The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: what’s on

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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6 things to do this weekend and beyond

2 Mar 2017

The sun’s out (well it is as I write this, no doubt it’s gone back in again now) and it’s nearly the weekend, so check out what’s on and let the fun begin….

Frome Independent Market, Frome, Sun 5 March

It’s the first Frome Independent Market of the year on Sunday – hurrah!  If you haven’t been to this brilliant market yet,  you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s not just that the streets of the town will be filled with independents selling local and regionally produced food and drink, all sorts of home wares, collectables, furniture and fashion both from contemporary designers and makers as well as vintage – it’s the buzz in the air that makes it unique. 

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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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8 awesome things to do this week

19 Jan 2017

Baby it’s cold outside, so check out this warm stuff that’s still cool, inside. There’s just one little jaunt out that does warrant a coat, hat, scarf and gloves – some really thick leather ones – if you really must.

Once in Every life time: The Young Ones Revisited, Bristol Old Vic, Sun 22 Jan

Join Marcus Brigstocke (who has a Somerset connection: he was expelled from King’s School in Bruton) with Nigel Planer (Neil the hippie), Alexei Sayle (The Belowski Family) and Lise Meyer (co-writer of the series) to celebrate the anarchic 80s cult comedy The Young Ones.

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