Hawks sighted in Bristol and the the Purbecks

CALIFORNIA country rockers I See Hawks in L.A.  is on a UK tour supporting the new album Live and Never Learn, and stopping at the Canteen in Bristol on Wednesday 25th July and the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers on Sunday 12th August. Seventeen years after the release of their eponymous debut album, the…

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Cardboard Fox goes into Topspin

CARDBOARD Fox, the four-piece Americana old time combo of sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick with Joe Tozer and John Breese, release a new album, Topspin in early June. They introduced the album at Bath Theatre Royal, and the  tour continues on 27th July at Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival, 11th and 12th August at Dartmoor…

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Get on the bus to the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

A SPECIAL shuttle bus service is being provided from Dorchester’s new Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum to the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival on Saturday 21st July. The bus link will bring one of the most significant events in Dorset – and national – together, taking people to the home village of the pioneers of the trade…

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Bingsters to the Lighthouse

CBEEBIES favourite Bing Live! will be on stage at Poole Lighthouse on Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th July. Four shows for the younger members of the family, on Saturday at 1pm and 4pm and Sunday at 10am and 1pm, bring  Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando to meet their fans. The current tour is the…

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Ayckbourn and Abigail at Wimborne Rep

THE Dorset-based Dramatic Productions returns to the Tivoli Theatre for their seventh summer, this time with a two play season from 2nd to 11th August and called Wimborne Rep. The first play is Alan Ayckbourn’s rarely performed but fascinating Things We Do For Love.  Audiences are accustomed to the prolific playwright’s clever sets, but in…

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All the ship’s a stage

THE SS Great Britain is the spectacular setting for the Natural Theatre Company’s latest venture, Shakespeare Undon, a brand new and interactive look at Shakespeare. Performed as part of Bristol’s Shake­s­peare Festival from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th and Sunday 29th July, with performances at 6.30, 7.30 and 8.30 every day, the Naturals promise a…

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Exciting weekend at Plush

THE middle weekend of the 2018 Plush Festival, 3rd to 5th August, brings some of the brightest young stars of both the classical and folk worlds to the beautiful little chapel above the Piddle valley. On Friday 3rd August, there is an enthralling programme of ancient and modern. The exciting young Fieri Consort will sing…

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Mad Forest, BOVTS international students at Wickham Theatre, Bristol

WHAT an inspiration to choose Caryl Churchill’s rarely-performed but brilliant Mad Forest for the final play performed by the 2018 MA international acting students, and what a treat for the packed audience to see an eye-opening performance that swirls them into the 1980 revolutionary period. With its subtitle A Play from Romania, Mad Forest was…

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Helen Drinkwater at the Regent

CHRISTCHURCH-born photographer Helen Drinkwater has an exhibition of her work at the town’s Regent Centre, until Friday 27th July. Helen began her love affair with the camera at the age of 11, beginning with landscape photography. She moved into macro photography for a while, specialising in close-up pictures of small objects and insects. In 2001,…

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From Boise to Ansford

HILLFOLK Noir, the trio from Boise Idaho, visits Caryford Hall at Ansford Castle Cary on Saturday 21st July for an evening of music to raise spirits, and funds for the hall. The musicians describe themselves as neo-traditionalists playing traditional music on traditional instruments for non-traditional times. Their inspirations include bluegrass, folk, punk and stringband blues,…

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Billy and Steve at Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

STEVE Knightley and Billy Bragg are among the musicians performing at this year’s Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, from 20th to 22nd July this year, a little later than usual to avoid a clash with the Durham Miners Gala. The programme is the familiar mixture of talks, radical films, comedy, workshops, and music. Other performers include Captain…

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Adults at the egg

BATH’S dedicated youth theatre space, the egg, is inviting adult audiences in for three new shows this month. The Bath Theatre Royal space will showcase the talents of older performers, with three productions featuring members of Engage (its programme for adult participants) and the TRB Theatre School. From Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st July, the…

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Fermenting shows for the future

BRISTOL Ferment, the annual work-in-progress festival, runs this year from Monday 9th to Saturday 21st July. Now in its eighth year, the festival showcases some of the finest talent in the South West. This year’s venues are the Arnolfini and Bristol Old Vic. Highlights inclulde scratch performances by Inspec­tor Sands, In Bed with My Brother,…

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Athelstan’s Dream at Milton Abbey

THE beautiful and ancient Milton Abbey is the setting for a free summer exhibition, Athelstan’s Dream – A Saxon Tale, in the Abbey and St Catherine’s Chapel from 4th July to 31st August. The exhibition at the Abbey, which is set in a glorious Capability Brown landscape near Blandford, focuses on the Anglo-Saxons and the…

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Romeo and Juliet in a derelict Victorian lido

INSANE Root, the company that brought Orpheus and Eurydice to the Suspension Bridge Vaults, Macbeth to the Redcliffe Caves, and The Tempest to St John on the Wall’s Crypt, this summer performs Romeo and Juliet in the Eastville Park swimming pool, from 20th June to 29th July. Directed by Hannah Drake, the cast includes Peter…

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Shakespearean revenge on Brownsea Island

THIS year’s Brownsea Open Air Theatre production, from Wednesday 25th July to Saturday 10th August, is Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Titus is a Roman general who returns to Rome a hero, after years of fighting wars. He brings with him prisoners, including   Tamora, Queen of the Goths, her three sons, and Aaron, her secret…

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Gaudier home again for the summer

THE Gaudier Ensemble returns to its “musical home” – Cerne Abbas – from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th July for the annual festival. This is the 28th year of the Cerne Abbas Music Festival, based in the beautiful St Mary’s Church. Set up by clarinetist  and Dorset native Richard Hosford, who invited his musical friends…

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Lauren Cuthbertson joins Hatch lineup

ONE of the Royal Ballet’s great stars, Lauren Cuthbertson is joining the line-up for this year’s Covent Garden Dance Company visit to the gardens of Hatch House near Tisbury, on 20th to 22nd July. Due to a change in schedule Cuthbertson, a Royal Ballet principal, joins an illustrious line-up at Hatch House. where she will…

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Inspired by the landscape – and Veronica

THE highlight of the second performance weekend at Messums Wiltshire, in its magnificent tithe barn in Tisbury, will be the finale of a five year project to marking the life of Veronica Stewart, who died in 2011 but whose legacy has been to support emerging artists. On Saturday 21st July at 6.15pm, the trust, set…

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Farrants under heaven

THE final concert of the Farrant Singers 2017/18 season is at Milton Abbey on Saturday 21st July, where they perform a programme entitled Seventh Heaven. They have chosen great choral classics from seven centuries and seven countries in a programme that opens with Plainsong and includes works by King John of Portugal, Peter Philips, John…

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Artsreach helps kids to get creative

THE start of the school holidays means parents looking for interesting ways to keep the children busy and entertained and Artsreach as always has a packed and affordable programme of exciting, fun and creative workshops and activities. The Artsreach summer programme, which runs from 27th July to 31st August, has something for everyone including music,…

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The Arborealists at Black Swan

TREES are so important in so many aspects of our lives, and a group of artists who celebrate every aspect of these amazing living things, has an exhibition at Frome’s Black Swan Arts from 21st July to 2nd September. The Arborealists and Guests has a very special additional attraction, Paul Nash’s painting Pond in the…

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Creative Coverage at Bridport

ARTISTS who belong to the Creative Coverage group are exhibiting at Bridport Arts Centre, until 4th August, in a group show called Dorset: Landscapes, Flora and Fauna. The mixed exhibition features scenes of Dorset landscape and coast, including oil paintings of West Bay, Portland and Long Bredy by George Paul Sainsbury, paintings by Ingrid Skoglund,…

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