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Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe
Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe Celebration
Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe (BEAF) is Bournemouth’s largest arts festival. It took place this October, delivering a platform to showcase the thriving arts community in the town with a mixture of events, live performance, visual arts and workshops. BEAF will be taking over the Shelley Theatre for one evening to celebrate the fringe, look back over its first year and for everyone involved to get together and have a bash. Along with art installations, projection mapping, live entertainment and music we'll be having an awards ceremony, talking about what the future holds as well as showcasing some of the talent that made this years festival such a success.

6pm to 10.50pm.
Thursday 26 November 2015 18:00
Orson Wells in
Film: The Third Man
The Third Man is considered one of the greatest films of all time, celebrated for its atmospheric cinematography, performances, and musical score. A classic thriller in which writer Holly Martins sets about investigating the death of his friend in post-World War II Vienna but finds himself being drawn into a web of intrigue whilst searching for the illusive 'third man'.

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.
Saturday 28 November 2015 20:00
AsOne Theatre Company
'A captivating twist on an original tale'. A war-torn soldier and an obstinate princess - aided by three unearthly dogs, a strange, wizened woman and a magic tinderbox - discover the unbreakable bonds of true love.

Award winning AsOne Theatre Company presents its talented AsCend ensemble in a new play giving Hans Christian Andersen’s wonderfully dark tale an illuminating, Jurassic Coast twist. From deep under the roots of a magical tree, to a locked room in a royal tower; a story with huge heart and soul dusted with humour.

An audio-visual treat to thrill all the family, 'tinderbox' is a feast of physical storytelling, puppetry, shadow-play, animated image, lyrical music and song - creating a spell-binding experience whatever your age. 'Putting the magic back into family theatre'

Note-The times for Saturdays performances as sold here are correct but may appear differently in some publications.
Friday 04 December 2015 19:30
Saturday 05 December 2015 15:00
Saturday 05 December 2015 19:30
Arts University Bournemouth
Daisy Pulls It Off
Clever, sporty and popular Daisy Meredith wins a scholarship to the exclusive Grangewood School for Young Ladies. Once a pupil at the school Daisy embarks on many 'jolly hockey sticks' adventures, overcoming false accusations, searching for treasure, and making discoveries that will change her life forever.

Students from the Arts University Bournemouth present this hilarious, fast paced comedy set in a 1920’s girls boarding school.
Thursday 10 December 2015 19:30
Friday 11 December 2015 19:30
Saturday 12 December 2015 14:30
Saturday 12 December 2015 19:30
Moon On A Stick Theatre
A Little Christmas Magic
A magical and mischievous tale about discovering the true spirit of Christmas told through puppetry, song and light play. Using their unique combination of visual storytelling, live music and object work, Moon On A Stick transform the stage into a stunning snowy spectacle. This beautiful, playful production, complete with Christmas Carols and audience interaction is suitable for ages 3+ providing a perfect alternative to the family pantomime.
Saturday 19 December 2015 14:00
Saturday 19 December 2015 19:30
Over The Rainbow & Bourne Free present
Sleeping Beauty – A Pantomime For Adults
In association with Over The Rainbow, Bourne Free presents Bournemouth's First Alternative Adult Pantomime"! 5 Show's over 4 days will guarantee you a night full of fun and laughs with all our favourite Bourne Free stars including 2Shoes, Richard Facer, Lucinda Lashes, Sally Vate, Cassidy Connors, Lea Martin and more!

Includes Adult Humour ( Over 16 recommended )
Wednesday 13 January 2016 19:30
Thursday 14 January 2016 19:30
Friday 15 January 2016 19:30
Saturday 16 January 2016 15:30
Saturday 16 January 2016 19:30
A BFI supported screening of
Film: The Legend of Barney Thomson
Barney Thomson, awkward, diffident, Glasgow barber, lives a life of desperate mediocrity and his uninteresting life is about to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer. Starring and directed by Robert Carlyle and worth the ticket just to see Emma Thompson as his mother!

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.
Saturday 23 January 2016 20:00
Meryl Streep & Helena Bonham Carter in
Film: Suffragette
SUFFRAGETTE is a thrilling drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. Radicalised and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives.

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.
Saturday 06 February 2016 20:00
The Cabinet of Living Cinema
Theatre of the Wandering West
A performance of live music, hand-drawn illustrations, ethereal soundscapes and roaring klezmer by The Cabinet of Living Cinema

Bournemouth born musician, Kieron Maguire is joined by fellow performers for this unique performance to tell the incredible story of a chance encounter and unrequited love. Kieron's great, great grandparents were part of an itinerate theatre travelling across Europe in the early 20th century who met one of the 20th century's most celebrated writers, Kafka and became intrigued with the melodrama and the richness of the spoken Yiddish in the theatre’s performances.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Saturday 13 February 2016 15:00
Saturday 13 February 2016 20:00
Jack Maguire presents
Valentine Violin 2
Treat your loved one to a surprise on this very special night. Following last years sell out Valentines Violin concert, Jack Maguire presents another evening of Love, Lust and Jealousy, with his special guest Bethany Jameson, lead singer of "Musique A Trois". Tangos, Gypsy violin, Tchaikowsky, Scheherazade, Carmen, and French chanson, are accompanied by Sam Hanson on piano. Jack was orchestra leader for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras fireworks concerts, now Associate Musician for the Bournemouth Arts Festival By The Sea, performing here at the Shelley Theatre.
Sunday 14 February 2016 19:30
A BFI supported screening of
Film: The Lobster
A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animals and released into the woods. This is a brave, highly creative, surreal film with an impressive cast.

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.
Saturday 20 February 2016 20:00
If you could imagine the love child of Jake Thakery and Victoria Wood that would be Polly Morris. Her observational comedy songs about such things as supermarket shopping or the perils of e-mail, are songs that you can instantly identify with and are guaranteed to raise a smile. These are peppered with more thoughtful acoustic numbers that are reminiscent of Karen Carpenter. Polly has been performing from a very early age. She has produced 3 albums. "In the Meantime", "Dinner for Two", and "Just One Click".
Friday 26 February 2016 19:30
A BFI supported screening of
Film: He Named Me Malala
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) provides intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls' education. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls' education globally. The film gives a glimpse into this young girl's life.

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.
Saturday 05 March 2016 20:00
Show And Tell / house present Ross Sutherland
Standby For Tape Backup
"Two years ago, I found a videotape in my loft. On it: one and a half films, one quiz show and two sit-coms. Somehow, it became the story of my life” (Ross Sutherland) After a near death experience, Ross found himself house-bound with only one thing for company: an old videotape that once belonged to his granddad. The true story of one man’s journey into synchronicity and madness. 'One of the stand-out shows of the Edinburgh Fringe' ★★★★★ Stage
Friday 11 March 2016 20:00
Bournemouth Folk Club present
Martin Simpson – A Concert
Bournemouth Folk Club presents Martin Simpson - an English folk singer, guitarist and songwriter. His music reflects a wide variety of influences and styles, rooted in Britain, Ireland, America and beyond.

Acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.
Saturday 12 March 2016 20:00
Forest Forge Theatre
A buoyant and poetic play in two halves - River Rising and Catch the Water - set against the backdrop of the heritage waterways of Wessex. This exciting new play has been written by local playwright Deborah Gearing, (nominated for the Meyer Whitworth award for "The Cage").
Follow the story of a brother and sister as they chart the ebb and flow of their lives on a journey from youthful rebellion to adult ideals. This is a love song for the waterways of Wessex.
Saturday 19 March 2016 19:30
Dirt In The Gate Movies
Film: The Return of the Living Dead
DIRT IN THE GATE MOVIES present their next 35mm film Screening plus supporting programme.

"Do You Wanna Party?"

When foreman Frank (James Karen) shows new employee Freddy (Thom Mathews) a lost secret military experiment in a supply warehouse, the two klutzes accidentally release a gas that reanimates corpses into flesh-eating zombies. As the epidemic spreads and the creatures satisfy their hunger in gory and outlandish ways, Frank and Freddy fight to survive with the help of their boss (Clu Gulager) and a mysterious mortician (Don Calfa).

The bar is open from 6pm serving a wide range of drinks, cocktails and popcorn!
Saturday 26 March 2016 19:00
Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper & James Corden in
Film: The Lady in the Van
The true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her to temporarily park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years. Starring Maggie Smith with a supporting cast of UK treasures, this is a film not to be missed.

"Maggie Smith is magnificent as a homeless woman who shares Alan Bennett’s drive in this moving adaptation of the West End play". The Guardian.

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.
Saturday 02 April 2016 20:00
Proteus Theatre
Becoming Hattie
Told through the eyes of Jo in 1974 and herself 40 years later, this thoughtful, funny, warm and nostalgic comedy is an affectionate look at the life and career of a remarkable woman – Hattie Jacques and a witty, caustic look at modern life in show business and its cultural attitudes toward larger women. A world where Simon Russell Beale can play an XXL Hamlet, but lead roles are non-existent for larger actresses. Could it be that nothing has changed for women like Jo since Hattie did Carry On?

Proteus Theatre - "The Best of British Theatre from Basingstoke" - The Independent
Saturday 09 April 2016 20:00
Looking at the Shelley Theatre now, it’s easy to forget that it has a rich history spanning over 150 years. In this lecture, David Coates will shed light on the extravagant private theatricals hosted by Sir Percy Florence Shelley at Boscombe Manor. Using captivating images from archives and collections across Britain, he will also uncover the lost history of Shelley's private theatre in London. Evidence will be used to show that these theatrical ventures were important to the birth and development of the amateur theatre movement that we know and love today!
Saturday 23 April 2016 11:00
Lily Tomlin in the hit comedy drama
Film: Grandma
Lily Tomlin is Elle Reid. Elle has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

The combo ticket if selected includes freshly made popcorn and a glass of wine, or beer or cider or any soft drink from our bar.
Saturday 30 April 2016 20:00
A Fundraiser for Shelley Theatre Trust
Bourne2sing – A fundraising concert for Shelley Theatre
Bourne2Sing is a 30 strong Bournemouth Male Voice Choir that raises money for good causes in the area. We are delighted that they are coming to the Shelley Theatre for one night only to sing in aid of raising funds to build more ladies washroom facilities!
The repertoire includes light and popular songs such as Any Dream Will Do, I Dreamed A Dream, The Wonder Of You and American Trilogy. The concert will include special guests.
Friday 13 May 2016 19:30
Raising funds for the Shelley Theatre Trust
Eurovision Anonymous
Last year 50 brave people in Boscombe partied the night away with 200 million others across the world to the sounds of European pop music on the big cinema screen, fortified with cocktails, complimentary scorecards and flags safe in the knowledge that Sweden was always going to win. This year we have more of the same (sadly no bearded lady) but this is Eurovision so you never know what fabulous surprises lurk around the corner! The party starts at the bar from 7pm until the broadcast ends with the screening starting from 7.50pm in the theatre.
Saturday 14 May 2016 19:00
Sisata Theatre Company
Tess of the d’Ubervilles
This year SISATA is making the bold move away from Shakespeare to tackle the classic novel Tess of the d’Ubervilles, adapted and directed by Charmaine K Parkin. Four actors play multiple roles in what is an enigmatic and fast paced telling of virtue, love and injustice, but above all the impact of this on the human condition. Their interactive and engaging performances aim to make universal classic tales interesting and enjoyable for all ages.

Following the interval, there will be an opportunity to chat with the company about the piece.
Saturday 28 May 2016 19:30
Mark is a professional classical guitarist who studied guitar performance with Carlos Bonell who gave a sell out performance at Shelley Theatre last year. Mark has toured across the UK and is bringing his repertoire to Boscombe for the first time.

‘A Brilliant Recital.’ Bournemouth Evening Echo

Note - This concert is re scheduled from the originally published date of 30/10/2015.
Thursday 02 June 2016 20:00
Something Underground Theatre Company
A Good Jew
1938. Sol and Hilda play in the Frankfurt Sinfonietta. They're in love. So what? Well, Hilda’s father is a Nazi Official, and Sol is, of course, a Jew. As Sol's family is scattered by deportation, his mother gives him fatal advice: “Survive. At all costs” Thus, through assuming Aryan identity, Sol relinquishes his roots, his love, his art, and his baby sister Anja. Can Hilda, by herself posing as a Jew, save them all from the grim Nazi show-camp that is Theresienstadt?
Friday 10 June 2016 19:30
JSLN Dance Company
Variations of Pointe
JSLN Dance Company is a neo classical ballet company, founded in 2012. “Variations of Pointe” is a new triple bill encompassing all aspects of ballet: grace, elegance and entertainment with something for everyone. Whether you’re already a ballet lover, or just want to find yourself rolling around in your seats to the antics of familiar characters from Allo Allo interpreted into the language of dance, this show is for you.
Saturday 11 June 2016 19:30
Wessex Actors Company
Noel Coward’s Hay Fever epitomises the sophisticated wit and cynicism of the era between the two wars. It is a comedy of bad manners about a family who torment a group of unsuspecting house guests with their theatrical excesses. It is a fabulous, frothy, feverish farce with underlying themes of cruelty, jealousy and despair. Each of the limelight-loving family members, not least Judith, the mother, has secretly invited a guest. Misjudged meetings, secret seductions and scandalous revelations are rife during an outrageous weekend.
Saturday 02 July 2016 19:30
Dirt In The Gate Movies
Film: The Exorcist
Dirt In The Gate Movies are proud to present their next film event projected in its original 35mm film format.
Nothing prepared audiences in 1973 for what some people have regarded as the scariest film ever made...
Sensational, shocking horror story about possession and the subsequent exorcism of demonic spirits from a young, innocent girl. The Exorcist was notable for being one of the biggest box-office successes of its time and it remains one of the few horror films nominated for Best Picture. However, it was also one of the most opposed films for its controversial content.

The bar is open from 6pm serving a wider range of drinks, cocktails and popcorn!
Saturday 09 July 2016 19:00
Experience opera like you've never seen before, as Pop-Up Opera take to the stage with this incredibly fast-paced comical face in their adaptation of this much loved score. Witness razor-sharp timing as the ever resourceful barber, Figaro, tries to help the young Count Almaviva win the hand of the beautiful Rosina out of love rather than for his wealth. Soon the pair set about to produce many disguises for the count, and thus the farce ensues…! Pop-up Opera is an innovative and not to be missed professional touring opera company dedicated to making opera enjoyable and inviting, without losing the quality of musical performance. "a serious commitment to musical standards... along with a personality of its own that reminds you that opera, inter alia, can actually be quite fun." *Opera Now Magazine* ★★★★★
Saturday 30 July 2016 19:30