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We are trying to expand the range of entertainment we present at the John Peel Theatre, and this is only the second, we hope of many, fully professional shows at an affordable price for local people. However, in order to cover costs, we need to sell at least half of our seats! We do not get the subsidies that village halls and other small rural venues get- we rely entirely on ticket sales, so please buy a ticket, and come with your friends for a great evening out at an affordable price!

It’s the winter of 1940/41 and Millican Dalton (the first professional mountain guide, philosopher and self-proclaimed inventor of shorts), is in ‘the safest spot to escape the kind attentions of Mr Hitler’ – his cave in the Borrowdale valley in Cumberland. But the Keswick ARP warden has just visited and ordered him to “Put that candle out!” – the Borrowdale Hermit is far from happy about this infringement on his personal liberty and fires off a letter of complaint to Winston Churchill. Both are now in their darkest hour. All true so far!……but at the age of 74, having given up his ‘stifling city job’ to find freedom living amongst nature in cabins, tents and caves for over 40 years, how might this war-time imposition affect The Professor’s philosophy of life…..and would he receive a response from the Prime Minister?

The Professor of Adventure is an investigation into freedom, solitude and human resourcefulness.
Peter Macqeen

What People say....

This captivating play .... a wistful, whimsical and quietly wonderful couple of hours. British Theatre Guide.

This is seriously good, and rather rare, professional theatre, worth more than the ticket price by far, and any effort you make to get to Wigton. Julia Newsome
Loneliness isn’t about being alone, it’s about not having the choice – and that is at the heart of Peter Macqueen’s one-man play about the life of Millican Dalton, the Borrowdale hermit.

Macqueen captures in his lyrical script, the passion and confusion of a man who thought like many the Great War was that to end all conflict, yet once again found himself, even in the granite hills of the Lakes, dragged into the theatre of war.

The air raid warden has made an official visit to the cave to demand the single flickering candle Dalton has for company each night is snuffed out to prevent Luftwaffe bombs being dropped. Once the choice between light and dark is taken away and the choice of seeing or not seeing his brother is withdrawn through death, Dalton’s freedom is dwindling away.

It remains as relevant and popular a choice as ever. It is a magical performance and Macqueen does not portray Dalton as a lone figure, he holds him up high as a man whose ideas are as fresh today as back 1940-41 when the play is set.

Within the chiselled cave walls you can see the faces of Dalton and others as the firelight dances over the set ... A colourful backdrop for the twists and turns of words, in this beautiful script about The Professor of Adventure.

Diary  Dates
& Times
Unless stated otherwise, all performances start at 7.30

3rd August
- Open Mic

10th August - The Professor of Adventure with Peter Macqueen

7th September- Open Mic

14th September- Nobody asked the Women   
5th October- Open Mic

2nd November- Open Mic

10th - 16th December- Pirates of the Curry Bean
(Evening performances start at 7.00, matinees at 2.00)

21st December- Xmas Special Open Mic              
Trailer for The professor of Adventure
Box Office:
Easton's in High Street Wigton
016973 42521
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Peter appeared on BBC one's programme The Lakes last night, talking about Millican Dalton and his play The Professor of Adventure. If you missed it, watch it again:
Did  you  know ?
Our great news is that we have been granted Planning Permission for new doors! The old doors are drafty, rickety and let snails in. People often tell us that they look unwelcoming and that the theatre always looks closed. All that will change in a few week's time!
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