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Muddy Guide: Thurs 16-Weds 22 Feb

Lots of ideas for kids in the Muddy Half Term Guide Guide but for adults only (but not like that!) read on

Belle du Jour, The Seed Factory, Aller, Sun 19 Feb

Bored upper middle class housewife Catherine Deneuve takes a job as a prostitute in a Parisien brothel, as you do. The Ebenezers present Buñuel‘s masterpiece, with Dr Jimmy Hay, lecturer in Film and TV at Bristol University, making some insightful comments beforehand. Your 10 quid ticket also gives you tea, soft drinks  and a madeleine ou deux.  Doors open 5pm for 5.30pm start. Book by email: [email protected]

Sound of the Sirens, The Brewhouse, Fri 17 Feb

Abbe Martin and Hannah Woods are the Sirens; the sound is foot-stomping, compelling folk rock. They’re almost local: the gals hail from Exeter.

St Joan, National Theatre Live Screening, various cinemas across Somerset,Thurs 16 Feb, 7pm

Gemma Arterton is said to be outstanding as the militant visionary in this Phyllida Lloyd production which puts St Joan in medieval costume and all the men in modern dress.  She seems to be battling a male-dominated world of high finance and politics, with Bloomberg share prices between scenes and the voice of Evan Davis to update military events.  Find a cinema near you.

Chocolate workshop, Congresbury, Mon 20 Feb

Learn how to cook up the stuff, use moulds and make handmade chocs packaged up with ribbons and bows to take away (or eat in the car). All this in a two-hour workshop.

A Mendip Winterreise, Cedar Hall, Wells,  Sun 19 Feb

Not a city concert hall (see, there are trees outside) but Somerset’s newest, impressive performing arts venue. Cedar Halls, a £9.4 million, state-of-the-art concert hall designed by award-winning architect Eric Parry, is in the grounds of Wells Cathedral School. Go check it out this weekend when German baritone Johannes Kammler and pianist Roger Vignoles will be performing Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise or Winter Journey accompanied by stunning images of the Somerset countryside.


Richard Alston Dance Company, The Octagon, Yeovil, Thurs 23 Feb

A night of contemporary dance with global musical influences: Tangent (by the father of Tango Nuovo the Argentinian Astor Piazolla), Isthmus Remix and Holderlin Fragments (music by Japanese Jo Kondo and Benjamin Britten respectively) and Nomadic with Nomadic Asian-influenced traditional Romany singing with a touch of urban beat.

Funny Girl, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 21-Sat 25 March

Photo: Johan Persson

The brilliant Sheridan Smith is funny girl Fanny Brice. The show charts Brice’s rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star with iconic songs like the lip quivering ‘People’ and uber exuberant ‘Don’t rain on my parade’ along the way. The show’s on tour after record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and the Savoy Theatre, so should be good.

Weekend Comedy Course with Jill Edwards, Komedia, Bath, Sat 17 – Sun 18 June

Shappi Khorsandi, Seann Walsh, Angela Barnes and Romesh Ranganathan all attribute much of their comedy success to Jill Edwards’ inspirational teaching. You can discover your ‘inner comic’ too. Jill will teach you how to create, write and perform stand up over a weekend, culminating in a show in front of family and friends in the Komedia’s Arts Cafe. Eeek.


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