1.   Bicycle Thieves

2.   Wild  Landscape

3.   Drama Festival

4.   Small News




1.  Bicycle Thieves tonight!

Director: Vittorio De Sica. Actors: Enzo Staiola, Lamberto Maggiorani. 93 minutes. Cert. U. Crime/Drama

‘Bicycle Thieves" was originally released in 1948 and won an Honorary Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film the following year.

In post-World War II Italy poverty is a dire reality for a large portion of the population. Work is scarce and the opportunities for employment are few and far between. Antonio is thrilled when he is at last offered a job: delivering and putting up movie posters. But he needs a bicycle, and must supply his own, so his wife Maria pawns the family's entire stock of bed linen to redeem the bicycle he had already pawned. On his first day at work, the unlocked machine is stolen and Antonio drops everything to go on a desperate odyssey through the streets of Rome with his little boy Bruno to get his bike back. The father is obsessed with finding a stolen needle in the urban haystack. Again and again, he ignores his little boy while scanning the horizon for his bicycle...

Films are screened at The Guildhall, Victoria Road, Dartmouth. The bar is open from 7.00pm and the films start at 7.30pm Guest tickets are available on the night for £3.50 each from “The Windjammer” Victoria Road between 7.00pm & 7.25pm only. No guest tickets will be sold on the door. For more information about Dartmouth Film Society, call Clive Osborne on: Tel. 07968 026449


2.  Wild about the Landscape

TV Presenter and Naturalist Nick Baker will be the Keynote speaker at the South Devon AONB Annual Commuity Forum being held on Tuesday 29th November at Kingsbridge Community College. The theme of the event is ‘Wild about the Landscape – finding new inspiration for nature’s future’

The event is being staged in the light of the Lawton report published in 2010 which stated that “we need a step change in our approach to wildlife conservation from trying to hang onto what we have, to one of large scale habitat restoration and recreation…our natural world is not a luxury”

Nick Baker has been a presenter of the BBC Really Wild Show and numerous other programmes including Autumn and Spring Watch. He lives in Devon and attended Exeter University. He is involved with a number of wildlife charities including the RSPB, and Wildlife Trust. Other speakers include South West RSPB Senior Policy officer Dr Mark Robins and local farmer David Camp who will explain the challenges that wildlife conservation poses and the opportunities for managing them proactively.

The event will start at 6.30pm with a variety of displays from a wide range of organisations and groups involved in local nature conservation with speakers commencing at 7.00pm. Light refreshments will be available. Attendance at the event is free, but bookings for the event should be made e-mail by clicking here, or on 01803 861384 by Monday 21st November.

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3.   Dart Drama Festival next week!

Wednesday 9th November 2011 at 7.30pm see Performance 1 by –

Rewired contemporary dance : A new and vibrant all girl youth dance troupe from Dartmouth under the leadership of Tameka Mortimer. The 17 girls, aged between 12 and 17 years, will be performing original choreographed work especially created for the festival.

Inn Theatre Company : An extract from 'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare - drama Directed by Malcolm MacIntosh. As You Like It' is one of Shakespeare's lighter plays. It tells the story of two brothers who have quarrelled leading to one of them, Orlando, running away to the Forest of Arden. Here he finds the love of his life, Rosalind, who has also run away to the forest having been banished by her wicked uncle. However, Rosalind is posing as a man called Ganymede and he doesn't recognise her. Together with her dear cousin, Celia, she is living the life of a shepherd. The extract begins with the clown Touchstone wooing (if that's the right word) the voluptuous Audrey, and being watched by the melancholy Jaques.

Shiphay Amateur Dramatic Society black comedy : 'Interior Designs' by Jimmie Chinn. Directed by Pat Gillies  'Him' - an odd-job man - offers his 'services' to three women .........

Ermington Players comedy : “Don't Bank On It” - by Richard Knightley and Dan Thomas. Directed by Richard Knightley
It seems a normal day in a small bank in Crispin St Peters until two armed men burst in and announce that they are robbing the bank. Mayhem then unfolds as our hapless robbers go about their heist. Farcical situations abound in this new play written by Ermington Players' Richard and Dan.

Thursday 10th November 2011 at 7.30pm: See Performance 2 by -

Rewired contemporary dance : A new and vibrant all girl youth dance troupe from Dartmouth under the leadership of Tameka Mortimer. The 17 girls, aged between 12 and 17 years, will perform another original choreographed work especially created for the festival.

Salcombe Players – one of two extracts from Michael Frayn’s “Alarms and Excursions”  “Look Away Now” comedy Directed by Lutena Yates.  A passenger ignores the airline’s safety lecture

The Snug Company comedy drama : Rose Tinted Glasses by Max Brandt and Jane Windsor-Smith
Directed by Max Brandt. Meeting for a first date is always difficult, especially when you're middle aged, but Shirley and Bryan know each other well - or do they....... The Snug Company is an off shoot of the Inn Theatre Company which has just been formed, and is hoped to be run on a professional basis performing around Devon in various venues.

Salcombe Players – second of two extracts from Michael Frayn’s “Alarms and Excursions”  “Toasters” comedy Directed by Lutena Yates. The problems of trying to eat and work while standing at a function

Kingsbridge Amateur Theatrical Society rock opera : An extract from the musical “Chess” Directors: Jill Bruley & Rob Willcock Musical Director: Mary Romanos Choreographer: Beverley Adams. Claimed to be the 1980s finest and most enduring rock opera, “Chess” is set at the height of the Cold War, when, at the World Chess Championships, a game of chess was the “simplest and most complicated” way for the US and USSR to do battle against one another.  The complexity of the music led KATS to electronic instrumentation with enhanced lighting and on stage video.

Advance booking tickets prices are, adult, £8.50, child, £5 for any one night; adult combo £15, child combo £8 for any two nights from the Flavel Box Office, 01803 839530 or online by clicking here. Further information, please go to the website by clicking here.


4.   Small News

  • Will Hazlewood reports:  The Hazlewoods are very proud to announce the safe arrival of Esther Constance at Newton Abbott hospital (just) at 1.44am this morning weighing in at 7lbs 10. Back home in time to wake Theo up...Hoorah today is a good day. Proud as punch of my girls.  The photo on the right is Esther only an hour or so old!

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