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Snow White on Ice

There is something quite hypnotising about ice skating. Indeed, I remember watching Torvill & Dean’s Bolero when I was younger and being transfixed by what I saw. Now I’d never have really thought of the Pavilion as an obvious place for an ice-skating performance and so it was with intrigue and trepidation I went along to watch the Russian Ice Stars “Snow White on Ice” tonight.


A sure way for a writer or artist to achieve a special place in history is to die young, preferably in dramatic circumstances. Joe Orton built a substantial reputation while he was alive, a reputation that was in no way diminished by his being bludgeoned to death by his homosexual lover at the age of 34. It is intriguing if fruitless to speculate on what he might have achieved had he lived (he would have been 82 now), because age has generally not improved the work he left behind.

The Pantomime Adventures of Robin Hood

When asked to go see and review this show, I thought to myself – “11:00 in the morning?  For a show?  Really?”  But, then I get there and I see why it A) works and B) is popular.


Basses Needed For Southbourne Choir

SOUTHBOURNE based choir Do You Hear The People Sing has several exciting projects coming up and is currently looking for new members, especially basses. The choir is rooted in modern musical theatre but also sings pop, funk and gospel.

Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at St Saviours Church, BH7 6RZ.

For further details please contact Nicole Dawson at nicolejjdawson@yahoo.co.uk or call her on 01202 418177/07811 953545

Director/Musical Director sought for 2016 production in Christchurch

MILTON Musical Society is planning a production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Regent Centre, Christchurch, in April 2016 and is currently seeking any directors/musical directors who might be interested in taking on the show. Please contact Chairman Ian Dupoy at idupoy@aol.com for more information.

Lighthouse Poole Welcomes Rick Wakeman

A Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Professor of the London College of Music, former YES keyboard player, Watchdog presenter and renowned Grumpy Old Man, Rick Wakeman has led a rich and varied life. In his one-man show, which comes to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts on Friday 13 February, he recounts hilarious and unlikely anecdotes from a career that has included musical collaborations with David Bowie, Cat Stevens and Elton John, as well as worldwide tours with YES and his own band The English Rock Ensemble, punctuated by displays of dazzling virtuosity on the piano.

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Brief Encounter

Read Through - Sunday 22nd February 2015 Auditions - Sunday 1st March 2015 (Acting and Singing)

Both events will take place at Pokesdown Primary School, Livingstone Road, Bournemouth.   BH5 2AS, starting at 7.30pm.

Mixed cast of 8/9 playing multiple roles.  Please prepare a song of your choice to perform.

Further information on https://www.facebook.com/arenatheatrebournemouth or email  info@arena-theatre.co.uk 

Absolutely no pre-casting and anyone who fancies giving it a go is most welcome.


Auditions to join Steam Heat Acapella Singers.

Steam Heat, the small, highly acclaimed Wimborne based acapella choir, is now able to offer auditions to anyone keen to take their singing skills to a higher level than is possible in larger community choirs. While all voice types would be welcomed, Steam Heat would particularly like to hear from sopranos.

Wimborne Musical Theatre looking for local talent for its summer show

Wimborne Musical Theatre will begin rehearsals for its next production ‘The King and I’ on Thursday 22nd January and are looking for local talent to join the cast. The show has a number of different roles in a variety of ages; also several parts for children (audition details to follow).