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Gaslight still burns bright

Gaslight still burns bright

The play that coined the term ‘gaslighting’ – a form of emotional abuse that causes a victim to question their sanity – will be performed by Wimborne Drama Productions at the Tivoli Theatre from 21st to 23rd February. Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton, a classic Victorian thriller, is a powerful story of a young woman psychologically dominated by her husband. While Jack Manningham is out on the town each evening his wife Bella stays at home alone, believing she’s losing her mind. She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of the living
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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Bishopstoke Players present a traditional family pantomime next week with their production of Beauty and the Beast. “This enchanting tale of heroic adventure, true love, fun and frivolity is destined to be our most beautiful and beastly panto yet!” Will Annabelle ever find true love? Will Gaston ever marry Annabelle? Will the Twinkle twins catch up with Gaston? Will the Beast and his staff have their curse lifted before the daisy runs out of petals? And just who will clean up after the horse…? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Bishopstoke Memorial Hall from Wednesday 23rd
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And the winners are….

And the winners are….

Theatre 2000 presents award-winning singer and actress Louise King in ‘And The Winners Are…’ – a star-studded evening celebrating the winners or nominees in the ‘Best Musical’ category of the Tony Awards (Broadway’s equivalent of the Oscars) over the past seven decades. These include such enduring hits as Funny Girl, 1964 (which starred Barbra Streisand), Sunset Boulevard 1995 (Glenn Close) and Ragtime 1998 (the late Marin Mazzie). This demanding one woman show, performed for one night only at Bournemouth’s Shelley Theatre on Friday 26th October, will showcase a wide range of well-loved songs (from Cole Porter to Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers
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Chesil Theatre announces new season of productions

Chesil Theatre announces new season of productions

Rehearsals are already underway for the September production, For Services Rendered by Somerset Maugham. In the cosy England of 1932, the Ardsley family seems to be managing their lives well following the trauma of World War I and the Great Depression. Yet each of them struggles for survival in a world turned upside down. This brilliant commentary was originally considered defeatist, even subversive, but certainly still resonates today. Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith is a provocative drama that challenges notions of honour, and the belief that love will prevail. After 32 years of apparently happy and contented marriage one of the
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STORIES AND MEMORIES WANTED OF EAST DORSET SURIVIVORS OF WW1

STORIES AND MEMORIES WANTED OF EAST DORSET SURIVIVORS OF WW1

Colehill-based State of Play Arts and Wimborne’s Priest’s House Museum are looking for documentary material relating to soldiers, naval officers or aircraft personnel who left East Dorset to fight in World War One and returned home alive, possibly wounded. We are looking for handed-down memories and stories about how families dealt with the aftermath of the war. These may be told through artefacts – medals, photographs, diaries, newspaper articles, letters – as well as personal oral history testimonies. The resulting material may be used to form part of a new play written and performed by State of Play later this
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Remembered

Remembered

The very popular annual Milford on Sea Music and Arts Festival is almost upon us. Every year there is something different to look forward to and this year is no exception! Being the Centenary of the end of the First World War there is much going on in the country to reflect this. Therefore the Festival has chosen this as their theme and for the first time in its history there will be a theatrical production added for everyone’s enjoyment. The production ‘REMEMBERED’ takes place in the Community Centre for two nights only, namely 19/20 July at 7pm thus allowing
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