Art Events in June/July

Visual Art

From now until Sunday 22 July at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Gardens travelling watercolour artist, Moish Sokal, brings an exciting collection of work from his trips for his latest exhibition ‘In The Open’. On his much dreamed of trip to New Zealand, Sokal’s first port of call was to Christchurch a city in transition, coping creatively with the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes seven years ago. However, the real magic lay in McKenzie country, further south in the expansive high ground from which the scenic peaks of Mt Cook National Park rise. The first of the three glacial lakes Lake Tekapo, a vast jewel of totally surreal colours, was just an introduction. Sokal headed onwards to the largest of the three Alpine lakes, Lake Pukaki. He went on a helicopter safari tour the next day, where awe-inspiring views of Mt Cook National Parks’ peaks, fringed by the narrow strip of west coastal rainforest and the Tasman sea fading into the horizon lay beneath. The next destination was the tucked away Catlins on the south western coast. An enchanting region of native forests, lonely lighthouses and empty beaches. Next was a visit to Fiordland National Park which is New Zealand’s’ largest and most impenetrable wilderness, a jagged mountainous, densely forested landmass with deeply recessed sounds (fiords). Sokal set off to explore Doubtful Sound, one of the largest and most remote fiord, starting by boat trip across lake Manapouri. He headed north towards the towns of Queenstown and Wanaka a region studded with a cinematic background of mountains and lakes. Aspiring national park verdant valleys, alpine meadows, unspoiled rivers, craggy mountains, and many glaciers provided the perfect backdrop… Sokal crossed over to the west coast, a narrow strip of dense rainforest jammed between the southern alps and the Tasman sea. The excitement of this outdoor adventure, discovering new landscapes to paint in a new fresh style and palette is what this forthcoming exhibition is all about. Alongside these exotic paintings from New Zealand, Sokal will also show work he painted following his first ever visit to the Lake District last May and to Scotland when exploring the romantic west coast, as well as other subjects he discovered whilst exploring his beloved Somerset. For more information about the artist and exhibition visit www.moishsokal.co.uk or phone 07812 837825. Open daily 10.00am to 5.00pm, Closed Mondays. Free entry.

From now until Friday 29 June at Ilminster Arts Centre see the next exhibition ‘Hot Stuff’ showcasing three Somerset artists. Hot from the imagination, hot from hot climates, hot sometimes in colour, the work of these three artists resonates with what is seen and what might be impossible to see.  All three relate to the visual world, showing us what it is that excites them in the figures, objects and dreams they choose to depict.

From now to Wednesday 4 July from 9.30am to 5.00pm Jerram Gallery in Sherborne have an ‘Exhibition of New Sculpture by Mark Coreth.

From now to Saturday 21 July ACE Arts in Somerton hosts their next exhibition called ‘Matter of Identity’ by Pip Woolf. Drawings and installations exploring dementia and identity – mine, yours, ours.

From Monday 2 to Friday 27 July the Ilminster Arts Centre have their Open Exhibition celebrating artistic talent from the West Country and beyond. The competition is open to all artists, amateur or professional. Work in the following media can be submitted for judging: paintings, original prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, making this a most eclectic and enjoyable exhibition to view. An invited selection panel will choose the work to be accepted and there is total of £850 in prize money is to be awarded, to include Visitors’ Choice voted on by visitors during the month long exhibition. Entry forms available from the Arts Centre or email annpalmer1503@gmail.com

From Saturday 21 to Saturday 28 July from 10.00am to 5.30pm at the Digby Hall it is the annual Sherborne Art Club Open Exhibition. Free entry. For more information visit www.sherborneartclub.com

From Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 from 10.00am to 4.30pm it is the West Camel Art Show at the Davis Hall. Paintings, pottery, glass and jewellery. Tea, coffee and homemade cake.

From Saturday 28 July to Saturday 25 August at ACE Arts in Somerton it is the Evolver Prize 2018. Artists, photographers and designers compete annually for their work to be published on the front cover of the July/August edition of Evolver, the Wessex arts and culture guide. This exhibition will feature the winning entry alongside 49 runners-up.

Music

On Thursday 28 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil D’Arrietta and his band are taking My Leonard Cohen on a tour of the country. Tickets £23.

On Friday 29 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the ‘UK Pink Floyd Experience’ will again recreate the sights and sounds of the legendary Pink Floyd in concert. For 2018 this highly authentic show will include both iconic Pink Floyd albums ‘Dark Side Of The Moonand ‘Animals’ played in their entirety. Of course no Pink Floyd show would be complete without other seminal Floyd songs like ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ andComfortably Numb’. A great evening with over two and a half hours of Pink Floyd songs with new video projections and an even bigger light show. Tickets £21.

On Saturday 30 at 2.00pm and 7.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil The Dance Factory will perform their annual dance school show. They will showcase their amazing, young talented dancers in an action-packed dance show featuring a variety of dance styles from classical ballet to street dance, jazz to contemporary. Children from as young as two to eighteen years old will take to the stage to shine like the stars they are. Tickets £16.

On Saturday 30 at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton at 7.30pm see ‘Northern Soul’ – a soul and motown party with the Edwin Starr band as special guests. Tickets £20.

On Saturday 6 July from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Three Cane Whale: At the Pictures’. Three Cane Whale is a multi instrumental acoustic chamber folk trio, from Bristol.  ‘At the Pictures’ sees the band performing live to 12 brand new short films created by 13 filmmakers and visual artists in response to 3CW tunes of their choice – including cutting-edge animations, lo-fi shadow-puppetry, alfresco contemporary dance and slowly shifting landscapes from Cornwall to the Lofoten Islands. Tickets £15.

On Friday 6 from 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘Riamba’ latin jazz salsa. If rhythm is your thing then this is the gig for you. With a strong jazz flavour and driving percussion the music played and sung by this band will have you dancing all the way home. One of the best and liveliest Latin bands on the London scene, they play Cuban (Son/Salsa), Brazilian (Bossa Nova/Samba) and Latin jazz in a splendidly relaxed and fun loving way. There will be space at the back for dancing because you will not want to stay in your seats. Tickets £18.

From Friday 6 to Sunday 15 July it is the Somerton Music and Arts Festival with a variety of music including 80’s night on Friday 6, MoTown on Saturday 7, Bertie’s Big Band on Monday 9, Country & Western on Tuesday 10, Mawkin (energetic folk) on Wednesday 11, Jive Night on Thursday 12 and party night with Hipster & Twisted Vinyl on Friday 13 with all events at The Edgar Hall. Plus talks on Clouds & Waves on Friday 7, Somerset & Dorset Railway on Tuesday 10, Musical Satire on Friday 13 all in the Parish Rooms. There will also be classical guitarist Michael Christian Durrant playing on Thursday 12 and Cwmbach Male Choir performing on Saturday 14 with both events in St Michael’s Church, Somerton. Programme is free. For more information visit www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk Tickets available from the ticket office in Overt Locke’s shop, West Street on Wednesdays-Saturdays 10.00am to 1.00pm or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/somerton-music-and-arts-festival

On Friday 13 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Faith: The George Michael Legacy’. Featuring international George Michael tribute Wayne Dilks and his eight piece band. A musical journey of 35 years of hit records, from Wham! to his solo career, the show uses actual video footage from The George Michael 25 Live Tour and is a two hour spellbinding spectacle of his songs such as ‘Club Tropicana’, ‘I’m Your Man’, ‘Faith’, ‘Fast Love’, ‘Outside’, ‘Freedom’, ‘A Different Corner’, ‘Father Figure’, ‘Careless Whisper’ and more. Tickets £24.50.

On Friday 13 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see Bristol based songwriter ‘Jaime Cantera’. Jaime sings in Spanish and English and makes a crossover between different music styles in a lively and colourful mix that with driving rhythms takes you on a journey to distant lands. Jaime will be leading a five piece band featuring virtuoso kora (a harp like instrument) player Suntou Susso. Suntou was born into a family of ‘griots’, a West African musical tradition in which music and story telling skills are passed from generation to generation, thus keeping alive ancient tunes and songs and musical styles. Tickets £14.

On Saturday 14 July from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Heatwave’ and ‘Odyssey’. Return to the glory days of disco, funk and soul with real dance music legends and enjoy a sensational evening of non-stop, dancefloor anthems including ‘Boogie Nights’, ‘Going Back to My Roots’ and ‘Use It Up Wear It Out’. ‘Heatwave’ have spine-tingling falsettos with ‘Mind Blowing Decisions’, ‘Always and Forever’, ‘Gangsters of the Groove’, ‘The Groove Line’ and ‘Too Hot to Handle’. While direct from the Big Apple, special guests ‘Odyssey’ take us back to our roots with ‘Native New Yorker’, ‘Inside Out’ and ‘If You’re Looking for a Way Out’. Rescheduled date from April. Tickets £26.50.

On Saturday 14 from 7.30pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue see ‘The Levellers’. Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2018, the Brighton folk punk band are touring around the release of an acoustic album recorded at Abbey Road Studios with legendary producer John Leckie. Emerging victorious through the ups and downs of label deals, spats with the music press and the wear and tear of touring, they are still going strong. Tickets £26.50.

On Friday 20 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre Concerts in the West presents ‘Erdem Misirlioğlu’. Erdem Mısırlıoğlu began his musical training at the age of six and started having piano lessons from the age of nine. When he was 13 years old he began studying at the Junior Guildhall and has completed his undergraduate studies and master’s course in performance – both with first class honours – at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he has just finished his Artist’s Diploma. He is a keen chamber musician and plays with Trio Isimsiz, a piano trio formed with friends at the GSMD. He also performs with the Arnold Camerata, a larger ensemble of string and wind players from GSMD and RAM, with whom he recently performed Schubert’s Trout Quintet and Poulenc’s Wind Sextet among other works. The evening programme includes Schumann Arabeske in C major, Op 18; Beethoven Sonata No 4 in E flat, major Op 7 (Grand Sonata); Schubert Piano Sonata No 18 in G major, D 894. Tickets £15.

On Saturday 21 from 7.30pm at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Darkside of Pink Floyd’. Due to the demand for their exquisite reproduction of Pink Floyd’s classic music they are a regular feature at major National music venues, festivals and theatres. Tickets £17.50.

On Saturday 21 from 7.30pm at the Dance House in Crewkerne Concerts in the West presents ‘Erdem Misirlioğlu’. Erdem Mısırlıoğlu began his musical training at the age of six and started having piano lessons from the age of nine. When he was 13 years old he began studying at the Junior Guildhall and has completed his undergraduate studies and master’s course in performance – both with first class honours – at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he has just finished his Artist’s Diploma. He is a keen chamber musician and plays with Trio Isimsiz, a piano trio formed with friends at the GSMD. He also performs with the Arnold Camerata, a larger ensemble of string and wind players from GSMD and RAM, with whom he recently performed Schubert’s Trout Quintet and Poulenc’s Wind Sextet among other works. The evening programme includes Schumann Arabeske in C major, Op 18; Beethoven Sonata No 4 in E flat, major Op 7 (Grand Sonata); Schubert Piano Sonata No 18 in G major, D 894. Tickets £15.

On Thursday 26 from 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘Gilad Atzmon and his Orient House Ensemble’ who will be paying tribute to John Coltrane. John was perhaps the most famous of the modern jazz saxophonists, and Gilad Atzmon is probably the best man to play him a tribute gig. A truly remarkable saxophone player who has built himself a rock solid reputation over the last fifteen years or so as an outstanding performer in the UK modernist field.  He is very heavily in demand and is recognised as the hardest working musician on the current jazz scene. Tickets £16.

Performance

On Sunday 1 July at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the The Helen Laxton School of Dance will be joined by The Somerset School of Performing Arts, The Somerset & Dorset Youth Dance Company, RDC Hip Hop Academy and the award winning Hip Hop Crews Rhimix & Rhiact for a fantastic night of stunning dance. They will collectively be performing a high energy variety show featuring some of the most talented young performers in the region. Tickets £17.

On Sunday 1 July from 6.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Stagecoach Performing Arts presents ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr’. This is an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous performance of a single show. Celebrating Stagecoach’s 30 year anniversary, students from Stagecoach Yeovil will join with schools nationwide and abroad to stage Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr’. Performing simultaneously at 6pm GMT, Stagecoach aims to have 200 of its schools taking part in this world record attempt which commemorates three decades of its schools sparking children’s creativity through singing, dancing and acting classes. Upwards of 6,500 children will be involved. Tickets £5.

On Friday 4 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School presents ‘The Mill on the Floss’ by George Eliot. In this fluid and visceral re-imagining, Helen Edmundson turns George Eliot’s unforgettable story of first love, sibling rivalry and regret into a wonderfully theatrical examination of the psyche of one of classic literature’s most charismatic heroines. Tickets £8.

On Saturday 7 from 7.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Razzamtaz: Dreams Can Come True’. a fantastic mix of family entertainment, with a fantastic mix of songs from the shows and commercial hits. This show will reflect all the aspects of our unique curriculum, including street dance, pop singing, musical theatre and drama. Tickets £11.

On Saturday 8 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Chris Ramsey. Critically acclaimed and award winning stand-up comedian, host of his own TV entertainment show and stand up show on Comedy Central and Celebrity Juice regular brings his ‘Happy to Get Out of the House’ tour to Yeovil. Tickets £21.

From Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton SNADS presents ‘Murder by Mattress’. Inspector Harry Moody and his sidekick, PC Joe Sullen, return to investigate a second murder at Rothersfield Hall when a body is found during Victoria Rotherfield’s birthday party.  But as with all events at the Hall, life, and death, is never straightforward.  The police learn about a stolen pocket watch, a long standing feud over a prize herd of cattle and quite a few glasses of champagne.  Can Moody and Sullen solve another murder and another mystery amidst the strange characters at the Hall?  Tickets £15, includes supper.

From Monday 16 to Saturday 21 July from 7.45pm the Swan Theatre Company in Yeovil presents ‘Plaza Suite’ by Neil Simon. The play tells three stories of three couples at three different times, in the same luxury suite in the Plaza Hotel. The Charity Night is on Monday 16 July in aid of the Apollo Swimming Club which was originally founded in 1969 to help people who needed exercise after orthopedic operations or after periods of immobilisation in splints.  Tickets Adults £12, Students £11 from www.thelittleboxoffice.com/swantheatre

On Friday 20 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Rhythm of Dance’. A fully live show that celebrates Irish culture through music and dance, featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, singers, a most gifted cast who have been wowing audiences all over the world since 1999. Internationally rated as one of the most popular and successful Irish Step Dance shows on tour, by critics, audiences, and millions of fans around the world. Tickets £23.

On Thursday 26 from 8.00pm at he Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil go along to the Laughing Boy Comedy Club. Enjoy fantastic live stand up with a fully licensed bar. Tickets £10.

From Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 at 2.00pm and 6.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton TLW Dance in Shaftesbury presents ‘The Book of Legends’ celebrating literature and legendary musical icons. Act 1 is a classical ballet based around fairytales, showcasing ballet students from the of age 5 to 18. From Alice in Wonderland to Peter Pan, this act will take you off to a magical world full of imagination and beauty. TLW Dance Company presents a modern-day version of Romeo and Juliet in Act 2, showing a versatility of styles and our youth companies talent and dedication. Finally Act 3 showcases our Jazz, Tap and Contemporary Students as they dance to some of the biggest musical legends of all time. Tickets £10.

Films

On Friday 29 June at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘Paddington 2’. Starring Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and Hugh Bonneville. Tickets £5.

On Wednesday 11 July from 7.30pm at Digby Church Hall in Sherborne ArtsLink Flicks presents ‘Edie’. A thought provoking film that explores triumph over adversity and the fulfilment that adventure can bring.  Set against a stunning Scottish backdrop with incredibly tender performances by Sheila Hancock and Kevin Guthrie. Tickets £6, pre film supper £12 available from Sherborne TIC on 01935 815341.

On Friday 13 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘Finding Your Feet’. On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate. Starring Joanna Lumley and Timothy Spall. Tickets £5.

On Thursday 19 July from 7.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Shape of Water’. Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret; a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist. Tickets £5.

On Friday 27 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton Petherton Picture Show presents ‘The Post’. A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. Tickets £5.

On Sunday 29 at 3.00pm and Tuesday 31 at 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue see screenings of ‘André Rieu Maastricht: Amore – My Tribute to Love’. This is the renowned violinists tribute to his love for music and family, and of course for his Johann Strauss Orchestra, who he has performed with for over 30 years. It follows on from the release of his album ‘Amore’ last year, which features his own versions of classic love songs, from the worlds of popular and classical music. Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins hosts the presentation, interviewing fans and soaking up the joyous atmosphere that bursts right through the cinema screen – as well as catching an exclusive chat with André. The concerts are packed full of humour, fun and emotion for all ages. Tickets £14.

For Children

On Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Octagon Theatre see ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious!’. Another fun filled, action packed week of singing, dancing and acting celebrating the wonderful works of Roald Dahl. Make new friends, show off your talents and work towards a spectacular show for friends and family to enjoy. Cost £135 for ages 7-14 years.

Other

On Wednesday 27 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘An Evening with Dan Snow’. Featuring the well known historian and TV presenter recount anecdotes of memorable experiences from his very successful career as an historian and broadcaster. Otherwise known as ‘The History Guy Dan’ will also research and include historical facts and stories relating to the specific area/town of each theatre on the tour and will be aided by the use of digital screens. Tickets £26.

On Wednesday 4 July at the Digby Hall in Sherborne at 2.00pm and 8.00pm the Arts Society have a talk called ‘From Bronzes to Banksy’ by Ian Swankie. Ian will talk about the remarkable range of art out on the streets, from huge and expensive commissions to unofficial graffiti. Visitors £5.