Mary Rose Museum because a theatre for one off performance

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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University of Portsmouth students are turning the Mary Rose Museum into a stage this weekend as they perform a series of short plays.

Written by Stuart Olesker and John Staunton, the selection of plays, entitled Ill Wind, are based around stories from the Mary Rose.

It will be the first time the building has been used to stage a production, as the four separate plays will be shown in and around the museum.

The plays are all set in 1545 Portsmouth, with the cast appearing in Tudor costume.

The performances include a murder, two lovers, five wives, four sailors, and a wise woman.

Sue Judge, museum services manager, said: ‘It’s giving the students an opportunity to perform in front of people in a unique setting.

‘The audience will get the chance to see inside the museum as they are performed around it, as well as watch the plays.’

The performances take place tonight and tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Tickets must be paid for in advance and are £6, with a licensed bar being available.

For more information contact Sue Judge on (023) 9281 2931 or email