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Dorsetborn and Theatre503 present


14 Jan - 17 Jan 2025
Written by Tabitha Hayward
Directed by Rohan Gotobed
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1am. An Iron Age hillfort in North Dorset.

Away from dysfunctional families and small-town gossip, Viv and Daisy can be entirely themselves. With so much beyond their control, Fort is their stomping ground. Their escape. Until the ghost turns up.

Best friends for as long as they can remember, their bond has survived school bullies, witchcraft, jealousy and vengeful cows. But at the end of a summer when everything is changing, can it survive the ghost?

Originally drafted on a Royal Court Introductory Group, Fort was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2022 and shortlisted (in an earlier draft) for the Theatre 503 International Playwriting Award. Most recently, it was shortlisted for the Masterclass Pitch Your Play Award, and pitched to industry professionals at The Other Palace theatre.

Dorsetborn are a queer and neurodivergent-led theatre company creating new work across Dorset and the South West. Their debut show, ‘Georgia and the Iceberg’, toured in 2023. Other projects include ‘PRIDE’, commissioned by the National Trust for Kingston Lacy, and ‘A Shipwreck Story’. They are an Associate Company of National Youth Theatre.

Running time: 65 minutes (no interval)

Age guidance: 14+

Content Warnings: This show contains themes that some audience members may find distressing. If this sounds like it could apply to you, you can view the content information by clicking the hyperlink.

Tabitha Hayward

Tabitha (she/her) is a writer of plays, poems and stories, originally from North Dorset, currently based in London. Her plays have been performed at the Southwark Playhouse, the Burton Taylor Studio in Oxford, and the Black Cherry in Bournemouth. She was shortlisted for Masterclass Pitch Your Play Award in 2023 (with an extract from the play performed at The Other Palace in London) and the Theatre 503 International Playwriting Award 2020, and longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2022. She was selected to take part in a Royal Court Introductory Group in 2019, and has been shortlisted for development as a writer at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, and at Bristol Old Vic. She is also a poet, and has been shortlisted for national and international poetry competitions.


Tuesday 14 January Tue 14 Jan 19:30 Book Now
Wednesday 15 January Wed 15 Jan 19:30 Book Now
Thursday 16 January Thu 16 Jan 19:30 Book Now
Friday 17 January Fri 17 Jan 19:30 Book Now
Artistic Team
Tabitha Hayward
Rohan Gotobed
Olivia Teltow
Layla Bradbeer

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