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A play with deep southern heart and soul

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorise” “I would rather have 30 minutes of ‘wonderful’ than a lifetime of nothing special.” IF these two quotations immediately evoke the laugh-and-cry roller-coaster of Steel Magnolias, you will know what delights are in store with Warminster’s Athenaeum Limelight Players perform the…

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Keeping the mill wheel turning

STURMINSTER Newton’s Taboo Theatre Company will be performing a site specific play, set at and performed at the town’s ancient mill on the Stour, on the weekend of 29th and 30th June. The Miller’s Daughter – Unrest at the Mill 1830 has been written by Sue Ashby and Tony Benger, who wrote Taboo’s First World…

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Keeping the mill wheel turning

STURMINSTER Newton’s Taboo Theatre Company will be performing a site specific play, set at and performed at the town’s ancient mill on the Stour, on the weekend of 29th and 30th June. The Miller’s Daughter – Unrest at the Mill 1830 has been written by Sue Ashby and Tony Benger, who wrote Taboo’s First World…

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A new look at a favourite Hardy novel

THOMAS Hardy wrote strong female characters – young women are the central figures in most of his greatest novels, particularly Tess of the D’Urbevilles and Far From The Madding Crowd, this year’s choice for the New Hardy Players summer tour which starts on Thursday 27th June. Hardy showed extraordinary empathy for the lives of women…

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Street Theatre tours Tristram again

STREET Theatre’s summer tour of An Evening of Com­edy gets off to a flying start at Long Sutton on Friday 14th June, with a SOLD OUT board in front of the Village Hall. The programme begins with a collection of five monolog­ues, and the second half is  David Tristram’s Last Tango in Little Grimley. The…

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APS summer dash through Shakespeare

THE versatile Amateur Players of Sherborne have chosen one of the cleverest and funniest plays of recent years for their summer show, on stage from 20th June. The Reduced Shakespeare Company quicky established a name as the “other” RSC when they launched their Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1987….

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Restoration for the Commandery Players

THE Tisbury-based Commandery Players have chosen Sir John Vanbrugh’s Restoration comedy  The Relapse for their 2019 production in The Commandery at Ansty, on from 13th to 15th June at 7.30. This riotous comedy is as popular today as when it first delighted audiences. Written in Vanbrugh’s characteristic exuberant and witty style, it features a collection…

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Studio Theatre celebrates work in progress

SALISBURY’s Studio Theatre had three sell-out evenings in June, celebrating success in two regional drama competitions and the remarkable progress on the extension to the theatre in Ashley Road. Members, supportters and friends toured the backstage area and had a preview of the new building. Work on the extension began in March 2018, when the…

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Fireside fantasy

THE final Fireside Theatre reading of the 2018/19 season is on Wednesday 5th June at the home of Daphne and John Fairburn in Verwood. The play is Alen Cullen’s Niccolo and Nicollette, also known as The Puppet Prince. Described as “an ordinary fantasy”, it revolves around Seamus O’Shaughnessy, a lovable old patent-medicine peddler. While visiting…

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Sound of Music with added fun

IF one of your favourite things is to sing along to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tyrolean triumph The Sound of Music, Bourne­mouth Musical Theatre has the show for you at Christchurch, until 1st June. The company’s a new production of the show at the Regent Centre started on Wednesday, and at the Friday night and Saturday…

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