A rollicking adaptation... this Tess knows how to party
— Bouquets and Brickbats

In this mad-dash response to Thomas Hardy’s Victorian classic ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, three actresses perform, in full, the heart-stopping tale of Tess - who fights to overcome a harrowing encounter at the hands of her cousin Alec.

This is a pint-in-hand production which throws together live folk music, characters both old and new, and a fiery dash of feminism… Hardy lovers, Hardy haters and Hardy rookies - all are welcome! For whatever you think you know of ‘Tess’, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Beginning with a 5 star run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 Tess heads on tour to the pubs and halls of South-West country villages. Complete with immersive cow-milking, enormous strawberries and our original score of live folk music; this is a brazen, loving and vital articulation of a silenced female voice.

Age guideline: 14+ | Discussions and themes of sexual violence

Ondervinden are proud to present this show in collaboration with Gin and Tonic Productions, and with the support of The Thomas Hardy Society.


28th September - 4th October 2019

Saturday 28th September - Wedmore Village Hall - SOLD OUT

Sunday 29th September - Volunteer Inn, Great Somerford - SOLD OUT

Wednesday 2nd October - Malmesbury Town Hall - SOLD OUT

Thursday 3rd October - East Knoyle Village Hall - SOLD OUT

Friday 4th October - Dundry Parish Church - SOLD OUT

7:30pm start | Run time: 90 mins

£8/£10/£12 - see dates for exact ticket prices and concessions

Download our large-print Tess programme here

Ondervinden Education

Ondervinden is committed to engaging with schools and higher education institutions to enable discussions regarding the themes raised by our productions. For ‘Tess’ we have created a full Education Workpack to supplement our tour. The contents of this Workpack have been designed for students taking their Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers or English AS and A Levels (or equivalent). The Workpack can be downloaded here.

If you are a student or teacher of a school in the South West and would like to enquire about schools group ticket discounts for our ‘Tess’ tour, or to enquire about booking ‘Tess’ to perform in your school, please email contact@ondervinden.com.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Performance Photography - Mihaela Bodlovic


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