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Make way for Lucia

Make way for Lucia

This year Poole & Parkstone Productions celebrates its 100th anniversary, and what better way to start the celebrations than with the P&P Player’s lavish production of the comedy Make Way For Lucia. Based on the hilarious E.F Benson’s novels. Written in the 1920s and 30s, it brings the war for social supremacy between Lucia and Miss Mapp in the small coastal town of Tilling to the stage with all the wit, irony and gentle mocking humour of the original  novels. Up until now, Tilling’s doyenne has been Miss Mapp; Lucia is the supreme poseuse who peppers her speech with Italian
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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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