The Arts Section

Mermaid singing at Bristol

LITTLE Angel brings its family show The Singing Mermaid to Bristol Old Vic from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February, and it’s specially suitable for children from three to eight years old. Julia Donaldson’s enormously pop­ular story The Singing Mer­maid is brought to live with  beautiful puppetry and performance. For more information, visit the website,…

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Track Dogs at Stockland

WORLD music quartet Track Dogs play a gig at Stockland village hall on Friday 22nd February. Track Dogs are an acoustic four piece, based in Spain but hailing from Ireland, the US and UK. They are a closely-knit group of ex-pats who have opted for Cajón instead of drums, and trumpet in place of electric…

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Lighting festival will make Poole harbour glow

THIS year’s Light Up Poole festival, from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd February will give a colourful and exciting new look to the Quay and the Old Town as international light artists premiere their installations. This year’s festival includes four world premieres, a European premiere and several newly commissioned works that place Poole firmly in…

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Edgelarks in Dorset

THE brilliant BBC Folk Award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, who perform as Edgelarks, have three dates in Dorset, starting with a concert at The Grange hotel near Sherborne on Thursday 21st February. Phillip and Hannah, who perform as Edgelarks, will be at the Shelley Theatre at Boscombe on Saturday 23rd, and on…

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Blue Door, Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal

IT’S sometimes difficult, living in an ethnically uniform area like rural south west England, to understand the continuing fuss about (for example) changing the name of the Colston Hall, pulling down statues of confederate soldiers and otherwise seeking to re-write history. If you have fallen into that mindset, go and see Tanya Barfield’s play Blue…

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Best-selling author at Bridport screening

AUTHOR SJ Watson will be at Bridport Arts Centre on Thursday 21st February to answer questions and sign copies of his best-selling novel, Before I Go To Sleep, after a screening, which begins at 7pm. Watson’s first novel, Before I Go To Sleep, was a phenomenal international success, which won The Crime Writers’ Association Award…

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Treasure Island, SNADS at The Exchange

SHIVER me timbers, there’s some piratical goings on in deepest Stur. The evil one-legged Long John Silver and his fiendish crew have recruited the WI to join the crew of the Hispanola and blood is sure to be spilled! SNADS has chosen Ben Crocker’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s great adventure story and it’s an…

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Diversity, university, Loversity

SAM Lewis, coming to the end of his Loversity tour, stops at The Old Stables at Cricklade on Thursday 21st February, and at Hawthorns in Glastonbury the following night. Like many before him, Sam went to Nashville to make music, since when he has collaborated with John Prine, Kacey Musgraves, The Wood Brothers and many…

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Showin’ some respect

LETITIA George visits the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton on Thursday 21st Februry with her touring show Respect to Aretha. The celebration of  the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin,  is a dream come true for Letitia, a lifetime fan who rose to the spotlight on series four of BBC 1’s The Voice UK, where she joined…

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Once Upon a Princess

THE Dorset-based company OCD is opening its newest show, Once Upon a Princess, at the Regent Centre in Christchurch on Thurs­day 21st February. The show includes a parade of favourite fairytale princesses in a production that features a top pop hits and musical classics, with loads of audience interaction and fun for all ages. After…

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