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 community spaces.

The season starts on Friday 29th September at Frampton village hall with the London Klezmer Quartet, playing the passionate, soulful music of Jewish Eastern Europe and beyond. And there is more klezmer and Balkan influenced music from Scotland’s Moishe’s Bagel back with Artsreach for the first time since 2013.

The music programme also includes transatlantic folk duo Hickman & Cassidy making their Artsreach debut, The Bingcows, who play everything from medieval European dances to Irish harp music on a variety of percussive and fretted instruments, the BSO’s Resonate Strings and Principal Winds, virtuoso Spanish guitarist Eduardo Niebla with guitarist Daniel Martinez Lopez and Indian tabla player Dharmesh Parmar, the Laurent Quartet, Serbia’s leading Roma violinist Branko Ristic and UK accordionist Faith Ristic, British jazz violinist Christian Garrick, folk guitar and harp duo Chris Newman and Maire Ni Chathasaigh perform a ‘Festive Feast of Harp and Guitars, and The Ridgeway Singers and Band with West Gallery Carols.

The autumn theatre programme includes Owdyado from Cornwall with the film noir-inspired A View from the Edge, Pip Utton in his solo show Adolf, Company Gavin Robertson with Mata Hari: Female Spy, Farnham Maltings in Brilliance, created speciallty for village halls, Dave Mynne as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Near ta Theatre back with Christmas.Time.

Choreographer James Wilton brings Last Man Standing to Drimpton – his work draws on martial arts, break dancing and capoeira to create raw, earthy and groundbreaking performance. Mi Flamenco brings the allure of Spain tol Dorset with flamenco dance, powerful song and virtuoso live music. And Uchenna Dance combine dance, theatre and storytelling with a good dose of humour, in The Head Wrap Dairies, which celebrates versatility in Afro-hair and diversity amongst black women.

Family shows include Box Tale Soup with The Wind in the Willows with handmade puppets and an original score, Tall Tree Theatre with Shackleton, the story of a nervous man and his adventurous dog, Theatre Alibi in Apple John and Compagnie Animotion from France with Silver Moon, an enchanting masked Christmas tale with live music and shadow puppets.

Pick up an Artsreach programme or visit the website – and more details of all artsreach shows will be on the Fine Times Recorder website every week.

Pictured: Uchenna Dance and Chris Garrick.