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Proms night to benefit baby unit

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

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TODAY National Theatre Live presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Strode Theatre, 7pm. Directed by Marianne Elliott, it's adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon.

TOMORROW A Diamond Jubilee Last Night of the Proms concert performed by the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the Octagon, Main Auditorium.

Presented by The Rotary Club of Yeovil this annual charity evening sees the proceeds benefiting the Special Care Baby Unit at Yeovil District Hospital, the Yeovil Young Achievers Trust and other causes.

The concert has an exciting programme to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, including popular classics, light orchestral pieces and music from movie scores and stage productions as well as the traditional big finale.

TOMORROW Living Spit Theatre Company presents The Six Wives of Henry VIII at Dorchester Arts Centre, 7.30pm.

Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. Stu McLoughlin doesn't really look like any of the wives, but he's going to give it a go.

The play was an undisputed hit at the Bristol Old Vic, and with live original music, embroidery, Barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in cross-dressing Tudor history.

SATURDAY Lyme Regis Tenth ArtsFest to September 16. A lively celebration of all the arts.

SATURDAY Sandi Toksvig Live! My Valentine at the Octagon, 7.30pm, Main Auditorium.

The comedian, novelist, actor, broadcaster, show-off and international treasure embarks on her first major UK solo tour in years.

Long-standing host of Radio 4's News Quiz and Excess Baggage and regular QI panellist, Sandi will be touring a brand-new, uniquely witty evening of stand-up, stories and fascinating facts.

SATURDAY Fun Dog Show at The Masons Arms, Lower Odcombe, registration noon.

SATURDAY An Illustrated Talk by Kathryn Ferry at Strode Theatre, 3pm. Part of the Street Heritage Weekend. In this talk Dr Ferry, author of The Victorian Home, explores how notions of good taste differed between the consumers' wish to display their new wealth and the elite designers who were advocates of the simplicity of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

SUNDAY Sarah de Warren, Dorchester Arts Centre, 7.30pm.

Local singer-songwriter Sarah has been writing and recording her own material since the age of 13. Quoting influences that range from Jeff Buckley and Beth Rowley to the XX, she has created an impressive back catalogue of haunting melodies overlaid with emotionally fraught and emotive lyrics that hint at an insight and intelligence that transcend her 18 years.

Sarah was a finalist in Live and Unsigned 2012 at the 02 Arena and a semi-finalist two years running in the UK Songwriting Contest.

WEDNESDAY What is spinning? Glastonbury Spinners at Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, 1pm until 4pm. All ages, free. Have a go with a drop spindle.

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