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The War of the Worlds, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Mon 5 March

Excellent touring theatre company The Pantaloons use just four actors with less than average intelligence in their version of HG Wells’ sci-fi classic.

ROH Live: Carmen, cinemas around Somerset, Tues 6 March

If you were watching this at the Royal Opera House you’d have to fork out £125+ a ticket. Find a cinema near you to watch the live screening for considerably less.

Hairspray, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 5–Sat 10 March

It’s Baltimore ’62 and chubby white chick Tracy Turnblad is on a mission to win Miss Teenage Hairspray, fighting racism along the way and ending up with the hunk.  Interestingly, loosely based on real events (without the same happy ending).

POW! Power of Women,  Wincanton Town Hall, Thurs 8 March (and Watershed, Bristol, Sun 11 March)

Could you mentor young girls and young women? On International Women’s Day,  join the absolutely fabulous Lynne Franks with a screening of Suffragette and discuss how young women can be empowered through POW, her Somerset-based women’s mentoring and leadership initiative. Tel 01963 370857.  Can’t make that? Same thing at Watershed in Bristol on Sun 11 March.

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, The Pavilion, Bath, Fri 9 – Sun 11 March

Unusual stuff for you, your home and garden from an eclectic mix of dealers from around the UK. I’ve got my eye on the glam vintage handbags.

How (not) to live in Suburbia, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Sat 10 & Sun 11 March

Photo Claire Nolan

Woman moves from cramped inner city to leafy Twickenham and it doesn’t go well (but in a funny way).

Jimmy Osmond, Octagon, Yeovil, Sat 10 March

Yep, you read that right. The long haired lover from Liverpool comes to Yeovil with a band. Brothers and sister stay behind.

Rare Plant Fair, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sun 11 March

The sort of plants and flowers you don’t see every day on sale at The Bishop’s Palace.

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