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                    10th May 2007

1.    Music Festival

2.    Original painting postcard lottery

3.    Shakespeare Midsummer Night's Dream

4.    Election results!

5.    Blackawton Worm Charming

6.    Film Society tonight!

7.    Kevin Pyne Poetry in aid of RLNI
       @ The Flavel

8.    Small News


1.     Music Festival  16-20 May  One week to go!

It's beginning to get a bit frantic with just a week to go, with concert tickets for the recital by the internationally acclaimed Fujita Trio (shown on the right) now selling fast, as memories of their amazing concert last year begin to stir, as are those for the From Benny to Buddy concert on the Sunday evening.

Remember, there are around 100 music events in Dartmouth.

One which Dartmouth dot TV will definitely attend is in Browns Bar, who are delighted to welcome back Kate Walsh (Friday) and Mark Ely (Saturday) both of whom have recorded new albums this year. Kate (pictured on the left at Browns last year) was recently the number one down loaded album on iTunes UK and featured in a whole page article in The Times. Catch her at Browns! They will be serving early food in the bar between 6 and 7pm, and as normal in the restaurant on both nights. To make a booking please call 832572

If you don't want to miss this great event, why not come down, for self catering click here,  for B&B click here,  for Hotels click here For a Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here.

2.    Original painting postcard lottery

Brenda from D'art Gallery reports:  We are organising for the 3rd year, an 'original painting postcard lottery' event where all proceeds are this year going to the Dartmouth Caring Charity. Basically, we ask all our artists and local artists - simply any artists we know- to contribute postcard size original paintings which are on show at the gallery from first bank holiday in May.  We expect to get around 50 small originals and for each painting we sell a ticket which is numbered and corresponds with a painting. The purchaser of the ticket does not know which painting is paired with their ticket until the bank holiday at the end of May. Every ticket holder is a winner and each ticket is £25. In previous years we have raised £1500 each time and our charities have been Children's Hospice and RNLI.  This year, we wanted it to be closer to home and think Dartmouth Caring is a very worthwhile cause.

3.     Shakespeare Midsummer Night's Dream

As part of the preparations for this year’s Dartmouth Shakespeare Week, a group of young girls are busy rehearsing a fairy dance for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to be performed in the open-air at Dartmouth Castle this summer. Director Malcolm MacIntosh has recruited designers Kelly & Jaqui from Ethera shop in Dartmouth to create the fairy costumes. Here you can see Kelly, a world authority on ‘Faerie’, trying out some ideas for the fairy dancers. In a break from tradition, these fairies will not be the sweet and lovely spirits that we are used to. Malcolm wants them to be mischievous imps.

Kelly has therefore come up with some magical designs that reflect the traditional English countryside – there will be a ‘moss’ fairy, a ‘blackberry’ fairy, a ‘dandelion’ fairy etc. In fact the organisers are so pleased with the designs that they have arranged for them to go on display at the Flavel Hall two weeks before the opening night at the end of July. When you realise that the fairies are being choreographed by internationally renowned Ballet teacher, Linda Goss, who trained at the Bolshoi Ballet, as well as being led by an ex-Royal Ballet dancer, you realise what a depth of talent there is in our annual Dartmouth Shakespeare Week. The girls, from Linda’s Ballet class at the Dartmouth Leisure Centre, are very excited about appearing in the play.

And to complement the professional input, make-up artist Eve Wignall will be on hand to design some exciting make-ups. Eve has an impressive background in films and TV, having worked on The Mummy, Return of The Mummy, Merlin, Hot Fuzz, Torchwood etc.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented from 31 July to 4 August at Dartmouth Castle, tickets as usual from the Tourist Information Centre.

4.   Election results!

Councillor Dave Cawley reports: My thanks to the people of the Clifton Ward in Dartmouth who voted for me - I have been re-elected to the town council, it's a tough job........  Many people asked who did the logo? 
It was of course none other than my old friend Paul Barclay whose gallery you can see by clicking here. Or you can visit his gallery in person at the corner of Oxford Street and Lower Street.  If you want something special, from a house sign to a corporate mural, just ask?

And now the credits, thanks to my wife Jill, Tessa de Galleani, John & Mairaid Light & Jessica Dart for support and leaflet distribution.  And a very special thanks to my mentors  Richard Rendle M.B.E. and Nigel Way M.B.E for mostly keeping me on the straight and narrow.  And of course; everyone who knows me!

5.   Blackawton Worm Charming

Not just Worm Charming, a village party, and what a party!  Time to meet old friends, quaff the odd pint of odd Cider, dance and be merry.  Three film crews, multiple press and a radio station jostled with the 100's of merry people.  If you missed it this year, be sure to go next year!


6.    Film Society tonight!

Our film for Thursday 10 May is TSOTSI. Winner of the 2006 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Set amongst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto this gritty drama traces six days in the life of a ruthless gang leader nicknamed Tsotsi (meaning hoodlum). Orphaned by AIDS Tsotsi has clawed his way into adulthood becoming a violent predator, totally desensitised to violence and death. But when a car-jacking goes wrong and Tsotsi is left caring for a young baby realisation hits and he begins to question his own brutality. Featuring a magnificent central performance from Presley Chweneyagae. Directed by Gavin Hood.

Guest tickets available from The Windjammer 7.30-7.55 £3.50
Our bar is open in The Guildhall at 7.30 - the film to be shown at 8pm approx.

7.    Kevin Pyne Poetry in aid of RLNI @ The Flavel

Kevin will be reading some of his work in aid of the RNLI at `An Evening with Kevin Pyne` at the Flavel, Dartmouth at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th May.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear the poet read his own work! Tickets available at the Flavel.

Fourth Printing of Further Up The River rolls off the press!  Kevin Pyne says: “I feel honoured and deeply touched that so many people have taken my poems to heart.”

His publisher Richard Webb of Dartmouth has now printed two volumes of Kevin`s poetry and confirms that sales have exceeded all expectations and that orders have been received from all over the Westcountry and UK and worldwide.

Richard Webb adds: “His unpretentious style, simple emotions and special understanding of both the pain and pleasures of life have endeared him to a wide readership. For a poet to have four impressions of his first work printed is a remarkable achievement and shows how popular Kevin`s work has become.”  The reprint will be available at the reading or from The Harbour Bookshop, Dartmouth and The Torbay Bookshop, Paignton.  Website .

8.     Small News  

  • David Gest spotted by the New Angel and on Bayards Cove!!  Thanks to Max Manners for spotting him.

  • If you go down to the Farmer's Market this Saturday Morning, you may see this man offering his wares?

  • Dartmouth dot TV, every week, pushing your business every week, did we say every week?

  • It's time to book your holiday in Dartmouth now, for self catering click here,  for B&B click here,  for Hotels click here For a Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here.

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