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Muddy guide: Thurs 17-Weds 23 Nov

 Jo Caulfield, Bridgwater Arts Centre, Fri 18 Novjo-caulfield

Life’s never as straightforward as it should be is it? Award-winning stand up takes a look at life’s potential traps, from the minefields of dating, relationships and divorce to booking a holiday or joining a pub quiz team. What can go wrong, how to deal with it (or make everyone else suffer with you). If you miss this show, you can catch Jo at the Merlin Theatre in Frome on Sat 19 Nov.

Chinese State Circus, The Octagon, Yeovil, Tues 22 Nov

img_5606Non-stop, breathtaking (and possibly stomach-churning) action from 30 of the world’s best acrobats, aerial artists and jugglers and masters of martial arts, the Shaolin Warriors, in a new production called ‘Dynasty’ (no, Joan’s not in it).

Silent Disco, Komedia Bath, Fri 18 Nov

new-silent-disco-squarePut on your headphones, select your DJ (there are two – one playing 100 pop/urban current and classics the other playing rock/indie/alternative) – and party. Starts at 11pm, you can buy tickets here.

Mark Thomas, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Fri 18 Nov (and other dates and venues)

107141A story of strikes, fights, dinner ladies and commies:  The Red Shed is Thomas’ new show, named after the Wakefield Labour Club where he first started to perform in public and politically came of age.  This UK tour comes to Frome Fri 18 Nov, the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater on Thurs 1 Dec and The Brewhouse, Taunton on Tues 21 Feb 2017.

The Woman in Black, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 21-Sat 26 Nov

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre. Directed by Robin Herford (Taken 26-07-16) ©Tristram Kenton 07/16 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email:

Photo: Tristram Kenton

Test your nerve with ‘the most terrifying live theatre experience in the world’. A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by a ‘Woman in Black’, engages a young actor to help tell his story and exorcise his fear. As they reach deeper into his darkest memories, the border between make believe and reality starts to blur and the flesh begins to creep…oooh er, missus.

Late night Christmas shopping in the Great House at Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, Thurs 17 Novyulefest-image

Yep, Christmas is definitely on it’s way. Munch on a mince pie, slurp some mulled and listen to a choir sing Christmas carols, while you ponder the splendid array of Christmas decorations (20% off this evening) and Christmassy food, drink and gifts up at The Great House. From 5.30pm-8pm. If you spend over £20, you get a free gift. Get a preview here.

St Cecilia’s Day Concert, Cooper Hall, Frome,  Sat 19 Novwenche

Well-known (in Norway) vocalist Wenche Losnegård comes to Frome with bassist Audun Ellingsen and cellist Gregor Riddell in a concert which crosses cultures and genres, in celebration of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, cinemas across Somerset, from Fri 18 Nov

3585Swashbuckling magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has adventures with a secret community of wizards and witches in 1920s New York City – 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.  JK Rowling’s debut as a screen writer and awesome special effects. Spot Johnny Depp’s cameo. Find a cinema near you here.

Lady Maisery, Halsway Manor, nr Crowcombe, Sun 20 Nov


Apparently this trio, a hot ticket on the English folk scene, are brilliant at ‘diddling’, a form of singing without words – but they also play the fiddle, banjo, harp, concertina, accordion and foot percussion (which is…?).

The Nutcracker, The Octagon, Yeovil, Sun 20 Nov

russian-state-ballet-nutcracker-lst172599Jeté off into the Christmas season with the archetypal Christmas ballet: girl’s given a nutcracker doll which turns into a prince who fights a mouse king and they all dance off to the Land of Snow to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.


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