HOIPOLLOI Artistic Director Shôn Dale-Jones, perhaps best known as his award-winning writer/performer with his comic creation and alter-ego, Hugh Hughes returns to the Everyman with a brand new show, The Duke, from 5 to 7 May. The show, which is at the Everyman for an exclusive run ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, will also use proceeds from ticket sales to raise money for child refugees. Liverpool audiences have enjoyed previous visits from Shôn as Hugh Hughes with Floating, Story of a Rabbit, 360 and Stories From An Invisible Town. Shôn’s trademark is in imaginative and uplifting theatre; a comedic storytelling which earnt him a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival. The delightfully odd, yet oddly wise Welshman will engage audiences in a comic and life-affirming adventure that gives an insight into his family alongside a deep concern for the Mediterranean refugee crisis. The Duke is a funny and poignant show which playfully mixes fantasy and reality, taking audiences on an imaginative and touching journey which gently challenges us to consider our priorities in a world full of crisis. Shôn said: “In 1974 my father invested £750 (£8,100 in today’s money) in a Royal Worcester porcelain figure of The Duke of Wellington on horseback – made to celebrate his victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. He kept the figure we affectionately called The Duke, wrapped in sponge, in a big box, under his bed. “After he died in 2001, my mother decided to take the figure out and display it on the table in the bay window. Since 2005 I’ve been working on a film script which is in the very final stages of development. “In the autumn of 2015 I sit at my desk waiting for an email that will tell me what I need to do to the script to get it onto the screen. I turn the radio on. I listen to a report about the refugee crisis. My mother calls. She tells me she’s broken The Duke. “My mother, my film script and the refugee crisis all need my attention.” Dates: 5 to 7 May Venue: Liverpool Everyman, Hope Street, L1 9BH Times: 7:30pm Tickets: £12.50 – £16* Box Office: 0151 709 4776 Online booking (24-hour): www.everymanplayhouse.com *A single transaction fee of £2 applies to all phone, counter and internet bookings. Cash payments are exempt from any transaction fees.