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Artsreach Events

Artsreach is an organisation that brings

professional theatre, music, dance and art to

rural Dorset via the Village Halls.  There are

usually four productions a year hosted in

the Village Hall.  There is always a

pantomime, music, drama and dance if


Artsreach events are normally held in Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Postcode DT2 7BZ.  The Village Hall is located on the B3143 approximately 150 yards south (towards Dorchester) of the recreation ground / primary school crossroads, and 200 yards north (towards Pulham and Sturminster Newton) of the Old Chapel Stores.

Artsreach events on their way

Snow White: The Return of Little Things We are delighted to be hosting Angel Heart Theatre and their new children's show at Piddle Valley First School on February 16th at 4pm. There will also be a marvellous pre-show puppet making workshop at 1.45pm. Angel Heart have been engaging and enriching hearts of all ages with their performances since 2007. They celebrate their 10th anniversary by breathing new life into this timeless fairy tale, with a visually striking Steam Punk style. Far, far away there lies a curiously mechanical kingdom in which everything ticks but nothing laughs. It is ruled by The Queen Who Never Smiles and she is determined to control everyone and everything, even Time itself. Snow White knows what it is like to live in such an unhappy land, and our tale begins when she must flee for her life to escape the Queen's terrible jealousy. Seeking refuge in the mysterious Wild Wood, Snow White discovers she is not the only one who refuses to live in a world without laughter. Under the trees, little steps are being taken to bring about big changes. Time: 4pm. Cost: £6 adult, £5 child. Suitable for ages 4+. The Puppetorium Pre-Show Workshop. Inspired by the Steam Punk look to be found in the show, this accompanying workshop offers a unique chance to join James and Dave in 'The Puppetorium'. Here marvellously quirky, make-shift (and take-away!) puppets will be created from a variety of found, re-cycled and scrap materials. All materials are provided and safe guidance given. This creatively buzzing workshop is led by two highly skilled makers, with over 60 years experience between them! Places limited. Time: 1.45pm - 3.15pm. Cost £3. Suitable for ages 7+. Please contact Felicia Webb on 07775 902516 or felicia@feliciawebb.co.uk for tickets and information. Friday 23rd March, 7.30 pm, Village Hall.  “Brave Folk” performed by Farnham Maltings Theatre Co.  Tickets : £9, £7 (under 18s), and £28 (family of 4, max 2 adults) Available from Old Chapel Stores, online @ www.artsreach.co.uk, or telephone 01300 345455.  Around 10 years ago Farnham Maltings brought us an amazing production called ‘The Polish Play’. Those of us who were lucky enough to be there will remember a joyful performance on the floor of the village hall in the middle of the audience with music, drama and lots of humour. ‘Brave Folk’ promises to transport us with an evening of story and song from the lands of the far, far north. Yorgjin Oxo is a carefree young man who has been taught the sounds of storms and how to sing into the rain, until one day everything changes as the familiar disappears. This is a Nordic tale fizzing with humour about love and courage and knowing when to act.

Recent events have been:

No Petticoats Here”.  Marking the Centenary of the First World War; award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of inspirational women of the First World War who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women; working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy. Cornwall’s Near-ta Theatre in “Christmas. Time.” A fabulously funny festive treat, putting the 'cell' firmly back in to celebration! Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn't they? It's Christmas Day and they are serving time at Her Majesty's pleasure. But why shouldn't they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What's stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody! Join them on a fantastical adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and festive films! See as they build a wonderfully Merry Christmas around them with songs, snowmen and lots of laughs in this truly seasonal show that puts the 'cell' firmly back in 'celebration'! Written by Daniel Richards and Ciaran Clarke, and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh and o-region), Christmas. Time. is a musical comedy for all the family and is a whole lot of fun, for all 10+ www.neartatheatre.co.uk Faith i Branko.  Serbia's leading Roma violinist Branko Ristic and UK accordionist Faith Ristic and band performed high-energy original Roma/Jazz influenced music guaranteeing a sensational, authentic experience of Roma music straight from the village of Gornja Grabovica. Following a summer of appearances at events including Camp Bestival, Ealing Jazz and Boomtown, the band arrived in Dorset for their debut UK rural tour. A joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited performance! After the show, the musicians were also be available to talk about Romani culture and music - a real insight from this leading group of musicians. www.faithibranko.com "Musically a delight" The Guardian "Moving and virtuosic" BBC Radio 3 Holy Moly & The Crackers.  Hailing from North-East England, this nationally acclaimed seven-piece gypsy folk-rock performed an evening of lively music and tall tales. Their 2016 festival appearances included Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Kendal Calling and Towersey, plus many more. Influenced by an eclectic range of music, Holy Moly & The Crackers play an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, this wrangling folk group present a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!  “The musicians are stylistically dazzling…” Bright Young Folk.  “The Odyssey”.  From the makers of ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Dracula’ comes a tale more exciting than excitement itself: The ODYSSEY.  The journey of all journeys.  To Hell. And back again.  Gods, Monsters, Sirens, Derring-Dos and Derring-Donts!  A love story that lasts decades.  It’s Greek stuff… with all the boring bits removed!  "Cyclops!  A hulk of flesh, Ship tall. Arms reaching to his knees.  Mouth - a gaping universe.  And in the middle of his foolish forehead  One  Single  Eye  Mwah-ha-ha. . ."   If ever a show was designed for small venues, this is it; a compact piece of theatre magic. David Mynne's skill with just a few simple props, a rubber face and clear and concise storytelling will fill you with drama and delight!  A host of exciting (and daft) characters - including a one-eyed. Cyclops, a six-headed monster and the terrifying Sea God Poseidon - will conjure up a mighty storm and keep you on the edge of your seat. John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe.   Legendary guitarist John Etheridge has had substantial relationships during his 45 year career with some of the most famous names of 20th century music including Stephane Grappelli, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin and Soft Machine.  He joins forces with sensational new vocal star Vimala Rowe, who has been gaining plaudits wherever she goes. She featured recently in Paco Pena’s Flamencura at Sadlers Wells: an indication of the breadth of her talent. Together John and Vimala weave a magical spell, effortlessly travelling musically from India to Africa, Middle East and the USA. With several solos from John, this is an unique pairing that satisfies on so many levels. “Dallahan”.  Fabulous Scots/Irish/Hungarian live band Dallahan are one of the fastest rising forces on the international folk circuit, heavily rooted in traditional Irish music, but with hugely diverse backgrounds and influences. They call on their mixed Irish, Scottish and Hungarian heritage to create a unique and seamless musical montage, drawing in influences from jazz, funk, pop and classical music. Following the release of their debut album 'When The Day Is On The Turn' in 2014, which was highly praised by audiences and critics alike, the band toured extensively in North America and Europe, establishing themselves internationally as one of the most enthralling live shows, captivating audiences at such prestigious international events as Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections and countless others. In December 2015, they were shortlisted for 'Album Of The Year' and nominated for 'Folk Band Of The Year' at the Scots Trad Music Awards. A track from their debut album was also awarded 'Instrumental Cut Of The Year' at the Live Ireland Awards 2016. “Moscow Drug Club”.  Moscow Drug Club is a curious place, where elements of 1930's Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo tango and Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few drinks and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some cobbled street in eastern Europe, on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt and Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes... Moscow Drug Club formed in Bristol, when North American chanteuse Katya Gorrie and International guitar virtuoso Denny Ilett met a Django guitarist named Dave Archer. Finding that they each had a passion for the swing music of the 30s and 40s, and the Parisian songwriters of the 50s, an idea began to form in their minds. Teaming up with classical violinist John Pearce and double bassist Andy Crowdy, the five-piece was complete. Combining original material with songs by the likes of Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Bertolt Brecht and Duke Ellington, Moscow Drug Club have wowed crowds across the UK with their intoxicating and infectious sound.  
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