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Bournemouth’s Connections to the Literary World

At first, Tolkien and his wife Edith, would only holiday in Bournemouth. Once again, they would always stay in the one place, this time it being the Hotel Miramar on the East Cliff. However, when Edith became increasingly frail, Tolkien closed the door on Oxford, and the couple retired to a modest, now demolished, bungalow that backed onto Branksome Chine, where they lived until Edith died in 1971...

Lighthouse Announces Reopening Date

Theatre executives advise that the initial reopening will be limited, consisting of the cinema, the Beacon Café, the ticket office and some behind-closed-doors rehearsals, courses and classes. In addition, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is expected to start rehearsing in the concert hall again. During this time, Lighthouse will dedicate its time to developing a pop-up film studio, in which digital content can be created for concerts and other performances...

Dale Hurst, Novelist

Sin & Secrecy was inspired by reading the classic works from the big 18th and 19th Century writers like Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Jane Austen, and watching adaptations thereof. I really wanted to write a story channelling my love for these styles and characters and language, but that placed them all in one common setting. I couldn’t tell you exactly what sparked the idea in the mind of a 15-year-old of four children conspiring to murder their headmistress, but that was the seed from which Sin & Secrecy and its prequel grew...

Josh Tucker, Actor / Musician

I actually had two roles in the first show I ever did - "Bugsy Malone" at the Jellicoe, I played Babyface and Snake Eyes, and I have very fond memories from that show. Particularly my big moment as Babyface, coming out on stage with a baseball bat...

Dan Partridge, Performer (Part 2)

It's a funny one because, in the industry, I thought Danny is a role I will never be able to play. Because he always has dark hair, etcetera, etcetera. Essentially, a John Travolta lookalike. That is what I've always seen in shows -- guys with black hair, Italian descent, olive-coloured skin. And I thought, "That's not me; I'm never going to get that". Kenickie or Eugene, maybe, as they could be a little fairer-haired. So when I was auditioning for this version of Grease, again I had the scepticism that I won't get the role. And I actually auditioned for Doody this time around - a younger character that could definitely be fairer-haired. I actually had this image in my mind that that was what they'd consider me for...

Dan Partridge, Performer

A new jewel in the HQB interview crown now. An up-and-coming performer whose talents have not just graced this country, but on stages across...

Coastal Comedy Presents: Lost Voice Guy

2020 sees a Britain's Got Talent winner headline the stage of our favourite local comedy club, Coastal Comedy... The Colossal Show by Coastal Comedy hits...

Local Actor Takes Over Somerset Production Company

Richard Sams is an actor and singer from Poole. But for the last couple of years, he has been plying his trade in Majorca, Lanzarote and others. Recently, another project has been occupying his time. When we discovered he was to play the titular role in the pantomime version of Aladdin in Taunton, we wanted to get in touch. But, turns out his position with the production company, Reamba Productions, runs far deeper.

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