A DARKLY comic play following 24 hours in the life of a rural village will be performed at three Dorset venues in November.

The Tale of Little Bevan is set in a peaceful Norfolk village where three people are seeking happiness. Things take a frightening turn as the harvest moon fills, the party begins and ancient forces are brought to life.

The play is written by the award-winning Robert Alan Evans, and is produced by the highly acclaimed Pentabus Theatre Company. With live music, original songs and unique storytelling, this brand new fairytale will leave audiences questioning what community really means.

The performances in Dorset are organised by Artsreach, the county's touring arts organisation. Artsreach co-director Kerry Bartlett said: "Last autumn Pentabus toured their outstanding World War One centenary production, Crossings, and the quality of the acting, music and singing was simply outstanding. I can't wait to see what the new show brings!"

Describing itself as the nation's rural theatre company, Pentabus tours new plays to village halls, fields and other venues across the country, telling stories with local relevance and national impact.

The Tale of Little Bevan will be performed at Halstock Village Hall on Friday, November 22, Briantspuddle Village Hall on Saturday, November 23, and Child Okeford Village Hall on Sunday, November 24. All performances begin at 7.30pm.

The play is suitable for audiences aged 12 and over. Tickets are £9 or £10 for adults (depending on the venue) and £6 for under-18s, available from www.artsreach.co.uk