Shifting circus from Barely Methodical

THE award-winning circus company Barely Methodical comes to Poole’s Lighthouse on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th October with the newest show, Shift. It follows their internationally successful shows Bromance and Kin and once again combines  acrobatics with the emotional punch of theatre as four performers test their physical limits. Marooned in an unstable environment, where…

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The Valkyrie by satellite

THE magnificent Nina Stemme  again takes the role of Brunnhilde in the current, sold out, cycles of Wagner’s Ring at the Royal Opera House. Her greatest performance, given at the Proms three years ago, is in Die Walkure, and it will be beamed by satellite from Covent Garden on Sunday 28th October at 5pm, to…

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Looking for a Piano in Salisbury and Exeter

SALISBURY Playhouse and Exe­ter Northcott are among the theatres bringing Salad Days to town this autumn. Produced by Regan De Wynter Williams, the company responsible for the recent The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Mikado, Salad Days stars Wendi Peters and runs in Salisbury from 22nd to 27th October. Salad Days started life…

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Watch out for Auntie!

THE Great Bavarian Mountain Owl is one of the stars of David Walliams’s comedy thriller Awful Auntie, coming to Bath Theatre Royal for ten half-term performances between Tuesday 23rd and Saturday 27th October. The award-winning children’s book has been adapted for the stage by the producers of Gangsta Granny  and David Walliams, and is recommended…

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Arts Council jazz project at the Marine

JAZZ is always popular at the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis, and there is a treat for fans when an Arts Council-supported tour by two rising stars of the scene comes to Lyme, on Tuesday 23rd October. The town already has a jazz and blues festival and the theatre has regular jazz gigs in the…

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Twelfth Night, Bristol Old Vic

IF you want an evening of inspired enjoyment, head for Bristol Old Vic before 17th November to see Wils Wilson’s extraordinary take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The co-production with Edin­burgh Lyceum is another brave move from BOV artistic director Tom Morris. Wilson is best known for her site-specific pieces and her collaborative approach, but happily…

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Pre-school Butterflies

THE next show on stage at the egg at Bath Theatre Royal is Butter­flies, described as an uplifting tale of friendship and courage for younger audiences, performed from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October. Tangled Feet and Half Moon Theatre have created the play, about three friends who embark on an exciting adventure to chase…

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Murder at the core of the play

THE next ImpAct Theatre play, to be performed in Christchurch and Bournemouth, is Patricia Richard­son’s production of Rona Munro’s Iron. This intense psychological drama,  set in a woman’s prison, is the story of a mother and daughter trying to break through the barriers of time, memory and punishment. It opens at Christchurch Regent Centre on…

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Martin Carthy at the Marine

A LEGENDARY star of the British folk scene for more than 50 years, Martin Carthy comes to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Monday 22nd October. Martin, a member of the Waterson-Carthy dynasty – which includes his wife Norma Waterson and daughter Eliza Carthy – has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators and,…

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A gypsy poet’s life

THE life of a gypsy poet – the most famous Romani poet ever – is portrayed in Papusza, a film being shown at the Digby Church Hall in Sherborne on Wednesday 24th October. Bronislawa Wajs (1908-1987) was a Polish-Romani classic poet and singer, who was usually known by her Romani name Papusza. She grew up nomadically…

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Star turns for Lyme Comedy Club

THE October Lyme Regis Comedy Club at the Marine Theatre on Friday 26th October features two star turns – Britain’s Got Talent finalist Daniel Postill and the 2014 English comedian of the year Jack Campbell. Danny Postill wowed the talent show’s audience in 2015, drawing praise from Simon Cowell –  “I think you got a…

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Purbeck Film Festival

THE country’s biggest rural film festival returns for its 22nd year to the Purbecks from 12th to 27th October, with a line-up of films from Ingmar Bergman to new releases, family favourites to dark dramas. The opening weekend includes The Breadwinner, an inspiring animated film about a young girl in Afghanistan in 2001, and the…

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Remembering the fallen at Salisbury Cathedral

THE centenary of the end of the First World War will be the focus of We Remember Them: Armistice at Salisbury Cathedral, with art installations, films, a concert, tours, and a Shakespeare production, throughout November and starting on 25th October. The events to mark the dead of both wars will include a Royal British Legion…

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Dr Marie Stopes escapes the storm

ONE of the most controversial women of the 20th century, Dr Marie Stopes changed the way we think about sex – and 100 years after the publication of her best known book, a Dorset theatre company is telling the story of her years on Portland, in a new play that is touring the region. Escaping…

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Giving his Lear at Ilminster

HOLLYWOOD action star Jeffer­son Steele will be on stage at Il­min­­ster Warehouse from 24th to 27th October – but he’s in for a bit of a surprise in Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s hilarious look at am drams and expectations. Ilminster Entertainments Society has chosen the play, A Bunch of Amateurs, for the autumn production….

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Love, jealousy and freedom

LONDON Classic Theatre brings My Mother Said I Never Should to Taunton Brewhouse on 23rd and 24th Octo­ber. Charlotte Keatley’s play, which is directed by Michael Cabot, follows the relationships of mothers and daughters over the years. Set in Manchester, Oldham and London, My Mother Said I Never Should is a poignant, bittersweet  story about…

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The ghastly Georgians – on stage!

IF you thought the Tudor royals were shocking, you should try the lives of the Georgians, who were, if anything, even more scandalous (if less bloody). Hervey, a new play at Bridport Arts Centre on 27th October, tells the story of the feud between King George II and his son Frederick, Prince of Wales, as…

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Stringle Dreams and Solid Strings

JAZZ clarinettist Julian Stringle and his Dream Band join forces with Sonia Slany’s Solid Strings quartet (pictured) for an exciting evening of music at Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting Houses on Friday 26th October. The Stringle band will play a repertoire of smooth jazz and easy-listening music by some of the greats including Gershwin,…

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Graffiti over musical elitism

GRAFFITI Classics, the group that burst the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show, returns to Dorchester Corn Exchange on Saturday 27th October. Listen out for 16 strings, eight dancing feet and four voices as they make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young…

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Charity concert celebrating love

SOPRANO Ruth McKibbin and pianist Peter French will take the audience on a musical journey through love at Christ Church, Frome, on Saturday 27th October at 1.05pm. This lunchtime concert, Tell Me The Truth About Love, is in aid of the National Osteoporosis Society, the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and…

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Natalie Clein in Bournemouth

CELLIST Natalie Clein is back in her home town on Sunday 21st October, where she joins pianist Anna Tilbrook for an afternoon recital for Bournemouth Chamber Music at the University Kimmer­idge Hall from 3pm. They have chosen a varied and interesting programme of solo cello and cello sonata music. Natalie is the epitome of “local…

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A time for Salisbury to celebrate

OPERA singer and festival promoter Lynsey Doherty has been playing the piano since she was six, and singing since she was “shocked and inspired” by hearing Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras singing at the start of the Rome World Cup on her parents’ television. Now she is preparing for the fifth Celebrate Voice festival, running this…

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