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Paddleboat’s Scoop of the century

THE wartime exploits of a fearless woman journalist are retold by Devon-based Paddleboat Theatre in a new show which comes to Exeter’s Phoenix Arts Centre on Wednesday 23rd October and Dorchester Arts Centre on Wednesday 30th October. Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century is the story of an intrepid young journalist who crossed…

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Cyrano, Bristol Old Vic

EDMOND Rostand’s 1897 verse play Cyrano de Bergerac draws its inspiration from the true story of a Gascon hero and poet, and its swashbuckling romance continues to excite and delight audiences in theatres and cinemas across the world. It is currently one of the flavours of the year, with new several new stage productions and…

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The Seraglio, English Touring Opera at Bath Theatre Royal

  IF the story contained in this opera was to appear on one of the film channels on television it would undoubtedly has a pre showing warning that it contains racially discriminatory language and out of date social images that might be offensive to some viewers. The producers of this show did not think it was a necessary to print such a warning in…

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Picking up the pieces with Wassail

WASSAIL Theatre’s latest play, Over the Wall Picking Apples, is currently touring the west country, in November stopping at the David Hall in South Petherton on 1st, Exeter Phoenix on 3rd and at Yeovil College on 21st. Written and performed by Richard Crowe, the play is directed by Ged Stephenson. Happily married with a lovely…

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Celebrating laughter and storytelling

SALISBURY’s Celebrate Voice festival, running this year from Friday 25th October to Saturday 2nd November, is not only a celebration of the musical voice in all its aspects – opera, jazz, choral, folk – but of spoken word, comedy and story-telling. This year’s festival takes place in the glittering setting of the pop-up Wilson’s Piccolo…

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Pollution Pods on Brownsea

FIVE geodesic domes – the Pollution Pods – will be installed on Brownsea Island from Friday 25th to Tuesday 29th October in a joint venture for Dorset’s Activate arts group and environmental arts charity Cape Farewell. After giving world leaders in New York for the UN Climate Action Summit a taste of the toxic air…

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Environmental issues high on Purbeck festival agenda

CLIMATE change and the challenges facing the environment are high on the agenda for this year’s Purbeck Film Festival, with a surprise late addition to the programme, The Big Dry, a 25-minute documentary from ABC television in Sydney, which will be screened at Durlston Park, on 23rd Wednesday, before Blue. The Big Dry focuses on…

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Mark Watson is indoors

AFTER a year of outdoor adventures, being cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Taskmaster and half-killed by Bear Grylls, award-winning comedian Mark Watson is back on tour in a more familiar setting – indoors – on a tour that takes in Bristol Old Vic on Sunday 3rd November and Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre on Saturday 9th November. Inspired by…

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Hardy’s Tess at Kingston Maurward

THOMAS Hardy’s associations with Kingston Maurward began in infancy, so there could be no more fitting venue than Kingston Maurward College, near Dorchester, for the next talk in the Hardy’s Countryside series, on Wednesday 23rd October at 7.30pm. Dorset’s greatest writer was born and lived most of his life within or next to the Kingston…

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A winter’s tale from Tutti Frutti

TUTTI Frutti makes a welcome return to Artsreach in October with two performances of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, on Saturday 26th at Corfe Castle village hall and on Sunday 27th at Buckland Newton village hall, both at 3.30pm. Autumn is here, the trees are bare, the birds fly south, the sheep are flocking, seeking…

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Roger McGough at Bridport

ONE of the nation’s favourite poets, described by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy as “the patron saint of poetry,” Roger McGough is coming to Bridport Arts Centre on Friday 25th October, at 7.30pm. One of the acclaimed Liverpool poets, who were influenced by Beat poetry and the music and culture of 1960s Liverpool, Roger McGough…

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More Fake News from Ferocious Dog

FOLK punk band Ferocious Dog has a lot more in mind than the music, traditionally supporting the homeless and  PTSD sufferers and now taking on women who feel nervous attending gigs alone. Their Autumn tour, More Fake News, returns to the south west at Frome’s Cheese and Grain on 25th October. Led by singer Ken…

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Drawing on Dorset at the Slade Centre

THE new exhibition at the Slade Centre, at Gillingham, from 12th October to 3rd November, is Drawing on Dorset, featuring work made in Dorset, of Dorset and about Dorset. In January 2019 Dorset Visual Arts, the organisation behind Dorset Art Weeks and projects including Making Dorset, put out an open call to artists for work…

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Much ado at the Tobacco Factory

THE 2019 production for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory is Much Ado About Nothing, on in Bristol from Wednesday 16th October to Saturday 9th November, and then at Wilton’s Music Hall in London from Tue 12th to Saturday 23rd November. Elizabeth Freestone’s production brings some stf favour­ites back to the former cigar packing factory in…

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Music in Honiton

OCTOBER at Honiton Beehive continues with two more gigs, from Track Dogs and Show of Hands. Folk-Americano-bluegrass quartet Track Dogs, will be at the Devon venue on 25th and on Wednesday 30th, Show of Hands come to Honiton with their quartet line-up, Now We Are Four, featuring long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes and percussionist Cormac Byrne.

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Tasty delights from Screen Bites

SCREEN Bites, the Second Slice, continues the 2019 festival of film and food with Mystic Pizza at Stourton Caundle village hall on Wednesday, 23rd October. This charming and funny film,  charts the lives and loves of three unforgettable waitresses in a little town called Mystic. For sexy Daisy Araujo (Julia Roberts), her sensible sister Kat…

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A five star seasonal feast at Summer Lodge

SOMETIMES you just need a treat. There are people who claim that they only “eat to live” and others whose attitude is more “live to eat.” Most of us, fortunately, come somewhere in between. But sometimes you need a treat and on those days there are few destinations that offer more than Summer Lodge, the…

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Peter wants your plastic!

GIANT problems don’t come much bigger than plastic – it’s choking our oceans and according to the World Wildlife Fund by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Many of us are far more conscious about our use of plastics than ever before and people power has been instrumental in persuading…

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Rogue River Blue wins World Cheese Awards

AN organic blue cheese from a creamery in southern Oregon was named World Champion Cheese 2019 at the World Cheese Awards,  held for the first time in Italy. Rogue River Blue, chosen by the panel of judges in Bergamo, is the USA’s first champion in the international competition, organised by the Guild of Fine Food…

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New score for gothic classic at the Marine

THE Arranz Ensemble comes to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Hallowe’en, Thursday 31st October, playing a newly composed score live for the silent horror film, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. This classic of the silver screen was first released in 1922 and is based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The significance of Nosferatu was…

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Double century of Weymouth recitals

WEYMOUTH Lunchtime Chamber Concerts series continues on Wednesday 30th October when clarinettist Neil Aston, returns after his appearance in the 2013 series. He will join series founder Duncan Honeybourne, playing Stanford’s Sonata and Lovreglio’s Fantasy on Themes from Verdi’s opera La Traviata Duncan is piano tutor at Southampton University and Sherborne School. The 2019-20 series…

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Zimbabwe to Norfolk to Dorset

SINGER, dancer and storyteller Anna Mudeka brings her one-woman show, Kure Kure / Faraway to Powerstock Hut on Saturday 26th October and Shillingstone’s Portman Hall on Sunday 27th, both at 7.30pm. Reaching back 5000 years to the Bantu migration from the Tanganyika and Baka tribal regions, Anna takes the audience on an inspirational journey to…

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Trumpeter Matilda in Fordingbridge

MATILDA Lloyd, BBC Young Musician of 2014 in the brass section, makes her Avon Valley Concerts debut on Friday 25th October, at the United Reformed Church in Fordingbridge, at 7.30pm. The 24-year-old trumpeter joins the Kirkman Quartet and double-bassist Joe Cowie for the concert. The programme includes works by Marcello, Ed Nesbit, Alex­an­der Arutiun­ian, Jan…

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Lesley Garrett on tour

SOPRANO Lesley Garrett is setting off on an extensive UK tour this autumn, and the next stop in the south and south west is at the Regent Centre in Christchurch on Friday 25th October. With her regular pianist Anna Tilbrook, Lesley will be performing an evening of song and chat, celebrating her long and successful…

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Tom Glover’s not a fighter

WEST Country comedian Tom Glover, who is well known as the host of comedy clubs in Dorset and Devon, brings his one-man show to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on 27th October and the Beehive centre at Honiton on 22nd November. Tom who was a Best New Show nominee at Leicester Comedy Festival 2019…

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Ladies in Lavender on Bournemouth stages

DORSET’S ImpAct Theatre has organised a short tour of the stage version of Ladies in Lavender, coming to two Bournemouth theatres from 29th October to 1st November. The story, best known from the 2004 Judi Dench and Maggie Smith film, is set on the Cornish coast in 1936. Two sisters, whose lives are quite and…

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Because the world is round

SEPTEMBER 2019 marked the golden anniversary of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road – the last work they recorded before their seismic breakup. Now leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn is touring a show about the album, visiting the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Tuesday 29th October. Abbey Road was released in September 1969, and marked the end…

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