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Mother-daughter relationship in Bath play

MY Mother Said I Never Should comes to Bath Theatre Royal for the first time, from Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th May. Charlotte Keatley’s modern classic, set in Manchester, Oldham and London, is a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom. The play details the lives of four women, each one…

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Uh-huh, it is the Manfreds

THE Manfreds return to Christ­church Regent Centre on Saturday 25th May on their current Hits, Jazz and Blues UK tour. With original Manfred Mann members Paul Jones, on vocals and harmonica,  Mike Hugg on keyboards and guitarist Tom McGuinness, joining drummer Rob Townsend, bass guitarist Marcus Cliffe and saxophonist and flautist Simon Currie, the band…

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Two encores for Bourne Swans

MATTHEW Bourne’s production of Swan Lake, which features a male corps de ballet, has two encore screenings from Sadlers Wells on Tuesday 21st May, starting at 2pm and 7pm, at the Regent Centre in Christchurch.  Contact the Regent for full details.

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Ishiguro tour in Exeter

THE touring production of The Remains of the Day, adapted by Barney Norris, stops at Bristol Old Vic from 22nd to 25th May. See the Review section for more information.

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Restorative justice with Cathy Tyson in Poole

THE Crowded Room production of The Listening Room comes to Poole Lighthouse on Thursday 23rd May as part of its UK tour to theatres, schools, prisons and psychiatric hospitals. The play looks at the effects of violent crime and what happens when victims and offenders decide to meet years later. In 2016, the Office for…

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Beaminster Festival

FROM the Black Death to baroque theatre music, from fun in the sun to late-night jazz, the 2019 Beaminster Festival programme has a mouthwatering range of entertainments, concerts, talks and drama. The festival begins on 22nd June with the Party in the Park at the Memorial Field, from 5pm, with Scoot, the Phoenix Band from…

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Spinning a new community play

OVER the past 30 years Dorchester has achieved the unique distinction of producing more community plays than any other town in the country – and next year the community play association is planning to stage number seven. It is a remarkable legacy which owes much to the  passion, talent and time given by hundreds of…

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Unconscious Landscape – female artists at Hauser & Wirth

THE new exhibition at Hauser &Wirth Somerset at Durslade Farm, Bruton, from 25th May to 8th September, is Unconscious Landscape: Works from the Ursula Hauser Collection, focused entirely on female artists. The exhibition has been curated by Ursula Hauser’s daughter Manuela Wirth, with Laura Bechter, curator of the Ursula Hauser Collection. It will span all…

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Life is not a Gothic romance

CATHERINE Morland loves novels so when she is invited to stay with a friend at her family’s Gothic country house, her vivid imagination conjures dark deeds, brooding villains and wild adventures. Life, as Jane Austen knew well, is not like it is in the novels – as the audience will discover when Cyphers Theatre Company…

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The continuing fascination of Northanger Abbey

SALISBURY’S Studio Theatre has chosen the Tim Luscombe adap­tation of Jane Austen’s North­anger Abbey, first seen at the city’s Playhouse in 2009, for its spring production at the Ashley Road  venue from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th May. Jane Austen’s early work takes its audience on an adventure, as the unlikely heroine Catherine Mor­land. Catherine…

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Belshazzar’s Feast on tour

THE Belshazzar’s Feast spring tour continues at  Widecombe-in-the-Moor on Wed­nesday 22nd and Great Torrington on 23rd May. Their modus operandi is to  start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off wry humour, all making  for a unique live experience…

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Gaia is the festival centrepiece

A REMARKABLE seven-metre globe will float under the spire crossing in Salisbury Cathedral providing a stunning focus for Salisbury International Arts Festival, running from 24th May to 9th June. Gaia is a stunning installation by Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram. The rotating globe features NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and marks 50 years since the…

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Seventy years of Lyme Regis on film

AS a film location, Lyme Regis is best known for the iconic scene in The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with a wind-swept and haunted Meryl Streep looking out to sea on The Cobb. But the town has had starring roles in two other films, 70 years apart. A few weeks ago, the national press was full…

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Chernobyl story in festival multi-media event

THIS year’s Salisbury International Arts Festival marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War with a unique multimedia experience about a couple who refused to leave the fall-out zone from one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents, Chernobyl. Acclaimed at festivals around the world, the…

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Summer theatre under the skies

IN the winter months we go to theatres where men dress as women, women dress as men, copious amounts of water and theatrical custard are slopped around, and we all shout things like “It’s behind You!”  or “ Oh Yes You do/dont”. In the summer we gather chairs, rugs and picnics and sit – often…

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May events with Dorset Wildlife Trust

SPRING brings a rapid increase in the number of Dorset Wildlife Trusts at reserves and wildlife areas across the county. For details of volunteering opportunities and regular working parties, visit the website www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk Wednesday 1st to Friday 31st – Plants and Pollinators, exhibition at Kingcombe, works by award-winning Dorset photographer, Jo Stephen.  www.kingcombe.org. Get Dorset…

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May at the David Hall

SOUTH Petherton’s David Hall continues it’s May programme on Sunday 26th, hosting “a chance to dance” event with festival favourites Blackbeard’s Tea Party. Regulars at Cambridge Folk Festival, Cropredy Convention and Glastonbury, the band play a mix of traditional and original folk rock songs guaranteed to get the audience up on their feet. The month…

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Steinbeck in Somerset

BRUTON Festival of  Arts, from 2nd to 27th May, marks the 60th anniversary of American novelist John Steinbeck’s stay in the area. Steinbeck, chronicler of the Great Depression and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, came to Bruton to research and write a modern translation of the Morte d’Arthur, written by Thomas…

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And James came back with a lock of your hair

KEITH James, the singer and guitarist whose career is based on immersion into and re-interpretation of classic songs by leading artists, brings his Leonard Cohen show to Town Hall Arts in Trow­bridge on Friday 24th May. Following sell-out shows at the venue in previous years, Keith focusses on Cohen’s remarkable songs – stripped back, desolate…

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Festival brings the city together

BATH’s combined festivals – music, arts, fringe and literature – really bring the community together, says Bath Festivals chairman John Cullum, as the city prepares for the opening night free Party in the City on Friday 17th May. Running to 26th May, with a finale weekend on 1st and 2nd June, this year’s combined festivals…

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Celebrate Book Week at Shire Hall

BOOK fans visiting Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester during Book Week, from 25th May to 2nd June, will get in free if they dress up as their favourite book character. The museum on High West Street will be running storytelling sessions around the old courthouse and there will be slime-making (otherwise known as…

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Art in the Wylye valley

NEARLY 20 years ago, artist Nick Andrew and a small group of fellow artists and makers in a beautiful corner of south west Wiltshire got together to set up an art trail. This year marks a significant milestone, the tenth Wylye Valley Art Trail, running for an extended ten days from Saturday 18th to Monday…

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It’s the Living Spit Living Quiz!

FAVOURITE improvisers and comic actors Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin, aka Living Spit, return to local theatres and village halls in June and July with their own unique take on that pub favourite, the pub quiz. The tour starts in mid-May at Clevedon’s Theatre Shop, with performances continuing on 21st to 23rd May and continues…

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Fiona Campbell is in the cells

FIONA Campbell likes to work in interesting and unusual spaces, outside the confines of the conventional art gallery. It is, she says, conducive to experimental work – and that is certainly the case with her work in the cells below Trowbridge Town Hall, where her exhibition Offenders continues throughout May. The Somerset-based artist was in residency…

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Reginald D Hunter is Facing the Beast

ONE of the most popular comedians in the UK, the American-born Reginald D Hunter is celebrating his 20th anniversary of living and performing in this country with a lengthy tour of his new show, Facing the Beast, which continues at Weston super Mare Playhouse on Sunday 12th and Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre on Thursday 13th June. Reginald…

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Andreas Scholl coming to Dorchester

ONE of the world’s greatest singers, the German countertenor Andreas Scholl, will be coming to St Mary’s Church, Dorchester, on 22nd January 2020, as part of his 2020 tour, The Twilight People. Scholl, who is best known for his artistry in the baroque repertoire, will be accompanied by pianist Tamar Halperin in a programme that…

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Dark stories from Dorset’s past

Minette Walters at Salisbury Festival and Chalke Valley History Festival “HAVE you ever used a pipe bender?” I think the question was asked with more than a little twinkle – the answer of course was “No” – although, since we were talking about installing a central heating system, I did at least guess that it…

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Mark Steel on tour

ONE of the UK’s best-loved comedians, Mark Steel, is on tour with his latest show, Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright, coming to Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre on Wednesday 22nd May. It’s hard to believe what a short time ago it was that it seemed highly unlikely the UK would vote to leave the EU, there…

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