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Muddy Guide: Thurs 7-Weds 13 April

 John Cooper Clarke, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Thurs 7 April


Poet and punk godfather Dr John Cooper Clarke – (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space, Evidently Chickentown and Beasley Street – comes to Weston-super-Mare’s Playhouse theatre with his mix of satirical verse, gags, riffs and chat.

7.30pm, £26.50/£22; students £17. The Playhouse, 126-130 High St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1HP. Tel 01934 645544.

Lucy Large, Contains Art, Watchet, until 24 April


Artist Lucy Large explores the theatre and potential for storytelling provided by a sculpture in a box – in this case the box is a shipping container. The container is the gallery space of Contains Art, an arts venue with artists’ studios set within three shipping containers on Watchet quayside – what a brilliant idea.

Free. Daily until 13 April, then Weds-Sun 11am-4pm. Contains Art, East Quay, Watchet TA23 0AQ. Tel 07799260854.

Old Haunts, Ston Easton Park, Fri 8 April

7445211_origThe atmospheric 18th century mansion Ston Easton Park (see my review of their fabulous five-course lunch) is the setting for an evening of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein, with Don’t go into the Cellar’s one-man show based on two 19th century ghost stories.

7.45pm arrive/8pm start, £20. Ston Easton, BA3 4DF. Tel 01761 241631.

Swan Lake, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Fri 8 April; Frome Memorial Theatre, Sat 9 April

Two more bites at the cherry for the Vienna Festival Ballet’s Swan Lake this week at The Playhouse and Frome Memorial Theatre. Evil magician turns beautiful maiden into a swan; handsome prince falls in love with aforementioned maiden but proposes marriage to her evil double and accidentally kills the beautiful one – and all to a lush score by Tchaikovsky.

7.30pm, £22 adults/£15 children. The Playhouse, 126-130 High St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1HP. Tel 01934 645544.

7.30pm, £20 adults/£15 children, Frome Memorial Theatre, Christchurch St W, Frome BA11 1E. Tel 01373 462795.

The Aronowitz Ensemble, The Castle at Taunton, Fri 8-Sun 10 April

The seven international musicians making up The Aronozowitz Ensemble play the chamber music of Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Fauré and Ravel and other composers at The Castle at Taunton this weekend. There’s a different programme each day.

11am Fri, 11am & 6pm Sat, 11am Sun, £24 morning concerts, £25 evening concerts. The Castle At Taunton, Castle Green Taunton TA1 1NF. Tel 01823 328303.

Mick Aston’s Young Archaeologists Club, Museum of Somerset, Sat 9 April

This Saturday Phil Harding of Time Team will be launching a new archaeology club for kids at the Museum of Somerset. They’ll be able to handle archaeological artefacts, make a bronze age broach and take part in an indoor dig. This is part of the Young Archaeologists Club which is sponsored by the Council for Archaeology and Historic England. There will be regular events.

10am-4pm, Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton TA1 4AA. For info on the club, contact 07791 931297 or [email protected]

The Manfreds, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Sat 9 April

They’ve dropped the Mann and there’s been a slight change in personnel since they were top of the pops in the 60s and 70s (as Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) but you’re sure to hear  5-4-3-2-1 and Do wah diddy and more of their hits from The Manfreds this Saturday at the Cheese & Grain.

8pm, £19 (standing room only), Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE. Tel 01371 455420.

Way Out West Part 2, Bruton Art Factory, Fri 8-Sat 16 April

Hannah Carding, Alex Hermon, Selina Ogilvy, Sandra porter and Mirable Williams (pictured) are the local artists featured in the Bruton Art Factory’s latest exhibition, WOW Part 2 – in Bruton, of course. Private view but all welcome on Friday 8 between 5-7pm – there will be Guinness.

Bruton Art Factory, 7 Old Mill Business Estate, Bruton, BA10 0EH. Bruton Art Factory

Dinosaur Zoo, The Octagon, Yeovil, Sat 9-Sun 10 April

Dinosaur Zoo comes stampeding down from London’s West End to the West Country.  Meet awesome Jurassic creatures face to face, including an arctic tyrannosaur, a baby triceratops and baby parasaurolophus. Suitable 3+

Sat 2pm & 4.30pm; Sun 11am & 2pm. £12.50-£15. The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1UX. Tel 01935 422884.

Stig of the Dump, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Sun 10 April and The Brewhouse, Taunton, Weds 13-Thurs 14 April

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Boy falls into a chalk pit and meets a caveman (as you do). Find out what happens next at the Merlin Theatre in Frome and in Taunton’s The Brewhouse – the London Contemporary Theatre Company’s adaptation of Clive King’s classic children’s book Stig of the Dump is on at both venues.

3pm, £8/£5.50 concs, Merlin Theatre, Bath Rd, Frome BA11 2HG. Tel 01373 465949. 

6pm Weds; 10am Thurs. £16 adults/£12 children. The Brewhouse, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL. Tel 01823283244.

The Importance of Being Ernest, The Regal Theatre, Minehead, Tues 12 April

Dynamic touring company The Pantaloons bring their anarchic take on Oscar Wilde’s famous comedy of manners to the Regal Theatre. Expect brilliant Wildean wit plus Pantaloony surprises including singing butlers, travel by musical montage and post-interval Hollywood-style recaps. They’ll be at the Bridgwater Arts Centre at the end of the month.

7.30pm, £12 adults/£6 students. The Regal Theatre, Minehead, TA24 5UQ. Tel 01643 706430.




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