The Arts Section

Ravilious – a life cut short by conflict

A NEW documentary film from artist and film-maker Margy Kinmonth explores the life and work of the watercolorist and wood-engraver Eric Ravilious, who disappeared over Iceland during the Second World War. Eric Ravilious – Drawn to War, which has local premieres from 12th July at Bath and Bristol and screenings at Poole’s Lighthouse Arts Centre…

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Fat Sam’s sets up in Bath

THE first ever UK touring production of Alan Parker’s modern musical classic Bugsy Malone opens at Bath’s Theatre Royal on Saturday 2nd July for a three week run to Saturday 23rd. Produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Birmingham Rep Theatre and Kenny Wax, this new staging of Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s universally acclaimed production will transfer…

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Artist workshops in the woods

PAINTER Rachel Sargent, who has her studio at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, has arranged a couple of artists’ workshops in July in Bonsley Woods near Durweston. The Living Classroom, off Norton Lane, is set in a beautiful glade in the woods. Rachel says: “It is a great opportunity to spend the day walking,…

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Bath Opera tour with Tosca

BATH Opera brings a star of the Moldovan State Opera company, to play the title role of the opera singer Floria Tosca, for the summer tour to venues in Somerset and Wiltshire. After opening at Strode Theatre, Street, and a performance at Frome’s Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Opera continues its tour at Malmesbury Abbey on…

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Richard III – new musical at Frome Festival

RICHARD III, the notorious “hunchback” king, the infamous murderer of the Princes in the Tower of London, who died on Bosworth Field and was disinterred in a Leicester city centre car park, lives to sing another day, thanks to Martin Dimery, the inventive and multi-talented creative director of Frome Festival. The Haunting of Richard the…

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Gods and Dogs, The Rude Mechanicals at Baltonsborough and touring

FED up with hitherto dependable newspapers filled up with celebrity gossip … previously intelligent and sensible friends and colleagues taken in by manifest lies and bullshit? There could hardly have been a better day to watch Gods and Dogs, Pete Talbot’s brilliantly witty new satire for his company the Rude Mechanicals, than on Thursday 23rd…

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Salt in the air, songs on the path

AN exciting collaboration between best-selling writer and long-distance walker Raynor Winn and The Gigspanner Big Band, Saltlines will be performed at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on Wednesday 13th July at 8pm, after its debut at Taunton Brewhouse on Friday 8th July. Audiences at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre can see it on Sunday 17th July….

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Eternal Light at Gillingham

GILLINGHAM Singers have a concert on saturday 25th June at the town’s Methodist Church, including Eternal Light: A Requiem, by Howard Goodall, the composer of both the Blackadder and Vicar of Dibley teme tunes. The concert, postponed from 9th April because of Covid, encompasses music from the 16th, 18th and 20th centuries, including settings of …

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In a tasty groove at Upton

BILLING itself as a tasty alternative to Glastonbury Festival – back in all its glory at Worthy Farm this year – south Dorset’s Upton House Food and Drink Festival, from 24th to 26th June, is a feast for all the senses, a family day out in beautiful surroundings with food and drink from around the…

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From Devon With Love returns

VILLAGES in Action, Devon’s rural touring arts charity, has announced the return in September of the From Devon With Love festival. Devon-based artists and performers are invited to contact the organisation with their projects. From Devon With Love is a month of scratch performances and applicants should be making original work, including theatre, music, dance,…

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