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Bridport Arts Centre, Film & Lecture Lounge at Hayloft (Bull Hotel), outdoors, Beach and Barnicott, the Lyric Theatre


Festival Launch event – Stephen Banks’ timelapse film of ‘Dorset by Night’ – 6pm Saturday 11 August – Bridport Arts Centre

Talented local photographer and film-maker Stephen Banks launched a county-wide collaborative project for the Festival to bring the night skies of Dorsetalive using time lapse photography. His visually beautiful and hugely popular film project Bridport by Night took over three months to shoot, assemble and edit and now his even more ambitious and majestic project, Dorset by Night, will launch Bridport’s Festival of Culture.

Illyria presents HMS Pinafore 7pm Tuesday 14 August on the Millennium Green

“I am the monarch of the sea, The ruler of the Queen’s Navee. Whose praise great Britain loudly chants. And we are his sisters, and his cousins and his aunts!”

 Set on board the warship HMS Pinafore, this comic opera cheerfully mocks such great British institutions as Class, Patriotism and the Royal Navy. Josephine, the captain’s daughter, is in love with Ralph, a common sailor, but her father wants her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty. Will everyone will end up freely marrying their hearts’ true loves? Admission by programme. £14/ £12 members/ £10 concs./£40 family.

The Lyric Theatre Presents

“Don’t You Know Who I am?” Thu 16th August 2012
7.30pm Doors at 7pm  Tickets £5

An evening of sketch comedy combined with physical drama, brought to you by Periferim Theatre Company – a group of four young performers who write, direct and present their own material (inspired by the best of British eccentric comedy such as Monty Python and the Mighty Boosh). Tom Beed, Fenne Rainbow, Alfie Payne and Briony O’Sullivan will bring their original combination of comedy, improvisation and physical theatre to the stage for a one-off evening created especially for the Spirit of Bridport Festival. Guest performers include comedian Niki McCretton, puppeteer Marc Parrett and guests.

Don’t miss this newly-formed group of talented young people who are also the older members of Bridport Arts Centres youth theatre company BACstage. This is the company’s debut performance so please come and support Bridport’s young talent.

Poetry at the B & B  Tuesday 21st August 8pm



Storytelling at the Community Orchard Tuesday 21st 8pm



Morris Dancing display and workshops, Bucky Doo Square, Monday 20th 6pm


Films at the Electric Palace:


Chariots of Fire  and Olympic Sporting Moments Monday 13th August

Relive Olympic glory and savage disappointment with one of cinema’s multi-award winning sporting classics and browse sporting biographies and sports themed books in the Electric Palace foyer’s sporting greats exhibition Price £5 (Sponsored by Edwards Sports)

Preceded at 3pm – Olympic Sporting Moments, Film & Lecture.  Remind yourself or learn for the first time about moments of loss, hope and achievement by watching a series of short documentaries about the great moments in Olympic history.

Mafia-Double BillWednesday 15 August

4pm – Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather

One ofHollywood’s greatest critical and commercial successes, The Godfather gets everything right; not only did the movie transcend expectations, it established new benchmarks for American cinema. Price -£5 per screening or  £8 for the double -bill

The evening film is preceded by Italian dining al fresco in the Square

9pm – Gomorrah

‘Thundering detonation’ … Matteo Garrone has created a gruelling species of neo-neorealist Italian cinema from Roberto Saviano’s bestselling bookGomorrah, about the power and reach of the Neapolitan mob: the camorra. The title’s bleak play on words is almost inaudible beneath the film’s thundering detonation. After the final credits, it is hard to escape the fear, even the despair, that this whole area – all ofNaples, all of southernItaly- is suitable only for a rain of fire from the heavens, or maybe a 1,000-year quarantine, like an ethical or indeed literalChernobyl.

Mamma MiaThursday 16th August price £5

Preceded by Greek al fresco dining in the Square

Karaoke fun for all the family ! Ther story of a bride to be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 70s group ABBA, starring Meryl Streep.

Films at Bridport Arts Centre

Alfred Nobbs (BAC Curzon) Sunday 12 August at Bridport Arts Centre 
Award-winning actress Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th centuryIreland. Tickets £6.00 (Full); £5.00 (Supporters); £5.00 (Concessionary)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (BAC Curzon)  17 and 19 August at Bridport Arts Centre

British retirees travel toIndiato take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. Tickets £6.00 (Full); £5.00 (Supporters); £5.00 (Concessionary)

Film & Lecture Lounge – Hayloft, The Bull Hotel

Sunday 12 August at 3pm

Bridport Open Book Festival presents Telling Tales with Story Traders

Enjoy something different on Sunday afternoon with Story Traders – a local group of writers who will be offering a taster of some of the lively and varied tales that will be served up during Bridport Arts Centre’s Open Book Festival in October.  So come along, sit back, and when you are sitting comfortably, Story Traders will begin. For more details on the Open Book Festival, 10-14 October 2012, see


Monday 13 August at 11am

On Local Food

Ed Dowding of Sustaination and Jyoti Fernandez of Five Penny Farm discuss the various issues surrounding the local food movement, from growing the produce, to connecting producers and suppliers and tools and methods….


Tuesday 14 August at 3pm

Opera Circus & Sevdah Blues

Tina Ellen Lee will introduce and discuss two wonderful Opera Circus projects with a 12 minute extract from ‘Candles Against the Night’ about the young people from Srebrenica who visited Bridport recently and ‘Naciketa’, a short film about Opera Circus’ research trip to India in January to develop a chamber opera and education programme. Visit


Wednesday 15 August at 2pm

Performance Poetry by Sinistre Theatre Company – ‘The World’s Wife’ by Carol Ann Duffy


Thursday 16 August at 3pm

Robert Golden presents HOME

Local filmmaker, photographer and writer Robert Golden will be joining us to tell us about his wonderful exhibition ‘HOME’, which is running at Bridport Arts Centre throughout the Festival from 15 to 27 August. ‘HOME’ has been described as “a compassionate and hauntingly powerful exhibition recording key moments of social and political change caused by globalisation over the last forty years and the impact of these events on the lives of most people.” Not to be missed.


Friday 17 August at 3pm

Robert Golden presents Savouring Europe

Local filmmaker, photographer and writer Robert Golden will be joining us to introduce and discuss some screenings of his work. Savouring Europe is a documentary series of 13 x 26 min films about food and culture inEurope and Robert will describe his journeys and discoveries through food, culture and globalisation.


Saturday 18 August at 3pm

Clive Stafford Smith & David Rose – Innocence & Injustice on Death Row 

Clive Stafford Smith is the director of the legal action charity Reprieve. He has spent 28 years representing indigent prisoners on death row in the US and around the world, as well as those held beyond the rule of law in Guantanamo Bay and other secret prisons, and has recently taken up the cause of those being assassinated by drones outside any combat zone. He previously penned Bad Men, telling the story of the prisoners inGuantanamo, and has just published Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America, concerning the case of Kris Maharaj, a British citizen sentenced to death inFlorida.  Clive will be joined by investigative journalist David Rose who currently writes for Vanity Fair and the Mail on Sunday. His books include  Violation: Justice, Race and Serial Murder in the Deep South (Harper Collins/Vintage), an investigation into the case of Carlton Gary, an African-American who has been on Georgia’s death row since 1986 for the rapes and murders of seven white women. Evidence unearthed by Rose recently led to DNA tests which have exonerated Mr Gary, and a motion to quash his convictions is currently before the courts.


Sunday 19 August at 3pm

Burr Projects Community Interest Company: Pursuing a Socially Engaged Art Practice 

A presentation and Q&A about BURR Projects CIC, which works to benefit the community through providing quality art exhibitions, commissions and participatory projects as inspiration for the raising of aspirations and achievements of emerging local artists and audiences.


Monday 20 August at 6pm

From Page to Screen, Bridport’s Film Festival, presents Anwar Brett – Dorset in Film

Taking place in April each year, From Page to Screen is theUK’s only film festival dedicated to art of adaptation. The festival is please to present illustrated talk by Anwar Brett, author of the fascinating bookDorsetin Film.  A freelance film journalist for the last 24 years, Anwar will be showing clips from some of the many films shot on location inDorsetincluding adaptations of great novels such as Far From The Madding Crowd and The French Lieutenant’s Woman.  The talk will be followed by a book signing. From Page to Screen is a Bridport Arts Centre project in collaboration with The Electric Palace.


Wednesday 22 August – 3pm

Dr Who Fest

For a fun afternoon of time-travel, we will be showing episodes of Dr Who – from both past and present – for fans of all ages of this timeless genre and ever-popular Time Lord!


Thursday 23 August at 3pm

Lectures on Anything presents The Spirit of Seventeenth Century Bridport: Ale Houses and Puritan-Bashing 

For an historical look at the innately rebellious spirit of Bridport, come and see ‘The Spirit of Seventeenth Century Bridport: Ale Houses and Puritan-Bashing’. Learn about how ‘performed libel’ was used as a means to intimidate people in seventeenth centuryEngland. Verses which mocked a particular group (in this case the Puritans) were read or sung in private and in public as tensions between rival religious groups ran high. Such ‘performances’ could easily end in litigation and five cases of were recorded inDorsetbetween 1608 and 1620. Fredi Teale, a researcher in Early Modern History at theUniversityofSouthampton, will be discussing in detail a case from Bridport which was heard in the Court of Star Chamber in 1614. The case is both typical of performed libel across the country at this time and very specific to the people of Bridport – religious, economic and personal clashes all contributed their share and Ms Teale has the dirt on everybody concerned!