The Arts Section

It fits! I won! … Somerset’s own Cinderella

IT’s January! It’s dark! It’s cold! Christmas is over and we’re all in tiers and even tears! We’re fed up! We’re bored! We want some fun! We want some laughs! WE WANT A PANTOMIME! Of course you do. It’s that time of year. It’s only natural! But the theatres are all closed. The seats are…

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Lighthouse “Survive to thrive” appeal

LOCAL support for Poole’s Lighthouse centre for the arts resulted in more than £2100 being raised over the weekend following the relaunch of its Bridge The Gap fundraising campaign. “Once again we have been humbled by the incredible generosity of our amazing supporters and audiences,” says Lighthouse fundraising manager Tom Shallaker. “With their help, throughout…

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New year transformation at Pavilion Dance

A NEW dance work inspired by the lifecycle of the butterfly, Papyllon, by Ella Mesma, is being streamed by Pavilion Dance South West from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th January. This transformative new piece provides an opportunity to see a work in development from one of the UK’s rising dance talents. Responding to the need…

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10 Parishes Festival turns over a New Leaf

REGISTRATION is open for the 2021 biennial 10 Parishes Festival, which is planned to run from 11th to 19th September. The festival promotes and celebrates visual and performing arts in the parishes of Wiveliscombe, and the surrounding villages, Fitzhead, Milverton, Clatworthy, Brompton Ralph, Huish Champflower, Chipstable, Waterrow, Stawley and Ashbrittle. The usual January festival launch…

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Yeovil Literary Prize

THE Yeovil Community Arts Association (YCAA) has launched its 2021 international Literary Prize, an annual writing competition with cash prizes in four categories. All money raised supports talented, local youngsters training for careers in the performing and creative arts. Now in its 18th year, the Yeovil Literary Prize has become a highly regarded writing competition,…

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Folk tale inspires film

A NEW short film by Millstream Theatre, the Museum of East Dorset’s resident company of learning disabled actors, is based on a magical folk tale collected by traditional storyteller Duncan Williamson. The Woodcutter and the Swan was originally a devised theatre piece. Due to Covid-19, Millstream Theatre, with co-directors, Tony Horitz and Tam Gilbert, have…

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Highlighting the peasant farmers’ plight

A NEW film from La Via Campesina, the international organisation which campaigns for the rights of small farmers, peasants and indigenous peoples, focuses on the problems facing young people in rural areas. The Feast:Tong-Tong, produced in conjunction with ZIN TV, was created during a youth meeting of La Via Campesina in Senegal. What is it…

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Lighthouse support for young performers

POOLE’s Lighthouse centre for the arts has paused its programme of live performances and closed the building in line with the new national lockdown rules but behind the scenes the team is now working on a number of projects, including online workshops for young people. Having successfully applied to become a National Youth Theatre Auditions…

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Jon Monie celebrates pantomime

IF you weren’t lucky enough to get to one of the few Christmas shows and Covid-year pantos, you can still enjoy a celebration of this great British tradition courtesy of the wit and invention of Bath Theatre Royal’s favourite panto star, Jon Monie. Jon, long-time partner of the late great Chris Harris, playing the sidekick…

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Winter sunset

New Year light: a wintry late afternoon sun shines through frosty woods on the edge of Cranborne Chase. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful area.

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