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White Christmas

WHEN Theatre 2000’s co-founder, Bertie Brown, died back in June it rocked the company to its core but everyone pulled together and decided to carry on with all planned productions in his memory. This, the first of those shows, couldn’t have been a better tribute to a man who had loved the theatre with every fibre of his being, and I know he would have been so proud of what the company has achieved with this outstanding production, in which Georgina Smith took on the director’s mantle.

Day Of Reckoning

PAM Valentine’s bittersweet comedy is set in a small community somewhere in rural England and revolves around that highlight of many groups’ summer activities, the annual fete, from first planning meeting to the actual event. Although I’d seen the play before and remembered the gist of it, thankfully it was long enough ago that the finer details had faded into the mists of time and I really had no idea of how it would all end.

Showtime Variations With Sarah-Louise Ellard and Friends

THIS group of friends consists of familiar faces from local theatre and show-time, so the members could all sing and move well and therefore it would be difficult to single out individuals. It was clearly a well-rehearsed team effort brought together by Sarah-Louise Ellard with assistance from Peter Ward and Elle Wolf. The show kicked off and closed with excellent excerpts from The Lion King, where the whole group was impressive in song and dance.


Relaxed Performances Make Lighthouse Christmas Shows Accessible For All

Christmas entertainment at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts has become accessible for all thanks to the introduction of ‘relaxed performances’ at the venue’s two big festive productions for families, Robin Hood and Hansel and Gretel.

During a relaxed performance the environment is specifically adapted for theatregoers with autistic spectrum conditions, those with sensory, communication or learning difficulties and anyone else who would benefit from a less formal environment.


The fifth in the current 2014 -15 Season of operas to be beamed live by satellite from the Metropolitan Opera in New York direct to the big screen at the Regent Centre in Christchurch, will be Wagner’s comic masterpiece, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.  This can be seen at the Regent on Saturday 13 December at 5pm.

DV8's John Live Screening From National Theatre To Regent Centre

The latest in the 2014 – 15 Season of Live Satellite broadcasts from the National Theatre, to the big screen at the Regent Centre in Christchurch will feature the internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre, who bring their powerful new production of John to the National Theatre in London.  John will be screened live from the NT at the Regent Centre on Tuesday 9 December at 8pm.

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The Merchant Of Venice

The Auditions for Bournemouth Shakespeare Players’ THE MERCHANT OF VENICE will be on 13th and 15th January 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hall, Corner of Archway Road and Bournemouth Road, Parkstone, Poole at 7.30p.m. All parts are available to audition and backstage help is also needed. Everyone is welcome to audition even if you have never done any Shakespeare before. You are asked to read the play before the audition, and to bring a copy with you.


Broadstone Players' next production is 'Educating Rita' which they are performing from 18th to 22nd November .

However they are already preparing for the following production! It will be Eric Chappell's comedy 'Father's Day'. You may remember the hit TV series 'Home to Roost' which starred John Thaw - it was based on 'Father's Day'.


Ferndown Drama will be reading Loot by Joe Orton on Monday 3rd November in the Studio at the Barrington Centre at 7.45pm. Auditions will then be on the 5th and 10th.  All welcome.  Production dates are 21st January to the 24th January 2015.