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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New musical of Moonfleet at heart of Salisbury programme

SALISBURY Playhouse will be staging a new musical version of J Meade Falkner’s adventure story Moonfleet, from 19th April to 5th May. It will be directed by Gareth Machin, the theatre’s artistic director, who also wrote the book and lyrics. The composer is Russell Hepplewhite. Wiltshire-born Falkner set his smuggling adventures in Dorset, where he…

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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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Yeovil entertainment from Octagon to Westlands

WITH two venues now under his direction, Adam Burgan can provide entertainment for a large number fans from Yeovil and the surrounding towns and villages, and that’s what he plans for the first four months of 2018. The opening of Westlands has meant that big musical, comedy and cinematic events can run alongside plays and smaller…

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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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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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