Dreams of dancing from Akram Khan

TAUNTON’S Brewhouse hosts star choreographer and dancer Akram Khan’s first ever family show, Chotto Desh, for two per­­formances on Thursday 21st Septem­ber. The hour-long show has been reworked from Khan’s  Olivier award-winning autobiographical solo show DESH. It will be performed by Dennis Alamanos and Nico­las Ricchini on alternate performances. Bengali for “small homeland”, Chotto Desh…

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Dead on Arrival, taxidermy at the Devon Guild

TAXIDERMY – images of dusty glass-eyed birds and animals in awkward poses in glass cabinets in dingy crumbling stately homes or late Victorian museums in serious need of updating … but as a contemporary art-form? The new exhibition at Devon Guild of Craftsmen may surprise you! The curious world of animal craft is very much…

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Bloody, truthful … and on tour

LE Navet Bete, the theatre company now based at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre, will be taking its latest show, Dracula: the Bloody Truth, on a UK tour, starting at the Redgrave Theatre in Clifton, Bristol, from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd September. The Exeter-based physical comedy theatre company celebrates its 10th anniversary with this new adaptation…

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Bristol Americana in September

THE south west’s growing army of Americana fans are in for a treat during September, when Tim Martin brings new performers to Bristol. He says there is something for everyone, from introspective singer songwriters to blistering blues, via good time country rock and possibly the UK’s finest contemporary folk singer. The first show is John…

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Autumn at Tincleton Gallery

THE autumn exhibition at Tincleton Gallery opens on Saturday 16th September in The Old School House, Tincleton, near Dorchester. This show includes works by Robert Mountjoy, Mary Gillett, Jenny Sutton as well other regular gallery artists. Normal gallery hours are 10am to 5pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. The exhibition continues until Sunday 5th November….

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Monmouth community play on West Country tour

THE powerful and exciting community production of Monmouth: The West Country Rebellion, which had its premiere at Lyme Regis, starts an autumn tour on Wednesday 13th September with six dates in Dorset, Devon and Somerset. The play, written by Lyme-based Andrew Rattenbury and directed by the Marine’s artistic director Clemmie Reynolds, begins its south west…

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Something for everyone at the Octagon

SOUTH Somerset’s Octagon Theatre autumn programme can truly claim to have something for all tastes – from baroque to burlesque, Private Lives to pantomime. For music-lovers, the scope is as wide as you could wish – including tributes to rock royalty like Prince or Queen, classical treats with pianist Martin Roscoe, the BSO, Monteverdi and the Messiah…

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Busy September for BSO

MUSICIANS from Bournemouth Symph­ony Orchestra have a full diary in the coming weeks, with concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanying young opera singers in Hampshire, continuing their St Giles House series, playing in Dorchester Hospital and fulfilling their annual concert programme in Poole and further afield. The musicians return to The Grange at Alresford,…

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Enthralling autumn at Strode Theatre

STRODE Theatre, Street, has a well-deserved reputation for offering the area’s most interesting and varied film programme and this autumn there are some new features to add spice to the mixture. Starting on 25th September, the theatre introduces Secret Cinema, Monday evening screenings in the studio  of unannounced films. There may be a few clues,…

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Lived in and lively – a Dorset artist in Mayfair

ONE of Dorset’s best-known and most accomplished painters, Phyllis Wolff has an exhibition in October in Shepherd Market, off Piccadilly, including a series of portraits of local women “in their prime.” Lived In and Lively is not only an interesting group of women but a thoughtful curtain-raiser for next year’s celebrations of the centenary of…

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Magic Flute from Covent Garden to you

A LIVE performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute will be screened live by satellite on Wednesday 20th September, at arts centres, cinemas and theatres around the world. It is part of the new Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2017/18 , and in our region it comes to Christchurch Regent Centre as well as Witshire…

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Beyond Parnham – a remarkable legacy

PARNHAM House at Beaminster is in the news this year – not because of the disastrous fire in April, but because 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the furniture design school founded by John Makepeace. The fire, widely believed to be arson, made headlines around the world. That fame has far more to do with John…

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Great line-up at Budleigh Salterton

BUDLEIGH Salterton Literary Festival, from 13th to 21st September, has something for all tastes – historians, entertainers, broadcasters, politicians, novelists, artists and poets. Now in its ninth year, the festival, offers a truly eclectic mix of writing talent, and a delightful setting on the south Devon coast. President Dame Hilary Mantel says the festival is…

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Autumn with Artsreach

THE new Artsreach autumn programme has visits from more than 25 companies and individual performers, at venues across the county, from Cranborne to Wootton Fitzpaine. With the confirmation of Arts Council support until 2022, Artsreach is bringing more than 60 performances of live music, theatre, dance and family shows to village halls, churches and other…

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