Testing the limits in circus

THE Australian Casus Circus comes to Strode Theatre in Street at 6.30pm on Friday 22nd June to perform Drift­wood after its debut performances in London. Regarded as the hottest contemporary circus company in Australia and based in Brisbane, Casus Circus takes circus arts to a new level. Performances incorporate choreography, acrobatics, trapeze and aerial stunts,…

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Ancient myth brought into 21st century by BOVTS students

GRADUATING students at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School are staging Moira Buffini’s Welcome to Thebes, set in a fictitious near-future but inspired by ancient myth, at the Tobacco Factory in Bedminster from 21st to 30th June. Directed by Lucy Pitman-Wallace, Welcome to Thebes offers a passionate exploration of an encounter between the world’s richest and…

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Poet in residence for Tyntesfield

THE National Trust’s Tyntesfield has its first poet in residence, Holly Corfield Carr, who will join the Victorian estate near Bristol as part of a project inspired by eighteenth-century Bristol poet, Hannah More. Holly, who has previously held residencies at the Wordsworth Trust and the University of Bristol among others, will host a series of…

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Making art from scrap

MAKING meaningful artworks from scrap materials is something Somerset artist Fiona Campbell is passionate about. This is not a new approach, but her subject matter has become increasingly weighted with environmental issues, given her concerns with the critical state our world is in. Fiona’s latest piece, Glut, a set of wrapped, woven and sutured red…

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Home Front, Home at Bridport

BRIDPORT’s major exhibition for the 2018 season is Home Front, Home, which commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War and explores how the world’s first ‘total war’ affected women in Bridport, through the stories of seven individuals. The exhibition has been researched by a group of Bridport Museum volunteers, led by…

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Festiv’Owl joins Bath’s Minerva Owl trail

HORRIBLE Histories illustrator Martin Brown has created a “Festiv’Owl” for Bath Children’s Literature Festival as part of Minerva’s Owls of Bath trail around the city from 25th June to 10th September. There will be more than 80 owls on the trail, and the Horrible Histories owl, created by the illustrator of Terry Deary’s best-selling history…

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New venue is a Dream for APS

AMATEUR Players of Sherborne make the formal move into their new theatre with a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd June, nightly at 7.45pm. The Sherborne Studio Theatre in Marston Road has been extensively renovated, and now provides a new rehearsal and performance space. A Midsummer Night’s Dream…

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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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Magic of Wiltshire in words and music

THE newly-formed Wiltshire Creative has its first production, A Wiltshire Tale, continuing  at Bridport Arts Centre on 23rd June and the Larmer Tree Festival before it comes ot Salisbury Arts Centre. Written and performed by Nick Harper, who has been hailed as The Bard of Wiltshire, the show uses words and music to take a…

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Dusty world premiere in Bath

BATH audiences will see the world premiere of a new musical about Dusty Springfield when it opens on 23rd June until 7th July, prior to UK tour. Based on the authorised biography, Dusty will chart  the life of one of Britain’s most successful and enduringly popular singers. Olivier nominated writer Jonathan Harvey, who wrote the…

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Hatful of Rain in a sunny summer

SHOREHAM-based contemporary folk quartet Hatful of Rain comes to the Sherling Studio at Poole Light­house on Friday 22nd June at 8pm, and returns to Dorset on 15th July at the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers. The group specialises in British folk music without the stiff upper lip, mixing British and American styles, powerful songwriting…

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Beaminster Festival – celebrating the arts in West Dorset

BEAMINSTER Festival, running this year from 23rd June to 1st July, is one of the West Country’s finest multi-arts festivals, a celebration of music, literature, theatre and comedy which brings top class national and international performers to one of West Dorset’s prettiest towns. New artistic director Lois Pearson has broadened the range of events, particularly…

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A leaping hare at First View Gallery

TANYA Hinton’s charismatic leaping hare, Malkin, is one of the paintings on show at the First View Gallery in the Spreadeagle Inn courtyard at Stourhead from Saturday 9th June to Sunday 1st July. Tanya Hinton, who is based at Crockerton, specialises in painting on wood – achieving extraordinary trompe l’oeil effects as in this study…

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A Plastic Ocean – Dorset screenings

AN important film with a powerful environmental message, A Plastic Ocean is being shown around Dorset in June and July, and the next screenings are at Gaunts House, Wimborne on 20th June and Blandford Corn Exchange on 6th July. When he discovers the world’s oceans brimming with plastic waste, a documentary filmmaker investigates the pollution’s…

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Auditions from screen to stage

ILMINSTER Entertainments Soc­i­ety has chosen the stage version of A Bunch of Amateurs for the autumn show, and auditions are happening now. The film, with its script by Ian Hislop and Nick Newton, is all about what happens when a fading Hollywood star decides to re-enliven his career with a bit of prestigious English stage…

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Summer cheese tasting at Quicke’s

THERE is an invitation for cheese lovers to a summer cheese tasting at Quicke’s Farm Shop in Newton St Cyres, near Exeter on Saturday 23rd June, from 10.30am. The award-winning Devon-based cheesemaker is paving the way for garden feasts this summer with a series of tasting sessions at the farm shop. The cheese tasting, hosted…

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Fun at the egg, come rain or shine

BATH Theatre Royal’s dedicated youth theatre space, the egg, welcomes back the M6 and Polka Theatre companies for two days of Whatever the Weather, on Friday and Saturday 22nd and 23rd June. The show, aimed at audiences aged three and older with their families, is all about a weather house sitting on a wall. When…

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Music, mantras and movement

TIBETAN Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo monastery come to Spring­head in Fontmell Magna on Sunday 24th June to perform an evening of magical music, mantras and movement, at the invitation of Artsreach. The lakeside setting of Springhead Gardens near Shaftes­bury will provide the perfect backdrop for the performance, part of a European summer tour for…

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Jabbo’s music back to Martock

THE next concert organised by the Guardians of Martock Church is on Thursday 21st June, when Dave Martin’s Jabbo Five fills the beautiful building with sound. The New Orleans-style jazz band was formed eight years ago to help revive the music of Jabbo Smith, (pictured), a rival to Louis Armstrong in the late 1920s. His…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in June

TIME has run away with us this month, so apologies that we are a bit late with the June diary for Dorset Wildlife Trust. As always there is a great programme of walks, talks, children’s activities, working parties and marine adventures. For more information on events  and volunteering, visit www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk Wednesday 13th June – Wildflower…

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Sound and lights as doves fly in Salisbury Cathedral

SALISBURY Cathedral will stay open on three summer evenings while the installation Les Colombes is on show in the nave. The late night sessions continue on Thursday 28th June and Thursday 12th July, when the Cathedral will be open after Evensong from 6.15 to 9.30pm. Michael Pendry’s installation features a “flock” of 3,000 origami doves,…

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Hanford School’s first arts festival

ARTISTS and art experts, including the award-winning portrait painter Michael Taylor, will be going back to school in Dorset, as Hanford School near Child Okeford hosts its first art festival, from 18th to 22nd June. The dramatic coast and beautiful countryside of Dorset and the West Country have attracted generations of artists but you don’t…

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