Arts news

Pollution Pods on Brownsea

FIVE geodesic domes – the Pollution Pods – will be installed on Brownsea Island from Friday 25th to Tuesday 29th October in a joint venture for Dorset’s Activate arts group and environmental arts charity Cape Farewell. After giving world leaders in New York for the UN Climate Action Summit a taste of the toxic air…

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Because the world is round

SEPTEMBER 2019 marked the golden anniversary of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road – the last work they recorded before their seismic breakup. Now leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn is touring a show about the album, visiting the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Tuesday 29th October. Abbey Road was released in September 1969, and marked the end…

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The road vicariously travelled

A NEW festival celebrating the joys of travel and travel writing has been launched in Somerset, a year to the day before it will open on the Sparkford Hall estate in September 2020. The not-for-profit Vicarious Festival is described as a celebration of cultural diversity and the transformative power of storytelling. With patrons Joanna Lumbye,…

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Spinning a new community play

DORCHESTER has a unique record in staging community plays – six over a period of 30 years – and the seventh, Spinning The Moon by Stephanie Dale, will be performed in spring 2020. On 28th September at 7pm at Ashton Farm Barn, Dorchester, the New Hardy Players will present an evening of sonnets, song and…

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Somerset Art Works silver jubilee

SOMERSET Art Works celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, from 21st September to 6th October,  with 135 open studios and exhibitions plus special events including an installation by potter Emilie Taylor at the Somerset Rural Life Museum at Glastonbury. Emilie Taylor will be showing Yield and Return, new ceramic slipware, in the ancient Abbey Barn….

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Good news for Dorset actors

THE impending closure of the Dorset Drama League, for years the contact for the many county drama groups with the All-England Theatre Festival, would have left a big gap in the theatre community. Now representatives of several groups have got together to  re-establish a Dorset one-act festival, and an exploratory meeting has been arranged at…

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Masterclass with Real World Studios engineer

THE next Academy session organised by the Frome-based Rural Network Project in partnership with the Cheese and Grain venue features Dom Monks, who will give a masterclass on recording and record-making on Thursday 26th September. The Somerset resident will share his experiences as a recording engineer, producer and mixer and talk about how he started…

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Honorary Fellowship for BSO chief executive

DOUGIE Scarfe, chief executive of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by AUB (Arts University Bournemouth) as part of the celebration of the new partnership between the orchestra and the university. In his speech to graduates, Scarfe spoke of the power of the next generation as a force for good, citing…

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Regal style for Downton at the Regent

THE audience at the opening night of the Downton Abbey film at the Regent Centre, Christchurch, enjoyed a real treat. They were greeted by a line-up of classic cars including a Rolls Royce that once belonged to the great architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. With 52 screenings programmed through to 10th October – and more than…

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