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Things to do in Dorset this month

PUBLISHED: 11:54 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:54 30 October 2017

Uchenna Dance presents The Head Wrap Diaries at Lighthouse, Poole © Foteini Christofilopoulou 2016

Uchenna Dance presents The Head Wrap Diaries at Lighthouse, Poole © Foteini Christofilopoulou 2016

© Foteini Christofilopoulou 2016

We round up some of the best events and things to do across Dorset this month

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Landscape & Seclusion - Until 5 November

Wyke Regis artist Charles T Maher and potter Bill Crumbleholme explore myths and legends found in the landscape around Sandsfoot Castle and Church Ope, Portland at this exhibition at White Stones Café, Easton.

John Maddison - 1–15 November

A delightful exhibition at The Jerram Gallery in Sherborne of landscapes, interiors and still lives for which Maddison has a long-established reputation. 

Trevann Fanthorpe & Friends - 2–13 November

Drawings and ceramics to brighten a winter’s day feature at the Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, Poole. 

Changing Seasons - 4–19 November

Chesil Beach Centre hosts this artistic celebration of the different seasons. All works for sale with profits going to Dorset Wildlife Trust. 

Phyllis Wolff: The Dorset Colourist - 16–26 November

Phyllis Wolff has been painting the few square miles around her home in Compton Abbas for over 40 years. What is less well known is that she is also an accomplished portraitist. The Slade Centre in Gillingham features over 20 portraits of women who are her contemporaries. 

Exhibitions on Screen: David Hockney at the Royal Academy - 21 & 28 November

This revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Art in London. 21 Nov: Lighthouse, Poole; 28 Nov: Bridport Arts Centre.

Dorset Landscapes - until 25 November

Some of Dorset’s most prominent contemporary landscape painters feature in this Creative Coverage exhibition at Lighthouse, Poole, including Rob Adams from Shaftesbury and Sean Curley from Poole.


Stick Man - 1-2 November

Joyful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book with puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Bournemouth Pavilion 01202 055660.

Harry and Chris - 4 November

Ranging from pandas in crisis to Robot Wars, Harry Baker and Chris Read bring their unique mix of comedy, melody, poetry and best-matery to the Sherling Studio at Lighthouse, Poole. Box office 01202 280000.

Black Out - 8 November

Three dancers and three towels lying in a neat, white square, but then their world is transformed by black sand raining down and the floor turns into a canvas with the dancers’ bodies as paint brushes. Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW), Bournemouth 01202 203630.

Mata Hari: Female Spy - 9–12 November

Katharine Mary gives a powerful portrayal of the world’s first and most infamous femme fatale. Starts 7.30pm. 9 Nov: Sandford Orcas Village Hall (VH) 01963 220208; 10 Nov: Winterborne Stickland VH 01258 880920; 11 Nov: Briantspuddle VH 01929 471002; 12 Nov Studland VH 01929 450204.

Leaf by Niggle - 10 November

This poignant story, by J.R.R. Tolkien, about an artist on a curious journey is brought to life by the Puppet State Theatre. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Hurricane Michael - 11 November

The father of all storms is about to vent apocalyptic fury upon the Kingdom of United, but Michael Phish sees this weather forecast in a different light. Bridport Arts Centre 01308 424204.

Tidy Up - 11 November

Peut-Etre Theatre consider why some of us are born messy and reveal how balloons can create pandemonium. Lighthouse Poole 01202 280000.

Million Dollar Quartet - 14–18 November

Smash-hit musical inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Lighthouse Poole 01202 280000.

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - 15 November

Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums and mysterious masked choreography combine in this spellbinding display at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne. Box office 01202 885566.

The Head Wrap Diaries - 16 November

Blending club styles such as House and Vogue with African and Contemporary dance, Uchenna Dance takes you on a journey from childhood to the present day. 7.30pm, Halstock Village Hall, 01935 891744.

Apple John - 25 November

Bursting with original live music, playfulness and puppetry, Theatre Alibi’s tale is all about growing up and finding your roots. Suitable 5+. 3pm, Herrison Hall, Charlton Down 01305 264060.

Shelley’s Heart - 25–26 November

Interactive play by Doppelganger Productions where you control the characters and send messages from beyond the grave, including a terrifying figment of Mary Shelley’s fevered imagination. Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth 01202 413 600.

Last Man Standing - 30 November

This dance performance draws on the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice as well as The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett. PDSW, Bournemouth 01202 203630.


Locrian Piano Trio - 9 November

Schubert, Bizet, Bellini, Lerner and Loewe, and Eric Coates feature at this lunchtime concert at the Sherling Studio at Lighthouse, Poole. Box office 01202 280000.

Summer of Love - 10 November

Psychedelic musical featuring hit songs from a memorable year in music – 1967. Regent, Christchurch 01202 499199.

Jaywalkers - 11 November

Finalists in the BBC Young Folk Awards this band takes influence from Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing music. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Tomato Tomato - 12 November

John and Lisa McLaggan write clever and quirky original songs, featuring up-cycled percussion, that draw on traditional Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and Swing. 7.30pm, Shipton Gorge Village Hall 01308 897562.

Faith I Branko - 16-19 November

Serbia’s leading Roma violinist Branko Ristic and UK accordionist Faith Ristic perform high-energy original Roma/Jazz influenced music. Starts 7.30pm. 16 Nov: Buckland Newton Village Hall 01300 345455; 17 Nov: Langton Matravers Village Hall; 18 Nov: Chetnole Village Hall 01935 873555; 19 Nov: Ashmore Village Hall 01747 811364.

The Laurent Quartet - 16 & 17 November

Chamber music concert featuring Hadyn’s Sunrise and Dvorak’s ‘American’ String Quartets. Starts 7.30pm. 16 Nov: Nether Compton VH 01935 413220; 17 Nov: St George’s Church, Bourton 01747 840057.

Julia Biel - 17 November

This singer songwriter made major international waves with her MOBO nominated second album, Love Letters and Other Missiles. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake - 17 November

Haunting songs by Nick Drake and his contemporaries. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Weymouth Choral Society - 18 November

Concert featuring the premiere of Requiem by Louise Dukes and John Rutter’s 1985 Requiem. St John’s Church, Weymouth.

Martha Tilston - 23 November

The enchanting songstress performs tracks from her new album NOMAD at the Electric Palace. Bridport. Box office 01308 428354.

Smooth Classic - 25 November

Four sublime adagios from concertos by Albinoni, Mozart and Rodrigo feature in this Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concert at Lighthouse Poole. Box office 01202 280000.

A Baroque Christmas - 26 November

Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir perform Autumn from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Christmas Concerto by Torelli and part of Monteverdi’s Selva Morale. 7.30pm, Blandford Parish Church.


Mediaeval Masons and Tumbling Towers - 4 November

Talk by Pam White of the National Trust about the ‘home improvements’ carried out by Edward I on Corfe Castle. 2.30pm, Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne.

ARC Gala Dinner - 7 November

Wildlife presenter Iolo Williams hosts an evening of delicious food and entertainment, including the infamous comedy quiz, Have I Got NEWTS For You, to fundraise for the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC). Proceeds from this gala dinner, at the award-winning Green House Hotel in Bournemouth, go towards conservation of the UK’s 13 species of native amphibians and reptiles. Tickets from arc-trust.org/arcdinner2017.

Tamed with Professor Alice Roberts - 22 November

From dogs and horses to wheat and apples, Professor Alice Roberts reveals the amazing stories of the species that became our allies. Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne 01202 885566.


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