Art Events in May/June
From now to Monday 28 May from 10.00am to 5.00pm (except Monday 14 and Monday 21) at the Malthouse Gallery at the East Lambrook Manor Gardens there is an exhibition called ‘Landscape – Light and Colour’ featuring paintings of Kate Cochrane and Jason Nosworthy. Both have a love of colour and depict landscapes from Somerset to Tasmania and are mirrored by Margery Fish’s quintessential English cottage garden with its colourful layering of plants. Kate’s paintings are strong, well composed and vibrant with a vision fresh and unburdened by expectations, paying homage to places of immeasurable beauty through colour and abstraction. Tasmania offers deep apricots of coral fern, emeralds and topaz, snow gums and eucalypts plus hazy blue-greys of the Cradle Mountain range – all a delight to the eye. Kate pushes the boundaries of tangible form giving just enough to lure us into her magical world. This is what good art should do: awaken us to seeing the world anew. Jason Nosworthy, an emerging Somerset artist, harnesses his raw energy layering stunning hues of wild colour into organic and visceral canvases. With his training as a Landscape Designer he bridges the gap to unravelling the world around him in paint. His bold use of colour and often semi abstract interpretations, results in intriguing and engaging art. The use of layers and colour throughout in his work heightens the senses and concludes in energetic works of art. Free admission.
From now to Saturday 9 June the Ilminster Arts Centre host their next exhibition ‘A Passion for Print’. Three long standing friends, Valerie Wall, Louise Melikoff and Jenny Worrall who are all artists show their work together for the first time. Enjoy painterly landscapes, flower studies and other subjects that are suffused with colour and texture, with a selection of hand-painted and decorated items for the home.
From now until Sunday 9 September see the Hauser and Wirth in Bruton exhibition ‘Lexander Calder – From the Stony River to the Sky’. Calder was one of the most influential and pioneering artists of the twentieth century, transforming the very nature of sculpture by introducing the fourth dimension and the actuality of real-time experience into his work. Known primarily for his invention of the mobile, Calder created a prolific oeuvre that extended to wire sculpture, carved figures, stabiles, standing mobiles, oil paintings, works on paper, jewellery, furniture and domestic objects, and monumental public commissions across the globe. The exhibition includes over 80 pieces, including large scale outdoor works. Occupying two galleries within the exhibition is an extraordinary selection of the artist’s handcrafted domestic objects borrowed from the Calders’ Roxbury home, including a chess set, chairs, a coffee table, and a lamp, among a multitude of other ingenious yet functional devices. This will be the first time many of these objects have ever been on public view, not only offering insight into the artist’s life but also revealing the integration of his artistic practice. Among the most recognizable of the artist’s works in the exhibition are the mobiles, stabiles, and standing mobiles, as well as oil paintings from the 1940s and 1950s.
From Saturday 26 May to Sunday 10 June at Bishops Caundle Village Hall from 10.00am to 4.00pm the Blackmore Vale Branch of the Embroiderers Guild host their Dorset Arts exhibition. A colourful and vibrant exhibition with a variety of panels, demonstrations, hangings and 3D items with many for sale. Pieces demonstrate traditional and contemporary techniques. Refreshments available. Free entry.
From Saturday 26 May to Saturday 16 June from 10.00am to 5.00pm Ace Arts in Somerton have an exhibition called ‘The Transformed Land’ by Paul Newman. This collects work from various artists who are interested in place. Some frequently return to the same place, others are visitors, some are residents, and some are creators of imagined places. For more information phone 01458 273008.
From Tuesday 29 May to Saturday 2 June from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Parish Rooms in Somerton there is an Art and Photography Exhibition. Go along and vote for your favourite pieces and maybe purchase yourself a gift, or make a loved one smile by sending them a lovely handmade card. For more information or if you wish to enter your own work phone 07807 484083.
From Tuesday 5 June until Sunday 22 July at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Gardens travelling watercolour artist, Moish Sokal, brings an exciting collection of work from his trips for his latest exhibition ‘In The Open’. On his much dreamed of trip to New Zealand, Sokal’s first port of call was to Christchurch a city in transition, coping creatively with the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes seven years ago. However, the real magic lay in McKenzie country, further south in the expansive high ground from which the scenic peaks of Mt Cook National Park rise. The first of the three glacial lakes Lake Tekapo, a vast jewel of totally surreal colours, was just an introduction. Sokal headed onwards to the largest of the three Alpine lakes, Lake Pukaki. He went on a helicopter safari tour the next day, where awe-inspiring views of Mt Cook National Parks’ peaks, fringed by the narrow strip of west coastal rainforest and the Tasman sea fading into the horizon lay beneath. The next destination was the tucked away Catlins on the south western coast. An enchanting region of native forests, lonely lighthouses and empty beaches. Next was a visit to Fiordland National Park which is New Zealand’s’ largest and most impenetrable wilderness, a jagged mountainous, densely forested landmass with deeply recessed sounds (fiords). Sokal set off to explore Doubtful Sound, one of the largest and most remote fiord, starting by boat trip across lake Manapouri. He headed north towards the towns of Queenstown and Wanaka a region studded with a cinematic background of mountains and lakes. Aspiring national park verdant valleys, alpine meadows, unspoiled rivers, craggy mountains, and many glaciers provided the perfect backdrop… Sokal crossed over to the west coast, a narrow strip of dense rainforest jammed between the southern alps and the Tasman sea. The excitement of this outdoor adventure, discovering new landscapes to paint in a new fresh style and palette is what this forthcoming exhibition is all about. Alongside these exotic paintings from New Zealand, Sokal will also show work he painted following his first ever visit to the Lake District last May and to Scotland when exploring the romantic west coast, as well as other subjects he discovered whilst exploring his beloved Somerset. For more information about the artist and exhibition visit www.moishsokal.co.uk or phone 07812 837825. Open daily 10.00am to 5.00pm, Closed Mondays. Free entry.
From Monday 11 until Friday 29 June at Ilminster Arts Centre see the next exhibition ‘Hot Stuff’ showcasing three Somerset artists. Hot from the imagination, hot from hot climates, hot sometimes in colour, the work of these three artists resonates with what is seen and what might be impossible to see. All three relate to the visual world, showing us what it is that excites them in the figures, objects and dreams they choose to depict.
From Saturday 16 June to Wednesday 4 July from 9.30am to 5.00pm Jerram Gallery in Sherborne have an ‘Exhibition of New Sculpture by Mark Coreth.
From Saturday 23 June to Saturday 21 July ACE Arts in Somerton hosts their next exhibition called ‘Matter of Identity’ by Pip Woolf. Drawings and installations exploring dementia and identity – mine, yours, ours.
On Saturday 26 May from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Jive Aces’. Renowned worldwide for their high energy spectacular showmanship, their viral video ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ and for being the first live band to reach the final rounds of Britain’s Got Talent, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves the as the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band. The live show includes classics like ‘When You’re Smiling’, ‘Mack The Knife’ and ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, plus originals such as ‘La Dolce Vita’ taken from their various albums. The in demand sextet average 300 shows a year and have worked with Van Morrison, Keely Smith and performed for HM the Queen. Tickets £16.
On Saturday 26 at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil from 7.30pm grab your platforms and flares for a journey back in time to when ABBA dominated the charts and ruled the airwaves! ‘Thank ABBA For The Music’ is a two hour theatre spectacular that captures all of the magic and excitement of one of pop history’s most successful and entertaining live bands. Featuring all of ABBA’s greatest hits, including ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Take A Chance On Me’, ‘Super Trouper’ and many more. With stunning costumes, a seven piece live band, interactive video projection, some tongue-in-cheek Swedish humour, and of course ABBA’s spectacular trademark harmonies. Tickets £24.50.
On Sunday 27 from 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘Calan’. This international award winning band from Wales are back on the road with their infectious rhythms and high energy routines to celebrate the release of their latest album – ‘Solomon’. They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes and a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer. Calan provide a fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief, along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies. Tickets £18.
On Friday 1 June from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘The Jubilee String Quartet’. They were first prize winners of the Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition 2010 and the St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition 2013. In 2012 the quartet were finalists in the Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition, Weimar, and in 2013 and 2015, in the Royal Over-Seas League. Tickets £15.
On Saturday 2 from 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre Concerts in the West presents ‘Jubilee String Quartet’. Comprising Tereza Privatska and Julia Loucks on violin, Lorena Cantó Woltèche on viola and Toby White on cello. The quartet was formed in 2006 at the Royal Academy of Music, where from 2012-2013 the group held a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship. Jubilee also held the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance from 2013-2014. Evening programme includes Haydn String Quartet In C, Op 54 No 2, Beethoven String Quartet, Op 18 No.1, Schubert String Quartet No 14 In D Minor (Death And The Maiden). Tickets £15.
On Friday 8 from 8.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton spend an evening with the music of the guitar and violin virtuosi Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Expect to be flown back in time to the dance halls of the 1940’s with this homage to the Quintet of the hot club of France. This really was the “Swing” era, full of irresistible rhythms and all the musical indulgence there was to offer. Ben on violin and vocals and Stuart on gypsy guitar) have toured together extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the USA over the last 8 years. Previously they made up half of the highly acclaimed band ‘Gypsy Fire” and now are focusing their creative juices on this project. Tickets £12.
On Friday 8 at the Ilminster Arts Centre from 8.00pm Dave Moorwood will be performing with the ‘Big Bear Stompers’. ‘The Big Bear Stompers’ are the flag wavers of American West Coast traditional jazz exemplified by Lu Watters and Turk Murphy in the San Francisco area in the 1940’s. The band was founded by Dave Moorwood and trumpeter Clive Whitlock in 1989 and has been blowing up a storm ever since. Tickets £20.
On Saturday 9 June from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘The Travelling Band’ at the Chance to Dance event. Focused around the song-writing talents and production skills of Jo Dudderidge and Adam Gorman, and the rhythmic driving force of enigmatic drummer Nick Vaal, The Travelling Band have been quietly honing what Marc Riley described as ‘Mancunian Americana’. The resulting album mines a rich seam of influences, highlighting the band’s love of American Indie Rock, but still with that Mancunian twist. Tickets £16, under 25’s £5.
On Sunday 10 from 7.30pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil Les Musicals presents the biggest hit songs from the West End and Broadway in an exhilarating live concert tour. Musical Theatre’s leading men and X Factor stars; Jonathan Ansell who was the G4 frontman and Rhydian Roberts join forces for the first time ever to create a dramatic and spine tingling concert. This vocally dynamic evening showcases the smash hit songs from the greatest musicals of all time, brought to you by two of the world’s finest voices. Tickets £24.
On Wednesday 13 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre see ‘Faustus’. The band includes 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 Thursday 14 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre see ‘The Tina Turner Experience’. This fully live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the world’s iconic performers. Full of hits like ‘Private Dancer’, ‘Nutbush City Limits’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘River Deep Mountain High’ and ‘Let’s Stay Together’ plus more. The concert style show features a seven piece band making this the only completely live touring tribute to this multi-award-winning legend. Tickets £23.
On Friday 15 June from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Ange Hardy. Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the Traditional Folk music world (a feat which saw her nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winning four consecutive FATEA awards) by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel. Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a 27-string Salvi Harp, a bag of low whistles, a 16″ floor drum, a tambourine and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies, she is one of the most diverse, entertaining and spellbinding solo artists you are likely to encounter. Tickets £14.
On Friday 15 from 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘The Curfew Band’. As well as three part harmony, their music includes guitar, slide guitar, dobro guitar, blues harmonica, blues/boogie piano, bass, and sometimes mandolin and violin. They will be performing with ‘The Gaulois Brothers’ who have been described as a swinging, jazz guitar party. Tickets £15.
On Friday 15 from 8.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Barrelhouse Blues Band’. It is 10 years since Paul Hart, who started the Barrelhouse Orchestra back in 2003 died, so they are remembering him and the musical impact he had on the town. Since his passing the group has kept his passion alive with a changing line up of highly regarded musicians. Tickets £20.
On Sunday 17 June from 3.00pm at Cheap Street Church in Sherborne the Wessex Strings have a concert. Programme includes Teleman Don Quixote overture, Vivaldi, cello concerto in C major, Sammartini recorder concerto in F major, Haydn cello concerto in C major 1st movement, Mozart Divertimento K137, Elgar Chanson de Matin and Chanson de Nuit. Tickets £9, includes tea, available from Sherborne TIC or £10 on the door.
On Sunday 17 from 3.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Glenn Miller Orchestra’. They transport you back to the heady days and music of the 1940’s – with the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders and the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter. Tickets £22.50.
On Thursday 21 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil ‘That’ll Be The Day’ returns. Highly acclaimed for its stunning live entertainment value, they are 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. Tickets £25.
On Friday 22 June from 8.00pm at the Exchange see Nick Heyward. Nick is a British singer songwriter and musician. He started his music career in 1980, as a member of ‘Haircut 100’, a band who burnt briefly and brightly as the ultimate group of friends who hit the big time within a year of getting together and releasing music. Tickets £22.
On Friday 22 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see Renato D’Aiello. Renato’s treatment of jazz standards and originals have become regarded as one of the strongest and most beautiful saxophone sounds around the jazz world. He has travelled and recorded widely, but he has not been to Ilminster before, so is the first opportunity for us to hear him and we can be sure we’ll not be disappointed. He is here with his own trio over here from Italy and will be focussing on the smoother side of jazz. Tickets £15.
On Saturday 23 from 7.30pm at the Westlands Entertainment Venue see Jane Macdonald. Since starring in ‘The Cruise’ 20 years ago Jane has appeared as Grizabella in ‘Cats’ and in many TV shows such as ‘Loose Women’, ‘Star for a Night’ and ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’. As a singer Jane has released platinum selling albums and toured with her own show, each year better than the last and this year is no exception. A phenomenal singer with her stunning band and knock out production will bring audiences to their feet on this evening of music and laughter. Tickets £34.
On Thursday 28 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil D’Arrietta and his band are taking My Leonard Cohen on a tour of the country. Tickets £23.
On Friday 29 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the ‘UK Pink Floyd Experience’ will again recreate the sights and sounds of the legendary Pink Floyd in concert. For 2018 this highly authentic show will include both iconic Pink Floyd albums ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ and ‘Animals’ played in their entirety. Of course no Pink Floyd show would be complete without other seminal Floyd songs like ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’. A great evening with over two and a half hours of Pink Floyd songs with new video projections and an even bigger light show. Tickets £21.
On Saturday 30 at 2.00pm and 7.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil The Dance Factory will perform their annual dance school show. They will showcase their amazing, young talented dancers in an action-packed dance show featuring a variety of dance styles from classical ballet to street dance, jazz to contemporary. Children from as young as two to eighteen years old will take to the stage to shine like the stars they are. Tickets £16.
On Saturday 30 at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton at 7.30pm see ‘Northern Soul’ – a soul and motown party with the Edwin Starr band as special guests. Tickets £20.
From Thursday 31 May to Thursday 2 June at 2.00pm and 7.00pm the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil presents ‘Peter Pan – The Musical’ with Castaway Theatre Group. This version of the musical was made in 1995 for the West End production. This version of the musical was made in 1995 for the West End production and Tour. It has a delightful score which adds charm to the original classic and endear the theatrical fantasy to both old and new audiences. Tickets £14.
On Sunday 3 June from 2.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see the Ballet Theatre interpretation of ‘The Little Mermaid’. This dramatic re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s all time favourite story. Tickets £18.50.
On Tuesday 5 from 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton British Old Vic Theatre School presents ‘The Mill on the Floss’. Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom and is desperate to win the approval of her parents, but her passionate, wayward nature and her fierce intelligence bring her into constant conflict with her family. With its poignant portrayal of sibling relationships, The Mill on the Floss is considered George Eliot’s most autobiographical novel and here, the adaptation by Helen Edmundson loses none of its breadth, whilst beautifully examining the complex nature of relationships and love. Tickets £15.
From Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the Beatnik Theatre Company presents the hilarious laugh out loud hit musical ‘Avenue Q’. Princeton, a recent college grad, moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q, a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned. This is not your ordinary neighbourhood and together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Tickets £18.
On Tuesday 12 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see David Baddiel takes his Olivier-nominated on tour. Tickets £26.50.
On Thursday 14 from 8.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton Living Spit are back with their unique spin on ‘The Three Little Pigs’ told in rhyme and song. With puns, lupine laughs and more rural rumbunctiousness than you can shake a stick at, this promises to be a grown up fairy tale you will never forget. Tickets £11.
On Saturday 16 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see annual showcase ‘ShiNE’. Drama and dance groups along with The Octagon Choir will perform for you in 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 £14.50.
On Tuesday 19 June from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil the London Studio Centre’s Jazz Dance Company returns with a show stopping mixed bill of Jazz Dance ranging from the sensuality and lyricism of contemporary jazz to hip hop, tap and the magic of music theatre. The Jazz Dance Company’s fantastic young talent and high energy performance combined with choreography by leading choreographers from stage and screen results in a theatrical extravaganza for families and dance fans alike. Tickets £14.
On Wednesday 20 from 6.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Glastonbury Comes to Preston’. Students from Preston School take to the stage once again, this time inspired by our local love of festivals. Using song, dance, gymnastics and much more to transport you to our own festival style show, will be a sight to be seen. Tickets £5.
From Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 from 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Combined Arts Society Drama Group presents ‘Woman in Mind’ by Alan Ayckbourn. An amateur performance by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. One of Ayckbourn’s finest black comedies, where a woman conjures up a fantasy family to replace her own dysfunctional relatives, but begins to lose control. Tickets £8.
On Monday 25 from 7.30pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see Giovanni Pernice – Born to Win. Joining Giovanni Luba Mushtuk, dancer and assistant choreographer on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, as his gorgeous leading lady, along with ‘Dance with the Stars Ireland’ professionals Giulia Dotta, Kai Widdrington, Emily Barker, and Curtis Pritchard. The show also welcomes the fantastic Stephen Vincent and Kylee Brown from the international ‘Burn the Floor’ tour. Get ready for glitzy costumes and spectacular routines to dances like the Paso Doble, the Argentine Tango, the Rumba, the Viennese Waltz, and not forgetting the Jive, to name just a few! Choreographed by ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s’ creative director, Jason Gilkison, and produces by Strictly Theatre Co. Tickets £27 to £50.
On Monday 25 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see comedian Kevin Bridges as he tries out material ahead of his forthcoming UK and Ireland Tour. Tickets £18.50.
On Thursday 24 May from 7.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Finding Your Feet’. British romantic comedy about a middle-class snob on the eve of retirement who takes refuge with her bohemian sister after she discovers her husband is having an affair with her best friend. Starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and Joanna Lumley. Tickets £4.
On Friday 25 at 7.00pm and Monday 28 at 3.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see ‘Ready Player One’. The story of Wade Watts, a young man whose life is going nowhere. Except for when he ventures into the OASIS, an incredible virtual reality universe. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind an Easter egg somewhere in his virtual reality. Whoever finds it will inherit half a trillion dollars and control of the OASIS itself. And just like that, Wade becomes caught up in a war for control of the virtual universe. Tickets £10.
On Friday 25 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘The Death of Stalin’. Follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death. Starring Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale and Jeffery Tambor. Tickets £5.
On Friday 1 June from 3.00pm the Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil will be screening ‘Isle of Dogs’. 20 years in the future, an outbreak of dog flu in Japan causes Mayor Kobayashi to banish all dogs to a rubbish dump called Trash Island: the Isle Of Dogs. Desperate to bring his missing pet back home, Atari hijacks a plane and ventures forth on a perilous mission to the island. Teaming up with a pack of other exiled dogs, he searches for his old friend on an adventure that will decide the future of the country. Starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton and Bill Murray. Tickets £10.
On Friday 1 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘Loving Vincent’. In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. Starring Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn and Robert Gulacyk. Tickets £5.
On Friday 1 and Monday 4 at 7.00pm the Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil is screening ‘Thoroughbreds’. Childhood friends Lily and Amanda reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished, upper-class teenager, with a fancy boarding school on her transcript and a coveted internship on her resume. Amanda has developed a sharp wit and her own particular attitude, but all in the process of becoming a social outcast. Though they initially seem completely at odds, the pair bond over Lily’s contempt for her oppressive stepfather, Mark, and as their friendship grows, they begin to bring out one another’s most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler, Tim, and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight. Tickets £10.
On Thursday 7 from 7.00pm at the Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see a screening of ‘Lose in Vagueness’ with a Q&A with the director, Sofia Olins. The film of Roy Gurvitz, who invented the Lost Vagueness area at Glastonbury and who, as Michael Eavis says, reinvigorated the festival. It is a story of the dark, self-destructive side of creative talent and the personal trauma behind it. Anti-hero, Roy, and Glastonbury founder, Michael, became friends in the early 1990s. Through their story, we retrace Britain’s sub-culture history, to see how a band of troublesome new age travellers came together to create Lost Vagueness. It was a place of opulence and decadence, and reminiscent of a permissive 1920s Berlin, but all in a muddy field. As an anarchic, punk traveller, Roy scoured Europe searching for a community where he could escape his oppressive upbringing. But Glastonbury brought him back each year, to work as one of the regular site crew. Back then, he had no idea that the ironic faux casino he had begun as a joke for the other site crew, would turn into the very event that would revive the festival from cultural bankruptcy, and, set the dominant cultural style of the noughties. Featuring Fatboy Slim, Suggs, Keith Allen and Kate Tempest. Tickets £10.
On Friday 8 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’. A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady. Starring Jamie Bell, Annette Bening and Julie Walters. Tickets £5.
On Tuesday 12 June at 3.00pm and 7.00pm the Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil is screening ‘Journeyman’. Middleweight boxing world champion Matty Burton is nearing the end of his career. With one final prize fight ahead of him, he prepares to take on cocky newcomer Andre Bryte. But hours after the epic battle is fought, Matty collapses and falls into a coma. When he regains consciousness, his memory is gone, his personality dramatically altered and his physical movements impaired. As his relationship with wife Emma becomes increasingly strained, Matty must attempt to piece his life together and claw back the things he once held so dearly. What begins as a testosterone fuelled ringside spectacle effortlessly shifts to an intimate character study. Starring Jodie Whittaker and Paddy Considine. Tickets £10.
On Wednesday 13 from 7.30pm at Digby Hall in Sherborne ArtsLink Flicks presents ‘Darkest Hour’. Not so much a period war movie as a high octane political thriller set in the early stages of WWII. A film skilfully woven out of familiar historical events. Tickets £6 available from Sherborne TIC on 01935 815341. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)
On Thursday 14 from 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see a screening of ‘I Claude Monet: Exhibition on Screen’. Told through Monet’s own words and shot on location at the very spots he painted, the film features his most loved paintings in an unforgettable, immersive art experience. Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. However, as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his Giverny garden, his humour, insight and love of life are revealed. Tickets £14.
On Monday 18 at 7.00pm and Tuesday 19 at 3.00pm see screenings of ‘On Chesil Beach’ at the Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil. Britain, 1962. Florence Ponting and Edward Mayhew are university graduates who come from different ends of the social spectrum, but are deeply in love with one another. Florence is a talented classical musician from a wealthy family with grand ambitions, while Edward too is a brilliant student with a first-class degree, albeit from a more modest background. Like so many couples of their era, the pair decide to marry young and their wedding is planned. But, as the two virgins go to consummate their relationship, it becomes clear that they have very different feelings about sex. Florence is haunted by a past experience and in turn dreading the experience, whereas Edward is both excited and nervous to finally carry out an act he has dreamed of for so long. The results are disastrous and immediately puts a barrier between the newlyweds, who are forced to recall past memories during their stay on Chesil Beach. But, as the decades roll by, it seems that some things are irreparable. Starring Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle. Adapted from the 2007 Booker Prize shortlisted novel of the same name by Ian McEwan. This is a deeply sad but moving account of a couple in love at a time of sexual oppression. Tickets £10.
On Tuesday 19 at 7.00pm at the Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see a screening of ‘You Were Never Really Here’. This film follows a brutal enforcer named Joe as he sets out to rescue a teenage girl – an ambitious politician’s daughter – from human traffickers. Joe is well known in his underground world for his efficiency, ruthlessness and ability to leave no trace behind of what he’s done. And as he attempts to bring the girl home, an overwhelming storm of violence begins to brew. Tickets £10.
On Thursday 28 from 7.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Darkest Hour’. A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history. Tickets £4.
On Friday 29 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘Paddington 2’. Starring Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and Hugh Bonneville. Tickets £5.
On Monday 28 May at 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see a screening of ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’. Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College – a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right. Based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 classic children’s book ‘The Little Broomstick’. An action packed film full of jaw dropping imaginative worlds, ingenious characters, and the and the stirring, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to find a place in the world. Tickets £10, Children £5.
On Friday 15 June at 2.00pm, 4.00pm and 6.00pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil Northern Ballet’s hugely popular ‘Ugly Duckling’ returns to the stage for the first time since 2013. Ugly Duckling is lonely and fed-up, ignored by those around her who think she is too ugly to fit in. She tries to make friends with fellow ducklings as well as with frogs, cats and even a fox, but realising she is not like any of these animals, she is left sad and alone. Follow the duckling on her journey as she overcomes her troubles and realises that she was beautiful all along. Tickets £6.
From Friday 22 to Sunday 24 at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil at various times each day see ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a plan of her own! Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this hit musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. Direct from the West End with live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs! Tickets £13.
From Saturday 26 May to Sunday 10 June it Dorset Arts Week with many events taking place in various areas. This is one of the largest Open Studio events in the country bringing artists and visitors together in a way that is different from entering a public gallery. It is about engagement between people as well as art. At almost all venues the artists, designers and makers will be there to help you engage with the work and talk about the materials, skills and traditions. For more information visit www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk
On Wednesday 6 June at 2.00pm and 8.00pm at the Digby Hall in Sherborne the Arts Society has a talk called ‘The Splendour of Hampton Court’ by Linda Collins. The lecture covers both Henry VIII’s palace and the later work by Sir Christopher Wren for William and Mary. It also includes the fire of 1986 and the restoration of the state apartments. Visitors £5.
On Friday 8 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at ACE Arts in Somerton go along to ‘The Transformed Land’ Curator Q&A. Paul Newman and featured artists will be taking questions. Entry £5. Include refreshments.
On Thursday 14 from 7.30pm at the Johnson Studio at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil YCAA presents ‘An Evening with Popular Photographer Len Copland’. For over 30 years, Len Copland has been photographing the people and places of Somerset and Dorset. As passionate about our community today as when he took on his first press assignment, Len is about to launch a 12 month project to record life in Yeovil. Time has brought change, but Len’s work reminds us that the town is still a great place to live and work. A firm believer that people make a community, come along to hear how Len’s career began, his mistakes, his ambitions and, above all, why he loves his adopted town. Bar and nibbles. Tickets £6.
On Thursday 21 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see Mark Beaumont. Mark has become a household name through his documentaries about ultra endurance and adventure. Having smashed the circumnavigation cycling world record twice in his career, he now holds this 18,000 mile title in a time of 78 days and 14 hours, averaging 240 miles a day. Mark’s epic documentaries have taken viewers to over 100 countries, into the Arctic, the high mountains and around the Commonwealth, also surviving capsizing in the Atlantic. Tickets £17.50.
On Wednesday 27 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘An Evening with Dan Snow’. Featuring the well known historian and TV presenter recount anecdotes of memorable experiences from his very successful career as an historian and broadcaster. Otherwise known as ‘The History Guy Dan’ will also research and include historical facts and stories relating to the specific area/town of each theatre on the tour and will be aided by the use of digital screens. Tickets £26.