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Re-inventing two ancient myths for the 21st century

DEBORAH Warner continues her exciting inaugural season as artistic director of Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio with a double bill of two Greek myths reinvented for our times, from Friday 12th August to Tuesday 23rd. The works are Benjamin Britten’s Phaedra featuring the mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, and the world premiere of choreographer Kim Brandstrup’s Minotaur….

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Take a walk on the b-side

PORTLAND’s exciting and inspirational b-side festival returns from 8th to 11th September with a diverse line-up of local, national and international experimental artists. The theme for this year’s festival is Common Lands – artists and visitors are invited to explore their relationship with the land. The participating artists will take festival-goers on an experimental tour…

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Great Tastes of the South West

THE results of the 2022 Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, based in Gillingham, include 529 Great Taste star products from the south west. From blood orange marmalade to hot and cold smoked salmon and kimchi, the awards demonstrate the amazing variety and creativity of food producers around the region, the…

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Octagon work delayed to 2023

MAJOR redevelopment plans for Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre have been put back for a few months, enabling the venue to remain open until spring 2023. The programme to restructure and improve the Octagon Theatre is moving ahead but  there are still a number of key milestones that need to be achieved before building work can commence….

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Burton Bradstock celebrates some big birthdays

BURTON Bradstock Music Festival celebrates its 40th festival,  from 16th to 21st August, with the annual art exhibition at the village hall all week, and three days of outstanding classical and jazz music at St Mary’s Church. Before lockdown, festival director, violinist David Juritz, had planned to mark two anniversaries: the centenary of the legendary…

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Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell, Bristol Hippodrome and touring

THE combination of Jim Steinman’s words and music, and the wide vocal range and dynamic delivery of those numbers by Meat Loaf, created a string of international best sellers in the 1970s and 80s that have become pop classics. Since its premiere in Manchester in 2017, this show, which incorporates 19 numbers from the Bat…

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Summer shows across the region

fTHERE is a stunning selection of summer exhibitions across our region from the always inspiring small galleries, Sladers Yard at West Bay and The Art Stable at Child Okeford, to the major venues, which are celebrating four of the greatest artists of the pat 100 years. The headlines are a major Henry Moore retrospective at…

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Angela Hughes Reserve opens at Bere Marsh Farm

A NEW reserve at the Countryside Regeneration Trust’s Bere Marsh Farm, near Shillingstone, has been opened in memory of the pioneering farmer and conservationist Angela Hughes, who died in 2009. Angela was a dairy farmer who championed wildlife-friendly farming and was committed to protecting and conserving the natural world. She owned East Farm at Hammoon,…

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Garden concerts at the Grange

THE beautiful gardens of The Grange hotel at Oborne near Sherborne are providing the setting for a series of summer concerts throughout July and August, bringing a sunny programme of jazz, opera and chamber music Every Sunday until 14th August, tenor Jon Valender has programmed concerts featuring rising stars of both the classical and jazz…

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Moviola in July and August

MOVIOLA’s rural cinema programme drops off quite a bit in the summer – not all village halls have black-out, for a start, and people are on holiday. But there are still quite a few films to be enjoyed in July and August, including the new West Side Story and two sad-funny true stories, The Duke…

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Grayson Perry tapestries at Salisbury

A SERIES of monumental tapestries by one of Britain’s best loved and most important artists, Grayson Perry, will be exhibited at Salisbury Cathedral for three months from 29th June until 25th September. The Vanity of Small Differences, six “cartoons” exploring class mobility, each measure two by four metres, and were inspired by William Hogarth’s famous…

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Drama, comedy and romance under the stars

THE value of open air theatre was never felt more keenly than in the early days of the pandemic.  A recent survey has even found that venue-based theatre companies have a lot to learn from the versatilty and determination of those who found a way to entertain when indoor gatherings were banned (unless you lived…

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Caro at the New Art Centre

UNTIL 28th August, the New Art Centre at Winterslow near Salisbury, is holding an exhibition of sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro, set within the landscape at Roche Court. Sited throughout the park, the exhibition features seven large-scale works – dating from the 1970s to the 2000s – which together represent Caro’s marriage of sculpture and…

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Bath Theatre Royal’s adventure in the woods

A STELLAR cast directed by one of the world’s most controversial directors brings Stephen Sondheim’s magical reworking of traditional European fairy tales to Bath for the most spectacular production ever staged at the Theatre Royal, from Wednesday 17th August to Saturday 10th September Into The Woods, with music by Sondheim and book by James Lapine,…

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The pigeon’s revenge

LITTON Cheney and Stalbridge village halls are both hosting open-air performances of a circus-style entertainment, Lucky Pigeons, by Brainfools, on Saturday 13th August at 6pm and Sunday 14th at 2pm. A young businessman struggles with the demands of city life and, after losing his job, takes his frustrations out on a group of pigeons. Karma…

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Ann Farley is Ignite artist in residence

WEST Somerset artist Ann Farley has been appointed Summer 2022 Artist in Residence at The Engine Room, Bridgwater, part of the Ignite Somerset programme of work passing on digitals skills to artists. The project is supported by Arts Council England and delivered by Somerset Film, based at Bridgwater. Ann Farley will be using the residency…

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Hero and Leander, Jack Dean Theatre, touring

IT is said that there are only seven stories in the world – most of which come down to us from ancient history through myths and legends, where archetypes of human behaviour and emotion are embodied in gods, goddesses, heroes and heroines. One of the most famous Greek myths is the tragic story of Hero…

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As You Like It, Lord Chamberlain’s Men, touring

RETURNING for their annual visit to Salisbury Festival, the all-male touring theatre company The Lord Chamberlain’s Men set up their stage in Rack Close in the Cathedral Close, to perform the favourite Shakespearean comedy As You Like It to three packed audiences determinedly vying for the best place to set up their chairs and ever-more…

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Henry Moore at Hauser & Wirth

A MAJOR exhibition of work by the great sculp[tor Henry Moore runs at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, at Durslade Farm, Bruton, until 4th September. Henry Moore: Sharing Form has been curated by Hannah Higham of the Henry Moore Foundation in collaboration with the artist’s daughter Mary Moore. A comprehensive survey spanning six decades will extend…

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Climate and change at East Quay

THREE women artists, working in different media but all concerned with the climate crisis, are taking part in Better Than This, the first exhibition in the Climate and Change series at East Quay, Watchet, from 21st May to 31st August. Audio-visual artist Kathy Hinde, writer and artist Amy Howden-Chapman and spoken work artist Liv Torc…

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