The Play’s the Thing

Peter wants your plastic!

GIANT problems don’t come much bigger than plastic – it’s choking our oceans and according to the World Wildlife Fund by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Many of us are far more conscious about our use of plastics than ever before and people power has been instrumental in persuading…

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Picking up the pieces with Wassail

WASSAIL Theatre’s latest play, Over the Wall Picking Apples, is currently touring the west country, in November stopping at the David Hall in South Petherton on 1st, Exeter Phoenix on 3rd and at Yeovil College on 21st. Written and performed by Richard Crowe, the play is directed by Ged Stephenson. Happily married with a lovely…

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From Dorset to Hollywood

DORSET historian, writer and musician Tim Laycock and actress Emma Hill have got together to form a new theatre company and their first production will be Curtis Butterworth Loves Molly May, at the Pointe in Durngate Street, Dorchester, on 26th and 27th October. Tim and Emma are directing the play based on an unpublished short…

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First aid with Red Cape

RED Cape Theatre comes to Charmouth’s St Andrew’s Community Hall on Thursday 24th October at 8pm and Stalbridge village hall on Friday 25th at 7.30 with a dark new play, Thunder Road. It’s bold comedy about the power of the Heimlich manoeuvre, the call of the open road, and the kind of friendship you’d take…

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A show for dog-lovers

THEATRE Fideri Fidera made a big impression on local audiences with their first Artsreach visit to Dorset. Now they are back with a new show, Ogg n Ugg n Dogg on a four-date tour starting on Monday 28th October at Broadmayne village hall at 3pm. A long time ago there were no dogs – there…

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All at sea with Tall Tree

WILTSHIRE-based Tall Tree Theatre is heading out to sea again with the heartwarming story Lily and the Albatross, coming to the Beehive Centre at Honiton on 24th October at 3pm. Combining a unique style of puppetry, live music and visual performance, Lily and the Albatross is a story about achieving the unachievable and never letting…

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A winter’s tale from Tutti Frutti

TUTTI Frutti makes a welcome return to Artsreach in October with two performances of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, on Saturday 26th at Corfe Castle village hall and on Sunday 27th at Buckland Newton village hall, both at 3.30pm. Autumn is here, the trees are bare, the birds fly south, the sheep are flocking, seeking…

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Paddleboat’s Scoop of the century

THE wartime exploits of a fearless woman journalist are retold by Devon-based Paddleboat Theatre in a new show which comes to Exeter’s Phoenix Arts Centre on Wednesday 23rd October and Dorchester Arts Centre on Wednesday 30th October. Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century is the story of an intrepid young journalist who crossed…

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Les Mis back at the Mayflower

CAMERON Mackintosh’s production of Les Miserables returns to the Mayflower in Southampton from Tuesday 29th October to Saturday 23rd November. It’s almost a decade since the last UK tour sold out within days, and now Boublil and Schönberg’s musical version of Victor Hugo’s novel is on the road again.  This new production was conceived to…

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Lear’s shadow

KING Lear is one of the towering achievements of world theatre – a challenge for any company, but Oddbodies Theatre brings a novel approach, telling the story through the mouth of Lear’s fool, in a new production coming to Dorset on an Artsreach tour, continuing at Child Okeford on Saturday 19th October Armed with only…

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