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Silent screen stars head for Shaftesbury

THE summer production at Shaf­tesbury Arts Centre will be Mack and Mabel, on stage at the Bell Street theatre from 11th to 21st July. The musical is based on the true story of the love affair between comedy silent film maker Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, who he discovered and transformed into a famous star….

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New Hardy Players revive The Trumpet Major

THE 2018 New Hardy Players tour, starting at Max Gate, Dorchester, on Friday 29th June, will be Thomas Hardy’s romantic drama The Trumpet Major, in the 1908 script written by Alfred Evans, in collaboration with Hardy, who also wrote lines specially for the script. Tim says: “It’s a pretty free adaptation, and certainly comes out…

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Coarse and Rough at Spetisbury

SPETISBURY Occasional Drama­tic Society, known as SODS, are rehearsing Rough Plays for Coarse Actors for performances on Friday and Saturday 29th and 30th June. Michael Green and David Pearson wrote the “Three Rough Plays for Coarse Actors” by Michael Green and David Pearson (by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd), Spetisbury Village Hall, tickets  and…

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Nightmare at Milborne

THE Milborne Players summer show is Norman Robbins’s Night­mare, on stage on Friday and Saturday 29th and 30th June at Milborne St Andrew village hall, nightly at 7.30pm. For more information, telephone  01258 839085.

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Auditions from screen to stage

ILMINSTER Entertainments Soc­i­ety has chosen the stage version of A Bunch of Amateurs for the autumn show, and auditions continue on Tuesday 26th June at the Warehouse Theatre. The film, with its script by Ian Hislop and Nick Newton, is all about what happens when a fading Hollywood star decides to re-enliven his career with…

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New venue is a Dream for APS

AMATEUR Players of Sherborne make the formal move into their new theatre with a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd June, nightly at 7.45pm. The Sherborne Studio Theatre in Marston Road has been extensively renovated, and now provides a new rehearsal and performance space. A Midsummer Night’s Dream…

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Reimagining Mary Shelley

SISATA, the Dorset-based theatre company, is touring a new pro­­d­uction of Frankenstein, stopping at Poole Lighthouse Sherling Studio  on Friday 15th June, at 8pm. The show is described as a radical reimagining of Mary Shelley’s clasic, set in a dystopian future. The human race is slowly becoming extinct. Desperate to save humanity, Angel [a revolutionary…

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A performance walk in a wood

WIMBORNE’S always inventive community theatre group State of Play is heading for the woods with an innovative performance walk in a small wood at BytheWay, Colehill. The site-specific production, from 15th to 17th June, celebrates East Dorset’s first SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space). BytheWay – Sounds in a Common Wood is the result of…

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The Fireside in flaming June

THE Verwood-based Fireside Theatre has its summer meeting on Wednesday 6th June at 10 Sher­wood Drive, where members will read the Paul Haines’ fantasy, Dolly Mixtures. Set in Joanna’s playroom, the cast includes one girl and nine dolls.  She is studying Othello in her English Literature class, and when she’s not studying, she’s telling her…

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Beatnik life on Avenue Q

BEATNIK Theatre makes its big-stage debut at Yeovil Octagon from 6th to 9th June at 7.30. The amateur company was formed by Alan Ferguson and Will Poul­ton (pictured), former members of Yeovil Youth Theatre, both of whom have performed many times on various local stages including the Octagon. They have chosen Avenue Q, the hilarious…

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