The Play’s the Thing

Rare treat from ETO

ENGLISH Touring Opera has a reputation as one of the country’s leading companies staging Handel’s operas – on 12th and 13th November, the lovely 18th century Bath Theatre Royal hosts ETO in Handel’s Radamisto and an exciting triple bill of rare 17th century works. Making their eagerly anticipated annual visit to Bath, ETO brings a…

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Ustinov Studio commemorates Great War

BATH’S Ustinov Studio has two plays commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War in the coming week. Award-winning actor Michael Mears portrays a gallery of characters from conscientious objectors to Prime Ministers as he retells the story of Bert Brocklesby and Betrand Russell in This Evil Thing, on stage on Tuesday…

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A rum business

ALCOHOL is a difficult topic for drama, but Fluid Motion Theatre Company has a positive message with Rum in the Gravy Boat, which comes to the Thomas Hardye School at Dorchester on Wednesday 14th November. Based on actor Leigh Johnstone’s own experiences of growing up with an alcoholic  mother, the play uses humour and physicality,…

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Fly on the wall at the Rossmore Centre

AUDIENCES for the next Poole Light­house drama, Take on Me, will be in the unusual setting of the Rossmore Leisure Centre from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November. Take On Me, a new show set in the 1980s world of headbands and legwarmers, digs below the surface of the luminous colours and fitness fads. The…

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The silence of the past

SALISBURY Playhouse’s Salberg studio is the venue for a new play, Silence, a Polish-British drama by Nicola Werenowska, from 13th to 17th November. The play is set in London and Warsaw in 1996, and moves between Warsaw and London over two decades and three generations of a Polish/British family. It’s Ewa’s birthday. Her daughter Anna…

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A dance journey from India to the East End

AN Indian dancer who great up in London’s East End and is now an international dance artist and director, and an associate of the famous Complicite theatre company, Shane Shambhu comes to Charmouth, a new venue for Artsreach, Dorset’s rural touring arts charity, on Thursday 15th November. The show, which will be staged at Charmouth…

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Playing Debussy

MUSICIAN Lucy Parham celebrates the centenary of the death of the composer Debussy with a programme of music and words for Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Sunday 18th November at 7pm. Last year Lucy Parham brought Nocturne to Dorchester, with narrators Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul. She returns with Rêverie, The Life…

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Wilde fairytale at the egg

THE Australian company Slingsby  is in Bath on 9th and 10th Nov­em­ber to perform Oscar Wilde’s The Young King, in a new adaptation by Nicki Bloom. Aimed at a family audience aged eight years and older, The Young King is a journey in wonder, into a land of challenging choices and rich rewards. It follows…

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Verse play from Luke

LUKE Wright returns to Poole Lighthouse on Thursday 8th Nov­ember with his new show,  Frankie Vah. This, his second, verse play deals with love, loss, and belief, against a backdrop of skuzzy indie venues and 80s politics. Audiences can expect frenetic guitars, visceral verse, and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache. For more information, telephone 01202…

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