A folk ode to Dorset’s quarrymen

THE Mowlem Theatre at Swanage, close to some of Purbeck’s ancient quarries, was the setting for a film and recording of a new song, Drop The Hammer, described as a “captivating ode to quarrying in Dorset,” written and performed by the West Country folk and shanty band, The Longest Johns. The song was commissioned by…

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Cathedral’s Burne-Jones window removed for restoration

SALISURY Cathedral’s skilled team of glaziers and glass conservators have removed a 145-year-old Pre-Raphaelite stained glass window by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and designer and craftsman William Morris for a restoration programme expected to take about two years. The window features two huge figurative designs – Angeli Ministrantes (Angels Ministering) and Angeli Laudantes (Angels Praising) by…

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When the women fight the rich man’s game

DOLLY Parton’s hit song 9 to 5 was not only the theme song for the box office hit film, it also provided the big number for 9 to 5 The Musical, which is the winter 2024 choice for Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society at the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 27th February to Saturday 2nd…

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And Then There Were None, Theatre Royal Bath and touring

ALTHOUGH Agatha Christie’s 1939 novel was highly successful, with more than 100 million copies sold, she considered the ending to be a little too dark for theatre-goers to accept, and so changed it to the less bleak one most of us know, and was used in Rene Clair’s atmospheric film version in 1945. Director Lucy…

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One Last Push, Salisbury Playhouse

ARE you a devoted Call the Midwife fan? If so, you’ll know all there is to know about bringing babies into the world in the 1960s, and you’ll know how Dr Turner’s wife Shelagh started her life in Poplar as Sister Bernadette, and is now an experienced midwife in the team. So if you were…

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Beaton – out from behind the camera

FOR decades during the 20th century, Cecil Beaton chronicled the lives and fashions of the world’s most beautiful and famous people. He also kept diaries and these extraordinary documents provide the content for actor Richard Stirling who brings his acclaimed one-man show to Dorchester Corn Exchange on Thursday 22nd February. It is a peep behind…

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Wordless delight with The Farmer and The Clown

A MUCH-loved story told without words has been adapted for the stage as a show for all the family by Bristol-based Flibbertigibbet Theatre and comes to Bridport Arts Centre as part of a spring tour, on Friday, 23rd February at 5pm. An old hard-working farmer lives alone. One day, a baby clown accidentally bounces off…

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Ten strangers on an island …

ONE of Agatha Christie’s most famous thrillers, And Then There Were None, comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th February in a new production, directed by Lucy Bailey, with a cast headed by David Yelland, Bob Barrett and Andrew Lancel. Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast…

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Taking tea with William Barnes

A CELEBRATION of the Dorset dialect poet, linguist and polymath William Barnes has become an annual fixture in the calendar of Dorset’s rural touring arts charity Artsreach and the Ridgeway Singers and Band. This year the event, Tea with William Barnes, will be at The Exchange at Sturminster Newton on Sunday 25th February at 3pm,…

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Festival will inspire Curious Minds

A NEW arts festival for Bath in March kicks off the region’s arts festival calendar. Curious Minds will champion the importance of curiosity for all, with more than 30 book talks, live performances, film screenings, writing workshops and walking tours. Described as “a festival to ignite ideas,” Curious Minds, curated by Bath Arts Collective Community…

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