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Personal Triumph

IT was some time ago that I was asked to cover this show, so I duly wrote it down in my diary and forgot all about it until a few days ago. I’d assumed it was a play of some sort so I was slightly disconcerted to realise it was an evening of stand-up comedy, which generally is really not my thing. But there are exceptions to every rule and this evening had me laughing out loud from beginning to end and rather wishing it hadn’t had to end at all.

Blue Stockings

Once again, this production is a collaborative production from the AUB BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design & BA (Hons) Make Up for Media and Performance courses. And once again this creative student collective gave us a fine dramatic evening at the Theatre. 


For anyone who has ever had the nerve-wracking experience of meeting your partner’s parents for the first time, Alan Ayckbourn’s 2001 farce RolePlay provides ample evidence that - however bad you think that process might be - there are many, many other things that can happen unexpectedly or go spectacularly wrong. For instance, it is not often that a couple would fight over a missing desert fork, or have a gangster’s scantily-clad paramour fall onto their balcony while trying to escape confinement from a flat above. More common perhaps is for one set of parents to be howling homophobes or racists (or in this case both), for one half of the couple to worry excessively about whether their choice of partner meets their parents’ expectations, or have the stress of the situation drive another parent to drink (to excess) to the point of offending their child’s intended (and family).


Go West, Nik Kershaw & T'Pau At Pavilion In November

Three critically acclaimed stars of the 80s come together for a major UK Tour. Together with very special guest T’Pau, Go West and Nik Kershaw will be performing together in concert for one night only at Bournemouth Pavilion on Saturday 7 November.

Show Of Hands At Behind The Castle Festival

After a solo appearance last year, Show of Hands’ singer songwriter Steve Knightley is looking forward to returning to the Behind the Castle music festival in Sherborne with the full band and has been speaking of his special fondness for Dorset.

Mary Poppins Is On Her Way To Southampton!

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce that their multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland, and play at Mayflower Theatre from WEDNESDAY 25 MAY – SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2016. Casting to be announced soon.


The Railway Children

The Railway Children... Are coming to Fordingbridge.

The Fordingbridge Players have been promising themselves for years to put on a production of The Railway Children and finally it's happening.  This is the play adaptation of the story of a London family who are forced to move to Yorkshire when their Father is inexplicably taken away from them.  It is a heart-warming tale, and indeed provides all sorts of opportunities to explore new ways of staging such a play.

Breaking The Code

ImpAct Theatre have much pleasure in announcing that the play chosen for their Spring Tour - March 2016 will be Breaking the Code by Hugh White more, directed by Patricia Richardson..

The play is based on the book 'Alan Turing: The Enigma', by Andrew Hodges

This award winning drama, first performed in 1986 with Derek Jacobi in the lead role, is the story of mathematician Alan Turing who played a major role in winning World War II: he broke the complex German code called Enigma, enabling allied forces to foresee German manoeuvres.

When We Are Married

LYNDHURST Drama and Musical Society will shortly be auditioning for When We Are Married by JB Priestley, directed by Jenny Green.

CASTING MEETING:  Wesdnesday 29 April,7.30 pm, Vernon Theatre, Lyndhurst.

PERFORMANCE DATES: Thurs/Fri/Sat 23/24/25 July, same venue