Art Events in February/March

Visual Art

From now until Saturday 24 February the annual celebration of art by local schoolchildren returns to the Ilminster Arts Centre for its seventh glorious instalment. Featuring colourful, imaginative and ingenious works by the artists of the future this exhibition is a joyful showcase of youthful creativity.  This year the participating schools are: Strode College, Stanchester Academy, Chard School, Swanmead Community School, Neroche Primary School, Greenfylde Church of England First School.

From Monday 26 February to Saturday 17 March the Ilminster Arts Centre host ‘Rethink’.  An exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Ilminster, Chard and Langport Rethink Carers’ Group. The group was formed some 15 years ago to provide sympathetic mutual support for those experiencing mental health problems and their carers. It runs a programme of talks by local visiting speakers together with ‘quiet’ sessions where members share problems. The group raises its own funds through the support of its members and friends. The group receives backing from the charity Rethink Mental Illness, which actively works to achieve a better life for millions of people.

On Saturday 3 March from 10.00am to 4.00pm Hauser and Wirth in Bruton hold a day of talks and presentations with thought provoking discussions around the key ideas and themes in the latest exhibition ‘The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind’. An ambitious survey exhibition that explores the contradictory nature of society’s relationship to the rural. Curated by Adam Sutherland, the presentation features over 50 international artists and creatives, as well as works on loan, by artists working from the 1500s to the present day, including Paul McCarthy, Beatrix Potter, Carsten Höller, Laure Prouvost, William Holman Hunt, Samuel Palmer, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcus Coates, Fernando García-Dory, Mark Dion, Roni Horn, Aaron Angell and Mark Wallinger. With protagonists ranging from 10th-century anchorites to 21st-century urban ruralists, the exhibition tells the story of humanity’s evolving connection to the land, our perception of, and reliance upon it.

 

From now to Sunday 15 April the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth have a new exhibition called ‘A Question of Guilt: A Crime Writer’s Collection’ open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm.  Providing whip-smart commentary and intrigue, Award-winning crime writer Frances Fyfield has imagined many of the subjects of paintings in her private collection as characters in a fictional crime novel. Promising to provide insight into the mind of the author, this exhibition would be perfect for any avid readers or crime fans. The 53 paintings of Fyfield’s collection showcase British artists from 1890-1950, including Modernist art and work from the Bloomsbury Set, a group of artists and writers whose ranks included Virginia Woolf and E.M Forster. Other artists include Walter Sickert, Frank Dobson, Duncan Grant, Evelyn Dunbar and Gwen John. If you fancy turning detective yourself, there is also a murder mystery contained within the exhibition for you to solve, as well as the rest of the Victorian House and its collection (which includes Pre-Raphaelite art and artifacts from the owners’ world travels) which were left to Bournemouth in 1907. Entry to Museum £6 with exhibition included.

From Monday 19 March to Saturday 7 April at the Ilminster Arts Centre there is another exhibition called ‘All At Sea’.  Five artists interpret differing aspects of the sea, focusing their interest on erosion, pollution, loss or the simple enjoyment found at the seaside. Textile artist Pat Clayton’s work considers the meeting of the land and sea. Lesley Cooper’s ceramics are a response to the shoreline, while Lynda Keeton’s textile and mixed media works considers those souls lost at sea. Christine Rollitt’s paintings and embroideries reflect on growing up in a small seaside town.  Joan West creates woven baskets referencing environmental damage to the ocean.

From Monday 19 March to Saturday 7 April at the Ilminster Arts Centre Gallery Cafe go along to ‘Lois Webbe Retrospective’. A display of work by the late Lois Webbe.  A member of the Jersey Group and the Arts Society in Jersey, Lois spent her early career working as an interior designer, only talking up painting when she moved from the UK to Jersey. There she studied under local artists, including Paul Kilshaw, Gabby Radiguet and Robert Tilling. This exhibition showcases a selection of Lois’ work in a range of media.

Music

On Friday 23 February at 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil enjoy the CCS Sinfonia Classica. The director is Hans-Peter Hofmann, the soloist is Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello who will be performing Handel’s Suite Water Music, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1 in C, Delius’ Two Aquarelles and Mozart’s Symphony No.29 K.201. Tickets £22.

On Friday 23 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘The Sound of Blue Note with Dave O’Higgins’. The Blue Note record label had a sound of its own, ever since its launch in 1936.  A little later, in the fifties, the careers of countless jazz musicians were forged as a consequence of its focus on what was then the new music, but played in a way that introduced ‘soul’ to the sound, perhaps best exemplified by the Cannonball Adderly groups. This band, plus guest Dave O’Higgins, features some of the most prominent jazz musicians in the Southwest, recreating songs and arrangements that define the Blue Note sound of the 1950s and 60s. Tickets £16.

On Friday 23 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see CC Smugglers ‘A Chance to Dance’ event. This band from Bedfordshire started out as ‘guerrilla buskers’, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators.  Listen to CC Smugglers and you will hear the ghosts of American Folk music, Swing, Jazz, Country, Ragtime and Bluegrass. Listen more closely and you will hear contemporary touchstones such as hip-hop, metal, dubstep, house and dancehall. Tickets £16.

On Saturday 24 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘That’ll Be The Day’. The UK’s premier rock ‘n’ roll production returns with another chance to see its latest most popular show! Highly acclaimed for its stunning live entertainment value, this is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music. This latest production features a fantastic new-line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s and 70s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on-stage! Tickets £25.

On Saturday 24 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Tom Toomey & The MonfiCats.  The MonfiCats are an eclectic group of world-class musicians. The band is well known for its inspirational Fusion music that’s unique and bold with a contemporary and distinctive vibe.  Their sound is rooted in a fluid tapestry of many different music genres that include blues, jazz, rock, roots and folk…all beautifully coloured by spanish, african and eastern influences.  The line up includes Tom Toomey on guitars and vocals, Pete Maxfield on double bass, Dave Wallace on drums and Lee Goodall on saxophone and flute. Tickets £15. A 10% share of all proceeds will be going to Yeovil Hospice.

On Thursday 1 March from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Rossini’s most famous opera ‘The Barber of Seville’.  Tickets £22.

On Friday 2 at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil from 7.30pm see ‘The Little Mix Experience’.  Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to one of the UK’s finest girl bands. Tickets £16.

On Friday 2 at the Ilminster Arts Centre at 8.00pm see the ‘Dart Valley Stompers’ playing exciting music in traditional and New Orleans styles. Since its formation in 0205 the band has proved to be hugely successful with a strong following throughout the UK.  It is now one of the most popular and busiest bands in the country regularly performing to capacity audiences at Jazz Clubs and Festivals in the UK and abroad. The front-line features Jeremy Huggett on tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet & vocals, Graham Trevarton on trumpet & vocals, and Ron Milford on trombone & vocals. The hard driving rhythm section includes Howard Williams on banjo & guitar, Tony Mann on double bass and Chris Stockings on drums. Guaranteed to get your feet tapping and stomping, a band not to be missed! Tickets £15.

On Saturday 3 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Faustus formed of Benji Kirkpatrick, Saul Rose and Paul Sartin. They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Tickets £16.

On Saturday 3 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Islands in the Stream’ celebrating the music of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. This thigh slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with hit after hit including: ‘Jolene’, ‘Ruby’, ‘9 to 5’, ‘Lucille’, ‘Here You Come Again’, ‘The Gambler’, ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘Coward of the County’, plus the smash hit ‘Islands in the Stream’. Enjoy a superb score and supreme musicianship as we bring the house down with the ultimate tribute to two country music legends.  Tickets £17.

On Saturday 3 at the David Hall in South Petherton from 8.00pm see Reg Meuross. Reg is touring with songs from his stunning new solo album, ‘Faraway People’, as well as an award winning back catalogue of nine highly-acclaimed albums. A true modern troubadour, Reg’s gigging ranges from village halls and Folk clubs to playing the Royal Albert Hall, consistently entrancing audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and some of the most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written.  Tickets £15.

On Sunday 4 March at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil from 7.30pm the Royal Marines Association Concert Band will be performing. This experienced and thoroughly entertaining band has played to enthusiastic and sell-out audiences for many years by providing a wide spectrum of music to suit all tastes. Tickets £14.50.

On Thursday 8 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil ‘The CCS Martinu Piano Trio’ will be performing works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert.  Tickets £14.50.

On Friday 9 from 7.00pm at Memorial Hall in Wincanton there is a concert called ‘Live Keyboard Spectacular’. If you like Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2, then you are sure going to like this concert! The difference is, we will not stick to one genre or theme, so variety is the theme of the night. Two keyboard players for the price of one! Entertaining​ you with classy classic tunes from as far back as the 20s to modern times. Two professional players in their own right will produce some astonishing sounds for the audience, using the very latest gear from Yamaha. You can expect a truly ear satisfying experience with a full speaker sound system and guest singer. Donate money to the children’s charity ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation.

On Friday 9 at the Ilminster Arts Centre from 8.00pm  enjoy the tunes and songs of Hoagy Carmicheal played and sung by the Chris Ingham Quartet. Hoagy Carmicheal was one of the best of the composers who were responsible for the ‘American songbook’, and his songs are perhaps the best known favourites which have lived on ever since. Chris and his top quality quartet sing and play them in a way that is truly evocative of the feeling behind the lyrics and the mood of the era.  Chris sings and plays piano, with Paul Higgs and his quietly muted trumpet, Jerome Davis on bass and George Double on drums. They have a delightful cabaret style which all will love.  Tickets £15.

On Saturday 10 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil go along to Andy Williams Tribute Show starring Jimmy Osmond. This brand new show, ‘Moon River and Me’ is full of award winning music and celebrates Jimmy’s fiftieth anniversary in show business. Jimmy will sing the songs that made Andy Williams so beloved by millions including ‘Music to Watch Girls By’, ‘Happy Heart’, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Moon River’ and more. Tickets £31.

On Saturday 10 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton go along to the Michael Bublé Tribute Show starring Mark Daniels. The show’s big band sound, along with Mark’s mesmerising likeness to the modern day Canadian crooner, will appeal to fans of traditional big band music and Michael Bublé alike. Mark’s charismatic nature, powerful vocals and boyish charm, are all perfectly packaged in true tuxedo style. A sleek, polished performance with a top coat of class and sophistication. In amongst a croony repertoire of pop standards, expect some show stopping, spontaneous banter as Mark effortlessly hands out doses of unrehearsed humour and wit that you would expect from Michael Bublé himself. On stage, expect to see lots of laughs, great humour and admirable camaraderie between Mark and his band. Backed by some of the finest musicians in the country, this line up is an absolute musical powerhouse. Tickets £18.

On Saturday 10 March from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Clive Carroll. Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, make him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. Whilst studying, Clive realised a passion for the steel-strung guitar that led to him playing everything from 16th and 17th century lute music to Jazz standards, Blues, Irish reels and his own ground breaking compositions. Tickets £10. Go along to his guitar workshop before his show. (See ‘Other’)

From Tuesday 13 until Saturday 24 March at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society presents ‘Top Hat’. . Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits including, ‘Cheek To Cheek’, ‘Top Hat’, ‘Let’s Face the Music’ and Dance and Puttin’ on the Ritz’.  Tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont. An uplifting and hilarious romantic comedy celebrating 1930’s song, style and romance, ‘Top Hat’ dazzles with glorious, tap-dancing magic, beautiful ballroom dancing and a love story that will set the pulse racing! Tickets £17.

On Thursday 15 from 7.30pm at St Roch Church in Pendomer Concerts in the West presents the ‘Marmen Quartet’. Since Marmen’s formation, the quartet’s members – Johannes Marmen and Ricky Gore on violin, Bryony Gibson-Cornish on viola and Steffan Morris on cello – have progressed at a spectacular rate.  As winners of the Bridge Scheme, Marmen are receiving three years of mentoring, financial support, and guidance in every aspect of life as a string quartet, including regular performance opportunities. Evening recital programme includes Mendelssohn String Quartet No 6 in F minor, Op 80; Haydn String in F sharp minor, Op 50, No 4; Ravel String Quartet in F; Mozart String Quartet No 14 in G major, K 387.  Tickets £15 or two for £22.50.

On Thursday 15 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton John Mills will be performing classical guitar together with the Archaeus String Quartet. They will be playing works by Vivaldi, Cherubini, Ravel and Argentinian guitar masters. John Mills is the only remaining pupil of Segovia to be performing in public. Internationally renowned for his Segovia like sumptuous sounds, thousands of amateur guitarists in the UK have learned from his guitar tutors. ‘The Archaeus Quartet’ have a 27 year history of appearing at prestige venues such as the Wigmore hall and Purcell Room, and recording the music of interesting often neglected composers such as Leonard Salzedo, York Bowen, Cyril Scott, and Ethel Smyth. If you like the Four Seasons you will love the glorious Vivaldi concerto being played in this concert, and the cheering tunefulness of the Guitar Quintet by Boccherini. Tickets £11.50. 

On Thursday 15 at Westland’s Entertainment Venue at 7.30pm in Yeovil see the Brighton folk and punk band ‘Levellers’ celebrating their 30th anniversary. Emerging victorious through the ups and downs of label deals, spats with the music press and the wear and tear of touring, the Levellers are still going strong. They have long been and still are one of the best live bands around but, often overlooked is their impressive back catalogue of recorded music. Tickets £26.50.

On Friday 16 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre Concerts in the West presents the ‘Marmen Quartet’. Since Marmen’s formation, the quartet’s members – Johannes Marmen and Ricky Gore on violin, Bryony Gibson-Cornish on viola and Steffan Morris on cello – have progressed at a spectacular rate.  As winners of the Bridge Scheme, Marmen are receiving three years of mentoring, financial support, and guidance in every aspect of life as a string quartet, including regular performance opportunities. Evening recital programme includes Mendelssohn String Quartet No 6 in F minor, Op 80; Haydn String in F sharp minor, Op 50, No 4; Ravel String Quartet in F; Mozart String Quartet No 14 in G major, K 387.  Tickets £15.

On Saturday 17 March from 6.45pm at the Caryford Hall in Castle Cary see ‘The Jar Family’. The collective of five singer song writers whose sum of their parts is even more than their individual talents perform a vast array of carefully crafted songs of multiple genre and tempo from industrial folk to indie-rock to create a truly amazing live show.  Tickets £15 from www.wegottickets.com/event/428704

On Saturday 17 March from 7.30pm at The Dance House, North Street, Crewkerne Concerts in the West presents the ‘Marmen Quartet’. Since Marmen’s formation, the quartet’s members – Johannes Marmen and Ricky Gore on violin, Bryony Gibson-Cornish on viola and Steffan Morris on cello – have progressed at a spectacular rate.  As winners of the Bridge Scheme, Marmen are receiving three years of mentoring, financial support, and guidance in every aspect of life as a string quartet, including regular performance opportunities. Evening recital programme includes Mendelssohn String Quartet No 6 in F minor, Op 80; Haydn String in F sharp minor, Op 50, No 4; Ravel String Quartet in F; Mozart String Quartet No 14 in G major, K 387.  Tickets £15.

On Saturday 17 from 7.30pm at St Luke and St Teresa Church in Wincanton Spectra Musica presents ‘Motets, Madrigals and More’.  Another lively concert led by their very talented Musical Director, Peter Leech. The group’s programmes are always a colourful mix of words and music from many eras and styles. Vautor and Bassani were 17th century composers, and Brahms 19th century, Villette, Lloyd Webber and Seiber 20th century, all adding to the evening’s variety. The talented pianist Caroline D’Cruz will also feature in the programme as well as accompanying the group.  Tickets £12 from 01963 350160 or tickets@spectramusica.co.uk

On Saturday 17 from 7.30pm at the Westland’s Entertainment Venue see Ben Portsmouth starring in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute. Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest which took place in Memphis – the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title.  Tickets £22.

On Saturday 17 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see multi award winning Folk musicians Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis. They started performing as a duo at open mics and venues around Brighton, playing original Folk and Blues songs. Fast forward five years, many part time jobs and dingy apartments later, and they have become two of the most well respected and innovative musicians on the UK folk scene, and the main writing partnership behind the hit folk band, ‘Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys’. The duo performs inventive interpretations of tunes and songs in between humorous anecdotes and stories of their misadventures. Tickets £15.

On Sunday 18 March from 3.00pm at Cheap Street Church in Sherborne there is a Wessex Strings Concert with Adrian Brendel and Jacky Siu. Programme includes Vivaldi: concerto for two ‘cellos in G minor, Mendelssohn: String Symphony No 1 and Ireland The Downland Suite. Tickets £9, includes tea, available from the TIC or on the door.  In aid of Sherborne Douzelage Young Musicians.

 

On Friday 23 March from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Blowzabella’ celebrating 40 years. The band members are Andy Cutting on diatonic button accordion, Jo Freya  on vocals, saxophone and clarinet, Paul James on vocals, bagpipes and saxophones, Gregory Jolivet on hurdy gurdy, David Shepherd on violin, Barn Stradling  on bass guitar and Jon Swayne on bagpipes and saxophone. They compose dance music influenced by English and European Folk traditions. Many of their tunes are ‘standards’ in the British/European folk repertoire. Tickets £16. Go along to their dance workshop before their show. (See ‘Other’)

On Friday 23 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘Two Top Tenors’ performed by Simon Spillett, Karen Sharpe and the Dave Newton Trio. Simon and Karen are the two top tenor sax players in the UK, both having featured in the UK jazz awards many times over the last ten years or more.  They have worked together frequently in the past and both have toured widely and have regularly played with top US stars such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski, as well as with the best of all our UK performers.  Together with Dave Newton’s trio, they will create a superb evening’s entertainment. Tickets £18.

On Saturday 24 March from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see multiple award winning group ‘Soul Kinda Wonderful’. formed over a decade ago and capture the essence of a magical time in musical history. Lead vocalist, Richie Sampson, has performed alongside long standing members of The Drifters, such as Ray Lewis, Billy Lewis, Butch Leak and Roy Hemming’s at various times. The band breathes new life in to the classics such as ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’, ‘Up on The Roof’, ‘Kissing In The Back Row of The Movies’ and many more! The group also pay tribute to the great original members such as Clyde McPhatter, Ben E King and Johnny More whose music will always be remembered. Tickets £16.50.

On Thursday 29 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the Mayor of Yeovil has his Charity Concert featuring entertainment by local talented groups and music by Joe Hardy and Berties Big Band. Tickets £10.

On Saturday 31 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘20th Century Boy’. This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, returns to the stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. Featuring some of the greatest rock songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the life story of the legendary Bolan and his band T. Rex. This show exposes some of the myths and takes the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life, cut short by a cruel twist of fate. Tickets £24.50.

Performance

From Monday 19 to Thursday 22 February at the Octagon Theatre at 7.30pm see ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. This side splitting stage adaptation, brought to life by new Community Project, Project Play, is everything you could possibly want it to be. It brings the exacting humour and characters to the stage that viewers have ‘roared’ at through their television sets. Following the untimely death of the Reverend Pottle, Dibley has been appointed a new vicar, though, as she is a babe with a bob-cut and a magnificent bosom, her reception proves to be less than welcoming. From the somewhat inappropriate Owen Newitt to the dithering Jim ‘no-no-no-no’ Trott, the officious Frank Pickle to the culinary challenged Letitia Cropley, all the iconic villagers are portrayed, headed up by the pompous David Horton and his much put-upon son Hugo and then of course there’s Alice Tinker! Tickets £15.

On Thursday 22 February at Westlands Entertainment Venue at 7.30pm see Kristina Rihanoff and Christopher Maloney on their ‘Dance to the Music’ tour.   The new production will showcase every genre of dance, from the roaring twenties to the present day, with plenty of sequins and surprises along the way! The production is the creation of professional dancer and choreographer Kristina, who spent eight years on hit BBC show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. It includes everything from tap and the Charleston to modern Latin and Ballroom. In addition to Christopher’s vocals, Kristina will once again be paired with her former professional dance partner Robin Windsor, who himself starred on ‘Strictly’ for four years. gracing the stage will be Oksana Platero, who partnered Judge Rinder on Series 14 of the BBC show, becoming famous for her jaw-dropping lifts! Oksana’s husband Jonathan is also in the cast, as is top singer-songwriter Beth Sherburn. For more information visit www.dancetothemusictour.com Tickets £48.

On Friday 23 February at 7.30pm at Halstock Village Hall ArtsReach presents Townsend Productions with ‘We Are the Lions Mr Manager’. Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike, was recently named amongst the women as having the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List. Desai brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile, whilst having the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers. Jayaben not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations. Townsend Productions return with an entertaining, engaging portrayal of social history, delivering a serious message in an energetic and comedic manner. Tickets £9, under 18’s £6 available from 01935 891744.

On Saturday 24 at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton from 7.45pm Dennis Pratt and his comedy friends are back – with Phil Alexander, David Arnold, Mat Costin, Fred Ferenczi and Wayne the Weird Over 16’s. Tickets £10.

 

On Tuesday 27 February at 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton ArtsReach presents ‘Tangle – Doctor Faustus’. Faustus is a respected but frustrated scholar. He dreams of knowledge beyond the realm of men – of all things that move beyond the quiet poles, the mysteries of the universe, the secrets of kings; a knowledge that will lead to great power and eternize his legacy. This unquenchable desire for fame drives him to master the dark arts and he summons the demon Mephastophilis. Despite his own doubts and Mephastophilis’ warnings, the fated doctor demands he strike a deal with Lucifer; his soul for twenty-four years of omnipotence. Drunk with his new powers Faustus travels the world gaining unmatched notoriety, the cost of which is infinitely high as the damned hour approaches. Tangle, South West England’s African Caribbean theatre company transpose this renaissance classic to our times. Music and song is interweaved with rousing performances from a trinity of actors in this unique version of Christopher Marlowe’s classic. Tickets £9, under 18’s £6 available from 01258 475137.

On Tuesday 27 at 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil it is TakeArt’s annual Spring Forward Showcase. Bringing together the best and brightest young dancers from across the county to perform on a professional stage. Enjoy a kaleidoscope of styles and choreography including Jazz, Contemporary, Street Dance and Dance Theatre, featuring the nationally acclaimed Somerset Youth Dance Company, along with fantastic, fun and feel good performances from The Octagon Academy groups, local school groups, youth dance companies and Somerset dance schools. Tickets Adults £9, Children £8.

 

On Wednesday 7 March from 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Tangle’s ‘Doctor Faustus’. An unquenchable desire for fame drives the scholar Faustus to learn the magic of the dark arts. He summons the demon Mephastophilis, using him to strike a deal with Lucifer – his soul for 24 years of infinite power. The cost of his worldwide notoriety is infinitely high as the damned hour approaches. The show interweave music and song with electric performances from a trinity of actors in this unique version of their performance at the David Hall on Wednesday 7th from 7.30 pm. Tickets £10.

On Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Saturday 10 March at 7.30pm at the Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall the Norton Pantomime Society presents ‘Hansel and Gretel’. Tickets Adults £5, under 16’s £3 available from the Norton Community Shop. Enquiries on 01935 881718.

On Friday 9 March at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil from 7.30pm the Dance Factory will will showcase their work in a highly entertaining performance of dance styles from ballet through to high energy street dance. ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ offers something for everyone, from children to adults! They will also be joined by other talented dance/performance groups from the area, giving as many opportunities as possible to those who just love to perform. Raising funds for the Yeovil Community Arts Association to support students of dance and the arts. Tickets £16.

On Thursday 22 at the Westland’s Entertainment Venue in Yeovil from 7.30pm go along to ‘The Laughing Boy Comedy Club’ featuring Paul McCaffrey, Angela Barnes and Tom Lucy. The Laughing Boy Comedy Club has helped launch the careers of some of the UK’s finest stand ups today, including Alan Carr, Michael McIntyre, Jon Richardson and Josh Widdicombe. Proud to only book bills that they would pay to see themselves, the promoters of Laughing Boy enjoy mixing a show with well known faces and those fresh faced young guns who go on to be household names. Tickets £10.

On Friday 23 at 7.00pm and Saturday 24 at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at the Charlton Horethorne Village Hall the Youth Theatre celebrates ten years of music, drama, dance and fun and presents ‘The Dracula Rock Show’. Dozens of youngsters from eight to sixteen have had a rip-roaring time over those ten years while making new friends and learning theatre skills.  Several have stayed on into adulthood and now form an important part of the organising team.  Successful grant applications have enabled the purchase of modern stage lighting, demountable staging and projection facilities at the village hall.  This year the group sing and dance their way through the hilarious antics of Vampires, Zombies, incompetent criminals and ineffective police.  A fun script and lively music have made this a number one hit with cast and leaders alike.  Tickets Adults £6, Children £3 available from the Village Shop or on 01963 220333. For more information phone 01963 220640.

On Sunday 25 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Champions of Magic’. The UK’s leading band of mind-blowing illusionists and magicians take to the road for the fifth year running to once again perplex, astound and thrill audiences all over the country. The world class illusionists will be performing incredible feats of mind reading, stunning close up and daring large scale illusions and a death defying, heart stopping finale.  Tickets £26.50.

On Monday 26 at 2.00pm and 6.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see the Easter Pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’. With a star cast, impressive music, energetic dance routines as well as plenty of jokes, slapstick and heaps of audience participation! Enchanted Entertainment’s spellbinding pantomime tells the story of Beauty, who longs for romance and adventure, a bad-mannered Prince who is transformed into a Beast to teach him a lesson and a good Fairy who makes both their dreams come true. Starring comedy legend Bobby Davro as Silly Billy and CBBC’s Tracy Beaker Dani Harmer as Beauty.  Tickets £19.

Films

On Thursday 22 February from 7.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see the film ‘Hampstead’. An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home. Starring James Norton, Brendan Gleeson and Diane Keaton. Tickets £4.

On Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 February at 7.30pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue see the screening of ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police.  Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. Tickets £10.

On Thursday 1 at 2.00pm and Friday 9 March at 7.00pm at Westland’s Entertainment Venue in Yeovil there is a screening of ‘The Post’.  This Steven Spielberg film is about Kay Graham, the first female publisher of The Washington Post who must decide whether to risk her paper and expose a government cover up of Vietnam in the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.  Starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.  Tickets £10.

On Thursday 1 March at 7.00pm at Westland’s Entertainment Venue see the screening of ‘Suffragette’.  Where West Begins celebrates International Women’s Day and 100 years of Women’s Suffrage with a screening of the Sarah Gavron film Suffragette followed by a Power of Women Panel featuring editor of the Western Gazette, Emma Slee and Councillor Sylvia Seal (Lib Dem). Starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham-Carter.  Tickets £10.

On Friday 2 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture show presents ‘The Beguiled’.  The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girl’s school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal. Tickets £5.

On Friday 9 at 2.00pm, Sunday 25 at 6.00pm and Monday 26 March at 7.00pm at Westland’s Entertainment Venue is screening ‘Darkest Hour’.  Gary Oldman spent 200 hours in make up to recreate Churchill in this Joe Wright Working Title film – winning him a Golden Globe for Best Actor.  Starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James. Tickets £10.

On Friday 16 March from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture show will be screening ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. Tickets £5.

On Thursday 22 from 7.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.  Tickets £4.

On Sunday 25 from 3.00pm at the Westland’s Entertainment Venue see ‘Journey’s End’.  Takes you to the front lines of the First World War, where a company of British soldiers awaits a German attack after being effectively abandoned by their commanders.  Starring Sam Clafin. Tickets £10.

On Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 at 2.00pm at Westland’s Entertainment Venue see ‘Early Man’. Set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and cavemen roamed the earth, a young caveman called Dug and his wild boar Hognob unite Dug’s tribe to save their valley home when it is claimed by Lord North and his Bronze Age city.  A British stop-motion animated adventure.  Starring Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams and Tom Hiddleston. Tickets £10.

On Tuesday 27 at 7.00pm and Thursday 29 at 2.00pm at Westland’s Entertainment Venue see ‘The Shape of Water’. A modern-day fairytale set in 1950s America about an unlikely friendship between a mysterious aquatic lab creature and a mute cleaning lady. Starring Sally Hawkins. Tickets £10.

On Thursday 29 at 7.00pm at Westland’s Entertainment Venue are screening Bristol Old Vic’s ‘Messiah (Encore)’.  Award winning and innovative Easter Messiah from The Old Vic, filmed in 2017. Staged by Tom Morris and featuring internationally-renowned soloists Catherine Wyn Rogers and Julia Doyle.  Tickets £14.

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On Wednesday 28 February from 3.00pm to 7.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton Pennard Plants have a Seed Fest and Potato Event.  Refreshments available. Free admission.  For more Potato Days visit www.potato-days.net

On Thursday 1 March from 6.30pm Hauser and Wirth in Bruton continue their Thrifty Thursdays with a talk entitled ‘Ross Aitken, Dawes Twineworks’.   Join Ross Aitken to hear about Dawes Twineworks, in West Cocker, Somerset. He will tell the story of how in 1830 twine was manufactured from flax grown here. The making of twine was a vital part of sail making, and thus this locally resourced and produced material would have sailed the world.  The Twine Works closed in 1968 but has recently been conserved and Heritage Lottery Funding has led to further developments. The twine making process is now set up for visitors to see, and Ross will bring its story to life and make you want to go and experience ‘the walk’! Free event but must be booked.

On Friday 2 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton there is a ‘Boogie Night’s 70’s Disco Party’.  Enjoy a three course retro meal, cocktail on arrival and a live band. Dress code 70’s glad rags or smart casual.  Tickets £29.50.

On Wednesday 7 at 2.00pm and 8.00pm at the Digby Hall in Sherborne the Arts Society host a talk called ‘The Life, Times and Cartoons of Giles’by Barry Venning.  Most famous as a cartoonist and satirist, Carl Giles also served as a war correspondent.  Visitors £5.

On Thursday 15 from 6.30pm another Thrifty Thursday talk, at Hauser and Wirth in Bruton is called ‘Stephen Moss on Naming Birds’. Join Stephen Moss for a special talk on the history of how birds are named and the stories behind them. Stephen is a British Naturalist, Author, and TV Producer, as well as the President of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and a Course Leader in Travel & Nature Writing at Bath Spa University. As an advocated for re-wilding the countryside and a specialist on the Somerset landscape, Moss will share his in-depth ornithological knowledge on the topic of bird naming which will also be referenced in his forthcoming book to be published May 2018. Free event but booking required.

On Saturday 10 March from 3.00pm to 5.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton there is a Guitar Workshop with Clive Carroll. Bring along your guitar and spend a few hours learning from one of the UK’s finest, in a relaxed and informal setting! Clive will demonstrate the material covered and will be open to all guitar related questions. Suitable for adequate beginners to intermediate level. Tickets £15.

On Thursday 15 from 7.30pm the Johnson Studio in the Octagon Theatre hosts ‘An Evening with Artist and Film & Theatre Production Designer Lynda Kettle’. Lynda has 30 years designing sets for many popular television programmes such as Angels, Howards’ Way, Two Point Four Children as well as quiz shows, plays, light entertainment and children’s’ programmes. Find out the secrets behind the scenes. Presented by the Yeovil Community Arts Association. Tickets £6.

On Thursday 22 at 6.30pm at Hauser and Wirth in Bruton the next Thrifty Thursday is ‘Tim Dickens – Back to the Land’. Tim will speak about his experience working with and on the land to support vulnerable children and teenagers, both in central London and in rural South East Wales. He will highlight the rise of other projects in the UK, from care farms to forest schools, which represent an increasing understanding of the therapeutic value of the soil and the land around us in town and country. Tim Dickens is an educator, journalist and grower who believes firmly in the power of the land to grow and to soothe us. Free event but booking required.

On Friday 23 from 6.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton there is a dance workshop for all ages and abilities will be run by the members of ‘Blowzabella’. They will give participants a quick run through the main dances that the band will be playing that evening. It is not about being a great dancer it is just that dancing to dance music is better than just listening to it! Tickets £3.