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Bridgwater’s 70th birthday

BRIDGWATER Arts Centre celebrates its 70th anniversary with a week of special events, from 7th to 14th October, including A Night At The Opera in 1946 (pictured). The birthday events are an opportunity for the community to get involved with a programme that includes an interactive timeline exhibition and a family day. An anniversary exhibition…

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Fantastic Mr Fox with Arts in the Square

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AS part of Salisbury’s Arts in the Square season, there will be two films on a giant inflatable screen in Salisbury Market Square on Friday 7th October. Fantastic Mr Fox (pictured)  will be shown at 6.45pm Based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel of the same name, it tells the story of a fox who cannot resist…

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Dorset charity helping gorillas

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THE North Dorset-based charity G4G is helping to care for orphaned mountain gorillas, providing much needed practical support for a gorilla centre in the  Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The latest donation of £900 has provided fridge-freezer capacity at the Senkwekwe Centre for orphan mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park. The funds were provided in…

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Playhouse is region’s most welcoming theatre

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SALISBURY Playhouse has won the South West round of the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2016. The 12 regional winners have been invited to the UK Theatre Awards ceremony on Sunday 9th October where the overall winner will be announced. This award, which is voted for by the public, is an opportunity for audiences to celebrate…

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Lost in Paradise on tour

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PARADISE Lost is one of the great epics of European literature – the awe-inspiring story of the Creation and the Fall of Lucifer. It is hard to imagine how it can be performed by one man. Ben Duke takes on Milton’s most famous work as a solo performance with theatre, movement and comedy to tell…

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Fay Weldon opens 20th Mere Literary Festival

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FAY WELDON, one of the foremost names in contemporary literature, will open this year’s 20th anniversary literary festival on Monday 10th October, in conversation with journalist and Fine Times Recorder co-editor Fanny Charles. Fay Weldon, who lives in Shaftesbury, published her first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke, in 1967 and she has been a major…

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Making noises with Greenlight Theatre

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ALBEE Vector The Sound Collector, coming to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 1st October, is a play for children, an epic tale of love, adventure and a sound-hoover called Mustard. Find out how Albee and his love Andromeda survive kings, curses and cruelty on their quest for beautiful sound in the world. Sounds are running…

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Southern Tenant Folk Union at Dorchester

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ONE of the UK’s best-loved and most versatile Americana and folk roots groups, the Southern Tenant Folk Union, will be playing songs from Join Forces, at Dorchester Arts, at the Corn Exchange on Friday 30th September, the day their latest album is released.. This seventh album was written following the May 2015 general election result,…

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Jo Caulfield is angry

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SHARP-witted comedian Jo Caulfield is back on tour with a hilarious new show, discussing why anger is seen as such a bad thing. Her tour brings her to Bristol Colston Hall’s Lantern venue on Sunday 2nd October at 7.30pm, and to the Exchange at Sturminster Newton on Sunday 30th. Jo finds so many things to…

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Leviathan at Pavilion Dance

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THE epic drama of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is translated into powerful contemporary dance by choreographer James Wilton, whose company will perform Leviathan at Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre on Tuesday 4th October, and Pavilion Dance at Bournemouth on  Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October. Moby Dick, one of the world’s greatest novels, is brought to the stage…

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New Scorpions head for Milborne Port

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THE new committee at Milborne Port Village Hall welcomes the ever-popular New Scorpion Band for an early autumn concert on Saturday 8th October. Starting at 7.30, the quartet will be revisiting old favourite songs as well as playing some new ones. They have been wowing audiences  for many years, and their devoted fans come from…

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Stuart Goldsmith at Bridport Comedy Cafe

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BRIDPORT Arts Centre’s Comedy Cafe returns on Wednesday 5th October with an evening with Stuart Goldsmith (pictured). The quick-witted comedian sparkles with the effortless charisma and quick-fire timing he honed over a misspent youth as a street-performer. Nowadays he is internationally recognised for original, striking stand-up comedy. Local favourite Tom Glover will be joining Stuart…

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Different love story at the Ustinov

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THE Autumn season at Bath’s Ustinov Studio opens with a new play from Canada. John Mighton’s Half Life will be directed by Nancy Meckler and runs from Thursday 29th September to Saturday 5th November. It tells the heart-warming story of love between two elderly residents in a nursing home. Patrick was once a mathematician and…

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