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Dawn French: Thirty Million Minutes

THIS one-woman show, Dawn French’s first ever solo tour, feels rather more like a couple of hours spent in the company of a close friend, chatting about days past, than anything else. I’m sure the lady sitting in the row behind me had that feeling, since she spent most of the evening verbally responding with comments of her own – no doubt to the amusement of her friends but certainly not to the rest of us near her. 

The Ladykillers

I confess to never having seen the original 1955 film on which this play is based, but as I understand that Graham Linehan’s adaptation, although following the original story, veers towards the farcical and slapstick, perhaps that doesn’t matter very much.

Educating Rita

IT is always the curse of the critic to see the first performance of any show, with all the inevitable glitches, stumbles and hesitance.  Most theatrical performances develop throughout the week and are fully honed by the final Saturday – much to the horror of the Director, who has to watch their creation blossom, often away from their original intention.  Broadstone Players’ Educating Rita is a case in point.  I did enjoy the performance as a pleasant play by an amateur company, but Educating Rita is so much more than that.  It is a play full of passion, humour and pathos, but none of these were present last night.  The audience, to be fair, did find the obvious things funny (the joke about amateur performances got the biggest laugh of the evening), but the subtle nuances were entirely lost to them and I doubt very much that any understood the use of the door (that was hard to open) as a metaphor.  So do I comment on what I saw, or do I assume that this Two-Hander will develop over the next few days and be all that it should be?


Freelance Drama Facilitator Needed

A Freelance Drama Facilitator is needed in the Dorset area by Say So Drama, and the closing date for applications is at 5pm on Saturday November 28.

Salary:£20per hour

Say So Drama run fun and engaging drama workshops, on a weekly basis, for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. We are looking for someone who is passionate about teaching drama and who can support and encourage group members to express their creativity.

Applicants should send their C.V and outline any relevant experience via email to emma@say-so.org.uk

Carols For The People At Regent Centre

The Senior Band of the Salvation Army (Winton) will headline the annual Celebrating Christmas - Carols for the People concert at the Regent Centre in Christchurch on Friday 5 December at 7.00pm.

New Adventures' Edward Scissorhands At Mayflower Theatre

New Adventures, Martin McCallum and Marc Platt are delighted to announce full casting for the forthcoming production of EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne playing at Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 3 to Saturday 7 March 2015.

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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.