Arts news

Martin Dimery to retire as Frome Festival director

MARTIN Dimery, who became creative director of the Frome Festival in 2007,  taking over from founder-director Martin Bax, has announced that he will retire from his post after the 2022 festival. He said: “Directing the Frome Festival has been immensely rewarding and I’ve been greatly honoured to have maintained the position for 15 years. Following…

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Third round of recovery funding for Bath and Poole

THERE was good news for  two of the region’s major arts venues, with grants together totalling more than £800,000 to Poole’s Lighthouse Arts Centre and Bath Theatre Royal. It was a double boost for Bath, with £423,499  from the latest round of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund and £389,868 from the CRF’s Sustainability Funding Scheme….

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Dance tales of darkest Soho in Bath

CHOREOGRAPHER and storyteller Matthew Bourne brings his latest dance theatre creation, The Midnight Bell – described as “intoxicating tales from darkest Soho – to Bath Theatre Royal from 23rd to 27th November, and only a handful of tickets remain. The show explores the underbelly of 1930s London life where ordinary people emerge from cheap boarding houses…

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Spinning the Moon postponed again

SPINNING The Moon, Dorchester’s seventh community play, has been postponed again, this time from spring 2022 until spring 2023. The decision by the Dorchester Community Plays Association was taken in view of the  ongoing effects of Covid, as well as other logistical concerns. Spinning the Moon was originally due to be performed over Easter 2020,…

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Dawn Sturgess Bursary launched

PRODUCTION company Dancing Ledge and Wiltshire Creative have announced the launch of a new bursary, set up in memory of Dawn Sturgess, who died after coming into contact with the nerve agent Novichok at Salisbury. The bursary, created in partnership with Dawn’s parents, has been set up to help young creative people from the area…

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Cape Farewell’s wAteR climaTe festival

THE Dorset-based environmental arts foundation Cape Farewell and Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre have come together to highlight the critical issue of climate change. From Wednesday 3rd November to Saturday 4th December, the arts centre is hosting Cape Farewell’s wAteR climaTe festival. The COP26 summit in Glasgow is a critical moment – can countries and governments…

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Amazing women at MAST

IF you loved SIX the Musical, you will be excited to hear about a new pop musical from the same producer – Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World has its world premiere at Southampton’s MAST Mayflower Studios on 6th November. The show is co-produced with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, the producer behind Six (the musical…

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Win a Gormley lithograph

ANTONY Gormley’s new sculpture Doubt has been installed in niche 338 on the west front of Wells Cathedral, bringing a striking nd powerful contemporary work to sit alongside the Gothic religious statuary of the 13th century for which Wells Cathedral is famous.. The sculptor is keen to encourage local community creative and educational projects and…

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Strode welcome for new season and former manager

STRODE Theatre at Street has announced its autumn  programme of films and events and a return for Fares K Moussa, the former manager, stepping in as Robin Peters, who has been the manager since 2019, is leaving.. Robin Peters was faced with the crisis of the pandemic and the lockdown, and has overseen the partial…

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Symphonic Pictures from the BSO

Bizet            L’Arlesienne Suite Ravel            Piano Concerto in G Prokofiev        Autumnal Sketch Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel)    Pictures at an Exhibition Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, leader Amyn Merchant Kirill Karabits:  Conductor Louis Schwizgebel:  Piano It’s great to be back!  My last BSO review was posted in January 2020, so last night’s concert was an…

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