Isolational ideas

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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It fits! I won! … Somerset’s own Cinderella

IT’s January! It’s dark! It’s cold! Christmas is over and we’re all in tiers and even tears! We’re fed up! We’re bored! We want some fun! We want some laughs! WE WANT A PANTOMIME! Of course you do. It’s that time of year. It’s only natural! But the theatres are all closed. The seats are…

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Jon Monie celebrates pantomime

IF you weren’t lucky enough to get to one of the few Christmas shows and Covid-year pantos, you can still enjoy a celebration of this great British tradition courtesy of the wit and invention of Bath Theatre Royal’s favourite panto star, Jon Monie. Jon, long-time partner of the late great Chris Harris, playing the sidekick…

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Winter sunset

New Year light: a wintry late afternoon sun shines through frosty woods on the edge of Cranborne Chase. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful area.

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Laters, Nurse Nellie

YEOVIL”s Octagon Theatre had one of the country’s best original, Covid-secure, no-interval pantomimes, Nurse Nellie Saves Panto. But even the intrepid Nurse Nellie could not withstand the imposition of Tier 3 restrictions, so the remaining performances have had to be postponed. But all is not lost. There are plans to bring the hilarious show, about…

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The Arts Diary – live

As of 31st December, all the FTR’s core area is now in either Tier 4 or Tier 3, meaning the closure of all entertainment venues after performances on Wednesday 30th December. As there is no news as to when these measures may end, we assume all planned events are cancelled at least until the end…

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Ninebarrow band online gig

FANS of Dorset’s talented Ninebarrow folk duo were looking forward to a planned spring tour for the new Ninebarrow Band, but the coronavirus put a stop to it. Now they can enjoy the five-strong line-up online, playing a gig recorded live at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, at 7pm on Saturday 12th December. BBC Folk Award…

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Over the rainbow at the Somerset Museum

SOMERSET photographer Jason Bryant’s new exhibition of photographs from the lockdown should have been at the Museum of Somerset, but is available online instead. Reaching for Rainbows: the Lockdown Photography of Jason Bryant, on view at swheritage.org.uk, documents an extraordinary time in the history of Somerset. The collection of 60 images chronicles the experiences of…

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Iuventus String Quartet concert

MUSIC-lovers in Dorset and Somerset missed the annual Sherborne Abbey Music Festival, thanks to the pandemic, but there is good news for fans of the Iuventus String Quartet, who are giving a concert online on Monday 23rd November. Led by Ruth Rogers, from Shaftesbury, the Iuventus Quartet was formed in 2003 and has since excited…

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John Eliot Gardiner and Beethoven

LOVERS of the music of Beethoven were deprived of one of this year’s great events, when the pandemic and the resulting restrictions forced the cancellation of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Beethoven 250 symphony cycle. However, this week there is a treat with the Dorset-based conductor talking about Beethoven each day on BBC Radio 3’s Composer…

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