What's on in pictures

The Tolpuddle women left behind

THE story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs is very well known. But what happened to the families when their men were transported to Australia? A powerful folk-drama, To Win the Day, will be performed at Dorchester’s Shire Hall Museum on Wednesday 27th March. After their menfolk became ‘marked men,’ the wives and children of the six…

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Askew Sisters at Lyme Folk Revisited

FANS of The Askew Sisters, one of folk music’s most exciting young acts, have a treat in store when the duo come to the Marine Theatre as part of the Lyme Folk Revisited concert on Saturday 30th March. The sisters are a embarking on a nationwide tour to launch their new album and have chosen…

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Good gnus for Flanders and Swann fans

IF the mere mention of gnus or a whiff of madeira, m’dear, has you chuckling and humming along, make a date with Tim Fitzhigham and multi-talented musician Duncan Walsh Atkins when they bring their affectionate and delightful tribute to Flanders and Swann to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Saturday 30th March. At The…

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Royal Opera rising stars in Dorset

FIVE alumni of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme are coming to Dorset to give a concert for Dorset Opera Festival, at Wimborne Minster on Thursday 4th April. The Jetta Parker Young Artists’ Programme is designed to support the artistic development of talented singers from across the globe at the beginning of their…

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The nation in Caroline’s Kitchen

TORBEN Betts’s new comedy Caroline’s Kitchen comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Monday 25th to Saturday 30th March, direct from London and prior to its opening in New York. It stars Caroline Langrishe, Aden Gillett, James Sutton and Jasmyn Banks, all well known television actors. Caroline Mortimer is the nation’s favourite TV cook. In the…

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Legendary folk singer at the Marine

ONE of the iconic voices of the 1960s folk scene, a close friend of Leonard Cohen, and often described as the original beatnic folk singer, Julie Felix is coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis, on Friday 5th April. Signed to Decca, she was known for Californian hippy folk and South American songs such…

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Wincanton savours the flavour

FOOD businesses from Somerset and the surrounding counties will be showcasing their produce at a new one-day event in Wincanton, Savour the Flavour, at the Memorial Hall, on Saturday 30th March. The aim of the event, organised by South Somerset District Council, is to showcase and celebrate the high quality produce, producers and food retailers…

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Hardy’s Tess, Melplash Show and a Bridport pram race

DORSET’s media charity Windrose is bringing a remarkable programme of rare and previously unseen archive film to Dorchester Corn Exchange on Saturday 6th April, at 7.30pm. The films include Gertrude Bugler – Thomas Hardy’s original Tess on stage in Dorchester in the 1920s – talking in later life, and her sister Norrie Woodhall, also a…

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Seven decades of film projection

AT 82, could John Newcombe be Britain’s oldest cinema projectionist? John has been showing films since 1952 – and at 82 he’s still working regular shifts at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts. His first break came as a teenage rewind boy in the ABC cinema in Northampton where his job was to physically remove…

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Fighting for justice in song

THE Palida Choir will be raising their voices for justice on Tuesday 26th March, with two performances of Dissent – the Long March at the Trinity Centre in Shaftesbury. This year, inspired by the anniversary of Peterloo, the Shaftesbury choir joins with  Sally Davies (leader of the Cecil Sharp House choir in London) and well…

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New venue for Frome Book Fair

FROME Book Fair is now an established event for this wonderful town, and the fifth fair moves to a new venue, the Cheese and Grain, on Saturday 30th March from 10am to 3pm. The Cheese and Grain is a larger venue that can accommodate double the previous number of dealers. Built in 1874, it is…

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New look for Swan Lake

BALLET Theatre UK is touring a new production of everyone’s favourite classical ballet, Swan Lake. It comes to the Octagon Theatre at Yeovil on Saturday 23rd March, the Regal at Minehead on Friday 29th, the Tacchi Morris Arts Centre at Taunton on 6th and 7th April, Sidmouth’s Manor Pavilion on 12th and 13th April and…

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Kaffe Fassett textiles at the American Museum

THE major exhibition of the year at the American Museum and Gardens, at Claverton Manor near Bath, will be the first show in the the UK of a series of quilts by the world-famous textile artist Kaffe Fassett. The exhibition, which opens on 16th March, showcases 20 new quilts designed by the San Francisco-born artist….

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Brian Graham explores the Great Heath

ONE of the region’s finest painters, Brian Graham, returns to Sladers Yard at West Bay on Saturday 16th March with a new collection of paintings, The Great Heath, on show until Monday 6th May. This magnificent exhibition explores Dorset’s Great Heath, a place that exists in reality, memory, imagination, music and literature, most famously Thomas…

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Penguin Cafe at the Marine

PENGUIN Cafe, a group that combines virtuoso musicianship with eccentricity has a rare West Country gig, at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on Friday 29th March. Signed to Brian Eno’s record label, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra found fame in the 1980s and 90s with pieces such as Telephone and Rubber Band, Music For a Found…

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Botanical painting on vellum

THE art of the botanical painter is really special – it requires not only great technical skill but also a real interest in the detail of the subject. If you are interested in learning about this exquisite and specialised art form, Sarah Gould is running a two-day course, Introduction to Botanical Painting on Vellum, at…

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Shylock – villain or victim?

SHAKESPEARE’s play The Merchant of Venice was once seen as a comedy with one of the great female roles in the heroine Portia. Nowadays, with its portrayal of the Jewish moneylender Shylock ,it is seen as one of the “problem plays.” On Wednesday 3rd April the Dorchester audience will be asked to consider if Shylock…

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Berets, baguettes and barricades

COMIC theatre company Spitz & Co returns to Dorset with a new show, Les Gloriables, described as “a master class in mutiny with berets and baguettes,” with three Artsreach dates from 29th to 31st March. This tour follows the success of Glorilla and Gloriator and finds Spitz & Co in the third and final show…

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Falling or pushing at Short Mere House

MERE Amateur Dramatic Society will be staging a brand new murder mystery, Murder at Short Mere House, at the Lecture Hall from 28th to 30th March. Playwright Chris Wood has decided that the cast don’t need to know the ending, either, so the rehearsals are full of those timeless questions, did he/she fall or was…

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Meet Susie, the Truckle Truck

CHEESE-lovers in this area should keep a look out for this colourful little Citroen van, and make a bee-line for it the moment owner Carolyn Hopkins opens the side hatch and reveals the riches inside. Welcome to the Truckle Truck, a cheesemonger on wheels, stacked with some of the finest cheeses of this region, the…

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Celebrating the heritage of Christchurch

THE Regent Centre at Christchurch is hosting a special archive photographic exhibition by the town’s History Society, with 40 historic photographs on show until Monday 1st April. The photographs range from the late 1800s to the early 1960 and some have not been shown before. The subjects include early aviation, Christchurch cycling club, a bathing…

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