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Motionhouse – Charge 27:04:2018

Lighthouse, Poole Intensely physical, relentlessly kinetic, this electrifying new work from Motionhouse founder and artistic director Kevin Finnan is the third – and arguably most human – part of his Earth trilogy. Fusing science and the creative arts it looks at our relationship with energy, specifically electricity, from the first sparks of human life, through Read More…

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The Vinyl Say 015: Indie House

In every collection there are records that get played all the time, many of them for years, decades even. Then there are those that, while no less treasured, somehow fall by the wayside to lie in wait, ripe for rediscovery. This occasional series chronicles some of those nuggets as they resurface from my own back pages. So, Read More…

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Drama helps crisis centre

A year on from the beginning of the end of Broadchurch and the Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre continues to see the number of calls to its helpline and demand for its other specialist services rise. The third and final season of the popular ITV crime drama, which featured several locations in West Bay and Read More…

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Lesley Slight – everywhere and nowhere

Her paintings invoke a magical, mystical, mythical world in which absolutely anything is possible. These are views that are slightly out of reach, just over the hill or around the corner – at once some place and no place, everywhere and nowhere. Lesley Slight has been painting her distinctive capriccio landscapes ever since she arrived Read More…

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Gobbledegook making perfect sense

There’s a moment halfway through the second 360-degree panoramic listen to the world from the back garden of Gobbledegook Theatre’s headquarters in Christchurch when the realisation dawns that if ever a company was misnamed, it’s this one. For if, as the Oxford English Dictionary defines it, gobbledegook is ‘pretentious verbiage or jargon’, then by encouraging Read More…

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Barrington back from the brink

If Steve Robinson hadn’t decided to enjoy a bacon sandwich in bed that cold Sunday morning last January, things might have turned out very differently for the Barrington Centre. As he lingered over his breakfast, the busy Chief Executive Officer of Dorset charity Prama picked up the previous day’s paper and saw that the well-supported Read More…