Curtis Butterworth Loves Molly May

A play based on a story by Natasha Solomons adapted and directed by Emma Hill and Tim Laycock

In 1930 a Hollywood actress recalls her humble beginnings in rural Dorset. A bittersweet tale of an unusual romance, Curtis Butterworth Loves Molly May is full of humour and local folklore, the innovative use of physical theatre and new songs. Adapted  by Woolly Pig productions from a short story by Natasha Solomons it is set in and around Bulbarrow Hill.

Natasha Solomons is the author of Mr Rosenblum's List, The Novel in the Viola, and The House of Gold. She will be talking about her writing and her Dorset connections after some of the performances.

Woolly Pig Productions has been formed  by Emma Hill and Tim Laycock to create new theatre based on literary and musical works by living Dorset writers. 



Listing Details

Saturday 26th October 7.00pm

Sunday 27th October 2.00pm and 7.00pm


The Pointe, Durngate Street DT1 1NA

Ticket Prices

Adults: £10.00 Last Minute Price


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I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).

Elisabeth Luard
Feedback From 2016 Festival

Many thanks, and thanks again for a lovely event.

Catherine Mayer
Feedback From 2015 Festival

Thanks for your warm  welcome at the festival!

A N Wilson
Feedback From 2017 Festival

William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!

Penrose Halson
Feedback From 2016 Festival

I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it...

Rob Ryan
Feedback From 2015 Festival

All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.

You and Paul must be very happy with the positive way Dorchester people are continuing to embrace the Festival, and in impressively increasing numbers. Congratulations to both of you.

Next year's dates are already in our diaries and we are looking forward to meeting up with you soon to discuss our involvement.

Mike Nixon, Thomas Hardy Society
Feedback From 2016 Festival

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