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Muddy Guide: Thurs 27 Oct-Weds 2 Nov

Grayson Perry – Typical Man in a Dress, Colston Hall, Bristol, Weds 2 Nov


Only five dates on this quiet, unassuming man’s one-off UK live theatre tour – and one of them’s just up the road. An intelligent evening of laughs, discussion, insight and costume changes are promised from the artist, writer, presenter and Turner Prize winner who asks, whilst wearing a frock,  ‘what is masculinity and what can it become?’ And guess what? You can buy a copy of his new book, The Descent of Man, while you’re there.


Susie MacMurray, Atkinson Gallery, Mon 31 Oct-Sat 10 Decmacmurray_decoy_2

Did you know that Millfield School has a top-flight art gallery open to the public?  The latest show is a site-specific version of ‘Here come the girls’, originally commissioned and hung at Manchester Art Gallery in the artist’s home town. It’s all about female power and the way in which women choose to exercise that power. I managed to catch up with Susie MacMurray and ask her about her work recently and I’ll be posting that interview later in the week. In the meantime, go up and enjoy the show.

Goosebumps and Ghost, Starlight Outdoor Cinema, Ilminster, Fri 28 Octghost-demi-moore-patrick-swayze-today-150709-tease_bfa3bec7e169bf80c0bc49e0ef09c98b-today-inline-large

Bring a blanket, a flask (with coffee or a drop of the other) – and a friend to cuddle up to at the outdoor screening of Goosebumps at 6.30pm and Ghost (the original version) at 9pm. It all takes place at the Archie Gooch Pavilion in Ilminster, just off the A303.

Tomorrow and other works, Rambert, Theatre Royal Bath, Thurs 27-Sat 29 Oct

FLIGHT by Dzierzon, , Choreography - Malgorzata Dziezon, Music - Somei Satoh, The Lowry, Salford, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson

Flight. Photo: Johan Persson

Britain’s national dance company, Rambert, first came to Bath in 1937 just 11 years after it was founded by Marie Rambert – and they’ve been regular visitors ever since. This triple bill of new works celebrates their 90th birthday: Tomorrow inhabits the dark and dangerous world of Macbeth;  a giant revolving mirror hangs over dancers performers morphing from powerful-but-anonymous group to defiant but vulnerable individuals in Hydrargyrum; and Flight deals with migration – powerful, topical stuff.

Fourteenth Black Swan Open, Frome, until Sat 19 Nov

This annual competition showcases original artwork from established and emerging artists from the South West. There’s all sorts here: painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, moving image, multi-media, textiles – you name it. Judges included Gavin Turk, Lucy MacDonald (associate director of Hauser & Wirth) and Suzanne Bisset (owner of Bruton Art Factory). Go with your wallet – everything’s for sale.

Day of the Dead Fiesta, American Museum in Britain, Claverton, nr Bath, Sun 30 Octmexican_day_of_the_dead_15929947556

Celebrate the Day of the Dead instead the Day of the Living Dead, in which Mexican families honour dead relatives with sugar skulls, dancing skeletons and piles of marigolds. With music from the Mexican Mariachi Tequila band, mask and jewellery making and a parade.

In Our Hands, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Tues 1 Nov

IN OUR HANDS PUBLICITY Photo Credit: Richard Davenport 2016

Photo: Richard Davenport

Alf’s a trawler fisherman who’s at the top of his game but time’s are changing so Alf has to adapt survive – but how? Find out through the medium of innovative puppetry in a production by  award-winning Smoking Apples. This show was one of The Guardian‘s pick of the Edinburgh Fringe shows. Part of the ‘pay what you decide’ for tickets scheme.

Star Party, Tyntesfield House, Wraxall, a date between now and Mon 31 Octstars-1081861_1280

Wrap up warm and gaze at the stars with the experts from the Bristol Astronomical Society on an evening as yet unspecified. They can’t tell you exactly when the Star Party will happen as it’s weather dependent but if you email them at [email protected] they’ll contact you with the date and you can register for a place.

Katia & Marielle Labèque, St George’s Bristol, Fri 28 Oct8b8f7-biofoto2016

I wasn’t available to perform this Friday so the world’s most acclaimed – and glamourous – piano duo, the Labèque sisters, have stepped in. Revel in Ravel, Schubert and Bernstein in the final concert of the Bristol International Piano Duo Festival.

Pumpkin Festival, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Sun 30 Octdywxmjkwo2gsnjawo3msdw5pzm9ybttxldk1o2ysahdzlziwmtyvmdkvchvtcgtpbnnsyxjnzs1howi5m2muanbn

A live barn barn dance and ceilidh music, fancy dress, pumpkin carving for children and adults (Iwan Wirth will be judging the adult’s ‘extreme’ version), workshops and seasonal food from the Roth Bar & Grill – all at the Hauser & Wirth’s Pumpkin Festival. 10am-5pm.

Museums at Night, various locations, Thurs 27-Sat 29 October

landscape-text1_overlay_section_16-e1477505557857Museums all over the shop are opening their doors after hours and showcasing their treasures in unexpected ways. Click here for West Country museums and galleries – and if you’re in London this weekend, why not check out some of the special events at the capital’s biggest attractions? The British Museum, National Gallery, Houses of Parliament, Somerset House, and Natural History Museum are all opening their doors to the culturally curious wanting to experience something new and exciting – and maybe knock back a cocktail or three.

Stourhead, Warminster, open every day (apart from Christmas day)stourhead_2397276bHead gardener Alan Power’s making his annual appearance (if that’s the right word?) on Radio 4, so I know it’s the perfect time of year to visit the world famous Stourhead landscape gardens. They were described as a ‘living work of art’ when they were first opened in 1740 – and they’re truly breathtaking at this time of year (I defy you to visit and not take a photo). Kids can run around the trees and explore the many follies, the Spread Eagle Inn serves home-cooked food and there’s an ice cream parlour which also sells hot drinks and snacks. Fab day out.

The Barber of Seville, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Fri 28 Oct

Razor-sharp farce from innovative touring company Pop-up Opera who have popped up in Frome with the fully staged Barber of Seville (Archers fans may have heard them before as the Magic Opera Company). Tra-la-la!


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


I noticed when putting this guide together that tickets are selling fast, so book now if you don’t want to miss out. Scamp Theatre have turned Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s famous book into a brilliant kids’ show with puppets, songs, live music and more fun than you can shake a stick at.  Suitable for aged 3+

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