Theatre (drama, folk)

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  • theSpace @ Surgeons Hall - Fleming Theatre
  • 22:40
  • Aug 17
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Ondervinden
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Contains Distressing Themes, Scenes of Violence
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


This brazen retelling of Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles sees an all-female cast of three welcome the audience into our semi-immersive pub setting to gather and hear the tragic tale of Tess. With a live folk band, shocking new plot twists, and a healthy jolt of feminism, our Tess is fighting to tell her truth – and in this modern day and age, we thought it was about time to have it heard.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Ramp into building.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Emma & Peter Shaw 109 days ago

Sorry this review is too late to encourage others to go but I have to say how much we enjoyed this. The acting was raw and honest and superb and the ability of only three actresses to switch between characters was utterly brilliant. The live musicians were also fantastic and added to the whole authenticity of a rural Hardy story. I felt totally immersed in the story telling and have kept thinking about it long afterwards. Thank you for your, imagination, skill, talent and stamina! I hope you have the opportunity to take it to many more audiences.

H moss 111 days ago

I was a little dubious about going to see Tess at first as its my favourite book , so , needing to cling on to that for some reason , I was hesitant . The next thing i actually need to include in this review is that we are avid theatre goers , i’m talking Stratford , London , Buxton , Lowery , we literally go on a fortnightly basis and have done for many years. This show was THE BEST thing we have ever seen . Hands down . Just wonderful. I could come up with a whole list of things here , but still couldn’t convey how fantastic this play , its cast , musicians , the writing all were totally awesome . We would go again , had it not now finished . Just wonderful. My review is a little late to help others , but i really hope the cast get to read this and we will be looking out for anything in the future that these talented performers do . Magical . Thank you for the memories :-)

Onna Young 112 days ago

Just awesome!!! The actors were crazy good, it's been our favorite show of the Fringe. I found it through the Women of Fringe movement / group, and am so glad I did.

Joanna 114 days ago

Catch this beautiful show if you can, here or on their tour after. It's full of wonderful, vibrant performances. Well worth seeing and I hope to see it again.

Sonia Greenyer 114 days ago

Absolutely brilliant, loved every minute of this cleverly written, wonderfully acted show. A joy to watch, definitely one to see.

Leah 115 days ago

Absolutely my favourite thing I've seen this year. Was blown away by the amazing acting ability, but the highlight was the live folk music accompanying and interacting with the narrative. Surprised not to see the theatre completed packed out. This is a must see!

Jacqueline Wheble 120 days ago

Oh my Lordy. Flippin brilliant tour do force...best show seen so far....pace, energy, theatrical invention , comedy, gorgeous live music.....what's not to love..deserves to be sold out...five stars from me

Sarah 120 days ago

A powerful piece, brilliantly and movingly performed by a relatively unknown company: exactly what the fringe should be all about.

I'm a morning person but I had no difficulty staying awake for Tess.

Catch it while you can!

Patricia Morris 122 days ago

This is not what you might expect if you’ve read the book: it was engaging, performed with conviction, and had original, live music that added to the atmosphere! With only three (female) actors taking all the parts it was amazing how many characters they succeeded in bringing to life. I was particularly taken with Angel who was so clearly a young man in love, with no hint in his part that he could have been anyone else in the play.
It has humour too, both in the language and the performance. The cooperation between the actors was essential to the production and they were generous in their support of one another. A pared down set allowed for quick changes of scene and costume changes were woven into the plot.
Stay up and go and see it!

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 108 days ago

I’d been out with a friend prior to this show, and as we went our separate ways she said: ‘I hope you enjoy Tess!’ No-one has ever enjoyed Tess, I mournfully replied. But I was very wrong: everyone will enjoy Ondervinden’s energetic response to Hardy’s classic novel of misery, Tess...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 109 days ago

The blank, sterile corridors of Surgeons Hall are not where you might expect to find folky fun late at night. And yet, that is where Tess – a sun-kissed retelling of Thomas Hardy’s classic Tess of the D’Urbervilles – and the live band that accompanies it can be found. It’s...

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Bouquets and Brickbats (4/5 stars) 116 days ago

Tess (of the d’Urbervilles) might not seem like an obvious choice for a late night Fringe show, but Ondervinden and G & T Productions’ rumbustious interpretation is perfectly suited to its time slot: a lively ‘pint-in-hand’ production, with live folk music and gutsy performances.

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