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A weekend of dance

PAVILIONDANCE has organised a programme of dancing in and around Dorset for the first weekend in July. The Urban Playground Team will visit Corfe Castle Station on Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd  July, to produce a fast-paced, funny and risk-taking bend of parkour, dance and theatre inspired by steam engines. The free performances will…

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Kenzie back at Chettle

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MANCHESTER-based singer and songwriter Jon Kenzie returns to Chettle Village Hall on Tuesday 28th June for his second concert in the Dorset venue. He will be promoting songs from his new album From Wanderlust, as well as performing songs from his back catalogue, all influenced by blues, folk and soul. Hear him in Chettle from…

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Coward classic returns to Shillingstone

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SO popular was the Churchill Productions version of Noel Coward’s Still Life in a railway carriage at Shillingstone in 2014 that it has been revived by audience demand. The play that was adapted as the classic film Brief Encounter has an added fly-on-the-wall dimension for those watching the romance unfold in the carriage where they…

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Hay Fever, Wessex Actors at Nothe Fort and touring

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FOR the past six years, Jo Puttick’s Wessex Actors Company has been entertaining increasingly large audiences across Dorset and beyond every summer, in all weathers, in the open air and occasionally indoors. This year’s offering is the company’s second Coward, Hay Fever, that farcical comedy of manners set in the country home of the highly…

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Performance poetry at Forest Forge Theatre

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TWO outstanding North American poets join local performance poets on Monday 4th July for an evening of spoken work poetry  in a partnership between Forest Forge Theatre and poetry cooperative Apples and Snakes. Fresh from appearances at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, Buddy Wakefield and Tanya Evanson are on a short UK tour, stopping at Forest…

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Black Swan Arts celebrates 30 years

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FROME’s Black Swan Arts is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a year of special shows, exhibitions and one-off fundraising events, including the Secret Swans Trail as part of Frome Festival from 1st to 10th July.. In 2016, the centre wants everyone to remember the history of the wonderful Grade II listed building, enjoy the vibrant…

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BSO announces 2016-17 Poole season

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THERE’S certainly a welcome fresh and distinctive look to the BSO’s 2016-17 programme for its regular Wednesday evening concerts at the Lighthouse in Poole. The majority of the familiar warhorses of the classical repertoire have been left to rest in their stables for this year.  Among the symphonies in the programme there is no Beethoven,…

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Charlie and her “brother”

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THE multi-talented Charlie Dore, a singer, songwriter, actress, comedian and lyricist, comes to Bridport Arts Centre with her long time collaborator and “honorary musical brother” Julian Littman on Friday 1st July. Charlie has won awards for her songs and lyrics writing over an unusually diverse career. They have been covered by stars including George Harrison,…

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The unifying influence of food

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by Simone Sekers THIS month the book club meets at our house, and as has become the tradition I am cooking to suit the book. This is Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, set in Vietnam under French occupation in the 1950s, at a time when America was beginning to get involved. So we are having…

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Lowery and Batterham at Sladers Yard

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THE new exhibition at Sladers Yard at West Bay will be a joy for lovers of contemporary pottery, featuring work by the pre-eminent British potter, Richard Batterham, who lives in Dorset. Richard Batterham at 80 will be on show at the gallery and cafe alongside Cast of Light, paintings by Dorset artist Alex Lowery, from…

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Falstaff chronicled at the Commandery

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THE Commandery in Ansty was built in 1596, the same year that Shakes­peare was creating the character of Falstaff,  so what more suitable place to celebrate the Fat Knight for the Shakespeare 400 anniversary. From 7th to 9th July, Tisbury Arts Group will be taking over the historic venue, probably used as a banqueting hall…

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Papa Le Gal at Lyme’s Big Mix

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AFRO funk band Papa Le Gal headline this year’s Big Mix event at the Marine Theatre, Theatre Square and Gun Cliff Walk, in Lyme Regis on Saturday 2nd July. This one day festival which brings exciting young artists and music acts to Lyme is produced by B Sharp, a not for profit music charity for…

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Cranko’s Shrew at Bristol

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BIRMINGHAM Royal Ballet closes its 2015-16 season with a touring revival of John Cranko’s legendary The Tam­ing of the Shrew, coming to Bristol Hippodrome from Wednesday 29th June to Satur­day 2nd July. After almost 20 years, the company returns to the Hippo­drome with six performances of Cranko’s masterful choreographic depiction of Shakes­peare’s perpetually battling lovers,…

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Messer’s Mitra at Salisbury

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AT Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 2nd July, audiences can experience Michael Messer’s Mitra,  the trio whose name means “friends.’ The unique fusion of blues slide guitar, Hindustani classical slide guitar and tabla is named after the Hindu god of friendship and alliance. British blues innovator and slide guitarist  Messer joins Manish Pingle, a Hindustani…

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All the fun of GillFest

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THE exciting lineup for the 2016 Gillingham Festival, which runs from Friday 24th June to Sunday 3rd July, is headed by the Blues Band, Gervais Phinn, Nicholas Parsons, John Williams and John Etheridge and Beverley Craven. There are also chances to hear the home-grown talents of Tim Laycock, The Unravelling Wilburys, Loose Connections, Duncan Honeybourne…

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Finding Martin Creed at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

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THERE are several wonderful things about Hauser & Wirth Somerset – the quality of the work on show is consistently stimulating and excellent (you may not like everything, but it gets you thinking and talking), there is a great cafe, so it’s become a real social focus for the community, and entry is free, so…

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