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Event cinema: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Tues 15 May

No pumpkin coaches or magic wands in Matthew Bourne’s version of the famous fairy tale set in World War II London.  If you missed it when it was at the Bristol Hippodrome recently, here’s your chance to see a special recording of the show followed by a live-screened Q&A with the choreographer himself.


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

box man

Ex-soldier and budding rock star Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in Wales when his friend Leuan arrives with methylenedioxymethamphetamine (did I spell that right?) which he says helped his own post-traumatic stress. This Ridiculusmus production is part of Mayfest, Bristol’s unique international festival of contemporary theatre running until Sat 20 May.


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. We’ll be reviewing this next week.


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).


Tim Vine: Sunset Milk Idiot,  Westlands, Yeovil, Thurs 17 & Fri 18 May

Former world record holder of the most jokes told in an hour (499) comes to Yeovil to tell a few new ones.


Party in the City, central Bath, Friday 18 May

The streets, parks and over 34 venues around the city will be alive with the sound of (free) music of every genre from 5.30p onwards. Part of the Bath Festival, which runs until Sun 27 May. See the full programme.


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.


Flashback Festival, 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 Racecourse, 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.

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