Exeter Fringe Festival Presents a Jabez Wolffe by Giles Croft

Exeter Fringe Festival Presents a Jabez Wolffe by Giles Croft


Jabez Wolffe, an international Chanel swimmer, star, and artists, gets to have his story revived for the local audience to witness right in the very first Exeter Fringe Festival.

Wolffe tried and failed to swim across the Channel twenty-one times. In 1911, he failed by a matter of yards and by less than 1 mile on 3 other attempts. In spite of not having accomplished the goal of successfully crossing the Channel, Wolffe has managed to build his reputation and coached many popular swimmers like Peggy Duncan, Sunny Lowry, and Hilda Sharp. He was able to write 2 books, well-received by the public; namely, The Text Book of Swimming and Swimming Short & Long Distance.

Giles Croft, the theatre director who is also Jabez Wolffe’s third cousin seized this chance to show ‘entertainment in 21 attempts’. According to Croft:

He got so close and was foiled by bad luck in the shape of jelly-fish and sharks, but stuck to his motto “Yield not to misfortune” and became a celebrity.’

You won’t regret experiencing a Giles Croft creation. He is Gate Theatre’s artistic director and became the Literary Manager of the National Theatre. He also was the artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse (August 1999- November 2017). Over 60 productions have been directed by Giles Croft. These include Any Means Necessary, Kite Runner, Arcadia, Tony’s Last Tape, The Cherry Orchard, and more. He’s also a sought-after playwright, whose works are widely produced in the UK and other European states.

Don’t miss the chance to experience this impeccable story on August 1, Thursday, at the Barnfield Theatre (7pm). Who knows this could raise Jabez Wolfe to the UK Hall of Sporting Fame.

Tickets are sold at £14.50, £13 Conc. See you at Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter.

For more info, check out https://exefringe.co.uk/whats-on/ or you may call the box office hotline at 01392 271 808.



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