What's on in pictures

Miles Jupp leads David Tomlinson’s life

THE extraordinary life of actor and film star David Tomlinson comes to the stage at Bath Theatre Royal from 27th to 31st August. Miles Jupp, one of the UK’s best loved comedians,  brings his tour-de-force performance in The Life I Lead to Bath, immediately before its opening in the West End, and as part of…

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Footloose, Tri.art at Merlin Theatre, Frome

AFTER last year’s sensational In the Heights – probably the best youth theatre show I have ever seen – Tri.art had a hard act to follow for the 2019 summer musical. The choice was Footloose, based on the 1984 film. It’s the story of Chicago boy Ren who moves with his abandoned mother to live…

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Arabian Nights, the egg, Bath Theatre Royal

THIS year’s TRB Theatre School Summer Company is performing egg staffer Hattie Taylor’s new adaptation of The Tales of 1001 Nights at Bath’s dedicated youth theatre space. With a 29-strong cast on the tiny stage – and a vast number of stories to choose from – it’s as exciting a prospect for the writer as…

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Errollyn Wallen at Frome

LISTEN, which continues through August, brings composer Errollyn Wallen to the town on 29th August. The summer programme of inspiring music, visual art, sound and exploration is based at Black Swan Arts and other Frome locations and curated by composer and local resident Helen Ottaway working with artist Mel Day. The aim is to make…

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Night at the Abbey 2019

THE annual Night at the Abbey, with live music and  poetry against the backdrop of Glaston­bury Abbey Ruins illuminated, will be on Friday 30th August from 5pm. Five stages will host bands from all over the UK, including The Dead Freights, Hatful of Rain, The Strange Blue Dreams, Gavin Osborn, Mee­king, Uphill & Still, Dusk…

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Open air cinema at Glastonbury Abbey

IT would be hard to imagine a more beautiful or atmospheric setting for open air cinema than the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, which hosts three days of favourite films from 23rd to 25th August. It is the abbey’s first open air film event, and the choice of big screen favourites should ensure that (weather permitting)…

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Belcombe welcome for Iford Opera

IFORD Festival supporters are excitedly awaiting this year’s production of L’elisir d’amore, in the new setting of Belcombe Court at Bradford on Avon. On 31st August, 3rd, 6th and 7th September, the grounds of rarely-open house will welcome the audience in a specially-created geodesic dome, providing seating for an audience of up to 240, as…

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Street arts take over Exeter

THE 2019 Exeter Street Arts Festival transforms the city centre and the Phoenix on Saturday 24th August, from 10am til late. The festival, in its fourth year, fills the city with colour and sound in a free celebration of music, dance and arts throughout the day and a flamboyant party as  night falls. This year’s…

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Messing about at The Wardrobe

QUANTUM Theatre brings a colourful new production of The Wind in the Willows to The Wardrobe in Salisbury Cathedral Close on Saturday 24th August at the early time of 4.30pm. The company, which specialises in adapting classic and favourite stories, is known for its entertaining style and original music. Expect all the favourite characters, Mole,…

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The Argument at Theatre Royal, Bath

WRITER William Boyd came to the theatre late in his illustrious career as a novelist and scriptwriter for the big and small screens, and thank goodness he made the move. His play The Argument, first seen in Hampstead Theatre’s studio in 2016, seems at first to be a mixture of early Ayckbourn and Yasmina Reza…

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Three star bonanza for Capreolus

THE announcement of this year’s Great Taste Award stars brought delight and a quartet of top awards for one of Dorset’s finest artisan businesses, Capreolus, the charcuterie specialists at Rampisham. To add to the excitement for Karen and David Richards, who are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Capreolus this year, one of the products, Guanciale,…

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August with Dorset Wildlife Trust

WHETHER you are on holiday or just doing days out with the family in August, Dorset Wildlife Trust has an activity or an event for you. For volunteering opportunities, visit www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk/volunteering Sunday 25th – Chesil Challenge, 11am; can you complete the Chesil Challenge? A children’s treasure trail inside and outside the Centre looking for clues…

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Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival

PURBECK’s annual chamber music festival, this year from 28th August to 1st September, manages the difficult feat of being intimate in terms of venues and international in its scope, performers and programming. Under its artistic director Natalie Clein, the Dorset-born cellist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival…

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Austin Powers star at Lyme Regis Comedy Club

THE headline act at the August bank holiday edition of Lyme Regis Comedy Club may be small but her humour punches way above her height – catch the talented Tanyalee Davis at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on Sunday 25th August, from 8pm. Tanyalee has a unique perspective and racy brand of comedy. Her solo…

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New director for Bridport Arts Centre

BRIDPORT Arts Centre has emerged from a period of limbo with a new director, Mick Smith, who will take up the post in September. Mick has an interesting background with a jazz piano diploma, registration as a psychiatric nurse and wide business development and management experience. He has toured around the world as a musician…

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Aftermath back in Wimborne

THE final part of a documentary trilogy by State of Play and commissioned by Priest’s House Museum has more performances in Wimborne on 12th September. Aftermath – in the wake of war, is about the impact of the Great War on people living in East Dorset. Based on letters, diaries, photographs and other research material,…

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Moby Dick in Bristol Docks

BRISTOL’S Tobacco Factory Theatres have a full prog­ramme for the summer in the two air-conditioned performance spaces in Southville – and on the SS Great Britain. Darkstuff Productions will stage Moby Dick  in an immersive promenade performance on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain, from Sunday 18th to Monday 26th August. Fans of improvised comedy will…

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Summer cinema under the stars

PURBECK Film Festival has three more films on offer in its now traditional cinema under the stars  season. Over the August Bank Holiday weekend there is a triple bill of some of the most successful films this year – How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG) on Friday 23rd, Mary Poppins Returns (U) on…

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