Arts’ Events in July

Visual Arts

From now until Friday 12 July from 9.30am to 5.30pm at David Simon Contemporary, 37 High Street in Castle Cary go along to the new exhibition called ‘Mike Service: Still Lifes and the Caribbean’. Following a recent trip to the Grenadines, Mike is showing paintings in oil with palette-knife of the Caribbean, with native fishing boats and huts, alongside still lifes of roses, anemones and wild flower studies. These studies show a different sense of observation and demonstrate the full skills of this experienced painter. Walking into this exhibition the energetic and vigourous paintings of the Caribbean are balanced by the calm of his latest still life compositions. Single rose stems sit in simple glass tumblers and the ordinary dandelion, plucked from the edge of the footpath has a renewed beauty in a whiskey tumbler. These studies show a different sense of observation and demonstrate the full skills of this painter. Mike Service trained in Fine Art at Bath Spa University after taking early retirement and has exhibited his paintings widely in the UK including in Bath, London and at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. Represented by David Simon Contemporary since 2014, first solo exhibition 2019. For more information phone 01963 359102 and visit www.davidsimoncontemporary.com

On now to Saturday 20 July at ACE Arts in Somerton from 10.00am to 5.00pm the next exhibition is ‘Colour Values’. Painting, drawing and printmaking combined in this exhibition of colour, texture and composition by this group including Brian Bishop, Martyn Brewster, Bonnie Brown, Fran Donovan, Michelle Griffiths, Ursula Leach, and Peter Symons. Meet the artists on Saturday 15 June from 3.00pm.  

From now to Sunday 21 July at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Manor Gardens from 10.00am to 5.00pm watercolour artist Moish Sokal returns with his next exhibition ‘Reflections–A Fresh Look’ celebrating 25 years of exhibiting here. This year’s exhibition features a selection of new work from around the globe and of course Somerset. Moish reflects on all the exotic locations he has visited and painted. He felt inspired to look back at these locations and to paint some of his favourite places in his current style. Alongside all these, the exhibition will also show work painted following Sokal’s first visit to Crete where the mysterious Minoans ruled 4000 years ago, there he was captivated by the rugged southern coastline, but most, the charming town of Hania with its narrow streets lined with Venetian and Turkish architecture. Sokal will also show a selection of paintings from his trips exploring the coastline of Cornwall, Wales and Dorset. Admission free.  

From now to Friday 26 July from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre it is the Annual Open Exhibition. A celebration of artistic talent from the West Country and beyond. The competition is open to all artists, amateur or professional, and the resulting exhibition is one of the highlights of the Arts Centre’s year. Work in the following media can be submitted for judging including paintings, original prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, making this a most eclectic and enjoyable exhibition to view. An invited judging 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 their visitors during the month long exhibition.

From Saturday 27 July to Saturday 24 August from 10.00am to 5.00pm ACE Arts in Somerton have their next exhibition called ‘Presence’. The group ‘iD artists’ was formed in 2012 to allow a group of interdisciplinary artists to exhibit together. They currently have five artists, working in a range of disciplines including painting, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and book arts. For more information phone 01458 273008. Meet the artists on Saturday 3 August from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

 

Music

On Saturday 6 July from 7.30pm at the Henhayes Centre in Crewkerne see ‘Sisters of Swing Concert’. The hugely popular all female swing band from Bristol return. Tickets £12 from Henhayes.

On Saturday 6 July from 7.30pm at St Michael and All Angels Church in Somerton there is a ‘Flamenco Guitar Recital’ by Samuel Moore. One of the UK’s leading flamenco guitarists. Part of Somerton Music and Arts Festival. Tickets £10. For more information visit www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk

On Saturday 6 July from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton enjoy a collection of sincere, straight-from-the-heart performances, constructed with care and played with passion by ‘The Leylines’. Established in 2013, The Leylines are a West Country collective with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from Traditional Folk to full-blown festival Rock. The band was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol), wishing to combine their individual musical styles into something that is not quite Folk, sort of Punk, 100% heart-pounding revelry. The band have a reputation for wild, energetic performances and wanted to encapsulate as much of that as possible within their new album. The result is a collection of sincere, straight-from-the-heart performances, constructed with care and played with passion. Tickets £16.

On Tuesday 9 July from 7.30pm at St Michael and All Angels Church in Somerton go along to ‘Medieval Music with Woodwose’. They are a quartet of like-minded musicians who share a passion for ancient, wild and exotic instruments which include hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, historical oboes, shawms, cittern, percussion, recorders and whistles. The band is an exciting collaboration between Katy Marchant and Steve Tyler of medieval ensemble Daughters of Elvin and Sonny Davidson of Primeval, who brings to the ensemble a unique feel for playing traditional dance music from Brittany and France. Collectively they draw their inspiration from the dark gothic era, European Folk music traditions and the voices of the ancestors whispering in the wind and rain of the moors and forests. Programme includes medieval music from sources such as the 13th century Spanish Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X (el Sabio), the 14th century Llibre Vermell de Montserrat in Catalonia, and from 14th century Italy (Tuscan manuscript Add MS 29987). To this they will add some of their own compositions, mostly dance tunes, expertly arranged but allowing for improvisational elements, so briefly exploring the rich world between the known and unknown, between order and chaos. Part of Somerton Music and Arts Festival. Tickets £11 from www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk

On Wednesday 10 July from 8.00pm at the White Hart in Somerton see the ‘Mitchell and Vincent Folk Duo’. Westcountry folk duo Mitchell and Vincent bring traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles with their own varied arrangements and great foot-tapping folk music. Part of Somerton Music and Arts Festival. Free entry.

On Thursday 11 July from 7.30pm at St Michael and All Angels Church in Somerton see HMS Heron Band in concert. A wind ensemble playing a wide repertoire of music. Part of Somerton Music and Arts Festival. Tickets £12 from www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk

On Friday 12 July from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms in Somerton see the ‘Bluebird Cabaret’ with Sasha and Tami. They are the feisty all girl trio of singers Sasha Herriman, Tami Tal and piano-vocalist Milly Riquelme. Join the Bluebirds for a night of vibrant music with more than a touch of sultry cabaret and off-beat humour. Experience the dulcet tones of The Bluebirds and let them take you on their flight of fantasy, spinning you tales and songs that will make you laugh out loud. Part of Somerton Music and Arts Festival. Tickets £10 from www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk

On Friday 12 July from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see the Sunset Café Stompers together with Mike Denham playing the whole jazz spectrum from Scott Joplin’s ragtime to Fats Domino and his Rock’n’Roll. The Stompers are immensely popular locally but also much travelled, having been featured across most of the UK from their Dorset/Somerset base, down to Cornwall and up to Cumbria. Tickets £16.

On Saturday 13 July from 7.30pm the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see the ‘Aber Valley Male Voice Choir’. This popular male voice choir will be accompanied by Aurelia on the piano. They will be singing traditional Welsh songs, show music and more recent pop music. All ages are entertained by this 40 strong choir. Tickets £12.

On Saturday 13 July from 9.00pm at the White Hart in Yetminster see Monkey Jump. Part of Yetminster Fair Day. Playing in the courtyard if the weather is good.

On Friday 19 July from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see Laura Collins, together with The Craig Milverton Trio and Nigel Price. Laura has trained with the top vocalists in the UK and sings with the best of our UK jazz greats. Here she will be accompanied by Craig Milverton’s trio plus guitarist Nigel Price, both of whom are regular visitors to the IAC. This will be a programme of well known standards, interpreted vocally in a straight-ahead manner, with the absolute best of supporting musicians. Tickets £18. 

On Sunday 14 July from 2.00pm at the Methodist Church in Castle Cary go along to ‘Music for a Summer Reading’. A programme of music performed by locally well-known musicians, flautist Adelaide Brown accompanied by Clare Sydenham on piano. Adelaide has selected pieces of music to complement favourite passages of literature chosen by members of our community. There will be poetry and prose, even nursery rhymes – something for all the family – a light hearted afternoon of entertainment which will no doubt introduce everyone to some less familiar music and literature as well as bring back memories of much loved familiar passages. Delicious homemade cream teas served. Tickets £5 from Bailey Hill Bookshop, Castle Cary Library or Information Desk in the Market House. Children free. This event has been organised by the Friends of Castle Cary Community Library to raise funds for enhanced lighting in the library.

On Saturday 20 July from 7.00pm at St Peter and St Paul Church in South Petherton Yeovil Concert Band presents their Summer Concert. An evening of musical entertainment and support this popular concert band which comprises brass, woodwind and percussion. Their programme will be varied and entertaining – something for everyone including Film Music by Hans Zimmer and Morricone, a Disney Selection, Music of the Beatles, Broadway Medley and more. Refreshments available. Tickets £7.50, under 16’s £4, from N&D News, www.yeovilconcertband.com or on the door.

On Thursday 25 July from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre enjoy the ‘Sotavento Big Band’. From Argentina,  playing a varied mix of Latin American rhythms in a strongly jazz vein, not surprisingly with Argentine tango being very much a part of it. A hugely exciting opportunity to hear interestingly different music played by a large band with a soft, smooth tone. There is only one trumpet amongst the front line instruments, the other sounds being a mix of saxophone, flute and clarinet, supported by guitar, piano, bass and percussion. Tickets £18.

In Friday 26 July from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see the ‘Holy Moly & The Crackers’. Influenced by an eclectic range of music, they play an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, Balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, this wrangling folk group present a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain. Tickets £7.

On Saturday 27 July from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Voice of the Heart’. It is now just over 30 years since the legendary Karen Carpenter passed away, she left behind an amazing catalogue of hit songs and golden memories and is still played daily on radio stations throughout the UK. Enjoy a stunning show celebrating the music of The Carpenters, and the evening is guaranteed to lead everyone through a magical memory. Tickets £18.50.

On Sunday 28 July from 9.00pm at the White Hart in Yetminster enjoy live music with the ‘Juju Men’. Retro rhythm and blues band from Bournemouth. Remember the days when the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Animals and the Yardbirds covered raw blues and rock’n’roll classics by such artists as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley? Well, The Juju Men sound approximately like that.

 

Performance

On Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil from 7.30pm enjoy the 20th Anniversary tour of ‘Rhythm of The Dance’. This dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. It is an exciting two hour trip through hundreds of years of Irish dance and music, 22 award-winning World & Irish dance champions with 25 dazzling costume changes. Experience flailing fiddles, flutes, and inspiring dances along with live vocalists, all complimented by a top live Irish trad band of multi-instrumentalist musicians and a sensational sound and light show as seen on TV from China to California, from Siberia to Sydney. Tickets £23. 

On Thursday 11 July from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Welsh National Opera: Don Pasquale’. Set in and around Pasquale’s doner kebab van, it is the story of an old bachelor’s romantic delusions and the young lovers who outwit him. Don Pasquale brings together a cast of larger-than-life characters, including Pasquale’s young nephew Ernesto and his girlfriend Norina, as well as local geezer Malatesta and his travelling band who hang around Pasquale’s kebab van after their long nights of boozing. Tickets £23.50.

On Friday 12 July from 7.00pm at Montacute House go along to ‘Sense and Sensibility’. Elinor Dashwood has a lot of good Sense. Her sister Marianne Dashwood has an excess of Sensibility. Together they make a snappy title for Jane Austen’s classic novel of scandals, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles. This funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation features live music, audience interaction, romance and heartbreak. Tickets Adults £16, under 16’s £8 from 03442 491895 or www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sense-and-sensibility-tickets-60253260123

On Friday 12 July from 7.30pm at Castle Gardens in Sherborne Illyria presents ‘The Tempest’. The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Inexorably they are driven towards the centre of the island to answer to Prospero – until Prospero learns that in spite of everything Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. Which is greater – his thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness? In their 28th open-air touring season, and renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, Illyria return to their home-turf: Shakespearean comedy. The play, believed to be the last that Shakespeare wrote single-handedly, is lyrical, thought-provoking and raucously funny. Illyria is an intrepid band of five actors who perform Shakespeare’s plays, entirely uncut, direct from the First Folio, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s plays. Picnic baskets and blankets welcome. Tickets Adults £15, under 16’s £5 from Castle Gardens or www.illyria.co.uk

On Friday 12 July from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see pianist and entertainer, Peter Gill who presents a tribute to the wit and song-writing skill of that most English of Englishmen, Noel Coward. Peter will remind us of Noel’s dazzling wit and perform such gems as ‘Mad About The Boy’, ‘A Bar on The Piccola Marina’, ‘Don’t Let’s Be Beastly To The Germans’, ‘Mrs Worthington’, ‘There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner’ and ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’. Tickets £12.

On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July from 3.00pm at the Octagon Theatre go along to ‘Just Dance: Miss Natasha Dance’. Students as young as three years old from Miss Natasha Dance are coming together for their biennial dance show. Tickets £14.50.

On Friday 19 from 6.30pm and Saturday 20 July at 7.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Can’t Stop The Music: the J.Sivell Breeze Dance Company’ bringing an exciting evening of song and dance. Over 100 pupils are taking part to present a variety of freestyle, musical theatre, tap, ballet and contemporary numbers. Tickets £14.50.

On Friday 19 July from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton SNADS presents ‘Dig for Vengeance: A Murder Mystery Evening’. Bar and raffle. Not suitable for under 18’s. Tickets £15, includes supper. 

Films

ALADDIN (PG)

Get ready for the live-action adaptation of Disney studio’s animated classic. Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith stars as the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes to whoever possesses his magic lamp.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Saturday 13 at 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm and Friday 26 and Tuesday 30 July at 11.00am & 2.30pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.

AMAZING GRACE (U)

Aretha Franklin recorded her bestselling album Amazing Grace during two days of gospel performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles. Sydney Pollack and his crew captured the incredible footage, but the project was shelved. 47 years later, the recordings have been brought out and the film completed – as per Pollack’s wishes before his death in 2008. Backed by the Southern California Community Choir, the legendary Atlantic records rhythm backing, and with her mentor Reverend James Cleveland by her side and father in the audience, the atmosphere is electric. The music in Amazing Grace is phenomenal, and the observational footage of Aretha Franklin moving her audiences and making history is a divine experience.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Tuesday 16 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

 

AMERICAN GRAFFITI (PG)

It is the proverbial end of the summer 1962 in a small southern California town. A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their friends before they go off to college.

SHOWING AT

West Coker on Friday 12 July, Commemoration Hall, 7.45pm. Tickets £5 from 01935 863176.

 

ANDRÉ RIEU: SHALL WE DANCE?

This year André Rieu invites you to put on your dancing shoes for his spectacular 2019 hometown concert from Maastricht: ‘Shall we Dance?’ You can waltz the night away with André Rieu – the majestic waltz has been such an inspiration to André throughout his career that its three-four beat has become, in many ways, the rhythm of his life. And this year the maestro will bring the waltz to life in an unforgettable evening of music and dance. Join André Rieu, his Johann Strauss Orchestra, world class sopranos, The Platin Tenors and special guests for a magical cinema experience. Audiences will be treated to behind the scenes content and an exclusive interview with André and as always, some delicious surprises.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Sunday 28 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 3.00pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £14.

 

ARMSTRONG (PG)

Neil Armstrong was not only was the first man on the moon – he played an integral role in the operations and efforts in getting NASA’s mission successfully to the lunar surface. This authentic documentary, narrated by Harrison Ford, explores Neil Armstrong through hundreds of private, never-before-seen footage and re-mastered archive.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Monday 15 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

 

 

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (12A)

A foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Starring Rami Malek.

SHOWING AT

Somerton on Saturday 13 July, Parish Rooms, 7.30pm, Tickets £6 from Cobbs, Brunel Precinct or on the door.

 

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (15)

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. Starring Melissa McCarthy.

SHOWING AT

Castle Cary on Tuesday 25 June, Caryford Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from the Market House or £6 on the door. 

Sherborne on Wednesday 10 July, Digby Church Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.

 

DIEGO MARADONA (15)

The man and myth of Maradona is explored in this new documentary by Academy award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia. Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, this documentary centres on the career of celebrated football player who played for S.S.C. Napoli in the 1980s.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Monday 1 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

ENO: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (PG)

Performed by the English National Opera and Directed by Mike Leigh, Gilbert & Sullivan’s popular comic opera is packed full of sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes. Frederic, a pirate’s apprentice, falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a snag. Born on 29 February, Frederic discovers that he is technically still a youngster. Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is unshakeable. Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel?

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Monday 1 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am. Tickets £14.

 

FIRST MAN (12A)

The riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight.  A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, the film explores the triumphs and the cost – on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself – of one of the most dangerous missions in history.  Starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.

SHOWING AT

Hardington Mandeville on Friday 19 July, Village Hall, Tickets £5 from Springfield Stores on 01935 862363 or £6 on the door.

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS (12A)

A fast-living, cynical London music executive heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

SHOWING AT

Sturminster Newton on Thursday 25 July, the Exchange, 7.00pm. Tickets £5.

GREEN BOOK (12)

In 1962, Tony ‘Tony Lip’ Vallelonga, a tough bouncer, is looking for work when his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America’s racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals. However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America’s appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other’s talents and start to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives.

SHOWING AT

West Camel on Sunday 30 June, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Admission £5 on the door.

Kingsbury Episcopi on Thursday 4 July, Community Centre, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from 01935 823298.

Hinton St George on Saturday 13 July, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 in advance from Personal Services Store and Dorothy’s Tearoom or £5.50 on the door.

 

LATE NIGHT (15)

A late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her first and only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision brings about unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women who are separated by culture and generation become united by their love of a biting punch line.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Monday 22 July at 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.

 

MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (15)

Explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” with fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history. Starring Saoirse Ronan.

SHOWING AT

South Petherton on Friday 19 July, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.

 

SUPPORT THE GIRLS (15)

Taking a day-in-the-life approach, this is a look at a female group of workers’ solidarity versus corporate ruthlessness, all wrapped up in a delightful, witty and tender package.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Friday 26 and Tuesday 30 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

 

THE FAVOURITE (15)

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. Starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

SHOWING AT

Halstock on Saturday 20 July Village Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £6 from the Village Shop or on the door.

 

THE KEEPER (15)

This tells the extraordinary love story between a young English woman and a German PoW, who together overcome prejudice, public hostility and personal tragedy. While visiting a PoW camp near Manchester at the end of the 2nd World War, Margaret Friar, the daughter of the manager of the local football team, notices a young German soldier Bert Trautmann. Her father is so taken by Bert’s prowess as a goal-keeper that he gets him out of the camp to play for his local team.

SHOWING AT

Castle Cary on Tuesday 23 July, Caryford Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from the Market House or £6 on the door. 

West Camel on Friday 26 July, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Admission £5 on the door.

 

THE MIKADO (PG)

Almost 30 years on from its premiere, Jonathan Miller’s dazzlingly inventive staging of The Mikado returns to the London Coliseum for what has become for many the definitive production of this much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera. Gilbert & Sullivan’s topsy-turvy story focuses on the unfolding love between Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum and the absurdity of laws and law-makers. Nanki-Poo loves Yum-Yum but she’s betrothed to Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner. When the Mikado orders a beheading, Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko try to come to an arrangement that doesn’t involve anyone losing their head!

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Thursday 11 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00pm, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £14.

 

THE UPSIDE (12)

A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.

SHOWNG AT

South Petherton on Friday 5 July, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.

 

TOY STORY 4 (U)

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy to her room, a road trip adventure will show Woody how big the world can be.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Tuesday 23 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

 

WILD ROSE (15)

Wild Rose follows Rose-Lynn Harlan, a young Scottish woman fresh out of prison, on her unlikely quest to become a country singer and make it to Nashville, Tennesse. It’s been her lifelong dream to become a star, but stuck in Glasgow and with two kids at home, her chances look slim.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Tuesday 2, Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Children

On Saturday 6 July from 10.00am to 2.00pm Sherborne Library are hosting artist Darrell Wakelam for a drop-in rocket crafting session for children aged 4 -11 to celebrate the Dorset Moon Installation and the launch of The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge! For more information phone 01935 812683.

On Wednesday 24 July from 10.00am to 12.00 noon and 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Yeovil Country Park go along to ‘Woodland Explorers’. You will explore the watery life living on and in Ninesprings Lake and have a go at some natural crafts reflecting what we have discovered. Fun family session. All ages welcome. Drinks and campfire snacks provided. Suitable clothing needed. Entry £5 per children. All children to be accompanied by an adult – adult entry free after completing a short enrolment and evaluation form. Booking essential. Meet at the pond dipping platform – signed from Ninesprings Café.

On Saturday 27 July from 10.00am to 11.00am Sherborne Library presents ‘Supernova Stories and Cosmic Crafts’ for The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge! For children aged 4+. For more information phone 01935 812683.

On Monday 29 July from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Ham Hill there is a ‘Wild Food Café for Children’. The rangers will be cooking wild mushroom and herb omelette, nettle bread with garlic pesto, elderberry cordial, nettle crisps and surprises! Entry £6 per children. Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult – adult entry free. Booking essential.

From Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton go along to ‘Actiontrack Show Build Week’. A five day summer school for young people from ages eight to 18. Entry £50 per child.

On Wednesday 31 July from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Yeovil Country Park there is ‘Children’s Summer Photography’. No need for own camera, can use theirs. Bring own memory card if you wish to keep photos. Teach you on to use a simple digital camera to take different types of photos and explore the park. Aimed at accompanied children aged 6-12. Entry £7 per child. Booking essential.

Other

On Friday 28 June and Sunday 28 July from 7.30pm at the David Hall there is an Acoustic Night. All styles and forms of performance, not just music. If you wish to perform email folk@chriswatts.org 

On Saturday 6 July from 8.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see Martin Kemp ‘Back to the 80’s DJ set’. The 80’s icon and UK national treasure will be taking to the decks in Yeovil and spinning all the best hits from the 80’s. Over 18’s only. Tickets £20.