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1984, Salisbury Playhouse

IT’S arguable whether George Orwell’s most revered book can really work on the stage, but there’s no doubt this adaptation at Salisbury Playhouse succeeded in capturing much of the raw power of the story. Orwell’s chilling version of a dystopian future was written in 1948 and now projects haunting echoes of Soviet era secret police; … Continue reading

The Shah Jahan restaurant at Salisbury

(Article originally published in January 2009). The Shah Jahan ● 111-113 South Western Road ● Salisbury ● SP2 7RR 01722 328120 or 01722 335992 ● http://www.theshahjahan.com YOU can’t beat the good old traditions when it comes to the festive season – so what better way to celebrate than with a good curry? It’s as much … Continue reading

Rosemary Squires at Salisbury Playhouse

(Originally published in 2006) SHE’S performed in great venues all over the world, starred in her own TV series and won millions of devoted fans throughout a glittering career that has spanned more than five decades. Yet Rosemary Squires, whose nickname ‘queen of the jingles’ does little credit to the countless fine songs she has … Continue reading

The Motown Show at Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

(Review originally published in 2005) TO borrow and bend the title of Martha Reeves’ biggest hit, they were ‘dancing in the aisles’ at a packed Tivoli Theatre on Saturday. The four-man singing group, American Dream, backed by an eight-strong band, brought their Motown Show to Wimborne and it certainly struck a winning chord with the … Continue reading

Julie Felix at The Tivoli, Wimborne

(Review originally published in 2005) WITH her black hair draped over her shoulders and her distinctive voice one moment strident, the next as smooth as a lullaby, Julie Felix could have been a girl again, railing against Vietnam and the Bomb. But although this was four decades on and the location was a genteel theatre … Continue reading

Somerset: so changed yet so much the same

(Book review originally published in 2008) AT first it can be difficult to recognise the modern-day reality in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s newly reprinted masterpiece ‘Somerset’, originally published in 1949. So much has changed in nearly 60 years that her narrative seems to belong as much to the county’s long-ago history as do the ancient tales … Continue reading