COMEDY CAFE HEADLINER MATT HOLLINS FINDS HUMOUR IN THE MUNDANE

matt-hollins (Oct 25)MORE top class talent comes to Bridport Arts Centre this month with the latest Comedy Cafe night.

Headlining the October show is former Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Matt Hollins, a comic likened to Tony Hancock thanks to his dour outlook on life.

The comic has established himself as a regular circuit headliner thanks to his unique persona and hangdog attitude, and he’s built up an armoury of tales of disappointment, ranging from having to travel on the bus, staying at hostels, and working in a biscuit factory. Continue reading

STAN GETZ REVISITED BY USA TENOR SAXOPHONIST FRANK GRIFFITH

Frank_Griffith_Jazz_Night_At_Bridport_Art_Centre_200511_full_073USA tenor Saxophonist Frank Griffith will bring his trio to Bridport on Saturday 21 September, 8pm for a tribute to the legendary jazz musician Stan Getz.

Stan Getz, known as ‘the sound’ because of his warm, lyrical tone, was one of the greatest saxophone players in the history of jazz.  He created a rich and timeless legacy that still thrives today.

Frank Griffith will lead his trio through a full programme of songs; stemming from his 1940s hits with Woody Herman (Early Autumn) to the 1960s Bossa Nova craze with The Girl From Impanema and Corcovado.  It will also include will be his later collaborations with pianist, Chick Corea and Kenny Barron both of whom contributed very contemporary material to Stan’s repertoire towards the end of his career.
Frank Griffith has been a resident in the UK since 1996 and his trio includes Rob Barron, piano, Alec Dankworth, bass, and Trevor Tompkins, drums.
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ILLYRIA PRESENT BABE THE SHEEP PIG

SMALL BABE pic 1Dick King-Smith’s heartwarming tale of friendship, courage and determination will be brought to life in a family production on the Millennium Green on Sunday 28 July, 7pm

Farmer Hoggett wins a piglet at the fair – and everyone knows what fate awaits piglets raised on a farm. Adopted by Fly the sheepdog, Babe develops his own methods of herding sheep using politeness instead of barking orders, and even saves the flock from being stolen by sheep rustlers. But Farmer Hoggett is a hard man to please – so when Babe is entered for the county sheep dog trials he is going to need Fly’s help, all his wits, and as much politeness as he can muster if he is going to get the sheep to co-operate, win the trials, and save his life. Continue reading

BRIDPORT BASED ACTOR TO PLAY HITLER IN ‘CHILLINGLY REAL’ ONE MAN SHOW

   “Hitler Alone is chillingly real … an act of bravery, if ever I saw one” (The Scotsman  ****)

In an imagined monologue during the hour before Hitler’s suicide in the Berlin Bunker, this one man show attempts to penetrate the heart and mind of the “maniac of  ferocious genius” (Churchill) as he contemplates his past, present and future in moods that charm and repel in equal measure.

Written and performed by Bridport based actor Paul Webster, the show has toured nationally to much acclaim and been six times to the Edinburgh Fringe, where it was put on the “Best of the Fest” list.

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PETER HAND: REPOSITORY OF DREAMS

In the dark days of January come and explore the unique world created by sculptor Peter Hand and his ‘Repository of Dreams’ exhibition.

These are not sculptures in the conventional sense, nor will this be a traditional exhibition.  The theatre at the Arts Centre will be transformed into a labyrinth of glass-fronted cabinets each containing a highly detailed scene, quite like a theatre set, full of mysterious, beguiling and at times disturbing characters.

These characters explore aspects of Jungian psychology, as experienced by Peter Hand, who lives in Marshwood and who has been creating these pieces over a period of more than 30 years.  They are full of symbolism, mythology, illusion and allusion and are sure to generate lots of discussion.