The Swallow Theatre near Whithorn starts off a packed 2017 season this Monday (February 13) with ‘The Underground Man’: a delectable blend of fact and fiction in which the intriguing details of a complex life are richly explored through the vibrant imagination of a gentle soul.

The Fifth Duke of Portland is an eccentric Nottinghamshire aristocrat whose imagination and curiosity know no bounds. This deceptively simple man struggles to come to terms with a world that is teeming with new knowledge, ill-founded opinion and gossip.

Why does he hide himself away? What is his fascination with tunnels? Will he ever unearth the secrets hidden in his memory?

In a sequence of events that are often curious and frequently hilarious he reveals moments of surprising perception and wisdom.

Ajtc and Nottingham Playhouse have combined their talents to co-produce a stage adaptation of Mick Jackson’s Booker prize short-listed novel. The result is a free-flowing performance which features live music and a specially commissioned score.

The performance, which is suitable for age 14+, starts at 3pm. Tickets cost £12 and are available from www.swallowtheatre.co.uk or by telephoning 01988 850368.