The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Somerset Edition

Category: theatre

Picks of the week

23 Mar 2017

What the Butler Saw, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 27 March – Sat 1 April

Joe Orton completed his famous, subversive, farce only weeks before he was murdered by his lover Kenneth Halliwell in 1967 at the age of 34 and he actually never saw the play performed. Considered totally shocking when it was first staged in 1969, it tells the tale of Dr Prentice (Rufus Hound),  a sex-obsessed psychiatrist in a private clinic, who’s attempting to interview and seduce a prospective secretary when his nymphomaniac wife, an over eager hospital inspector and a dim-witted policeman turn up.

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7 cool things to do

16 Mar 2017

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.

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8 things to do this week

9 Mar 2017

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.

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Stonking stuff to do

26 Jan 2017

The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare The Freak,  Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Weds 25-Sat 28 Jan

On the menu: some corks, followed by fresh snake and a side order of cat. Tickle your tastebuds? The extraordinary, true, story of an 18th century Frenchman whose insatiable hunger and unusual diet led to him becoming a spy  and a medical experiment, has been made into a chamber opera for puppets by acclaimed Bristol Puppetry company Wattle & Daub.

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Muddy reviews: The First Hippo On The Moon

24 Jan 2017

Do you like a good poo joke? I’ll bet you know a child who does.

The stage production of David Walliam’s The First Hippo on the Moon, now on a UK tour and at The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater this Saturday, has poo jokes – not to mention gross sound effects – aplenty. Our Muddy Sussex editor Debbie was at the launch night at, appropriately,  the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne.

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Muddy reviews: The Snow Queen, Bristol Old Vic

19 Dec 2016

This Christmas show, an original take on the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, will take you to the dark side but you’ll come out of the theatre feeling optimistic and uplifted (well, we did).

The story of The Snow Queen starts in the village of the Golden Roses – a wonderfully surreal set like a Frida Kahlo headress – where the feisty Gerda and her best friend Kai (who prefers to dance rather than play football) live happily enough, larking around and trading insults (according to Gerda, Kai’s like ‘all the farts in a fart factory’ a  line that made the kids roar).

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Muddy reviews: Around the World in 80 Days, The Brewhouse

13 Dec 2016

It was Around the Levels in 20 minutes to get to Around the World in 80 Days at The Brewhouse in Taunton on Saturday. We very nearly didn’t make it but I’m so glad we did. The very first in-house Christmas production since the theatre re-opened under new management in 2014 is awesome: fast-paced, inventive, with standout performances, Victorian inspired sets and steam punk costumes. It’s warmhearted, full of surprizes – and genuinely funny.

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Muddy Guide: Thurs 3-Weds 9 November

3 Nov 2016

Stick Man, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 4-Sat 5 Nov

You wouldn’t think a show about a stick would be much cop but the story of the Stick Man who’s carried away from his family by a playful dog after going for a morning jog, and has all sorts of adventures on his way back home, is poignant and funny. The trio of actors from Scamp Theatre use everything from umbrellas to rubber beach rings to turn Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s famous book into a brilliant kids’ show.

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