The Arts Section

Late summer evenings in the open air

AUTUMN has arrived amazingly early this year, with the smell of the turning year discernable from early August – but of course there is no such thing as climate change! It is your last chance to see the open air touring shows that have been criss-crossing the region since  May. On Monday 28th August, you…

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Yeovil start for Martin and Eliza

THE Autumn season at Yeovil Octagon opens on 1st September with a visit from folk music’s most famous father and daughter, Martin and Eliza Carthy. This is the opening night of a national tour for the duo, who also visit Bristol, Exeter and New Milton during September. Martin’s career stretched back many decades, and Eliza…

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Side By Side By Sondheim, Piano Bar at Bristol Hippodrome

THERE have been a few compilation shows featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim over the years, including Putting It Together, featuring Carol Burnett, and Sondheim at the Sheraton, at Edinburgh in 1995, but the most famous of these shows is surely Side by Side by Sondheim, originally conceived as a fund-raiser for Cleo Laine and…

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Celebrating Jo Yeatman with food and music

THIS year’s Dorset Food & Arts Festival at Poundbury was a tribute to Jo Yeatman, secretary of Dorset Farmers Markets and a key member of the festival committee, who died in May. The main tribute to Jo, who was involved with the festival from the start in 2012, was a cookbook, The Dorset Food &…

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Words from the Woods

MESSUMS, the contemporary arts centre in the 700 year old Tisbury tithe barn, is celebrating wood in all its forms in its current exhibition, and as part of the programme there is an evening of poetry and music on Friday 25th August. Words From The Woods, with Pippa Haywood and friends, at 6pm, is a…

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Barney Norris at Messums

NOVELIST and playwright Barney Norris, whose work is strongly rooted in his native Wiltshire, will be at Messums Wiltshire contemporary arts centre, in the Tisbury tithe barn, on Wednesday 23rd August at 6:30pm. Barney, whose powerful First World War play Echo’s End was premiered at Salisbury Playhouse earlier this year, will be talking about his…

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In the hidden valley with PaddleBoat

JOIN PaddleBoat Theatre and Artsreach for an interactive adventure in the gorgeous setting of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre in the hidden valley at Toller Porcorum on Thursday 24th August at 3pm. Imagine that you’re far from home,. playing in the woods all on your own, and all is still and calm and clear. But…

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Textile Fair at the American Museum

THE American Museum in Britain, set in landscaped gardens at Claverton near Bath, will host more than 30 textile specialists at this year’s Textile Fair, on 19th August, from 11am to 5pm. Now in its fourth year, the Textiles Fair will bring a wide range of retailers to the museum, offering antique, vintage, and world…

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The craft of the boat-builder – from Lyme to Tisbury

LYME Regis Boat Building Academy is one of the world’s leading centres teaching traditional boat building skills, and tutors from the academy are coming to Tisbury to share their knowledge as part of the current Messums’ exhibition. On Thursday 24th August, at 6:30pm, one of the Lyme Regis tutors will be at the arts centre…

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Giant adventures with Folksy Theatre

GEORGE is a very scruffy giant, so when he sees a selection of new giant-sized clothes in a shop, he decides it’s time to smarten himself up. Join Folksy Theatre at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on 27th August, at 4pm, to find out more in The Smartest Giant in Town. This charming adaptation of…

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