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Bridport Arts Centre MAY - August 2012 box office : 01308 424204

Booking open: Members - 17 April General - 24 April

performance p.5 cafĂŠ events p.18 community p.24 exhibitions p.27

concessions As part of our continued commitment to making the arts accessible to all, Bridport Arts Centre is offering an early bird concession price of ÂŁ3 for a number of our events this season. 20 tickets will be held until two weeks before the event for fulltime students, young people between 16-18 years of age, those in receipt of Income support, Job seekers Allowance and Housing Benefit, Disabled. ID required

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Dorset is out to celebrate this summer and Bridport Arts Centre is no exception, with a fantastic range of performances, events, exhibitions and projects. the Olympics have been a catalyst for cultural activity and we’re helping to celebrate the town - through the spirit of Bridport Festival of Culture, the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site - through the Exploratory Laboratory project, and the vibrancy and originality of artists working across all art forms. start your Olympic celebrations with entertainment on the Arts Centre forecourt after the Olympic torch has passed through the town on 12 July. If you haven’t already, I also hope you will discover our new Curzon digital cinema programme, showing the latest independent releases on state of the art equipment. see our website for details. Enjoy the summer! Polly gifford Director Programme Manager Margie Barbour Marketing Manager Lisa Wilcock Learning Coordinator Kate Wilson General Manager Dee Fenton Box Office Manager Jill Beed Technical Coordinator stuart Earp Caretaker and Gallery Technician Bob Dron Cleaner Mike Harp

Investigating Hive Beach, Proboscis 2012

Ex Lab is a visual arts project responding to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, bringing together artists with scientists to create new work. Ex Lab has five exciting new commissions taking place across Dorset, set against the backdrop of the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events. Bridport Arts Centre and PVA MediaLab are working with a group of artists called Proboscis, along with the National trust and the Hive Beach Café on a project called Storyweir.

Proboscis are collaborating with scientists and local people; capturing experiences, myths, amateur geology, folklore and tall tales of Hive Beach and the surrounding coast. they will bring this together with scientific data and observation of the landscape to explore how the human story of the Jurassic Coast and the physical geography influence each other in a new sound and visual event. On 19 & 20 May they will be at the spring tide Festival asking for your thoughts, experiences and stories of Burton Bradstock and Hive Beach. the final work will be installed on site from 29 July – 9 september, with special events on certain days – keep an eye on the website for details. Follow the Ex Lab project at:

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Revolution! The Musical

Josie Long and Grace Petrie.

A captivating story of love, hope and freedom prevailing against the backdrop of a crumbling communist regime with music by Nicholas Keyworth and lyrics by Michael Wilkinson. this production will take you on a rollercoaster journey of laughter and tears.

Award-winning duo Josie Long and grace Petrie will be combining comedy with folk music in the theatre. they will serenade and outrage you about the state of Coalition Britain. Come and listen to them joking, singing, and talkin’ about a revolution.

Join the cast for a two hour workshop in musical theatre on saturday 5 May from 10.30am. to book 01308 424204

International Workers’ Day Celebrations

“Long strikes an adroit balance between fun, moral outrage and indignant mockery of our hideous powers-that-be. **** ” - the guardian Tuesday 1 May, 7.30pm £10/£9 member/ £8 conc.


independent Friday, 4 May 7.30pm £10/£8 concs.


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Elixir Dance Curtain raisers from Bridport Youth Dance and Bridport Boys Dance Elixir dives into our cultural relationship with water in a world with it is increasing scarcity. Combining contemporary choreography, digital projection, and live music with the south Indian dance form Bharata Natyam, it explores struggle, survival, and instability. Followed by Cafe scientifique, a discussion between the audience, artists and scientists, chaired by Quentin Cooper, presenter of Radio 4’s Material World. Alongside the performance is a visual art installation featuring specially commissioned works by award-winning sculptor Josh Baum. Friday 11 May, 7.30pm £10/£9 members/£8 concs.

The Dumb Waiter & The Lover by Harold Pinter European Arts Company returns to Bridport with a double-bill of Pinter's classic short, black-comedies. two hit-men are waiting in a basement room to do a job. strange messages keep appearing via a Dumb Waiter. Comedy and menace collide seamlessly. In 'the Lover', Richard and sarah have been married for 10 years. While he commutes into the City she shows her lover the hollyhocks. Powerful with an air of mystery, they will keep you on the edge of your seat. these two witty dramas are a rare and welcome treat for any theatre lover! Saturday 12 May, 8pm £12/£11 members/£10 concs.

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folk music


Following his highly acclaimed Radio 4 show Mark steel’s In town, BAFtA nominated writer and stand-up comedian Mark steel is back on the road He will be shedding light on the quirkiness and interesting aspects of every town and city he visits. so as the armies unleashed by tescos and assorted call centres continue in their effort to make everywhere miserably identical, he comes with a mission to save civilisation. ‘Steel’s rapier wit cuts to the chase’. the Observer

steeleye span’s legendary fiddle player Peter Knight provides a bedrock of traditional British music as gigspanner explores Eastern European, French, African and even Aboriginal influences. Author terry Pratchett wrote: “Peter Knight can spin the world on his bow”. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar, and Vincent salzfaas on congas and djembe, both intelligent and powerful musicians in their own right. together they play with a potency and love that leaves audiences spellbound.

Sunday 13 May, 8pm £15/ £14 members/ £5 concs. and students

Friday 18 May, 8pm £12/£10 members and concs.

Mark Steel


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folk music

Belshazzar’s Feast London Classic theatre presents


“Quite simply this is the kind of show for which awards are given “ Whatson stage In a Hampshire stable, a youth blinds six horses with a metal spike. Convicted of this appalling crime, 17-year-old Alan strang is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital. the psychiatrist assigned to him, begins to understand his motives and the truth emerges. As Alan struggles to be free of his demons, he must relive the events of that terrible night. Inspired by a true story, Peter shaffer's unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality. Equus contains strong language, adult themes and nudity. Saturday 19 May, 7.30pm £15/ £13 members/ £10 concs.

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Featuring the talented duo Paul sartin of Bellowhead and Paul Hutchinson. start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with lashings of wry humour – and you have a wonderfully entertaining evening with Belshazzar’s Feast. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the betweentunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 Friday 25 May, 8pm £12/£11 members/£8 concs.




Don Giovanni Live opera comes to Bridport as Dorset Productions presents Mozart’s classic tale of lust, murder and retribution. sung in English, this intimate production will bring to the fore the intense relationships and burning passions that drive the story. Musical director David gostick leads a cast of talented young singers, some of whom have appeared in the company’s previous productions, including the Marriage of Figaro.



Saturday 26 May 7.30pm tickets £15/ £14 members/ £12 concs.


Bristol Old Vic theatre school presents …

Cold Comfort Farm Adapted from the novel by stella gibbons. In this hilarious play Flora Poste embarks upon a quest to discover her family’s roots, and as a result the “nice girl from London” meets the rough and ready starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm. Who can fail to enjoy her meetings with the likes of evil old Aunt Ada Doom, the fey Elfine and the smouldering seth. Bristol Old Vic theatre school brings you the “stars of tomorrow in a play for today.” Friday 1 June, 7.30pm £12/ £11 members/ £10 concs.

box office: 01308 424204 MAy | JUnE

children’s theatre

cuban music

Expression Cubana

PuppetCraft performs …

Circle of Tales

How the first story came to be told. It started so long ago that it is impossible to remember when. there were no stories at that time. One day a woman, called Mazanendaba, set out to search for stories, asking friendly and fierce animals if they could help… A tale told by gcina Mhlophe with African and English language, puppets, and music played on traditional instruments by a musician from Zimbabwe. suitable for ages 4+ Saturday 2 June, 11am £10/£6 child/ £7 concs./£30 family

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Fabulous Cuban band, with great vocals, fine instrumentalists, lovely haunting tunes, great arrangements, and the sort of authentic feel that gets a whole street dancing. sway along with the salsa beats or get up and strut your stuff partner or solo dancing - its all part of the Cuban knowledge salsa tuition included! A mixture of traditional Cuban music and salsa. It’s the Buena Vista social Club without horns! Saturday 2 June, 8pm Seats upstairs £14/£12 Seats downstairs £12/£11 Standing £10/£9 members/ £8 concs.




BishBashBosh Presents

The Tin Violin

Written by Alan M Kent directed by John Hoggarth Join us for an epic adventure that sees one man resist the most savage of oppression before finding freedom and love in music and song. Born in West Africa in 1775 Joseph Emidy was captured as a slave by the Portuguese, then by the British Navy. Landing at Falmouth he was presented with a magical tin violin made by an illiterate miner. Emidy became a musical genius and on the way met mad sailors, Cornish fools and a woman who played the strings of his heart. Suitable for Ages 10 + Saturday 9 June, 8pm £12/£9 members/ £5 concs.


Ballet Central Ballet Central’s 2012 tour features an exciting programme of ballet, contemporary, jazz and narrative dance from some of the world’s most talented young dancers. With new works from Mikaela Polley (Rambert Dance Company), sharon Watson (Phoenix Dance theatre) and sara Matthews. Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm £12/£11 members/£8 conc./ £7 child.

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jazz music


acapella music

seabright Productions present

Kind of Coltrane the Frank griffith quintet with Paul Lashmar

The Fitzrovia Radio Hour

giant steps was the breakthrough album for John Coltrane and Frank griffith has brought together a talented quintet to celebrate the album. Frank griffith - tenor sax, Byron Wallen - trumpet, Andrew McCormack- piano, Neil Charlesbass, Rod Youngs– drums the evening starts with Paul Lashmar, who will tell the story of giant steps. the second half will be a performance of the legendary album.

Hilariously recreating the unique spirit of 1940s radio plays and brilliantly evoking a dinnerjacketed age of casual imperialism and stiff upper lips. the brand new show tours fresh from three critically acclaimed London residencies and two sell-out years at the Edinburgh Fringe. Performed with cut-glass theatricality blending homage and satire, with live sound effects producing a heady comic cocktail. ‘Dramatic entertainment redolent of a bygone era. Jolly good show, chaps!’ the guardian

Friday 22 June, 8pm £14/£13 members/ £10 concs. this is a Brunel university Jazz Outreach Project.

Saturday 23 June 7.30pm £10/£9/£8

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co-presentation Bridport Arts Centre


the Marine Theatre

Anima Anima is a stunning four piece acapella group that weave a magical mix of world influences, jazz and soul. Anima take acapella singing onto another level, weaving voices together with such skill that it is hard to know where one voice ends and another begins. Anima is running a friendly singing workshop from 3.30-5pm before the show, come and learn two original songs. All teaching is by ear.

Saturday 30 June, 8pm Concert only £8/£5 concs. Workshop only £5 Both £10/£8 concs.



Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in association with PW Productions and Andrew McKinnon present

Miriam Margolyes in Dickens’ Women Devised and written by Miriam Margolyes and sonia Fraser Directed by sonia Fraser Performed by Miriam Margolyes Original music and arrangements by Michael Haslam As part of this year’s celebrations for the bi-centenary of Charles Dickens, Miriam Margolyes reprises her acclaimed Olivier Awardnominated production. Witness her extraordinary talent as she portrays more than 23 of Dickens’ best-loved characters, from doe-eyed young heroines to men and midgets. In a stunning demonstration of versatility, Miriam Margolyes, together with her audience, sets out to discover the man himself,

Meet Miriam Margolyes

'Highly entertaining ... riveting... a virtuoso display' the guardian

the BAFtA award winner, is one of Britain’s most compelling character actresses. Her extensive stage and film credits include Professor sprout in Harry Potter; Martin scorsese’s the Age of Innocence and Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet. Miriam will talk about her life in theatre and film and answer question from the audience.

Tuesday 10 July, 7.45pm £18/£16 members/£15 concs. tickets to both events £25/£24 members

Wednesday 11 July, 11am tickets £10 A Bridport Arts Centre Fundraiser


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swing music


dance music

Tinderbox + Stompin’ Dave

Ellingtonia the stunning Ellingtonia presents a celebration of Duke Ellington’s extraordinary music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s: classic songs and great swing tunes performed with style and energy for a 21st century audience! With a nine-piece line-up of top musicians, the band makes a big sound. the front line features a growling trumpet, warm romantic trombone, the singing voice of the alto sax and the deep, dark sound of the baritone. Saturday 14 July, 8pm £12/£10 members & concs.

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Original acoustic folk duo tinderbox features the honeylike vocals of Dublin native Monique Houraghan and the intricate finger style guitar of Dan tucker. the Bournemouth based duo was awarded Best European Revelation group 2010 by Premios Pop-Eye gala Awards, spain, then followed a hugely successful us tour. Also appearing solo and in collaboration with tinderbox is local favourite stompin’ Dave Allen, described as “one of the world’s greatest performers” by Maverick Magazine. Wednesday 18 July, 8pm £10/ £9 members £12 at the door


open air theatre

Photograph: Rich Hardcastle


Phill Jupitus: Stand Down surprising like Oates climbing back into scott’s tent, Jupitus returns to what he does best stand up. Erudite, troubled, occasionally mean, if you’ve only ever seen him on tV, expect to spill your drink in fury/joy

Henry V by William Shakespeare “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more” Award winning theatre company Illyria returns to perform open air shakespeare on the Millennium green. Full of patriotism, pageantry and poetry, Henry V tells the story of an inexperienced king who leads a small and weakened army into battle against the might of the French battalions. With the odds stacked against them the English win a sweeping victory. But can Henry conquer Princess Catherine's heart? Admission by programme.

Friday 21 July, 8pm £16/£15 members/ £12 concs.

Tuesday 31 July, 7pm £12/ £10 members/£8 concs./ £35 family.


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open air theatre

Hitz from the Blitz the unique feel-good 1940s show, as featured at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity gala Nights. Famous war-time tunes and singalong songs brought to life by the singers and multiinstrumentalists of the Five star swing band. "Superb, they swing like crazy!” – sheila tracy, BBC. Featuring simone from the latter days of the Ivy Benson Orchestra plus Chris smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for glenn Miller’s Brother, Herb and the BBC Radio Big Band.

Sunday 5 August, 7.30pm £13/ £12 members & concs.


by gilbert and sullivan

“I am the monarch of the sea, The ruler of the Queen's Navee” Whose praise great Britain loudly chants. And we are his sisters, and his cousins and his aunts! set on board the warship HMs Pinafore, the comic opera cheerfully mocks such great British institutions as Class, Patriotism and the Royal Navy. Josephine the captain's daughter is in love with Ralph a common sailor, but her father wants her to marry sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty. Will everyone will end up freely marrying their hearts’ true loves? Admission by programme. Tuesday 14 August, 7pm on the Millennium green £14/ £12 members/ £10 concs./£40 family.

AUGUST box office: 01308 424204



The Manfreds

Richard Digance

50th Anniversary Celebration: Hits, Jazz and Blues tour the Manfreds, perform many of their hits including “Pretty Flamingo” "Oh No Not My Baby" and “Doo Wah Diddy Diddy” along with a mix of Jazz and Blues songs. Paul Jones, with his unique harmonica sound, is joined by Mike Hugg keyboards, tom Mcguinness lead guitar, Rob townsend drums, Marcus Cliffe bass guitar and simon Currie on saxophone/ flute.

Thursday 16 August, 8pm £19/£18 members seated in balcony £18/17 members seated downstairs £17/£16 members standing downstairs


comedy & music

Brilliant self-penned comic songs introduced with panache, style and outrageous humour. Richard is an evergreen performer who appeals to all ages, making him still one of Britain's top comedy and music attractions ‘Richard Digance is a National Treasure' - Bob Harris Thursday 23 August, 7.30pm £12/£10 members/£8 concs/ £5 students

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bhangra music

RSVP Bhangra RsVP Bhangra are back and they are ready to rock Bridport! Don’t miss RsVP’s high energy interactive show; learn some Bhangra moves and grooves and party big time with RsVP’s infectious performance.

music in the café

Kieran Goss Long hailed as one of Ireland's leading songwriters and performers, Kieran goss’ songs have won him fans across the globe and performing live is where he really shines.

"RSVP Rocked the masses to exhaustion!" glastonbury Festival

“The sense of fun is tremendous, the playing first rate and the songs are sheer quality" the Irish times

Friday 24 August, 7.30pm Balcony seats: £14/ £13 members Standing: £10/£9 members/ £6 concs./ £30 family

Wednesday 30 May, 8pm independent production £10

AUGUST box office: 01308 424204


story telling

Story Café Storytelling with Sue Charman

Suitable for adults and older younger ones.

this Devon-based storyteller from the Wood sisters Mystery school will tell the great Arthurian tale of the Loathly Lady – a story of courtship, courtesy, comic reversal and sovereignty. It starts in the murky depths of the deep wood and ends in the bedchamber, with quests and questions, riddles and duels, monstrous marriage and the answer to what it is the women most desire, in between! After the telling, sue will look at sources and comparative versions of this reverse Beauty and the Beast myth from different cultures and discuss the relevance of ancient myth to our modern lives. suitable for adults and young people.

Friday 18 May, 7.30pm £7/£5 concs.

Friday 20 July, 7.30pm £7/£5 concs.

Baba Yaga's Oven storytellers Michael Loader and Rebecca smart, together with musician Martin solomon, invite you to a night of earthy tales from Mother Russia. Plunge into the land where a Firebird’s feather will lead you to the very heart of trouble. step into the depths of a forest where a hut whirls around on the scaly legs of a chicken. Face the question – what would you do when faced with the mother of all Russian witches, Baba Yaga herself? traditional tales blend, transform and collide with theatre, music and contemporary setting


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Jazz Café

8pm in the Art Garden Café Come and enjoy some soulful songs and smooth tunes in our intimate Art garden Café. Bring your voice or instrument to join in for a short jam session as part of the evening. Admission £8

Ian Ellis and Philip Clouts saxophonist extraordinaire Ian Ellis has played and recorded with soul singer Ruby turner, Cuban trumpeter Arturo sandoval, British piano star gwilym simcock and many others. Ian has performed at venues both here and abroad including the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Centre, Ronnie scott's Club and London's 606 Club. Friday 11 May

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Orla Murphy and Philip Clouts Accompanied by Philip Clouts, Irish/London-based jazz vocalist Orla Murphy performs jazz standards and songs from her second album ‘Wonderous Visions’. ‘Orla's dark rich voice... a great mixture of soul, jazz and blues...’ uK Jazz Radio Friday 8 June



Jazz Café in the T H E AT R E Chris Corcoran Trio the Chris Corcoran trio are a dynamic instrumental group who perform jazz, blues, swing, funk and surf music. the trio all cut their teeth and earned reputations on the London Blues scene and are now considered top players in their field. Instrumental dynamite, and very danceable!

Rachel More and Philip Clouts

‘Looks like a fifties college kid gone bad – sounds like BB King.’ Jazz on the streets

singer Rachel More will be performing a wide selection of well-loved swing, ballads, blues and bossa-novas and will also be featuring some of the songs from her CD All My tomorrows. Rachel has sung live on Radio 4’s Loose Ends and been featured on ItV’s Meridian tonight and at the Jazz Divas Festival.

Friday 6 July £10/£9 members/£7 concs.

Wednesday 15 August £10/£9 members/£7 concs.


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classical music

Classical Concerts

£8/£7 member and £5 concs. Coffee included. tickets for all 3 £20.

Friday 18 May, 11am

Friday 8 June, 11am

Nicolas Meier Trio Rêveries Nicolas Meier acoustic guitar and Musicales glissentar Pat Bettison bass and harmonica Demi garcia percussions

Leo Duarte oboe Jonathan Rees cello tom Foster harpsichord

the trio keep crossing the borders of jazz, flamenco and oriental music; travelling through new versions of beautiful standards Body and soul and Autumn Leaves to then play Andalousia, Breeze, Lavender and Yuz. they will be performing works from their new album Breeze.

the members of the Rêveries Musicales met whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, and are committed to combining a thoughtful approach to the historically-informed performance of music with the passion they all share for delighting their audiences. the programme includes works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.

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Friday 6 July, 11am

Sebastian Müller violin

Nico de Villiers piano south African born pianist Nico de Villiers has a varied career as accompanist, coach and teacher at Leeds College of Music and Junior trinity. sebastian Müller is currently teaching violin, viola and chamber music at the guildhall school of Music and Drama as well as at the Wolfsburg Music school.



Comedy Café

Admission £5|£3|8pm

brings the brightest new talent on the uK comedy circuit right here to Bridport. the only comedy show in West Dorset to serve up raw talent combined with the rising stars of the future. Resident MC, and local comedian, tom glover will introduce four of the hottest new acts every month plus a professional headliner who is making waves on the comedy circuit. All acts are booked to perform but are subject to change. Material may not be suitable for under 16s.


Dave Thompson [May 25] Known for his killer one-liners and absurd persona, Dave thompson's comic brilliance has earned him tV and film roles for Ben Elton and a regular writing spot on Harry Hill’s tV Burp. Despite all his success Dave is perhaps best known as the man inside the tinky Winky costume in teletubbies. “One of the best joke writers in the country” time Out.

Sean McLoughlin [June 22] Exciting new stand up sean McLoughlin is fast ascending the comedy ranks since his debut in 2007. sean's self deprecating humour and personal subject matter is confidently delivered with an immaculate sense of timing, earning him a reputation as one of the most entertaining, likable and talented young acts on the circuit today. “Nicely constructed material with an effortless style of delivery that's a joy to watch” Fest

Dan Thomas [July 27] After going full time as a comedian in 2010, Dan has been a finalist in the Welsh unsigned stand up Awards 2010 the Loaded LAFtAs and was the winner of the inaugural south Wales Dog Eat Dog stand up contest. Personally selected by Russell Kane to support him on his last two national tours, Dan has also appeared on ItV, BBC Wales and is a regular warm up artiste for Channel 4's Deal or No Deal. "Leading the next generation of Welsh comedy" 24/7 Magazine

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Bridport Open Book Festival 2012 Launch The Big Read and Junior Big Read We will also be announcing the books for this year’s Big Read and Junior Big Read, as well as giving away some free copies.

Toast A special screening of Lee Hall’s delightful adaptation of Nigel slater’s best-selling memoir. Fantastic local food producers will be on the Arts Centre forecourt from 6.30pm.

The festival will take place from 10 – 14 October 2012. Saturday 19 May, 12noon on the forecourt, FREE Keep an eye on our festival blog for the latest news:

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Thursday 14 June, 7.30pm (tickets details tBC)



Road for the Future A project about Powerstock Common, led by Anna Best, considering ideas of public access, territorial designation, virtual experience and future land use. Sunday 3 June, 11am – 6pm Powerstock Common: Adam Chodzko, Judith Dean and Anna Lucas present new film, performance and walks.

Dorset Poetry After their very successful reading in February, David Bushrod, John Challis, Chris Prideaux and John Kemp will again be reading a varied selection of Dorset poetry. some serious, some humorous and some in dialect which will be read in a genuine Dorset accent.

Monday 4 June, 11am -1pm Bridport Arts Centre: Join the artists in an event with brunch, images and conversation about project themes. Free - all welcome - more details:


Death and the Kings Horsemen A youth music theatre adaptation of this classic of modern African theatre, set in Nigeria during World War II. Young actors, singers, dancers and drummers aged eight - 18 star in this thrilling tragedy about respect, honour and the clash between Africa and Europe, ending the year in a blaze of light, sound and colour. Directed by Yaw Asiyama Music by Lekan Babalola and Dezmond Pusey

Wednesday 20 June, 11am tickets £5/£4 concs.

Thursday 26 July, 6.30pm tickets £9/£7 children

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Spirit of Bridport to celebrate the August Festival of Culture, spirit of Bridport, in collaboration with Vinyl saturday Bridport, are showcasing the best of West Dorset talent from the world of rock and pop. A number of the artists will debut their latest material including thomas and the Mock-ups, Lucy 9mm, good Dancers and the Dinner Ladies. DJ Crumpet of Frolic fame will be keeping us dancing in between sets. the full line up visit Saturday 11 August, 6.30pm £9, two tickets for £15

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Following past sell out productions Bridport Musical theatre Company presents an evening of popular song and dance. the show will contain a variety of songs and dances from past and present with solo and group performances from current and returning members of the company showcasing their talents. With it's energetic and enthusiastic cast and superb costuming this show promises to be a throughly entertaining evening not to be missed. Wednesday 29 August – Saturday 1 September, 7.30pm £9/£7 children


exhibitions - Allsop gallery open tuesday to saturday 10am-4pm free

Hut Living Here and There featuring Fran Crowe

CafĂŠ exhibition:

An exhibition featuring the work of artist Fran Crowe. Fran uses found objects as source material for installations which invite discussion as to what we want for our natural and built environments.

Work to complement the gallery exhibition.

Young people from Bridport Youth Centre and four local schools have been involved in the project and some of their work will also be installed in the gallery. 29 April – 19 May 2012

Gallery talk: 27

17 April - 5 May.

Saturday 19 May, 2pm. FREE

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Fran Norton, Strata, 2011

exhibitions - Allsop gallery open tuesday to saturday 10am-4pm free

DORSET ART WEEKS 2012 Open Studios, Exhibitions, Events: The Gallery as a Studio the Allsop gallery becomes a working studio for Dorset Art Weeks 2012. A number of early career artists will work in residence in a range of media and be on-hand to interact with visitors. the emphasis is on lively experimentation. the studio will be managed by artist Fran Norton, and a selection of her recent works will be displayed in conjunction with her practical space. the fortnight will include a range of activities - details on both the BAC and DAW websites. A celebration of what has been produced will take place on Friday 8 June. Artworks by artists participating locally in Dorset Art Weeks will be on show around the arts centre, serving as an invitation to visit them in their studios. 26 May - 9 June 2012

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A Level Art Show A combined A-level Art exhibition showing As and A2 Art work from students studying at Beaminster and the sir John Colfox school. Work is inspired by a number of starting points including assignments entitled: Encounters, Experiences and Meetings and Combinations and Alliances. 12 – 21 June 2012


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exhibitions - Allsop gallery open tuesday to saturday 10am-4pm free

Bridport Arts Society’s 55th Annual Summer Show An eclectic mix of paintings, craftwork, prints and cards for sale. this wide range of art works is representative of the talent that abounds in and around Bridport. Come and vote for your favourite piece. 26 June – 7 July 2012

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Amanda Wallwork, Deep Time 1

Jeremy gardiner, St Aldhelm’s Head

Coast Unearthed Jeremy Gardiner and Amanda Wallwork Interpreting the geology of the Jurassic Coast Following on from Mapping the Jurassic Coast in 2009, which looked at Dorset’s coast from a linear perspective, this new exhibition of paintings and prints examines the rocks and strata that form the hidden landscape of this unique coastline. 14 July – 11 August 2012

Gallery Talk with the artists Saturday 21 August, 2pm. FREE 31

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Image courtesy of Robert golden

exhibitions - Allsop gallery open tuesday to saturday 10am-4pm free

Home Robert Golden: Photographer, Filmmaker and Writer A compassionate and hauntingly powerful exhibition recording key moments of social and political change caused by globalization over the last 40 years and the impact of these events on the lives of most people. 15 – 27 August 2012

Gallery Talk with Robert golden Saturday 18 August, 2pm. FREE Masterclass Monday 20 August, 10am-4pm, ÂŁ15 Why be a photographer? What should you photograph? What is your point of view? An opportunity to explore, with Robert golden, the how, what and why of taking pictures. suitable for professional and amateur photographers. Booking essential.

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Sailing Out of Grain “Sailing saved my life” sailing Out of grain explores the remarkable journey of quadriplegic solo sailor Hilary Lister. Fighting for the smallest independence, Hilary’s sailing is a gift. Only at sea is she truly free of the borders and constraints that bind her on land. Follow the project at

31 August – 15 September 2012

Gallery talk with Juan delgado and Hilary Lister on live video link Saturday 1 September, 2pm. FREE


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café and foyer galleries

Trisha Hayman

Barbara Green

Jane Fox

Predominantly a self trained watercolour artist, trisha Hayman’s paintings show the beauty of things that no-one looks at twice - from the fragility of skeleton leaves to the delicacy of a bird’s feather or insect’s wing.

Barbara green is a well known artist who lives in Morcombelake. this exhibition focuses on the original print making aspect of Barbara's work. It includes etchings, collagraphs, silk screen prints, and monoprints with descriptions of the methods used.

In this body of work, Jane Fox uses a girl in a wooded setting as an archetype and metaphor. the forest symbolises the frontier to the unknown. Is the girl in flight or on an adventure?

18 April – 5 May

Foyer Gallery

9 – 23 May

Café & Foyer Galleries

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12 June – 7 July

Café Gallery


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Teresa Thomas Celebrating the year of the Olympics and in the spirit of the town, teresa thomas ignores the coveted ‘red tape’ and ‘glory’ to concentrate rather on the spaces in between; giving you the often funny, thought provoking and still moments that focus on the complete involvement in sport.

10 – 28 July

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Millennium Green

Alive Life Drawing

Bridport Camera Club, Bridport Millennium green trust and Friends of Bridport Millennium green are pleased to present a selection of images from a 2011 photographic portfolio of Bridport Millennium green compiled by members of Bridport Camera Club. the exhibition portrays aspects of the green through the changing seasons where, in the heart of Bridport, nature and human activity exist side by side in a green space that is open to all.

Alive Life Drawing offers excellent models and fundamental observational and analytical skills. A great resource for artists, tuition for students and beginners. tutor John Meaker offers conscientious tuition, technical guidance and creative challenges.

4 – 27 August

Café & Foyer Galleries

With John Meaker

to book call John Meaker t: 07816850107

Thursdays 6.30 - 9.30pm Term starts 26 April - 28 June.

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Friday for Friends Friendship club for adults with learning difficulties. this term continues the photography course that began in March. Learn to use your camera effectively and work towards displaying your work in an exhibition at Bridport Art Centre. sessions last for one hour and include refreshments in the garden café afterwards.

Movement and Music

With steve tasane Saturday 5 May 10.30am - 12.30pm London-based movement director Margaret swallow joins composer Nicholas Keyworth in an allsinging, all-dancing workshop extravaganza. the pair will look at key repertoire from the show Revolution the Musical and get everyone on their feet! Learn about using your whole body to tell a story driven by the music.

1.30 - 3pm. £5.00 per session. Dates: 4, 11 & 18 May For further information contact Elaine grant 01308 422666 supported by West Dorset Mencap.

Potting Shed Poems

Max. 30 places/for ages 14+ tickets: £8 / £5 conc. and under 18’s

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Saturday 16 June As part of Bridport Food Festival, the BAC forecourt will be turned into a temporary allotment offering passers-by the chance to read poems in raised beds written by local school children. You can also create your own poem by visiting our poet-inresidence, steve tasane. A Poetry Path will lead you on a trail around town to see other poems in local shops from Monday 11 June. FREE event supported by Arts Council England, MAC Builders and Bridport town Council, groves Nurseries, Waitrose Community Matters and the Elmgrant trust


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Magic Drum Circle Saturday 30 June 1.45pm - 3.15pm Magic Drum's Community Rhythm Circles are family-friendly fun events suitable for all ages and abilities. Participants will have a wealth of percussion from around the globe to try their hands on, but feel free to bring your own to add to the mix.

Max 20 places tickets: £6 / £4 under16’s / concs.


Singing workshop with Joanna Foster from Anima Choir Saturday 30 June 3.30pm - 5pm Adults of all ages and stages are invited to sing uplifting songs with roots from all around the world. No need to read music - just bring your desire to sing! Max. 20 places tickets: workshop only £5.00 or a combined ticket for the Anima performance and workshop for £10 / £8 concs.

The Funny Farm Writing radio comedy with Paul Dodgson Saturday 7 July 10.30am - 4.30pm spend a day listening, writing and laughing, as you attempt to unlock the secrets of radio comedy with BBC Radio 4 writer and producer Paul Dodgson. the workshop will culminate in the world premiere of a brand new sketch show you have written during the day. Max 15 places Cost: £20 / £15 conc.

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Bridport youth Dance

Lecture Programme 16 May 2.00 for 2.30pm Dr Anthony Kelly Transports of Delight: The Art of the Travel Poster in the 1930s 13 June 2.00 for 2.30pm Dr Mervyn Miller Picturesque Illusion: Clough Williams Ellis & Portmeirion

With Nikki Northover Starts Monday 16 April 4.30 - 5.30pm Middle tap and contemporary Level 1 ages 8 – 11 years. Term fees: £45 Middle tap and contemporary Level 2. Class full 6.30 - 7.30pm Senior contemporary ages 14 + with dance experience. Term fees: £54

Image: Kai taylor

Other classes available, for info call nikki on 077 65971357 Bridport Youth Dance is supported by Bridport Arts Centre

Dance scholarships: subsidised places offered to talented and committed children from low income families. to support this scheme or for information please contact Nikki. BYD scholarship scheme is supported by Activate, Amsafe, Bridport Lions and Bridport Youth Dance.

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Junior BACStage A must for all children who love drama and performing! this popular theatre club for 8 -11 year olds includes improvisation, drama games, building characters and lots of fun. Led by Lecoq trained actor and director Jonny Hoskins. Wednesdays from May 2 - July 4 (not June 6) 4 - 5.30pm £4 per session


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Half Term Activities As part of Dorset Art Weeks (26 May - 10 June), we are turning the Allsop gallery into a working studio for artists. there will be new work on display and the chance to see work in progress by emerging artists.

BACStage Inspiring theatre Workshops for 12 - 18 year olds with Niki McCretton Another opportunity to work with inspiring choreographer, dancer and performer Niki McCretton to explore and create dynamic and challenging theatre. Wednesdays from May 2 - June 27 (not June 6) 5.45 - 8pm £4.50 per session


During the half term holiday we are offering children the opportunity to come and work with some of these artists to create their own pieces using a range of materials and inspirations. Full details will be available on the website from late April. Wednesday 6 June and Thursday 7 June session 1 for 5 - 7 year olds from 10.30am to 12.30pm session 2 for 8 - 11 year olds from 1.30pm to 3.30pm Cost: £ 6 per session £5 conc./ sibling. Max. 12 places Participants can come to either one or both sessions.

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Summer Holiday Fun an array of wond BACStage Summer School Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 July 10.30am to 4pm daily For 12 - 18 year olds. three intensive days of African inspired workshops based around the musical theatre production Death & the King's Horsemen. Participants will perform a curtain raiser event on the BAC forecourt on thursday 26 July prior to the musical being staged in the theatre. the workshops will include high energy dance, storytelling and drumming. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. Cost: £60 / £40 conc. Max. 20 places. (Please bring a packed lunch)

Sculpture on the Beach Sunday 29 July 11am - 3pm. Judging at 3pm. get creative down on the beach and bring all the family to join in. see what wonderful sculptures you can make from found objects on Eype beach. Prizes to be won! £3 registration fee per entry.

Kiddy combat with Squire Theatre Monday 30 July 10.30am - 3pm For 8 - 11 year olds An introduction to the exciting world of stage combat! through a combination of games and demonstrations, participants will learn the basics of stage combat in a safe and controlled environment. Wear loose clothing and trainers. Cost: £15 / £13 conc. Max. 25 places (Please bring a packed lunch)

Wire Sculpture with Fiona Campbell Wednesday 1 August 10 am - 1pm For 8 - 11 year olds Make your very own wire sculpture of a creature or plant in this exciting workshop. Participants will use a range of 2d and 3d skills and work with colourful wires. For additional decoration, you may wish to bring a range of hollow beads and buttons to incorporate in your piece. Cost: £ 10 / £8 conc. / sibling Max 15 places

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derful activities for children to enjoy this summer. take your pick! Small Things - Sea and Air Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August Look out for a wide range of creative workshops based on sea and air for children aged between 3 - 5 years and 5 - 8 years during this week. Dance, puppetry, story telling, making and more will all feature. the small things programme will be available in early July. small things is coordinated by Nikki Northover

Carnival Costume Making with Tess Dickson Thursday 2 August 10.30am - 3pm For 8 - 11 year olds Learn to make fabulous carnival style costumes as wild and wonderful as your imagination using recycled materials. £15 / £13 conc. Max. 12 places (Please bring a packed lunch)

Bridport Youth Dance Summer Dance Scene Monday 6 August - Friday 10 August 10am to 4pm daily A wide variety of guest teachers will lead the dance summer school offering classes in contemporary and street dance. For ages 14 + with dance experience at an intermediate level Cost: £90 for the week / £70 conc. or £25 per day / £20 concession. Max. 20 places

Image: Pete Didbin

some subsidised places are available for boys to encourage more to dance. Please contact Nikki for further information on 07765 971357 summer Dance scene is coordinated by Nikki Northover and is a part of Bridport Youth Dance development programme.


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café & markets

visitor information

Farmers Markets

Members’ booking opens 17 April

9am - 1pm 2nd Saturday of every month 12 May 9 June 14 July 11 August Fantastic locally produced food

general booking opens 24 April Online tickets are available online through our new booking service. Booking fee and postal charges apply. By Phone Call the Box Office on 01308 424204. We accept payment by most credit and debit cards. If your call is taken by the answerphone, please leave your telephone number and we will call back.

The Art Garden Café Ethical café serving delicious food using the best local, organic and fair trade produce. Morning coffee, light lunches. Nice wholesome home cooked fare in a child friendly environment, healthy tuck available for Kids’ shows. Bring in your laptop and make use of our free wifi access. Open: Wednesday - Friday 10am - 2pm Saturday 10am – 4pm with Cream Teas (2-4pm)

In Person the Box Office is open 10am to 4pm tuesday to saturday, and one hour before an evening performance. By Post send a cheque made payable to Bridport Arts Centre to: Bridport Arts Centre South Street BRIDPORT DT6 3nR Refunds Bridport Arts Centre does not refund money for tickets.

Reservations We are happy to reserve tickets for one week, after this they will be deleted from the system. Please collect no later than 30 mins before the performance. Concessions Our concessionary rates apply to those in receipt of disability benefit, job seekers’ allowance or income support. Proof may be requested. note Latecomers will be asked to delay entering the auditorium until a suitable pause in the performance. Access We have a level access foyer, theatre and cafe. Please advise us when booking tickets of any special requirements. The Allsop Gallery is accessible via a platform lift. Car Parking Parking bay for disabled drivers immediately outside the venue. Other visitors are advised to use the south street car park on the left hand side further down south street, leaving town.

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Refreshments Our bar serves local guest ales and a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. the bar is open one hour before the performance on all evening events. Interval drinks may be ordered in advance. snacks and ice-cream are also available.

Bridport Arts Centre south street Bridport Dorset, Dt6 3NR Office: 01308 427183 Email Website Bridport Arts Centre is registered in England and Wales as a Company Limited by guarantee No. 3550280. Charity number 1069780


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what’s on April Hut Living - from 29 Apr

Ballet Central - Fri 15 & Sat 16 Kind of Coltrane - Fri 22 Comedy Café - Fri 22 the Fitzrovia Radio Hour - Sat 23 Bridport Art society - from 26 Jun Anima - Sat 30 July Classic Concert - Fri 6 Jazz Café - Fri 6 Miriam Margolyes - Tues 10 Miriam Margolyes - Wed 11 Coast unearthed - from 14 Jul Ellingtonia - Sat 14 tinderbox + stompin’ Dave - Weds 18 story Café - Fri 20 Phill Jupitus - Fri 21 Comedy Café - Fri 27 Henry V - Tues 31

June Cold Comfort Farm - Fri 1 Circle of tales - Sat 2 Expression Cubana - Sat 2 Jazz Café - Fri 8 Classic Concert - Fri 8 the tin Violin - Sat 9 A Level Art show - from 12 Jun

August Hitz from the Blitz - Sun 5 HMs Pinafore - Tues 14 Home - from 15 Aug Jazz Café - Weds 15 the Manfreds - Thurs 16 Richard Digance - Thurs 23 RsVP Bhangra - Fri 24


May Josie Long and grace Petrie - Tues 1 Revolution! the Musical - Fri 4 Elixir Dance - Fri 11 Jazz Café - Fri 11 Harold Pinter Double Bill - Sat 12 Mark steel - Sun 13 gigspanner - Fri 18 Classic Concert - Fri 18 story Café - Fri 18 Equus - Sat 19 Belshazzar’s Feast - Fri 25 Comedy Café - Fri 25 Dorset Art Weeks - from 26 May Don giovanni - Sat 26 Kieran goss - Weds 30

Weekly cinema screenings most thursdays 1.30pm and 7.30pm. sundays 5pm - check web for further details.

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Bridport Arts Centre S/S 2012 Guide  

What's happening at Bridport Arts Centre

Bridport Arts Centre S/S 2012 Guide  

What's happening at Bridport Arts Centre