Arts’ Events in August/September

Visual Arts

From now to Sunday 26 August from 11.00am to 5.00pm it is Bruton Art Society’s 65th Annual Exhibition at Kings Bruton Memorial Hall. Free entry.

From Tuesday 28 August to Saturday 15 September at Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘A Quest For Beauty’ exhibition. A pursuit of beauty, through love and art has been Siele Boone Drury’s quest throughout her life. Horses were an early childhood inspiration – their beauty and strength a metaphor for everything she wished to become. Dogs, and other animals, are a further source of subject matter, never failing to provide wonder and delight and you see the results in this exhibition.

From Saturday 1 to Saturday 8 September from 10.00am to 5.00pm ACE Arts in Somerton have their new exhibition called ‘The Imaginarium of Curiosities’. Come and experience the wonders of your imagination and incredible curiosities of the world. The interactive work is by a local art group for adults with learning difficulties based in South Petherton, Somerset. All of the art work has been created by the students and guided by specialist tutors.

On Saturday 8 September from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Blake Hall in South Petherton the Photographic Society have their Annual Photography Exhibition.

From Saturday 15 to Sunday 30 September from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACE Arts in Somerton there is an exhibition called ‘Footprints’ by fiber artist Lydia Needle. Lydia explores the artist’s place in community and environment. Part of Somerset Art Weeks.

From Saturday 15 to Sunday 30 September from 11.00am to 6.00pm at 2 The Old Police Station, North Street, Wincanton, BA9 9AZ as part of Somerset Art Works Open Studios Julie Jenkins hosts her new exhibition ‘Sacred Space’. Sacred art forms and spirituality inspire my paintings which depict places of peace and power from the Himalayas to the East. Open Thursdays to Sundays.

From Monday 17 September to Saturday 6 October at Ilminster Arts Centre see the next exhibition ‘Journey’ with work by Jo Hamilton, Wendy Hermelin, Caroline Lewis and Jill Preston. Paintings, textiles, glass and pottery by four artists brought together by the threads that link them – the journey through their art. Their work is as diverse in style as their personalities. Feast your eyes on colour infused abstracts, beautifully and imaginatively manipulated textiles, original glasswork inspired by ocean conservation and portraits of women and girls from around the world. Art can help give them a voice, our voice.

From Friday 21 September to Friday 12 October from 9.30am to 5.00pm the Jerram Gallery in Sherborne have an ‘Exhibition of New Work by Richard Pikesley’. Enquiries on 01935 815261.

Music

On Thursday 30 August at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil from 7.00pm join star tenor ‘Jonas Kaufmann’ for a magical night of music under the stars, featuring famous arias and timeless Italian songs. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest tenors, Jonas Kaufmann has captivated audiences across the globe with his incredible voice. Join him this summer for a spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbühne amphitheatre. The star tenor will perform famous arias and timeless Italian songs from his bestselling album ‘Dolce Vita’, in what promises to be a magical night of music under the stars. Tickets £14.

On Friday 31 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Classical Divas’. Enjoy an unforgettable evening starring four stunning sopranos in an enchanting production crossing over from classical arias to contemporary pop classics. Tickets £10.

On Friday 31 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see Geoff Simkins, Dave O’Higgins and ‘The Nikki Iles Trio’. They will be playing a mixed programme of mainstream/modern jazz. Tickets £17.

On Sunday 2 September from 2.30pm at the former URC, North Street in Stoke Sub Hamdon the Hamdon Community Arts Project presents a programme of folk, blues, classics and light jazz with ‘Hot Flush’ with Linda Readman on vocals and Wendy Partridge on guitar. Known for their sublime mix of guitar and vocals, Wendy and Linda perform an eclectic mix of music from Beth Nielsent-Chapman to Janis Ian, from Peggy Lee to James Taylor and more. Tickets £8, includes cream teas in interval, from 01935 824064.

On Sunday 2 from 3.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see the ‘Yeovil Concert Band’. They formed in 1999 and since then has gone from strength to strength, now consisting of over 30 brilliant musicians. This exciting journey though some of the most incredible music ever written, will be an absolute treat for everyone with something to suit all tastes. Tickets £14.50.

On Friday 7 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see the ‘Johnny Cash Roadshow’ featuring respected singer/songwriter Clive John. This is simply the biggest and best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. The show is packed full of energy good humour and hit after hit after hit, taking you through all the decades of the Man in Black’s career. The Johnny Cash Roadshow showcases world class musicians and its complex harmonies truly capture the essence and re-created with astounding accuracy and of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! All this accompanied by emotive and evocative screen images to give the closest experience you will ever get to attending a Johnny Cash concert. Tickets £20.

On Friday 7 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see the ‘Pixels Ensemble’. They are a collective of established chamber music players with a shared passion for performing the finest repertoire, from the classical period to the present day. Vastly experienced and versatile, the group appears in a wide range of combinations and line-ups, lending itself to innovative programming and enabling huge variety within individual concerts. They will be performing works by Ravel, Schubert, Rameau and Brahms. Tickets £15.

On Saturday 8 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Elio Pace’ celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel. This powerhouse of a show features over 30 Joel classics including the massive hits such as ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Just The Way You Are’ and ‘My Life’ as well as fan favourites such as ‘Scenes From An Italian Restaurant’, ‘Goodnight Saigon’ and ‘Piano Man’. Tickets £24.

On Saturday 8 from 7.30pm at the Dance House in Crewkerne Concerts in the West presents ‘Pixels Ensemble’. They are a collective of established chamber music players with a shared passion for performing the finest repertoire, from the classical period to the present day. Vastly experienced and versatile, the group appears in a wide range of combinations and line-ups, lending itself to innovative programming and enabling huge variety within individual concerts. They will be performing works by Ravel, Schubert, Rameau and Brahms. Tickets £15.

On Friday 14 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre go along to their Flying Folk evening. Tickets £10.

On Friday 14 at the David Hall in South Petherton from 8.00pm see folk quartet ‘Rant’. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and recent recruit Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds. Known for their work as soloists and with various bands, this is a celebration of the instrument they all have a passion for. Tickets £18.  For more information visit www.rantfiddles.com

On Sunday 16 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Queen of the Night’. Top of FormA stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a sensational line up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in the spirit of Whitney, deliver a show that exceeds expectation on every level. Taking you on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hits that include ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘One Moment In Time’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘My Love Is Your Love’, ‘I Will Always Love You’ and many more. Tickets £25.

On Tuesday 18 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Chris Barber Band’. For nearly 70 years he has been active in the music scene with promoting, recording and releasing music and touring with his band. They are a ten piece band, inspired by great Ken Colyer Jazz Men and feature everything from New Orleans to blues to late 20s Ellington, played with extraordinary panache and skill. You will hear songs like ‘Bourbon Street Parade’, ‘Jubilee Stomp’, ‘Petite Fleur’, ‘Ice Cream’, ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ and more. Tickets £19.50.

On Saturday 22 September from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Trad Attack’. In the last three years, they have exploded on the scene and played in their home country of Estonia plus Latvia, Poland, USA, Germany, Finland, Malaysia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Denmark and Canada. Folk is their starting point but not their boundary: they remain open in ears, mind and soul to different styles and new directions whilst maintaining their emotional Roots-heart.  Tickets £17.

On Wednesday 19 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Blues Band’. They are celebrating 39 glorious years as Britain and Europe’s leading exponents of one of the greatest musical traditions of all time. It began back then with a phone call by Paul Jones, actor, singer, musician and radio presenter, no stranger to the pop charts throughout the 1960s as front man for the hugely successful Manfred Mann. Tickets £23.

On Thursday 20 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘G4’. Having exploded into the industry and the public’s hearts back in 2004 on the first series of the X-Factor, G4 continue to blow people away with their unique style and impactful harmonic vocals. Enjoy their classic hits of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘My Way’, ‘Nessun Dorma’ and ‘Creep’ plus recent heart stopping tracks from their latest G4 Love Songs album as they leave audiences screaming for more night after night. Tickets from £29.50.

On Friday 21 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘The Kate Daniels Quartet’ with Nils Solberg featuring a musical feast of hot gypsy jazz, Parisian swing, and South American Tangos. Kate has a wonderful voice reminiscent of Julie London, with a distinct touch of Peggy Lee.  Nils is a Djangoist, but with a voice and style of his own, encompassing any form of music. Tickets £16.

On Wednesday 26 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Sonoko Miriam Welde will be performing with the New World Symphony. They will be performing works by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Dvorak. Tickets £27.50.

On Thursday 27 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’. Using huge projection photos, original film footage and a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and more. Tickets £21.

On Friday 28 September from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘The Churchfitters’. The Churchfitters strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments – flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you have got a high energy, uplifting show that always leaves audiences cheering. Tickets £15.

On Friday 28 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘At Last’ telling the story of soul legend Etta James’ turbulent life. Featuring some of her most beloved songs including ‘Tell Mama’, ‘Something’s Got A Hold On Me’, ‘Sugar On The Floor’, the heart rending ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, her iconic signature song ‘At Last’ and more. Vika Bull puts her heart and soul into this unforgettable show and is joined on stage by some of Australia’s finest and funkiest musicians. Tickets £29.50.

On Friday 28 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see Marty and the Wildcats. Marty Wilde began his career in 1957 and was one of the first British singers to play a leading part in those early formative, and ground breaking Rock’n’Roll years. With his many hits and a host of wonderful songs from that era, Marty and his fabulous band the Wildcats take you back through some of the most exciting musical times this country has ever experienced. Tickets £20.

On Friday 28 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see Dave Newton and Craig Milverton playing together on two grand pianos. Between them they are fourteen times UK award winners, and as such represent the best piano performers we can expect to find. They will be covering a wide range of music, but will be focussing mainly on well known jazz standards and other material. Tickets £16.

On Saturday 29 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Lee Mead and his band. Featuring songs from the classic shows he has starred in such as ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Wicked’ and many more. Including songs from his previous albums and his brand new album Lee Mead Ten Years. Tickets £21.

On Sunday 30 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Big Band Spectacular’. Directed by Chris Dean, this mesmerizing performance is packed with your Big Band favourites. Featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Neal Hefti, Billy May, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. Tickets £19.50.

Performance

On Saturday 1 September from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Flawless’. Stars of the smash-hit movies Street Dance 3D 1 and 2 and two time winners of the World Dance Championships, Flawless came to the fore on TV’s Britain’s Got Talent a few years ago and their popularity has continued to rise ever since. This fantastically high energy, acrobat-fused, feel good, family show follows the journey of 10 Big Dreamers, seeking the opportunity to live their ultimate dance fantasy on board the Intergalactic Dream Ship. The passengers soon realise, that with every dream comes a dark reality, ultimately turning their dreams into nightmares. Upon learning this the team must now battle their way back to reality to complete the journey home or risk their minds being forever lost and trapped in the Realm of Dreams. Tickets £26.

On Wednesday 5 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Joe Pasquale. Joe burst on to our TV screens 30 years ago on ITV’s ‘New Faces’. Now he’s on his 30th anniversary tour ‘A Few Of His Favourite Things’ with a celebration of his best cack, plus some surprises on the way!  Let your inner child loose and learn to laugh and play again. This performance may contain adult material that some might find offensive. Tickets £19.50.

On Thursday 6 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Jethro’ 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. This performance may contain adult material that some might find offensive. Tickets £20.

On Friday 7 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the Russian State Opera presents ‘Madama Butterfly’. Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live orchestra with over 30 musicians. No opera can match the tragedy and sorrow of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. Set in Japan at the turn of the century, it is the story of a doomed love affair between an American naval officer and his young Japanese bride whose self-sacrifice and defiance of her family leads to tragedy. Sad and tragic it most certainly is, yet the compelling tale of Madam Butterfly remained Puccini’s favourite opera. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets from £21.

On Sunday 9 September from 7.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the Castaway Theatre Group are delighted to be able to hold a showcase performance. It gives over 80 students the opportunity to perform in a mixture of solo, small or large group numbers. It promises to be an evening mixed with classic and more contemporary musical numbers as well as showcasing some monologues from students’ LAMDA exams. The group works hard all year performing at various venues and this gives you the ability to see lots of different examples of their work in one place. Tickets £12.

On Friday 14 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see the UK’s longest running musical theatre concert tour ‘Beyond the Barricade’.  Delivering over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, and of course ending with a stunning finale from Les Mis. The concert features David Fawcett, Andy Reiss, Katie Leeming and Poppy Tierne, together with a live band who capture the feel of the original orchestrations of the chosen musicals. To this day every musical note is still played and sung live. This gives musical theatre songs a bold concert format treatment, but with the conviction and intention to deliver the material as if the audience are watching the original performance. Tickets £22.50.

On Saturday 15 from 7.30pm ARC Stockton Productions present ‘Instructions for Border Crossing’. A 12 year old girl sneaks across the border of her own country. Her parents watch her on a computer screen. The works of a half forgotten performance artist seem to hold the key to bringing down a brutal system operating on our behalf and under our noses. Do you join in? Or do you look the other way? Performed by solo performer Daniel Bye. Combines his signature storytelling with live interventions from the audience. For more information visit www.danielbye.co.uk Tickets £14.

From Monday 17 to Saturday 22 from 7.45pm the Swan Theatre in Yeovil presents ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon he creates a vast magical storm that wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems. Tickets £12. The Charity Night is on Monday 17 September in aid of South Somerset Mind which is an independent mental health charity established in 1985.

Films

On Tuesday 28 August at 6.30pm Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil is screening ‘The Breadwinner’. Parvana is an 11 year old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom–and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, ‘The Breadwinner’ is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times. Tickets £10.

On Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 August from 3.00pm Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil are screening ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’. Join our favourite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It is smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind. Tickets £10.

On Thursday 30 August from 3.00pm Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil are screening ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’. Join our favourite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It is smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind. Tickets £10.

On Friday 31 August, Sunday 2 September, Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 at 3.00pm and 6.30pm Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil are screening ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’. Ten years after Mamma Mia! you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film’s original cast returning including Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski and Amanda Seyfried as well as new additions. As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, Lily James will play the role of Young Donna. Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies and Jessica Keenan Wynn. Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine while Young Bill is Josh Dylan and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner. Tickets £10, Children £5.

On Friday 7 September at 6.30pm Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil are screening ‘Winter Ridge’. A promising detective, Ryan Barnes, arrives home on his anniversary to find his wife’s been in a devastating car accident. Seven months later she’s still in a coma and Barnes, unable to accept her condition, throws himself into a manhunt for a serial killer targeting the elderly. Starring Matt Hookings, Hannah Waddingham and Alan Ford. Tickets £10, Children £5.

On Friday 7 September from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘The Mercy’. On October 31 1968, Donald Crowhurst, a businessman and amateur sailor, set off in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a competition to be the first person to sail nonstop and single-handedly around the world. His 35ft boat, built from his own design, was unsuitable and unfinished, and as he fell farther and farther behind, he was faced with an impossible choice: return home to humiliation and financial ruin, or die at sea. In July 1969 his boat, Teignmouth Electron, was found in the Sargasso Sea with faked log books, increasingly unhinged diary entries, and no captain. Tickets £5.

On Thursday 13 from 7.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Guernsey Ltierary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. 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. Tickets £5.

On Thursday 13 at 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue there is a screening of opera ‘La Boheme on Sydney Harbour’. Puccini’s beloved classic – the original bohemian love story – has long captivated audiences around the world. His music swells with love, soars in ecstasy, crackles with jealousy and cries with heartache. With lavish sets and costumes transforming the harbour top stage into a romantic Paris winter, Opera Australia’s glittering production will be an unforgettable delight. Tickets £14.

On Friday 21 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture Show presents On Chesil Beach’. Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers 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. Tickets £5.

For Children

On Saturday 15 September at 12.00 noon and 3.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see the ‘Milkshake’ cast. Starring Milkshake! favourites; Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. Set amongst Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this brilliant live show is sure to amaze and delight! The Milkshake! cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and love. Tickets £14.50.

On Saturday 22 at 1.30pm and 4.00pm and Sunday 23 at 11.00am and 1.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Snail and the Whale’. Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Longing to see the world, a tiny snail hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing adventure – but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father. Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for everyone aged four and over. Tickets £12.

Other

On Thursday 30 to Friday 31 August from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton go along to Actiontrack Creative Lab. Inviting local artists and practitioners to take part in a two day creative lab. During this time, artists will develop a youth engagement project for October half term. If you are a local performance artist and would like more information contact info@thedavidhall.org.uk or phone 01460 240340. Free entry.

On Wednesday 5 September at the Digby Memorial Hall in Sherborne at 3.30pm and 6.45pm the Arts Society have a talk called ‘A Photographic Odyssey: Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition Captured on Camera’. Mark Cottle explores the work of Frank Hurley, official photographer of Shackleton’s third expedition in 1914. Visitors £5.

On Wednesday 12 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see broadcasting legend Dame Esther Rantzen and her daughter, the presenter and journalist Rebecca Wilcox, discuss their illustrious careers, personal lives and family ties. This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the country’s national treasures. Find out what drives her as she shares anecdotes from over 50 years in broadcasting. The star of ‘That’s Life’, ‘Esther’, ‘That’s Esther’, ‘Grumpy Old Women’, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!’ and many others, Dame Esther is also well known for her tireless campaigning. As the founder of ChildLine and more recently The Silver Line, her charity work is legendary and life changing. She was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to broadcasting, a CBE in 2006 for services to children and a DBE in 2015 for services to children and older people. Rebecca Wilcox began her varied and fascinating television career as an undercover reporter on ‘Conning The Conmen’. She is a regular reporter on ‘Watchdog’ and a well known consumer journalist who presented shows such as ‘Your Money Their Tricks’ with Sian Williams and Nicky Campbell. Tickets £23.50.

On Friday 14 September at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Lipstick on your Collar’ with hits from the 1950’s and 1960’s. From the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, the show is packed with over forty hits from the likes of Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Cilla Black and many more. Performed by a full live band, featuring some of the country’s top musicians, this incredible show features excellent vocals, tight harmonies and an infectious sense of fun. Dancing in the aisles is strictly compulsory so bring your dancing shoes. Tickets £18.50.

On Thursday 27 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton Julian Richards, archaeologist, presents ‘A Career in Ruins’ with a witty, anecdotal talk. Well known television and radio presenter of ‘Meet the Ancestors’, ‘Blood Of The Vikings’ and ‘Countryfile’ fame, Julian is also an author and authority on Stonehenge. He is currently involved in a research project on Shaftesbury Abbey.  Tickets £9.

On Tuesday 25 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil go along to ‘The Dressing Room and Cannon and Ball. Touring by public demand, the hilarious comedy play, written by Bobby Ball, that combines sitcom and variety with some outstanding and memorable stand up comedy from Cannon and Ball and Johnny Casson, A whole night of truly great comedy entertainment! Start in the dressing room as you hear the behind the scenes and show business stories as they are waiting to go on stage at a run-down theatre where Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball find themselves involved in the crazy goings-on of compère Stu Francis and fellow comic Johnnie Casson, as they take to the stage for their individual stage acts. Tickets £19.50.