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MAY 2018

A View from the Bridge, Tobacco Factory, Bristol, until Fri 12 May

The theatre in the round is the perfect setting for this intimate staging of Arthur Miller’s famous slice-of-life drama. Muddy went to see it.

 

Awful Auntie, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 1–Sat 6 May

Photo: Mark Douet

Did you know that David Walliams’ Awful Auntie was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 80s horror film The Shining? Read our review.

 

ROH Live: Manon, The Brewhouse, Taunton (and other venues around Somerset), Thurs 3 May

Sarah Lamb as Manon and Vadim Muntagirov as Des Grieux (©2014 ROH. Photographed by Alice Pennefather. Image by AKA (©ROH, 2017)

On the 25th anniversary of his death, Kenneth Macmillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet tells the story of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic lurve – with scenes of an adult nature. Ooh er. Music by Massenet. Find a cinema near you.

 

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert The Playhouse, Weston super Mare,  Thurs 3 May

Observational comic asks is life that bad or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats?

 

The Buzzcocks, Komedia, Bath, Fri 4 May

Insert a safety pin through your nose and get ready to pogo with the influential punk band. No gobbing please.

 

Pop-up pandas, Longleat, nr Warminster, Sat 5 May–6 Jan 2019

Photo David McGirr

Eccentrically hand-painted pandas all over the shop.

 

Dawn chorus walk, Avalon Marshes, Ham Wall, nr Glastonbury, Sun 6 May

Set the alarm – it’s International Dawn Chorus Day. Catch the song birds out on the marshes; walk starts at 6am.  Booking essential: ham.wall@rspb.org.uk

 

The Frome Independent and the Clevedon Sunday market, Sun 6 May

First Sunday of the month? Take your pick from two indy markets up in north Somerset or down in the east.

 

Art, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 7–Sat 12 May

Photo: John Swannell

Loved this play when it came out (I was a babe in arms, obvs) and I wasn’t the only one – Yasmina Reza’s comedy about friendship, prejudice and tolerance has won every award going and become one of the most successful plays ever. In this production: Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson (currently in BBC 1’s The Split).

 

Simonsbath Festival, Simonsbath, Exmoor, Mon 7 May – Thurs 21 June

Music, art, walks and talks on Exmoor over six weeks from May Day to Midsummer.

 

Family Day, Mill on the Brue, Bruton, Mon 7 May

Every member of the family aged 8 + welcome to tackle assault courses, whizz down zip wires and scramble up climbing walls – or just run around – at this fab outdoor activity centre.

 

Mayfest, venues around Bristol, Thurs 10–Sun 20 May

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Give me your love. Weds 16–Sat 19 May, Tobacco Factory

Bristol’s unique international festival of contemporary theatre, with a broad range of unusual, playful and ambitious work from leading theatre makers from Bristol, the UK and beyond.

 

Made in Somerset, The White Hart, Thurs 10 May

Tea Green Ceylon shopper

Jewellery, ceramics, luxurious leather and organic skincare from 30 Somerset designer-makers and artisan producers. Sold in support of Etatu, a local charity aiming to educate and improve life for children Msambweni, Kenya.

 

Bath Festival, various venues around the city, Fri May 11–Sun 27 May

Photo Matt Crockett

Seventeen day multi-arts festival in the festival’s 70th year (happy birthday!). Names include Robert Webb, Ben Okri, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Professor Green, Lionel Shriver, Ruth Jones….Huge family friendly street extravaganza – from electro-swing to cheerleading to Chinese shadow-puppetry – on Fri 18 May. See the full programme.

 

Wedmore Arts Festival, venues around Wedmore, Fri 11–Sat 19 May

From the big to the small: an arts festival in miniature with music, drama, comedy, literature etc with Radio 4’s Jeremy Hardy, jazzer Clare Teal, naturalist Simon King and Mr M. Eavis, of course.

 

Somerset Day, various venues around Somerset, Fri 11 May

In honour of King Alfred the Great’s routing of the Vikings from his stronghold in the Somerset marshes in May 878 … lots of local events around the county, many of them involving tea and cake.

 

Somerset Garden Day, gardens around Somerset, including yours, Sun May 13

Fingers crossed for a sunny day. Get out into the garden, maybe ask friends over. Take a pic of yourself wearing a floral crown – you could nab yourself a £500 garden voucher.

 

Blowzabella, Halsway Manor, nr Crowcombe, Sat 12 May

Photo Lieve Boussauw

International folk legends celebrate 4o years with a concert, picnic and a dance in the Quantocks.

 

Miss Saigon, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 16–Sat 23 June

Ashley Gilmour ‘Chris’ and Sooha Kim ‘Kim’. Photo Johan Persson.

Tissues at the ready for the beautiful revived musical that follows Kim’s desperate struggle to find her beloved, during the last days of the Vietnam War. Read the Muddy review.

 

Secret Postcard Auction, Royal West of England Academy, Thurs 17 May

Bid for a chance to win postcard-sized artworks created and signed by the likes of  Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Gilbert & George and Axel Scheffler (though you won’t know who did what until the end).

 

Party in the City: museums at night,  Roman Baths, Bath, Fri 18 May

Feel a bit naughty by being in the Roman Baths after hours. Jig around to live music, sip some booze and if the mood takes you, follow the burning torches into the museum itself. Part of the Museums at Night Festival 2018, where a whole bunch of museums across the UK opening their doors at night between Weds 16–Fri 18 May. Same thing happens around Halloween.

 

Seven Decades of Sound, M Shed, Bristol, Sat 19 May–Sat 30 Sept

Photo: Frank Passingham & Simon Edwards

With more festivals than you can shake a stick at, fiercely independent venues and a rich mix of styles, genres and sound, Bristol’s reputation is one of a musical juggernaut. This exhibition tells the city’s musical story from the 50s onwards. That’s me, 5th from the right.

 

A Celebration of Flowers, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath Sat 19–Sun 2 Sept

Renowned colour expert and fabric designer Kaffe Fassett and long-term collaborator Candace Bahouth, fill the gallery with flower inspired quilts, needlepoints, mosaic candlesticks, benches, a chandelier – and this shoe.

 

FlashbackFestival, Yeovil Showground, Yeovil Sat 19 May

Boob tubes on and dance your way through the 70s, 80s and 90s with disco dynamos Boney M, not so boyish now East 17 and Dutch euro dance band The Vengaboys (who they? ed). With support from Filta, Cornish SKA band Rudi’s Message and Yeovil-based Snakebyte.

 

The Glitter Run, Wincanton, Sun 20 May

Fairies and unicorns will be sprinkling (environmentally-friendly) glitter over the runners, walkers, skippers and jumpers on this 5k course in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice.

 

Stacey Kent, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Thurs 24 May

The jazzer is stopping off in Taunton on her UK tour, following the release of her new album ‘I Know I Dream’.

 

BalletBoyz, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, Thurs 24 May

Photo: Panayiotis Sinnos

Breathtaking dance moves with bods to match from the stunningly talented company of contemporary male dancerz.

 

Alexander Calder, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, Sat 26 May–Sun 9 Sept

Alexander Calder, Sword Plant, 1947, Sheet metal, wire and paint. 97.8 x 78.7 x 72.4/38 1/2 x 31 x 28 1/2 © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / DACS London

Famously known for inventing the mobile, Calder also made a whole load of other stuff from wire sculptures, paintings,  jewellery, furniture, domestic objects, and monumental public commissions across the world – 80 of which are on display in the new exhibition ‘From the Stoney River to the Sky’.

 

Wells Comedy Fest, various venues around Wells, Fr1 25 – Sun 27 May

Andy Hollingworth

England’s smallest city punches well above its comedy weight with 64 shows over one weekend. From James Acaster to Mark Watson and everyone in between. The full line up.   Act fast to get the last tix.

 

Phill Jupitus: Juplicity, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, Sat 26 May

Adult themes and situations, but delivered childishly. Right up my street then.

 

Paloma Faith and Robert Plant,Bath Recreation Ground, Bath, Sat 26 & Sun 27 May

Not just the awesome Paloma and Bob but Alison Moyet, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Midge Ure and many more at the grande finale weekend of the Bath Festival.

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