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Anne Waggott

The Sorcerer

The Sorcerer

  The satirical plot of The Sorcerer revolves around the English obsession with class. Alexis, betrothed to Aline, decides to test his idea that it is not just couples of equivalent rank would should marry, by hiring a sorcerer to create a love potion. This potion causes everyone who drinks it to fall asleep, and on waking, fall in love with the first person they see. This device (also used by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) ensures chaos and comedy ensues with various unlikely fledgling romances, including Aline falling in love with the village vicar. This large-scale production, which
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The Railway Children

The Railway Children

  “Daddy!! Oh, my Daddy!” Bishopstoke Players asked who can resist that timeless line? Not me, apparently! Since early childhood, I’ve been drawn back to the Golden Age of Steam Railways and three children who are uprooted from their comfortable London home to resettle with restricted circumstances in a rural location which incorporates a small yet bustling railway station. Whether reading the book, watching the film with my own Dad, or listening to the LP recording over and over, I was captivated by the story of how Mother supported her children whilst resiliently coming to terms with the absence of
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Plays ‘N’ Chips

Plays ‘N’ Chips

Until the virus-induced hiatus, which struck both professional and amateur theatre in 2020 and ’21, Broadstone’s Plays ‘n’ Chips was an annual event which mixed some beginning (or lapsed) players with some seasoned performers in a relaxed presentation of short, one act plays or sketches. The laudable objective was to nurture some new talent with decent parts in relatively short and easy pieces – usually comedies – without them having to serve an apprenticeship as ‘2nd Spear Carrier’ for two seasons before getting a speaking part. Some of those beginners from previous shows have gone on to become regular performers –
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Late Bus To Broadway

Late Bus To Broadway

  Encore! Theatre Productions are experienced at presenting Broadway Musical showcases, this time choosing numbers from West Side Story, Little Women, Bonnie And Clyde, IntoThe Woods, 9 to 5, A Chorus Line, Heathers and Something Rotten! This could have made for a challenging evening, but from the opening number it was obvious we were in good hands. The simple but effective staging, consisting of two raised platforms upstage right and left, provided the opportunity for the company to exploit different levels. This meant that the audience got to see the faces of the fourteen strong cast, but also allowed the
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The Sorcerer

The Sorcerer

  Christchurch Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents The Sorcerer By W S Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan Directed by Sarah Oliver; Musical Director Ieuan Davies   Christchurch G&S Society are at last delighted to be able to present The Sorcerer. A show full of humour with plenty of visual impact from the inspired costumes to the special effects. With Sarah Oliver as Director and Ieuan Davies as Musical Director you can be assured of an evening’s dramatic and musical entertainment. A sorcerer who fills a communal teapot full of love potion at a wedding banquet, what could possibly go wrong…? Come
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Woodes Rogers And The End Of The Golden Age of Piracy

Woodes Rogers And The End Of The Golden Age of Piracy

  An enjoyable day of events and activities was facilitated by Poole Rotary in conjunction with The Lighthouse, Poole on Saturday 3 September 2022. Called Maritime Perspectives, the line-up provided insights into Poole’s seafaring past – especially the story of Woodes Rogers, who was born in Poole in 1679 and went on to become a national hero and best-selling author in his time, as well as the ‘Captain General and Governor in Chief’ of The Bahamas. Included in his exploits was the rescue of the desert island castaway Alexander Selkirk, who inspired Daniel Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe! In fact,
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