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In celebration of World Women's Day, Dorchester Arts Associate Amateur Theatre Group, Somerleigh Players, presents Ade Morris's funny and very touching play about female friendship. Local journalist Fran, PE teacher Penny, shy librarian Janet and feisty Annie form a writing group. Over the course of a few weeks, home truths are shared - along with a lot of tea and vodka. Inspired by Boadicea's courage, these women face their demons, overcome their enemies and move on as friends to a better future. If only all women had friends like these...
Broadcasts directly from the National Theatre, Royal Opera House and other famous theatres around the world onto a big screen. Broadcasts may be of live performances or "Encore" screenings of previous famous productions recorded "as live".
Live performance broadcast.
One of the Second World War's most fascinating stories is that of the Allied codebreakers, who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages by decrypting their ingenious ciphering machine, the Enigma. From the decrypts the Allies gained valuable information on troop and aircraft disposition, military intentions..shortening the war by about two years. This evening Dr Mark Baldwin will take you on a historical journey about the Enigma machine, the code-breaking work at Bletchley Park and U-Boats, together with a unique collection of slides which illustrate the main features of these important facets of the Second World War.
A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandal-inducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island re suspects, but are they alone and is this the first crime this idyllic island has witnessed?
Two actors play 25 characters in this brilliant staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series. Celebrating 50 years of Perry and Croft's quintessential sitcom, which won the 'Best One-Liner' accolade in a poll of comedians conducted earlier this year by Gold, with the immortal words "Don't tell him, Pike".
A silent girl finds her voice and her mother, when a mysterious East End antiques dealer teaches her how small actions lead to big effects and how to master the law of unintended consequences.
History teacher Layla McKinnon is preparing for her wedding to Andy in the school holidays when she discovers that there are a few things she needs to learn before heading down the aisle. There's something about their pasts that she finds unsettling; a threat to her friendships, her sense of identity and the wedding itself. As she pieces together her family tree, reminisces about the past and worries about the future, she tries to hold onto her best friend and her husband-to-be and find out who she is and where she fits in.
Written and performed by Phoebe McIntosh, this bold new solo show presents the mixed-race experience from a new perspective and asks if the difficulties of the past will always pose a threat to the future and if discovering your identity means picking a side.
Clown in the Moon, (the title of a poem written when Dylan Thomas was 14), is a portrait of the poet's chaotic, often hilarious and all too brief life. Located in a BBC studio, it sets some of Dylan's famous broadcasts and iconic works alongside vivid reminiscences of his clownish antics in pubs, bars and parties and his encounters with a host of eccentric and volatile women.
Be enthralled by this epic musical folktale told on a miniature scale. A Heart at Sea uses haunting live music to tell the story of a young Boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Original song-writing is set to breath-taking visuals centred around a beautifully carved wooden chest that holds the secrets to the story. Intricate puppets are swept through a transforming wooden world created by the spectacular chest. Be astounded as backdrops flip up, pirouette and change, sending the Boy tumbling through danger and discovery. Puppets roam on this unique contraption to recount the story of whales, tiny boats, sea captains and beards. The original songs, composed by Avi Simmons, knit together the atmospheric tale through live vocals, instruments and a loop station. The music sweeps through echoing soundscapes to create a visceral, heart-warming experience. Join our hero as he embarks on a wild, nautical journey to recover his missing heart. This is a piece of stunning visual storytelling and intimate gig-theatre that will resonate with all ages.
Tomas hates school and books but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn. An interactive show. Help Tomas save his burning library when the village is overrun by soldiers. Bring a children's book to become part of the set and swap for another, at the end. Suitable for ages 6+
Noggin goes on a journey of adventure and discovery, accompanied by the brave and mighty ThorNogson and the great green bird Graculus, to battle against the fearsome Ice Dragon and the dastardly deeds of Noggin's wicked uncle, Nogbad the Bad!
We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager! is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike. She was recently amongst the women who have had the biggest impact on women's lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4 Women's Hour Power List. She brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile, whilst having the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, telling them: "What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr. Manager!" She not only stood up for workers' rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations.