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Dave Mynne’s medieval medley

MULTI-talented actor and solo performer Dave Mynne is back in Dorset for three dates with Artsreach, touring his one-man version of The Canterbury Tales to open air venues from 23rd to 25th July. Following his previous successful tours with Great Expectations, Dracula and The Odyssey, the Cornish co-founder of Kneehigh, will be performing some of…

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Nick Cave live at Poole

POOLE’s Lighthouse arts centre has scored a notable  success for music fans with a date on Nick Cave’s autumn tour. The constantly innovating and sometimes controversial musician is performing with Warren Ellis. In their first tour as a duo, Cave and Ellis will play 20 shows across the UK in September and October, following the…

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Night Must Fall, Swan Theatre, Yeovil

AT first sight, you might think that Emlyn Williams’ 1935 drama Night Must Fall would be dated. The grumpy old hypochondriac in her wheel-chair, lording it over her staff and her penniless niece-companion, the bumbling Scotland Yard detective, the middle-aged bachelor looking for a wife and the cliche setting of the house in the middle…

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Spy drama on tour

IF you missed the chance to see Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer in A Splinter of Ice at Bath, it is at Southampton’s Mayflower Studios from 26th to 31st July as part of its UK tour.  Set in Kim Philby’s Moscow flat, it imagines a meeting between Graham Greene and his former MI5 protegee,…

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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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The Crucible at Bridgwater

TWICE postponed, thanks to the pandemic and the lockdowns, The Crucible will finally reach the stage of Bridgewater Arts Centre in Blake Drama Club’s production, from 29th to 31st July at 7.30pm. Written in 1953, it is a dramatised and partially fictionalised story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay…

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Fishing for plastic at Bristol

BRISTOL Harbour achieved international attention last year when protestors toppled the statue of slave-trader Edward Colston and tipped it into the harbour. More lastingly damaging is the amount of plastic that gets dumped in the water – a new boat aims to help tackle that problem. Seacycler, a 12-seater, launched by environmental charity Hubbub, is made…

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Southern Cathedrals Festival goes online

THE Southern Cathedral Festivals, hosted this year by Winchester Cathedral, will be online for the first time in its 70 year history. After a turbulent 15 months, which has seen choral singing brought to an abrupt halt across the country, the annual festival takes place on 16th and 17th July, and will include a live-streamed…

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The Three Seagulls, Bristol Old Vic

THE title of this show reflects the way it was devised by the graduating cohort of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s BA in Professional Acting, from three different adaptations by Christopher Hampton, Anya Reiss, and Aaron Posner of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Guided by the imaginative hand of director Sally Cookson, they set out to…

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Public art for Yeovil town

THE past and future of Yeovil will be celebrated in public areas of the town centre through art concepts created in collaboration with community groups interested in the arts and their role in the future of the town. After interviews with a number of artists, South Somerset District Council appointed YOU&ME Architecture with community poet…

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Red House show for Lymington artist

HAMPSHIRE artist Andrew Halliday has won top prize at the Red House Museum and Gallery open exhibition in Christchurch – the prize is a month long solo show at the gallery in 2022 or 2023. Andrew, who is a tutor in Lymington, comes from an artistic family. Born in Warwickshire in 1969, his mother is…

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Seize the seasoning!

ONE of the country’s best-known and tastiest sea salts, the long-established Maldon Salt has a striking new look. The introduction of the new look comes with a call to chefs, home cooks and foodies to “Seize the seasoning”. The contemporary new design, with its trademarked diamond pattern, will start to appear on supermarket shelves from…

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Totton win for Studio Theatre

SALISBURY’S Studio Theatre was the big winner at this year’s Totton Festival of Drama with four awards, including the trophy as overall winner of the competition. The festival, which had been postponed from its usual March slot because of the pandemic, was held at Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton. As well as the winner’s…

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Unkempt landscapes at Messums

HOW do we see landscapes today? A new exhibition at the Long Gallery at Messums Wiltshire explores “shifting aesthetics in representations of landscape,” the ways we look at our environment. Running from 16th July to 5th September at Messums’ Tisbury base, the exhibition recognises the changing aesthetic, one that is by its nature wild, messy…

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Swanage venue for new integrated musical

THE Mowlem Theatre at Swanage will be the venue for a new British Sign Language-integrated musical version of the Mark Twain story, The Princess and the Pauper, from 17th to 28th August. The cast has been announced for this new family musical will be Rhiannon Jones (Silent Witness, BBC) as Tess Canty and Hannah Brownlie…

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Oleanna, Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal

I FIRST came across “political correctness” when, holding a door open at a department store so that a young women could have free access to the store, I was greeted with: “You wouldn’t have done that if I had been a man.” To say that I was shocked and confused would be putting it mildly…

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Oh Mary, Bec Applebee at Sandford Orcas

TEN years after Bec Applebee first performed Oh Mary at Sandford Orcas, she was back again, courtesy of Artsreach, on a beautifully chilly night to rehears the story of her heroine, Mary Bryant. Sentenced to death by hanging for stealing a lace-trimmed bonnet, reprieved as good breeding stock for the new penal colony in Botany…

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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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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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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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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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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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Charlie and Stan, Theatre Royal Bath

TWO of England’s greatest comics, Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, born a year apart, boarded the same  steamer, the converted cattle ship SS Cairnrona, to make a new life across the pond. Both were part of the travelling vaudeville company, Fred Karno’s Army. Laurel (then known as Stanley Jefferson), was Chaplin’s understudy. Charlie and Stan,…

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Open air fun at Honiton

HONITON’s Beehive Centre hosts a visit by Company Zid, in conjunction with Devon’s rural arts touring charity, Villages in Action, on Thursday 12th August at 6pm. Routine, performed by multi-talented Moroccan artist Said Mouhssine, is an acrobatic comedy show. It tells the story of a person stuck in a room, with nothing to do. Sleeping…

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Summer workshops with Artsreach

ARTSREACH, Dorset’s rural touring charity, has lots of fun, affordable and creative ways to keep children entertained during the summer holidays, with a packed summer programme of workshops and activities, from 28th July to 31st August. Whether it’s circus skills, outdoor exploration, film-making, crafts, storytelling or audio and digital adventures, there is so much to…

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Brief post lockdown encounter

BOURNEMOUTH Little Theatre Club reopens on Tuesday 20th July with Patricia Richardson’s production of Noel Coward’s Still Life, the play on which Brief Encounter is based. Running at the Jameson Road  theatre until Saturday 24th July, this gripping and poignant play in five scenes  is a bitter-sweet love story in which strangers Laura and Alec…

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Shakespeare in a Sherborne garden

SHERBORNE’s talented Amateur Players scored a lockdown success last year with a memorable Waiting For Godot in the beautiful Paddock Gardens. This year the company returns to the park off Newland with a confection of love scenes from Shakespeare. Shakespeare, In and Out of Love, directed by Martin Williams, will be performed on two Sunday…

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Creation in eight million stitches…

THREADS through Creation, opening at Salisbury Cathedral on 17th August, is a stunning exhibition of 12 enormous embroidered panels that explore the story of the Creation. Inspired by the verses of Genesis, the first book in the Bible, textile artist Jacqui Parkinson reimagines this ancient story in a vibrant combination of eight million stitches, layers…

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Booking the Barber in Wincanton

BATH Opera makes its first visit to Wincanton on Thursday 8th July, at the start of the 2021 tour of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Tickets sold out in double-quick time, and a second performance was scheduled for the 11th August, but if you are keen to see the production this week, a handful of…

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Inch by IN:CH at Frome

THE travelling exhibition, Inch by IN:CH has arrived in Frome for the festival, half way through its four-month tour of  locations and events around the West Country. The exhibition is an artist-led project, curated by the Bath-based artist group IN:CH, whose aim is to bring contemporary art out of the gallery and into the communal…

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Frome Festival – how it began

THERE are two ways you can launch a festival. You can spend years planning, booking the acts and preparing the events, securing sponsorship, getting the funding in place, hiring venues and making sure you have an army of volunteers and a core team of committed professionals to manage every date and detail. Or you can…

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A busy summer for Bull Mill

ARTISTS Nick Andrew and Tanya Hinton, who have their studios at Bull Mill, Crockerton, have a busy summer ahead, taking part in the Dorset Arts Festival at Sculpture by the Lakes and opening their studio for the regular first Saturday in August, and Nick has an upcoming exhibition at Fisherton Mill. The Dorset Arts Festival…

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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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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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