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The Duke

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Direct from the UK, The Duke by Shôn Dale-Jones is a semi-autobiographical tale of Shôn, his mum, and their complex relationship with a china figure of the Duke of Wellington that his late Dad bought, cherished, and kept in a shoe-box under the bed.

A funny, poignant and playful, this one-man show weaves together the tragi-comic fate of a family heirloom, the quandary of a scriptwriter stretching his integrity and an unfolding disaster as thousands of children flee their homes. Blending fantasy and reality, this playful show gently challenges our priorities in a world full of crisis.

The Duke received The Scotsman’s Fringe First Award in Edinburgh in 2016 and has been produced in aid of the Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis Appeal.

“…engaging and complex, existing somewhere between truth and fiction, drama and radio, fantasy and reality. Dale-Jones is a natural and immediately likable storyteller” **** The List


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Shôn Dale-Jones | Writer, Performer & Hoipolloi's Artistic Director
Shôn Dale-Jones is Hoipolloi’s Artistic Director. Over the last twenty years he has worked as a writer, director, performer and producer, making over twenty new live theatre and comedy shows, online digital work, radio and film. He is best known as an award-winning writer/performer with his comic creation, Hugh Hughes and his hit shows Floating, Story of A Rabbit, 360, Stories from an Invisible Townand Things I forgot I Remembered. His work has toured all over the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia and has been supported by the Cambridge Film Festival, Barbican, National Theatre Studios, National Theatre Wales and the BBC. Shôn has won various awards, including multiple Scotsman Fringe First Awards; Three Weeks Editor’s Award; Time Out Critics Choice; Total Theatre Award; BBC Audio Award for Best Scripted Comedy; M-i.e. Award - Best Live Theatre Event, Melbourne, Australia Alongside making live shows, he is currently developing work for both BBC Radio Four and working with Jon Plowman at BBC TV Comedy.

Hoipolloi have been mixing fantasy and reality, making people laugh, cry and imagine since 1993. Established by Shôn Dale-Jones and Stefanie Mueller, Hoipolloi's work reaches out beyond the stage in a very real way, and engages audiences directly through a mixture of live performance and online digital content. It’s about telling joyful stories, which entertain audiences, whilst playfully challenging their sense of reality. Hoipolloi is a flexible and agile independent creative company, changing shape and size according to the scale and needs of each project. They have made over twenty live theatre and comedy shows as well as making work on radio, on screen and online, and are best known for Shôn's award-winning comic creation, Hugh Hughes and his hit shows. The company has worked with various partners, including the National Theatre Wales; National Theatre Studios; Barbican; Carriageworks, Sydney; Cambridge Film Festival; Arts Council England, The British Council and the BBC. They have connected with audiences all over the world including the UK, Australia, Singapore, Colombia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Belgium, Holland, Finland, Russia, Ireland, Canada and the USA. They have won various awards, including multiple Fringe Firsts, M-i.e. Award for the Best Live Theatre Event in Melbourne, a Total Theatre Award and a BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Scripted Comedy.

About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

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