Arts’ Events in April/May

Visual Arts

From now to Saturday 8 June from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre the next exhibition is called ‘The Creative Collective’. They are a diverse group of makers, each pursuing their own individual passions to create unique, high quality pieces. Beautiful work in a variety of mediums – ceramics, textiles, jewellery, glass, embroidery, paintings, stencils and more! Andrew Eddleston, Jo Moorshead, Kate Westcott, Jo Eddleston, Shuya Cheng, Karen George, Lila Streether, Martin Rumary, Lise McDermott, Terry Bridgeman will be showcasing their work. A series of workshops, led by members of the Creative Collective, accompanies the exhibition.

From now to Saturday 8 June from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACE Arts in Somerton see the exhibition ‘Oh, There’s A Face’. Large drawings of everyday faces hung as crowds that will watch you as you watch them. Just fleeting glances of everyday faces.

On Saturday 1 June from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Digby Hall in Sherborne there is a workshop called ‘A Painting in a Day’. Choose a subject you would love to paint and take pleasure in spending the day working in acrylics with the support of talented artist and tutor Diane Summer. Tickets £50. Book at ArtsLink www.sherborneartslink.org.uk 01935 815899. 

 

 

From Sunday 2 June to Sunday 21 July at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Manor Gardens from 10.00am to 5.00pm watercolour artist Moish Sokal returns with his next exhibition ‘Reflections–A Fresh Look’ celebrating 25 years of exhibiting here. This year’s exhibition features a selection of new work from around the globe and of course Somerset. Moish reflects on all the exotic locations he has visited and painted. He felt inspired to look back at these locations and to paint some of his favourite places in his current style. Alongside all these, the exhibition will also show work painted following Sokal’s first visit to Crete where the mysterious Minoans ruled 4000 years ago, there he was captivated by the rugged southern coastline, but most, the charming town of Hania with its narrow streets lined with Venetian and Turkish architecture. Sokal will also show a selection of paintings from his trips exploring the coastline of Cornwall, Wales and Dorset. Admission free. 

From Monday 10 to Friday 28 June from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre there is an exhibition by The King combe Group. Their stitched pieces are inspired by the natural beauty and unspoilt rural landscapes of this area in West Dorset, reflecting the country lanes, hedgerows and woodlands; through images of wild flowers, fungi, birds, butterflies and deer grazing.

On Saturday 15 June to Saturday 20 July at ACE Arts in Somerton from 10.00am to 5.00pm the next exhibition is ‘Colour Values’. Painting, drawing and printmaking combined in this exhibition of colour, texture and composition by this group including Brian Bishop, Martyn Brewster, Bonnie Brown, Fran Donovan, Michelle Griffiths, Ursula Leach, and Peter Symons. Meet the artists on Saturday 15 June from 3.00pm.  

 

Music

On Friday 24 May from 7.30pm at the Methodist Church in Castle Cary see the Castle Cary Choir Concert. Special Guest: Marta Fontanals-Simmons – internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano. Tickets £10 from 07970 039007. Fundraising for a lift at Castle Cary Methodist Church. 

On Friday 24 May from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Leo Sayer: Just a Boy at 70’. With this performance, Leo and his band brings boundless energy, exuberance and a hit packed show to some of his favourite venues across the country. Known the world over for his army of hits which include ‘Thunder In My Heart’, ‘Moonlighting’, ‘One Man Band’, ‘More Than I Can Say’, ‘Have You Ever Been in Love’, ‘The Show Must Go On’ and the transatlantic number ones, ‘When I Need You’ and ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’. Tickets £34.

On Friday 24 May from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see Alan Barnes, Art Themen and the Dave Newton Trio. Another welcome visit by the UK’s top pianist with two other names who are very well known. Between them they represent the very best that our national jazz scene can offer. They will be playing a mix of well known modern jazz standards in their usual light hearted way. Tickets £18.

On Sunday 26 May from 7.00pm at the White Hart in Yetminster see ‘Celtic Confusion’. A four piece band based in Dorset who play mostly traditional celtic tunes with contemporary songs mixed in. They play dance music, interspersed with slow airs to suit each occasion.  A mix of Irish, English, Scottish and European folk tunes, jigs, reels, polkas, hornpipes and waltzes. 

On Thursday 30 May from 7.30pm at All Saints’ Church in Martock see the ‘Black Cat Jazz’. They will be performing New Orleans ‘Dance Hall’ in inspired music created by musicians prominent during the 1940-1960 traditional jazz revival music with a mixture of trumpet; trombone; euphonium; clarinet; sax; strings & drums. They will also play spirituals and popular tunes from earlier periods. Admission £8 from 01935 829576 or £9 on the door.

On Saturday 1 June from 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church see the ‘Sunset Café Stompers’. Tickets £12, includes wine, from 01963 362 692 or terry@barleyclose.co.uk In aid of church funds. 

On Tuesday 4 June from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton go along to Living Spit Greatest Spits. Exchange favourites Howard & Stu from Living Spit are back with a live performance of their ‘greatest hits’ album! ‘Pig, Pig, Pig’ ‘Anne of Cleves’ and more! Featuring songs from all their past shows performed in true Living Spit style. Tickets £12.

On Thursday 6 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil enjoy the Johnny Cash Roadshow featuring respected singer/songwriter Clive John. After sold out shows across Europe this is now a bigger show than ever, introducing the new brass section the ‘Roadshow Horns’ all accompanied by emotive screen visuals. This is simply the best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. Tickets £20.50.

On Friday 6 June from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Strawbs’. The Strawbs started life as the Strawberry Hill Boys before emerging into the mainstream from the exciting British Folk Movement of the mid 60s alongside other such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Al Stewart and Roy Harper. Their first album with Sandy Denny attracted the attention of A&M Records in America and they became the first British Band to be signed by the famous label. Under the guidance of Herb Alpert & Gerry Moss, major chart success followed with seven consecutive albums in the Billboard charts, including classics ‘Bursting at the Seams’, ‘Grave New World’, ‘Hero & Heroine’, ‘Dragonfly’ and ‘Ghosts’, earning the band two Gold Albums along the way. Massive coast to coast American tours swiftly followed, sharing the stage with The Eagles, Santana and Frank Zappa. Tickets £16.

On Friday 7 June from 7.30pm at All Saints Church in Kingweston see the Castle Cary choir with acclaimed local organist Malcolm Gregory. Programme includes a wide variety of music ranging from sacred and traditional, to musicals and fun pieces – something for everyone. Tickets £10, includes refreshments, from 01458 223237 or lowerfarm@btconnect.com Fundraising for the joint parish churches of Kingweston and Keinton Mandeville. 

On Friday 7 June from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre enjoy an evening of jazz with Mike Denham, John Maddocks and Graham Smith.  Mike’s speakeasy session this time features two guests.  John Maddocks is a top UK clarinettist who has run his own band for many years, and Graham Smith is widely regarded as one of the best vintage jazz drummers in the country. Together they will tackle an exciting and varied programme, seeking particular inspiration from the Jelly Roll Morton trios of the 1920s. Tickets £14.

On Saturday 8 June from 7.30pm at Buckland Newton Village Hall see the Quangle Wangle Choir. Tickets £6 from 01305 814940 or www.quanglewanglechoir.co.uk or £7 on the door. 

On Friday 14 June from 7.00pm at Leigh Village Hall see Boogie Woogie piano player, Ben Waters with special guest Beggi Smari. Ben is retiring in November after 25, so this will be his last visit to Leigh. Tickets £15 from duncancmoore@aol.com or 01935 210154.

On Friday 14 June from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Genesis Legacy’. This is an outstanding touring show paying respects to the musical careers of Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford’s ‘Mike and the Mechanics’, Steve Hackett and the band that brought them all together “Genesis”. This two hour explosive, inclusive, immersive and commercial show delivers on the biggest commercial hits from these stellar pillars of the UK Music Community. Tickets £17.50.

On Friday 14 June at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil from 7.30pm see Phil Walker and his band. If you like music and guitars you will love this show! Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes you will have chance to experience in one amazing show in this phenomenal live concert style ‘rockumentry’. With over 30 guitars used on stage, the show accurately recreates the sound and ambiance of each guitar hero starting from the 1950’s to the present day. Tickets £24.50

On Friday 14 June from 8.00pm at Somerton Sports Club see ‘The Ious’ live. Tickets £8. Part of the Music and Arts Festival. 

On Friday 14 June from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre enjoy an evening of blues with Li’l Jimmy Reed, Bob Hall and Hilary Blythe. Still playing and touring the World, Li’l Jimmy Reed is probably the last of the original Louisiana bluesmen still alive and working.  Born Leon Atkins in Baton Rouge in 1930, aged six he taught himself to play on a cigar box guitar, and aged eighteen his lucky break came when he replaced a well-known local star on stage who was too drunk to play. That man was Jimmy Reed.  Thus “Little” Jimmy Reed was born.  He thus escaped the poverty of the southern US and went on to play with a great many of the legendary blues stars who ignited the 60s blues boom both here and in the US. Here is possibly your last chance of hearing a living link to the origins of our early 60s bands such as Alexis Korner, John Mayall and The Rolling Stones. Tickets £16.

On Saturday 15 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see the ‘Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’. Tap your toes with the royalty of the ukulele scene, the independent rock-stars of the ‘bonsai guitar’, who have plucked and sung, joked and whistled with Clean Bandit, Robbie Williams, Madness, Cat Stevens, The Ministry of Sound and Blue Peter. The world’s very first Ukulele Orchestra is not just about ukuleles; it is about entertainment, joy, fun, strum and artistry. Tickets £26.

On Saturday 15 June from 8.00pm at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Ilchester go along to ‘Big Band Night Under Concorde’ with Bertie’s Big Band and the Kate Kingsley String Orchestra. Refreshments and bar available. Tickets £15 from Wessex Music on 01935 816960, Waterloo Music on 01935 507330 or www.eventbrite.co.uk 

 

On Sunday 16 June from 3.00pm at Cheap Street Church in Sherborne there is a Wessex Strings Concert. Programme includes Corelli Concerto Grosso No 3;  Massenet Meditation from Thais; Bach Brandenburg concerto No 4;  Britten Simple Symphony. Tickets £9, includes tea, from Sherborne TIC or £10 on the door. 

On Wednesday 19 June from 7.30pm St Michael’s Church in North Cadbury welcomes back the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir. Tickets £12, includes wine and canapés, available from the North Cadbury Shop or 01963 440642 or on the door. 

On Thursday 20 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘That’ll Be The Day’. Back by ever-growing popular demand, get ready to party as the UK’s favourite rock and roll variety production returns with another chance to see its most popular show! Featuring incredible live music performances, this hugely entertaining rock and roll spectacular blends classic gold hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s, with bags of hilarious comedy! Celebrating an entire era of timeless nostalgia, the production is well known for its ability to make audiences return time and time again for a new experience. Now in its 33rd year of consecutive national touring, they are living proof that rock and roll will never die. Tickets £25.50.

On Friday 21 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Les Musicals 2019’. Jonathan Ansell (G4 Frontman) and Jai McDowall (Britain’s Got Talent – Winner) have joined forces to create a dramatic a spine-tingling concert. This vocally dynamic evening showcases even more smash-hit songs from the greatest musicals of all time, brought to you by two of the world’s finest voices. Immerse yourself into the world of Musical Theatre with classics from Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, Blood Brothers, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Greatest Showman, Miss Saigon, Chess, We Will Rock You and many more. Tickets £25.

On Friday 21 June from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre enjoy an evening of jazz with the John Laws Re-Creations Quartet. John Law is recognized as one of the UK’s most imaginative jazz pianists and has visited us twice before with his trio and quartet, greatly impressing us with some extraordinary interpretations of well known tunes. This time he is here with his ‘Re-Creations’ quartet, a new group of talented young musicians that he has put together, featuring Parliamentary Jazz award-winner Sam Crockatt on saxophones, James Agg on double bass and Billy Weir on drums. They will be performing new arrangements of well-known tunes, with a repertoire that includes, as well as jazz classics like Monk, Miles Davis, Gershwin, tunes from pop/rock/indie (Pink Floyd, Beatles, The Jam, Stevie Wonder, Bon Iver, Radiohead), as well as classical pieces such as their version of Kyrie from Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Satie’s Gymnopédie. Tickets £15.

On Saturday 22 June from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see the Eugene Hideaway Bridges. Born in New Orleans and raised in Amite, Louisiana, Eugene Hideaway Bridges is a nomadic musician living his life on the road. His home is wherever the next performance takes him. Every year, this is from America through Europe to Australia, with many other stops in between. Big and burly, wearing a cowboy’s hat with his guitar slung across his chest, Eugene is a veritable Blues machine. If you like your Blues music laced with Soul, Funk, Gospel and Rock and delivered with buckets of class and warmth, then Eugene should not be missed. Tickets £17.

On Sunday 23 June from 2.30pm at the Methodist Church in South Petherton the Wessex Women Choir and Friends perform their Summer Concert. Tickets £7.50, includes tea and cake, from 01460 241468 or on the door. 

On Tuesday 25 June from 8.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Paul Young. Everyone’s favourite 80’s crooner Paul Young returns for part 2 of the 35 years of ‘No Parlez’ anniversary tour. No Parlez was Paul’s debut album. It reached number 1 in the UK charts in 1983 for 5 weeks and fast became triple Platinum. The album produced Paul’s first UK number 1 single the Marvin Gaye cover of Wherever I Lay My Hat and hits Come Back & Stay and Love of The Common People. After the release of the album Paul when on to have an illustrious career which included winning a Brit award and more top ten singles with Everytime You Go Away and Everything Must Change. Join Paul for a night of classic hits celebrating the album that started it all. Tickets £31.

On Wednesday 26 June from 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church in Yeovil see Yeovil Chamber Choir who will be celebrating 25 years of singing with a birthday concert of choral music. Programme includes Alessandro Scarlatti, Thomas Arne, John Blow, John Tavener, Percy Whitlock, Hubert Parry, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Edvard Grieg, Georg Frideric Handel and King Henry VIII. This will be Yeovil Chamber Choir’s last concert under the baton of its Musical Director, Peter Parshall, who will be leaving at the end of the term.  Tickets £10, includes refreshments from yeovilchamberchoir@hotmail.com For more information visit www.yeovilchamberchoir.org 

On Wednesday 26 June from 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church in Bruton see the Aurin Girls’ Choir from the Kodaly Music School. Tickets £7 from 01749 813161 or £10 on the door, Children free. 

On Thursday 27 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil go along to The Tina Turner Experience. The concert style show features a seven-piece band making this the only completely live touring tribute to this multi award winning legend. Powerful vocals, backing singers and fabulous professional dancers with electrifying dance routines make The Tina Turner Experience – Simply the Best. This fully live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the worlds iconic performers. Full of hits like ‘Private Dancer’, ‘Nutbush City Limits’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘River Deep Mountain High’ and ‘Let’s Stay Together’ and more. Tickets £21.

On Friday 28 June from 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church in Street the Parish Church see the Castle Cary Choir. Raising funds for various missions and charities. Programme includes a wide variety of music ranging from sacred and traditional, to musicals and fun pieces – something for everyone. Tickets £6, from Crispin Community Centre, Street and on the door. Tea, coffee and biscuits available. 

On Sunday 30 June from 3.00pm at Hamdon Community Art Project, North Street the Phoenix Singers of Taunton have a concert entitled ‘Madrigals to Mozart’. The performance having a predominately ‘bird’ related theme will be lighter in nature and feature a huge variety of music ranging from Bartlett and Gibbons to Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Finzi and Chilcott. The performance will finish with the jolly and memorable ‘Spatzenmesse’ (Sparrow Mass) by Mozart. A clarinet solo will be performed by Rose Donaldson following her success as the Young Performer showing the Most Potential and Musicality at the 2019 Hamdon Community Arts Project Young Peoples Music Festival. Tickets £8, includes cream tea, available from 01935 824064. 

On Saturday 29 June from 1.00pm at the Speedwell in Crewkerne spend the afternoon at their Music in the Garden event with six acts including pop, country and classics. Bring own picnic, but teas and refreshments available. Tickets £5, under 14’s £2.50 from the Town Hall or £6 on the door. 

On Saturday 29 June from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see The Grimethorpe Colliery Band. They formed in 1917 as a leisure activity for the workmen at the colliery. International fame came to the band with the making of the 1995 film Brassed Off. Since the release of the film the band has toured extensively in Europe, including a film festival in Norway, the World Cup in Paris and the Eurovision Song Contest to an estimated television audience of 50 million! Tickets £20.50.

On Sunday 30 June from 9.00pm at the White Hart in Yetminster see the ‘Wriggle Valley Jazz’. If sunny they will play outside and there will be a BBQ. 

 

Performance

 On Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 May at the Swan Theatre in Yeovil at 7.45pm the Civic Players presents ‘Caught in the Net’ by Ray Cooney. The sequel to Run for Your Wife finds the bigamist taxi driver John Smith still keeping his two families in different parts of London, both happy and blissfully unaware of each other. However, his teenage children, a girl from one family and a boy from the other, have met on the Internet and are anxious to meet in person since they have so much in common name, surname and taxi driving dad! Keeping them apart plunges John into a hell hole of his own making. His lodger Stanley could be a saviour, but he is about to go on holiday with his decrepit old father who turns up thinking he is already at the guesthouse. The situation spirals out of control as John juggles outrageously with the truth. Tickets £9, Saturday performance offer 2 of £15, from www.civicplayersyeovil.com or 07593539593. 

On Sunday 26 May from 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Blackbeard’s Tea Party’. The past few years have seen Blackbeard’s Tea Party play at festivals as diverse as Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and many more. 2018 saw them release their new EP, Leviathan! bringing with it a bigger, bolder sound and a revamped live show.  A mix of traditional and self-penned songs and tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that leaves audiences cheering for more. Tickets £18.

On Sunday 25 May from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Summer of Love’. Take a nostalgic journey back to the legendary summer of 1967 in this live celebration of one of the most important cultural events in history. This is an eclectic explosion of flowers, psychedelia, freedom, peace and love and, of course, timeless music that inspired a generation. Join for the greatest 60’s party in town – all the hits from one of music’s most influential eras, including ‘California Dreaming’, ‘San Francisco’, ‘Turn Turn, Turn’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Happy Together’, and over 40 more classic songs from the summer that changed the world. With original 1960s film footage, incredible vocalists and a world class live band, this ultimate 60s party will have you dancing in the aisles. Tickets £24.

On Sunday 26 May from 5.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Margot Fonteyn: Centenary Celebration’. Margot Fonteyn was an iconic figure in British ballet. Along with Ninette de Valois and Frederick Ashton she was instrumental in shaping of the Royal Ballet company and the direction of British Ballet. Fonteyn was renowned for her great performances of the classics. Her charming quality and steely technique set the standards for the British Ballerina’s. Fonteyn was also celebrated for her famous dance partnership with the great Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Join Ballet Theatre UK to mark the centenary of the great ballet icon with a celebration of her greatest moments in the classical ballet repertoire, including highlights from Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and more. Tickets £19.

From Thursday 30 May to Saturday 1 June from 7.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Wind in the Willows: Castaways’. This riotous comedy follows the impulsive Mr. Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat for the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall. Book by Julian Fellowes, Music by George Stiles, Lyrics by Anthony Drewe. Based on the book by Kenneth Grahame. Tickets £14.

On Friday 31 May from 7.30pm at the Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster Genius PR and Events presents a ‘Comedy Event’. See MC – Cerys Nelmes, David Alfie Ward, Jon Wagstaff and headline act Nick Page.  With storytelling comics there is a moment where the audience asks themselves ‘I wonder if that’s true?’. With Nick there is more doubt, because the stories are so outlandish, and yet at the same time there is the sure knowledge that every story is true, and that his is a life lived laughing from disaster to disaster. He has an enviable gag rate, with each story and routine filled with set ups, call backs and devastating punchlines. His stories are unique, yet relate to everyone. Everyone has felt frustrated by the legal system, nobody else has tried to go to prison to prove a point. Everyone watches daytime TV, nobody else has been sacked from it for an incident involving a Russian call girl and an antique rocking horse. Tickets £12 from Harrimans Menswear. Not suitable for children. 

On Friday 31 May from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Steve Turner. Steve is a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments – he is a multi-instrumentalist, playing mandolin and banjo and also accompanying himself on the cittern.  After 13 years away from the Folk scene, Steve made a welcome return in 2004, producing his highly-acclaimed album, Whirligig of Time, featuring UK luminaries Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr and Miranda Sykes.  In December, Steve released his much-anticipated eighth album, Late Cut, featuring Eliza Carthy, Martin Simpson and Sam Carter. Tickets £14.

On Saturday 1 June at 2.00pm or 7.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Kenneth Grahame’s wild tale about the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr. Toad comes to life in a brand new West End musical with a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composers and lyricists George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. This riotous comedy follows the impulsive Mr. Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat for the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.  Tickets £16.

On Sunday 2 June at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 4.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil go along to Gymfusion 2019. Experience gymnastics as you have never seen before! Watch as display teams from across the country showcase exciting and creative performances guaranteed to wow the audience at GymFusion, the British Gymnastics Festivals Programme that this year celebrates an around the world theme. Expect to be amazed at the creativity in each performance which encompasses the variety gymnastics has to offer. Tickets £10.

On Tuesday 4 June at the David Hall in South Petherton from 7.30pm the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School presents ‘The Canterbury Tales’. A colourful cast of characters set off for Canterbury, competing to tell their tales of love, lust, adventure and chivalry. Brimming with life and energy, Chaucer’s well-loved stories are brought beautifully to life by students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. All of medieval life is here, with the wide range of social strata rubbing shoulders as the Miller, the Steward and the Wife of Bath (among others) all have their tales to tell. Tickets £15.

On Wednesday 5 June from 7.30pm in the Yeovil College Main Hall the Phoenix Dance Theatre will present Windrush. A brand-new work for 2018, choreographed by Artistic Director Sharon Watson. A lively celebration of the rise of multicultural Britain, Windrush will span the spirit, history and heritage of British Caribbean culture. Calyx, a commission premiered in 2017 by company dancer Sandrine Monin and composer Roberto Rusconi. A beautiful new work inspired by the poems of renowned French poet Charles Baudelaire that explores beauty, duplicity, decadence and eroticism. Plus, up to two other high-quality extracts or short works based on their current evolving repertoire. Tickets £10.

On Saturday 8 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil The Octagon Academy present their annual showcase ‘Shine’. Their drama and dance groups along with The Octagon Choir will perform for you a joyous celebration of music, drama and dance. The Octagon Academy will also be joined by other groups associated with The Octagon Theatre to create a thoroughly entertaining evening. Tickets £13.

On Saturday 8 June from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Les Barker. Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from Manchester, but he’s now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He has written more than 85 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people do not quite believe what they’ve just heard. His poems have spawned a number of Folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two! Once seen, never forgotten!  Tickets £14.

On Thursday 13 June from 8.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Reginald D Hunter. Celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a comedian living and performing in the UK, Reginald sets out on a forty date tour of the UK and Ireland in 2019 with his highly anticipated new show. Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. His appearances on television have included Have I Got News For You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the hugely popular BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South and its equally successful follow up Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The Border, both of which documented the growth of American popular song. Tickets £22.

On Friday 14 June from 7.30pm at Long Sutton Village Hall the church presents the Strode Players with their touring production ‘Last Tango in Little Grimley’ by David Tristram. Licensed bar. Tickets £12, children £6 from 01458 241335 or geoff@pring.org.uk

On Saturday 15 June from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton Go along to ‘Dorset Through the Seasons’. An evening of readings, drama and music – a special fundraising event for Sturminster Newton Literary Festival, featuring Tim Laycock, John Blackmore and members of the New Hardy Players and William Barnes Society. Tim Laycock, acclaimed professional folk musician, actor, storyteller and author, has a special interest in the works of Hardy and Barnes, as well as the folk traditions of Dorset. John Blackmore is a singer, songwriter, poet and teacher from Somerset who has set a number of Barnes’ poems to music, arranging them for voice and guitar. The New Hardy Players celebrate the work of Thomas Hardy and bring his stories to life. Members of the William Barnes Society help keep the poet’s Dorset dialect poetry with their readings. Tickets £10.

On Wednesday 19 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the Jazz Dance Company presents ‘Iconic’. This is an epic celebration of current and historical movements, moments and figures: exploring a world of idols from Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson, Dali to Da Vinci, Ginger Rogers to Gene Kelly and many more. Serious, satirical or sassy, the Jazz Dance Company showcase styles from Hip Hop, Commercial and Contemporary to Musical Theatre, Tap, Technical and Lyrical Jazz, presenting a show that is diverse, entertaining, vibrant and bursting with attitude. Featuring dancers from prestigious professional training school, London Studio Centre, with dance created by leading choreographers from stage and screen. Tickets £11.

On Thursday 20 June at 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Presents ‘The Canterbury Tales’. A colourful cast of characters set off for Canterbury, competing to tell their tales of love, lust, adventure and chivalry. Brimming with life and energy, Chaucer’s well-loved stories are brought beautifully to life by students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. All of medieval life is here, with the wide range of social strata rubbing shoulders as the Miller, the Steward and the Wife of Bath (among others) all have their tales to tell. Tickets £8.  

On Saturday 22 June from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Chicago Blues Brothers’. The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high octane, adrenaline-pumping music mash up which has jump started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on this cult classic and an energy and spirit that is impossible to resist. Back with a brand new mission, The Chicago Blues Brothers are heading for Detroit to take on some of the biggest and most loved Motown anthems along with all the Blues Brothers classics you know and love. With hits from Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, James Brown, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Jackson 5 and the Supremes this promises to be the biggest party show the UK has ever seen. Tickets £21.

On Saturday 22 June from 8.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Lady Boys Of Bangkok’. A cabaret like no other cabaret performed by girls like no other girls. Featuring 16 of the world’s most beautiful and stunning showgirls… Who just happen to be men! (Oh and a grumpy dwarf from Oldham!) The new production for 2019 is bigger and as glitzy and glamorous as ever; prepare for a night you will talk about for years. Laugh and sing your heart out with hundreds of friends you have yet to meet. Tickets £23.50.

On Wednesday 25 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil join the vivacious ‘Hormonal Housewives’ in a hilarious, no-holds-barred romp through the joys of being a fabulous 21st century woman. Weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, men, zumba, men, bikini waxes, online shopping, chocolate, wine, more chocolate, more wine, teenage tantrums, going out and staying in are mercilessly sliced and diced with vivacious abandon! And that’s not all – some of the very best bits from the previous tour of this smash-hit show will have audiences rolling in the aisles. Tickets £23.50.

On Friday 28 June from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Barbara Nice was all conquering in her four-part BBC Radio 2 sitcom broadcast in March 2017. Experience this critically acclaimed tip top character comedy live from ‘Phoenix Nights’ actress and comedian Janice Connolly. Barbara will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step with this new show about chance and luck. Tickets £13.

On Saturday 29 June at 2.00pm and 7.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil The Dance Factory pupils come together for their annual show. Dancers will light the stage with their talents and performance skills. Children from 2-16 years old will dance a variety of styles including ballet, contemporary and street dance. An ideal show for all the family and will keep you entertained and wanting to dance! Tickets £17.Top of Form

On Saturday 29 June at All Saints Church in Martock from 7.30pm the Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents timeless comic operetta ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. This two act operetta is set in Cornwall and has some of the most recognisable of all Gilbert and Sullivan’s songs. Tickets £10 from 01935 829576 or £12 on the door. 

 

 

Films

 

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (15)

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. Starring Melissa McCarthy.

SHOWING AT

Castle Cary on Tuesday 25 June, Caryford Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from the Market House or £6 on the door. 

 

COLD WAR (12)

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

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Wednesday 26 June, Swan Theatre, 7.30pm. Guests £5. 01935 421905.

 

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY (12A)

Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone.

Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Monday 10 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

 

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS (12A)

A fast-living, cynical London music executive heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Wednesday 19 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

 

FREE SOLO (12A)

Documentary following free climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan without ropes or safety gear. At 3,200-feet, El Capitan is the largest mountain face ever scaled without equipment, and extensive mental and physical preparation is required. However, Alex’s family and friends remain unsure if the rewards are worth the risk.

SHOWING AT

Somerton on Friday 7 June, Parish Rooms, 7.30pm, Tickets £6 from Cobbs, Brunel Precinct or on the door.

South Petherton on Friday 21 June, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.

 

GREEN BOOK (12)

In 1962, Tony ‘Tony Lip’ Vallelonga, a tough bouncer, is looking for work when his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America’s racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals. However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America’s appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other’s talents and start to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives.

SHOWING AT

Castle Cary on Tuesday 28 May, Caryford Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from the Market House or £6 on the door. 

West Camel on Sunday 30 June, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Admission £5 on the door.

 

HOLY LANDS (15)

Harry Rosenmerck, an Ashkenazi Jewish American cardiologist, left everything to become a pig farmer in the Holy Land.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Tuesday 4 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

 

MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (15)

Explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” with fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history. Starring Saoirse Ronan.

SHOWING AT

Sturminster Newton on Thursday 27 June, The Exchange, 7.00pm, £5. 

 

 

ON THE BASIS OF SEX (12A)

Inspired by the true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg – then a struggling attorney and new mother – who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights throughout her career.  When Ruth takes on a ground breaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination. The film also chronicles the storybook-like romance between Ruth and Marty, a partnership that succeeded both personally and professionally. 

SHOWING AT

Sherborne on Wednesday 12 June, Digby Church Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.

 

ROCKETMAN (12A)

Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

SHOPLIFTERS (15)

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting.  On one of their expeditions they encounter a small girl shivering on a balcony and take her home with them.  Burn marks on her arms suggest that she has been abused, and the household welcomes her warmly into their midst.  But the child has parents of her own, and when the police are called in to investigate things begin to unravel.  Is it love, or blood, that defines a family?

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Wednesday 12 June, Swan Theatre, 7.30pm, £5. 01935 421905

SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER (12A)

Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family.  Starring Bill Nighy.

SHOWING AT

Somerton on Saturday 15 June, Parish Rooms, 7.30pm, Tickets £6 from Cobbs, Brunel Precinct or on the door.

Leigh on Monday 17 June, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £6 from 01935 872323.

TAKE THAT: GREATEST HITS LIVE

Celebrating 30 incredible years, Take That are bringing their huge 2019 Greatest Hits tour to cinemas for one night only!

Broadcast live you will have front row seats as Gary, Mark and Howard perform their biggest hits from the last three decades. Get ready to throw your hands in the air – this is one party you will never forget!

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Saturday 8 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 8.00pm. Tickets £14.

 

THE FAVOURITE (15)

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. Starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

SHOWING AT

Kingsbury Episcopi on Thursday 6 June, Community Centre, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from 01935 823298.

 

THE WHITE CROW (12)

Young Rudolf Nureyev becomes a top ballet dancer in Russia, but a life-changing visit to Paris soon makes him seek asylum in France.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Monday 3 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

 

TOLKIEN (12A)

As a young student, J.R.R. Tolkien finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their fellowship apart. All of these experiences would later inspire Tolkien to write his classic fantasy novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

SHOWING AT

Yeovil on Thursday 13 and Monday 17 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.

 

STAN AND OLLIE (PG)

The heart warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour.  With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille and Ida – a formidable double act in their own right – the pair’s love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.

SHOWING AT

Hinton St George on Saturday 8 June, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 in advance from Personal Services Store and Dorothy’s Tearoom or £5.50 on the door.

Hardington Mandeville on Friday 14 June, Village Hall, Tickets £5 from Springfield Stores on 01935 862363 or £6 on the door.

 

VICE (15)

The story of Dick Cheney the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it, Vice explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

SHOWING AT

South Petherton on Friday 7 June, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Children

On Tuesday 28 May from 11.00am at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Commotion in the Ocean’. Demeter (Goddess of Harvest & Agriculture) is having a bad day. All she wants is some peace and quiet, but there is too much noise, distraction and plastic! Her good friend Poseidon (God of the Sea, Earthquakes and Horses) means well, but he is not helping. To distract Poseidon, Demeter decides to send him on a quest. He comes back with more than see bargained for, but it might just help save the planet. Tickets £5.

 On Wednesday 29 May from 1.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton go along to ‘The Commotion in the Ocean Songwriting and Singing Workshop’ with Trevor Lloyd-Jones. Tickets £4.

On Tuesday 18 June from 11.00am to 12.30pm at Yeovil Country Park there is a Teddy Bears Picnic. Stories, crafts and activities in the meadow beside Ninesprings Café. Bring a picnic and blanket. No need to book. Donations welcome. 

Other

On Friday 24 May from 7.30pm at Wadham School the Film Club have a Members’ Choice evening from a short list of three films. 

On Sunday 28 April and Sunday 19 May from 7.30pm at the David Hall there is an Acoustic Night. All styles and forms of performance, not just music. If you wish to perform email folk@chriswatts.org 

On Thursday 6 June from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton join Kate Humble for a fascinating talk about her latest book, Thinking on my Feet, as well as her life working with wildlife, the far flung places that this has taken her to and the inspiring people she has met on her travels. There is also a unique chance to go ‘behind the camera’ as Kate describes how the programmes are made along with some lovely anecdotes about the filming. Tickets £18.

On Friday 7 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see England’s hat trick hero and World Cup winner, Sir Geoff Hurst. He will talk amusingly about his illustrious West Ham & England career. Hurst is back on tour by popular demand with his great friend and agent, Terry Baker from A1 Sporting Speakers. VIP ticket holders will have a chance to meet Sir Geoff and have a photograph with him before the show. The second half will be a Q&A session with the audience. This will be a great event for football fans. Tickets £26.

On Saturday 22 June from 3.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Eugene Hideaway Bridges will give a workshop. Eugene successfully combines his superb vocal and guitar-playing skills, a wonderful rapport with people and a genuine desire to interest them in the music of his roots. Between his busy touring schedules throughout the world, USA-based Eugene finds the time to give presentations which bring a positive, memorable effect to the participants. Please bring your instruments. Tickets £10.

On Friday 28 June from 7.30pm at the David Hall there is an Acoustic Night. All styles and forms of performance, not just music. If you wish to perform email folk@chriswatts.org