Blair Dunlop + Jack Carty 04:10:2018

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis “Here I am, out of my head on cough mixture and I’ve brought my living room on tour with me… it’s tragic. Whatever happened to rock ‘n’ roll?” Five dates into his tour and Blair Dunlop’s tender throat is only just getting up to speed, while the simple comfort of having Read More…

Give my regards to Broad Street

His business card used to proclaim him as ‘Publicity Terrorist’, but he’ll answer to ‘Hype Merchant’ and acknowledges all that earned him the soubriquet ‘Muck Raker in Chief’ from Private Eye. If there’s one thing journalist Geoff Baker knows about it’s how to kick up a fuss – something he has continued to do at Read More…

Monmouth: The West Country Rebellion 15:07:2017

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis Having gathered a good few early arrivers beneath a flag of St George and attempted to rally them with stirring song and seditious verse, a small but enthusiastic band of rebels await the arrival of their leader, James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth on the beach at Lyme Regis. In the Read More…

Theatre of Marine Dreams

With a suitably dramatic perch by the Gun Cliff pumping station above the rock armour that protects the promenade at Lyme Regis, the 123-year-old Marine Theatre – aptly known as the ‘little theatre by the sea’ – is no mystery to the 20,000 or more visitors that have seen shows there this year, but according Read More…

The pluck of the draw

Despite spectacular views from his elevated studio across Lyme Regis, the beauty of the real world provides precious little inspiration for the weekly cartoons Ian Dicks draws in short order for the Financial Times. Every Friday he’s given little more than two hours to draw a cartoon that illustrates a comment piece on some aspect Read More…

John Rede: Poole governor, English radical

Some 400 years after his birth, John Rede the English radical, Baptist leader and governor of Poole from 1647 to 1651, is to be afforded a proper place in history when he is included in the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to be published this autumn. ‘It’s not that Rede has Read More…