Muddy Guide: Thurs 21-Weds 27 April
Wells Film Festival, Wells, Thurs 21-Sun 24 April
‘Kings and Queens’ is the theme of the very first Wells Film Festival, which starts off this Thursday with a traditional English tea party at the Spinning Wheel Tea Rooms in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday, followed by a showing of A Royal Night Out at the Wells Film Centre. The festival continues with a weekend packed with films, including a special al fresco performance of the new film The Huntsman Winter’s War at the Bishop’s Palace Gardens (BBQ and a drink included but bring your own blanket). Click here for full details. By the way, the laid back restaurant The Subhouse is just across the road from the Wells Film Centre.
Wells Film Centre, Princes Road, Wells, Somerset BA5 1TD, Tel 01749 673195. wellsfilmcentre.co.uk
Jimmy Cauty’s ADP Riot Tour 2016, Bruton Art Factory, Bruton, Sat 23-Sat 28 April
Missed Banksy’s Dismaland? You’ve got a second chance to see one of its star attractions: Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) by Jimmy Caughty (previously of acid house band The KLF and the K Foundation who famously burnt a million quid). His dystopian diorama of 3,000 hand-painted police constables after a riot in a fictional town, viewed through 123 peepholes in the side of a 40-ft converted shipping container, starts its UK tour at the Bruton Art Factory this weekend. All are welcome to the preview at 3pm on Sat – just pick up a ticket at the gallery beforehand. Free.
Bruton Art Factory, 7 Old Mill Business Estate, Bruton, BA10 0EH. Bruton Art Factory
Procession up Glastonbury Tor to light the Glastonbury beacon, Thurs 21 April
1000 beacons are being lit across the UK and abroad to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April. The Queen will be lighting the very first beacon at Windsor and the others will follow. Here in the south west, the National Trust are lighting 10 beacons, including one in Somerset on the top of Glastonbury Tor at 8.30pm. Meet at Glastonbury War Memorial outside St John’s Church at 6.30pm to join the procession up to the Tor.
Ruby Wax: Frazzled! The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Sat 23 April
Comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax asks why we sabotage our sanity with our thinking, on this follow-up to her sell-out touring show and best-selling book Sane New World. Part of the Frazzled Tour 2016, this is a forum for discussion with Ruby wearing her mindfulness hat (she’s got a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University) to explore the power of mindfulness and how it can be applied in daily life.
7.30pm. £20. The Playhouse, 126-130 High St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1HP. parkwoodtheatres.co.uk
BathMarx, venues across Bath, Sat 23- Sun 24 April
Marx Brothers fans won’t be saying ‘I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it’ in Bath this weekend – aficionados will be in heaven at the first ever Marx Brother’s Weekend Festival of Britain. There will be screenings of Animal Crackers and A Night in Casablanca at Bath’s Little Theatre, a performance of award-winning actor and playwright Frank Ferrante’s show An Evening with Groucho at the Chapel Arts Centre plus other guests.
Mark Watson, The Octagon, Yeovil, Fri 22 April
A seemingly minor problem at an airport is the starting point for a spiralling examination of identity in the digital age and search for meaning in our lives by TV stand up Mark Watson (Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You plus his own cult Radio 4 series). Expect lots of audience interaction.
7.30pm, £22.The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1UX. Tel 01935 422884. octagon-theatre.co.uk
Pinocchio, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Fri 22 April
One of the UK’s most popular touring ballet companies brings the tale of the wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy to the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. The production’s coming to Yeovil’s Octagon 1 May.
7.30pm. £15/£10 students. Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, TA2 8PD. Tel 01823 414141. tacchi-morris.com
STOMP, Theatre Royal Bath, until Sun 24 April
Lock up your bin lids, brooms, paint cans, even the kitchen sink: STOMP are back in town at the Theatre Royal in Bath, as one of only two tour dates in the UK. Eight performers mix dance, percussion and comedy to create a fast and furious rhythmic spectacular.
8pm;matinees Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Tickets from £17. Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET. Tel 01225 448844. theatreroyal.org.uk
ROH live screening of Lucia di Lammermoor, selected cinemas across Somerset, Mon 25 April
The bride’s not looking happy – and it only gets worse in The Royal Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the tragic story of a woman bound to marry a man she does not love for family honour. Lucia descends into insanity which ends up in one of opera’s most shocking ‘mad scenes’. So, a light-hearted romp then. The performance starts at 7.15. Find a cinema near you here.