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Somerset County Drama Festival

ILMINSTER’S Warehouse Theatre hosts the 2017 Somerset Fellowship of Drama county drama festival on Saturday 25th May, with two sessions starting at 1pm and 6pm. The afternoon is given over to three new plays, performed by Teignmouth Players, Weston super Mare Echoes, and Taunton Thespians. The later session has plays from Taunton Thespians and two…

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Friel classic at Strode Theatre

STREET Theatre, the award-winning amateur company based at Strode Theatre in Street, has chosen Brian Friel’s poignant autobiographical play Dancing at Lughnasa for its spring production, on stage from 23rd to 25th March. The company has been bringing high-quality drama to the Strode stage for more than 20 years, the wide variety of its productions…

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New Bennett play at the Tiv

THE talented and enterprising Churchill Productions have chosen Alan Bennett’s play People for the spring production, on stage at the Tivoli in Wimborne from 23rd to 25th March, nightly at 7.30 with a 2.30 Saturday matinee. The action is set in the decaying stately home of impoverished aristocrat Dorothy Stacpoole, one of the many caught…

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Three David Beach awards for Milborne Port Opera

MILBORNE Port Opera members had a successful evening at the David Beach Awards for musical theatre in Somerset, winning three of the five awards for which they were nominated. A total of 33 musical theatre companies across Somerset competed in the hotly-contested annual competition, organised by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama. The awards were announced…

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On the home front in Wimborne

A FILM and performance at Wimborne’s Royal British Legion on Friday 17th March looks at life in Dorset on the home front in World War One, through the eyes of five women. Tommy’s Sisters, set in 1916, tells the moving story of life on the home front through the experiences of four very different women…

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My Country – a play for Brexit Britain

SALISBURY residents were among people around the country whose thoughts and opinions about Britain and the European referendum were collected for a new play which is on at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank until 22nd March. In the months after the referendum, Salisbury Playhouse was one of eight theatres across the UK invited…

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Passion in retrospect at the Swan

KAY Mellor’s play A Passionate Woman is the next on stage at Yeovil’s Swan Theatre from Monday 13th to Saturday 18th March. The play, by Band of Gold writer Mellor,  was first performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 1995, and Swan director Beryl Snadden saw it when Churchill Productions staged it at Spetisbury in…

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Festival entries from Studio Theatre

SALISBURY’S award-winning Studio Theatre will be entering two plays in this year’s one-act play festivals, and their first competitive appearance will be at Totton in March. Before then, local audiences at the Ashley Road base can see the pairing, Great War/Cold War, on Friday and Saturday 10th and 11th March at 7.30pm. Peter Pan author…

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Friel classic on ImpAct tour

DANCING at Lughnasa, Brian Friel’s partially autobiographical play, has been chosen by ImpAct Theatre for its Spring tour. This play is loosely based on the lives of the writer’s mother and aunts, who lived  on the west coast of Donegal. It starts in early August, around the Celtic festival of Lughnasadh, in the summer days…

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