Arts’ Events in February/March

Visual Arts

From Monday 25 February to Saturday 16 March from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre has their next exhibition called ‘A Moment in Time’. A group of artists exhibiting together for the first time whose work is informed by the centuries old desire to capture a fleeting moment in time, whether to memorialise an event or evoke an evanescent emotion. Using paint, pastel, glass and mixed media, each artist in their own style rises to a challenge that has absorbed generations of artists, notably the Fauves and the Impressionists. Participating artists are:  Peter Coates, Barbara Green and Caroline Lewis.

From Monday 18 March to Saturday 6 April at Ilminster Arts Centre from 9.30am to 4.30pm go along to the next exhibition ‘Reflections’. A group exhibition of painting, sculpture and photography that radiates with reflected light from water, materials, the land and sky. Dazzling birds and wildlife, the shimmer of urban architecture reflected in water, busy boat yards and maritime scenes, panoramic photographs that meditate on the timeless spirit of ancient landscapes, the sublime serenity of Carrera marble and Portland stone. Artists include Sue Allen, Rob Crisp, Mike Lanigan, Anthony Lock and Philip Tonkyn.

From Monday 18 March to Saturday 6 April at the Gallery Cafe in the Ilminster Arts Centre from 9.30am to 4.30pm there is a solo exhibition by Terry Ward. He is a member of Neroche Artists and has painted in oils for many years, focusing on his favourite subject matter the British coast and countryside. His work has been shown in galleries across the South West, including the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol.

From Saturday 30 March to Saturday 4 May from 10.00am to 5.00pm ACE Arts in Somerton have their next exhibition called ‘Course of Events’ by Barbara Karn. A celebration of movement, change and the ground beneath our feet in paintings based on the colours and textures of rocks and other collected materials. For more information phone 01458 273008. There will be an artist Q&A on Saturday 13 April from 2.00pm.

Music

On Friday 1 March from 7.30pm at Meadway Hall see the ‘Sam Kelly Trio’. Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Bristol-based singer, song-writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist.  He was a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012. Bar available. Tickets from 01458 448694.

On Friday 1 from 7.30pm at Halstock Village Hall ArtsReach presents ‘Holy Moly & The Crackers’. The ever evolving six piece folk alt rock group from Newcastle have been making an impact on both the national and international live music scene since their debut album release in 2012. Influenced by an eclectic range of music, Holy Moly plays an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, Balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. They are back with their brand new album ‘Take a Bite’ set to be released in April. Tickets £10, under 18’s £7. For more information phone 01935 891744. 

On Saturday 2 at 1.00pm and 6.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil go along to ‘The Little Mix Experience’. Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to one of the UK’s finest girl bands. With breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK, this is a high-energy show from beginning to end, packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits and suitable for all ages! Featuring songs such as ‘DNA’, ‘Wings’, ‘Black Magic’, ‘Love Me Like You’ and more. Tickets £16.

On Saturday 2 from 6.30pm at St Mary’s, Gillingham see the Warminster Military Wives concert for Parkinson’s. 

On Saturday 2 from 7.30pm at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton ArtsReach presents ‘Holy Moly & The Crackers’. The ever evolving six piece folk alt rock group from Newcastle have been making an impact on both the national and international live music scene since their debut album release in 2012. Influenced by an eclectic range of music, Holy Moly plays an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, Balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. They are back with their brand new album ‘Take a Bite’ set to be released in April. Tickets £10, under 18’s £7. 

On Saturday 2 at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil from 8.00pm see Ben Portsmouth, The World’s Number One Elvis Tribute Act. Ben, a multi talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis’s DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. He looks like Elvis, sings like Elvis and has an on-stage charisma that has audiences believing at times they are watching the King himself. Tickets £26.50.

On Tuesday 5 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Seth Lakeman. The charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist found time at the beginning of the year, in between charging around the globe with Robert Plant and his band, the Sensational Space Shifters, to record a new studio album. It is a return to the organic, classic folk-rock approach with hints of Fairport Convention, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Billy Bragg plus Lakeman’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals. Tickets £26.

On Wednesday 6 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir perform. Directed by the talented Matthew Rock, the choir will perform a mix of remembrance songs from their latest album ‘Remember’ and a range of popular classics. The Hazelbury Bryan branch of the Royal British Legion is proud to be hosting this prestigious event which continues the commemorations of the 2018 WW1 centenary. Profits will go to the RBL Dorset Welfare Fund, which supports our service personnel, past and present, in their time of need. Tickets £16.

On Thursday 7 at 7.45pm at Sherborne School Chapel there is a Spring Organ Recital. A lively and varied programme of music including Bach, Buxtehude, Franck and Whitlock performed by Kentaro Machida and James Henderson.  Free entry. 

On Friday 8 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see the ‘FB Pocket Orchestra’. Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed. The aims of the orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular Acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Tickets £13.

On Friday 8 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘The Savannah Jazz Band’. They are an extremely popular bunch of guys who have carried on playing, in spite of the fact that the trad boom was supposed to be over by the end of the 70s. Tickets £16.

On Friday 8 from 8.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see Georgie Fame. With his much loved blend of Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become a true icon of the British music scene. Tickets £19.50.

On Saturday 9 from 6.45pm at the Market House in Castle Cary see Reg Meuross. Reg has a rare gift of being able to touch people with his collection of extremely beautiful songs performed with humour and depth. Cash bar available. Tickets £12 from Bailey Hill Bookshop or www.wegottickets.com/event/459209 Proceeds to the Friends of Castle Cary Library.

On Sunday 10 from 3.00pm at Templecombe Village Hall go along to ‘Songs for Sunday’ with Sarah Poole on soprano and David Heyes on double bass. One hour whistle stop tour around the world featuring exciting and enjoyable music from Britain, America, France, Spain, Netherlands, Finland and Austria. Somerset folksongs, collected over a century ago, contrast a programme of engaging and accessible music with a wide range of musical styles and idioms with something to suit most tastes. In aid of St Mary’s Church Restoration Fund. Tickets £6, Children free, includes tea and cakes. 

On Wednesday 13 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Manfreds’. The 1960s group Manfred Mann is now considered, more than ever, one of the finest and most respected bands from that era. Their numerous hits were R&B based with an undercurrent of jazz, a very unusual but winning combination of playing style and substance. As a result, their records have a timeless quality and, some 55 years on, The Manfreds, with both original front men, Paul Jones & Mike d’Abo, will be performing many of their hits, including Do Wah Diddy Diddy, one of the most popular and instantly recognisable songs of the 60s, and still the biggest audience pleaser at their concerts, plus Mighty Quinn and more. Tickets £24.50. 

On Friday 15 at 7.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre Concerts in the West presents ‘Sara Deborah and friends’. Sara Deborah Timossi – whose elegant playing has been compared to the ‘instrumental voice of an angel’ and who has been described as ‘one of the rising stars of the baroque violin’. Accompanying Sara will be two equally accomplished classical musicians, cellist Lucy Scotchmer who has played at Carnegie Hall, USA, Royal Albert Hall, UK and National Centre Of Performing Arts, China and the multi-award winning guitarist Johan Löfving, who will be performing on theorbo. The programme includes Biber Sonata No 1 in A; Boismoitier; Trio Sonata for cello, violin & bc; Abel Trio Sonata; Tartini Sonata ‘Didone Abbandonata’ No 10 in G minor; Kapsberger Canario for solo theorbo; Porro/Mozart Grand Trio (Extrait de Mozart); Paganini Cantabile for violin and guitar; Giuliani Serenade in A major, Op 19 (BAC/EV). Tickets £15. 

On Saturday 16 from 7.00pm at Charlton Horethorne Village Hall join for an evening of rock and roll spanning 60’s to modern day music including Motown Magic and the renown Crystal Ship rock band. Entry £10. For more information phone 01935 814199.

On Saturday 16 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Kitty Macfarlane, a Somerset based singer and songwriter. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. Support is from Plymouth-based vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jack Cookson, combines dry and visceral word-play with intricate finger-style guitar arrangements, to create emotionally-charged yet honest and memorable songs. Tickets £14.

On Sunday 17 from 3.00pm at Cheap Street Church there is a Wessex Strings Concert. Programme includes Corelli Concerto Grosso No 2, Finzi Romance, Tchaikowsky Serenade for Strings and Boccherini cello concerto in B flat major. Tickets £9, includes tea, from Sherborne TIC or £10 on the door. 

On Monday 18 at 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil it is the Hidden Needs Trust Charity Concert which features ‘Just Take That’ tribute band. They will take you on a journey of Take That’s, Gary Barlow’s and Robbie Williams’ biggest hits spanning 30 years. Raising money for Special Educational Needs Children in Dorset and Somerset. Tickets £20. For more information visit www.hiddenneedstrust.org or 07516 288571.

On Thursday 21 at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church in Gillingham go along to ‘Shreen Harmony Concert’. 

On Friday 22 at 7.30pm at the Jubilee Hall ArtsReach presents the ‘Mela Guitar Quartet’. Bringing the colours and textures of four classical guitars to life with a wonderfully inventive, eclectic mix of repertoire, Mela explore the art of a classical quartet to the highest level.  Individually, Mela’s members have a wealth of concert experience from performances on BBC Radio 3 and 4, to concerto performances in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Purcell Rooms.  Formed after meeting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music, expect precision and intensity from this acclaimed quartet. Programme includes Carmen Fantasy by Goss based on Bizet’s Carmen, Bacchanale by Saint-Saen, Jimi Hendrix and Handel inspired Pluck, Strum and Hammer and Brazilian works by Milhaud, Gismonti and Assad. Bar available. Tickets £10, under 18’s £5 from 01935 873719, the Spar Shop or www.artsreach.co.uk or on the door. 

On Friday 22 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Christians’. They enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe. Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian Mirror’s description of him as having who has only gained in vocal stature (and wit) over the years! They will be playing their well known back catalogue and one or two favourites selected from newer albums. Tickets £27.

On Friday 22 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see the ‘Alto Saxophonist Duncan Anselm’ and his quintet. This will be straight-ahead jazz 1950s/60s style and beyond, whether it is hard bop from the fantastic Blue Note artists such as Sonny Clark and Hank Mobley, carefully arranged standards from the great American songbook or one or two of Duncan’s original compositions. The aim will be to present a varied programme of well-arranged highly accessible material in a good swinging groove with lively soloing.  Tickets £14.

On Saturday 23 from 2.30pm at the former URC building, North Street in Stoke Sub Hamdon the Hamdon Community Arts Project is hosting a ‘Young Peoples Music Festival’. Listen to young people showcasing their musical ability in concert. Awards are given to everybody taking part. Refreshments available. Free admission, donations to the Arts Project invited. For more information phone 01935 579730. 

On Saturday 23 at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton from 7.30pm see ‘Altered Images’, an early 1980s Scottish New Wave/post-punk band. Led by lead singer Clare Grogan, the band branched into mainstream pop music, and had six UK Top 40 hit singles and three Top 30 albums between 1981 and 1983. Altered Images quickly had worldwide success, selling millions of records, which topped the charts in several countries. Tickets from £21.50.

 

On Saturday 23 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil Ballet Theatre UK present ‘Swan Lake’. This remains as one of the most enduring, moving and irreplaceable classical ballets due to its fantastical plot filled with romance, sorcery, and betrayal. This immortal tale tells of a princess held captive as a swan by the spell of an evil magician, a spell that can only be broken if a prince swears true love to her. Featuring new choreography by Artistic Director Christopher Moore and over 120 new costumes and stunning sets, this production promises to provide you with a new look at the classic tale and leave you with a new love for Swan Lake. Tickets £18.50.

On Saturday 23 from 7.30pm at Norton Sub Hamdon Church see the Stoke Sub Hamdon Band. This talented and highly acclaimed band return to entertain with a varied programme of music.  Wine bar. Tickets £7 from the Community Shop or £8 on the door. For more information visit www.nortonfestival.org 

On Saturday 23 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Tankus the Henge’. They have built their reputation on unforgettable songwriting, spectacular live performances and relentless hard work, playing hundreds of shows across Europe and building a devoted fan base along the way. Their funk-fuelled repertoire is wildly eclectic, ranging from New Orleans-inspired swing to heavy rock riffs; and, since their beginnings in the ratty alleyways of London’s Soho, the band has evolved into a wild groove machine. Their hair-raising show, like no other, has to be seen and heard to be believed. Tickets £18.

From Wednesday 27 March until Saturday 6 April at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘42nd Street’. Based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes, 42nd Street tells of the great director Julian Marsh and his upcoming production of the musical Pretty Lady. With a classic score of musical theatre standards including ‘We’re in the Money’ andLullaby of Broadway’, this heart-warming musical provides exceptional tap routines and classic comedy. A must see for all music and dance lovers alike! Various show times. Tickets £19.

On Friday 29 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see Pete Oxley and Nick Meier and their quartet. They will be playing a very broadly based mix of music from many parts of the World, on at least six different types of guitar (last time there were ten), covering most of the styles of music that anyone might think of.  This will be a treat for all who have a particular interest in guitar music but also for those who like to hear fascinating mixes of tunes from different cultures. Tickets £16.

On Sunday 31 at the White Hart in Yetminster at 7.00pm see ‘The Olde Boston Tea Party’. David is the mainstay of the band and has played with many well-known American bluegrass musicians who have come over to the UK. Charlie is a songwriter with two UK Country Radio Awards to his credit and seven self-penned albums, three recorded in Nashville. Mandolinist Jeremy is a familiar sight at bluegrass festivals, some of which he flies to, having built his own aeroplane! Pete was first recognised by the Moody Blues who were keen to promote his band and he has since played with many of the best-known English bluegrass bands.  

 

Performance

On Friday 1 March at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton from 7.30pm see ‘The Zoots’ for an eighties show. They will play floor-fillers, party anthems, classic pop and power ballads from Wham, The Jam, Queen, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Madness, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and more. Tickets £17.

On Thursday 7 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see the Richard Alston Dance Company. Richard Alston has been making dance for 50 years. He will celebrate his half-century with a programme full of his trademark lyrical choreography performed by undoubtedly one of the world’s best dance ensembles. The evening centres around exciting new works by Richard Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance. Alston’s Brahms Hungarian is set to the hugely popular Brahms pieces, featuring live solo pianist Jason Ridgway, where the dancers are carried along by fast steps and an abandoned fervour. Detour, Lawrance’s new work is set to Michael Gordon’s pulsing Timber with his customary fast paced style. Proverb, one of Alston’s most telling choreographies is set to the vocals of Steve Reich. Tickets £17.50.

On Friday 8 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Oh! What A Feeling’ with a stellar line-up of world class musicians including Talon’s own Jonny Miller and the awesome talent of Malcolm Pitt as the voice of Lionel Richie in this high octane show. Includes all the greatest hits ‘Easy’, ‘Say You Say Me’, ‘Stuck On You’, ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’,Three Times A Lady’, and more. Tickets £22.

On Saturday 9 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil Swansea City Opera presents ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’. They are known for their sparkling performances of comic opera and their Così will be no exception. Beautifully staged in English with elegant classical 19th century costumes and performed by some of the finest singers and orchestral players in the country, Così Fan Tutte contains some of Mozart’s most ravishing music and makes for an enchanting and hilarious evening’s entertainment -a feast for the eyes and ears. There will be a pre performance talk about the opera and production at 6.15pm, given by the Artistic Director of Swansea City Opera, Brendan Wheatley. Tickets £21.50.

From Monday 11 to Saturday 16 March from 7.30pm at Sherborne Studio Theatre the Amateur Players of Sherborne presents ‘The Birthday Party’. Described by Irving Wardle as a ‘comedy of menace’ is one of Harold Pinter’s best known plays. When two new and mysterious guests, Goldberg and McCann, arrive at a rundown seaside boarding house, the ensuing 24 hours become an increasing nightmare for resident Stanley Webber. Pinter creates menacing atmosphere with elements typical of the author, such as ambiguity, contradiction, confusion and, some say, dark political symbolism. Goldberg and McCann throw a party for Stanley as it’s ‘his birthday’ (which Stanley denies). They interrogate Stanley with questions that become ever more aggressive and absurd. They talk about a mysterious ‘organisation’ and are generally threatening. Drumming, hysterical laughter and a game of blind man’s bluff intensify the situation. The intimate setting of the Sherborne Studio Theatre is well suited to this play and the audience will soon become immersed in the claustrophobic, intense but thought-provoking drama. For more information visit www.aps-sherborne.co.uk 

From Monday 11 to Saturday 16 March at 7.30pm the Swan Theatre Company in Yeovil presents ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’. When Martha and George are joined by young couple, Nick and Honey, after a party, the stage is set for a night of drunken recriminations and revelations. Battle-lines are drawn as Martha and George drag their guests into their own private hell of a marriage.  Tickets £12, Students £11 from 07500 376031 or www.swan-theatre.co.uk 

On Tuesday 12 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Steve Steinman’s ‘Vampires Rock’. X Factor favourite and winner Sam Bailey will be stepping into the shoes of legendary singer and actress Toyah Willcox who played the part of the Vampire Queen for two years performing over 200 shows. Throwing in just the right amount of fun and humour Steve Steinman, always has the audience roaring with laughter and shouting for more. A tongue in cheek story, spellbinding cast, guitar gods and sexy vampettes take you on a ride through some of the greatest eighties classic rock anthems ever! With incredible stage set, lighting and sound production this musical concert will have you up and dancing in the aisles to all your favourite eighties classic rock anthems including tracks from Queen, ACDC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Guns N Roses, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, Bonnie Tyler and more. Tickets £28.

From Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil hundreds of talented and enthusiastic local children, teenagers and adults from The Helen Laxton School of Dance join together to perform in an exciting variety dance, music and singing spectacular. Various show times. Tickets from £16.

On Friday 22 at the Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster from 7.30pm Somerset Opera presents ‘The Mikado’. Tickets £12, Children and Students £6 from Harrimans Menswear, Silver Street. 

On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 at the Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster from 7.30pm there is a County Drama Festival. Sponsored by Clarks. For more information visit www.thewarehousetheatre.org.uk 

On Friday 29 from 7.30pm at Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall TakeArt presents ‘Isla’ by Spanish circs company, D’Click. Isla (Spanish for Island) tells the story of three shipwrecked characters who find themselves alone and dependent upon each other.  Using their amazing physical circus skills, they overcome unbelievable and death defying situations. Based on a work of movement and body, D’click bring to life an entrancing story, incorporate the most typical tools of the circus, such as acrobatics and the Chinese pole. Isla reminds us of the subtle barrier that exists between physical theatre and dance; circus and risk, magic and dreams. Tickets £10, under 16’s £6 from the Village Shop or 01935 881227. 

On Saturday 30 from 7.30pm at Yeovil College Main Hall go along to ‘Casson and Friends: Choreocracy’. A fun, interactive dance show that puts the audience in control of the performance. Choreocracy is part of Petherton Arts Trust’s programme of events specifically for youngsters. Ticket prices have been subsidised thanks to a generous donation from customers at the Co-op in South Petherton. Tickets £10.

 

 

Films

A QUIET PLACE (15)

American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film. Two parents do what it takes to keep their children safe in a world full of creatures hunting every sound they can hear. Not a sound can be heard from the family hiding in silence, but all it takes is one noise and everything can go wrong. Starring Emily Blunt.

SHOWING AT

Ilminster on Saturday 2 March, Warehouse Theatre, 7.45pm, Guests donation.

A STAR IS BORN (15)

In this new and fourth take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture.  Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally.  She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.  In addition to playing Ally, Gaga performs original songs in the film with Cooper, which they wrote with a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. The music is original and all vocals for the movie were recorded live during filming.

SHOWING AT

Kingsbury Episcopi on Thursday 7 March, Community Centre, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from 01935 823298.

Sherborne on Wednesday 13 March, Digby Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £6 from Sherborne TIC, 01935 815341 or on the door.

Ditcheat on Thursday 21 March, Memorial Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Maryland Farm Shop or 01749 860444.

BEAUTIFUL BOY (15)

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heart-breaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Monday 15 March, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 3.00pm & 6.30pm, Tickets £10.

 

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (12A)

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

SHOWING AT

Corton Denham on Wednesday 6 March, Queens Arms, 7.30pm, Tickets £15 includes main meal & drink. Booking essential on 01963 220317.

Hardington Mandeville on Friday 15 March, Village Hall, Tickets £5 from Springfield Stores on 01935 862363 or £6 on the door.

Milborne Port on Friday 15 March, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets from Wayne the Butcher from 1 February, £5.50 on the door.

South Petherton on Friday 29 March, David Hall, 8.00pm, Tickets £5.

West Camel on Friday 29 March, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Admission £5 on the door.

FIRST MAN (12A)

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

SHOWING AT

Yetminster on Tuesday 12 March, Jubilee Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £6, includes choc ice, from the Spar Shop.

South Petherton on Friday 15 March, David Hall, 8.00pm, Tickets £5.

Somerton on Saturday 16 March, Parish Rooms, 7.30pm, Tickets £6 from Cobbs, Brunel Precinct or on the door.

Castle Cary on Tuesday 26 March, Caryford Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from the Market House or £6 on the door. 

 

GREEN BOOK (12A)

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Tuesday 12 and Monday 18 March, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 3.00pm & 6.30pm, Tickets £10.

 

HOTEL SALVATION (PG)

Faced with his father’s untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey.

SHOWING AT

Crewkerne on Friday 8 March, Wadham School, 7.30pm, Tickets £6.

KING OF THIEVES (15)

The incredible true story of the spectacular Hatton Garden diamond heist, the biggest and most daring in British history, carried out by a group of OAP career criminals. The stellar cast includes Sir Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and Charlie Cox.

SHOWING AT

Odcombe on Monday 4 March, Village Hall, 8.00pm, Tickets £5 from 07934 737104 or £6 on the door. 

Hinton St George on Saturday 9 March, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 in advance from Personal Services Store and Dorothy’s Tearoom or £5.50 on the door.

Norton Sub Hamdon on Tuesday 12 March, the Lord Nelson, 7.30pm Tickets from 01935 881227.

 

MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (15)

Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. Starring Gemma Chan and Saoirse Ronan.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Friday 29 March, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 3.00pm & 6.30pm, Tickets £10.

PHANTOM THREAD (15)

Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the centre 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, 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.

SHOWING AT

West Coker on Friday 8 March, Commemoration Hall, Tickets £5 on 01935 863176 or on the door. 

Ilminster on Saturday 23 March, Warehouse Theatre, 7.45pm, Guests donation.

 

RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (PG)

Aging ex-marshal Steve Judd is hired by a bank to transport a gold shipment through dangerous territory. He hires an old partner, Gil Westrum, and his young protege Heck to assist him. Steve doesn’t know, however, that Gil and Heck plan to steal the gold, with or without Steve’s help. On the trail, the three get involved in a young woman’s desire to escape first from her father, then from her fiancé and his dangerously psychotic brothers.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Wednesday 20 March, Swan Theatre, 7.30pm. Guests £5. 01935 421905.

THE FRONT RUNNER (15)

Hugh Jackman stars in this true story account of Democratic Senator Gary Hart’s bid for the presidency IN 1988 which was blighted by an extra marital affair.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Friday 1 and Tuesday 5 March, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 3.00pm & 6.30pm, Tickets £10.

THE LITTLE STRANGER (12A)

This tells the story of Dr. Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own. Starring Charlotte Rampling, Ruth Wilson and Domhnall Gleeson.

SHOWING AT

Castle Cary in Tuesday 26 February, Caryford Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from the Market House or £6 on the door. 

South Petherton on Friday 1 March, David Hall, 8.00pm, Tickets £5.

Cerne Abbas on Monday 11 March, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from Marion on 01300 341375.

 

THE GUARDIANS (15)

An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolding against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family’s matriarch, must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings in an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine, to help her daughter Solange. New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves.  In French with subtitles.

SHOWING AT

Castle Cary on Tuesday 12 March, Caryford Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from the Market House or £6 on the door. 

 

THE WIFE (15)

After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. His literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950s. The Wife interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later–a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

SHOWING AT

East Coker on Wednesday 27 February, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Admission £6 on the door.

Leigh on Monday 11 March, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £6 from 01935 872323.

Halstock on Sunday 17 March, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £6 from the Village Shop or on the door.

 

VICE (15)

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Monday 11 and Friday 15 March, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 3.00pm & 6.30pm, Tickets £10.

 

WIDOWS (15)

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

SHOWING AT

Corton Denham on Wednesday 20 March, Queens Arms, 7.30pm, Tickets £15 includes main meal & drink. Booking essential on 01963 220317.

Martock on Saturday 30 March, Parish Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5.50 from Martock News or Martock Gallery or £6 on the door.

 

 

 

For Children

On Saturday 9 March from 2.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Tom Thumb’.  One-night, tiny Tom overhears Mum and Dad talking, there’s nothing left to eat so they are going to leave him and his six brothers in the forest! Outwitting his parents and the ogre, Tom shows everybody that, even though he is small, he is still mighty, as he protects his brothers, finds the treasure and makes sure they’ll never be hungry again. Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table, this classic story is brought to life in a playful and fascinating show full of Lyngo’s magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. Tickets £8.

On Saturday 30 from 10.00am at Wincanton Library go along to Savour-Flavour Storytime. Free event for adults and children hosted by the Library Friends. 

Other

On Wednesday 6 March 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 westlandsyeovil@southsomerset.gov.uk 

On Thursday 21 at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil from 7.30pm see John Makepeace talk about his life and work. John’s career has been described as an adventure in wood. Following an inspirational visit to Copenhagen’s great cabinet makers as a teenager, John found design and craftsmanship came naturally to him. Early professional recognition led to work as a design consultant to the all India Handicraft Board, co-founding the UK Crafts Council and acting as Trustee of the V&A. John has received a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Furniture Society and the Furniture Makers Company. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Arts University Bournemouth and Hereford College of Arts. Tickets £6.

On Saturday 24 from 7.30pm at the David Hall it is Acoustic Night. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform email folk@chriswatts.org