The Arts Section

Jimmy Osmond is the word

JIMMY Osmond will be on stage at the Mayflower in Southampton from 27th June to 8th July, playing Teen Angel in the touring production of Grease! The musical aksi stars Tom Parker, from The Wanted, making his musical theatre debut as Danny Zuko, Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy and Louisa Lytton from…

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Vertitable blues feast

THE John Verity Band comes to Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre on Saturday 1st July. Supported by Bare Knuckle Blues, the band features John on guitar and vocals, with drummer Liam James Gray and bassist Bob Skeat. They promise a night of blistering blues with a rocky edge. John Verity has had a varied career, supporting rock…

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Still Poole and the Trems

IT’S more than 50 years since Brian Poole and The Tremeloes recorded their first record.  Now three of the original band is touring again, and coming to the Tivoli in Wimborne on Tuesday 27th June. The show features Brian Poole, Len “Chip” Hawkes and Dave Munden,  and they will be performing performing  Twist And Shout,…

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Summer Nights with Spectra Musica

THE Spectra Musica choir returns to the church of St Michael in North Cadbury for a Summer Nights concert on Saturday 1st July. Musical director Peter Leech  has continued to increase the group’s  repertoire, which will be demonstrated in a programme that includes a rarely performed short mass by Johann Georg Albrechts­berger, a colleague of…

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Community play recalls Bourton at war

ONE of the most interesting aspects of the First World War four-year centenary has been the unearthing of stories from communities across the country, and one such is taking place at Bourton in North Dorset, from 13th to 15th July. As Bourton Mill is demolished, after many years of dilapidation and rejected plans, a year-long project…

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Bollywood in Poole

FROM Thursday 29th June to Saturday 1st July, it’s time to Bring on the Bollywood at Poole’s Lighthouse. The romantic musical comedy, a love letter to traditional Bollywood style, is filled with with music and high-energy dance. It tells the story of the headstrong Katrina Pawar, a British Asian woman who returns to her ancestral…

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Kaufmann as opera’s Moor

THE Royal Opera House production of Verdi’s Otello will be beamed by satellite around the world on Wednesday 28th June 7.15pm. Among the recieving venues in our region are the Regent in Christchurch, which also has an encore screening on Sunday 2nd at 2pm, and Wiltshire Music Centre at Bradford on Avon, Frome’s Merlin Theatre,…

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Mags Chadbourne

SAD news this week – Margaret Chadbourne, one of the region’s finest and most versatile actresses – died in the early hours of 21st June. Mags worked over many years at several theatres around the Yeovil region, notably at The Swan, Ilminster ’s Warehouse Theatre and Strode Theatre in Street. Best known for her dramatic…

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Walt Whitman evening at Sladers Yard

POETRY lecturer Graham Fawcett returns to Sladers Yard at West Bay on Thursday 29th June at 6.30pm for an evening of readings and a talk about the American poet Walt Whitman. Graham Fawcett is a popular lecturer and workshop leader at literary festivals and events throughout Britain and is a regular visitor to Sladers Yard….

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Making Dorset – 50 Dorset Makers at Wolfeton

DORSET Visual Arts launches its new venture, Making Dorset, at the end of June. The project, based at  DVA’s new home at Wolfeton Riding House, brings together 50 of Dorset’s finest contemporary makers working in a wide range of craft and other making disciplines. The launch is marked by the publication of a new book,…

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