AS an incredible summer season of events comes to a close, Artsreach has one final treat in store.

In September, the critically acclaimed Opera Holloway will perform a contemporary new production of Puccini's thrilling and passionate love story, La Bohème. This production will also be performed in Dorchester courtesy of Dorchester Arts.

In a seaside town on the south coast in England, four young men are living the youthful dream. Their flat is run down, they're content to live on take-aways, they complain when they run out of money and have perfected the art of dodging the landlord. Their lives are filled with trips to the pub, late night dancing - and girls. Until Mimi comes knocking. Rodolfo opens the door, eyes meet, and a passionate affair begins. Follow the impoverished lovers as their relationship unfurls, from its joyous beginnings to its bitter end on a chilly promenade.

Performed in Opera Holloway's intimate and immediate style, the performance captures the raw, consuming power of young love and is accompanied by a chamber ensemble and piano.

Yvonne Gallimore, Artsreach co-director, said: “The Artsreach programme exists to make the arts more accessible, and this is exactly what Opera Holloway are striving to do for opera – following two sell-out operatic events in previous years, we are delighted to be presenting a new company this September.”

Opera Holloway was originally formed in 2009 with the aim of giving young artists the opportunity to perform at the early stages of their careers. The charity have since developed a strong reputation for introducing new audiences to opera by making their productions widely accessible to all.

Artsreach itself is Dorset's touring arts organisation, giving rural communities across the county the opportunity to see high-quality arts events in their own villages. The organisation was launched in 1990 and receives funding from Dorset Council and Arts Council England.

La Bohème will be performed at Stalbridge Village Hall on Sunday, September 15. Tickets are £20, including a glass of Prosecco, and are available via the Artsreach website.

Opera Holloway will also be performing at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Saturday, September 14. This is a Dorchester Arts event, with tickets available from their website or box office.

Both performances begin at 7pm.