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Round and Round the Garden

Round and Round the Garden is one of three plays in Alan Ayckbourn’s woven trilogy, ‘The Norman Conquests’. It centres around, unsurprisingly, a character called Norman and, well, his conquests – or rather, attempts at conquering three of the ladies in his life: his wife, her sister and her sister-in-law.

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity is a popular musical that has enjoyed successes in both London and New York, as well as the big screen. The show features music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields and includes show standards such as ‘Big Spender’, ‘If They Could See Me Now’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’.

The Memory of Water

This is Shelagh Stephenson's 1996 play about three dysfunctional sisters who gather for their mother's funeral, and find comedy in what should be a sombre time.

News and Previews

World War One in Wimborne

Wimborne Community Theatre has been awarded an Arts Council England grant to support the development of a new production about the First World War in Wimborne, which will take place in summer 2016.

Following two years of research and a pilot performance in 2013 in Wimborne’s Forest Garden, the group is preparing now to create a larger-scale immersive theatre experience, in which the audience will walk from venue to venue in the town centre, discovering scenes about the lives of Wimborne residents during the First World War.

A Christmas Carol

‘Oh, but he was a squeezing, wrenching, scraping, grasping kind of a Scrooge; a clutching, covetous old sinner...’

The Bishopstoke Players’ next production is A Christmas Carol at Bishopstoke Memorial Hall on 27-30 January. Using only Charles Dickens's extraordinary words, Neil Bartlett's adaptation is a bold theatrical re-imagining of a classic Christmas story. This stage version was adapted for the festive season of 2002-3, and played to full houses and critical acclaim at both the Lyric Hammersmith, London, and the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow.

Behind the scenes at the panto

Castle Players in Lytchett Matravers are looking for people to help out with stage management, prop building, lights and sound/music for their pantomime this year. Rehearsals start in October, and the show is on at the end of January/start of February. Anyone interested should drop a line to philmcmullen@mypostoffice.co.uk .


Bent and Dream

Arena Theatre announce two dates for auditions. Monday 5 October sees the read-through for the February 2016 production of Bent by Martin Sherman. Auditions will be the week after, on Monday 12 October. Both events start at 7.30 pm and will be held at Pokesdown Primary School. The subject matter of Bent – the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany – is highly charged and controversial but it is, as Nicholas de Jongh described it in The Guardian, ‘...a play of importance, power and pathos which should concern us all.

Breath of Spring

Bournemouth Little Theatre have announced the following dates for their production of Breath of Spring by Peter Coke, directed by Andrew Whyatt –
Read-through: Friday 13 November, 7.30 pm, at BLT
Auditions: Sunday 15 November, from 7 pm, at BLT
Dress rehearsal: Sunday 14 February, afternoon
Production: Monday 15-Saturday 20 February.
Cast of characters –
Nanette Parry: gaunt, enthusiastic, odd!
Lily Thomson (maid): cheery, down-to-earth, brusque, jail bird!

You shall go to the ball!

Lyndhurst Drama & Musical Society will be holding auditions for their 2016 pantomime, Cinderella, on Wednesday 30 September at 7.45 pm at Vernon Theatre, Sandy Lane, Lyndhurst, SO43 7DN. For further information please email Lyndhurst.drama@outlook.com. The show will be performed on 28-30 January and 5-6 February (including a matinee on the 6th).