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Last Tango in Sidmouth

THE spring production by Sidmouth Amateur Dramatic Society will be Last Tango in Whitby, running from 10th to 14th May at 7.45pm at Sidmouth’s Manor Pavilion theatre. The play is the first production in the society’s centenary year. The 1990 play is by Mike Harding, the multi-talented author, comedian, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and broadcaster. Last Tango…

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Murderous fun with the Farndales

TISBURY Arts Group had such a success last autumn with their sold-out production of Murder at Checkmate Manor that they have brought it back for a short tour, continuing on Friday 29th at Dinton village hall and Saturday 30th April at Warminster’s Atheneum centre. The Agatha Christie spoof comedy thriller will be at each venue…

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Lehar classic welcomes MPO back

AFTER a two-year pandemic hiatus, Milborne Port Opera is back on stage at the village hall from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd July, performing Franz Lehar’s ever-popular confection The Merry Widow. The operetta, set in Paris,  is the story of the young, beautiful and recently widowed Hanna Glavari, whose Pontevedroan banker husband has left her…

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Flash, bang … Kipps for Sidmouth

THIS year marks the centenary of Sidmouth Musical Theatre – originally Sidmouth Arts Club Operatic Society. The anniversary celebrations begin with the spring production of Kipps, the new version of the Tommy Steele classic, Half A Sixpence, at Sidmouth Manor Pavilion, on Saturday 16th April, and Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd. The company was formed…

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Duet for One from ImpAct

THE Dorset-based ImpAct theatre company has chosen Tom Kempinski’s award-winning two hander Duet for One for its Spring production, performed at Ferndown on 6th and 7th, and Bournemouth on 12th and 13th April. Director Patricia Richardson and her cast, Matthew Ellison and Rosie Hodgkinson, have battled with Covid and all the problems it has thrown…

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One act plays at The Spire

POOLE’s P&P theatre company is putting on one-act plays for the spring, at The Spire in Poole High Street, from Thursday 31st March to Saturday 2nd April at 7.30pm. The first play is The Last Group, by Alison Gilmour, directed by Clare I’Anson. A new member of an art therapy group turns out to be…

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Music for Ukraine at Yeovil

THERE are two fund-raising concerts at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre and Westlands Entertainment Venue, on 1st and 22nd April, to show solidarity and support towards the humanitarian and emergency response work in Ukraine and neighbouring countries affected by the refugee crisis. Both events will be raising funds for School in a Bag’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal and…

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The siren call of the sea

JACK Rattenbury was a famous smuggler along the Jurassic coast of Dorset and Devon. He went to sea at the age of nine, and a few years before he died at the age of 65 recounted his life in Memoirs of a Smuggler, written with the help of a Unitarian minister – perhaps he repented…

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Dorchester Drama sets a trap

DORCHESTER Drama goes on tour for the first time with the next production, the psychological thriller Trap For A Lonely Man. The play will be performed in three village halls, at Moreton, Broadmayne and Martinstown,  from 1st to 9th April. Written by the French playwright Robert Thomas in 1963, the play is a tense thriller,…

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Ruth Ellis’s story at Salisbury

THE  next play at Salisbury’s Studio Theatre is The Thrill of Love, the story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Amanda Whittington’s 2013 play is set in 1955, as Ruth works, and plays, hard in London’s Soho nightclubs. She longs for the lifestyle of a movie star, and when she…

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