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BurntOut Theatre's performance of Muscovado at Bridport Arts Centre

Play brings back echoes of Dorset’s slaving past

Bridport Arts Centre recently hosted a performance of Muscovado by BurntOut Theatre, a scorching new play about slavery in 19th-century Barbados. Described as “a heady mix of sexual intrigue, piercing choral music and extreme racial tension”, the production offered an unflinching portrayal of life on a sugar plantation in 1808.

Several West Dorset families made fortunes in the slave trade. Bridport historian Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard reflects on the area’s connections to the West Indies.

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An ambulance in West Dorset

How long would you wait for an ambulance?

How long do you expect to wait for an ambulance? Ten minutes? Twenty minutes? An hour? What if the ambulance doesn’t come quickly — what would you do?

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