Arts news

Pavilion Dance looks into the future

PAVILION Dance South West is organising an event  on Saturday 22nd April to explore the influence of new technology on dance and discuss what dance could be for the 21st century. New Tech: New Movement: New Future highlights the growing interest in creative technology, entrepreneurship and collaboration inspiring the future of dance. The South West…

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Lighthouse partnership with local schools

EIGHT schools have been selected to become official partner schools in a new programme, launched this month, with Poole’s Lighthouse Centre for the Arts. As part of the partnership, each school is committed to bringing students to see live performance at the arts centre, and to becoming champions for the arts within their communities. The…

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Bennett play is double winner for Studio Theatre

SALISBURY’s Studio Theatre’s had a double success with the entries for the one-act play festivals at Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton and the Woolstore Country Theatre in Codford. An Englishman Abroad by Alan Bennett – inspired by the real-life meeting in Moscow between actress Colar Browne and exiled spy Guy Burgess – was the…

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Mel meets French and Sunders

COMEDY legends Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are joining up for an evening in Bristol on Thursday 22nd June. They visit the at the Colston Hall for the Aardman Slapstick Awards, and will be talking about their careers and their inspirations when they receive the Comedy Legend award, marking the 30th anniversary of the start…

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Joel Dommett and Rich Hall stand up at Westlands

SOMERSET’s newest venue, the revamped Westlands, has a brace of top comedians lined up to wow fans of stand-up, with Joel Dommett on Friday 31st March and Rich Hall on Saturday 1st April. Dommett, a brilliant comedian and talented actor (he was in Channel 4’s Skins), was a memorable contestant in I’m a Celebrity ……

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Jazz Age comes to Bath

THE Jazz Age was glamorous and dangerous, a dazzling confection of fashion and music which came to prominence at the height of Art Deco style – you can learn more as an exhibition dedicated to the period in fashion and photographs opens at the American Museum at Bath on 18th March. The exhibition of the…

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My Country – a play for Brexit Britain

SALISBURY residents were among people around the country whose thoughts and opinions about Britain and the European referendum were collected for a new play which is on at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank until 22nd March. In the months after the referendum, Salisbury Playhouse was one of eight theatres across the UK invited…

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Historic Riding House to become an arts centre

WOLFETON Riding House, dating from the early 16th century, is nationally important, one of the earliest surviving riding houses in the country. Newly refurbished, it is to become the new home of Dorset Visual Arts and an exciting new arts centre. Riding houses were the centres of the equestrian tradition of haute école, the precision…

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Devon’s rural touring scheme to close

THE trustees of Villages in Action (ViA), Devon’s rural arts touring scheme, have announced that the charity’s rural touring scheme is to end in its current format. The spring season of ViA performances now taking place in Devon’s villages will therefore be the last under the existing system. Villages in Action is a charity which…

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