‘There’s no hanging around street corners - they’re dedicated’

With their fast -moving feet and their rigid upper bodies, combined with often elaborate costumes and wigs, Irish dancing is a highly distinctive style of performance.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, James Keegan leading. Photo by Brian Doherty

James plays a Dangerous Game as he leads the dance

As a talented teenager, James Keegan’s life could have gone one of two ways – football or dancing.

Families participating in one of Evolve's workshops at Aspex Gallery

Language and labels in the arts to be discussed

ARTS venues from across the city are teaming up later this month for day-long discussion to discuss the use of language and labels when working with people who have special needs and disabilities.

The cast of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story

Long-running musical shows that Buddy’s songs still shine

Almost 60 years since his death at just 22 in a plane crash in 1959, the music of Buddy Holly continues to endure, loved by millions across the globe.


Andrew Garfield and Emily Blunt on Baftas nominations list

British stars Andrew Garfield and Emily Blunt have been nominated for best acting awards at the Baftas.

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The Tin man, David Pratt, tries on the metal suit, assisted by Dorothy, Melanie Lockheart and the Scarecrow, Tony Doye

THIS WEEK IN 1979: Families combine in Wizard of Oz show

A family show in every sense came to Merchistoun Hall Community Centre, Horndean, thanks to the efforts two local families.

A scene from War Horse

Hit show War Horse returns to Hampshire as part of major new tour

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse is returning to Hampshire as part of a major tour of War Horse which coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War.

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Poet Maggie Sawkins

Poet Maggie helps give a voice to dementia patients

Writer Maggie Sawkins will be talking about working with people suffering from dementia to create new poems that illuminate their experiences as part of the Speaking Out project.


Kings Theatre to give public a sneak peek

THE Kings Theatre will be throwing its doors open to the public next Saturday for its annual open day.

Roy Chubby Brown confirms Hampshire show in UK tour

Roy Chubby Brown confirms Hampshire show in UK tour

Britain’s crudest comedian is heading to Hampshire.

Anne Hegerty

The Chase star Anne Hegerty to host Southsea pub quiz

She’s famed as the no-nonsense queen of the quizzes.

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Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace as Robin Hood and Maid Marion. Picture: Robin Jones

REVIEW: Robin Hood, Mayflower, Southampton

This pantomime knows exactly what it wants to be and sets out to entertain the young, the very old and all those in between with a cheery buffet of special effects, dancing, singing and fart gags.

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REVIEW: Peter Pan, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

REVIEW: Peter Pan, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

The youth theatre are back with their annual Christmas outing, a creative rendition of JM Barrie’s best-loved piece.

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The Osmonds come to Portsmouth. From left: Merrill, Jimmy and Jay Osmond.

Crazy horses couldn’t keep the Osmonds away this Christmas

It is, as they say, the most wonderful time of the year. And what could be more fitting for the festive period than some wholesome family fun with the Osmonds’ Christmas Extravaganza?

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Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace as Robin Hood and Maid Marion star in the Mayflower's panto, Robin Hood.
 Photo by Robin Jones/Digital South.

Kat and Alfie go on the rob in pantoland

For the past 15 years, the turbulent relationship of Kat Slater and Alfie Moon has become one of the most famous and enduring partnerships in soapland.


Outdoor nativity service hailed as an ‘amazing’ success

A CHURCH has thanked residents for their support during its outdoor nativity.

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Angie Lily and Patric Howe rehearsing Montgomery

Award-winning one-act play heads a night of short stories

There’s a veritable treat in store for theatre fans at The Wedgewood Rooms.

Sandra Smith at the Kings Theatre

The queen of the Kings takes her final bow

Since finding her new career at the Kings, almost by mistake, back in 1984, Sandra Smith has, for many, become the face of the theatre.

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Little Red Hen

Classic children’s book gets a theatre twist

This year’s festive production from The Berry Theatre in Eastleigh continues its great work in supporting the Rainbow Trust children’s charity.

Nicki French (far left) with her fellow cast members

Nicki’s no ice queen, but she does love to play one

Nicki French is looking forward to getting her teeth into another baddie this Christmas.

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