Arts’ Events in December/January

Visual Arts

On now to Monday 24 December from 10.00am to 5.00pm ACE Arts next exhibition is called ‘Dig My Earth’. Renowned potters working with wood-firing techniques produce diverse pieces including bottles, jugs and tea bowls, decorated with wood ash and glazed surfaces.

On Wednesday 2 to Saturday 19 January from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre the prizewinning artists of last year’s Ilminster Open returns to showcase their latest work. An eclectic exhibition featuring a wide range of styles and media – paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture.  

On Monday 21 January to Saturday 9 February from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre have their next exhibition called ‘Inspired By Nature’. The beauty of the natural world is the cue for this group of local artists who work in a variety of different media. Flora, fauna and landscape provide a rich seam of inspiration for the paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, photographs and scanograms on display.



On Saturday 29 December from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘One Night of Ska’. This is a two hour homage to the music, bands and artistes that influenced two generations of teenagers. Taking the best of the original 1960s Jamaican scene as well as the 2 Tone English Revival of the late 1970s this is crammed full of songs made famous by names such as Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker, Madness and Tony Tribe. Expect such fabulous hits as ‘The Israelites’, ‘One Step Beyond’, ‘Ghost Town’, ‘Watermelon Man’, ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Too Much Too Young’, ‘Enjoy Yourself’, and ‘Al Capone’ and more. Starring the hugely talented Gerry Slattery on guitar and vocals and featuring the wonderful Chris Kane (original Bad Manners) on saxophone. Tickets £17.50.

On Friday 11 January from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see Roger Marks and his Cornish Armada Jazz Band. They have been together for more than twenty five years, the band members coming from a variety of other orchestras, bands and groups local to the southwest. The band is revered for the sheer musician ship of its players and over the years has developed a high reputation nationally.  They play traditional jazz in a fine unrestricted style which has resulted in the high level of popularity which befits the quality of their music. Tickets £15.

On Saturday 12 at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil from 8.00pm see ‘Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers’. They were the first London band to be signed by The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein. Their innovative brass sound introduced a British audience to soul music. They will be supported by ‘The Nashville Teens’. The Nashville Teens are an English rock band, formed in Surrey in 1962. They are best known for their 1964 hit single Tobacco Road, a top 10 UK hit and a top 20 hit in the United States. Ray Phillips is a surviving founder member of The Nashville Teens. Tickets £26.

On Saturday 12 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Ninebarrow’. They are a multi-award-winning Folk duo who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the Folk tradition. Ninebarrow combine breath-taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired by and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Tickets £14. 

On Thursday 17 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Paul Jones and Dave Kelly. Founder members of The Blues Band, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly’s tangled and colourful roots go way back into the true undergrowth of the Blues tradition.  As past presenter of his BBC Radio 2 R&B show, as a thrilling singer and a harmonica maestro, what Paul Jones does not know about the Blues can be written on a pinhead.  The same can be said about Europe’s leading Bluesman, Dave Kelly. He’s played with them all, including legends such as Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Son House.  A live acoustic set by this dynamic duo is an occasion you will remember. If you are a true blues fan, everything you need is here! Tickets £24.  

On Saturday 19 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see the Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band ‘Fleetwood Bac’. Endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself, they are the only Mac tribute to authentically replicate the classic ‘Rumours’ line-up. Over the last few years they have received rave reviews from ‘The Stage’ newspaper, the U.K.s leading Fleetwood Mac fan sites, the official Stevie Nicks website; and from ecstatic audiences wherever the band played, wowing audiences as far afield as Dubai, St. Tropez, the Cayman Islands and Monte Carlo, and recently selling out the world-famous Minack Theatre in Cornwall. The Fleetwood Bac show focuses on the ‘Rumours’ era of the band (still the 5th biggest-selling album of all time). It also features several songs from the Peter Green days, plus some of Stevie’s biggest solo hits. Tickets £16. 

On Friday 19 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see the Craig Milverton Trio with three of the best-known award-winning names, Enrico Tomasso, Alex Garnett and Nigel Price, in British jazz. They will play a set of superlative mainstream/modern jazz. Tickets £20. 

On Thursday 24 from 7.30pm at Sherborne School see Jason Rebello and Dave Newton. They will play a fantastic evening of jazz in tribute to the late, great Oscar Peterson. Also includes Jeremy Brow on bass and Matt Skelton on drums. Tickets £10 from 01935 812249 or 

On Friday 25 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre there is another ‘Flying Folk’ night. This evening enjoy performances by Luke Daniels and Jemima. Tickets £10.

On Saturday 26 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Steve Knightley: Roadworks’.  As a long-serving troubadour of the folk and acoustic music scene, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and observations – with the odd disaster along the way. Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present Roadworks – a show which builds on the success of his sell out 2018 solo tour. This is a stripped back, one man show that is infused with wit, warmth and alchemy, beautifully illustrated by his trenchant songs of history, love and conscience.  Tickets £19.

On Wednesday 30 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil Nicholas Daniel will be performing oboe works by Boccherini, and Mozart. Tickets £25. 

 On Thursday 31 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Roy Orbison Story’. He is the man with the sunglasses and the black suit who delivered some of the world’s darkest and most emotional ballads, yet Texas-born Roy Orbison remains one of the most distinctive voices in popular culture. Tickets £23.50. 






From now to Sunday 6 January at various times the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil presents their family pantomime ‘Aladdin’. Aladdin promises to be spectacular, top-quality entertainment with the emphasis on strong casting, high production values and a genuinely funny script. Tickets £20.50. 

On Tuesday 15 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre see ‘Spirit of the Dance’. Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy, this explosive and powerful show combines heart pounding Irish Dance with the sensual Latino rhythms of Flamenco and red-hot Salsa in a thrilling production of strength and passion. This award winning spectacular has brilliant lighting, dazzling costumes and breath-taking choreography. Tickets £25. 

From Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 January at 7.30pm at Charlton Horethorne Village Hall the Amateur Pantomime Society presents ‘Ali Baba and the Seven Thieves’. For more information phone on 01963 220595. 

 From Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 January from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre the Yeovil Amateur Pantomime Society present their latest fun filled family pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Tickets £13.

On Thursday 24 and Friday 25 at 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Count of Cornwall’ with his unique style of comedy. Jethro will probably be remembered for years to come with so many people loving this hilarious country style. He is considered by many as the greatest comedy story teller that ever lived. Having produced 20 DVD’s over the years there are some old favourites and many new tales told in a way only a count could. Tickets £20.

 On Sunday 27 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see The Circus of Horrors new show ‘Psycho Asylum’ which includes an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets £22. 




The King of Waltz André Rieu will bring to millions of fans across the world, his New Year’s concert recorded live in Sydney, Australia. The first full production from leading Event Cinema distributor Piece of Magic Entertainment, André Rieu will present a festive concert like never before, recorded live in Sydney’s iconic Town Hall. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it promises to be a great way to start the new year! Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and more, exclusive to cinema.


Yeovil on Saturday 5 from 7.00pm and Sunday 6 January from 3.00pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £14.



A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.


Castle Cary on Tuesday 15 January, Caryford Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Market House or £6 on the door.



From a screenplay by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the film follows a woman as she returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Based on Naomi Alderman’s book. Starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola Starring Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola. May contain strong language and sexual references.


Yeovil on Sunday 6 at 6.30pm, Thursday 10 at 3.00pm and 6.30pm, Tuesday 15 January from 3.00pm and 6.30pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Sofa tickets £10, Children £6. Tiered seating tickets £6.50, Children £5.


The second instalment of the Fantastic Beasts series set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, though he’s unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.


Yeovil on Thursday 3 at 3.00pm, Friday 4 at 3.00pm and 6.30pm and Saturday 5 January at 3.00pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Sofa tickets £10, Children £6. Tiered seating tickets £6.50, Children £5.


Set in Germany and France in the aftermath of WW1, Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s ‘lost generation’; a bereft young German woman whose fiance, Frantz, was killed.


Ilminster on Saturday 19 January, Warehouse Theatre, 7.45pm. Guests donation.

ISLE OF DOGS (12) The latest from Wes Anderson – a quirky, stop animation film set in Japan. An outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs…with many obstacles along the way.


Yeovil on Wednesday 23 January, Swan Theatre, Guests £5, 01935 421905.


Christine ‘Lady Bird’ MacPherson is a high school senior from the wrong side of the tracks. She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. This follows the title character’s senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college. Starring Saoirse Ronan.


Ilminster on Saturday 5 January, Warehouse Theatre, 7.45pm. Guests donation.


Set five years after the events of Mamma Mia! past and present intertwine as a pregnant Sophie is busy re-launching her mother’s taverna while husband Sky is away in New York.  Flashbacks transport us back in time to learn how the Dynamos came into being and how Young Donna met Sophie’s three putative fathers. Starring Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper and Lily James.


Odcombe on Monday 14 January, Village Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5 from 07934 737104 or £6 on the door. 

Ditcheat on Thursday 17 January, Memorial Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Maryland Farm Shop or 01749 860444.

Milborne Port on Friday 18 January, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Wayne the Butcher from Monday 7 January or £5.50 on the door. 


This film is based on a true story. The real Swedish team, that won the Men’s Synchronised Swimming World Championships in 2007, reprised their roles for this film. A man who is suffering a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team. Starring Rob Brydon.


East Coker on Wednesday 30 January, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 on door. 01935 862447. 


Written by the star Kumail Najiani and his wife Emily V Gordon, based on their own courtship.  When Emily (grad student) contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail (a Pakistani born cab driver and stand-up comic) finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings.


Crewkerne on Friday 11 January, Wadham School, 7.00pm. Visitors £6.


As her marriage to Jack flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye has a life-changing decision to make at work – should she force a teenage boy, Adam, to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.


Sherborne on Wednesday 9 January, Digby Church Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from Sherborne TIC or on the door.

Castle Cary on Tuesday 22 January, Caryford Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Market House or £6 on the door.

WIDOW (15)

Set in modern day Chicago, this follows four women who are forced to confront the criminal underworld head on, after their husbands all wind up dead following a failed heist.

This is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica, Alice, Linda and Belle take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. 


Yeovil on Monday 7 and Thursday 17 January, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 3.00pm and 6.30pm. Sofa tickets £10. Tiered seating tickets £6.50. 


Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress whose life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.


Yeovil on Wednesday 2 January, Swan Theatre, 7.30pm. Guests £5. 01935 421905.



For Children

On Saturday 5 January from 2.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see the ‘MakeShift Ensemble: The Children in the Moon’. Join the MakeShift Ensemble’s two fantastic storytellers as they take you on a magical journey with their amazing puppets and songs. The Makeshift Ensemble tells the story of Zack and Lil using beautifully hand-crafted puppets and a larger than life travelling tea machine which brews fabulous stories and doubles as a stage on which the characters can explore, play and bring their tales to life. It is theatrical fun for all the family! Tickets £9, under 12’s £8. 


On Monday 31 December from 8.15pm at the David Hall in South Petherton there is a New Years Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs.

On Wednesday 2 January from 8.00pm Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil are encouraging talented locals to go and join them for a brand new monthly Open Mic Night on the first Wednesday every month. Whether you are a singer, actor, comedian, musician or something else altogether they want to give you the chance to share your talents! Free entry. Register at 

On Saturday 19 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Digging into Britain’s Past’. Anthropologist, author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts has been delving into Britain’s past, and making archaeology programmes, for nearly twenty years. Tickets £23.50.

On Sunday 27 from 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton there is an Acoustic Night. All styles and forms of performance, not just music. If you wish to perform email