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Zoom mystery on the Frome train

WHEN John Palmer and Al Brunker from Frome Drama had the idea of Terminus, back in 2013, it was as a “talking heads” stage play that went on to be performed in nearby Holt at the start of its progress to the NODA Best Original Production and Best Drama awards. The restrictions of Coronavirus lockdown…

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Lighthouse support for young performers

POOLE’s Lighthouse centre for the arts has paused its programme of live performances and closed the building in line with the new national lockdown rules but behind the scenes the team is now working on a number of projects, including online workshops for young people. Having successfully applied to become a National Youth Theatre Auditions…

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Flea the Pandemic, back to 2021

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, will bring the story of this plague that killed untold millions across Europe to the stage…

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Community play postponed

THE continuing pandemic and Covid restrictions have forced Dorchester Community Play Association to postpone the next play, Spinning the Moon, until it is safe to continue with rehearsals and performances. The play, which has a cast and crew of almost 200 people, was due to be performed at Thomas Hardye School in April this year,…

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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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