You never expect life to change while you are watching paint dry, but that’s exactly what happened to me. One minute I was trying to decide if the living room wall really needed another coat of magnolia and the next Pirate Gran had bounded into my brain, and refused to leave until I had written her down.
I thought eureka moments happened to other people. But there was Pirate Gran – as large as life and twice as naughty – demanding to be let loose on the world. She was irresistibly funny and feisty, and what’s more she very thoughtfully brought her story with her.
I’m sure there are writers whose brains ache with the effort of imagining what happens next… But I could see Pirate Gran as clearly as I could see, well as clearly as I could see that magnolia paint, and somehow I knew exactly what she and her silly shipmates had been up to. Continue reading
Parlor Dance have loved being back in Bridport after their visit last May when we brought ‘Close Distance’ to the arts centre which was supported by a ‘Dance a Day’ curtain raiser.
This week has been quite a different experience as we are in a research and development process exploring ideas for our next full touring piece ‘Home from Home’ which is studying ‘care’ and impact of care in various contexts. The next work will consist of three different pieces of work to include duet and trio work by the company’s professional dancers and one actor; Richard Headon who co-runs ‘Desperate Men’, a street theatre company based in Bristol. Continue reading
We’re delighted to announce our programme of events for February 2014 – May 2014. Continue reading
Year 5 pupils from St Catherine’s Primary school were the first to sample the new Gallery Morning events for schools at Bridport Arts Centre recently led by artist and teacher Clare Winterbottom. Continue reading
As part of this year’s Bridport Open Book, spoken word poet Chris Redmond spent two days at the Sir John Colfox school working with a group of Year 9 students. They looked particularly at kennings, an Anglo-Saxon literary device in which a new noun or a noun phrase is used to replace a more familiar noun. Examples from Anglo-Saxon poetry, where they were very common, include calling the sea “the whaleroad” a sword a “battlefriend” and the body a “bonehouse.”
Here are some of the Kennings produced by the Year 9′s who worked collaboratively on the poems. Continue reading
Would you like to learn how to make a radio programme? Do you have a story to tell about Bridport’s rich cultural past? Continue reading
‘The Price of Everything‘ by Daniel Bye is heading to Bridport Arts Centre, The Marine Theatre and Dorchester Arts next week and in keeping with the spirit of the show the three venues are pleased to offer you the chance to come along and pay only what you think it’s worth. Continue reading
After five years in the role, the Programme Manager of Bridport Arts Centre, Margie Barbour, is leaving to follow new opportunities. Continue reading
Can’t wait to see the new version of Far From the Madding Crowd starring Carey Mulligan? You can watch the original on the big screen at the Arts Centre this week. Filmed in Abbotsbury in the late 1960s, you can expect to see plenty of local landmarks and maybe even some familiar faces. Continue reading