Art Events in March/April
From now to Sunday 15 April the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth have a new exhibition called ‘A Question of Guilt: A Crime Writer’s Collection’ open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm. Providing whip-smart commentary and intrigue, Award-winning crime writer Frances Fyfield has imagined many of the subjects of paintings in her private collection as characters in a fictional crime novel. Promising to provide insight into the mind of the author, this exhibition would be perfect for any avid readers or crime fans. The 53 paintings of Fyfield’s collection showcase British artists from 1890-1950, including Modernist art and work from the Bloomsbury Set, a group of artists and writers whose ranks included Virginia Woolf and E.M Forster. Other artists include Walter Sickert, Frank Dobson, Duncan Grant, Evelyn Dunbar and Gwen John. If you fancy turning detective yourself, there is also a murder mystery contained within the exhibition for you to solve, as well as the rest of the Victorian House and its collection (which includes Pre-Raphaelite art and artifacts from the owners’ world travels) which were left to Bournemouth in 1907. Entry to Museum £6 with exhibition included.
From now to Saturday 7 April at the Ilminster Arts Centre there is another exhibition called ‘All At Sea’. Five artists interpret differing aspects of the sea, focusing their interest on erosion, pollution, loss or the simple enjoyment found at the seaside. Textile artist Pat Clayton’s work considers the meeting of the land and sea. Lesley Cooper’s ceramics are a response to the shoreline, while Lynda Keeton’s textile and mixed media works considers those souls lost at sea. Christine Rollitt’s paintings and embroideries reflect on growing up in a small seaside town. Joan West creates woven baskets referencing environmental damage to the ocean.
From now to Saturday 7 April at the Ilminster Arts Centre Gallery Cafe go along to ‘Lois Webbe Retrospective’. A display of work by the late Lois Webbe. A member of the Jersey Group and the Arts Society in Jersey, Lois spent her early career working as an interior designer, only talking up painting when she moved from the UK to Jersey. There she studied under local artists, including Paul Kilshaw, Gabby Radiguet and Robert Tilling. This exhibition showcases a selection of Lois’ work in a range of media.
From now until Saturday 19 May there is a new exhibition on display at Yeovil Hospital outpatient department called ‘Fruits of the Imagination’ with works machine and hand embroidery by local textile artist and teacher Rebecca Bruton. Exotic passion fruit, delicious pineapple and vibrant red onions are amongst the carefully stitched fruits and vegetables that will be decorating the corridors. Rebecca has spent hours carefully producing these framed images using applique – a process of applying fabrics to one another using her collection of vintage and retro printed textiles. She then adds in detail through free motion embroidery, a technique that allows her the freedom to ‘paint’ with her sewing machine. All the pictures in the exhibition are for sale, either as originals or prints, with a percentage of the sales being donated to Yeovil Hospital Charity.
From Monday 9 to Friday 27 April the Ilminster Arts Centre have a Photographic Open Exhibition. Open to any professional or amateur photographer and offers a wonderful snapshot of contemporary photography in the South West. Showcasing photography as an expressive Fine Art medium and features a wide range of techniques (both traditional and experimental), subject matter and media. All work is for sale. An award of £100 will be given to the overall winner, with two prizes of £50 each to two runners up. There is also a ‘Visitors’ Choice’ prize of £25 awarded to the photographer chosen by visitors to the exhibition.
From Monday 30 April to Saturday 19 May at the Ilminster Arts Centre have a exhibition called ‘Quiet’ – a selection of paintings and drawings by Lawrence Nash RWA. Less is more in this exhibition of paintings and drawings that take their inspiration from minimalism. Lawrence is an Academician at the Royal West of England Academy, whose work will be familiar to visitors of the Arts Centre, as he has shown here for a number of years in the Open Exhibition. The exhibits will include ‘Ref 1001’, a coloured pencil on paper work that Lawrence donated to the RWA’s collection on becoming an Academician. Please note that on the final day of the exhibition the gallery will close at 12 noon.
On Friday 23 March from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Blowzabella’ celebrating 40 years. The band members are Andy Cutting on diatonic button accordion, Jo Freya on vocals, saxophone and clarinet, Paul James on vocals, bagpipes and saxophones, Gregory Jolivet on hurdy gurdy, David Shepherd on violin, Barn Stradling on bass guitar and Jon Swayne on bagpipes and saxophone. They compose dance music influenced by English and European Folk traditions. Many of their tunes are ‘standards’ in the British/European folk repertoire. Tickets £16. Go along to their dance workshop before their show. (See ‘Other’)
On Friday 23 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘Two Top Tenors’ performed by Simon Spillett, Karen Sharpe and the Dave Newton Trio. Simon and Karen are the two top tenor sax players in the UK, both having featured in the UK jazz awards many times over the last ten years or more. They have worked together frequently in the past and both have toured widely and have regularly played with top US stars such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski, as well as with the best of all our UK performers. Together with Dave Newton’s trio, they will create a superb evening’s entertainment. Tickets £18.
On Saturday 24 March from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see multiple award winning group ‘Soul Kinda Wonderful’. formed over a decade ago and capture the essence of a magical time in musical history. Lead vocalist, Richie Sampson, has performed alongside long standing members of The Drifters, such as Ray Lewis, Billy Lewis, Butch Leak and Roy Hemming’s at various times. The band breathes new life in to the classics such as ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’, ‘Up on The Roof’, ‘Kissing In The Back Row of The Movies’ and many more! The group also pay tribute to the great original members such as Clyde McPhatter, Ben E King and Johnny More whose music will always be remembered. Tickets £16.50.
On Thursday 29 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the Mayor of Yeovil has his Charity Concert featuring entertainment by local talented groups and music by Joe Hardy and Berties Big Band. Tickets £10.
On Saturday 31 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘20th Century Boy’. This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, returns to the stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. Featuring some of the greatest rock songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the life story of the legendary Bolan and his band T. Rex. This show exposes some of the myths and takes the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life, cut short by a cruel twist of fate. Tickets £24.50.
On Friday 6 April from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Carpenters Story’. This highly acclaimed concert style production continues to captivate audiences across the UK with its spectacular re-creation of the classic songbook that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of popular music. The outstanding vocal talents of Claire Furley and pianist and artistic director Phil Aldridge take centre stage, accompanied by Richard Carpenter’s original orchestral arrangements from live musicians, and a stage wide backdrop of video projection. Featuring all of the Carpenters hit songs including ‘Yesterday Once More’, ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’, ‘Superstar’, ‘A Song For You’, ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’, and many more! Tickets £24.50.
On Friday 6 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton go along to ‘The Music of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’. This thigh slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with hit after hit including: ‘Jolene’, ‘Ruby’, ‘9 to 5’, ‘Lucille’, ‘Here You Come Again’, ‘The Gambler’, ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘Coward of the County’, plus the smash hit ‘Islands in the Stream’. Enjoy a superb score and supreme musicianship as we bring the house down with the ultimate tribute to two country music legends. Tickets £17.
On Friday 6 April at Westland’s Entertainment Venue from 8.00pm see Kim Wilde in her ‘Here Come The Aliens’ tour. Expect a show packed full of brand new music and all of her hits. Tickets £31.
On Friday 6 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see the ‘Albion Quartet’. The ‘Albions’ are passionate about the chamber music of Antonin Dvořák, the majority of whose quartets are rarely performed – he wrote 14 in total. Indeed, the Quartet will be releasing their debut recording of Dvořák’s quartets later this year, the first in a series of discs for Signum Records. They will also be recording Richard Blackford’s Kalon with the Czech Philharmonic this Spring. Comprising of four of the most outstanding classical performers of their generation – Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Emma Parker on violin, Rosalind Ventris on viola and Nathaniel Boyd on cello. They share a strong belief in the communicative power of the string quartet and have a well deserved reputation for creative and imaginative performances. Most people will be familiar with Dvořāk’s famous New World Symphony and the American Quartet, but while these are obviously masterpieces, there are others that deserve to be played, such as the Quartet No 5 in F Minor, which has spellbinding moments. They will also be playing Schubert’s hauntingly melancholic Rosamunde Quartet. Tickets £15.
On Saturday 7 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see the ‘Grimethorpe Colliery Band’. Grimethorpe’s diverse noted concert performances include those at the FIFA World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms, Eurovision and London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, together with a wealth of national and international television / radio appearances and professional recordings. Tickets Adults £24.50, under 16’s £16.
On Saturday 7 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Andy Irvine. For more than 40 years, Andy has been a World Music pioneer and icon for traditional music and musicians. Founder member of bands such as Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, Patrick Street, Mozaik and most recently, Usher’s Island, he has been hailed as ‘a tradition in himself’. Musician, singer and songwriter, few others can equal his repertoire: Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes, and a compelling canon of his own material that defies description. Tickets £15.
On Thursday 12 April form 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see vocal trio ‘Blake’ return celebrating 10 years together. The show features songs from their brand new 10th anniversary album including Elgar’s Nimrod, the Beatles’ ‘Here There and Everywhere’, ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story and the classic ‘Caruso’, along with all the band’s popular anthems in powerful three-part harmony. Enjoy a spectacular show with video projections, emotive lighting and the boys’ famously off-piste banter. Tickets £24.
On Friday 13 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Johnny Cash Roadshow’ featuring Clive John. Introducing the new brass section the ‘Roadshow Horns’ all accompanied by emotive screen visuals. Tickets £21.50.
On Friday 13 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see the ‘Savannah Jazz Band’. With their talent for satisfying listeners and dancers alike they have built up a truly international reputation at major festivals in the UK and overseas. The band’s driving and exciting New Orleans style attracts large audiences whenever they play. Tickets £16.
On Saturday 14 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Winter Wilson’. Showcasing their latest album, Far Off on the Horizon – a follow up to the critically acclaimed Ashes & Dust. Now in their sixth year as full time musicians, Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, frequently hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with often hilarious tales of life on the road. Tickets £15.
On Saturday 21 from 7.30pm the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil presents the Octagon Choir with ‘Songs from Stage and Screen’ celebrating music from your favourite movies and musicals. Choirs from across the local area join together to perform a joyous evening of music and there will be soloists and other ensembles too! Tickets £10.50.
On Sunday 22 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Back to Bacharach’. Celebrating the music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century, who, together with Hal David, penned some of the most memorable and iconic hits that stand the test of time. Burt is a six time Grammy Award winner and three time Academy Award winner who has had over 70 Top 40 hits in the US, and over 50 Top 40 hits in the UK. Performed by four of the finest West End singers, accompanied by The Magic Moments Orchestra. Songs featured in the show include ‘Alfie’, ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’, ‘Always Something There To Remind Me’, ‘I Say A Little Prayer For You’, ‘Magic Moments’, ‘Walk On By’, ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ and many more. Tickets £23.50.
On Sunday 22 from 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Kris Drever. Scottish songwriter Kris Drever celebrated a decade of critical and commercial success by winning both Folk Singer of The Year 2017 and Best Original Track 2017 for his song, ‘If Wishes Were Horses’, at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. For his 2018 concerts, Kris will be performing a best of set featuring all the key songs from his first decade and some new material being played live for the first time. Tickets £17.
On Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil go along to ‘A Spoonful of Sherman’. A compelling musical stage show for all the family, celebrating the life and music of multi award-winning Disney songwriters The Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh). Hits include ‘Let’s Go Fly A Kite!’, ‘I Wanna Be Like You’, ‘The Ugly Bug Ball’, ‘Feed The Birds’, ‘Hushabye Mountain’, and more! Tickets £22.
On Thursday 26 April from 7.30pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see Gilbert O’Sullivan and his band. Enjoy every facet of his history in this new live show, including classics such as ‘Alone Again Naturally’, ‘Nothing Rhymed’, ‘Clair Matrimony’ and ‘Get Down’ as well as songs from the forthcoming album. Tickets £30.50.
On Friday 27 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Material Girl’ celebrating songs from Madonna. With incredible vocals, amazing dancers, video footage and narration, audiences are taken on a journey through the scandals, the controversy and of course the music of one of the world’s most iconic figures. Told through the eyes of leading lady, Jodie Jackson, audiences will hear stories and little known facts about Madonna as the show follows her career and music through her 35 years at the top. Featuring hits such as ‘Like A Virgin’, ‘Papa Don’t Preach’, ‘Vogue’, ‘Crazy for You’, ‘Into The Groove’, ‘Like A Prayer’, ‘Express Yourself’ and many more. Tickets £22.
On Friday 27 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre enjoy soul, jazz and funk music at ‘Kick Ass Brass’ with Jaqui Hicks and band. Playing timeless classics such as ‘Move On Up’, ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘Mr Pitiful’ and more. Tickets £22.
On Saturday 28 at the Octagon There from 7.30pm in Yeovil see ‘Heatwave’ and ‘The 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’. Tickets £26.50.
On Saturday 28 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see the ‘Budapest Cafe Orchestra’. Hugely entertaining, and demonstrating immense skill and profound musicianship, BCO have won acclaim from fans, fellow musicians and critics alike for their electrifying and entertaining shows. Led by Jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick, the Budapest Café Orchestra plays Folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, mournful Klezmer melodies, raucous Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czadas. Tickets £17.
On Thursday 22 March at the Westland’s Entertainment Venue in Yeovil from 7.30pm go along to ‘The Laughing Boy Comedy Club’ featuring Paul McCaffrey, Angela Barnes and Tom Lucy. The Laughing Boy Comedy Club has helped launch the careers of some of the UK’s finest stand ups today, including Alan Carr, Michael McIntyre, Jon Richardson and Josh Widdicombe. Proud to only book bills that they would pay to see themselves, the promoters of Laughing Boy enjoy mixing a show with well known faces and those fresh faced young guns who go on to be household names. Tickets £10.
On Friday 23 at 7.00pm and Saturday 24 at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at the Charlton Horethorne Village Hall the Youth Theatre celebrates ten years of music, drama, dance and fun and presents ‘The Dracula Rock Show’. Dozens of youngsters from eight to sixteen have had a rip-roaring time over those ten years while making new friends and learning theatre skills. Several have stayed on into adulthood and now form an important part of the organising team. Successful grant applications have enabled the purchase of modern stage lighting, demountable staging and projection facilities at the village hall. This year the group sing and dance their way through the hilarious antics of Vampires, Zombies, incompetent criminals and ineffective police. A fun script and lively music have made this a number one hit with cast and leaders alike. Tickets Adults £6, Children £3 available from the Village Shop or on 01963 220333. For more information phone 01963 220640.
On Sunday 25 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Champions of Magic’. The UK’s leading band of mind-blowing illusionists and magicians take to the road for the fifth year running to once again perplex, astound and thrill audiences all over the country. The world class illusionists will be performing incredible feats of mind reading, stunning close up and daring large scale illusions and a death defying, heart stopping finale. Tickets £26.50.
On Monday 26 at 2.00pm and 6.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see the Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’. With a star cast, impressive music, energetic dance routines as well as plenty of jokes, slapstick and heaps of audience participation! Enchanted Entertainment’s spellbinding pantomime tells the story of Beauty, who longs for romance and adventure, a bad-mannered Prince who is transformed into a Beast to teach him a lesson and a good Fairy who makes both their dreams come true. Starring comedy legend Bobby Davro as Silly Billy and CBBC’s Tracy Beaker Dani Harmer as Beauty. Tickets £19.
On Tuesday 3 April from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Magic of Hollywood’. Pasha Kovalev winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, and long time dance partner Anya Garnis, who will be jam packed with sequins, glitz and glamour as Pasha takes to the stage with his sensational dancers. Tickets £26.
From Wednesday 4 to Thursday 5 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Grumpy Old Women to the Rescue’ starring Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Lizzie Roper. Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge, the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practice their extreme colouring in, ukulele orchestra and novelty fudge making. With the world in a bigger mess than ever before, is there anything that can tempt them off their backsides to unleash their superpowers and once more come to the rescue? Tickets £26.
On Sunday 8 from 8.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Podfather’. Richard Herring gets to the half century and looks at how his life has changed in the last decade, from irresponsible, single kidult, literally fighting his way through a mid life crisis, to married father. This is the installment in Herring’s once a decade examination of ageing. Tickets £18.50.
On Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil ‘Menopause the Musical’ with be performed. Starring Cheryl Fergison from EastEnders, Maureen Nolan from The Nolans, Rebecca Wheatley from Casualty and Hilary O’Neil from ITV’s Copy Cats this hysterical all singing, all dancing comedy is set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common, meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing ‘The Change’ and their problems with forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. Tickets £28.50.
On Saturday 14 April from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Swinging at the Cotton Club’. Celebrating music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s. Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller. In this show, the exciting dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous The Lindy Hop Dance Company, the world’s premier jazz dance company and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra featuring vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington. Tickets £15.
On Wednesday 18 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Remembering Fred Tour’. Strictly Come Dancing’s Aljaz and Janette are back with new songs, new dances and new stories. Get ready to step back in time and relive special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. Tickets £22.50.
On Wednesday 18th at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton from 8.00pm enjoy ‘Living Spit: One Man and his Cow’. Trevor loves Judy. Judy loves Trevor. They’re best mates. Trouble is, Trevor’s family do not approve. They think that Trevor should leave his prize cow alone and get on with looking after his farm. And then Trevor gets some bad news… Written and performed by North Somerset’s very own Living Spit in rhyme and song, and with a multitude of agricultural cliches and farmyard frolics. Tickets £11.
On Friday 20 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Jason Donovan on his ‘Midlife Crisis Tour’. Jason has a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will take Jason’s looming 50th birthday as its starting point and will zigzag back and forth through his life. Hear some new stories, plus some of the songs you know and love. Tickets £26.
On Sunday 25 March from 3.00pm at the Westland’s Entertainment Venue see ‘Journey’s End’. Takes you to the front lines of the First World War, where a company of British soldiers awaits a German attack after being effectively abandoned by their commanders. Starring Sam Clafin. Tickets £10.
On Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 at 2.00pm at Westland’s Entertainment Venue see ‘Early Man’. Set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and cavemen roamed the earth, a young caveman called Dug and his wild boar Hognob unite Dug’s tribe to save their valley home when it is claimed by Lord North and his Bronze Age city. A British stop-motion animated adventure. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams and Tom Hiddleston. Tickets £10.
On Tuesday 27 at 7.00pm and Thursday 29 at 2.00pm at Westland’s Entertainment Venue see ‘The Shape of Water’. A modern-day fairytale set in 1950s America about an unlikely friendship between a mysterious aquatic lab creature and a mute cleaning lady. Starring Sally Hawkins. Tickets £10.
On Thursday 29 at 7.00pm at Westland’s Entertainment Venue are screening Bristol Old Vic’s ‘Messiah (Encore)’. Award winning and innovative Easter Messiah from The Old Vic, filmed in 2017. Staged by Tom Morris and featuring internationally-renowned soloists Catherine Wyn Rogers and Julia Doyle. Tickets £14.
On Friday 6 April from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture show will be screening ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’. A behind the scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne. Tickets £5.
On Thursday 19 from 7.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Breathe’. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of his wife’s twin brothers and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy, Robin and his wife Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together – raising their young son, travelling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Based on a true story. Starring Andrew Garfield, Tom Hollander and Claire Foy. Tickets £4.
On Friday 20 April from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture show presents ‘The Party’. Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine. Tickets £5.
On Saturday 21 at 3.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue see the screening of ‘King Kong’. The 1933 film is a classic in stop-motion animation, both mirroring the preoccupation of the time, as it was released at the height of the Great Depression, and transcending them. There will also be a pre film workshop with animator Jim Parkyn who made ‘Shaun the Sheep’ and those ‘Creature Comforts’ animals. Using his own washable plasticine, he will show the audience how to make giant apes and then pit them against…Dinosaurs! Using all of the creations made that day you will make your very own stop motion movie. Tickets £10.
On Saturday 21 at 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue see the screening of ‘Journey’s End’. The film takes you to the front lines of the First World War, where a company of British soldiers awaits a German attack after being effectively abandoned by their commanders. After the film there will be a Q&A with lead producer Guy de Beaujeu and expert Andrew Warren on the making of the film. Tickets £8.50.
On Sunday 22 at 2.00pm, Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 at 7.00pm the Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil are screening ‘Phantom Thread’. Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the centre of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, débutantes and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Starring Daniel Day Lewis, Vicky Krieps and Lesley Manville. Tickets £10.
On Sunday 22 at 6.00pm, Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 at 2.00pm the Westlands Entertainment Venue are screening ‘Lady Bird’. Nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. A strong coming of age dramedy starring Saoirse Ronan as a Sacramento high school senior desperate to escape the confines of her life. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts. Tickets £10.
On Saturday 14 April at 1.00pm and 4.00pm at the Octagon Theatre go along to ‘Stuff and Nonsense: The Gingerbread Man’. Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea! The adventures of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man, the bravest biscuit of all times! a brilliant mix of puppetry, live action, great music and humour in a stunning staging of this well loved classic tale. Suitable for aged three and above. No scary bits, just do not turn up hungry! Tickets £7.50.
On Sunday 29 and Monday 30 at the Octagon Theatre from 7.30pm see ‘Tiddler’ – four terrific tales in one superb show. Woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from creators of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best loved titles – ‘Tiddler’, ‘Monkey Puzzle’, ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ and ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’. Tickets £13.50.
On Thursday 22 March at 6.30pm at Hauser and Wirth in Bruton the next Thrifty Thursday is ‘Tim Dickens – Back to the Land’. Tim will speak about his experience working with and on the land to support vulnerable children and teenagers, both in central London and in rural South East Wales. He will highlight the rise of other projects in the UK, from care farms to forest schools, which represent an increasing understanding of the therapeutic value of the soil and the land around us in town and country. Tim Dickens is an educator, journalist and grower who believes firmly in the power of the land to grow and to soothe us. Free event but booking required.
On Friday 23 from 6.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton there is a dance workshop for all ages and abilities will be run by the members of ‘Blowzabella’. They will give participants a quick run through the main dances that the band will be playing that evening. It is not about being a great dancer it is just that dancing to dance music is better than just listening to it! Tickets £3.
On Thursday 5 April from 6.30pm Hauser and Wirth in Bruton have another Thrifty Thursday talk called ‘Fernando Laposse on Sustainable Design Using Native Mexican Corn’. Fernando is a London based Mexican designer with a BA in product design from Central Saint Martins in 2012. His work is deeply rooted in material experimentation and craft, with a great emphasis on self production and the DIY culture. Fernando strives to transform materials which are cheap, readily available, and often waste or perishable matter, enabling him to make crossovers between product design and gastronomy. His projects aim to raise questions regarding whole system thinking, ephemerality, patterns of consumption and the politics of food production through the creation of design objects, performances and videos. Fernando discusses how he is using naturally colourful native Mexican corn husks to create a new sustainable material called Totomoxtle, a surfacing veneer for interiors and furniture. Produced in partnership with indigenous farmers, Laposse will provide insight into how such a project can help to create greater awareness for the uncertain future of farmers using traditional harvesting methods, provide local employment opportunities, promote crop diversity and help ensure that heirloom varieties continue to be farmed in Mexico. Free event, booking required.
On Thursday 12 from 7.30pm the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil hosts Damien Lewis. For decades Damien worked as a war and conflict reporter for the world’s major broadcasters. A dozen of his books have been made, or are being made, into TV drama series. Some have been adapted for screen and stage. A fascinating man and a compelling speaker. Bar and nibbles available. Tickets £6.
On Monday 16 April from 7.30pm at Westland’s Entertainment Venue in Yeovil join leading hypnotist Robert Temple on a fast paced, laugh out loud and hysterical ride to the centre of your imagination! Forget tired old pocket watches and people clucking like chickens, ‘The Hypnotist: Live and Outrageous’ is a cutting edge, thrilling show featuring incredible hypnosis and never before seen side splitting sketches. Tickets £20.
On Thursday 19 from 6.30pm at Hauser and Wirth in Bruton go along to the next Thrifty Thursday talk called ‘Paul Dovey on Durslade Farm Soil – Its Life and Secrets’. Join Paul, the Farm Manager of Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s Durslade Farm, for an informative talk regarding the importance of the soil across our 1000-acre site. He will discuss how soil forms the backbone of the farm, taking us on a journey where we will learn more about the different types of soil and the crops it grows. As well as learning how we nurture and care for the soil, you will hear about the secrets it holds, such as the fossils and artefacts that have revealed the diverse history here at Durslade. Free event, booking required.
On Thursday 19 at the Westland’s Entertainment Venue in Yeovil from 7.30pm go along to ‘The Laughing Boy Comedy Club’ featuring Paul McCaffrey, Angela Barnes and Tom Lucy. The Laughing Boy Comedy Club has helped launch the careers of some of the UK’s finest stand ups today, including Alan Carr, Michael McIntyre, Jon Richardson and Josh Widdicombe. Proud to only book bills that they would pay to see themselves, the promoters of Laughing Boy enjoy mixing a show with well known faces and those fresh faced young guns who go on to be household names. Tickets £9.
On Saturday 21 at 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Over Stratton folk dance band ‘Jigs for Gigs’, a very popular local band and Simon Maplesden, one of the driest callers in the South West. Dance the night away and raise funds for Over Stratton Folk Dance Club and The David Hall. Tickets £9 in advance, £10 on the door. Includes a light ploughman’s supper.