Season Previews

World cinema at Shaftesbury

THE 2017-18 season of films at Shaftesbury Arts Centre spans the globe, from Tasmania to Korea, the Somerset Levels to the corridors of NASA in Hidden Figures, the acclaimed American film which opens the programme on Friday 8th September. Starring Taraji P henson, Octavia spencer and Janelle Monae, Hidden Figures is the true story of…

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Frome Film Club autumn season

FROME’s Merlin Theatre is the venue for Frome Film Club, which launches its autumn season on Wednesday 13th September with the acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, with Casey Affleck, in a Best Actor Oscar-winning performance. After the death of his older brother, Lee (Affleck) is shocked to find he has been made sole guardian of…

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New season for Cinematheque

YEOVIL’s film society, Cinematheque, begins its new season on 13th September with the critically acclaimed science fiction drama Arrival. Beautiful and unusual, this film avoids most of the cliches of the scifi genre. It stars Amy Adams and explores themes of communication, love and loss. Gigantic alien spaceships land at 12 locations around the world….

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Something for everyone at the Octagon and Westlands

SOUTH Somerset’s Octagon Theatre and Westlands autumn programme can truly claim to have something for all tastes – from baroque to burlesque, Private Lives to pantomime. For music-lovers, the scope is as wide as you could wish – including tributes to rock royalty like Prince or Queen, classical treats with pianist Martin Roscoe, the BSO, Monteverdi and…

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Autumn with Artsreach

THE new Artsreach autumn programme has visits from more than 25 companies and individual performers, at venues across the county, from Cranborne to Wootton Fitzpaine. With the confirmation of Arts Council support until 2022, Artsreach is bringing more than 60 performances of live music, theatre, dance and family shows to village halls, churches and other…

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Music at St Giles 2017

ONE of Dorset’s greatest country houses will once again be the setting for a series of concerts this summer when the third Music at St Giles begins in May with a recital by the virtuoso pianist Sunwood Kim. The concerts are a partnership between Lord Shaftesbury, who is restoring his 17th century ancestral home, St…

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Shining a light on the arts

POOLE’s Lighthouse centre for the arts is the largest multi-disciplinary arts centre outside London – and this year will see major improvements to the centre, both for performers and audiences. The centre will close from the end of May to mid-October for the transformational work, and there will be pop-up venues during the closure –…

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