Arts news

Bath Ustinov joins Write to Play

BATH Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio will work alongside Graeae Theatre in 2019 in the sixth year of the Write to Play programme, a national writing partnership, promoting D/deaf and disabled writers Five South Western writers – The writers for year six of the programme are announced as: Sally Davis, Kellan   Frankland, Daisy Higman, Anita MacCallum…

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New young dancers for Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet

MATTHEW Bourne’s New Ad­ven­tures will be touring the world premiere production of their Romeo and Juliet next year, coming to Plymouth Theatre Royal in the spring and to Southampton Mayflower from 24th to 28th September. The passionate re-imagining of Shakespeare’s clas­sic love story will be bursting with youth, vitality and Bourne’s trademark storytelling. He will…

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Rook Lane Arts tells Singers story

FROME’s Rook Lane Arts Trust has been awarded Heritage Lottery funding to tell the story of the town’s famous art foundry, J.W. Singer & Sons. The project, Casting the World: The Story of J.W. Singer & Sons of Frome, will take place next year, marking the bicentenary of the birth of John Webb Singer in…

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Billy Bragg sings for Pages of the Sea

HUNDREDS of people went to the beaches at Lyme Regis and Weymouth to take part in Pages of the Sea, and admire the sand portraits of First World War heroes, as part of the nationwide Armistice Day commission by film-director Danny Boyle, who masterminded the London Olympics opening celebrations. In Dorset, Activate Performing Arts worked with…

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One giant leap for Dorchester Arts

JUST two weeks after launching its first-ever Crowdfunder campaign, Dorchester Arts has announced that the initial £5,000 target has been achieved to stage a spectacular community event, Arts Apollo – One Giant Leap, as part of the “Moonbury Rings” celebrations in July. With the success of the first target, Dorchester Arts has three weeks to…

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Egg’s Little Mermaid wins national award

THE egg theatre at Bath’s Theatre Royal has won a major national award for last year’s inventive and colourful Christmas production,  Little Mermaid. The show has won the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in…

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40 years on at Poole’s Lighthouse

IT’s 40 years since Poole Arts Centre opened, and, now called Lighthouse, the largest multi-arts centre outside London celebrates with a Big Birthday Bash on Sat­ur­day 3rd November from 8pm. Tribute band The Deloreons will be rocking the Concert Hall followed by Steve Power from Wave 105 playing music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and…

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Lottery boost for Tea Room Arts

TEA Room Arts in South Cadbury has been awarded a National Lottery Awards for All grant of almost £10,000 for a film project in the Vale of Camelot. From its base in Chapel Cross Tea Rooms, Tea Room Arts hosted a short series of community workshops in the basic use of digital equipment. Somerset Film,…

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Frome’s concentrating on home and satellite broadcasts

FROME, recently named as one of the “coolest” towns in Britian, has a thriving arts scene which for years has been centred on the Merlin Theatre on Frome College campus. An imaginative and varied winter programme has begun, bringing  local players, touring companies, acclaimed comics, musicians, and guest appearances from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the…

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