Exploring the early life of 'the greatest Briton'
A one-man play about Winston Churchill's little known early life is coming to the Westcountry as part of a national tour. Created by London-based company, Fol Espoir, Winston on the Run tells the story of Churchill's war-time experiences in South Africa, and his astonishing escape across hundreds of miles of savannah to rejoin British lines. The show is co-created by writer and actor Freddie Machin and Fol Espoir's Artistic Director, John Walton. Despite being voted "greatest Briton of all time" in a BBC poll, surprisingly little is known about Churchill's formative early experiences. His daring escape was a defining point of his early life, catapulting him to international fame and jump-starting his political career.
Winston on the Run is at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter on October 28, The Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple on October 29, Merlin Theatre, Frome on October 30 and the Flavel, Dartmouth on November 2.
This year's international concert season at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple, celebrates the 10th anniversary of North Devon's Biosphere Reserves. In Tune with Nature will include work inspired by or connected with Nature. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra open the season on September 18 with a programme that includes Mendelssohn's Overture Fingal's Cave and Beethoven's Symphony No 6 Pastoral. Also in the series are pianist Freddy Kempf (October 22), Dominant Quartet (November 28), Sinfonia Classica with Laura van der Heijden on cello (February 5), the Vienna Mozart Trio (March 28) and – to bring the season to a close – Lesley Garrett, pictured, will perform with the Sinfonia Classica on April 17. Her performance includes Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate and Let the Bright Seraphim by Handel.