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Material matters at Messums

THE series of Material exhibitions and projects at Messums Wiltshire, at the ancient Tisbury tithe barn, continues this summer with a return to Material: Wood, including a fascinating exhibition of work by the sculptor Christopher Kurtz, “The Traveller cannot see North but knows the Needle can,” on show until 1st September. Christopher Kurtz, from New…

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Tobacco Factory summer treats

BRISTOL’S Tobacco Factory Theatres have a full prog­ramme for the summer in the two air-conditioned performance spaces in Southville. Robin Boon Dale brings his What Does Stuff Do? back until Saturday 20th July. And the venue changes for Darkstuff Productions’ Moby Dick, an immersive promenade performance on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain from Sunday 18th…

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Everett directs and stars in Chekhov classic

RUPERT Everett is at Bath Theatre Royal from 18th July to 3rd August, playing the title role in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. It is a role he has long wanted to play, and in Bath he directs a new version by David Hare. The cast includes Katherine Parkinson, making a speedy return to the theatre after…

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Rare Handel masterpiece at Mells

MIDSOMER Choral Society marks its sixth season with a performance of Handel’s Theodora, in the beautiful church of St Andrew in Mells on Sunday 21st July, starting at 4pm. The choir gives three main concerts annually, and has already performed the Fauré Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, JS Bach’s Wachet Auf, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and…

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Wild Hares and Hummingbirds

VISITORS to the Museum of Somerset at Taunton can discover more about the county’s animals, plants and birds in a playful exhibition opening on Saturday 20th July and running to 26th October. The exhibition is based on the book Wild Hares and Hummingbirds: The Natural History of an English Village, by the naturalist Stephen Moss,…

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A doctor’s life at Bridport

THE life and times of an 18th century doctor are portrayed in The Golden Gift, a medical historical entertainment at Bridport Arts Centre on 19th July, with performances at 11am and 7.30pm. The play, described as a scientific comedy, tells the story of Dr Giles Lawrence Roberts MD, “our celebrated druggist, apothecary and accoucheur.” It…

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No horses on Brownsea

BROWNSEA Open Air Theatre – BOAT – has chosen Shakespeare’s Richard III for its 2019 production, on the island in Poole Harbour from Wednesday 24th July to Friday 9th August. The production, directed by Neil Mathieson, marks the 55th anniversary of the summer open air plays on the island, founded by Joyce Caton to mark…

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A Perfect World, Miracle Theatre, Frome ECOS and touring

THE Cornish-based Miracle Theatre celebrates 40 years of open-air performances this year, with Bill Scott’s new play A Perfect World. It is the ideal play for the company, full of invention, fun, speedy costume changes, silliness and thoughtful ideas. Set in the 1930s, it revolves around exploration, steam punk, magical lands, peculiar people and lots…

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Roguishly resonant

THE Resonant Rogues, on tour promoting their latest album,  will be stopping at the Fanny’s Meadow Festival at Langport on 19th July, before heading south the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers on Friday 26th,  and Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival on Saturday 27th July. The band, sometimes a duo and sometimes a quartet, performs…

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Concert for harp-guitar

BRUTON-based guitarist Jon Pickard performs his third concert seasonal, entitled Summer Fruit, at  is at Holy Cross Church, Weston Bamp­fylde at 7pm on Saturday 20th July.

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in July

HIGH summer is a busy time for Dorset Wildlife Trust, with talks, walks, and special events, activities for children, and working parties for volunteers. For details of volunteering opportunities, visit www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk/volunteering Sunday 14th to Friday 19th – Wildlife conservation and research holiday at Kingcombe; wildlife survey, practical conservation, fine food and great company; with partners…

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Dorset Opera – new star and old favourite

FANS of Dorset Opera Festival will thrill to the glorious high notes of the young South Korean tenor David Junghoon Kim who sings the role of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, one of this year’s two operas, at Bryanston School’s Coade Hall,  near Blandford, from 23rd to 27th July. The festival’s many loyal supporters will…

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Love and war with Vanessa Redgrave

THE legendary Vanessa Red­grave is in summer residence at the Ustinov Studio at Bath Theatre Royal until 3rd August, with her own play Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938. In the late 1930s, her father, the illustrious actor Michael Redgrave, formed a close friendship with the  poet Stephen Spender. Through their families’ notebooks, journals and memoirs,…

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Medical mayhem at the Swan

JUNE Markham directs Ray Cooney’s classic farce It Runs In The Family, at the Swan Theatre in Yeovil from Monday 15th to Saturday 20th July, nightly at 7.45 pm. This is the story of the unfortunate Dr David Montague, who is just is about to address a neurologists’ convention, and is hoping his performance will…

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cARTes postales – Art on Postcards

THE Salisbury Museum, in the Cathedral Close, is working with the Friends of Erlestoke Prison on an exciting fund-raising project, cARTes postales – art on postcards. The aim is to sell more than 300 postcard-sized works of original art for only £40 each, in the style of a lucky dip. This will help raise funds…

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Anniversary delights at Hatch ballet

WHEN the Covent Garden Dance Company celebrates its tenth anniversary of Ballet at Hatch, near Tisbury, from 25th to 28th July, the audience is in for a memorable evening, with exciting new works and an appearance by Xander Parish, one of the principals of Russia’s famous Mariinsky Ballet, and the only British dancer in the…

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Diane Maclean goes Beyond at Salisbury

SALISBURY Cathedral’s summer exhibition, inside the cathedral and on the lawns outside, is Beyond, new work by the award-winning international sculptor Diane Maclean, on show until the end of September. Beyond, which has been curated by the Cathedral’s visual arts adviser Jacquiline Creswell, comprises of eight large-scale pieces in stainless steel or feather-light aluminium. Diane…

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