Masters of chaos canter into Poole

FINLAND’s Race Horse Company brings its particular blend of chaos, humour and surprise in a thrilling circus extravaganza to Poole’s Lighthouse Arts Centre on 25th and 26th April. Super Sunday is a high-octane spectacular staged within a surreal derelict funfair where six male performers play out increasingly risky rites of passage in a wild whirlwind…

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Curtain-raiser for Bridport’s Flea

BRIDPORT’s Electric Palace will be the venue for the town’s first community opera, Ukulele Opera FLEA in May, but before that there is a curtain-raiser event on Friday 28th April. A Flea in your Ear, at 7pm, will include a flea circus, a talk on fleas by an expert and a film to whet the…

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Busy day for Wessex Consort

MEMBERS of the effervescent Wes­sex Consort choir see April out with a day of singing around Dor­ch­ester. The concentrated day of singing on Saturday 29th April starts with a “flashmob” warm-up, from around 2pm, at The Trumpet Major, next to Hardy’s house at Max Gate in Dorchester. Then the choir moves to Stinsford for a…

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Where is the bride?

IT’s June’s big day. Time to crack out the bubbly, put on your best hat and take grandma’s pearls out of their case for a proper wedding – and the venue is St Mary’s Church at Winterborne Stickland on Sunday 30th April at 3.30pm. The father of the bride is very happy, the groom is…

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Celebrating 40 years of Roger Elliott’s photography

SALISBURY Arts Centre celebrates 40 years of the photography of Roger Elliott, with an exhibition from 26th April to 20th May. It is a special event marking the arts centre’s 40th anniversary and Roger’s working life that has been dedicated to documenting life in and around Salisbury. The exhibition includes an amazing range of images…

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French Revolution revisited at St Giles House

THE Restoration family home of the Earls of Shaftesbury, St Giles House, at Wimborne St Giles, is the elegant historic setting for a Chalke Valley History Festival talk on France: Revolution Then and Now, on Thursday 27th April. The event features two outstanding speakers, French Revolution expert Dr Marisa Linton and Sir Christopher Mallaby, who…

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Music at St Giles

THE second annual series of Music at St Giles concerts at St Giles House, the ancestral home of the Earls of Shaftesbury, at Wimborne St Giles, begins on Wednesday 24th May, from 7pm with a recital by Sunwook Kim. The 29-year-old Korean pianist is a former BSO Artist-in-Residence and became a great audience favourite  when…

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See how the Wild Wind Blows

BACK in the 1950s, a singing mother recorded her wistful songs on a new-fangled home tape machine in her sitting room. She couldn’t have imagined that her son, then only a child, would become one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever, or that more than 60 years later, the dust would be blown…

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Phyllis Wolff supports Dorset Wildlife Trust

NORTH Dorset artist Phyllis Wolff feels passionately about the countryside and she is inviting bids for one of her paintings, Melbury Hill, to raise money for Dorset Wildlife Trust./ Phyllis explains: “On the day my fourth grandchild Orin, was born last November, I received the latest appeal from the Dorset Wildlife Trust about the alarming…

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Nell Gwynn’s London in Bath

BATH Theatre Royal is one of nine UK venues to present the Globe/English Touring Theatre production of Jessica Swale’s new play Nell Gwynn,  on stage from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th April. The Olivier Award-winning comedy will then return to Shakespeare’s Globe Laura Pitt-Pulford  takes the title role in a 16-strong cast that includes Michael…

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Comedy and trampolining at Portesham

MAX Calaf Seve literally jumps for joy in Anyday, a surreal, comic and delightful show from this Spanish circus and physical theatre artist, who is coming to Portesham village hall on Saturday 29th April at 7pm for one date with Artsreach. Anyday is a circus show like no other. It’s the charming tale of Max…

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Ten years of Dorset Knob Festival

ONE of the country’s most eccentric food and outdoor festivals celebrates its tenth birthday this year – and in its anniversary year Dorset Knob Festival is moving to a new and much larger venue at Kingston Maurward. Join in the fun with knob throwing, splat the knob, knob and spoon races plus some of the…

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Dramatic race on wheels

VENTOUX, the play that restages a dramatic Tour de France race between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, will be enacted at the Salberg Studio at Salisbury Playhouse four times, from Thurs­day 27th to Saturday 29th April. In 2000, two giants of cycling climbed Mont Ventoux in a battle to win stage 12 of the Tour…

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Mountain high! Adrenaline rush on tour

THE thrill of mountain skiing, climbing, hang-gliding and other extreme sports can induce an adrenaline rush in the most sluggish and sofa-bound of us – so the Banff Mountain Film Festival is the perfect answer for the armchair adventurer, and on 25th April it is coming to Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre for the first time. The…

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