A PLAY about one of the 20th century’s most controversial women is coming to Dorchester Corn Exchange on Wednesday, January 16 and Weymouth Pavilion on Thursday, February 14.

AsOne theatre company presents Escaping The Storm, which is about Marie Stopes’ life on the isle of Portland.

AsOne writes new plays with women at heart who either have been hidden in the shadows or are known for only a fraction of what they have achieved.

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?

Escaping the Storm finds Stopes on Portland; writing, exploring fossil forests, skinny dipping, and interacting with the locals. Fascinating and formidable - Marie Stopes’ complex private world as controversial as her public one.

An ensemble of four performers give life to this thought-provoking piece of storytelling by playwright/director Peter John Cooper.

n Escaping the Storm, Dorchester Corn Exchange on Wednesday, January 16, 8pm and showing at Weymouth Pavilion, Thursday, February 14, 7.30pm. Call the respective box office for tickets.