The Play’s the Thing

Exciting future for Yeovil Octagon

YEOVIL’S Octagon Theatre, which has provided the launchpad for many professional careers in theatre, music and dance, as well as bringing a huge variety of performances to audiences across the region, will be enlarged and improved in a £23m expansion, approved in principle by South Somerset District Councillors. The scheme includes a new circle of…

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Short-lived Beautiful outcome to Beastly tiers

AFTER six live performances, Living Spit at Bristol Old Vic will go “on line” following Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s announcement that Bristol will move back into Tier 3 on Boxing Day. Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin, aka Living Spit, prepared their new Christmas show Beauty and the Beast for both live audiences and for on-line streaming, just in…

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Locked down and locked in at Bristol Old Vic

FOR acting and production students, being able to attend their places of education is only half of their learning experience – they have to perform and prepare productions for performance. This second lockdown has hit the arts community hard. Just as the Government made grants to venues and companies hit earlier this year, and tentative…

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Bristol actor in Small Axe

BRISTOL actor Stewart Wright is among the cast of Education, the last of the five Small Axe films by Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, and showing on Sunday 13th December. All tell stories of London’s West Indian community between the late 1960s and mid-1980s. Stewart, 46, stars alongside BAFTA-award winning Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise…

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Lifeline grant for Theatre Royal Bath

BATH Theatre Royal has been awarded £955,192 as part of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure arts venues have a sustainable future. Since closing its doors to the public in March, Bath’s historic theatre is estimated to have lost more than £1.5million,…

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Tudor mayhem from Living Spit

THE West Country’s favourite comic duo, Living Spit, are coming to Dorset with one of their best-loved shows, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, at three venues and with a free online screening, from 15th to 18th October. Dorset’s rural touring arts charity Artsreach is delighted to be back with its first indoor theatre tour…

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Playhouse reopens with six week season 

SALISBURY Playhouse will re-open in October with a socially-distanced six-week season of theatre, dance, music and live screenings, running between 14th October and 21st November. To follow government guidelines for indoor performances and social distancing, the capacity of the main house will be reduced from 512 to 148, with audiences sitting in their household bubbles…

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