2. The Tempest
Venomous fish have arrived
Dartmouth Players get an Award
flowers of Dartmouth
6. Small News
A ferry trip
1. Kingswear Regatta
As previously reported on
this site Kingswear Regatta is scheduled to go ahead on the 9th
and 10th of August 2008 at Jubilee Park and on Waterhead Creek,
The event will follow the same successful format as last year
with events on land and water, with the Kingswear Dog Show,
Vintage Car Rally and Regatta Rock on the 9th and the Grand Fete
and Duck Race on the 10th August - and rowing on both days.
The fete will be a family fun event and as well as the usual
stalls and cream teas, there will be a special treat in store
for the kids with a Punch and Judy Show on Sunday and special
rowing events for younger children as well as mums and dads. The
prime beneficiary will be Kingswear Community Primary School and
the school orchestra will be performing on the Sunday too. The
Regatta Committee hopes that funds raised during the event will
be used to provide more instruments and equipment for the
Entry forms for the rowing
events are in Kingswear Village Stores. Entries are open to all
and are limited, so get yours in as soon as you can.
Anyone wishing to hear Sax Appeal at Kingswear Regatta Rock in
the Kingswear Village Hall on Saturday 9th August starting at
8-30pm should order tickets through the Regatta website
click here to
see it . Watch this page for further news and do put
August 9th and 10th on your calendars now!
After last year’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Inn Theatre
Company are continuing the ‘magical’ theme for this year’s
Dartmouth Shakespeare Week, with their production of The
The story tells of the deposed Duke of Milan, Prospero, who is
living on a strange and enchanted island, where he was banished
12 years ago, with his daughter, Miranda. Also on the island is
the monster Caliban and the spirit Ariel. With Ariel’s help,
Prospero conjures up a magical storm, which apparently wrecks a
galleon carrying his old adversaries.
The main character in the play is undoubtedly that of Prospero,
who is one of Shakespeare’s more enigmatic protagonists. On the
island, with his magical abilities, he is all-powerful. At times
he can appear self important, petty and autocratic, but there
can be no doubt that the play revolves around Prospero as he
schemes and manipulates the other characters and bends them to
his dynamic will.
This challenging part is being played by Max Brandt, who first
stunned audiences in Dartmouth with his portrayal of Shylock in
The Merchant of Venice two years ago. He is very much looking
forward to playing another legendary Shakespearian character at
this year’s Dartmouth Shakespeare Week. The photo shows him
casting his spell over proceedings at Dartmouth Castle. Playing
Miranda is Corrina MacIntosh, who last year enchanted
theatregoers as Hermia, the grotesque Caliban is played by
Dartmouth Shakespeare Week stalwart Gil Garland, and the spirit
Ariel is performed by newcomer Katherine Lock.
The play also features many otherworldly characters such as
spirits, nymphs and goddesses, just as last year’s A
Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Tempest will be performed from Tuesday 5th to
Saturday 9th August in the open-air at Dartmouth Castle. Tickets
are available from the Tourist Information Centre, 01803 834224.
More information is available by
fish have arrived
Torquay’s coastal zoo is now home to
eight stingrays of three species: two mangrove whiprays (which
are brown), four blue-spotted ribbontail rays (which are oval)
and two of the kite-shaped blue-spotted stingrays.
Sometimes known as sea devils, stingrays have venomous barbs on
their tails. Marine biologist Jodie Peers is quick to defend her
new charges: “They have the potential to kill, but it is just
like with bees - their sting can be painful but it is rarely
fatal. “Rays are not at all vicious, but some hide in sand on
the sea-bed and they can be stepped on - that’s when you could
get hurt. Rays are sensitive and intelligent creatures, some are
shy, others are more outgoing. I can identify all of our new
arrivals individually. The two mangrove rays are quite
boisterous characters. I hope we will have breeding here in the
As their eyes are on top of their bodies and their mouths
underneath, they never see their prey, but use smell and
electro-receptors similar to those of sharks. They feed mainly
on molluscs and crustaceans.
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Dartmouth Players get an Award
A special drama award in recognition
of “innovation and ensemble work” has been presented to the
Dartmouth Players by a leading theatrical expert.
At the final of the South Devon Drama Festival held at the
Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth, festival adjudicator, Peter Reeves,
presented, society chairman Bill Hunt with the “Adjudicator’s
Special Award” for the pantomime, Dick Whittington, which was
staged at the Flavel Theatre, Dartmouth, during Christmas last
Mr Hunt said: “We have another pantomime written already with music
again, by Norman Cork. This time it is to be the magical
“Sleeping Beauty”, by Linda Churchill, who wrote and directed
the recently performed “Blow the Wind Fair” staged as part of
the Hawley 600 commemorations”.
Mr Hunt is inviting
anyone who might be interested in taking part, to come along to
the auditions to be held in the Studio, at the Flavel, Dartmouth
on Monday 28 July at 7.30pm. “We are looking of all types of
help,” he said. “We need a large team including not only actors,
dancers and singers, but backstage, computer graphics, costumes,
you name it we need it.
Sleeping Beauty is to be staged at the Flavel Theatre, between
Sunday 28 and 31 December.
For more information
here or telephone 01803 832036
flowers of Royal Avenue Gardens
It's that time of year again,
where the flowers almost overpower you! These photos
were taken on Sunday. Why not come down for
the weekend ?
Dee just called to
say: we have had to change the venue for the Dartmouth
Caring party, it is now at the
Guildhall with Sax Appeal, food available and bring your own
bottle (though refreshments available at a donation).
Macmillan Fete -
Macmillan Cancer Relief is holding its annual fete on
Tuesday 22nd July in the Royal Avenue Gardens. Come
along and visit the stalls selling home made cakes,
bric-a-brac, books, arts and crafts and help the charity
improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
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