8 things to do this week
Go to the theatre, watch a film (or some birds), listen to music, browse a market – or audition for the X-Factor – this week in Somerset.
Hedda Gabler, National Theatre Live, various venues, Thurs 9 March
Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre), returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Patrick Marber. Find a cinema near you here.
British Science Week, various venues, Fri 10-Sun 19 March
Mini professors pre-school classes in Weston-super-Mare, a taste of life as an Arctic explorer in Portishead, the Bath Taps into Science family festival, science busking and building aquaducts at the Roman Baths and dance inspired by 18th century brother and sister astronomers William and Caroline Herschel at the Mission Theatre – just some of the events going on in the area as part of this week-long celebration of science. Many events are free. Find an event near you here.
Bristol Film Festival, assorted venues, launches Thurs 9-Sun 12 March
A whole year of films – contemporary, classics, shorts, documentaries – talks and workshops around the theme of ‘tension’ taking place in some cleverly chosen venues, kicks off this weekend. Just for starters, there’s the 1923 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with candlelight, live organ accompaniment and real bells in Bristol Cathedral; Norman Bates goes a bit Psycho underground in the Redcliffe Caves; and Mike Leigh’s acclaimed biopic Mr Turner is showing at the Royal West of England Academy. You can see the full programme here
Antiques and Collectors Fair, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Fri 10-Sun 12 March
Over 600 stands selling all manner of interesting stuff, from fine antiques down to restoration projects. Go early to nab the best bargains from under the noses of the London dealers. The show opens at 12 noon on Friday, 9am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday. Cash only at the gate and a cash line inside if you run out of dosh.
Paul Lewis, St George’s Bristol, Tues 14 March
New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Paris and this week, Bristol: the internationally renowned pianist plays Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Weber. He’s fairly easy on the eye, too (just sayin’) – though is that stare just a teensy bit Norman Bates?
X-Factor Open Auditions, Komedia, Bath, Mon 13 March
If you’re over 16, you’ve got a brilliant singing voice (an interesting back story helps too), then this could be your breakthrough moment. The X-Factor team are in town… You can apply for an audition here.
Beginner’s Guide to Birdwatching, Ham Wall, nr Glastonbury, Sat 11 March
Find out how to tell a great tit from a blue tit, and identify all sorts of herons in the woods and wetlands of Ham Wall. Wrap up warm and bring binoculars if you have them. Booking essential 01458 860494 or email email@example.com.PS This fella is a goldfinch.
Plastic, Theatre Royal Bath, until Sat March 25
Brilliant satirist Marius von Mayenburg takes a hilarious and outrageous pop at the self-righteous political correctness of the middle classes – in Germany.
MA & Other Postgraduates Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Street, until Sat 18 March
I slipped in an extra listing…this is number 9 and your chance to spot tomorrow’s stars of the art world. This annual exhibition gathers together the very best in the field of fine art from the top MA and other post-grad courses across the UK. Paintings, sculpture, print, photography, textiles and multi-media, including this work by Caitlin Robinson, ‘Self portrait as a Redhead’.
Aardman Studio Workshops, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sat 29 April
The iconic Morph celebrates his 40th birthday this year. To celebrate, experts from the Aardman Studios are running a series of workshops in association with the Wells Film Festival (26-30 April) at the Bishop’s Palace, where you can make – and animate – your own Morph. Tickets will go fast so get yours quick, from the Palace shop or Wells Film Centre.
Dillie Keane, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sun 19 March
Dillie takes a short break from Fascinating Aida to present her first solo show for 558 years….