The Play’s the Thing

Stones in his Pocket back in Bath

WHEN a Hollywood film crew turned up in a small Irish village and advertised for extras, it was Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn at the head of the queue. Their take on the weird business of making movies is the basis for Marie Jones’s long-running and award-winning comedy Stones in his Pockets, returning to Bath…

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What is Orlando? Who is he/she?

TRANS and gender issues are big news but the Greeks got there first with Orlando, the immortal poet, the subject of a new play by Dyad Productions, on stage at Bridport Arts Centre on Tuesday 12th March. Based on the 1928 satirical novel, a version of the myth as re-envisioned by Virginia Woolf, this n…

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Lifting the lid on The Country Team

A NEW play by Bridport-based playwright Andrew Rutherford looks at the impact of the US State Department’s policy of bolstering South American military dictatorships. The Country Team is at Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 16th March. Directed by John Haylock, the play is set in South America during the mid-1970s, when the imperative for the…

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World class performances with Villages in Action

RURAL touring schemes bring a wide variety of performances to village halls, often in areas where residents would never otherwise see live theatre or enjoy world music. In Devon, the scheme is run by Villages in Action which has a typically varied programme for the spring. Theatre, circus, storytelling, laughter, puppetry, film and music from…

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AUB season starts with Hardy’s Bathsheba

THOMAS Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd is the first play of the new season for students from the performing arts course at Arts University Bourne­mouth, on stage at Poole Lighthouse from 7th to 9th March. “Don’t any of you assume that because I am a woman I am not capable,” says heroine Bathsheba Everdene….

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A wartime epic

ARTHUR Robinson was an ordinary man from Liverpool who signed up to fight Hitler – his extraordinary story is told in a remarkable one-man play, In Loyal Company, at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Friday 8th March. Written and performed by Robinson’s great-nephew, David William Bryan, In Loyal Company begins in May 1941. Hitler’s bombs rain…

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Festival returns with stellar programme

IF you missed Salisbury International Arts Festival last year, the news of the first festival under the Wiltshire Creative is that it’s back and it’s bigger, better, more inventive and more exciting than it has been for years. Running for 16 days from Friday 24th May to Sunday 9th June, with more than 120 events,…

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Rebus from Edinburgh streets to Bath stage

IAN Rankin’s famous detective Rebus takes to the stage at Bath Theatre Royal from Monday 4th to Saturday 9th March, in a new story starring Ron Donachie in the title role with Cathy Tyson as Siobhan. Rebus: Long Shadows was written exclusively for the stage by Ian Rankin and playwright Rona Munro. Ron Donachie, who…

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Playing in the egg at half term

FROM Thursday 28th February at Sunday 3rd March, the egg in Bath welcomes Oxford Playhouse, Conde Duque and Theatr Iolo in Muckers, a half-term magical, physical  and funny production for children aged five and older. Muckers plays with Paloma, who is always mucking about with Pijon. They run wild, dress up like tigers, flamenco dancers,…

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Stoppard promises Bath a Rough Crossing

TOM Stoppard’s 1984 play Rough Crossing, a free adaptation of Ferenc Molnar’s Play at the Castle, comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Monday 25th Febru­ary to Saturday 2nd March. This new production of the nautical comedy stars John Partridge, Charlie Stemp, Issy van Rand­wyck, Matthew Cottle, Rob Ostlere and Simon Dutton. The director is Rachel…

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