INSPIRED by one of the world’s most influential and controversial woman of the 20th Century, AsOne Theatre Company will bring its unique play about Dr Marie Stopes to Dorchester and Weymouth.

The isolated communities of the Isle of Portland on the Dorset coast are shocked to discover the notorious sex campaigner Marie Stopes has bought the Higher Lighthouse. She hopes it will be her refuge from the storms battering her on the mainland. A collision of cultures is inevitable. How will she change the islanders’ ways of thinking and how will she be changed by Portland?

Dr Marie Stopes transformed how we think about sex. One of the 20th century’s most controversial women, her strong views provided graphic understanding of pleasure and consequence of sex.

Vilified then by the Catholic church, Marie Stopes still provokes today. But apart from her work, who was the real Marie Stopes?

This first play about Marie Stopes marks 100 years from the publication of Married Love, selected by Melvyn Bragg as one of “12 books that changed the world”. An ensemble of four performers give life to this thought-provoking piece of storytelling by playwright/director Peter John Cooper. There will also be a post-show Q&A with the AsOne ensemble.

*Escaping the Storm, Dorchester Corn Exchange, Wednesday, January 16, and Weymouth Pavilion, Thursday, February 14. Call Dorchester Arts or Weymouth Pavilion box office for tickets.