A TRAVELLING theatre and film festival will be visiting Brockenhurst in the New Forest for the first time from April 26 to May 12 this year. It will literally pop-up at Brockenhurst College in its own 14m Geodesic Dome.

The Nomad Festival has an extensive programme that features some of the best touring shows in the UK. Familiar faces include Jeffrey Holland, from Hi-De-Hi and You Rang My Lord, who will be appearing in his acclaimed one man show ...And This Is My Friend Mr Laurel.

James Hurn, impressionist from BBC’s Dead Ringers, will be playing the entire cast of Hancock’s Half Hour and Olivier award winning actor Guy Masterson will bring to life Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood – Semi Skimmed. There will also be a last chance to see the critically acclaimed and sell out production of The Unknown Soldier, from award-winning actor Ross Ericson.

Two full length plays are also on the list including a stage adaptation of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, a bawdy romp through 18th century Somersetshire, and for children there is Monkey and The White Boned Demon, a story taken from the Chinese classic A Journey To The West.

The program also includes a comedy night, featuring some familiar faces from Off The Kerb Productions, and an evening of the best British short films from over the last 18 months, including last year’s Oscar Winner, The Silent Child.

An event spokesman said it would be 16 days of highly entertaining theatre and comedy.

“It is hoped that this event will be successful enough to make it an annual fixture.”

  • For more details, see nomadfestival.co.uk.