TWO lives collide in a powerful new play written to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Edinburgh Fringe First winning playwright Deirdre Kinahan marks the occasion with Crossings, which explores the unexpected stories of war past and present and tours to Toller Porcorum, near Dorchester and Bridport and to Durweston near Blandford.

Bringing together two deeply moving war stories separated by a hundred years, Crossings tours with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

In 1919, Badgersbridge Village Hall is Margaret’s domain and the last place she expected to come face to face with Grace, who knew Margaret's brother in the war. Through this chance meeting their two lives collide resulting in an unlikely pairing that will change the course of both of their futures.

Fast forward to 2019. Sean can't find his mother to meet Mirjana from the care company, here to help her around the home. Mirjana is from Sarajevo, but has lived in the village since escaping the war there as a teenager. The village hall has been her solace and proves an unlikely link between them.

Two of the country's leading touring groups, Pentabus Theatre Company and New Perspectives, collaborate for the first time to bring this touching production to the stage.

Sophie Motley, Pentabus artistic director, said, “We’re looking forward to sharing Deirdre Kinahan’s delicate, touching, gently challenging piece of work with village hall audiences all over the country.” With live music, waltzing and unexpected connections, dance through a century of lost and found loves.

See Crossings in Durweston (01258 488883) on November 23 at 7.30pm and Toller Porcorum (01300 320373) on November 24 at 7.30pm. It's suitable for ages 14+. Tickets and further information are also available at