Digital Diary

Tue 1 Sep 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:


Symphony of the Countryside

'Symphony of the Countryside' captures the images, words, music and sounds that make up our rural landscape, featuring content collected by rural touring schemes across the country including Artsreach in Dorset. Armed with cameras and smartphones, volunteer promoters from across the UK captured sound and video content from their communities during the March 2020 lockdown. These were stitched together by filmmaker Gemma Wearing to create a visual landscape overlaid with music and poetry.

Click to enjoy this short film now


Ninebarrow: Zunshine in the Winter - Sat 16 Jan

Award-winning folk duo Ninebarrow have toured three times with Artsreach, and been involved in various projects too. With the shorter days and winter weather upon us, Jon and Jay have decided to host another live performance Ninebarrow HQ! Free to view, with donations welcomed, blast away those winter blues and join them at 7pm on the 16 January!

Find out more and tune in live here


Two Destination: A Journey of Home - until 17 Jan

In these uncertain times, where our travel is limited, where we question our sense of home, and with the curtain closing on our relationship with Europe, we invite you to take a journey.

Discover the story of a young woman's first travel to the UK through this audio piece, following her steps from Sofia airport in Bulgaria. In gently questioning what home is, the piece reflects on all things that make our home – family, friends, the environment and our possessions – the physical things which support, reinforce and bind our identity. We invite you to listen while you take a walk.

Find out more and take part here


PDSW presents Ella Mesma's Papyllon: 18-24 Jan

Join PDSW’s Supported Artist Ella Mesma as she explores identity, heritage, imposter syndrome and privilege. Ella confesses why and how she doesn’t fit, with a goal to transcend all of her mind chatter and be her best self. Inspired by the four stages of transformation in the lifecycle of the butterfly, this piece will use text, song and movement to explore themes of Race, Herstory, Nature, Nurture, Shamanism and Alchemy. Featuring live music using dance, meditation and aerial silks, this intimate performance was filmed live and streamed from PDSW in Bournemouth in October 2020.

Click to watch Papyllon from Mon 18 Jan


Luke Wright: The Ballad Seller - Tue 19 Jan

Back in Georgian times we got our news from poetry. Before papers, broadcasts or the internet, ballad sellers would hawk their doggerel on street corners for a penny. Scandalous affairs, grisly crimes, and colourful characters were brought to life in rhyming verse long before the first tabloid was printed. Now Luke Wright has rewritten the very best of these stories for the modern ear: take a trip through the Drury Lane gin shops with the Boxing Baroness; filch oysters by the dozen with Dando, the celebrated gormandiser; and escape the Bull Ring with Jemmy the Rockman. Expect scandal, excess, and beautiful flawed humanity.

Click to watch The Ballad Seller at 8pm on 19 Jan


Millstream Theatre: The Woodcutter & The Swan - 21 Jan

Millstream Theatre, The Museum of East Dorset’s resident company of learning disabled actors, presents a brand new short film based on the magical folk tale, The Woodcutter and theSwan. The film combines drama, dance, poetry, animated drawing and original music, created and developed via ZOOM and mobile phones and reflecting the isolation many have experienced this year, ending with a message of hope and friendship.

Find out more and book an e-ticket now


Miracle Theatre: Cinderella - until 31 Jan

There's still time catch this recording of a Miracle Theatre classic, Cinderella, available to view for free online until the 31 January.


The Prince is looking for a bride. When Cinderella’s twisted step sisters, Euthanasia and Anaesthesia, steal her invitation to the palace and hide her ball gown, she has to rely on the Fairy Godmother’s magic skills to rescue her – with unpredictable results!

Click to watch Cinderella on Youtube now


The Devil's Violin presents 'The Thief's Tale'

Take a listen to the second podcaast from acclaimed storytellers, The Devil's Violin. Through music and spoken word, The Devil's Violin retell one magical adventure over five ten-minute episodes. In the best tradition of both Scheherazade and Eastenders, each episode will end with a cliffhanger. Be warned, The Thief's Tale is definitely one for the grown ups! Be prepared to be charmed, thrilled and chilled...

Click here to listen to 'The Thief's Tale'


Ondervinden - The Folk Effect

The Folk Effect is a free, online, high-speed music-writing event programmed over six days. Five folk bands from across the UK will each have twenty-four hours to write a new song directly inspired by the one created and live streamed the day before in a celebration of creativity and togetherness.

See songs released here at 7pm everyday from 2-7 November


The Living Spit Podcast

Artsreach favourites Living Spit have launched a podcast! Howard and Stu (and the occasional special guest) look back at past shows and discussing a whole host of things from how they were conceived, to tour stories and more, all with a dose of their usual humour! Tune in and listen for yourself.

Listen to the Living Spit Podcast


'Owdyado: Twisted Tales in Lockdown

Cornish company 'Owdyado Theatre have been providing work for writers across the UK with a new writing competition, Twisted Tales in Lockdown, and creating an epic series of short audio plays for you to enjoy from... well anywhere really... you can listen to them whenever you like on 'Owdyado's new website...

Listen to the Twisted Tales here


James Rowland: Songs for Friendship

Award winning storyteller James Rowland has toured his SONGS OF FRIENDSHIP trilogy - Team Viking, A Hundred Different Words for Love and Revelations to Dorset in recent years. Now James has released  a unique audio series based on the shows.

Listen to the audio series here