Unmissable exhibition at West Bay

TWO of Dorset’s finest artists are showing exciting new work at what promises to be one of the summer’s outstanding exhibitions, at Sladers Yard, West Bay. Of Myths and Moons, which runs from 24th June to  3rd September, features powerful and energetic sculptures and drawings by sculptor Clare Trenchard and atmospheric moonlit abstract landscapes by…

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Jimmy Osmond is the word

JIMMY Osmond will be on stage at the Mayflower in Southampton from 27th June to 8th July, playing Teen Angel in the touring production of Grease! The musical aksi stars Tom Parker, from The Wanted, making his musical theatre debut as Danny Zuko, Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy and Louisa Lytton from…

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Bollywood in Poole

FROM Thursday 29th June to Saturday 1st July, it’s time to Bring on the Bollywood at Poole’s Lighthouse. The romantic musical comedy, a love letter to traditional Bollywood style, is filled with with music and high-energy dance. It tells the story of the headstrong Katrina Pawar, a British Asian woman who returns to her ancestral…

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Free fun on the fringe

YOU don’t have to trek up the long miles of the M6 or A1 to get to Edinburgh this summer – the Fringe is coming to you, at Shaftesbury with three days of free fun from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural Shaftesbury Fringe, this year’s event…

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Delhi 2 Dublin 2 Bristol

DELHI 2 Dublin, the electronic dance band from Canada, plays Bristol’s Colston Hall on Saturday 24th June, the night before their Glastonbury debut. They won UK fans on a 2013 tour, and are looking forward to making new ones on this short pre-Glasto tour ending in Bristol. One of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands, Delhi 2…

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Broadway comes to Jackdaws

JACKDAWS Music Education Trust at Great Elm near Frome expands its repertoire with the inclusion of a three day course led by West End music director Paul Knight, from 23rd to 25th June. The Golden Age of Broadway brings new tutor Knight to the Jackdaws team, and he will lead an exploration of the musical…

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Bash Street, Brodskys and Boho Baroque – Beaminster Festival 2017

BEAMINSTER Festival director Nigel Corbett has created a delightfully diverse and musically exciting programme for this year’s festival, fromn 24th June to 3rd July. Listing some of the 2017 highlights – from the Brodsky Quartet to Red Priest, pianist Tom Poster to novelist Joanna Trollope, the Bash Street Theatre, the Festival Players, Pasadena Roof Orchestra…

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Ballet Central showcase

BALLET Central comes to Bridport Arts Centre on 23rd and 24th June with a showcase programme and a new artistic director, Christopher Marney. The performances, at 7.30pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday, are an opportunity to see dynamic and talented young dancers on the cusp of their professional careers in newly commissioned works and…

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Rossini debut at Dorset Opera

THIS year’s Dorset Opera Festival, from 25th to 29th July, features the company’s first ever Rossini, and a welcome return for favourite bass-baritone Mark S Doss in his signature role of Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust. This exciting all-French programme will be performed at the Coade Hall at Bryanston School, with a long interval at each…

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Remembering Terence Brady at Ballet Under the Stars

COUNTRY house ballet, glamorous sister of the long-established country house opera season, returns to the perfect setting of Hatch House near Tisbury from 21st to 23rd July. Founded by Matt Brady, the Covent Garden Dance Company returns to Hatch House for the eighth year with a programme that includes the premiere of Les Colombes, created…

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Mags Chadbourne

SAD news this week – Margaret Chadbourne, one of the region’s finest and most versatile actresses – died in the early hours of 21st June. Mags worked over many years at several theatres around the Yeovil region, notably at The Swan, Ilminster ’s Warehouse Theatre and Strode Theatre in Street. Best known for her dramatic…

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Folk diva for Gillingham Festival

THE elfin folk singer Cara Dillon, with what has been called “the world’s most beautiful voice,” is one of the big stars coming to this year’s Gillingham Festival, running from 30th June to 9th July. Cara Dillon, who lives in Frome with husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman (one of the famous Lakeman folk singing…

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Moish Sokal at East Lambrook

HIGH Adventures,  the latest collection of watercolours by South Somerset artist Moish Sokal, is on show at East Lambrook Manor near South Petherton throughout the summer. The paintings represent Moish’s many travels to places far and near, from South America to Scotland to Somerset. Moish, who lives at Stoke-sub-Hamdon, has become a popular summer fixture…

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Racing Demon opens Bath summer season

JONATHAN Church, whose tenure at Salisbury Playhouse is fondly remember­ed by theatre-lovers across the FTR region, directs the 2017 Bath Theatre Royal summer season, opening on 21st June with David Hare’s Racing Demon. The cast, led by David Haig, also stars Anthony Calf, Ian Gelder, Rebecca Night and Paapa Essiedu, whose performance as Hamlet at…

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Untold story of African composer

WEST African composer and musician Tunde Jegede brings a dramatic and fascinating untold story to the stage of Bridport’s Lyric Theatre in Emidy: He Who Dared to Dream, on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th July at 8pm. Using dance, music, film, movement and theatre, Emidy: He Who Dared To Dream tells the story of a…

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