Arts’ Events in August/September
From now to Friday 30 August from 10.00am to 5.30pm at David Simon Contemporary, 37 High Street see ‘Mick Lindberg: Sew the Seeds’ exhibition. A remarkable and original exhibition of textile-based artworks by this Swedish-born artist exploring both female figures and her love of flora through pattern and collage. This latest collection carries Lindberg’s passion for textiles and storytelling, using the themes of flowers and nature entwined with femininity and form. Born in Sweden in 1950, Mick Lindberg learned the art of needlework from her mother and grandmother. Throughout her life, her love of textiles and fashion has influenced her career choices, first as a successful model and photographer, now as a textile artist.
From Tuesday 27 August to Saturday 7 September from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre the next exhibition is called ‘Town and Country’. New work by wildlife artists Jackie Cox and Chris Sinden. The exhibition showcases the work of two Forest of Dean artists and depicts some of the species that inspires and means so much to them.
From Saturday 31 August to Saturday 7 September from 10.00am to 5.00pm ACE Arts in Somerton have an exhibition called ‘Circle of Trees’ – Artists’ Books by the ABCD Group. A love of words, materials and imaginative book construction results in a wonderfully varied and intriguing exhibition. For more information phone 01458 273008.
From Saturday 31 August to Saturday 26 October from 10.00am to 5.00pm East Lambrook Manor Gardens host a new exhibition called ‘Simple Pleasures’ by Alex Roden. An exhibition of high quality watercolour prints in the Studio Gallery. Free entry.
From Monday 9 September to Saturday 5 October from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre there is a new exhibition called ‘Secrets and Codes’ with new work by the South West Textiles Group. In response to the 100th Anniversary of the founding of G.C.H.Q., they are focusing on the mysteries and intrigues that ‘Secrets and Codes’ inspire. Members respond individually, bringing their own personalities and perspectives to work that ranges from humorous to historic. The pieces come together as a stimulating group exhibition using a broad range of techniques including weaving, printing, stitching and felting. Free entry.
On Friday 13 September to Friday 4 October from 9.30am to 5.00pm at Jerram Gallery in Sherborne there is an exhibition of new work by Louise Balaam, Jill Barthorpe, Emma Haggas and Elsa Taylor.
From Saturday 21 September to Sunday 6 October from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACE Arts in Somerton there is an exhibition ‘Your Art Here’. Their annual exhibition and chance to purchase postcard sized original artworks which have been made by artists, professional and amateur, who have kindly donated them to help fund their community outreach work.
From Saturday 14 September to Sunday 6 October from 10.00am to 5.00pm ACE Arts in Somerton have an exhibition called ‘Fingerprint’. They work together regularly at the Dove Etching Studio in Butleigh, inspiring and supporting each other. In addition to printmaking, they will be showing other aspects of their working practice in ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting.
On Friday 30 August at the Ilminster Arts Centre from 8.00pm see jazz performance with Vimala Rowe and John Etheridge. John, who for a long time played with Stephane Grappelli, is widely regarded as one of the world’s best guitarists, a superb technical player with abilities that span every conceivable style of playing. He and Vimala have been performing together for a couple of years and in that time have developed a rapport that is second to none. Tickets £16.
On Saturday 31 August from 6.00pm at Henstridge Church there is a Church Concert. A programme of recorder and vocal music will be performed by a talented young musician from Wells music school, Felicity Lennard, and the Hungarian soprano Maria Marton. Wine and nibbles available in the interval. Free entry, with a retiring collection in aid of church funds.
On Saturday 31 August at 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘The Ancestors’. They are a dynamic, four-piece, Yeovil-based band playing hits from the 90’s right through to the current day. Throwing in a mix of Rock and Pop tunes, The Ancestors can guarantee a great evening to get you dancing. They cover songs from artists that include The Kooks, The Cult, Stereophonics, The Killers, Hard-Fi, Maroon 5, The Dandy Warhols, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. Tickets £10.
On Friday 6 September from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘One Night in Dublin’. The Wild Murphys will set up Murphy’s Pub, guaranteeing one glorious night of high-energy Irish Music and more than a little bit of Irish Craic. The multi-award-winning Irish band The Wild Murphys features the very best traditional Irish musicians playing a thrilling mix of traditional and contemporary tunes guaranteed to have the audience’s hands clapping and toes tapping all night long. The seven-piece live band is headed by lead singer Middi Murphy armed with blarney, banter and an accordion, alongside Trevor Brewis (Jimmy Nail) on drums, Tony Davis (Prelude) on keys and the BBC award-winning fiddle player Sophy Ball on fiddle. In their own inimitable style, The Wild Murphys celebrate Irish classics with tracks. Tickets £19.
On Friday 6 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil enjoy the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra with professional support again to be provided by nationally and internationally renowned soloists Andrew Forbes Lane and Alison Roddy. A programme of easily recognisable music, popular classics, light orchestral pieces and TV, film and stage music scores will as always precede the traditional big finale, complete with audience participation: singing, flag waving and joyous celebration of Hope and Glory. Tickets £26.
On Friday 6 September at 8.00pm at the David Hall see Phil Beer. Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One half of award-winning powerhouse, Show of Hands, Phil is equally in demand for his solo shows. Phil sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more. Tickets £16.
On Saturday 7 September from 7.30pm at Campion Hall, St Mary’s School in Shaftesbury see classic concert ‘Soft Cascading Harps’. A concert of delightful music including Handel’s Harp Concerto & The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Debussy Clair de lune, Piazzolla Libertango. The Brooks sisters and Octavia Lamb play on professional instruments loaned by Cherubim Music Trust. Heather Brooks & Georgia Russell are students at the Guildhall, Fern Brooks is a student at the Purcell School, Octavia Lamb is a professional London flautist who was born and raised in Gillingham. Tickets £12 back, £16 front, children free, from www.cherubimtrust.org/tkts In aid of Cherubim Music Trust.
On Sunday 8 September from 6.45pm at Caryford Hall in Castle Cary see Bill Smarme and The Bizness. Cabaret with unique comedic take on a farrago of musical genres, all with tongue firmly in cheek and in the best possible taste. Cash bar only. Tickets £10 from 07746 605 523 or www.wegottickets.com/event/442741 or £12 on the door.
On Sunday 8 September from 7.30pm at Haselbury Mill there is Yeovil Ukulele Festival with performances Andy Eastwood, Sam Brown, Andy Dan, Peter Moss, In Sync, Opera-Lele and more. Open mics, workshops and trade stands. Tickets £20 from www.yeovilukulele.club or £25 on the door. Workshops for £7 each. Food and accommodation available from the venue. In aid of St Margaret’s Hospice and Mind in Somerset.
On Tuesday 10 September from 7.30pm at the Martock Christian Fellowship Centre ‘The Stanchester Quire’ resumes for the new season. They will be learning West Country Christmas Carols with a view to performing them at a series of Christmas Concerts. Non members very welcome, no auditions and the ability to read music is not essential as they learn everything by ear. For more information visit stanchesterquire.org or phone 01935 477884.
On Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September at Leigh Village Hall from 7.30pm see Maestro John Kirkpatrick in concert on the Friday followed by John leading a Carols Harmony workshop on the Saturday from 11.00am to 4.30pm. Bring and share lunch. This event is aimed primarily at choirs but individuals very welcome if spaces available. Admission to both events £10, includes tea/coffee, from 01935 477884, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01935 822287.
On Saturday 14 September at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Martin Simpson. The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues, and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Tickets £19.
On Friday 15 September from 2.30pm at Pageant Gardens in Sherborne see the Sherborne Town Brass Band. Enjoy the last of three concerts. Bring a picnic. Free entry. For more information phone 07784 900955.
On Sunday 15 September from 3.00pm at Horsington Church there is a Concert by Templecombe Ladies Choir followed by tea and cakes. Entry by donation, in aid of church fund.
On Thursday 12 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Chris Barber OBE. He is one of the last British Jazz legends around and an icon of traditional jazz in the United Kingdom. This season he starts celebrating his 65th anniversary as leader of his band on a full-time professional basis and 70th anniversary on starting his musical career. Since 1949 he has been active in the music scene with promoting, recording and releasing music and touring his band. So far, he has released hundreds of recordings, performed more than 15,000 concerts in 50 different countries in five different continents. Tickets £22.
On Friday 13 September at 7.30pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see Sam Evans, Jemima Farey and the Merchantmen as part of a Flying Folk triple bill. Together they will be presenting a widely varied mix of folk material which will no doubt provide us with a thoroughly entertaining evening. Tickets £10.
On Friday 13 September from 7.30pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue see ‘The Mersey Beatles 2019 World Tour’ is a sensational 50th anniversary celebration of the Fab Four’s legendary Abbey Road album. Brilliantly brought to life by The Mersey Beatles who exude the inner and outer spirit of the real thing, from the costumes, instruments, Scouse charm and, of course, that unmistakable era-defining, Liverpool-born sound. In a show that is already wowing sell-out audiences across the globe, the world-renowned Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band will play the classic 1969 album in full followed by a spectacular set of John, Paul, George and Ringo’s greatest hits. Tickets £22.50.
On Friday 20 September from 7.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Toyah’ performing her Crimson Queen Tour. She will present songs from the album including lead single Sensational and the epic album opener Dance In The Hurricane alongside instantly recognisable classics from her revered catalogue of hit singles, live favourites and renowned album tracks. For 42 years Toyah has taken to the stage like no other. She has won numerous awards and nominations from singing to writing to acting Tickets £22.
On Friday 20 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil enjoy the ‘Pink Floyd Experience’. With over 50 years of hits by the legendary band, this highly acclaimed show features over two hours of songs from iconic albums Dark Side of The Moon and Animals, plus classics like ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’. Tickets £23.50.
On Saturday 21 September from 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see the Triple Tribute Header back for its third showdown, bigger and bolder than before with Fell Out Boy, Green Haze and Foo Forgers. Tickets £15.
On Saturday 21 September from 7.30pm at the Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster Dave Carrett and Natasha Caulfield present the music of Alison Krauss, James Taylor and Leo Kottke. Tickets £10 available from Harrimans Menswear, Silver Street and www.thewarehousetheatre.org.uk
On Saturday 21 September at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘The Blackheart Orchestra’. Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington, plus their on-stage ‘musical spaceship’ of 13 instruments, are The Blackheart Orchestra. Their multi-instrumental shows, which combine elements of folk, progressive and classical music, have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Tickets £16.
On Wednesday 25 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see the ‘Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’ who bring world-class music to South Somerset. The Orchestra has been a cultural beacon since its foundation in 1893. They will be performing works by Sibelius, Elgar and Tchaikovsky. Tickets £30.
On Thursday 26 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Talon’. They have risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful theatre touring shows in the UK and the Greatest Hits Tour 2019 will once again feature the Eagles timeless back catalogue including ‘Hotel California’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘One Of These Nights’, ‘Take It To The Limit’, ‘Desperado’ and more. This world class seven-piece band are a phenomenon and have truly transcended the tag of ‘tribute’. Tickets £26.50.
On Friday 27 September from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see the ‘Craig Milverton Trio’ together with Enrico Tomasso, Jim Mullen and Christian Brewer who will be performing jazz. Between them Enrico and Jim have won the UK jazz awards more than a dozen times, and they are undoubtedly the top performers on their instruments in the country. Christian is a regular at Ronnie Scott’s and features with many of our top UK groups. They will be playing modern/mainstream jazz in a dynamic vein which will cover many of the standards which are well known. Tickets £20.
On Friday 27 September from 8.00pm at The Trooper in Stourton Caundle see Chris Foster in concert. Chris’s distinctive voice, beautifully subtle guitar work and engaging phrasing enhance the quality of his material. Tickets £10 from 01963 362890 or on the door if available.
On Saturday 28 September from 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church in Stourton Caundle see ‘Connaught Brass’ – a brass quintet from the Royal Academy of Music. A wonderful opportunity to hear an award winning ensemble of Britains most talented young instrumentalists. Tickets £18, includes refreshments, from 01963 364384 or email@example.com Proceeds to St Peter’s Church.
On Saturday 28 September from 7.30pm at St Peter and St Paul Church in South Petherton join Strode Singers for an evening of ‘Songs from Stage and Screen’. Many all time favourites performed by local choir. Tickets £10 available from N&D News, 07532 450250 or on the door.
On Saturday 28 September at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Quimantu’. The Anglo-Chilean band Quimantu creates a unique cultural blend through their exceptional use of the numerous traditional folk styles of Latin America, skilfully incorporated with contemporary influences from Western Classical music to Celtic, African and Indian styles, to name just a few. Their concert will include a selection of new songs featuring the rising star Laura Venegas-Rojas, whose warm and velvety vocals are complemented by virtuosic violins, the brilliance of guitars, charango and cuatro and the vibrant rhythms of Latin percussion. Experience a wonderful concert with this multi-talented group of musicians who have quite deservedly gained a reputation as one of the UK’s best and most creative Latin groups. Tickets £16.
On Sunday 29 September from 4.00pm at the White Hart in Yetminster see ‘The Land Girls’. A nostalgic trip down memory lane. Singalong fun ranging from The Andrews Sisters to Vera Lynn with lots in between! With great harmonies and authentic costumes, The Land Girls provide an original and uplifting 1940’s, 1950s and 60s experience.
On Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 September from 7.30pm the Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster D&M Productions present ‘Talking Heads’ by Alan Bennett. Alan sealed his reputation as the master of observation with this series of monologues originally filmed for BBC Television. Darkly comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting, Talking Heads is widely regarded as a modern classic. Dave and Maggy are very pleased to welcome back Silvey Webber for this production and they will be joined by newcomer to D&M, but certainly not to the stage, Ann Cook. Tickets £10, Students £5, from Harrimans Menswear, Silver Street and www.thewarehousetheatre.com
On Sunday 22 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Griff Rhys Jones: All Over The Place’. Griff is back and once again all over the place touring the UK this autumn with his brand new full-length stand-up show. It is time to join one half of Smith & Jones, one quarter of Not the Nine O’Clock News. and one third of Three Men In a Boat as he presents an evening of hilarious true stories, riffs, observations and details of his recent medical procedures. Tickets £19.
On Tuesday 24 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘No Man’s Land’. A chance meeting between two writers in a North London pub leads to an alcohol-fuelled night of verbal sparring. Hirst, a wealthy recluse, invites Spooner, a down-at-heel poet, to his Hampstead townhouse for a nightcap. As the whisky flows, their stories become more elaborate and improbable, until the arrival of two younger men forces events to take an unexpected turn. Tickets £16.
On Friday 27 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘ABBA for The Music’. Two hour show captures all of the magic and excitement of one of pop history’s most successful and iconic bands. With stunning costumes, a 7-piece live band, interactive video projection and of course ABBA’s spectacular trademark harmonies this is the ultimate feel-good party show! Featuring all of ABBA’s greatest hits. Tickets £25.
On Sunday 29 September from 7.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil enjoy an evening showcasing the talents of the members of Castaway Theatre Group. Featuring musical numbers, monologues and more. Tickets £11.
ALL IS TRUE (12A)
Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and a devastated Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Starring Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh and Ian McKellen.
South Petherton on Friday 13 September, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.
Set in post war Germany in 1946, Rachael Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. Starring Keira Knightley and Jason Clarke.
Corton Denham on Wednesday 11 September, Queens Arms, 7.15pm. Tickets £15, includes main meal, pint of local ale or wine or soft drink. Booking essential on 01963 220317.
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.
Crewkerne on Friday 13 September, Wadham School, 7.30pm. Tickets £6. Full membership £25 from 01935 822656.
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.
Corton on Wednesday 25 September, Queens Arms, 7.15pm. Tickets £15, includes main meal, pint of local ale or wine or soft drink. Booking essential on 01963 220317.
MARGARET ATWOOD: LIVE IN CINEMAS
‘The Testaments’, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor. Live from the London stage, Atwood will be interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later.
Yeovil on Tuesday 10 September, 7.30pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.
MRS LOWRY AND SON (PG)
Beloved British artist L.S. Lowry (Timothy Spall) lived all his life with his over-bearing mother Elizabeth. Bed-ridden and bitter, Elizabeth actively tried to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions, whilst never failing to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he was to her.
Yeovil on Monday 9 at 7.00pm, Tuesday 10 at 11.00am and 2.30pm and Thursday 12 at 2.30pm and 7.00pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.
The 1990 World Cup in Italy was the moment opera left the elite and hit the masses. Opera star Pavarotti joined fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras onstage in Rome watched by 1.4 billion worldwide. Their powerful rendition of Nessun Dorma lives on as one of the most popular and famous pieces of music the world has ever heard, and Pavarotti realised his long held dream of bringing opera into the mainstream. Ron Howard takes an intimate approach in telling Pavarotti’s story, going beyond the iconic public figure to reveal the man himself.
Yeovil on Monday 23 September at 2.30pm and 7.00pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.
RIGOLETTO ON THE LAKE
Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece – compelling, blood curdling and beautiful – is being performed for the first time on the unique, Bregenz lake stage. Once of Verdi’s most popular works, Rigoletto is an unforgettable tale of a sacrifice and revenge; of a father’s rage and a daughter’s shame. It features several of opera’s best known arias including Rigoletto’s passionate denouncement Cortigiani, vil razza dannata, Gilda’s dreamy Caro nome and the Duke’s instantly recognisable La donna e mobile. Directed and designed by Philip Stolzl, this timeless tragedy will delight audiences with a powerhouse combination of entertainment and emotional intensity from the spectacular shore of Lake Constance.
Yeovil on Tuesday 24 September, 7.00pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £14.
STAN AND OLLIE (PG)
The heart warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille and Ida – a formidable double act in their own right – the pair’s love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.
Sturminster Newton on Thursday 26 September, The Exchange, 7.00pm. Tickets £5.
SWIMMING WITH MEN (12A)
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.
Ditcheat on Thursday 19 September, Village Hall, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 from the Farm Shop, www.ditcheatvillagehall.org.uk or on the door.
TELL IT TO THE BEES (15)
Dr Jean Markham returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father’s medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The new friendship between the boy and the bee keeper brings his mother Lydia into Jean’s world. In the sanctuary of the doctor’s house the two women find themselves drawn to one another in a way that Jean recognises and fears, and Lydia could never have expected. But, in 1950’s rural Scotland, their new secret can’t stay hidden forever.
Yeovil on Friday 6 at 2.30pm and Monday 9 September at 11.00am and 2.30pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.
THE CURRENT WAR (12A)
Fuelled by the intense rivalry between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse this tells the dramatic story of the late 19th century race to light up America and power the world.
Yeovil on Monday 16 at 11.00am and 2.30pm and Tuesday 24 September at 2.30pm and 7.00pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.
THE DEAD DON’T DIE (15)
In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. No one quite knows why. News reports are scary and scientists are concerned. But no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville. They rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living – and the citizens of the town must battle for their survival.
Yeovil on Saturday 7 September, 7.00pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.
THE LION KING (PG)
Disney’s The Lion King journeys to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother, and former heir to the throne, has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is rife with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Yeovil on Friday 6 at 7.00pm and Saturday 7 September at 11.00am and 2.30pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.
THE SOUVENIR (15)
A young, quietly ambitious film student embarks on her first serious love affair with a charismatic and mysterious man. She tries to disentangle fact from fiction as she surrenders to the relationship, which comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.
Yeovil on Monday 30 September at 11.00am, 2.30pm and 7.00pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.
THE WHITE CROW (12)
Young Rudolf Nureyev becomes a top ballet dancer in Russia, but a life-changing visit to Paris soon makes him seek asylum in France.
South Petherton on Friday 27 September, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.
On Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 August from 9.45am to 3.30pm at St Paul’s Church in Sherborne the Holiday Club returns and this time is called ‘Epic Explorers’. As they explore the adventure island, there will be games, crafts, songs, Bible stories and much more, with lunch provided each day. The club is open to children aged 7-11 years. Free entry. For more information visit www.stpauls-sherborne.org.uk or phone 01935 816444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday 7 September at 2.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton Tor Theatre presents ‘The Fire Catcher’. Physical theatre and storytelling collide in this fast and furious performance that boasts bags of opportunities for an audience to howl along to! The Fire Catcher is suitable for children aged three and upwards – and their adults. Supported by South Petherton Combined Arts Society. Tickets £6, under 12’s £5. Plus there will be drama workshop at 3.30pm for £5.
On Saturday 14 September from 10.30am to 1.00pm at Castle Cary Primary School there is a Children’s Playfest. Activities include the popular cardboard city, grab reptiles and more. Free entry. For more information email email@example.com
On Sunday 14 September from 2.00pm to 3.00pm Sherborne Library presents a Roald Dahl ‘splendiferous’ story and craft session for children aged 3+. For more information phone 01935 812683.
On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September at 11.00am and 2.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s ‘Stick Man’. What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? Tickets £14.
On Friday 23 August 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday 7 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon theatre in Yeovil see Gill Sims. She is the number one best-selling author behind ‘Why Mummy Drinks’, its follow up ‘Why Mummy Swears’ and the recently announced ‘Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A…’. Join Gill as she is interviewed about her blog, books, character and much more! There will be readings from her books and a chance to ask Gill questions from the audience. Books will be available to purchase and sign as well. Tickets £16.
On Sunday 8 September at 2.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton go along to Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Journey. Experience a magical journey of therapeutic Pure Sound with musician Dean Carter using crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and vocal over toning applied using the yin/yang principles of harmony, which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state for re-energising and re-balancing your body, mind and spirit. Tickets £12. Payment required on the day. To reserve a place email email@example.com, 01935 389655 or www.centreforpuresound.org
On Tuesday 17 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes from his dazzling career. Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he will be spilling the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He will also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. Mr Challis will also meet fans after the show during a meet’n’greet to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while signing copies of his autobiography, ‘Being Boycie’, and novel, ‘Reggie: A Stag At Bay’. Tickets £19.50.
On Saturday 21 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan for an evening of behind the scenes stories suitable for all the family. Find out if snow leopards or leopard seals are the scariest; discover how to get close to the biggest fish in the sea and whether your eyeballs freeze at minus 50. Tickets £20.
On Saturday 21 September from 3.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil there will be a special Pre-Literary Festival event with bestselling novelist, Robert Harris, who will be talking about his dazzling new thriller, ‘The Second Sleep’. Tickets £15.
On Sunday 22 September from 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton it is the monthly Acoustic Night. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a slot.
On Saturday 28 September at the David Hall in South Petherton from 10.00am there will be a Bluegrass / Oldtime Mandolin Workshop with Jesper Rübner-Petersen. During this course, Jesper Rübner-Petersen will introduce participants to playing Bluegrass/Oldtime mandolin, with examples of other styles also included. Solo playing as well as accompaniment will be explored during the course, allowing participants to learn new techniques and develop and refine their existing playing skills. Please send an email to email@example.com if you would like to register for this course. Entry £90.