Season Previews

Arts reaches across Dorset for the Spring

ARTSREACH has an exciting programme of music, theatre and dance ahead for Dorset’s rural residents in the next three months. The music programme starts with folk couple Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, visiting Drimpton, Marnhull, Briantspuddle and Studland between 11th and 14th January. UK-based Balkan band Paprika comes to Powerstock, Langton Matravers and Tarrant Gunville…

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Forty years of entertaining at Poole

2018 is a big year for Poole’s Lighthouse, celebrating 40 years since it opened in the town as Poole Arts Centre. Chief executive Elspeth McBain and her team have planned a series of special events to run alongside a packed programme in the theatre, concert hall, studio, gallery, studio and other spaces in what is…

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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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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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