The Arts Section

The Ladykillers, Shaftesbury Arts Centre

THE Ladykillers was one of the biggest hits of the Ealing film studios – a classic heist-goes-wrong comedy thriller about a gang of thieves and thugs with a fool-proof plan that has a little old lady-sized hole in the middle. The 1955 film was successfully adapted for the stage in 2011 by Graham Linehan, and…

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Adwaith on tour

POST-punk band Adwaith is touring with Gwenno and introducing the new album, Melyn, this autumn. Adwaith – Gwenllian, Hollie and Heledd – is based in  Carmarthen in  south west Wales. Melyn(yellow in Welsh), was chosen to signify the youthful joy of creating music that flows from its songs. It also counters the darker lyrical themes…

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Hi-Di-Hi, Trowbridge Players at the ARC Theatre

BASED on David Croft and Jimmy Perry’s successful TV series which won a BAFTA Award for best comedy series in 1984, this stage version has all the much loved regular workers who inhabited Maplins Holiday Camp at the end of the 1950s when this play is set. Because of repeats, which can still be seen…

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Don Carlos, Northcott Theatre Exeter and touring

THE new company formed by actor Tom Burke and director Gadi Roll chose Friedrich Schiller’s monumental drama Don Carlos for its opening production, and a stark and uncompromising setting in which to frame the complex story. Loosely based on history, it focuses on the dysfunctional ruling family of Spain in a time of political and…

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Pre-school Butterflies

THE next show on stage at the egg at Bath Theatre Royal is Butter­flies, described as an uplifting tale of friendship and courage for younger audiences, performed from Frieay 19th to Sunday 21st October. Tangled Feet and Half Moon Theatre have created the play, about three friends who embark on an exciting adventure to chase…

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Vulcan 7, Bath Theatre Royal and touring

WITH Ade Edmondson and Nigel Planer at the helm and on the stage,what could POSSIBLY  go wrong? Vulcan 7, their latest joint venture, finds them as two RADA alumni 40 years after their student days, discovering themselves reluctantly sharing a trailer on the set of episode 7 of a monster superhero movie on the slopes…

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Winter Wilson at Ansford

THE folk duo Winter Wilson –  Kip Winter and Dave Wilson – come to Caryford Hall at Ansford on Saturday 20th October. After supporting Fairport Conven­tion on the most recent tour, they are introducing songs from their latest CD Far Off on the Horizon to audiences around the country. The two really excel in live…

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Natalie Clein in Bournemouth

CELLIST Natalie Clein is back in her home town on Sunday 21st October, where she joins pianist Anna Tilbrook for an afternoon recital for Bournemouth Chamber Music at the University Kimmer­idge Hall from 3pm. They have chosen a varied and interesting programme of solo cello and cello sonata music. Natalie is the epitome of “local…

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The Big Bang Gang in Sarajevo Big Bang, Portman Hall, Shillingstone

I have just returned from the Artsreach performance of Sara­jevo Big Bang in Shillingstone. Here are three reviews of the show: THREE brilliant satirists are testing out the traditional politeness of a British audience with the strangely titled Sarajevo Big Bang, on a tour of village halls around the UK. The conceit is that they…

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Murder at the core of the play

THE next ImpAct Theatre play, to be performed in Christchurch and Bournemouth, is Patricia Richard­son’s production of Rona Munro’s Iron. This intense psychological drama,  set in a woman’s prison, is the story of a mother and daughter trying to break through the barriers of time, memory and punishment. It opens at Christchurch Regent Centre on…

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