Burn the Curtain: Company of Wolves based on the stories by Angela Carter

The Company of Wolves

Based on the stories by Angela Carter

‘One beast and only one howls in the woods at night'

Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd April at 7.15pm

Durlston Country Park, Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL


In a tiny village on the edge of the mountains, a young girl puts on her red shoes and cloak, and heads into the forest alone, watched by unseen eyes. As the shadows lengthen, she begins to run…

Now the hunt begins.

Angela Carter's classic tale has been adapted by Burn the Curtain and Shiona Morton to be a promenade theatre adventure for runners and walkers. It also includes elements of the author's stories 'Wolf-Alice', 'Peter and the Wolf ' and 'The Werewolf'.

Join Burn the Curtain in the theatrical re-telling of this dark and mysterious modern classic. We need you to run or walk with us. To help us to sniff out those who have been born feet first, to hunt those who are hairy on the inside...

The route will be 2-3 miles for walkers, and 4-5 miles for runners. The tale will be performed along the way.

To take part in the show, come prepared for physical activity, either running or walking, with appropriate clothing and good footwear. Some of the action will take place in the dark, so bring a torch or head torch if you have one. Wrap up warm with plenty layers of clothing, it can be windy.Hat and gloves too if you do feel the chill.

Activate are also running a competition to win a FREE pair of running trainers and gait analysis courtesy of Running Free – Poole. Everyone who buys a running ticket for the event will be automatically entered into a prize draw.

There are several route options you can pick the path you want to take at different points in the performance. Choose to be a hunter or a gatherer, fleet of foot or eagle eyed, to pick up the pace, or tread carefully along the forest path.

However, stray from the path for one instant, and the wolves will eat you . . .

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Ticket prices:

Adults: £12

Children (U18): £8

Family (2 adults, 2 children): £25

Group Bookings: £10 / Adult (Groups over 4)

For each performance there are two ticket types WALKERS or RUNNERS, please ensure that you book either Walkers or Runners tickets, once booked ticket types cannot be exchanged.

Minimum age 8+

For further details visit www.burnthecurtain.co.uk

To book tickets  call Durlston Country Park 01929 424443 - Ticket update: there are still a few walking tickets, slightly more running tickets.


Any questions ask Granny: granny@burnthecurtain.co.uk 

To volunteer at this event, please contact samantha@activateperformingarts.org.uk

* Prior to each performance Burn The Curtain send an email from Granny with details about the venue, health & safety reminders and links to some additional interactive experiences such as soundtrack, images and voice recordings which introduce the audience to the show before they arrive. Your email address should be collected at the time of booking, if not please contact Granny (as above).


With kind permission from Durlston Country Park, supported by Activate, Artsreach and The Arts Development Company, with Arts Council England funding. 

Age suitability: 
Schedule info: 
3 nights only, arrive on or before 7:15pm. Please note: These performances take place outdoors.
Durlston Country Park
Lighthouse Road
BH19 2JL

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