Digital Diary

Mon 6 Apr 2020

Keep #CulturallyConnected with Artsreach

Whilst we aren't able to welcome touring performers to our community venues at present, many of them are working hard to keep in touch with us all releasing lots of lovely creative content online. Here we pull together just a few of the things we have found taking place digitally over the coming days and weeks that you might like to connect with:


Louise Jordan - The Hard Way

We toured this show back in 2019, and so we are pleased to announce that Louise Jordan will be live streaming a performance of The Hard Way on 26 June, which will be available to watch for 48 hours, with a live Q & A on Sunday evening to find out more about the story.

 The Hard Way tells the story of working class suffragette Hannah Mitchell through original song and storytelling. It was created with funding from Arts Council England, in collaboration with director and theatre maker Stephanie Jalland (Hoodwink Theatre). The show was due to tour for a third time in April and June 2020. Hannah’s is an inspirational story and this one-woman performance charts her journey from an unhappy childhood in rural poverty in the Derbyshire Peak District through sweated labour, marriage and motherhood to becoming a public speaker, city councillor and magistrate.

Watch The Hard Way from 8pm on 26 June


Scratchworks Theatre Company - Stories from the Sticks

We've toured many of their shows over the years, which is why we are so pleased to announce their brand new podcast Stories from the Sticks.  It brings together the city-dwelling Scratchworks members (Sian, Alice & Laura) with special guests from isolated communities who invite you into their village and share stories of love, history, local myths and community spirit, especially during this time of lock-down. 

Listen to the podcast from 29 June


Tim Kliphius - Recording at Home

We toured the genre-bending concert violinist, composer and educator Tim Kliphius to great acclaim in Blandford, Yetminster and Portesham back in November 2019. Whilst in lockdown he has been releasing videos for us to watch on his Youtube channel, as well as writing his next composition 'The Five Elements', composed in crisis, about the crisis!

This epic, filmic 30 minute piece will feature his trio band members, recording from Dublin and Edinburgh as well as other top musicians, to be released in September. 

Watch all Tim's videos here


BOVTS: 'Buzzing' until 26 June

Every summer we welcome the students of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to our stages and tickets for their performances are always in high demand.

Written as part of Graeae Theatre Company’s Write To Play programme, and produced by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, 'Buzzing' explores connections – with ourselves, with our peers, with our families, with our online community, and with strangers....  Suitable for ages 14+

Buzzing is available to watch online here between 19-26 June.


Theatre Alibi - I Believe in Unicorns

Theatre Alibi produce imaginative theatre for all ages. Their 'Fish Eye' show toured with us a few years ago at Gillingham to great acclaim. In response to the current climate they have made a range of content accessible online for free- including past shows and activities for home. We toured their production of 'I Believe in Unicorns' to Broadmayne Village Hall back in 2013 and now they have released it as a recording for free on their website, along with a learning resource back for teachers and parents. 

Watch I Believe in Unicorns for free here


Dan Baker - A Song a Day during Self-Isolation

Dan Baker (of Petites Annonces) has  been recording a 'song-a-day' from his home studio to entertain us whilst in lockdown. When not shut at home, he is the violinist from gypsy-swing/French chanson band Petites Annonces, whom have toured with Artsreach several times in years gone by. His song-a-day project covers a comprehensive range of genres and is always delightful with that gypsy-swing toe tapping feel! All songs are available to view on his Youtube channel, with more added each day.

Watch A Song a Day here


NT Live at Home - A Midsummer Night's Dream: until 2 July

National Theatre's spellbinding production of A Midsummer Night's Dream this week is captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Starring Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) and directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production saw the Bridge Theatre become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

Watch A Midsummer Night's Dream from 7pm 25 June


Ninebarrow Live Concert: Saturday 11 July

Award-winning folk duo Ninebarrow have toured three times with Artsreach, and been involved in various projects too.

Now Jon and Jay are hosting live online concerts so you can enjoy their music. They're going to be treating these like a normal gig - so there'll even be an interval where you can stretch your legs and top up your glass!

Watch Ninebarrow live from 7pm on 11 July


Pentabus - Rural Recordings

Pentabus entertained us during lockdown by releasing a new recording of one of their shows every Friday at 2pm. All of these recordings plus their selection of podcasts are available to stream online from their website. 

Click to watch all Pentabus' live recordings


Shakespeare's Globe - A Midsummer Night's Dream 

Shakespeare's Globe to Dorset have released their final past recording for you to enjoy at home - A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.

This 2013 production, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, employs Renaissance costumes and staging.

Watch A Midsummer Night's Dream from 7pm Mon 15 June


#MiracleMonday: from 1 June

"This will be the first summer in 40 years that Miracle hasn’t been able to bring live theatre to the nooks and crannies of Cornwall, the Scilly Isles and the South West. We hope these films will bring back some happy memories and go some way towards filling the gap!” said Miracle Theatre’s Artist Director Bill Scott.

Click to watch 'The Importance of Being Earnest'


Emma Rice's Wise Children: from 11 April

Artsreach audiences may remember Emma Rice as the Director of Kneehigh Theatre's 'The Red Shoes' which toured to Dorset. With her new company Wise Children, Emma brings her unique, musical and exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s novel of the same name. Expect show girls, Shakespeare, sex, scandal, mischief, mistaken identity and butterflies galore.

Click to watch 'Wise Children' now


The Living Spit Podcast

Living Spit continue their weekly podcasts looking back at past shows, and discussing a whole host of things, with a dose of their usual humour! Tune in every week;

Listen to the Living Spit Podcast


Luke Wright Live: every Wednesday 8pm

Some of you may have caught poet Luke Wright in Sturminster Marshall or Marnhull this season as part of The Inn Crowd.

Now, every Wednesday during lockdown, Luke is taking to twitter and performing his poetry live.

<"His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour" The Guardian

Watch Luke Wright Live at 8pm every Wednesday


Paddleboat's Lockdown Activities

Last year PaddleBoat Theatre toured their show 'Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century'. They have been working hard during lockdown and have produced a variety of 'lockdown activities' to keep children engaged at home. Part of this is how to get involved with the making of their new show 'Dream Maker'

Get involved with all of Paddleboat's activities


Darrell Wakelam: #ArtJumpStart

Artist and maker Darrell Wakelam is always a favourite in our children's summer workshop programme.

Now children and families can get creative together at home. Everyday Darrell is releasing free art homeschooling ideas on twitter, from loo roll Hogwarts and spaceships to pasta fish fossils and egg box monkeys!

Join Darrell every day on twitter and get creative