Art Events in April/May
From now until Saturday 19 May there is a new exhibition on display at Yeovil Hospital outpatient department called ‘Fruits of the Imagination’ with works machine and hand embroidery by local textile artist and teacher Rebecca Bruton. Exotic passion fruit, delicious pineapple and vibrant red onions are amongst the carefully stitched fruits and vegetables that will be decorating the corridors. Rebecca has spent hours carefully producing these framed images using applique – a process of applying fabrics to one another using her collection of vintage and retro printed textiles. She then adds in detail through free motion embroidery, a technique that allows her the freedom to ‘paint’ with her sewing machine. All the pictures in the exhibition are for sale, either as originals or prints, with a percentage of the sales being donated to Yeovil Hospital Charity.
From now to Saturday 19 May from 10.00am to 5.00pm at Ace Arts in Somerton there is an exhibition called ‘Weather Report’ by Deborah Westmancoat. Paintings attempting to understand landscape and our place within it. Site and weather specific waters are collected and combined with pigment to record the energy, poetry and mystery of bodies of water held within the land.
From Monday 30 April to Saturday 19 May at the Ilminster Arts Centre have a exhibition called ‘Quiet’ – a selection of paintings and drawings by Lawrence Nash RWA. Less is more in this exhibition of paintings and drawings that take their inspiration from minimalism. Lawrence is an Academician at the Royal West of England Academy, whose work will be familiar to visitors of the Arts Centre, as he has shown here for a number of years in the Open Exhibition. The exhibits will include ‘Ref 1001’, a coloured pencil on paper work that Lawrence donated to the RWA’s collection on becoming an Academician. Please note that on the final day of the exhibition the gallery will close at 12 noon.
From Saturday 5 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 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 Monday 21 May 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.
On Thursday 26 April from 7.30pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see Gilbert O’Sullivan and his band. Enjoy every facet of his history in this new live show, including classics such as ‘Alone Again Naturally’, ‘Nothing Rhymed’, ‘Clair Matrimony’ and ‘Get Down’ as well as songs from the forthcoming album. Tickets £30.50.
On Friday 27 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Material Girl’ celebrating songs from Madonna. With incredible vocals, amazing dancers, video footage and narration, audiences are taken on a journey through the scandals, the controversy and of course the music of one of the world’s most iconic figures. Told through the eyes of leading lady, Jodie Jackson, audiences will hear stories and little known facts about Madonna as the show follows her career and music through her 35 years at the top. Featuring hits such as ‘Like A Virgin’, ‘Papa Don’t Preach’, ‘Vogue’, ‘Crazy for You’, ‘Into The Groove’, ‘Like A Prayer’, ‘Express Yourself’ and many more. Tickets £22.
On Friday 27 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre enjoy soul, jazz and funk music at ‘Kick Ass Brass’ with Jaqui Hicks and band. Playing timeless classics such as ‘Move On Up’, ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘Mr Pitiful’ and more. Tickets £22.
On Saturday 28 at the Octagon There from 7.30pm in Yeovil see ‘Heatwave’ and ‘The Odyssey’. Return to the glory days of disco, funk and soul with real dance music legends and enjoy a sensational evening of non stop, dancefloor anthems including ‘Boogie Nights’, ‘Going Back to My Roots’ and ‘Use It Up Wear It Out’. Tickets £26.50.
On Saturday 28 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see the ‘Budapest Cafe Orchestra’. Hugely entertaining, and demonstrating immense skill and profound musicianship, BCO have won acclaim from fans, fellow musicians and critics alike for their electrifying and entertaining shows. Led by Jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick, the Budapest Café Orchestra plays Folk and gypsy flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, mournful Klezmer melodies, raucous Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czadas. Tickets £17.
On Wednesday 2 May from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil enjoy ‘Rumours of Fleetwood Mac’, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac who are returning to the stage with a brand new show celebrating 40 years of Fleetwood Mac. Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, ‘Rumours of Fleetwood Mac’ is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups. Tickets £24.50.
On Thursday 3 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Some Guys Have All the Luck’. A
fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart. Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and performer right down to the last detail – from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time. Tickets £21.
On Friday 4 from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Rolling Stones Story’. Featuring all their classic hits, ‘The Rolling Stones Story’ is a high energy concert celebrating the music of the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band complete with a great production, the finest musicians and the world’s No. 1 Mick Jagger lookalike, Paul Ashworth. Tickets £21.
On Friday 4 at the Ilminster Arts Centre at 8.00pm see the ‘Ceruleo Ensemble’ with their show ‘Burying the Dead’. This provides an exciting glimpse into life in Restoration London, through the deathbed testimony of Henry Purcell, written by scriptwriter Clare Norburn. Comprising two sopranos, Emily Owen and Jenni Harper, Stoke Doi-Luck on harpsichord, Kate Conway on cello and viol, Toby Carr on guitar and lute and actor Gerald Kyd, ‘Ceruleo’ tell stories through a captivating blend of words and music. Their concerts do not feature lengthy programme notes and translations and are therefore extremely user friendly. Tickets £15.
On Saturday 5 from 7.30pm at The Dance House in Crewkerne see the ‘Ceruleo Ensemble’ with their show ‘Burying the Dead’. Written by scriptwriter Clare Norburn, Burying the Dead is much more than just a concert. It uses a powerful combination of different instruments and voices to bring composer Henry Purcell’s Restoration London to life vividly with performances that are both dramatic and innovative. Comprising two sopranos, Emily Owen and Jenni Harper, Stoke Doi-Luck on harpsichord, Kate Conway on cello and viol, Toby Carr on guitar and lute and actor Gerald Kyd, ‘Ceruleo’ tell stories through a captivating blend of words and music. Tickets £15.
On Sunday 6 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘Let’s Hang On’ – the first and longest running tribute to the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Discover how four New Jersey boys from the wrong side of the tracks invented their own sound and sold over 175 million records before they turned 30! This critically acclaimed Theatre production takes you on a musical journey through the prolific career of ‘Rock n Roll Hall Of Famers’ and still one of the most successful bands in pop history Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Tickets £24.
On Saturday 6 at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton from 7.30pm see ‘Cilla and the Shades of the 60’s’. This stunning and elegant review of the life of Cilla Black soars its way through the 60s. They follow the life and career of the iconic Cilla Black while their stories reflect on some of the biggest 60s stars. They swing through the hits including ‘You’re My World’ and ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’, ‘I Only Want to be With You’ and ‘River Deep Mountain High’. Featuring brand new arrangements of music from artists including the Beatles and Dusty Springfield. An unforgettable show that journeys its way through Cilla’s life and brings audiences to their feet in celebration. Tickets £19.
On Friday 11 May at 8.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Nat King Cole Story’. The brand new concert from acclaimed jazz vocalist, Atila, celebrating one of the defining voices of the 20th century Nat ‘King’ Cole. Featuring world-class live music from Atila and his stellar group of musicians, narration and projected archive images, this is a unique concert celebrating his music. This thoughtful and entertaining new show takes a fresh look at the life and work of the timeless Nat King Cole whose vocal styling in songs such as Nature Boy, Unforgettable and When I Fall in Love defined a golden era of music and earned him a place in the history of American music as one of the most iconic vocalists of all time. . Ticket £16.
On Friday 11 at the Ilminster Arts Centre at 8.00pm see ‘Flying Folk’ where Jemima Farey introduces three local acts. Tickets £10.
On Friday 11 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Mad Dog Mcrea at a Chance to Dance event. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk, rock, pop, gypsy jazz and bluegrass. From self penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Tickets £16.
On Friday 18 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see Mike Denham’s speakeasy session with Trevor Whiting, one of the best known clarinet and saxophone players in the UK. Trevor has featured with the Chris Barber band for many years. With Mike he will be playing a mix of tunes and styles which we will recognise as typical of these easy going sessions which we have been running over the last ten years, together with the usual anecdotes and repartee. Tickets £14.
On Friday 18 from 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see Chris White and Julie Matthews. Both multi-instrumentalists, Julie plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion while Chris plays guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer and percussion. Their musical careers have produced many successful solo albums and a variety of projects away from the duo, including the Christmas band St Agnes Fountain and Daphne’s Flight. Tickets £15.
On Saturday 19 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Best of Wham’. A fantastic new show featuring the best of George, Andrew, Pepsi and Shirlie with Sens. In four short years WHAM! sold more than 28 million records, topping the charts with three albums, four number one singles and eleven top ten hits. They featured in the Live Aid concert of 1985 and were the first western pop group to ever tour in China. Their impact and influence on the 80s era and music today really cannot be over emphasised. Tickets £25.
On Thursday 22 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘The Michael Jackson History Show’. Showtime Australia presents a spectacular music tribute and full scale stage production honouring the one and only King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Includes performances spanning his early days as a member of the Jackson 5, his groundbreaking theatrics in the 80s and his continued domination of Pop culture into the 21st century. Songs include ‘Thriller’, ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Smooth Criminal’, Beat It’, ‘Human Nature’ and many more. Tickets £22.50.
On Wednesday 23 at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil from 7.30pm the CCS London Handel Players will be performing works by Telemann, Vivaldi and Bach. Tickets £20.
On Friday 25 May from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see Joe McElderry. After releasing his 5th album, Saturday Night at the Movies with a successful tour in the summer 2017 and with numerous appearances at The London Palladium, Joe is now embarking on his own concert tour. Joe is excited to bring this all new show to you with his easy wit and charm that has endeared him to all ages from 5 to 95. Tickets £26.
On Friday 25 at the Ilminster Arts Centre from 8.00pm see the ‘Neil Maya Quartet’ featuring Matt Carter on the piano performing an evening of jazz alto sax and piano trio. Dave Brubeck was probably the best known name in jazz between 1958 and 1961 through two or three hits which made it into the pop charts. This was a very rare jazz achievement, Humph’s being the only other, with ‘Bad penny blues’. ‘Take 5’, ‘Blue Rondo’, ‘Raggy Waltz’ and ‘Unsquare Dance’ were his most memorable tunes. Neil Maya on alto will be playing the role of Paul Desmond, Matt Carter is at the piano will be emulating Dave Brubeck’s wonderfully distinctive style. Matt is only in his early twenties but has already made a huge impression in the jazz world. Tickets £14.
On Saturday 26 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 27 April at the Gillingham School Main Hall from 7.30pm see ‘Promise of Departure’. This dance show looks at how vulnerability and strength come to play in the relationships we have, and the struggles we are forced to overcome. It explores the promise of connection and the departure from our comfort zone and challenges the dancers to share personal stories and push their physicality over and over again. This is a co production between Panta Rei Danseteater and Teater Innlandet, a double bill created in collaboration with British choreographer Rachel Erdos. Tickets Adults £10, Students £6 available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/478870
On Friday 4 and Saturday 5 May from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse will deliver a night of Latin and Ballroom numbers with high intensity. The Strictly Come Dancing pros will perform a dance showcase spectacular designed to dazzle you. Ian and Oti always push the boundaries of dance to bring the best out of their celebrity partner, with both of them becoming finalist in the Hit BBC show. On the night they will dance a mix of Latin and Ballroom, transporting you away to a place of wonderful moments with fun filled entertainment and a close up history of all things related to their life. Tickets £26.
On Saturday 5 from 8.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Centre see ‘Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra’. From the Charleston and Black Bottom of the 1920s through the beautiful classic songs of the 1930s, to swing and jazz mayhem, Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra presents a party night of razzle dazzle, featuring some of the greatest dance music of the golden jazz era. They will transport you back to a world of sophistication, glitz and glamour, delighting your senses with the flapper fun and frolics of the 1920s and 30s. Tickets £15.
From Monday 7 to Saturday 12 at 7.45pm the Swan Theatre in Yeovil presents ‘What the Butler Did’. Set in the late 1960’s and takes place in a private psychiatric clinic run by Dr Prentice. It opens with the doctor examining Geraldine Barclay in a job interview. As part of the interview, he persuades her to undress. When his wife enters, he attempts to cover up his activity by hiding the girl behind a curtain. His wife, however, is also being seduced and blackmailed by a Nicholas Beckett. She promises Nicholas the post as secretary, which adds further confusion and then there is the policeman and a government inspection revealing the chaos in the clinic. Tickets £12, Students/Seniors £12.
From Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see ‘A Night at the Movies’. The team of Motiv8 Productions have created an original show stopping production for 2018. Stunning costumes complement this fast moving, exuberant variety show guaranteed to have something for everyone. From tap, modern and lyrical dance, from West End excerpts to the latest Movie hits, tight harmonies, beautiful ballads, exciting production numbers from some of the most talented young people in the South West, this is certainly a night of entertainment you do not want to miss. The show includes music from ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Grease’, ‘Shrek’, ‘Ghost’ and so much more! Tickets £14.
On Thursday 10 May from 8.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton Living Spit are back by ever popular demand with Tortoise V Hare. Barry Hare, Wrington running champ. Fit, popular and, above all, fast. Toby “Tortoise” Gollop, eater of doughnuts. Look up “relaxed” in the Pictionary and you’ll see his picture. Two very different men., one running club and the race to end all races. Told entirely in rhyme and song, this promises to be an epic tale of romance, redemption and rural running rivalry that you’ll never forget. Tickets £11.
On Saturday 12 at 7.30pm and Sunday 13 at 2.00pm and 6.00pm Motiv8 Productions will present a breath-taking set, mind-blowing special effects, and spectacular costumes with the Disney favourite ‘Aladdin Jr’. Bringing the magic of Disney’s Aladdin to life and featuring all the songs from the classic Academy Award winning film including ‘Friend Like Me’, ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’, prepare to experience the unmissable ‘theatrical magic’ that is Aladdin. Tickets 12.
On Thursday 17 and Friday 18 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil see an ‘Evening of Eric and Ernie’ with Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel. This is a brilliant homage crammed full of renditions of those comedy sketches, that hits all the right notes! From Greig’s Piano concerto to Mr. Memory, “Arsenal!” It is a show full of Morecambe and Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches and of course a musical guest. Tickets £23.
On Thursday 17 and Friday 18 from 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Centre see Tim Vine. Telling lots of silly new jokes, showing off new homemade props, singing some new daft ditties, and all with the appearance of confidence. The following subjects will be touched upon briefly: pixie football, ice cream and nibble feeders. Come along, sit down, and laugh. The quantity won’t let up. This is comedy without a message. What an odd person. What a lot of nonsense. What else is he going to do? Sunsets are in the sky, milk’s nice, and I’m an idiot. Tickets £25.
From Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 May at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton from 7.00pm see ‘Journey’s End’ by R C Sherriff. Operation Michael was a major German military offensive during the first world war and began the Spring Offensive at dawn on 21st March 1918. It was designed to separate the British and French forces and capture the ports supplying the allied troops, bringing the war to an end. The offensive moved so quickly that the Germans could not re-ammunition the fast-moving front line and it failed. It is recognised as the battle that started the end of the war. R.C. Sherriff’s powerful play is set in an officer dugout on the front line at St. Quentin, northern France, and opens as the new company is moving in to start its tour of duty on the night of Monday 18th March 1918. It explores the relationship between men dealing with the stresses and strains of war in their own ways. The company officers are a mix of public school boys and men promoted through the ranks. The play is being promoted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. As the play is studied for GCSE English Literature, a discount is offered to school’s subject to terms and conditions. Tickets £6.50.
On Thursday 24 at the Octagon Theatre from 7.30pm see ‘BalletBoyz’. New works in the first half of Fourteen Days, choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Iván Pérez and Christopher Wheeldon were teamed with composers Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Charlotte Harding and Keaton Henson and each given just fourteen days to create their pieces. Playing with the concept of balance and imbalance, the result is an exciting and varied programme of dance and music. Fallen forms the second half of the evening, choreographed by Russell Maliphant and set to a powerful score by French film composer Armand Amar. Fallen won the National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography in 2013. Tickets £18.
From Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 May from 7.45pm at the Swan Theatre in Yeovil the Civic Players present ‘Move Over, Mrs Markham’. Philip Markham, a publisher of children’s books, is asked by his business partner, Henry Lodge, if he can borrow the flat for the evening to gallivant with his latest girlfriend. As Philip and his wife will be out, he reluctantly agrees. At the same time, Joanna Markham is being persuaded by Linda Lodge to let her borrow the empty flat in order to entertain her lover. With some misgivings, Joanna agrees. What nobody knows is that the interior designer who has been decorating the flat for the past three months has decided that this is the night that he and the au pair girl will try out the new oval bed. When the Markhams’ evening out is cancelled, it is too late to let any of the parties know and three sets of hopeful lovers all converge on the bedroom at the same time. The situation is further complicated by the arrival of Olive Harriet Smythe, a straightlaced authoress of children’s books. The frantic efforts of the Markhams to hide the amorous goings-on and, at the same time sign up Miss Smythe, lead to a hectic and hilarious evening. Tickets £9 and Wednesday ticket offer – two tickets for £15, available from www.thelittleboxoffice.com/civicplayersyeovil For more information phone 07593 539593. The Civic Players are always looking for production suggestions, more actors, technicians, directors and stage crew.
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 Tuesday 1 May from 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see ‘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. Tickets £10.
On Thursday 3 at 7.00pm and Saturday 12 at 3.00pm and 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see ‘I, Tonya’. Based on the unbelievable, but true events, this is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, and a tour de force performance from Allison Janney as her acid tongued mother, LaVona Golden. Tickets £10.
On Friday 4 at 8.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘The Limehouse Golem’. A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times, the mythical so-called Golem, must be responsible. Starring Bill Nighy, Douglas Booth and Olivia Cooke. Tickets £5.
On Monday 14 at 7.00pm and Tuesday 15 at 3.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see ‘Finding Your Feet’. When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian, older sister Bif. Sandra could not be more different to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling. It turns out different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet… and romance. Featuring a star studded cast including Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley and David Hayman, this is a hilarious and heart warming modern comedy proving that it is never too late to start again. Tickets £10, Children £5.
On Tuesday 15 May at 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil see a screening of ‘NT Live Follies (Encore)’. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre. It is New York in 1971 and there is a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tickets £21.
On Monday 21 at 7.00pm and Tuesday 22 at 3.00pm and 7.00pm the Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil is showing a screening of ‘The Mercy’. The struggles amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst confronted on his ill-fated solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe, while his family awaited his return, remains one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times. Tickets £10.
On Thursday 24 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 Sunday 29 and Monday 30 April at the Octagon Theatre from 7.30pm see ‘Tiddler’ – four terrific tales in one superb show. Woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from creators of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best loved titles – ‘Tiddler’, ‘Monkey Puzzle’, ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ and ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’. Tickets £13.50.
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 4 May from 7.30pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil Peter Andre will be talking about this life. An accomplished global media star prominently known for his successful music and television career. Peter hit a peak in his music career during the 1990s when he became the sixth highest selling artist in the UK. He has had numerous number one hit singles, two number one albums and toured all over the world collecting a multitude of national and international awards along the way. Alongside his television work he has not lost his love for music and performing and continues to perform to sell out crowds. Tickets £31.50.
On Saturday 12 from 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton there is a talk called ‘The State of Nature’ with Chris Sperring MBE. A passionate speaker whose infectious enthusiasm is sure to inspire us all. This lively lecture will look at the state of nature today; how wildlife and habitats are changing, both worldwide and within the UK, and how climate change is affecting wildlife and people. We will discuss our evolving connection with the natural world, and the role nature plays on the health and wellbeing of us as a species. Chris is an ardent believer that solving many of the problems facing nature in the 21st century can be done with a ground-up approach that doesn’t need to cost the earth. Tickets £8.
On Thursday 17 from 7.30pm at the Johnson Studio in Octagon Theatre in Yeovil YCAA presents an illustrated talk entitled ‘Yeovil From Old Photographs’ with historian and author Bob Osborn. Refreshments available. Tickets £6 from the Box Office.