Inside Out returns

SINCE  2005, Inside Out has been bringing “extraordinary events in extraordinary places” to Dorset, and it returns this year with four more, from 14th to 22nd September. Poole’s Lighthouse is collaborating with the first, free event. Cirque Rouages  will perform the breathtaking Sodade on Poole Quay on Friday and Saturday 14th and 15th September at…

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Tutus and testosterone to open refurbished Mayflower

THE all-male comedy company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo open the refurbished Mayflower Theatre in Southampton on Friday and Saturday 28th and 29th September, on their first UK tour since 2015. For more than 40 years, The Trocks, based in New York City, have been delighting audiences of all ages with their fabulous sense…

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Tonks, Molotov Jukebox and Huw

MOLOTOV Jukebox, the band fronted by Natalia Tena, is touring with Huw Eddy and the Carnival, and coming to Southampton and Aldershot in September. Natalia plays Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter films and is Osha in Game of Thrones,  as well as continuing a career as a stage actress (she was Fevvers in the…

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Film weekend at Messums

THE programme for the Messums Wiltshire film weekend, from 21st to 23rd September, ranges from thoughtful documentaries through experimental animations to one of the classics of 20th cinema, all screened in the new cinema room at the southern end of the 700 year old tithe barn at Tisbury. The weekend is a mini film festival…

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Dorchester director for Poole’s new Persuasion

THE new Theatre6 production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, coming to Poole’s Light­house from Thursday 20th to Satur­day 22nd September, is directed by  Kate McGregor, who comes originally from Dorch­ester. Kate, who now lives in Wimbledon, is artistic director of Theatre6. She trained at the National Theatre Studio and  at Drama Studio London. She was also…

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Miranda starts tour at Radstock

SINGER and bassist Miranda Sykes starts her autumn tour at Radstock on 21st September. Perhaps best known for her work with Show of Hands, Miranda returned to her roots with her latest album, Borrowed Places, and she’s continuing her solo tour to introduce the music. Borrowed Places, her debut solo album, was released last year,…

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Silent classic revived at the EP

BRIDPORT’s Electric Palace has a special film and music event on Sunday 16th September, when a rare silent film, Beggars Of Life will be shown, with a live musical accompaniment by The Dodge Brothers, followed by a Q&A with three leading cinema experts. Beggars Of Life, made in 1928 by William A Wellman, and starring…

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Bennett’s brilliant imagined meeting at Salisbury

MATTHEW Kelly comes to Salisbury Playhouse from 17th to 22nd September in Alan Bennett’s award-winning play The Habit of Art. Directed by Philip Franks, the production also stars David Yelland and looks at a (fictional) meeting the poet WH Auden and composer Benjamin Britten. It explores friend­ship, rivalry, heartache and the emotional cost of creativity….

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Border drama at the David Hall

HOW much do we know about the systems under which we live? A one-man play that explores this issue, and which played to rave reviews at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, comes to the David Hall at South Petherton on Saturday 15th September at 7.30pm. Instructions for Border Crossing, which was produced at the ARC in…

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Celebrating Image in film and photography

IMAGE, the new exhibition at Messums Wiltshire, at the 700 year old Tisbury tithe barn, from 15th September to 21st October, is the arts centre’s inaugural photography and film season. The exhibition presents a diverse range of contemporary and historical photographers, who each investigate aspects of identity. Image looks at the way in which these…

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Jade Gall plays a Blue Note tribute

CLASSICALLY trained saxophonist Jade Gall comes to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis for a Jazz in the Bar evening on Sunday 16th September, exploring the music of a jazz soul legend. The concert looks at the music of Stanley Turrentine, the Pittsburgh saxophonist who was a pioneer of the Blue Note soul jazz style….

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Celebrating community theatre

DORCHESTER may not have had the first community play but it could probably claim to be the most prolific producer of community plays, so it seems right that the first national community theatre conference should be held in the town, at Dorchester Town Hall on Saturday 15th September. The conference will be led by Stephanie…

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Youth music fest at Compton Marbling

THE 2018 Cherubim Youth Music Fest­i­val will be held in the beautiful setting of Compton Marbling at Fonthill Gifford, from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September. More than 40 young performers, playing on instruments loaned to them by the Tisbury-based Cherubim Music Trust, will gather to entertain families and supporters at four concerts, starting on…

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Henry V in Bristol and touring

THE Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory production of Henry V, which opened at Bath’s Ustinov Studio, comes to its home base in Bed­min­ster from Wednesday 12th Sep­tember to Saturday 6th Octo­ber before its autumn UK tour. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone it stars Ben Hall in the title role with Heledd Gwynn (unforgettable in Ice Road…

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Sound and song at the David Hall

THE September programme, starting the new season at South Petherton’s David Hall, is an eclectic mix of world and folk music, from traditional sounds of Tibet to the folk music of Estonia. It all starts at 2pm on Sunday 9th September when Dean Carter will take the audience on a therapeutic Sound Journey with crystals…

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Screen Bites Second Slice at Gold Hill Organic Farm

SCREEN Bites Second Slice, Dorset’s food and film festival, now run by Susanne Harding and a new team, joins forces with Goldhill Organic Farm at Child Okeford on Saturday, 15th September for a Film in the Barn evening, beginning at 6pm. Gold Hill Organic Farm is also home to The Art Stable, glass blower Emsie…

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Very large duck in Lost Gardens

THE Santee family are unconventional, to say the least. One-hundred-year-old Grandaddy Jake and his enormous grandson Tiny live life on the fringes, drinking whiskey, building fences, boasting of immortality. But then, Fup arrives – an ass-kicking, web-footed, feathery sonofagun. You see, Fup is a duck. A very big duck. A very big duck indeed ……

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Bourne’s swans fly back to Plymouth

MATTHEW Bourne’s now legendary Swan Lake came to Plymouth Theatre Royal in February 1996, direct from its Sadlers Wells premiere, so it is apt that it starts the new tour at the Plymouth venue, where it is on stage from Saturday 22nd to Saturday 29th September 2018. The choreographer tried out many of his works…

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Leveret on tour

THREE of England’s top folk instrumentalists make up Leveret, and they are on tour this Sept­ember, stopping at Hornblotton, Exeter and Dartmouth between 8th and 15th September. Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, known for his work with Blowzabella and many other groups, has been voted Best Musician in the BBC Folk Awards a record four times….

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Duel for two in Duet for One

THE current touring production of Tom Kempinski’s brilliant Duet for One comes to Salisbury Playhouse from 10th to 15th September, its only stop in the south and west. Robin Lefevre’s production stars Belinda Lang as concert violinist Stephanie Abra­hams and Jonathan Coy as Dr Feldmann. Duet for One is deeply moving, and at times poignantly…

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Two tell their tales on the train

CHURCHILL Productions, the Spetis­bury based theatre company, returns to Shillingstone Station on 15th September for the second of two weekends performing Jim Cartwright’s Two. Two follows the company’s successful performances of Still Life, the Noel Coward playlet behind Brief Encounter, which was brought back to the evocative railway setting by popular demand. Churchill now turns…

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No Parlez 35 years on

PAUL Young is on a 16-date UK tour, performing the music from his 1983 hit album, No Parlez, stop­ping at Poole Lighthouse on Sun­day 30th September for the only date in the south and west. Everyone’s favourite 80s crooner will be turning the clock back to the days of his debut album, which reached number…

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Pop-up Roundabout Festival

POOLE Lighthouse has joined up with the Arts by the Sea Festival, Activate and Pavilion Dance South West to organise the 2018 Roundabout Festival, running from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th September. This year Roundabout, the world’s first pop-up, plug-in and play theatre, will be erected on the Pavilion Dance Terrace, overlooking the sea and…

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The light and dark faces of plastic

ON Wednesday 26th September, Poole Light­house hosts the first performances of w-RAP, described as a plastic serenade for a synthetic century. It’s an experimental music-theatre work devised by composer Shaftesbury-based Karen Wimhurst, working in collaboration with collaboration the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) and director Katharine Piercey.  Susan Lambert, head of MoDiP, will introduce the…

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The art of food at Devon Guild

THE major autumn exhibition at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Bovey Tracey is Plate Up!, co-curated with Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall, and on show from Saturday 15th September to Sunday 4th November. Michael Wignall, formerly of Gidleigh Park, has a distinctive way of using contemporary craft in the serving and display of food. Plate…

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Bella Figura at Beaumont Gallery

THE human body is the theme of Bella Figura, the new exhibition at the Beaumont Gallery at Mere, from 15th to 30th September. Gallery director and artist Andrew Walworth says: “Over the past year a group of artists have worked in a variety of media at the gallery’s popular life drawing classes and this aptly…

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The Salisbury Tales: Ancient & Modern

JUNO Theatre, the city-based company that supports female theatre practitioners, launches an exciting year-long project, The Salisbury Tales, Ancient & Modern, on Sunday 23rd  September at the historic St Thomas’s Church. The project opens with a performance of seven new plays commissioned by Juno and generated at workshops in St Thomas’s Church. Inspired by the…

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Strode autumn season has it all

GARDENING, eating, laughing – entertaining  – Strode Theatre’s autumn season has it all. The theatre is celebrating 55 years of serving the communities of Street, Glastonbury and Mendip district, and the programme is packed with comedy, drama, music, films, exhibitions and event cinema. Big names coming to Street include Carol Klein of Gardeners’ World’s and…

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A classical autumn at Dorchester Arts

THE Autumn programme at Dorchester Arts includes six performances of classical music, starting and finishing with opera. The first performance, on Friday 14th September at the Corn Exchange, brings Opera Holloway to Dorset with its touring production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi. The classical season continues on Wednesday 19th September when the BSO’s…

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The power of Aristophanes in sketches

SOUTHAMPTON’S new Nuffield City venue starts the autumn season on 6th September with Women in Power, an exciting new look at the Aristophanes classic The Assembly­women in sketches, songs, dance and music. It is the result of a collaboration by An Assembly of Women – Wendy Cope, Jenny Eclair, Suhayla El-Bushra, Natalie Haynes, Shappi Khor­sandi…

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Touching the Void on Old Vic stage

BRISTOL Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris fulfills a long-held ambition when his production of Touching the Void opens at the King Street theatre from 8th to 29th September. David Greig has adapted Joe Simpson’s book, best known in its cinema version. It is a story of personal change in its most vivid and catastrophic…

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