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Fantasy land of Ominom forms setting for Dorchester Youth Theatre's summer Combined Arts Week project

By Dadcock  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

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The strange enchanted land of Ominom is the setting for Dorchester Youth Theatre’s show being produced and staged all in a week.

Their summer arts project - Combined Arts Week - is building towards performances on Friday and Saturday afternoon, 22nd and 23rd August, at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester.

The week sees young people aged ten to 18 trying out different skills including drama, music, dance and behind the scenes production in a company led by professional directors and musicians Peter Thorogood and Julian Barnicoat.

The participants have to learn lines and dance routines and design the set and costumes.

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This year is the 24th Combined Arts Week.

Spokeswoman Carol Burgess said: “It’s intense but great fun, which is why so many young people return year after year.

“And after the age of 18 they often come back to help out!”

This year’s show involves talking flowers, a dragon and two groups of people - the hippy Beautiful People and unpredictable Dark Knights - plus runaway children, a missing map and more.

Tickets are available from Dorchester Arts box office, telephone 01305 266926, and on the door before Friday’s 7.30pm and Saturday’s 2.30pm performances.

Dorchester Youth Theatre meets at Dorchester Arts Centre and caters for children aged six to 18. It is run by professional actress Jo Simons.

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