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Somerset’s Fab Five

Improv comedy, a new take on a classic play,  theatrical ballet, multi-media art in a container and Bristol fashion on the runway…take your pick

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums, Bath Forum, Sat 1 April

Come prepared to call out witty suggestions to the chums –Paul Merton, Suki Webster, Niall Ashdown, Lee Simpson and Richard Vranch on piano – surely the masters of improvised comedy? One of the opening events for the Bath Comedy Festival, which runs from April Fool’s Day (of course) to Mon 17 April.

Pygmalion, Theatre Royal, Bath,Tues 4-Sat 8 April

Prof of Phonetics Higgins accepts a bet from a pal to pass flower girl Eliza off as a duchess. As you can tell from the pic, this is a radical re-imagining of the Bernard Shaw classic about two opposites, Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle trying to find a common language.

Severn Sea, Contains Art, Watchet, Sat 1 April – Mon 1 May

Installation artist-in-residence Richard Broomhill and aptly named animator Mark Fish combine sculpture, drone shots and computer game animation as they go swimming in the Seven and bring sharks to the shipping container art gallery on Watchet quayside.

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 4-Sat 8 April

Based on the Powell & Pressburger 1948 film of the same name and the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, this is Matthew Bourne’s take on the story of the ballerina forced to choose between ambition and lurve. It’s had rave reviews in London; you can read my review here next week.

Bristol Fashion Week, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, until Sun 2 April

Bristol fashion, Bristol fashion. Forget haute couture on the stick thin models on the runway at London Fashion Week – here’s your chance to see high street fashion on real women (and men) on the catwalk in Bristol. Hosted by Mark Heynes and Henry Holland, there are several shows in the purpose-built pavilion each day.


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