What’s on for Thursday, May 14, 2015

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TODAY

DANCING

COSHAM: Cosham Conservative Club function room, Spur Road, PO6 3DY. 7.30pm. Club-50 disco. Golden oldies and disco classics from the last six decades. With Denis Kaye. All welcome. Admission £4 for members, £5 for guests. Contact (023) 9225 1958 or visit club-50.co.uk for more information about the dance.

EVENTS

CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 10am-8pm. Living with dementia festival. Organised by the Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership. Events include craft workshops, interactive history sessions and a tea dance. Tickets must be booked in advance. Visit cft.org.uk/dementiafestival or contact the box office on 01243 781312.

COPNOR: The Stacey Centre, Walsall Road. 11.30am-1.30pm. Lunch club. Fresh homemade lunch and dessert with entertainment afterwards, which can include bingo, a quiz or a guest speaker. Admission £3.95. Call (023) 9261 7890 for information.

EMSWORTH: The Baptist Church, North Street. 10am-11.30am. Emsworth country market. Cakes, savouries, preserves, fresh local meats, eggs, plants and crafts. Refreshments are available.

FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. 10.30am-11.30am. New age kurling. Admission £2.50 per session. Phone (023) 9278 0500 for more details.

FRATTON: Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, off Clive Road. 2pm-4pm. Friendship club. A different activity each week. Admission £2.50 per session. Phone (023) 9278 0500 for more details.

PORTSMOUTH: St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road. 7.30pm. Ascension Day Parish Mass. A service celebrating the Ascension of Jesus which will include commissioning of the Parochial Church Council.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Central Library. 2pm. Poetry as healing. With leading poet Chris Tutton. Workshop exploring how reading and writing poetry can help with anxiety, stress and depression. Discover how to control emotions and become empowered in these interactive workshops. Admission free, to book a place, or for more information, ask at your local Portsmouth library or call (023) 9268 8057.

SOUTHSEA: St.James’ Church Hall, Milton Road. 11.30am. Singercise. Activity session to music for older and disabled people to help improve fitness. Tea and chat after. Admission £2.50. 07754 528814.

WATERLOOVILLE: St. George’s Church Hall. 9.30am-11.30am. St. George’s Market. Home produced crafts, woodwork, jewellery, cards, plants, cakes, preserves and eggs. Coffee/tea is available.

EXHIBITIONS

COSHAM: Queen Alexandra Hospital, League of Friends’ coffee shop, Level B. 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; midday-3.30pm Sats and Suns. The Alresford Monday painting group. Admission free. Contact (023) 9238 7284 for more information.

FAREHAM: Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, PO17 6AN. 10.30am-4pm. They That Are Left. Photographic exhibition by Brian David Stevens showing portraits of war veterans taken on Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph from 2002 to 2012. Admission free. Visit royalarmouries.org for more information.

GOSPORT: The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Jetty Road, PO12 2AS. 10am-4.30pm. First Out, Last In. Exhibition focusing on the role of the Royal Navy’s submarines during the First World War. See objects, photographs, rare images and personal accounts. Admission free with valid museum ticket. Contact (023) 9251 0354 for more information.

GOSPORT: Gallery @ Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, PO12 1NS. 10am-5pm. Paul Kidby: Discworld and Beyond. Paul Kidby’s exhibition showcases the book covers and illustrations for Pratchett’s novels. It also reveals Paul’s own projects influenced by British folklore and landscapes. Admission free. Visit hants.gov.uk/gosport-gallery for more information.

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Pass It On: Our History, Your Heritage. A revealing collection from the archives of Chichester Festival Theatre that allows for a unique insight into the

venue’s past. On display will be many items which have remained hidden away and unopened for decades, including photographs, letters, vintage costume and set designs and even antique props and models. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

HAVANT: The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, PO9 1BS. Mon and Tues 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Jewellers’ Showcase. Wendy Nutt and Jill Clark are exhibiting as visiting artists in the first half of 2015. Contact (023) 9247 2700 for more information or visit thespring.co.uk

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. The Who’s Tommy Exhibition. Features touring exhibitions, and visitors are also able to enjoy rooms that reflect on Portsmouth music and the history of the Guildhall. Free admission, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

FILMS

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Film Society, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, PO1 2 DJ. 6.30pm. Cowspiracy. Follow the journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability. Duration: 145 mins. Tickets £6 or three films for £10. Contact 07528 808400 or visit portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk for more information.

PORTSMOUTH: No.6 Cinema, Boathouse 6, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, PO1 3LJ. 7pm. A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence (12A). Sam and Jonathan, two travelling salesmen peddling novelty items, go on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destinies. Tickets £8, concessions £6.50. Contact 074350 29408 or visit no6cinema.co.uk

GIGS

SOUTHSEA: The RMA Tavern, 58 Cromwell Road, Eastney, PO4 9PN. Play@The RMA. Presented by Nick Courtney. Live music from Emma Lawrence, Megan Linford, Marley Bladford and more. Visit rmatavern.co.uk

STAGE

CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 7.30pm. Way Upstream. Four old friends, one cruising boat, two weeks off work, and the scenic River Orb. A play about friendship, love, desire and power. Tickets: £10, £25, £29, children £8.50.

CHICHESTER: Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, PO19 6AP. 7pm. The Rehearsal.The Count is planning an evening of amateur dramatics but it soon becomes clear that there will be as much passion and intrigue off stage as on.Tickets: £25-£30, 16-25s £8.50.

HILSEA: The Blue Lagoon, Hilsea Lido. 7.30pm. Steaming. One Off Productions presents a bawdy comedy by Nell Dunn, set in a women’s sauna. The play contains strong language and some nudity. Contact davidlippiett@hotmail.com or (023) 9259 7877.

PORTSEA: The Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Road, PO1 3BS. 7.30pm. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius, but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia. When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the King and Queen of the fairies. As part of the ‘Into the Woods Festival’, Groundlings Theatre will be transformed into a forest. Non allocated seating is available or bring a cushion and sit amongst the forest fauna. Tickets £14, concessions £12, family £42. Contact (023) 9273 7370 or visit groundlings.co.uk for bookings and information.

SOUTHAMPTON: The Stage Door, 78 West Marlands Road, SO14 7FW. 8pm and 3pm matinee. Greenday’s American Idiot. A Broadway musical. Tickets £14.50-£16.50. Visit speakeasysoton.co.uk or contact (023) 8071 0648 for more information.

WALKS & TALKS

HILSEA: Meet at Scott Road car park, off Military Road by The News Centre. 10.30am. Hilsea Lines walk. Uneven footpaths take you around Foxes Forest where there is an abundance of wildlife. New walkers to arrive early to register. Led by volunteer walk leaders, and organised by Portsmouth City Council’s Independence & Wellbeing Team.

PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth Museum, Museum Road, PO1 2LJ. 10.30am-12.30pm. Mess at the museum. Talk for ex-service personnel and civilians to promote the life in the service especially during conflict. Contact (023) 9284 1762 or please visit iwt@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for more information.