Puff is a satirical imagining of the famously flirtatious relationship between Elizabeth 1 and Sir Walter Raleigh.
Written in verse, the play is set in the Elizabethan period of enchantment with the wonders of the New World, including tobacco which the Queen herself was introduced to by Raleigh.
Penned by John Agard, recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry 2012, Puff humorously engages with contemporary issues such as identity and diversity.
The production stars Leann O’Kasi as Elizabeth and Christopher Paddon as Raleigh with a cameo appearance from Agard himself.
The show is directed by Mark C. Hewitt and its performance as part of the Portsmouth Festivities marks the first stop in a south coast summer tour.
Puff will be staged on Sunday at 7.30pm at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth from which Raleigh sent settlers in 1587 to found the first English colony of Virginia.
Tickets: £10, concessions £8. For further information and to book tickets visit portsmouthfestivities.co.uk.