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Fighting for freedom with Alleyne Dance

ARTSREACH brings Alleyne Dance to Drimpton village hall on Thursday 14th November with A Night’s Game, a piece of dance theatre inspired by true life events. How does it feel to have your freedom taken from you? Would you spend every waking hour longing to be free again? Or would you fight against it? A…

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Regeneration, Swan Theatre, Yeovil

PAT Barker’s Regeneration trilogy is one of the great literary achievements of the late 20th century – an evocation both of the sheer horror of the “war to end all wars” and of the different ways in which the soldiers, medics, governing class and military top brass dealt with the experience. The late autumn production…

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The Lady Vanishes, Yeovil Octagon

I FIRST saw the current Classic Thriller Company touring production of The Lady Vanishes in Bath at the end of January, and now it is at Yeovil Octagon with a substantially new cast. Roy Marsden directs this adapation of a Hitchcock film, performed on an impressive and atmospheric set designed by Morgan Large and lit…

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Six centuries of Devon life

HEFTED, a play by David Lane, which explores Devon life and landscapes across six centuries, will be staged at Honiton’s Beehive Centre on Friday 15th November. This performance, arranged by  the county’s rural touring scheme, Villages in Action, with a professional cast from Devon’s Multi Story Theatre, follows the play’s successful 2018 debut with a…

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Award-winning folk at Cerne Abbas

MULTI award winning Scottish folk band Talisk comes to Cerne Abbas village hall on Thursday 14th November. Formed five years ago, Talisk have won the 2017 Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the…

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Methera in Dorset and Bristol

CONTEMPORARY folk quartet Methera has three local dates coming up – Saturday 16th November at 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church, West Knighton, Sunday 17th at 5pm at Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna, and Thursday 5th December at 8pm at St George’s, Bristol, where they will be supporting Three Cane Whale. With roots firmly planted in English…

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Rosie Kay’s Fantasia at Salisbury and Street

CHOREOGRAPHER Rosie Kay, whose work includes the Commonwealth Games handover ceremony, brings her latest work, Fantasia, to Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 16th November and at Strode Theatre, Street, on Monday 18th. The new work brings the world of classical ballet and tutus into the 21st century using dance and science to create an exquisite…

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Regeneration at Yeovil Swan Theatre

PAT Barker’s Booker Prize-nominated Regeneration is one of the greatest novels about the First World War. The powerful first part of the Regeneration trilogy, partly based on real events, the novel has been adapted as a play, which is being performed by Yeovil’s Swan Theatre Company, from 11th to 16th November. Adapted by Nicholas Wright…

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Double century of Weymouth recitals

WEYMOUTH Lunchtime Chamber Concerts series continues on Wednesday 13th November, when cellist Joseph Spooner will join series founder Duncan Honeybourne to play sonatas by Greville Cooke and EJ Moeran. Duncan’s Dorset roots go very deep – he can trace his family back to the 16th century and beyond. As a professional musician, he made his…

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Myths and legends light up Longleat

ZEUS, Poseidon, the Minotaur, the Cyclops, St George and the Dragon, trolls hiding under bridges and leprechauns in the woods … Longleat’s Festival of Light this year will bring myths and legends from around the world into vivid colour for visitors, from 9th November into the New Year. Myths and Legends, a dramatic and colourful…

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Gripping wartime drama at Salisbury

THE Original Theatre Company comes to Salisbury Playhouse from 11th to 16th November with a dramatisation of The Night Watch, a novel set in and immediately after the Second World War, by the critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist Sarah Waters. The play, by Olivier Award-nominated writer Hattie Naylor, is directed by Alastair Whatley and had its…

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Moviola in November

THE music we loved features prominently in the November programme for Moviola partners across our region – the two most in-demand films are the Beatles-inspired Yesterday and the acclaimed Elton John biopic Rocketman. In Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading,…

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Improve your camera skills at Lacock

THE home of photography is the setting for a series of workshops run by photography trainers Lacock Photography, starting at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire on Thursday 14th November. The workshops are aimed at both beginners and more experienced amateur photographers and are being held in the grounds and cloister of Lacock Abbey, where the photographic…

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Poets and pints at David Hall

THE poetry and comedy cabaret, The Hip Yak Poetry Shack comes to the David Hall at South Petherton on Friday 15th November for a Poets and Pints Night at 7.30pm. Prepare for a fun, friendly and exhilarating night of poetry for audience and poets, hosted by national spoken-word stars Chris Redmond, Jonny Fluffypunk and Liv…

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Getting Close to the Mark with Ayckbourn

CLOSE to the Mark, an ec­lec­tic new group of professional and amateur actors, will be touring Alan Ayck­bourn’s Bedroom Farce from 17th November to13th Dec­em­ber. The production honours the memory of Mark Boyden, a well-known local actor and much-loved friend of the cast, who died in March. It was his idea to produce the classic…

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Winter exhibition at Bishop’s Palace

NINE professional artists from the group Creative Coverage will be exhibiting at a winter exhibition at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, until 20th December. The exhibitors come from across the country, and include Joanna Commings from Wells. “We are thrilled to be invited to this magnificent and historically important part of the county,” says Creative Coverage…

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November with DWT

THE winter programme for Dorset Wildlife Trust is inevitably smaller than the other seasons, but there are still walks, talks and the occasional bracing outside event. And there are always volunteering opportunities – visit https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/things-do/volunteering Saturday 9th November to Sunday 8th December – My Wild Dorset, art exhibition, 10am – 4pm daily. at the Chesil…

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Bringing the magic of Beatrix Potter to the Salberg

GARETH Machin, the artistic director of Wiltshire Creative, has adapted one of Beatrix Potter’s lesser known stories, The Tailor of Gloucester, for the 2019 Christmas show in Salisbury Playhouse’s Salberg Studio from 9th to 28th December.. Gareth, with composer Glyn Kerslake, has previously created Salberg winter shows, The Night Before Christmas and Little Robin Redbreast,…

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