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Flea the Pandemic, Dorset 1348

THE Covid-19 pandemic has inevitably revived interest in earlier mass infections – the Spanish flu of 100 years ago and the infamous Black Death of the mid 14th- century. Sturminster Newton’s Taboo Theatre Company, working with playwright Sue Ashby, brings the story of this plague that killed untold millions across Europe to the stage of …

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New rules scupper Love and Laughter

SHAKESPEARE Live, a company of talented and adventurous amateur actors, will no longer be able to perform Of Love and Laughter  (a Covid compliant compilation of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays) at the Merlin Theatre in Frome on Saturday 26th September. Following the new regulations for amateur theatre, announced this week, the Merlin is unable to host…

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Tales of the river POSTPONED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED IN LINE WITH THE MOST RECENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS WHAT does the river mean to you?  A place to walk, fish, boat, swim, think? To celebrate World Rivers Day 2020, on 27th September, Wimborne Community Theatre (WCT) would like to hear your memories or thoughts about living near the rivers Stour…

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Take the Wimborne river trail POSTPONED

POSTPONED DUE TO LATEST COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS WIMBORNE Community Theatre is holding another Wimborne Town Trail on Sunday, 4th October exploring an area of the river Stour, which will be the focus for WCT’s next production.    You may think you know Wimborne but WCT’s cryptic clues will test your knowledge. The sociable and fun trail…

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Waiting for Godot in the garden

AMATEUR Players of Sherborne were due to perform Samuel Beckett’s most famous play, Waiting For Godot in April … and they have been waiting ever since lockdown started. But the wait is over – the company is putting the play on in the open air with two al fresco performances, at 2.30pm on Saturday 5th…

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Rose Bowls in 2020

Gerry Parker offers some hope for those involved in amateur theatre and musicals THE Rose Bowl Awards for Amateur Theatre – there are 21 different categories ranging from Best Musical, Drama and Youth Produc­tion, Acting Awards, Adult and Youth, Technical and Best Publicity Awards – find themselves, rather like football’s Premier League, half way through…

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MPO double win at Somerset Drama Awards

MILBORNE Port Opera took two awards at Somerset Fellowship of Drama’s David Beach Awards for musical theatre at Taunton. The group was nominated for a total of five awards for the 2019 production of Anything Goes. The two categories MPO won were best made set and best male support actor. The set award was for…

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Dorchester community play postponed

DORCHESTER Community Play Association  has announced that its seventh community play, Spinning the Moon, has been postponed until Easter 2021 in the light of the Coronavirus situation. The company was gearing up for the performances of Spinning the Moon at Thomas Hardye School in April. Rehearsals were under way with a cast of 150 enthusiastic…

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Williams’ classic at the Swan

This production has been postponed   THE March production at Yeovil’s Swan Theatre, from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st March, is Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall. The director is Richard Jones. Dan is a charismatic young stranger who quickly charms his way into the household of elderly spinster Mrs Bram­son. He first seduces her maid…

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YAOS takes to the mountains

YEOVIL Amateur Operatic Society has chosen Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic The Sound of Music for its first 2020 production, on stage at the Octagon from Wednesday 11th to Saturday 21st March. The story of Maria, the most unsuitable nun, and her new job looking after the seven children of the widowed Capt von Trapp, is…

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