A DARK comedy written by a young Dorset writer is coming to Dorchester Corn Exchange on July 11.

Created by Rex Fisher, Mallets sees a sunny garden game of croquet turn into a Pimms-fuelled battle of the sexes between two rival couples. Witness ruthless grudges come to the fore in a play that is both darkly funny and a little bit sad.

Mallets is being performed in Dorchester after three sell-out shows in Manchester. The play will then head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August.

Mark Tattersall, of Dorchester Arts, said: "Dorchester Arts aims to support local writers and performers, especially early in their careers. I have been to the Edinburgh Fringe as both a performer and programmer, so know that it's a great opportunity for artists to get their work seen - but also that it's a challenge logistically and financially."

"We were delighted to offer Rex Fisher and his cast the opportunity to perform here and raise funds before heading off to Edinburgh," he added.

The play takes to the stage on Thursday, July 11 at 8pm. Tickets are £10 or £8 for members of Dorchester Arts, under-18s or those on low income, and can be purchased via the Dorchester Arts website or box office, or from the Dorchester Corn Exchange.