MON 11 – SUN 17 MARCH
THEATRE: Stones in his Pocket, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 11 – Sat 16 March
Hollywood film studio descends on a rural Irish village to make a historical blockbuster on location. Winner of Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy.
THEATRE: Falling, Tacci-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Tues 12 March
Alice pops out to fetch some apples from the shed and disappears down a hole that’s suddenly appeared on the lawn. A mother and daughter relationship, life’s frailty and our sense of security. Eek. From the Exeter-based Theate Alibi.
FILM: Bohemian Rhapsody, The Queens Arms, Corton Denham, Tues 12 March
Enjoy an Oscar winning performance, a meal and a pint of local ale or glass of wine at one of Somerset’s best pubs. Booking essential: 01963 220317
DANCE: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 12 March
Must-see iconic ballet with male swans all round: thrilling, audacious, witty, heart-wrenching. Read our interview with the show’s star Max Westall.
FASHION: Spring Sale, Waller & Wood, Bath, Thurs March 14
Wearable art: unique dresses, jackets, scarves from a textile designer inspired by the city of Bath. Go see ‘Grit’, Carole Waller’s new Spring collection. Send Carole an email via her website (below) and she’ll send you an invite to the launch party.
MUSIC: Beth Orton, Cheese & Grain Frome, Thurs 14 March
The clubbing scene’s ‘comedown queen’, Brit Award winner (Best British Female Artist) Beth Orton bridges the gap between folk and electronica.
FASHION: The Somerset Stylists: Fashion House Party, Sparkford Hall, nr Yeovil, Fri 15 March
Vintage, pre-loved and bespoke fashion brands dotted around the main hall, library and upstairs in the glorious bedrooms and bathrooms of this Somerset mansion. DJ, bar and food with room to party after you’ve shopped. Come to buy or to sell.
MUSIC: Sara, Deborah and Friends, Fri 15 March at the Ilminster Arts Centre & Sat 16 March, at CICCC Taunton
Part of the classical music Concerts in the West 2019 series, violinist Sara Deborah Timossi, cellist Lucy Scotchmer and Johan Löfving on theorbo (that whopping great big lute) play chamber music by the likes of Paganini and Mozart.
OUTDOORS: West of England Game Fair, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sat 16 & Sun 17 March
Huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ stuff all weekend. Buy, try, watch, eat, drink.
ART: A Life in Colour: the Art of Doris Hatt, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Sat 16 March – Sat 29 June
Somerset feminist, socialist and pioneer of British modernism, Doris Hatt’s landscapes – including Clevedon, Watchet, East Quantoxhead and Wedmore – portraits and still lifes from the 1920s to 1970s. Entry: pay what you think.
EXHIBITION: British Tattoo Art Revealed, MShed, Bristol, Sat 16 March – Sun 16 June
To tattoo or not to tattoo isn’t really the question, with one in five of Brits now inked. I mean, even David Dimbleby’s got one. With over 400 original artworks, photos and historic artefacts, this is the UK’s biggest exhibition showcasing the heritage of tattooing as an art form.
OUTDOORS: The Bath Half, around the city, Sun 17 March
The two lap, 13.1 mile run is the largest charity fundraiser in the South West.
PLANTS: Rare plant fair, The Bishop’s Palace, Sun 17 March
Make your neighbours green with envy with unusual stuff they won’t have.
MUSIC: 10 CC, Bristol Hippodrome, Sun 17 March
Relive your teens?
OUTDOORS: Stock car and banger racing, Smeathorpe, Sun 17 March
Cover your ears as old bangers screech, smash and lose their wheels around a racetrack on a disused aerodrome – then watch them hammered back into shape ready for the next race. A strangely exhilarating day out. Kids go free if you print off a voucher beforehand.
COMEDY: The Showing Off Must Go On: Ardal O’Hanlon, Komedia, Bath, Sun 17 March
O’Hanlon (Father Ted, Death in Paradise) saddles up his high horse and rides into the culture wars in his brand new stand up show.
THEATRE: Richard III, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, until Sat 13 April
Tom Mothersdale (Peaky Blinders, The Glass Menagerie) as Shakespeare’s iconic villan in a production from the Royal & Derngate, Northampton and the Oxford Playhouse. Read our review.
ART: Figures and Faces, Andelli Art, South Horrington, nr Wells, until Sat 30 March
Contemporary and 20th century artists’ fascination with the human form using a wide range of styles, mediums and techniques. From the powerful, troubling beauty in the paintings of Justin Mortimer and Phil Hale, the realism of Daniel Sequeira, to the symbolic and devotional imagery of Leslie Glenn Dahmus. And it’s all for sale. Tues to Sat, 10am – 6pm.
THEATRE: A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, until Sun 6 April
Hidden agendas, flawed relationships, wild self-abandonment– the course of true love never runs smooth. Mad, bad romance in a new and dynamic interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy. Read our review.