Muddy Guide: Thurs 12-Weds 18 May
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 16-Sat 21 May
Based on Truman Capote’s novel of the same name, the romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in New York City in 1943. Fred, a penniless young writer from Louisiana, becomes infatuated with his charming, vivacious and elusive neighbour Holly Golightly (Emily Atack, Inbetweeners, Lies We Tell), whose suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil. Holly begins to fall for Fred – just as her past catches up with her. They’ll even be singing Moon River…
Budding thesps wanted, Bristol Hippodrome and The Octagon, Yeovil
You’ve got really talented sons or daughters (who hasn’t?) who’d love the chance to shine under the spotlight? This could be their lucky break. In Bristol, the Hippodrome is looking for children aged between 6 and 16 to appear in an autumn production of Fiddler on the Roof, one of the most successful show in the history of musical theatre. Auditions in Bristol Sat 14 May. For more information and an audition sheet, contact [email protected]. In Yeovil, the Octagon Theatre is looking for children aged 9-15 years old to audition for the roles of Lost Boys, John and Peter Darling and the ensemble in the Christmas panto Peter Pan. Auditions on Sunday 5 June, see www.evolution-productions.co.uk for more info.
Animating Images, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Sat 14 May-Sat 11 June
Discover how animators originate, develop and bring their ideas to the screen at the Black Swan Arts’ new animation show. Oscar-winner Daniel Greaves, British Animation Award winner Jon Dunleavy and others use a variety of techniques, including hand-drawn images on paper, digital drawing, 3D computer and stop-frame animation. You’ll see original sketches, storyboards, character designs and animatics (animated storyboards) plus final cuts, all of which have been screened at international animation festivals. Curator and animator David Daniel’s giving a talk Thursday 19 May and there’s a workshop for children aged 8years+ on Saturday 4 June.
Brew Film Fest, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 13-Sat 21 May
The first ever film festival at the Brewhouse, with 18 films over nine days. It’s an eclectic programme including ’60s comedy Bedazzled (Dudley Moore sells his soul to the devil in the form of Peter Cook), the highly acclaimed new horror film The Witch, a Hitchcock double bill, a Richard Gere double bill, the cult classic Blow-up and – get out your whip and put on your stetson – a Sing-a-long Calamity Jane with Doris Day. £5 individual screenings; £20 unlimited pass to all festival films (excluding the live screenings of A View from the Bridge and Frankenstein).
The Best Thing, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Fri 13 May and Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Weds 18 May
It’s 1966, and for 17-year-old Susan, life’s an adventure waiting to begin but as is always the way, events take an unexpected turn. This bitter-sweet story of unconditional love, mistaken morals and broken hearts (don’t forget the Kleenex) by Vamos Theatre, the UK’s leading full mask theatre company, was part of the London International Mime Festival. Looks intriguing. Suitable for ages 12+.
Police Dog Hogan, Cheese and Grain, Frome, Fri 13 May
The high-energy 8-piece band play the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, brass, drums and guitars in a fusion of country, pop, folk and urban bluegrass. Regulars at some of the UK’s key festivals, Police Dog Hogan are appearing at Glastonbury for the first time this year – if you haven’t got tickets, and this is your bag, you can see them at the Cheese and Grain this Friday.
Paul Smith sale weekend, Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, Fri 13-Sun 15 May
Fans of iconic British designer Paul Smith will want to hotfoot it over to Shepton Mallet this weekend where Kilver Court’s Jardine ballroom will be chock full of all things Paul Smith – tailored suits (naturally), casual (possibly some stripes), both menswear and womenswear – and all with up to 70 per cent off. There are some iconic pieces from the Paul Smith archive collection to drool over too.
World premiere Frankenstein, ROH live screening, cinemas across Somerset, Wed 18 May
The Royal Ballet goes gothic in their world premiere production of Mary Shelley’s classic masterpiece. One of ballet’s hottest young choreographers Liam Scarlett goes back to Shelley’s original story of Frankenstein and the Creature he creates. You need to be on the edge of your seat for a 7.15 start. You can find your nearest cinema here.
Martin Cody: Against Purity, Andelli Art, near Wells, until 21 May
Sculptor-turned-art therapist-turned sculptor again, this is Martin Cody’s first exhibition as an artist and sculptor for 20 years. There are graphic works inside the gallery and sculptures outside in the grounds drawing on elements from architecture, building site construction and theatre.
Mayfest, various venues across Bristol, Thurs 12-Sun 22 May
Bristol’s annual festival of contemporary theatre, a broad range of unusual, playful and experimental work from all over Bristol, the UK and beyond. Events take place all over the city, from pubs, to playgrounds to the city’s theatres. Worth making a trip for, I’d say. You can see the complete programme here.
BalletBoyz: LIFE, The Octagon, Yeovil, Thurs 19 May
According to a well-known broadsheet, the BalletBoyz ‘soar and rebound off each other’s bodies, orchestrating a paradox of muscular impact and weightless flight’ – sounds impressive to me. The all-male company of ten, the brainchild of former Royal Ballet principal dancers Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, are performing LIFE as part of their UK tour next week at The Octagon, Yeovil. Not to be missed.