Arts’ Events in October/November

Visual Arts

From now to Saturday 27 October from 9.30am to 4.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre go along to the ‘Coming of Age’ exhibition – a retrospective by Phat Qwarters. They are a group of five textile artists who have been working together for 18 years and this is their first exhibition. This exhibition is to show how far they have progressed, experimenting with different techniques and materials, reflecting wider trends and, sometimes, breaking the rules. Approximately 100 items are included quilts, pictures, hangings and canvases. There will be note books, sketch books, book sleeves and cards for sale.

 From now to Saturday 3 November from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACE Arts in Somerton hosts their new exhibition ‘British Wildlife Open’. Celebrating the best of British Wildlife art including paintings, prints and photographs. Artworks for sale and all proceeds shared between ACE Arts and Somerset Wildlife Trust. In partnership with Somerset Wildlife Trust. Free entry.

From Friday 26 October to Friday 16 November from 9.30am to 5.00pm at the Jerram Gallery in Sherborne there is an ‘Exhibition of New Work by Charles Anderson, Mhairi Mcgregor and Jackie Philip. Enquiries 01935 815261.


From Monday 29 October to Saturday 24 November at the Ilminster Arts Centre Made in Glastonbury is delighted to be once again exhibiting. They consist of two fine artists, Sue Allen and Kate Dimambro, a silk artist Yulia Allen, fine furniture maker Don Storey and landscape photographer Stephen Spraggon. What brings them together is Glastonbury, the Isle of Avalon.  This unique place in the world inspires creativity and diversity which they endeavour to show through their various crafts.

On Saturday 10 November from 11.00am to 3.30pm at Tintinhull Village Hall there is an Exhibition of Somerset Maps and Sea Charts. An exhibition of maps and charts of the ancient county of Somerset dating back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth First. If you have a map you would like some information on, bring it along and speak to one of the experts available. Entry £3, Students £1, on the door. 

On Saturday 10 to Saturday 24 November from 10.00am to 5.00pm ACE Arts next exhibition is called ‘A Century of Silence’. Works in a range of media exploring memorial, archive and landscape relating to a conflict that can no longer be ‘remembered’ or even remotely imagined. Meet the artist, Jon England on Saturday 17 November from 10.30am.



On Saturday 24 October at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Blazin’ Fiddles.  Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 20th year in 2018, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once. With a “Blazers” performance comes the rare opportunity to hear regional expressions, from Scotland’s highlands and islands, and the individual style of each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Fiddles and bows come alight atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all. Tickets £18.

On Saturday 24 from 8.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Los Pacaminos’ featuring Paul Young, Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy. One of the UK’s most popular Live touring bands, Los Pacaminos play the very best in Tex Mex Border music from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and even Roy Orbsion. This is a Tequila fuelled Tex Mex party night, as each venue becomes the perfect cantina setting for a great night’s rocking with the cactus sharp, tequila filled, stetson wearing, magnificent 6, Los Pacaminos! Tickets £20.

On Friday 26 October from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre Julian Stringla and his Dream Band will be performing the music of Gershwin, Bernstein, Dankworth, Piazzolla, Rimsky Korsakov, Jobim, Rodgers &Hart, Mangione, Bechet, Aznavour, Vito & Stringle. Julian is joined by Canadian guitarist Dominic Ashworth, Sonia Slany and her string quartet plus pianist Neil Angilley, bassist Chris Dodd and drummer Mike Bradley with percussionist Mark Cecil. Tickets £22.

On Sunday 28 from 3.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see the ‘Divertimento String Quartet’ with music and words from a wide variety of composers. Tickets £16.

On Sunday 28 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm at the White Hart in Yetminster hear some live music with ‘Monkey Jump’. Playing classic covers from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Beatles, Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac and more

On Friday 2 November from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre enjoy an evening of Jazz performed by the Matt Carter Quintet together with vocalist Leigh Coleman and tenor saxman Johnny Ford.  Matt Carter is a young piano player from Exeter, who has already gained a notable reputation and has played with the best of our UK jazz stars, such as Alan Barnes, Greg Abate and Brandon Allen. He has been to us twice before and has impressed us as being someone heading for the very top of his profession.  Performing with him are his regular band members Leigh Coleman, considered one of the finest soul singers in the UK, bass player Tom Drewett and drummer Luca Caruso. Jonny Ford with his tenor saxophone completes the quintet as a special guest. This will be an evening of swinging jazz, uplifting songs and skilfully crafted solos. Tickets £15.

On Friday 2 at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton from 7.30pm the Traveling Wilburys Experience will take you on a journey through the story of the Wilburys. With expert narrative and big screen action, this 30th Anniversary Special is unmissable. With tributes to, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. All the Traveling Wilbury hits and classics are included in the show including Handle with Care, End of the Line, Wilbury Twist, Heading for the Light, Tweeter and the Monkey Man, Nobody’s Child, Last Night and many more. Totally unique to this production are five authentic Lookalike-Sound-alike’s to the famous Traveling Wilburys, enabling the show to explore the Solo Hits of the Famous Five. This joyous, up-tempo feel-good celebration of classic pop music is guaranteed to have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Tickets £20.

On Friday 2 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil go along to ‘A Country Night In Nashville’. This recreates the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of country music. Prepare to be transported on a musical journey through the decades; from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Little Big Town. Do not miss this incredible celebration of the very best of country music. Tickets £26.

On Friday 9  November from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre enjoy an evening of ‘Night Music’ with Trio Paradis. The Trio consist of Jacquelyn Bevan on piano, Lisa Betteridge on violin and Linda Stocks on cello. A truly charming trio of professional classical musicians playing a wide selection of lighter classical favourites through folk, jazz, and music from the London and Broadway shows, to a pop hit or two, all with the theme of evening and night time. Think Mozart’s Eine kleine nachtmusik, Grieg and Chopin’s Nocturnes, Elgar’s Chanson de Nuit, Glen Miller’s Moonlight serenade, Cole Porter’s Night and Day and The Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night with lots and lots more.  This will be a true delight. Tickets £14.

On Friday 9 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton pay homage to one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century John Denver. ‘A Celebration of John Denver’ will take you on a magical journey through the musical career of John Denver, featuring a selection of his popular hits such as ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ and ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’. Tickets £17.50.

From Wednesday 7 until Saturday 10 from 7.30pm (and 2.30pm Saturday matinee) at the Octagon Theatre the Yeovil Youth Theatre presents ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’. A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde the Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal! Legally Blonde The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine and of course, her chihuahua, Bruiser. Tickets £18.

On Saturday 10 at 3.00pm and 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Rage, Tears and Cider Peace Day 1919’. Set in Sturminster Newton on a single day, Peace Day 1919, the play uses both real and fictional characters to examine some of the social and emotional effects of the War on those left behind. Those familiar with the history of Sturminster Newton may recognise the names of Mary Lowndes, Charlie Stride, Rev. Algernon Ward, Montague Scott-Williams and Sarah Fudge. Specially commissioned, Rage, Tears and Cider is written by Tony Benge and Sue Ashby. Craig White directs a collective team of local actors, who are Taboo Theatre Company. Taboo came into being in 2006 in association with the Martinsey Isle Trust. Their initiative led to a production of Colder Than Here by Laura Wade that toured the UK for five years. This is their third subsequent production. You are encouraged to sit in the stalls where you will become part of the action. Tickets £8, Children £4.

On Wednesday 14 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the Fidelio Trio will be performing works by Faure, Chausson and Schubert. Tickets £14.

On Friday 16 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Talon’. Over the last two decades Talon have risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful theatre touring shows in the UK and the Greatest Hits Tour 2018 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, Lyin’ Eyes’, ‘Life In The Fast Lane’ and many more. This world class seven-piece band are a phenomenon and have truly transcended the tag of ‘tribute’. They have become a brand name in their own right who are not only revered by their peers, respected by the music industry but dearly loved by their massive and expanding fan base that together have become a ‘family’. Tickets £25.50.

On Saturday 17 from 7.30pm at the Church of St Luke and St Teresa in Wincanton Spectra Musica presents ‘The Water is Wide’. Bringing you songs from ‘South Pacific’ and other watery numbers including Shenandoah, Skye Boat Song and The Boatmen’s Dance. There will also be music from, Kathryn Rose, Brahms, Monteverdi, Stanford and others. The evening will be led by their talented Musical Director, Peter Leech and concert pianist Anita D’Attellis will feature throughout the evening. Tickets £12 from 01963 350160 or on the door.

On Saturday 17 at All Saint’s Church from 7.30pm Martock Church hosts Dorset Police Male Voice Choir. A 50 strong choir with a diverse and exciting repertoire covering jazz, opera, folk, musical theatre, traditional Welsh songs, and popular numbers. The choir has toured widely in the UK, France and the US to critical acclaim and is extremely popular with their audiences. Tickets £8 from 01755 467896 or £9 on the door.

On Saturday 17 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see The Furrow Collective. Described by MOJO as ‘a mouthwatering collaboration’, Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of Traditional songs. Hot on the heels of two BBC Folk Award nominations, in November 2016 they released their new album, Wild Hog, to huge critical acclaim. Each band member leads a song, moving with ease from jaunty stories of ailing horses to poignant laments and sparsely adorned supernatural ballads. Tickets £17.

On Sunday 18 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Matt Monro Story’. In an emotional and unique evening of music and warmth, Matt Monro’s son, Matt Monro Jnr, will be performing unforgettable songs such as ‘Born Free’, ‘Walk Away’ and ‘Portrait of my Love’. Matt Monro was one of Britain’s most popular and endearing artists. Known to his peers as the ‘Singer’s Singer’, he would frequently pack out concert halls and stadiums all over the world, leaving a lasting legacy and inspiring some of today’s most popular acts including Michael Buble, Monica Mancini and Rick Astley. Monro Jnr is a performer in his own right and has been in the public eye since the age of 13 when he appeared with his father on Opportunity Knocks in 1977. Since then, he has gone on to tour with Cannon and Ball as well as Hinge and Bracket. He continues to tour and record as he strives to keep his father’s music alive for all to enjoy. Tickets £23.50.

On Sunday 18 from 3.00pm at Cheap Street Church there is a Wessex Strings Concert. Corelli Concerto No1, Boyce Symphony No 1,  Bartok  Rumanian Folk Dances, Britten Les Illuminations, Tchaikowsky Serenade for  strings Élégie and Finale, Barber Serenade for  Strings and Vivaldi  Violin  Concerto in A minor. Tickets £9, includes tea from the TIC or £10 on the door.

On Tuesday 20 at the Octagon Theatre in 7.30pm enjoy a bold stage production celebrating iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship. Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances, Live On Mars fuses sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie, his alter egos and creative muses, with stunning big screen visuals and animation. Featuring the electrifying vocals and uncanny likeness of singer and lifelong Bowie fan Alex Thomas, with a handpicked world-class band, and covering the Bowie back-catalogue from Space Oddity to Let’s Dance and everything in between, Live On Mars is sure to become the definitive musical tribute that all generations of Bowie fans have been waiting for. Tickets range from £24 to £35.50.

On Wednesday 21 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Show of Hands’. Venture features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Afro Celt Sound System’s Johnny Kalsi, and Folk/Reggae band Edward the Second. Steve, Miranda and Phil will each play an opening set of three solo spots before being joined by Cormac Byrne, legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame. Tickets £26.

On Thursday 22 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Fishermans Friends’. Top of FormBound by lifelong friendship and a love of Cornwall’s stirring songs of the sea, this most convivial choral collective will showcase a fresh haul of old favourites as well as new songs from their latest album ‘Sole Mates’ – their seventh since they were ‘discovered’ singing on the Platt on the harbour at Port Isaac on Cornwall’s rugged Atlantic coast. In a show that’s guaranteed to warm the cockles, the group’s eight good men brew up a heady mix of hearty song, salty banter and tall tales from the high seas that involve the audience at every turn. Tickets £26.

On Saturday 24 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Blazin’ Fiddles.  Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 20th year in 2018, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once. With a “Blazers” performance comes the rare opportunity to hear regional expressions, from Scotland’s highlands and islands, and the individual style of each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Fiddles and bows come alight atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all. Tickets £18.

On Saturday 24 from 8.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Los Pacaminos’ featuring Paul Young, Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy. One of the UK’s most popular Live touring bands, Los Pacaminos play the very best in Tex Mex Border music from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and even Roy Orbsion. This is a Tequila fuelled Tex Mex party night, as each venue becomes the perfect cantina setting for a great night’s rocking with the cactus sharp, tequila filled, stetson wearing, magnificent 6, Los Pacaminos! Tickets £20.

On Friday 30 from 8.00pm an evening of Jazz will be performed by Zoe Gilby and her Quartet at the Ilminster Arts Centre. Zoe will be singing her heart out with a repertoire ranging from Broadway jazz standards through her own very varied compositions to popular favourites made well known by Pink Floyd, Kate Bush and others. Sounding distinctly like Anita O’Day, she tours widely across the UK and Europe and is present at many of our prominent jazz festivals and venues. Tickets £16.


From Wednesday 24 to Saturday 27 October from 7.30pm the Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster presents ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear! Tickets £10, Students £5 from Harrimans Menswear, Silver Street.

On Saturday 27 from 7.30pm at the David Hall On A Role presents ‘Where is Mrs Christie?’ Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time and certainly the most prolific. In 1926, she was at the centre of a mystery, which sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead by many, for 11 days. However, she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed then, and for the rest of her life, that she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her…Tickets £15. For more information visit

On Saturday 3 November from 2.30pm and 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil Ballet Theatre UK presents one of the most enchanting love stories of all time, ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Inspired by the original tale, this production tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster cursed by a magical Enchantress. But, forced to spend time together, their feelings grow ever deeper as the clock ticks and petals continue to fall – will they confess their love for one another before it is too late? Set to a stunning classical score this production will showcase new choreography by Artistic Director, Christopher Moore, as well as new sets and costumes created especially for this production. Tickets £18.50.

From Friday 9 to Saturday 17 from 7.30pm the Swan Theatre Company in Yeovil presents ‘And Then There Were None’ by Agatha Christie. Ten people, all strangers to one another, come together on an island in Devon. Why have they been brought together? And by who? As the play unfolds, the characters and audience begin to find out, with the play building to a thrilling climax. Tickets £12. 

On Tuesday 13 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Chris Ramsey in his new show. He is critically acclaimed and award winning, stand up comedian and host of his own TV entertainment show and stand up show on Comedy Central, Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place. Tickets £21.

On Saturday 17 from 7.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil talented local performance groups will take to the stage for an action packed evening of dance! A highly entertaining show featuring many styles of dance from ballet to street dance, contemporary to acrobatic arts. Tickets £17. Proceeds from the show will be given to The YCAA who support the arts in the local community.

On Thursday 22 from 8.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil go along to Laughing Boy. 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. Renowned for their stirling line-ups Laughing Boy promoters Danny Julian and Flo Collins love the buzz when punters come away from a gig with a new favourite comic that they hadn’t heard of prior to the show. As well as the shock factor when best-selling comics pop down and surprise the crowd. Tickets £9.

On Saturday 24 from 8.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see BAFTA and Perrier award-winning comedian Dylan Moran. Moran will offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation. Moran has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy and his famed style – deadpan, witty and crackpot lyricism – promises to be an unmissable journey through his interpretations of the world, swerving cliche to offer a cutting blow to our idiosyncrasies. Tickets £26.

On Thursday 29 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see two of Britain’s finest impressionists, Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens, come together on one bill to make sense (and nonsense) of a world where Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary, Donald Trump is US President, and Brexit means Brexit. Good luck with that. Featuring personalities from Farage to Lumley, Diane Abbott to Fiona Bruce and the sublime to Jacob Rees Mogg. Over 30 characters for the price of 2 (3 at weekends). Tickets £18.


A STAR IS BORN (15) Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers-and falls in love with-struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer – until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons. SHOWING AT: Yeovil on Monday 12 and Friday 16 November, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 3.00pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS (12A) Based on the bestselling novel. The story follows Rachel Chu, an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick’s hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down. SHOWING AT: Yeovil on Saturday 10, 6.30pm and Monday 19 November, 3.00pm & 6.30pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.

DARKEST HOUR (12A) During World War II, as Adolf Hitler’s awesomely powerful Wehrmacht rampages across Europe, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Neville Chamberlain is forced to resign, recommending Winston Churchill as his replacement. But even in his early days as the country’s leader, Churchill is under pressure to commence peace negotiations with the German dictator or to fight head-on the seemingly invincible Nazi regime, whatever the cost. However difficult and dangerous his decision may be, Churchill has no choice but to shine in the country’s darkest hour. SHOWING AT: South Petherton on Saturday 2 November, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.

FUNNY GIRL: THE MUSICAL (PG)  Follows Brice, who rose from the Lower East Side of New York to become one of Broadway’s biggest stars under producer Florenz Ziegfield. While she was cheered onstage as a great comedian, offstage she faced a doomed relationship with the man she loved. Starring Sheridan Smith. SHOWING AT: Yeovil on Friday 2, 6.30pm and Saturday 10 November, 3.00pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £14.

JOURNEY’S END (12A) The tale takes place in the spring of 1918 near St. Quentin, France. The war has already dragged out for nearly four years, with millions killed; it will grind on for more than a half-year longer, snuffing out countless lives as it does. The film escorts us into the battle zone following fresh-faced teenaged Second Lieutenant Raleigh who could have done his service in a safer place but instead has gone to some trouble to get assigned to the command of Captain Stanhope. Before the war, Stanhope was a senior boy at Raleigh’s school and enamoured of his sister; the three spent happy holidays together.  But the Stanhope Raleigh encounters is a stiff and troubled officer and hardcore alcoholic. Starring Asa Butterfield, Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany and Toby Jones. SHOWING AT: Halstock on Saturday 3 November, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from Village Shop or on the door. Enquiries 01935 893485. Sherborne on Wednesday 14 November, Digby Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from Sherborne TIC on 01935 815341. Sturminster Newton on Thursday 22 November, 7.00pm, The Exchange. Tickets £5. Castle Cary on Thursday 27 November, 7.30pm, Caryford Hall. Tickets £5 from Market House, £6 on the door.

LADYBIRD (15) Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humour and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, this is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. Starring Saoirse Ronan. SHOWING AT: Norton Sub Hamdon on Tuesday 13 November, Lord Nelson, 7.00pm. Enquiries 01935 881227.

LEAN ON PETE (15) Fifteen-year-old Charley lives with his alcoholic father in a run-down house on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. In an effort to help his dad stay afloat, Charley takes a job at a local racetrack where he befriends jaded trainer Del and burnt-out jockey Bonnie while caring for an aging horse named Lean on Pete. But as things break down at home and Del announces Pete will be sold to an uncertain fate, the burden becomes too great for Charley to bear and he heads out into the vast American wilderness with Pete in tow.  Featuring an incredible breakout performance by Charlie Plummer and shot in mesmerising style, this is a poignant, compassionate and heart-rending portrait of love, loss and acceptance that resonates with profound humanity. Starring Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny. SHOWING AT: Halstock on Saturday 17 November, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from Village Shop or on the door. 

MARY SHELLEY (12A) When 16 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, her family are horrified. Young and passionately in love, at first she relishes life amongst the radical Romantics. But as time goes on, Percy’s betrayals and indiscretions begin to test their relationship. One day, on a trip to Lord Byron’s mansion in Geneva, Mary is challenged to write a ghost story. Drawing on her experiences of heartbreak and the dark side of humanity, she creates ‘Frankenstein’, a work that will shape the literary world for centuries. With a strong ensemble cast including Douglas Booth, Bel Powley and Maisie Williams, this rousing and exquisite biopic balances sumptuous period detail with a timely feminist message. Directed by Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker, Haifaa al-Mansour, it is a vivid tribute to Shelley’s passion, courage and craft – and a reminder of her enduring relevance today.  SHOWING AT: Kingsbury Episcopi on Thursday 1 November, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Kingsbury Community Shop or on the door if available.

ON CHESIL BEACH (15) Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centres on Florence and Edward, a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. She is a talented and ambitious classical musician from a well-to-do family and he is a clever young man from humbler origins. Both have first-class degrees and, in consequence, no small opinion of themselves. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne Marie Duff and Emily Watson. SHOWING AT: Cerne Abbas on Monday 19 November, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 on 01300 341375.

PHANTOM THREAD (15) Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants, and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville. SHOWING AT: South Petherton on Friday 30 November, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.

SWEET COUNTRY (15) Australia’s Northern Territory in the 1920s.  Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence.  As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served. Starring Hamilton Morris, Sam Neill and Bryan Brown. SHOWING AT: Martock on Saturday 24 November, Parish Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5.50 from Martock News, Martock Gallery, £6 on the door.

THE BOOKSHOP (PG) It is 1959, and widowed Florence Green risks everything to open up a bookshop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, and struggles to establish herself in the face of damp, cold and considerable local apathy. When she exposes the narrow minded townsfolk to the best literature of the day including Nabokov’s scandalizing “Lolita” and Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’, she finds a kindred spirit and ally in the figure of Mr Brundish who is himself sick of the town’s stale atmosphere. But this mini social revolution also brings her fierce enemies: she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs. Gamart, the self-appointed doyenne of the local arts scene. When Florence refuses to bend to Gamart’s will, they begin a struggle not just for the bookshop but for the very heart and soul of the town. Starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Gamart. SHOWING AT: Yetminster on Tuesday 6 November, Jubilee Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from Spar Shop, includes choc ice. Enquiries 01935 873699. Leigh on Monday 12 November, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from Bridge Stores or 01935 872323. Ditcheat on Thursday 15 November, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Farm Shop or on the door. Enquiries 01749 860396

 THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY (12A) The story begins in 1946 London, where we meet Juliet Ashton (Lily James), who is looking for something serious about which to write. Flashback sequences reveal that Juliet is working at resolving some of her own past issues. An unexpected letter; a curiously named book club; a remote location and a pig farmer are the triggers that entice her to set sail for Guernsey, leaving behind a book signing tour and an American fiancé who has swept her off her feet.  Starring Glen Powell, Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay and Matthew Goode. SHOWING AT: Odcombe on Monday 5 November, Village Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5 from 07934 737104, £6 on the door. Hinton St George on Saturday 10 November, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Personal Services Store and Dorothy’s Tearoom, £5.50 on the door. 

THE HAPPY PRINCE (15) The film looks at the last days of Oscar Wilde’s life, jumping backwards in time for curated highlights. Wilde stumbles around Paris during his final weeks in a haze, with his robust personality and detached attitude masking a ravaged inner life. The film touches upon the writer’s relationship with his wife Constance, his friendships with Reggie Turner and Robbie Ross, two of the few people who stood by the poet upon his release from prison. There is also a fair amount of Wilde’s tumultuous and sensual relationship with Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas.  But Wilde observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humour. Starring Emily Watson, Colin Firth, Edwin Thomas and Colin Morgan. SHOWING AT: South Petherton on Friday 16 November, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.

THE HATTON GARDEN JOB (15) Two years ago four men broke into the underground vault of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company and made off with diamonds and cash to the value of an estimated £14 million, possibly much more. It wasn’t just the scale of the job. It was also the fact that three of the robbers, who were caught within a month, were pensioners. Only one of them got away, a mysterious figure known only as ‘Basil’ who has never been located let alone charged. It is from his fictionalised point of view that the narrative unfolds with generous dollops of knowing voiceover. Played by Matthew Goode with his usual blue-eyed swagger, he emerges from three years in prison fired up by a desire to pull off the big one, and sets about assembling his accomplices, who after statutory reluctance sign up. In charge is a wheezing old con with a weak bladder called Brian Reader with Terry Perkins, Danny Jones and sozzled driver Kenny Collins make up the party. They set about planning and in due course alight on the Easter weekend to ill-get their gains.  SHOWING AT: West Camel on Friday 30 November, Davis Hall, 7.30pm. Admission £5 on the door.

THE HOUSE WITH THE CLOCK IN ITS WALLS (12A) Lewis Barnavelt, after losing his parents, is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan. He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it finishes its countdown and ends the world. SHOWING AT: Yeovil on Monday 5 and Tuesday 13 November, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 4.00pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

THE KING AND I (12A) The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event recorded live from the London Palladium. SHOWING AT: Yeovil on Thursday 29 November, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 3.00pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £14.

THE LEISURE SEEKING (15) Long married couple Ella and John Spencer, she facing cancer and he in the early stages of dementia, give their son and daughter the slip and head off on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, travelling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. Starring Helen Mirren and Donald SutherlandSHOWING AT: Somerton on Saturday 17 November, Parish Rooms, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from Cobbs, Brunel Precinct.

THE SEAGULL (12A) An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate, falls in love with Boris Trigorin. As Trigorin lightly consumes and rejects Nina, as the actress all her life has consumed and rejected her son, who loves Nina. The victims are destroyed while the sophisticates continue on their way. Starring Saoirse Ronan and Elisabeth Moss. SHOWING AT: Yeovil on Friday 2, 3.00pm and Tuesday 20 November, 3.00pm & 6.30pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.

THE WIFE (15) Joan Castleman, a highly intelligent and still-striking beaut, the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his ‘art’ with grace and humour. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises. And Joan’s reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan’s coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career. SHOWING AT: Yeovil on Thursday 1 and Tuesday 6 November, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 3.00pm & 6.00pm. Tickets £10.

For Children

On Tuesday 30 October at the David Hall from 2.00pm Multistory Theatre presents ‘The Firebird’. A magical telling of the action-packed Russian adventure. Prince Ivan and his brothers set off in search of the fabled Firebird, which has been stealing golden apples from the royal orchard. Ivan’s brothers soon fall by the wayside, indulging their selfish passions. Ivan, guided by the Wise Woman of the Wild Woods, enlists the help of the Horse with the Silver Mane, a fearsome Wolf and Princess Yelyena the Fair. Together they confront Lodgoth, the wicked Tsar of the Frozen Wastes. They rescue the Firebird and head for home, but the adventure has only just begun. Their interpretation of The Firebird is set to be a spectacular re-telling of this classic Russian tale. Using puppetry and live music, Prince Ivan’s quest will be brought to life. Supported by South Petherton Combined Arts Society. Tickets £5, under 12’s £4. For more information

On Sunday 18 November from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company return. Living in their tiny shed squeezed in amongst the garden tools, Mr and Mrs Chickweed’s amazing prize-winning vegetables have taken over everything. Before they retire, they can’t resist planting one last seed, to try for one more champion vegetable and one more trophy. But no one knew that a vegetable could grow bigger than the cat, bigger than the dog, bigger than you and me put together! It’s gigantic, it’s blocking out the light and it’s still growing. Help save the day as they pull The Enormous Turnip out of the ground before it takes over the planet! Unswerving energy, live music and eccentric puppetry in this re-potted version of the world-famous children’s story. Meet the characters and puppets after the show. Tickets £9.50


On Saturday 27 October from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see TV wildlife presenters Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams.  They team up to perform this informative and amusing wildlife show packed with fascinating facts and fun. Their exciting journey is filled with real life stories and takes the audience behind the scenes of the wonderful world of wildlife and TV presenting. Tickets £17.

From Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November at the David Hall in South Petherton there is a Family Activities Week offering parents and children aged 8-14 a series of workshops, including puppet making, creating corn dollies, vocal harmony sessions, dance and drama tuition and an aerial workshop using a flying rig. Participants will Make a Play in a Day starting at 9.00am and performing the final production at 4.30pm.

On Wednesday 7 November 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 Friday 23 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton David Starkey presents ‘Henry VIII: the first Brexiteer?’ Henry VIII, like a colossus, bestrides the history of our country. He invented the idea of British uniqueness; in fact, the Reformation could be defined as the first Brexit, when his ministers devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty. In this talk David Starkey draws on his unique knowledge of Henry’s reign to examine his tumultuous personal life, which pitted religion against politics as brutally as in our own age of Isis, through to the Grand Tourists who bought European culture with British money, all offering so very many parallels with the Brexit situation we find ourselves in today. Tickets £15.