'Tess' is a mad-dash response to Hardy's 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' performed in full by three virtuosic actresses and an outstanding live folk band coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2019. ‘Tess’ is a co-production with Gin and Tonic Productions and is being kindly supported by The Thomas Hardy Society.

publicity credit: Louise Spence

publicity credit: Louise Spence

I’ve been told many things that are both true and not right, sir.

“Grab your pints, take your seats and keep your wits about you, for the wild, the rough and the shocking are round every corner..”

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.

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


tour dates

Saturday 28th September - Wedmore Village Hall

Sunday 29th September - Volunteer Inn, Great Somerford

Wednesday 2nd October - Malmesbury Town Hall

Thursday 3rd October - East Knoyle Village Hall

Friday 4th October - Dundry Parish Church


Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 - Reviews


Edinburgh Festival Fringe Performance Photography - Mihaela Bodlovic


the tess Team

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