The Arts Section

A Child of Science, Bristol Old Vic

GARETH Farr’s new play, A Child of Science, is clearly a heartfelt project for the writer and director – and by the end it has hauled on the heartstrings of everyone in the audience. It’s the true story of the development of In Vitro Fertilisation and the years of obstacles that the three pioneers, Patrick…

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Tolpuddle martyrs in the dock

DORSET’S New Hardy Players take a break from Thomas Hardy stories this year to bring to life – and new audiences – the true Dorset story of the men whose courage and sacrifice were the most important factors in the development of the English Trade Union movement. Six Men of Dorset will be performed in…

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Midsummer dreams at Lyme

THE 2024 Lyme Regis community play will be A Midsummer Lyme’s Dream, a local reimagining of the favourite Shakespearean comedy, at the Marine Theatre from 12th to 15th June. Locally based actor and writer Andrew Rattenbury, who has written the community plays for several years, has created an irreverent, modern-day blast through this enchanting comedy,…

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An artist rooted in nature

PAINTER Julie Herring attributes her love of nature and its importance in her work to her parents. Her new exhibition, Rooted in Nature, at the Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston Country Park, Swanage, from 12th to 27th June, is dedicated to them. She says: “My work in this exhibition is dedicated to my late parents….

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Earth Photo exhibition at Stourhead

THE National Trust’s Stourhead near Mere is hosting the Royal Geographical Society, Earth Photo 2024 exhibition, from 24th June to 9th September. Earth Photo is an annual, international open-call exhibition and awards programme for images and films that tell stories about our planet. Co-Directed by the Royal Geographical Society), Forestry England and Parker Harris, the…

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Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire … Bridport

THE shipping forecast celebrates its centenary this year, and Charlie Connelly, author of the best-selling book, Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast, performs his hilarious and fascinating history of this important maritime service at Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 22nd June. The shipping forecast started out as (and remains) an essential service…

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Making mischief with magic

THE team who brought you The Play That Goes Wrong, and many more, turned their mischievous attention to magic, and the result is Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle, which comes to Bath Theatre Royal from Tuesday 11th to Sunday 16th June, direct from the West End, with a cast led by Henry Lewis…

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You are invited to the ball …

TURN the clock in your head back to the time of Jane Austen and imagine you have been invited to a ball at Bath’s most fashionable venue, the Assembly Rooms. Then move forwards in time and here it is – an invitation to a ‘Fancy Ball’ on Saturday 15th June, from 6.30pm, at the elegant…

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Hardy novel opera premiere for Dorset Opera’s golden jubilee

DORSET Opera celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, with performances of one of the world’s best-loved operas and the premiere of an opera adapted from a favourite Thomas Hardy, with its roots firmly in Dorset. There will be seven performances of the two works at Bryanston School’s Coade Hall, Blandford Forum, from 22nd to 27th…

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