ARTSREACH is celebrating the end of yet another successful season.

The Dorset charity that brings top-quality entertainment to rural parts of the county has once again provided a varied programme of entertainment since early January.

Music, drama, comedy and dance have all played their part and organisers are delighted with the way all have been received.

Artsreach spokesman Ian Scott says: "This past season has been exceptionally successful for us, with three or four absolute highlights that people have asked us to get back again.

"It has been very heartening for us to see how successful it has been and that people have appreciated the varied programme we laid on."

Although there is just a week left to run for the Artsreach spring season, there is no drop in the talent on show.

Tonight sees the welcome return of cabaret duo Matt Harvey and Jerri Hart in Two Men in a Show.

Matt and Jerri mix poetry, comedy and music, taking it in turns to entertain and confuse the audience. In his poems and patter Matt tackles topics including mistaken identity, self-defence and the love of a good teabag, while Jerri's mind, hands and trumpet range freely over subjects as diverse as mice, shopping and ceremonial trifle.

The show is at Winterborne Stickland village hall today at 7.30pm (call 01258 880920) and at Sydling St Nicholas village hall on Friday, March 30 at 7.30pm (call 01300 341104.) Comedy and strong emotion contend for supremacy in Forest Forge's The Gamekeeper at Halstock village hall on Wednesday, March 28 at 7.30pm (call 01935 83347) and at Sixpenny Handley village hall the following day, also at 7.30pm (call 01725 552591).

Frank lives alone in a run-down cottage in the middle of the forest, but his solitude is shattered when he finds a young runaway hiding in his bath.

Youth and age, the modern world and old-fashioned principles, and the tensions between the countryside and the city all join together in this hugely entertaining clash of cultures!

Ray Sargent is at Briantspuddle village hall today at 7.30pm with The Warrior and the Poet, his excellent story of the friendship between TE Lawrence and Thomas Hardy (call 012929 471497) and Professor H2O brings his hilarious, family themed Watery Notes to Thorncombe village hall at 7.30pm today (call 01460 30247).

Meanwhile, Wheatley's Arcadians celebrate the earliest days of roots and jazz with Strings Ain't What they Used to Be at Burton Bradstock village hall today (call 01308 897214) and at West Lulworth village hall tomorrow (call 01929 400181). Both shows are at 7.30pm.

The summer Artsreach brochure will be out in early May. Call 01305 269512 for further details.