The Arts Section

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Bath Theatre Royal

THE best known, and most oft adapted for stage, screen, radio and TV, of all Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, there would be few members of any audience who would not know the story of The Hound of the Baskervilles. And that knowledge is certain to add to the fun of watching Steven…

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Mark Rylance is Dr Semmelweis

YOU may never have heard of Dr Semmelweis, but if you are a woman who has had a baby in hospital you owe him a greater debt than you can imagine. His story is now being told in an eagerly anticipated world premiere drama at Bristol Old Vic, running to 12th February. What does it…

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Rachel Sargent workshops

PAINTER and print-maker Rachel Sargent, who has her studio at Gold Hill Farm, Child Okeford, has a series of four workshops over the next few months, covering printing, drawing and lino-cutting. The first two are at the beautiful Springhead Mill and gardens at Fontmell Magna in February and March when the snowdrops and spring bulbs…

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Hilarious hellhound howls over Bath

A HILARIOUS new version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most popular story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th January. Devised by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for Peepolykus, it tells the story of Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and the hellhound howling over a misty Dartmoor…

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Folk, by Nell Leyshon, Hampstead Theatre Studio

THERE’S something that professional musicians sometimes describe as “the tyranny of the dots”, and I was reminded of it during Nell Leyshon’s multi-layered play, Folk, now on at Hampstead Theatre Studio. Set, as is so much of Leyshon’s best work, in her native Somerset, it centres on the lives of two sisters. One of them,…

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Virginia Woolf and music

VIRGINIA Woolf was one of the greatest writers of all time, an icon of feminist thought – but not somebody you immediately identify with music. This is the basis of Lucy Stevens’ new one-woman play with music, at Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Sunday 30th January at 8pm. As the late January BBC…

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Attic Stories at The Art Stable

MICHAEL Taylor, who has a solo show, Attic Stories, at The Art Stable at Gold Hill Farm, Child Okeford, from 5th February to 5th March, has lived and worked in the  village for more than 30 years and has known owner Kelly Ross since she opened the gallery in 2006. He says he is particularly…

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Radiance at Sladers Yard

SLADERS Yard at West Bay hosts another of its occasional exhibitions on the theme of Radiance, opening on 22nd January, featuring the work of artists Rachel Fenner, Alfred Stockham, Martyn Brewster and Sally McLaren, with the furniture of resident designer-maker Petter Southall. The exhibition, which runs to 5th March,  features work inspired by the natural…

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New young people’s category for Yeovil Literary Prize

YEOVIL Community Arts Association (YCAA) has announced a new category for a Children’s and Young Adult Novel in its 2022 international literary competition, which opened on 1st January. Now in its 19th year, the Yeovil Literary Prize continues to attract more entries each year from accomplished and aspiring writers around the world. Money raised through…

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Stories from the land

MULTI Story Theatre Company brings Hefted, a play made up of stories across six centuries in Hefted, to Litton Cheney village hall on 29th January, at 7.30pm and Blandford on 30th at 7pm. Hefted is a play told through nine stories embedded in the landscape, history, and psyche of rural life, presented by four actors…

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