Marine to host play about controversial writer

DR Marie Stopes forever transformed how we think about sex.

Hailed as one of the most controversial women of the 20th century, her strong views on sex and contraception provided women with a graphic understanding of the physiology, pleasure and consequences of sex.

Whilst her books were all vilified by the Catholic Church their relevance is still discussed today.

Much is known about her work but who was the real Marie Stopes? ‘Escaping the Storm’ is a new play being performed at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, which will ask this question.

In particular, it explores her time at her rugged island retreat at Portland. There she enjoyed writing poetry, exploring the island’s rich Jurassic fossil forests, and mingling with the locals. The complexity of Marie Stopes’ private world is as gripping as her public story.

‘Escaping the Storm’ is produced by Dorset’s award-winning AsOne theatre company, in association with The Portland Museum.

It will be held on Thursday, October 25 with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets cost ££13 with concessions available. For full details or to book, call 01297 442138 or visit

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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