The Scotsman's Fringe First Award Winner, Edinburgh 2016
In the autumn of 2015 I sit at my desk waiting for an email that will tell me what I need to do to the script to get it onto the screen. I turn the radio on. I listen to a report about the refugee crisis. My mother calls. She tells me she’s broken The Duke. My mother, my film script and the refugee crisis all need my attention.
Shôn Dale-Jones, the multi-award winning writer/performer behind Hugh Hughes performs the Fringe First award winner, The Duke.
Funny and poignant, the one-man show weaves together the tragi-comic fate of a family heirloom - a porcelain figure of The Duke of Wellington, the quandary of a scriptwriter stretching his integrity and an unfolding disaster as thousands of children flee their homes. Blending fantasy and reality, this playful show gently challenges our priorities in a world full of crisis.
★★★★ The List
★★★★ What's On Stage
‘The Duke only mentions refugees three times in the entire hour, and yet does so in a way that draws the crisis closer to home, making it more personal and difficult to ignore’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
All proceeds are donated to the Save the Children's Child Refugee Crisis Appeal