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The Dame at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is a heartfelt story of survival

The Dame is a powerful, funny and moving piece of drama with a blisteringly raw performance by former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan.

The one-man show begins as Duncan's pantomime dame Ronald Roy Humphrey strides fabulously into his dressing room in his primary coloured regalia.

As he washes away his makeup and removes his battle armour - he ruminates on his life and pierces through the shiny jewel of his theatrical persona.

Peter Duncan as The Dame. Picture by Robert Workman (29641812)
Peter Duncan as The Dame. Picture by Robert Workman (29641812)

Through a series of monologues, the audience is transported to the bright lights music hall's glory years to the darker corners of Humphrey's soul.

Duncan is brilliant - flipping from comedy to tragedy in an instant in a gripping 70 minute tour de force.

The past haunts him and beneath the pantomime war paint, he confronts feelings of loss and childhood trauma while parading through energetic routines.

The Dame is ultimately a story about survival, hope and how experience makes us stronger no matter which stage you happen to grace.

It is Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds tonight (February 20) and is touring in Chesterfield and Basingstoke.

For tickets, visit www.theatreroyal.org/shows/the-dame/

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