Dance, comedy and more at Salisbury Arts Centre

A VARIED programme for spring and summer season at Salisbury Arts Centre includes a new musical highlighting Florence Nightingale’s links with Salisbury, contemporary dance performances, comedy, a one-man Bon Jovi musical and the launch of the Arts Centre’s Gin Club.

New for 2020 are Exhibitions on Screen, including a behind the scenes look at Lucian Freud’s self-portraits and the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Alongside Barney Norris’s new adaptation of Blood Wedding at Salisbury Playhouse, there will be a solo exhibition of work in which Cornwall-based artist Nicola Bealing responds to the original Lorca play. The British Museum recently acquired eight of Nicola’s works for its permanent collection. Three Acts and Seven Scenes runs from 27th January until 28th March.

Dance takes centre stage at the arts centre as James Wilton Dance presents The Storm, a whirlwind of athleticism that combines break-dancing, martial arts and contact work performed by seven dancers to a soundtrack of electro-rock (21st March), and Levantes Dance Theatre uses a combination of dance, theatre and circus to tell the story of 1970s one hit wonders Sandy and Bruno (23rd April).

The comedy programme ranges from Living Spit’s Swan Lake micro-ballet ever (24th-25th January), stand-up comedians Tom Stade (7th February), Joz Norris (22nd February), Jen Brister (12th March) and Flo & Joan (5th March). Regular Barnstormers comedy nights continue from 31st January.

Music at the arts centre includes one of the world’s most innovative percussion ensembles, Ensemble Bash (15th February) using the music of West Africa as an influence. Paul O’Donnell presents an almost entirely imagined Bon Jovi musical (28th March) – use your imagination to conjure the cast, orchestra, scenery and dramatic key changes!

The Buster Keaton Picture Show sees acclaimed instrumental group Haiku Salut perform an original live score to Keaton’s 1926 comedy The General (3rd April). Singer songwriter Louise Jordan brings her show Florence to the Arts Centre, shining a light on the Lady of the Lamp and her Salisbury connections in the 200th year of her birth (1st May).

July sees the first Gin Club at Salisbury Arts Centre with four gins, tonics and garnishes to sample while learning about their ingredients.

There is a full programme of films throughout the season including Wednesday matinees and Wednesday evening screenings of classics and family favourites plus regular live screenings. The arts centre continues its busy programme of workshops from pottery to stand-up comedy and art classes. The centre is open six days a week. For the full programme, visit www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk.

Pictured: Storm, by James Wilton Dance; comedian Tom Stade.