The Arts Section

Fifty years of convening Fairport

FAIRPORT Convention, the original folk rockers, visit the Tivoli in Wimborne on Friday 26th May as part of a tour to celebrate their golden anniversary. It’s an incredible 50 years since the first incarnation of Fairport took to the stage in the summer of love, 1967. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of…

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A weekend of laughter at Wells

WELLS Comedy Festival returns over the bank holiday weekend, 26th to 28th May, with an line-up of A list comedians including Stewart Lee, Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe, Richard Herring, James Acaster and Milton Jones. Venues for the packed weekend programme include the Little Theatre, the Globe Inn, Cedars Hall and the White Hart Hotel. The…

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Michelle returns to where it all began

EQUESTRIAN artist Michelle McCullagh is back at Guggleton, the Stalbridge gallery which launched her  career in 2009, with a selection of recent paintings and drawings. Riding and drawing horses came hand in hand for Michelle from an early age and are now a living obsession in her daily life. She works from her studio in…

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Landscape and still life at the Jerram

NEW work by still life artist Ann Armitage and landscape painter Elsa Taylor is on show at the Jerram Gallery in Half Moon Street, Sherborne, until 31st May. Ann Armitage moved from London to Cornwall, near Land’s End, 10 years ago and took up painting full-time, concentrating on thoughtfully arranged still lifes.  Recently, she has…

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The Memory of Water, SNADS at Sturminster Newton Exchange

SHELAGH Stephenson, best known for her radio plays, wrote the semi-autobiographical The Memory of Water for the Hampstead Theatre in 1996, gathering together her own family history and the tried and tested “three sisters” structure. Vi has died and her three daughters have gathered in the crumbling clifftop house where they grew up to sort…

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Swing into Lyme for the jazz and blues weekend

LYME Regis Jazz and Blues Weekend, 26th to 28th May, brings some of the country’s most exciting bands and performers to the Marine Theatre. The opening night gig, from 8pm, features The Jive Aces and Amy Baker. The six-piece band has an international reputation for high energy performances guaranteed to get you on your feet…

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Maxwell String Quartet, Concerts in the West

BASED on a competition in Japan this month, the concerts given by the young Maxwell String Quartet were both a challenge and a delight. Ravel’s Quartet of 1903 is a work admired for its lyricism and beauty – it pleased Ravel’s contemporary Debussy, and audiences thereafter. Careful preparation ensured that the gliding phrases and the…

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Olive and Florence are the Odd Couple

NEIL Simon’s play The Odd Couple, famously filmed with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in 1968, has been adapted for the stage to be performed by two women instead of men. And it’s that version that Ilminster Entertainments Society has chosen for its May production, on stage at the Warehouse from Wednesday 24th to Saturday…

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