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Do you write poetry? We are looking for the best Spoken Word piece on the theme “Southampton is the people”, and we have a £100 prize for its writer. All you have to do is submit a video of you performing your piece to the SO: To Speak Festival Facebook page. Who decides which is...
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a large audience in possession of the wonderful ballroom at The Dolphin Hotel, must be in want of an hour’s entertainment… preferably something to do with Jane Austen and Southampton. On Sunday 22nd October, we gathered in the large room our celebrated Regency era author danced in as...
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It was a privilege to support Rob Gee’s performance of ‘Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit’ at The Art House in Southampton on Sunday evening. With a sold-out audience, the atmosphere was excited and expectant. The Art House’s gallery was the perfect space for this poignant and entertaining performance. Without wanting to give too much...
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It is a dark, if not stormy, evening as I arrive at the Art House for The Travelling Talesman’s new show, Haunted! Having already seen two of his shows – Nectar of the Gods and Changed! – I know I am in for a real treat: an evening of mesmerising, mythological tales, delivered by Cliff...
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I can almost see it: “A pineapple?” Lady Catherine de Burgh crinkled her nose. You would think, wouldn’t you, that the formidable woman would likely be offended by anything less than proper and wholly English. But actually, the pineapple was a rare luxury in Regency England. This and much more we learned at Cobbett Road...
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Festival organiser Charlie Hislop coined the phrase ‘the cream of Southampton’s spoken word scene’ for yesterday’s Southampton Showboat; it’s a great line. But as it turned out, this spoken word night was about more than the cream, it was the sprinkles and Malteasers on the top, finished off with a perfect Flake like the best...
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If rain is a good omen, then the rain yesterday evening was superb. We met upstairs in the library, a room just beyond the literature section – a suitable place for an author conversation if ever there was one. We were a fair sized group and as everyone settled into their seats, Allison Kirby of...
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A night where the modern evening collides with the ancient day, creating a spectacular infusion of theatrical styles. Here’s the thing: I was set to review Antigone, but all performances were sold out. So sold out, in fact, that the theatre were selling the ushers’ seats. It’s been such a popular production that a review...
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Today we’re glad to present this wonderful video of Mervyn Stutter and the cast members of Jane Austen and the Waterman rehearsing a musical number. The song is interwoven with Mervyn’s introduction to Charles Dibdin. Tickets to our play are selling out fast so if you want to come do book as soon as you...
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The Touch Network provides a forum for people to talk about the experiences and issues they’ve dealt with and to inspire others. One of this month’s guests, Stacey Heale, is a carer, mother, partner, academic, and campaigner. She is the partner of The Delays’ frontman and artist, Greg Gilbert. Following his diagnosis in November 2016...
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It’s important that the festival helping create new artistic work in the city. Those were the words of festival organiser Charlie Hislop at the VIP reception. On Tuesday, patrons, sponsors, and event hosts gathered together in the Pod of the Solent University Spark Building to celebrate the start of this year’s schedule, the open space...
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