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Stage tribute to pantomime stalwart Chris Harris

20 May 2014

BBC NEWS: One of the West's best-loved stage performers has been remembered in pantomime style in Bath. Portishead's Chris Harris, who died recently at the age of 71, directed, starred in and co-wrote numerous Christmas theatre productions in Bristol and Bath.

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Obituary: Chris Harris

14 May 2014

THE STAGE: A man of many theatrical talents, Chris Harris is best remembered by West Country audiences as a pantomime dame. During the 1990s, he wrote, directed and starred in pantos for the Bristol Old Vic. He then performed a similar role for the Theatre Royal, Bath.

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Bristol & West branch members feature in Equity Magazine

12 May 2014

The summer issue of the Equity magazine features our recent campaign to protect local arts funding in Bristol

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Bristol & Bath pantomime stalwart Chris Harris dies

1 May 2014

BBC NEWS: Tributes have been paid to one of the west of England's best-loved actors, writers and directors, who has died.

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Inquest into death of actor Richard Gent records suicide verdict

7 April 2014

THE STAGE: An inquest into the death of the young actor Richard Gent has concluded that he committed suicide. Richard grew up around Bath and was a former Bath Spa University student. He had also worked at the Rondo Theatre.

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Whiteladies Picture House – the rival plans

4 April 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: Whiteladies Picture House owner David Lewin has slammed “the so called rival proposals” by the Whiteladies Picture House Ltd.

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Everyman only choice for Whiteladies Picture House

2 April 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: The Whiteladies Picture House has the opportunity to be turned into a new cinema after 13 years of sitting empty.Yet its future is currently the subject of an increasingly bitter dispute between two rival plans.

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Brewhouse in Taunton receives charitable status

2 April 2014

THE STAGE: The organisation running the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton – which went into administration last year – has been granted charitable status, in a move it says will improve its fundraising abilities.

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New Worlds filmed in Bristol

1 April 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: New Worlds starts on Channel 4 tonight (1st April), and if you look closely you may spot several scenes shot in familiar Bristol locations. The major new four-part historical drama written and created by Peter Flannery and Martine Brant follows on from their 2008 BAFTA-nominated series The Devil’s Whore.

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Petition: Opposing flats in the Whiteladies Picture House

25 March 2014

12 months ago, Melinbrand, the current owners of the Whiteladies Road cinema were refused their application & appeal to turn the cinema building into flats and a gym. Their new application for flats and a three screen cinema is not at all sympathetic to the building's fabric or history and will not create the live performance space envisioned by the separate Whiteladies Picture House campaign.

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