Prompt

A family torn apart by sudden death

‘Grief is love that has nowhere to go’ – Anon WHAT happens to a happy family when one member dies suddenly? This is the poignant and powerful theme of Sue Ashby’s new play, Sweet Sorrow, which will be staged by SNADS – Sturminster Newton Dramatic Society – at the Exchange on Friday and Saturday 21st…

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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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Not your usual whodunit

ERIC Chappell’s comedy thriller Theft is the next play on stage at Sherborne’s Studio Theatre. Amateur Players will be directed by Jessica Colson for this hilarious game of cat and mouse, from Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th June. In it, five very different people play a complicated game, and it’s up to you to find…

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Worth the waiting for

THE next Poole & Parkstone Productions show at Poole’s Lighthouse is Lionel Bart’s immortal musical Oliver!, on stage from 5th to 8th June. The remarkable show, which made its debut at the Wimbledon Theatre in 1960, not only brings Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist to vibrant life, but every single one of the songs is tuneful,…

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Is anybody there?

HELL, as writer Charles Condomine knows to his cost, hath no fury like a spirit woman scorned. You can find out more about how he copes when Yeovil’s Civic Players stage Noel Coward’s clairvoyant comedy Blithe Spirit at the Swan Theatre from 29th May to 1st June. One of the most famous comedies in British…

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50 years incarcerated at the Swan

CHARLOTTE Jones wrote her first play, Airswimming, in 1997, and went on to create works including the award-winning Humble Boy for theatre and many works for television. This first play gets its Yeovil debut on stage at the Swan Theatre from 13th to 18th May, in a production directed by Sarah Ambrose. Described as “a…

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Triple bill at Studio Theatre

SALISBURY’s Studio Theatre has a triple bill of comedy coming up on 10th and 11th May, including two festival award-winning one-act plays and an operatic skit. The performances start at 8pm. English for Pony Lovers, from the radio series Double Acts by John Finnemore, was the am-dram company’s entry to the Totton Festival of Drama…

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Dorchester remembers D-Day

THIS year may be the last major Second World War commemoration, with the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the beginning of the end of the war in Europe, as huge numbers of Allied troops gathered along the south and west coast of England, preparing to invade France and free Europe from the curse of…

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Amateur laughs at Frome

PLAYWRIGHTS Ian Hislop and Nick Newman took the script that they part-wrote for the Hollywood film A Bunch of Amateurs, starring Burt Reynolds, and turned it into a stage play, which has been chosen as the spring production for Frome Drama Club, at the Merlin Theatre from 25th to 27th April. The two hugely talented…

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