The Play’s the Thing

One-man Christmas Carol

DAVID Mynne, a versatile Cornish actor who was one of the founder members of Kneehigh Theatre, is touring in December with his chilling and engrossing solo version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. There are three dates with Dorset’s rural touring arts charity, Artsreach, Friday 10th December at Sydling St Nicholas, Saturday 11th at Briantspuddle and…

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Ghostly gothic story-telling

GHOSTS walk the streets of Charles Dickens’ London, evoked with chilling, thrilling intensity by The Storyteller and The Musician in their new version of A Christmas Carol, at Bridport, on 2nd and 3rd December. Adapted by writer Adam Z Robinson and performed in the company’s storytelling style with live music, this production explores the gothic…

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One woman’s journey from slavery

BORN into slavery in 1788, Mary Prince survived the brutality of Bermuda plantations to become a powerful voice for the abolitionist movement. Her story is told in Sold, by award-winning Kuumba Nia Arts, coming to Halstock village hall on Friday 26th November and Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall on Saturday 27th; both performances start at 8pm….

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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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Tutti Frutti reinvents a favourite story

ONE of the best-loved children’s stories, The Princess and the Pea, is brought to colourful life by Tutti Frutti, at Alderholt village hall on Saturday 20th November, and Cerne Abbas village hall on Sunday 21st, both starting at 3p If you love stories, you will enjoy this show which imagines princesses who don’t know they…

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Mischief making magic mayhem at Bath

THEY have delighted us into helpless hysteria with their Play That Goes Wrong, and accident-prone version of Peter Pan – now Mischief theatre is back at Bath Theatre Royal from 9th to 21st November with their latest invention, Magic Goes Wrong. The Olivier Award-winning comedy favourites have worked with magic legends and Las Vegas superstars…

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Hidden stories of young carers

AT school,  Nicole, Jade and Connor, are just like everybody else at school. But when they get home, things are very different. Matt Woodhead’s play Who Cares, co-produced by LUNG theatre and the Lowry, brings the hidden stories of young carers to the stage at Bridport Arts Centre on Friday 12th November. Nicole started caring…

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A secret history in am dram

HANNAH Maxwell’ comes from a family with four generations of treading the boards in amateur dramatic societies. She broke the mould. And then she returned … as she explains in I, AmDram, a solo show coming to Piddletrenthide and Broadoak village halls with Artsreach on 10th and 11th November. The show, described as “a story…

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Cinderella – the perfect panto for Bath

PANTOMIME comes back to Bath Theatre Royal this Christmas, and what better way to celebrate than with Cinderella – with the villainous Ugly Sisters, Fairy Godmother, a touching romance and magical transformations, it is “the perfect panto,” says comedian and Bath favourite Jon Monie, who has written the script for the show. After the lockdowns…

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