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WELCOME to Scene One, your guide to what’s happening on the theatre scene in Bournemouth, the surrounding area and further afield.
Here you will find news of productions at mainstream theatres plus reviews of local shows and links to theatre groups, education, training and more. You can also read and download Scene One magazine, which focuses mainly on local amateur and small-scale professional theatre and contains a what’s on listing, previews, news, quizzes and competitions.
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Reviews

Buccaneers

I was way out of my usual comfort zone with this production, which was a period sitcom pilot about pirates – try saying that after a pint or several – rather than my usual theatre fare. Incidentally, Gilbert and Sullivan wrote an entire opera based on the fact that a hard-of-hearing nursemaid mistook the word ‘pilot’ for ‘pirate’, but I digress.

That'll Be The Day

CELEBRATING its 29th year, That’ll Be the Day has returned for its 18th consecutive year to Bournemouth. Widely popular with the locals and holiday makers, this eccentric show reminisces on some of the classic hits from the 50s to the 80s.

My Boy Jack

CHARGED with finding a suitable play to celebrate the centenary of St John’s Church, director Peter Ansell looked at, and dismissed, a number of historical religious plays before alighting on one that linked the centenary with the commemoration of the start of WW1.

News

Copacabana In Bournemouth This Autumn

Barry Manilow’s hit musical, Copacabana will return to the UK and tour in a new production this Autumn, playing at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre from Monday 27 October to Saturday 1 November 2014. The musical, written by Manilow and his longtime collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, has not been seen in the UK for ten years.

They're On The Piste In Poole

On The Piste, by BAFTA award-winning playwright John Godber comes to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts from Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 September.

Produced by the John Godber Company and Theatre Royal, Wakefield, On The Piste has a strong cast of five including Roxanne Pallet (Emmerdale), Samantha Seager (Coronation Street), Tom Rooke, Peter Macmillan and Matthew Stathers.

The story follows life on a ski slope in Chamonix from the point of view of various characters, including the ski novices and ski instructors Tony, Isobel, Michelle and Marie.

Lighthouse Welcomes Not About Heroes

The unforgettable story of two of the finest ‘Great War’ poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, comes to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts from 16-18 September in Stephen MacDonald’s acclaimed play Not About Heroes.

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Auditions

Leading Lights Sought In Southsea

The Kings Youth Theatre’s newest flagship drama group, the “Leading Lights” is on the hunt for new members to join its ranks.  The group is looking for participants that demonstrate an impressive capability for the arts, an exceptional level of discipline and those that are willing to make an ongoing commitment to the youth theatre.

Robin Hood

It's that time of year again -  panto audition time!! (Oh yes it is!).

Highcliffe Charity Players’ 2015 pantomime is Robin Hood, which is being performed at The Regent Centre in Christchurch from 17-24 January..

The read-through is on16 September at St Marks Church Hall in Highcliffe at 7.30pm, with auditions on 28 September at the same venue from 1-5pm.

The New Milton Christmas Concert Party

HOPe Charity ( Helping older people New Forest) is looking for mature performers to take part in a show to be held at New Milton  Memorial Hall on 28th November.

The New Milton Christmas Concert Party will star the famous group 'The Zimmers'.