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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 possible.

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.

Recent Events have been:

Les Gloriables, a rousing riotously silly slapstick comedy from French/English duo Spitz & Co. Based upon their very odd interpretation of Victor Hugo’s classic French novel ‘Les Miserables’, and the world famous musical it inspired, Legendary French actress Gloria Delaneuf has come to these shores determined to create a piece of theatre with the power to reunite Europe.  She has dreamed a dream, and her hapless UK tour manager Josephine Cunningham is going to help her make it happen. Performed in French and English with music and visual effects, lots of audience interaction and singing, Les Gloriables will be a riot. Vive La Revolution – what could possibly go wrong! Tickets £9, £6 (U-18s), £25 (family 4, max 2 adults) on door, if available, or in advance from The Old Chapel Stores, or from Katharine Hayens (tel: 01300 345455) or online at www.artsreach.co.uk  For a flavour of this performance please have a look at their trailer:  https://youtu.be/6WXO908- ZMU   "Catch them now before they’re selling out the Albert Hall!" Mel Giedroyc  www.spitzandco.com Leading UK Klezmer Band Shekoyokh.  In 19th century Eastern Europe, Jewish musicians travelled from town to town performing at weddings and other celebrations, meeting and playing with local musicians and sharing repertoire. In the same vein London-based group She'Koyokh has spent the last decade soaking up the rich folk music of Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans.  This acclaimed group’s evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London's Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe, including Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Gasteig in Munich and London's Southbank Centre. With a sumptuous mix of violin, accordion, clarinet double bass, guitar and percussion, and vocals from acclaimed Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, expect a night of exhilarating music for singing, listening and dancing to. The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.  Autumn is here, the trees are bare, the birds fly south, the sheep are flocking, seeking shelter from the wind, and Wolf footprints can be seen padded into the hard ground… Standing on the hilltop a boy is watching his sheep; he is bored, seeking adventure, and looking for the next best thing! The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a beautiful tale about a boy, unable to find delight in what is around him and instead seeks adventure, excitement and the thrill of the unknown! Inspired by Aesop’s famous fable, this wonderful play has a gifted ensemble of actor musicians who bring to life the delightful characters, including funny sheep and perhaps a scary wolf or two! Modou Ndiaye & Band.   A celebration of West African music with Modou Ndiaye, brother of Seckou Keita, who memorably played here in March 2007.  As with Seckou, Modou’s principal instrument is the mesmerising classical 22 stringed West African harp, the kora, but he is also a virtuoso percussionist and songwriter. Both are members of the famous Cissokho  family of griot musicians from the Cassamance region of South Senegal. With a superb repertoire of rhythms and melodies, Modou fuses together modern and traditional beats, and together with his band will feature material from his latest album ‘Londo’, which draws on inspiration from his homeland, and his life experiences. Uniting traditional and modern sounds, this energetic band leaves you invigorated and inspired!    www.modoundiaye.com Alec Dankworth's World Spirit”.  Formed out of renowned bass player Alec Dankworth's love of music from the Iberian Peninsula, World Spirit crosses the Straits of Gibraltar into Africa and beyond. Alec has joined forces with daughter Emily Dankworth, leading tenorist Brandon Allen and world percussionist Paul Clarvis to explore melodies from Africa, South America and other continents from a jazz perspective. With tunes by Duke Ellington, Bela Flek, Antonio-Carlos Jobim, Abdullah Ibrahim and WC Handy originating from Ireland, Venezuela, Bulgaria, South Africa, Mali and Brazil, World Spirit offers an evening of global song and improvisation.  Alec is the son and Emily the granddaughter of Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth.  www.alecdankworth.com  Tom Langham's Hot Fingers - The Banned Played On.  Hot Fingers and Emily Campbell present an eclectic mix of tunes from the 1920's - 1940's which were deemed unsuitable for the public by the various authorities and governments of the time. Whether the censorship was due to political or social reasons or, just plain bad taste, Hot Fingers share all the background stories. From Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald, to Fats Waller and George Formby, all will be played in the inimitable Hot Fingers styles of hot jazz, low down blues and popular song. Featuring guitar, double bass, sousaphone, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, clarinet and tuba, combined with the sublime vocals of Emily Campbell, expect an outstanding evening of entertainment.   www.hotfingers.co.uk  Ranjana Ghatak & Band.   London based singer Ranjana Ghatak has worked nationally and internationally as both an artist and composer.  Commissioned by the Commonwealth Games to write a piece for the Big Big Sing Project in Glasgow 2014, Ranjana also recorded on Gareth Malone’s Christmas album alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Singing in Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi and English, Ranjana takes inspiration from Indian Classical music, mystic poetry and her own writing, performing new material written by herself and songs composed to mystic poets such as Kabir and Meera Bai.   Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the County’s touring arts charity, and following the release of her debut album, she shares the stage with Mercury nominated bass player Liran Donin and in demand guitarist Jack Ross. This trio have spent the last 2 years exploring and performing in several venues including Kew Gardens, the Bath International Festival, the Barbican foyer and the Wigmore Hall. Tall Tree Theatre - Lily and the albatross.  A tale of wild weather, wild birds and wild ambition.  Combining their unique style of puppetry, live music and storytelling, Lily & the Albatross is a heartfelt tale about achieving the unachievable and never letting go of your childhood dreams. Panta Rei Danseteater – ‘Promise of Departure’.   Norwegian dance troupe Panta Rei, a highly acclaimed company known for the overall immersive feeling of their productions catching the imagination of audiences worldwide, returned to our village hall after a gap of several years. Their new show, Promise of Departure, looks at how vulnerability and strength come to play in the relationships we have, and the struggles we are forced to overcome. It explores the promise of connection and the departure from our comfort zone, and challenges the dancers to share personal stories and push their physicality over and over again. Promise of Departure is a co-production between Panta Rei Danseteater (Norway) and Teater Innlandet (Norway), a double bill created in collaboration with British choreographer Rachel Erdos. A fantastic life affirming performance!   www.pantareidanseteater.com/en “Brave Folk” performed by Farnham Maltings Theatre Co.   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’ promised 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. Snow White: The Return of Little Things We were delighted to host Angel Heart Theatre and their new children's show at Piddle Valley First School. There was also a marvellous pre- show puppet making workshop. 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. 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  
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Paddleboat Theatre presents ‘RUSTLE’ (fifty minute outdoor theatre performance) Sunday 1st August, 4.00 pm Gaggle of Geese Garden, Buckland Newton. Tickets: £6 adults, £5 children, £20 (family of 4, max 2 adults) available from www.artsreach.co.uk/whats-on or via the Gaggle’s Facebook page Enquiries tel: 01300 345455 (Katharine or Ian) Imagine that you’re far from home, Playing in the woods all on your own And all is still and calm and clear - But what’s that rustle you can hear? Is it the wind blowing through the trees? Is it the sound of falling leaves? Or is the rustle that you hear The sound of something drawing near… Paddleboat Theatre Company are setting up camp in the great outdoors to tell the greatest campfire story ever told: where sleeping bags become monsters, rucksacks become friends, and torches illuminate the forest’s darkest secrets. Join us for an interactive family show full of stories, puppetry, music and mime, and help us survive in the outside world as the sound of rustling gets closer and closer.