7 cool things to do
1920s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs, The American Museum in Britain, Claverton, nr Bath, Sat 18 March-Sun 29 Oct
Flapper dresses, gold lame coats and lots of other garb from Roaring Twenties in the US of A on display (you can even try some stuff on and take a selfie), with candid photos of early 20th century celebrity by James Abbe. Visit this Saturday and you can learn to dance the Charleston – and if you dress in 1920s costume you’ll get free entry.
Rosalind, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Weds 22 March
It had its world premier at in South Korea at the Seoul Performing Arts Festival –now you can catch rising star of the British dance scene James Cousins’ latest work here in Taunton. The story of one of Shakespeare’s most headstrong and independent heroines, Rosalind is set in a modern city which is conservative by day and wonderland by night.
Funny Girl, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 21-Sat 25 March
This iconic musical follows Fanny Brice from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star. The film made Barbra Streisand a global sensation; in this production, the Funny Girl is Sheridan Smith – so don’t rain on her parade, go and see this all singing, all dancing, all joking show.
Vintage and Retro Fair, Wells Town Hall, Wells Sat 18 March
A cornucopia of vintage stuff for your edification, delight and a good rummage: clothes, accessories, vinyl records, home wares and collectables. Wells Town Hall, 9.30am-4pm. There’s more vintage fabrics and textiles at the Ilminster Arts Centre on Weds 22 March.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Theatre Royal, Bath, until Sat 25 March
This National Theatre production has won more Olivier Awards than any other play in the history of the West End; when it transferred to Broadway, it won five Tonys and became the longest running play there for a decade – it’s pretty hot stuff. Based on the book of the same name by Mark Haddon, it tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher Boone, who’s extraordinary brain means that he is brilliant at maths but finds it hard to understand every day life. When he falls under suspicion of killing a neighbour’s dog he sets out to solve the mystery. Directed by Marianne Elliott of War Horse fame.
Frome Beer Festival, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Fri 17-Sat 18 March
Potholer, Bibble, Fogline and more will be there for the taking at this weekend’s booze fest, with over 40 beers and ciders, live music, hog roast and burgers. Runs from 6pm on the Friday and from 12noon on the Saturday, with a live screening of the England rugby match if that’s what rocks your boat. The £10 ticket will get you a souvenir glass, too (hic).
Rare Plant Fair, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Mon 19 March
Not your bog standard daffs and pansies. Top nurseries from all over the south west gather together to sell their perennials, shrubs, trees, alpines, bulbs and exotics. They’re experts, so they’ll be able to offer advice to choose and grow the right plants for your garden. Tickets include a mooch around the mediaeval Bishop’s Palace and the rest of the 14-acre gardens. 10am-4pm.