Bourne’s swans fly back to Plymouth

MATTHEW Bourne’s now legendary Swan Lake came to Plymouth Theatre Royal in February 1996, direct from its Sadlers Wells premiere, so it is apt that it starts the new tour at the Plymouth venue, where it is on stage from Saturday 22nd to Saturday 29th September 2018. The choreographer tried out many of his works…

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Mabon back on Artsreach circuit

JAMIE Smith’s Mabon returns to Dorset for two Artsreach gigs, at the village halls at Sturminster Marshall on Friday 28th and Stud­land on Saturday 29th Sept­ember, both starting at 7.30pm. The roots band is famous for its musicianship and infectious Celtic sounds. In 2019 they celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of a new…

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Wine from Oregon to Bruton

A SPECIAL event at Bruton’s At The Chapel, on Thursday 27th September, explores the wines and heritage of the Sokol Blosser vineyard in Oregon. In 1971, the Sokol Blosser family planted grapes on just five acres in  Oregon’s Dundee Hills. As one of the pioneering wineries of the region, Sokol Blosser has played a key…

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Swing with My Sweet Patootie

MULTI-talented Canadian-English folk trio My Sweet Patootie, who play a blend of vintage swing, country blues, folk and ragtime, are on an autumn tour which begins locally at Midsomer Norton Town Hall on  Friday 28th September, followed by four dates with Dorset’s rural arts touring charity Artsreach. With a sly wink and a grin, Canadian…

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Lisa at Otterton Mill

COUNTRY, blues and gospel singer Lisa Mills comes to ​Otter­ton Mill near Budleigh Salterton on Thursday 27th September as part of her UK autumn tour. Mississippi native Lisa now lives in Mobile. Her powerhouse vocals and quintessentially Southern blend of “indigenous” roots has helped establish her as a firm favourite this side of the Atlantic….

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Guitar recital in memory of Graham

ONE of Britain’s finest classical guitarists, John Mills, will give a charity guitar recital on Friday 28th September at Lytchett Minster Parish Church, at 7.30pm, in aid of Bowel Cancer UK. The recital, which also features John’s virtuoso guitarist wife, Cobie Smit, is in remembrance of his friend, the late composer Graham Stansfield. John, a…

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I Wish I Was a Mountain, egg at Theatre Royal, Bath

BATH-based poet and storyteller Toby Thompson “comes home” to perform his solo show, I Wish I Was a Mountain, on stage at the egg at the Theatre Royal until 30th Septem­ber. Twenty-four year old Toby worked Front of House at the egg for ten years, so he says it’s like his second home, where director…

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Wassail to the touring pub play

WASSAIL Theatre is out on the road again, this time to pubs (and a few other venues)  with Horses! Horses! “The Pub is the Hub, ladies and gents, so it’s use it or lose it time” says landlord Johnny. He’s putting on a Big Fun fundraiser tonight at the Nags Head, but he’s in no…

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A Pure Woman premiere at Dorchester

THOMAS Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles was originally performed at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester, so it is totally fitting that the Corn Exchange should be the venue for the premiere of a play about the relationship between Hardy, his wife and the actress who played Tess, from 27th to 30th September. Based on Christopher…

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Tutus and testosterone to open refurbished Mayflower

THE all-male comedy company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo open the refurbished Mayflower Theatre in Southampton on Friday and Saturday 28th and 29th September, on their first UK tour since 2015. For more than 40 years, The Trocks, based in New York City, have been delighting audiences of all ages with their fabulous sense…

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The light and dark faces of plastic

ON Wednesday 26th September, Poole Light­house hosts the first performances of w-RAP, described as a plastic serenade for a synthetic century. It’s an experimental music-theatre work devised by composer Shaftesbury-based Karen Wimhurst, working in collaboration with collaboration the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) and director Katharine Piercey.  Susan Lambert, head of MoDiP, will introduce the…

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Celebrating Image in film and photography

IMAGE, the new exhibition at Messums Wiltshire, at the 700 year old Tisbury tithe barn, from 15th September to 21st October, is the arts centre’s inaugural photography and film season. The exhibition presents a diverse range of contemporary and historical photographers, who each investigate aspects of identity. Image looks at the way in which these…

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Henry V in Bristol and touring

THE Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory production of Henry V, which opened at Bath’s Ustinov Studio, comes to its home base in Bed­min­ster from Wednesday 12th Sep­tember to Saturday 6th Octo­ber before its autumn UK tour. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone it stars Ben Hall in the title role with Heledd Gwynn (unforgettable in Ice Road…

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September ends with Churchfitters

THE busy September programme at South Petherton’s David Hall ends on Friday 28th with The Churchfitters, multi-instrumentalists who between them play flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes…

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Gender fluidity with hilarious results

SALISBURY’S Studio Theatre at Ashley Road opens its 2018/9 season on Friday 28th September with a production of Brandon Thomas’s Charley’s Aunt, directed by Ros Liddington. The farce in three acts opened in 1892 in Bury St Edmunds and went on to break all historic records for plays of any kind, with an original London…

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Three Little Maids head back to the Regent

CHRISTCHURCH Gilbert and Sul­l­ivan Society revives the most popular Savoy Operas, The Mik­ado, on stage at the Regent Centre from Thursday 27th to Sat­urday 29th September, nightly at 7.30pm with a 2.30 Saturday matinee. The company is the longest established still to be performing at the Regent since it opened in mid-1983. Their first show,…

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Steve remembered at the Sherman Studio

THE Studio Jazz sessions in the  Sherling Studio at Poole’s Light­house re-start on Friday 28th September with a performance by Zaum, Jan Kopinski and friends. It’s a special tribute to Poole-based drummer, composer and music educator Steve Harris, ten years after he joined the great gig in the sky. The band promises a smorgasbord of…

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Backwards and forwards romance

MEMBERS of the Swan Theatre in Yeovil are putting on a production of a two-handed musical – The Last 5 Years – to raise funds for the company. On stage from Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th September, the American musical was written by Jason Robert Brown and opened in Chicago in 2001. The Swan production…

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Are you right or wrong? It’s Your Wrong

WHICHEVER way you look, things are wrong. Comedian In his new show, Your Wrong, Phil Nichol ponders what’s gone wrong and how do we get it right, at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Saturday 29th September. Trump. Your wrong. Brexit. Your wrong. Facebook. Your wrong. Tinder. Your wrong. Religion. Your wrong. Fashion. Your wrong. Grammar….

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Local boy heads Funny Bones line-up

LOCAL comedian Russell Howard is returning to Bristol Hippodrome on Sunday 30th September, to take part in two Funny Bones comedy shows at 2.30pm and 7.30, raising funds for Above and Beyond, the official charity for Bristol city centre hospitals. Joining Russell on the Funny Bones line-up are Jon Richardson, Joel Dommett, Stuart Goldsmith, Laura…

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No Parlez 35 years on

PAUL Young is on a 16-date UK tour, performing the music from his 1983 hit album, No Parlez, stop­ping at Poole Lighthouse on Sun­day 30th September for the only date in the south and west. Everyone’s favourite 80s crooner will be turning the clock back to the days of his debut album, which reached number…

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Pop-up Roundabout Festival

POOLE Lighthouse has joined up with the Arts by the Sea Festival, Activate and Pavilion Dance South West to organise the 2018 Roundabout Festival, running from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th September. This year Roundabout, the world’s first pop-up, plug-in and play theatre, will be erected on the Pavilion Dance Terrace, overlooking the sea and…

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