The Play’s the Thing

Kinetics at New York festival

KINETICS, the film adapted from the stage play of the same name, by the Dorchester-based actor and writer Sue Wyle, is to be shown at the ReelAbilities film festival at New York. The festival, from 26th March to 6th April, has moved entirely online, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the shut-down of…

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Open air theatre

WITH theatres, concert halls and arts centres – as well as many village halls – closed for the immediately foreseeable future, many are wondering what will happen to the vibrant, traditional, open air theatre season, so important to many in rural areas. Here is a run-down of what the FTR can discover today, 30th March 2020….

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Wassail tour postponed

THE remainder of the Wassail Theatre pub tour of Horses! Horses! has been postponed. As company founder Nick White says, Wassail means Keep Healthy. He is hoping that the rest of the venues,  The Fox and Badger at Wellow, The Castle Inn at Axminster,  The Tippling Philosopher at  Milborne Port,  Ashbrittle Village Hall, The Black Horse at Hurdcott,  The George Inn…

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Wiltshire Creative venues close

SALISBURY Playhouse, along with the Arts Centre, is closed until at least 16th May. The touring production of The Kite Runner, due at the Playhouse from Tues­day 17th  to Saturday 21st March, has been cancelled. The tour is also due to stop from 4th to 9th May at Plymouth Theatre Royal and from 16th to…

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AUB Caryl Churchill play cancelled

THE Arts Univ­er­sity Bournemouth production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information at Pavilion Dance has been cancelled as the venue shuts its doors. Directed by Lucy Phillips, Love and Information is a kaleidoscopic play of short scenes addressing contemporary issues about knowledge, technology and communication, and our capacity for love, as the writer examines, explores,…

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Shylock’s story

WELSH actor Rhodri Miles, well-known for his one-man show about the film star Richard Burton, turns his attention to Shakespeare for his new solo play, on a three-date tour with Artsreach, at Tarrant Gunville village hall on Friday 20th March, Sydling St Nicholas on Saturday 21st, and Lytchett Matravers on Sunday 22nd. Shylock explores the…

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Living in a world without hearing

JONNY is deaf and his world is different from those with hearing. Those differences are explored in a touching and humorous one-man play, Mr and Mrs Clark: Louder is Not Always Clearer, at Honiton’s Beehive Centre on Thursday 19th March. Jonny is a teacher, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He’s an artist,…

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Bath Theatre Royal closes

BATH Theatre Royal, as well as its Ustinov Studio and egg dedicated youth theatre space, will be closed until further notice, in an effort to stem the spread of the Coronavirus. Pictured are Tanya Moodie in Intimate Apparel at the Ustinov, and Jennifer Saunders as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit on the main stage, two of…

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AsOne’s Mary Anning play revisited

DORSET-based professional theatre company AsOne is touring a revised multi-media version of a compelling play about the Lyme Regis fossil hunter Mary Anning. The tour begins on Wednesday 25th March with Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange. On Thursday 26th it is at the Shelley Theatre at Boscombe, Friday 27th at Bristol’s Alma Tavern Theatre,…

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