Too, Budleigh or from the venues.  All performances will start at 6.00 pm. Proceeds from the Saturday performance will go towards funding Budleigh Salterton Library

The play will also have a Dorset premiere in Sherborne, the town where Raleigh built his New Castle. It will be performed in the open air regardless of the weather (unless deemed dangerous) at 2.30 pm on 26 August. Proceeds from this performance are being donated to a Lung Cancer Charity, as it is Sir Walter who is held responsible for  popularising tobacco!

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