An award-winning local storyteller will present a production filled with puppetry and dance at the Lyric Theatre, Bridport, on Tuesday, February 18.

Michele O'Brien, who lives in Poole, will present The Ark and Dove, a tale about a servant woman called Mary Jennings who leaves the Isle of Wight in search of a better life. She sails west across treacherous ocean waters, landing in Maryland, America.

While there, Mary meets Mansi of the Piscataway tribe. Together, they share stories, learn valuable lessons, and become firm friends.

The project, which is accompanied by an education pack for use in schools, commemorates the story of individuals who left England in 1633 and met with peoples in what we now call the United States of America. The country was inhabited by many tribes of First Nation people, who represent a diverse collection of cultures and communities.

There will be two performances of The Ark and Dove, which is suitable for audiences aged seven and above, beginning at 11am and 2pm.

*The Ark and Dove, Lyric Theatre, Bridport, Tuesday, February 18. Tickets are £8 for adults or £6 for children, available from Bridport TIC on 01308 424901 or from the Lyric's website. Doors open at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.