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Muddy Guide Thurs 22-Weds 28 September

The Threepenny Opera, NT live screening, venues across Somerset, Thurs 22 Sept

threepenny-opera-1280x720_0Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond) is Mack the Knife in this new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s landmark musical, screened live from the stage of the National Theatre. Enjoy the wonderful music, filthy language and immoral behaviour at a cinema near you.

The Tree Within, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, until Mon 31 October

122-revelation-magnolia-cmyk-1024x886According to one critic, Fiona McIntyre’s paintings have ‘the earthy gravitas of the (early) Van Gogh’ – crikey. So no expectations there, then. Go see her range of landscapes and treescapes and decide for yourself.

Gerry Cottle’s WOW circus, Moorlands Field, Taunton, Weds 28 Sept-Sun 2 October

3000I remember Gerry Cottle’s circus from way back – and it’s still going strong.  Expect awesome, dare-devil trapeze and acrobatics in this high energy show – someone even rides a motor cycle across a tightrope – eeek. The kids will probably love the comedy (someone juggling ping pong balls with his mouth ends up in a giant balloon) and the magic. The circus is moving over to the Mid-Somerset Showground Weds 5-Sun 9 October and onto Weston-super-Mare Fri 28-Sun 30 October.

South West Outdoor Festival, Heddon Valley, Exmoor, Fri 23-Sun 25 Sept

A child toasting marshmallows over an open camp fire at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire. The garden is named after Welsh landowner John Colby (1751-1823), who originally came to the area in the 1790s to mine coal. Today, the woodland garden features a wild flower meadow, stream, and colourful walled garden.

New free festival celebrating sport and adventure in the great outdoors with (amongst many other things) a trail running marathon, a 10k run, mountain biking, off-road duathlon (eh what?), climbing, rafting, wild swimming, paddleboarding, coasteering, archery, tree climbing …. I’m exhausted just writing it all down but all you fit people go and get your trainers. There’s live music, adventure film screenings, skills sessions, foraging, bushcraft, camping  – and you can toast marshmallows, too at this National Trust event.

A Room With a View, Theatre Royal Bath, Weds 28-Sat 8 October

Felicity Kendal heads the cast in this new production of E.M. Forster’s famous novel. You know the story: posh tottie on hols in Florence sneaks a secret kiss with a bloke from the lower classes, then hitches up with a suitable but unsuitable chap back home – then the first bloke and his dad turn up on her doorstep…lawks a mercy.

Frankenstein, The Octagon, Yeovil, Weds 28 Sept

frankenstein-press-photo-1The Blackeyed Theatre’s brand new production of Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece – and the worlds’ very first science fiction novel – fuses ensemble storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality (so says the production blurb). Take someone along to hold your hand – it’s suitable for aged 11+

After Parkinson, The Union Club, Soho, Fri 23 Sept–Sun 2 October, 11am-8pm daily

Norman Parkinson and sculpure exhibitionIf you’re up in London Town over the next week, pop by the Union Club in W1 to see the latest show by Cavaliero Finn, the Ilminster/south-east London based contemporary art and design gallery. The exhibition, launched as part of the London Design Festival, features sculptor Kathy Dalwood and ceramic artist Alice Mara’s response to idiosyncratic fashion photographer Norman Parkinson’s iconic images – and it looks amazing.  In collaboration with The Norman Parkinson Archive and the Union Club Soho.

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