MON 9 – SUN 15 SEPT 2019
Some of the cool stuff happening this month in Somerset and ever so slightly beyond.
Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas, venues around Somerset, Tues 10 Sept
As The Testaments – sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale – is released, see author Margaret Atwood in conversation and readings from the new book by special guests broadcast live to a host of participating cinemas.
Fleabag: NT Live, venues around Somerset, Thurs 12 Sept
Tickets for the West End run of Fleabag were hotter than Andrew Scott’s priest and sold out in minutes but you can still catch Phoebe Waller-Bridge doing her monologue of the dysfunctional 30-something beamed live from Soho Theatre on 12 Sept. Find your local screening on the link below but be quick, they’re selling out fast. Some cinemas are doing encore screenings.
Sky Safari, Longleat, nr Warminster, Fri 13 – Sun 15 Sept
Over 150 hot air balloons – including Simbaloo the lion and Adelaide the koala – soar into the sky in one of Europe’s biggest balloon fests, by day and by night. Included in a day ticket to Longleat.
Crimes on the Coast, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Fri 13 & Sat 14 Sept
Frome’s first professional touring company starts its inaugural tour on its home patch with a comedy thriller inspired by Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and PG Wodehouse. When a femme fatale comes to a sticky end at a secluded island hotel, all the guests are suspects.
Jason Rebello, Strode Theatre, Street, Sun 15 Sept
Thrilling improv and beautiful tunes from a superb jazz pianist who won most of the major jazz awards in his 2os, toured with Sting and Jeff Beck and won best new CD in 2016 British Jazz Awards.
The Man in the White Suit, Theatre Royal Bath, until Sat 21 Sept
When Sidney Stratton develops a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, manufacturers and trades unions are terrified by the threat it poses to their industry and their jobs until the mill owner’s daughter Daphne falls in love with Sid and has an idea. Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Green Wing), Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge, EastEnders) and Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Brookside) in world premiere stage adaptation of the classic Ealing Studios comedy.
Pride and Prejudice* (* sort of), Bristol Old Vic, until Sat 28 Sept
Rip-roaring and irreverent. Not words usually associated with Jane Austen. This all women-adaptation sounds brilliant. Watch this space for our review.
BODY:art, Black Swan Guild, Round Tower (Black Swan Arts), Frome, until Sun 6 Oct
Fascinating exhibition curated by jewellery designer-maker Ellie Swinhoe with work by members of the Black Swan Guild and guests. The show explores themes around the body and body adornment and use of the body in art – like Ellie’s own pieces (above) which were inspired by the 17th century ‘lover’s eyes’, miniatures depicting a loved one’s eyes, worn as pendants, rings, broaches and bracelets.
RE-FORMATION, Heritage Courtyard Gallery & Studios and The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, until Sun 6 October
The acclaimed art gallery is showcasing 25 of Somerset and the West Country’s finest contemporary artists and makers in ‘Re-formation’, an exhibition of painting, drawing, ceramics, moving image, collage, textiles, installation, print making, glass, mosaic and more. Also on the bill, a talk by renowned print maker and mural artist Philippa Threlfall, a panel-led discussion hosted by sculptor Martin Cody, an evening reception and a concert by Jenny Bliss and Yair Avidor with The Amphion Consort. Should keep everyone busy.
Disney’s The Lion King, Bristol Hippodrome, until Sat 23 Nov
The first Disney animation with an original story (and more than a few passing resemblances to Hamlet) on stage with a cast from around the world.
May Contain Seeds Two, East Lambrook Manor Gardens, nr South Petherton, until Sat 14 Sept
Super Somerset garden sculptor Chris Kamp’s work, inspired by the humble hedgerow – cow parsleys, teasels, grasses, wild roses and ferns – as well as flowers like rudbeckia and allium, in amongst the real thing. Simply stunning.