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Take Art and Artsreach at the circus

AUDIENCES at Langport, Yetminster, Broadmayne and Litton Cheney will be invited to “Roll up, roll up” when rural arts organisations bring the new circus shows to Somerset and Dorset this summer. Circus Around & About is a doubler-bill touring project organised by Artsreach, coming to Yetminster Sports Club on Friday 16th July, Broadmayne recreation ground…

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Rulers of the Queen’s Navy

HISTORIC Nothe Fort at Weymouth must be the perfect setting for a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s naval satire, HMS Pinafore. Opera Anywhere will be staging this comic opera at the fort on Friday 16th July. Much-loved and enjoyed by Dorchester Arts audiences in previous years, Opera Anywhere presents energetic and accessible versions of favourite…

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Carmen reimagined with Concerts in the West

CONCERTS in the West stages a new musical play inspired by one of the world’s best-loved operas, Bizet’s Carmen, for its 23rd-24th July tour to Bridport, Ilminster and Crewkerne. Carmenco, a small ensemble of classical guitarists, flautist, mezzo soprano and two actors, brings Clare Norburn’s new concert-play to life, at Bridport Arts Centre at 11.30am…

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Copenhagen, Theatre Royal Bath

COPENHAGEN, Michael Frayn’s still astonishing 1998 three-hander about physics, philosophy, mathematics, ethics, common sense and human interpretation, is delighting audiences at Bath again, en route to London in these uncertain days for live performance. Danish Niels Bohr, Jewish on his mother’s side, was just 16 years older than his young German student Werner Heisenberg when…

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Tasting the best of East Devon

A NEW nine-day festival for East Devon food producers and hospitality businesses has been launched. Taste East Devon will run from Saturday 11th to Sunday 19th September at venues across the district. Founder members include THE PIG-at Combe, Darts Farm, Otter Brewery, Deer Park Country House, River Cottage, East Devon AONB, the Donkey Sanctuary, Mazzard…

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Walk through Longleat’s history

NINE new sculptures and installations around the grounds of historic Longleat House follow five centuries of the estate’s working history, and introduce visitors to some of the people who worked there. The outdoor exhibition, Tales of the Garden, includes sculptures of workers and animals that were part of the grounds and gardens. Longleat has been…

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Dancing with danger at Lyme Regis

TWO of the UK’s leading writers of psychological thrillers will be coming to Lyme Regis on Saturday 26th June to talk about their new novels, as part of Lyme Crime, Dorset’s new crime writing festival. Sunday Times million-selling author Erin Kelly will be in conversation with Sarah Hilary, winner of the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime…

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Flea the Pandemic at Stur

THERE was something almost timely about the coronavirus pandemic forcing the postponement of the latest play by Sue Ashby for Sturminster Newton’s Taboo Theatre. Now the new play, Flea the Pandemic, will finally be staged at the Exchange, on Saturday 19th June at 3pm and 7.30, and Sunday 20th at 3pm. Sue, who with her…

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Ferio returns for Concerts in the West

CONCERTS in the West, the organisation which brings rising stars of the chamber music scene to venues in Dorset, Somerset and east Devon, has been unable to tour during the Covid lockdowns. Now back to performing live, the first series of live concerts brings the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, for three recitals on 18th and 19th…

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Sad news from Cornwall

AFTER more than 40 years, Cornwall’s Kneehigh Theatre has announced that is has mounted its last production. When founder and director Mike Shepherd decided to call it quits earlier this year, and was quickly followed by actor, director and writer (and Kneehigh protege) Carl Grose and writer Anna Maria Murphy,  both leaving to concentrate on other…

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Have a laugh at Lyme

LYME Regis Comedy Club is back at the Marine Theatre on Saturday 26th June with the wacky duo, The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue. The two comedians, described as “a slim man and a fat man putting their bums in your face”, offer an anarchic set of fast-moving jokes with a lot of velvet, sandals…

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BSO Resound premiere

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s BSO Resound ensemble is giving the world premiere of Emanation, by Shirley J Thompson, at a concert on Thursday 17th June at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre. Commissioned by Allianz Musical Insurance, (AMI), to celebrate its 60th anniversary, Emanation reflects on 60 years of the independent living movement and its impact on the…

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Buzzing at the Beehive

HONITON’s Beehive centre is open again, happy to be welcoming audiences for live performances in June, with gigs by The Undercover Hippy and the Simon and Garfunkel Through The Ages in June, as well as a choice of top recent films. Beehive spokesperson Jemma Browning says: “Following the government’s roadmap, we have been gradually reopening…

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Ursula Leach and Celia de Serra at The Art Stable

VIVID colour and abstract landscapes with a powerful environmental message are the hallmarks of Ursula Leach’s paintings. She is exhibiting with Celia de Serra at The Art Stable at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, from 12th June to 10th July Ursula, who lives in Dorset, for many years close to Cranborne Chase, walks and…

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Bouncing back in dance

PAVILION Dance South West, based at Bournemouth Pavilion, celebrates the return o live performance with the Bounce Back Dance Festival, an exciting free programme of outdoor dance, from Saturday 29th May to Wednesday 9th June. Dancers and companies from across the UK will be bringing the joy of dance across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole…

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Folk duo’s silver jubilee tour

FOLK duo Belshazzar’s Feast are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a tour that includes the David Hall at South Petherton, on Thursday 3rd June and the Silk Mill at Frome on 6th July. It is a welcome return for live music at the famed folk and world music venue after the long Covid lockdown.. Paul…

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Looking for the Affineur of the Year

A NEW competition to find the Affineur of the Year competition has been launched by Devon-based cheesemaker, Quicke’s, and the Academy of Cheese, to help celebrate the age-old art of maturing cheese and guiding it to its full potential. Eight three-month matured 27kg truckles of Quicke’s cheddar are now in place at maturing rooms across…

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New video and website for Food Drink Devon

AS restaurants, pubs and other hospitality businesses in Devon open their doors again, the county’s food group, Food Drink Devon, has announced the support off wine buff and television personality Oz Clarke, and a new video and website. Award-winning chef Peter Gorton (pictured), a recently appointed Food Drink Devon board member, says: “It has been…

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Lighthouse date for Pip Hare

PIP Hare, only the ninth woman in history to complete the Vendée Globe round the world race, is coming to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre to give a talk on Tuesday 6th July. Pip has announced that she has renewed her partnership with Medallia and bought a foiling IMOCA yacht for her 2024 Vendée Globe campaign….

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Black Swan opens for SAW show

SOMERSET Art Works has joined forces with Black Swan Arts in Frome for an exhibition of SAW members’ work, which will be the first at Black Swan Arts since last year’s coronavirus lockdown. The full exhibition and the shop are now open. In Pursuit of Spring has been inspired by poet Edward Thomas’ account of…

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Moviola is back

MOVIOLA, the region’s rural cinema scheme, is back after the prolonged Covid-19 shut-down, but predictably the programme is reduced as fewer village hall partners are ready to commit themselves to putting on film evenings. The most-requested film for September is Military Wives, which is being shown at Hanging Langford, East Stour, Halstock (on both 25th…

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Hepworth at Roche Court

THREE of Barbara Hepworth’s great monumental sculptures, collectively known as Family of Man: Ancestor I, Parent I and Youth (1970), are on view at the New Art Centre and Roche Court Sculpture Park, near Salisbury. The display of these powerful and moving pieces coincides with the major retrospective of Barbara Hepworth at The Hepworth Wakefield…

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Chalke Valley History Festival returns

THE Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of history, will be back this year, from 23rd to 27th June, returning after the pandemic caused the cancellation of all major festivals and events in 2020. The festival, at its spectacular setting on farmland at Church Bottom, Broad Chalke, will run from the…

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Light shines on the Purbecks

IT would be hard to imagine a better theme for a music festival in the post-Covid world than Light, chosen for this year’s Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival. Returning after last year’s festival was cancelled, the event, which brings some of the world’s finest chamber music musicians to beautiful venues across the Purbecks, will run…

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Cucumber sandwiches packed?

OSCAR Wilde would surely have loved this – a slapstick performance of his most famous and best-loved comedy, performed by just two very dashing young entertainers, in three beautiful Dorset locations, starting at Bridport Millennium Green on Wednesday 21st July. Slapstick Picnic is a new name on the open air summer tour circuit, but their…

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Simon Spillett at the Marine

THE British scene of the 1950s and 60s is evoked by tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett who brings his virtuoso quartet to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Thursday 22nd July. With his sharp suits and music inspired by the legendary British sax player Tubby Hayes, the Spillett quartet promise to transport the audience to…

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Buckle your swashes with Morgan and West

MORGAN and West, who have gained a keen following in Dorset with their dazzling magic and mathematical skills, take on one of the classic adventure stories for their show at Bridport’s Millennium Green on 29th July at 2pm and 7pm. Morgan And West present The Three Musketeers finds our heroes sharpening their swords, lacing their…

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Ed Byrne is being honest

FROM cookery shows to QI, Irish comedian Ed Byrne has been pretty busy during lockdown, but he’s back on the road, with his latest tour, coming to Bridport’s Electric Palace on 3rd July, a date rescheduled from the original March gig. Join Ed in his new show, If I’m Honest, as he takes a long…

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Anna of the Russias at Sladers Yard

A BRILLIANT poet and an inspiration to her fellow countrymen, Anna Akhmatova is celebrated in a talk at Sladers Yard, the gallery and arts centre at West Bay, on Thursday 1st July at 7.30pm. Anna Akhmatova’s was one of the most dramatic lives in the history of poetry. She lived through the uprising of 1905…

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A sociable seat for Hindon

ISN’T it great that you can now sit on a park bench with a friend again! Thanks to local designer maker Matthew Burt, residents of Hindon can now enjoy a sociable gathering outside the village community shop on a new bench under a lime tree. Benches are having a moment. After months of being taped…

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Going wild at Cucklington

SOUTH Somerset District Council is trying No Mow areas, leaving spaces for wildflowers and grasses to flourish, as part of its declaration of a climate and ecological emergency. The No Mow trials, starting at Cucklington near Wincanton, are part of the council’s commitment to create biodiverse areas for wildlife to thrive. The project, supporting a…

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Tattoo, new Outsider project for BEAF

PLAYWRIGHT and theatre-maker Nell Leyshon has created a new work for this year’s Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival. Tattoo, from 26th to 28th June, is part of BEAF’s ongoing Outsider project. Nell Leyshon, novelist and playwright, who has had plays performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre and at previous BEAFs, is artistic director of the…

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Won’t you please come home

BILL Bailey, the Somerset-born  Strictly champion, musician, comedian and general treasure, has scheduled four concerts in the south west on his 2021/22 tour. Book quickly to see him at Plymouth Pavilions on 12th and 13th December, and Bournemouth BIC on 14th and 16th December.

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Passing through Salisbury

A NEW temporary sculpture, called This Too Will Pass –  #TTWP – has been installed in Salisbury High Street, to celebrate themes of reflection and movement. Salisbury BID (business investment district), with funding from Arts Council England, commissioned artist Tim Scrace to create the work, incorporating hand-selected stones from Salisbury Cathedral’s works yard. The sculpture, which…

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Artisan category at Frome cheese awards

THE Global Cheese Awards, part of the annual Frome Agricultural and Cheese Show, which has been held every year since 1861 (apart from 2020), will be back, on 11th September, with a new cheese section aimed specifically at artisan producers. The pandemic stopped both the show and the Global Cheese Awards as well as damaging…

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The sea, the sea

THE early summer (yes, I know it doesn’t feel like it, but really June is just around the corner) exhibition at Sladers Yard, West Bay, coincides with Dorset Art Weeks, so the gallery will be open over the late May bank holiday weekend, on Sunday and Monday. The Sea, The Sea, running to 10th July,…

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Music returns to Tincleton

MUSIC will be returning to Tincleton Gallery at the Old School, Tincleton near Dorchester, in June, after a year in which the pandemic forced cancellation of the planned series of chamber concerts. The concerts will follow the same format, two recitals, on Friday and Saturday, both at 8pm, usually with the same programme; booking is…

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Bridport Food Festival is back

BRIDPORT Local Food Group has announced that the town’s food festival will be happening this year , although there will be some changes necessary to allow for social distancing rules. The usual week-long event will be extended and will run from Sunday 13th to Friday 25th June. The first week will be dedicated to promoting the…

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A Mozart treat for Dorset Opera fans

DORSET Opera will be back this summer – good news after last year’s sad Covid-related cancellation – with a very different programme, which will certainly delight some regular opera-goers. Running from 19th to 24th July, this year’s festival, at the usual venue, Coade Hall, at Bryanston School, will, for the first time in its 47…

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