The Arts Section

A year of being kind

THE UK riots of August 2011 shocked performer Bernadette Russell so deeply that she set out on a mission to be kind to a stranger every day (plus one) for a year . The result is 366 Days of Kindness, a unique performance which Russell is bringing to Buckland Newton village hall on 30th January, at…

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Mrs Delgado, Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal

Mrs Delgado, Mike Bartlett’s isolational, observational solo play, opened in Oxford in December 2021, and comes to Bath in the very week that the nation has been focused on the rules that accompanied the arrival of Covid-19 and how we kept them. Set in a small section of an urban street, it’s all about those…

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Little Red in Bell Street

SHAFTESBURY Arts Centre brings its version of Little Red Riding Hood to the stage of its Bell Street theatre from 27th to 30th January and 2nd to 5th February, and tickets are selling fast. Audiences are delighted that a pantomime is back on stage, and are keen to see this new version of the famous…

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Artsreach tour for ALAW

ALAW, the Welsh folk supergroup (as described by Songlines), returns to Dorset in January for a three-date tour with Artsreach at Portesham on 28th January, Langton Matravers on 29th and Chetnole on 30th, all at 7.30pm. The three musicians bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion for the traditional music of Wales. Nia…

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Di and Viv and Rose, Swan Theatre, Yeovil

LITERATURE, mythology and the stage are peppered with depictions of male friendship, and undoubtedly it can be heroic and special. But female friendship is also special, and much less shown. Di and Viv and Rose is just that – a play about female friendship which looks at this relationship with kind but honest eyes, unflinchingly…

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Salisbury chorister returns as Epiphany Devotion soloist

FORMER Salisbury Cathedral chorister, professional soprano Caroline Halls joins the cathedral choir on Sunday 16th January for a performance of two parts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio as part of the Epiphany Devotion, starting at 5pm. Parts 5 and 6 of the Christmas Oratorio will be sung in German during the “The Journey of the Magi”…

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Couldn’t be better timed!

THE new Mike Bartlett play, Mrs Delgado, seemed topical when it opened in Oxford before Christmas, to critical and audience rapture. But now it’s even more so – it’s about playing by the rules in the time of lockdown! Bath’s Ustinov Studio is its next stop, from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd January. Described by…

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The Play What I Wrote, Bath Theatre Royal

DECONSTRUCTION has become a bit of a fad this century – specially among chefs and playwrights. Mostly I find menus offering deconstructed trifle, Black Forest Gateau, cheesecakes and chicken pies prove that the original classic was famous just because it was “constructed” to go together. Theatrically it has been a more successful enterprise. Brilliant re-workings…

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Wisdom, wit and hope in Amelia’s play at the Swan

THE first production of 2022 at Yeovil’s Swan Theatre brings a new play to the region.  Di and Viv and Rose started its life at the Hampstead Theatre Studio in 2012, quickly making its way to larger venues. Amelia Bullmore’s play is a warm, funny play about female friendship. Three 18-year-old women join forces for…

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