Make ’em Laugh

Paying Lipservice to Miss Austen

FAR from his own stately pile in Derbyshire – or his creator’s Hampshire home – haughty Fitzwilliam Darcy is losing the plot in Devon, thanks to the wicked wordsmiths of Lip Service Theatre, making two more stops in the region on 27th and 28th October. Writer-performers Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding – who were responsible for the…

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Paul Foot is back (and still offending piglets)

THE zany Paul Foot is back for an autumn tour, visiting Taunton Brewhouse on 19th October and the Marine at Lyme Regis on 21st October, with Tis A Pity She’s A Piglet, “the show that offended a thousand piglets.” He’s been touring (according to him) “four countries across six continents” and gathering rave reviews and…

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Meet Fanny Cradock – the original celebrity chef

SCREEN Bites Food Film Festival gets together with Bristol’s Show of Strength Theatre Company and Orchard Park Garden Centre at Gillingham to stage Fanny and Johnnie Cradock Cook The Great American Songbook on Friday 13th October. It’s a typically quirky and flamboyant event to launch Screen Bites’ Bakers Dozen Festival, running from 13th to 28th…

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Fantasy fish and plastic beach at Bournemouth

BOURNEMOUTH’s always inventive Arts by the Sea Festival offers some wild and witty watery adventures at this year’s seventh annual festival, from 14th to 21st October. With a theme of Plastic Beach, to highlight the serious environmental concerns about plastic pollutions in the oceans, the festival offers a line-up that ranges from fantastic fantasy fish…

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Roundabout Poole Park

FROM Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th Oct­­o­ber, Poole Park will host The Round­about Festival, organised by Paines Plough, Activate and Poole’s Light­house centre for the arts. The festival brings Paine’s Plough’s flat-pack, pop-up theatre-in-the-round back to the park,  and this year it will be the venue for live theatre, comedy for kids, locally created performances…

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Dragging Joan into the 21st century

YOU know about drag queens but how about drag kings? And how about Joan of Arc, that icon of female courage against masculine tyranny, confronting her enemies by literally becoming them? Boundary-pushing theatre company Milk comes to Bridport Arts Centre on 14th October, the Bay Theatre at Weymouth on 16th, the Shelley Theatre at Boscombe on…

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Two takes of Murray Lachlan Young

POET Murray Lachlan Young, dubbed “a Noel Coward for the Noel Gallagher generation” by The Times, will be at Dorchester Literary Festival, at the Corn Exchange on 14th October with two shows, a children’s entertainment and an evening of satire and song. From the moment he bounds onto the stage, hair wrapped in a towel,…

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