The Arts Section

The Red Shoes, New Adventures at Southampton Mayflower and touring

MATTHEW Bourne’s newest creation, a dance adaptation of the Powell and Pressburger film The Red Shoes, itself inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale of the same name, is a triumph. The message of the story is that Art is the greatest force, more important than love and human relationships and, literally, to die for….

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Clare McCaldin, mezzo soprano and Libby Burgess, piano, Concerts in the West

THE Concerts in the West voice and piano recital is usually a significant one, and with Clare McCaldin, mezzo, and Libby Burgess, the experienced pianist, we were treated to a very well-constructed programme that mostly worked. For the audience however the necessary concentration was quite a challenge. With a predominantly despairing approach by Gerald Finzi…

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Monmouth at Lyme Regis

PREPARATIONS for the 2017 community play at Lyme Regis continue with a screening of Comrades on Thursday 23rd March. The 1986 film, directed by Bill Douglas (his last film), depicts the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs who created an early form of trade union and were arrested as a result in 1834. The film features…

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O dainty duck, O Dear

DEVERILLS Performing Arts starts its new-style season for 2017 with a visit from Door Ajar Theatre, performing Thisbe at Longbridge Deverill Village Hall on Saturday 25th March at 7.30. The multi-talented, character-changing, instrument-swapping cast fuses magic, music and levity in this sequel to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The lovelorn Thisbe has perished by her own…

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Sounds of Simon in Shaftesbury

THE duo Bookends, Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, make no effort to look like Simon and Garfunkel or recreate a show spectacle, but accurately capture the sounds of the American singers who laid down a soundtrack for the sixties that has lasted fifty years. They make a welcome return to Shaftesbury Arts Centre on Friday…

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Portman paddles Coracle on Parrett

EMILY Portman and her Coracle Band stop at Bridgwater Arts Centre on Satur­day 25th March as part of a five-venue spring UK tour. The band includes violin virtuoso Sam Sweeney and the percussion leader of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, in a five peice line up that creates a magical sound sometimes reminiscent of early Incredible String…

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Salvator mundi in Yeovil

YEOVIL Chamber Choir gives a concert of sacred music for Passiontide at St Andrew’s Church on Wednesday 22nd March from 7.30pm. Salvator mundi – Saviour of the World – includes music by Bach, Bruckner, Casals, Greene, Leighton, Lotti, Mendelssohn, Ouseley, Poulenc and Walton. For more information about the concert, telephone 01935 873719 or visit the website,…

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Ralegh’s last journey – told by Paul Hyland

THE Dorset poet and historian Paul Hyland will give a talk based on his book, Ralegh’s Last Journey, for Blandford Museum’s annual Solly lecture for Blandford Museum at 7.30pm on 30th March, at the Parish Centre. Ralegh’s Last Journey: A Tale of Madness, Vanity and Treachery is the story of the last 20 weeks of…

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Material: Earth at Messums

THE  new exhibition at Messums Wiltshire in the 700 year old tithe barn at Tisbury celebrates the use of clay in contemporary art, by leading contemporary potters and ceramic artists, including Grayson Perry, Edmund de Waal, Hans Coper and Sandy Brown. On show until 1st May, Material: Earth is the first in a series of…

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