What's on in pictures

Tiger Lillies back in the south west

THE Tiger Lillies, hailed as the Godfathers of alternative cabaret, come to the end of the seven-venue British leg of their European tour with performances at Taunton Brew­house and Bath Komedia on Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd June. Martyn Jacques founded the Tiger Lillies in 1989, and the trio’s current line up is multi-instrumentalist…

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Raising brass to the moon at Fonthill Bishop.

THE Cherubim Music Trust has organised to MidSummer Music Picnics, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June, at Compton Marbling in Font­hill Gifford. The trust, based in Tisbury, loans professional standard instruments to young musicians at the start of their careers and unable to bear the cost of purchase of instruments to suit their standards….

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Masterpiece tours at Stourhead

VISITORS to the National Trust’s Stourhead House in Wiltshire can learn more about the house’s stunning art and antique collections on one of a series of Masterpiece tours. A team of volunteers has researched and created these extended guided tours, which showcase highlights from the collection an­d explain the connections between them and the world-famous…

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Sidmouth rep season returns

BEAUTIFUL Sidmouth, one of Devon’s most attractive and historic seaside towns, has a special theatrical claim to fame as the home of what is believed to be the country’s only surviving traditional summer repertory season. The Manor Pavilion Theatre’s summer programme, produced by Paul Taylor-Mills, runs for 12 weeks, beginning on Thursday 20th June with…

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Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park is back

AWARD-winning chef and food writer Tom Kerridge brings his food and music festival, Pub in the Park, to Bath’s Royal Victoria Park over the weekend 21st to 23rd June. Following last year’s success, Pub in the Park returns with an array of pop-up pubs including Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers as well as The…

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Taste of Oz at Longleat food festival

THERE is a decidedly Australian flavour to this year’s Longleat Food and Drink Festival, on 22nd and 23rd June, celebrating the recent opening of Koala Creek. Now in its third year, the food and drink festival showcases the finest local produce while also celebrating international cuisine from around the world. Headlining the live cooking demonstrations…

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Soho stand-up winner at Lyme Regis

THE headline act at the  comedy club at Lyme Regis’ Marine Theatre on Saturday 29th June is the Soho Stand Up Comedy Award winner, Vikki Stone. A regular on the John Bishop Show and The Now Show, Vikki is joined by Phil Lucas, Tom Glover, and Dan Thomas, the presenter of S4C’s Gwerthu Allan. Vikki…

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APS summer dash through Shakespeare

THE versatile Amateur Players of Sherborne have chosen one of the cleverest and funniest plays of recent years for their summer show, on stage from 20th June. The Reduced Shakespeare Company quicky established a name as the “other” RSC when they launched their Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1987….

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GMC’s tribute to Notre Dame

GILLINGHAM Methodist Church’s organist Gordon Emery, organiser of the popular Music at GMC concert series, had already planned a concert of music associated with Notre Dame Cathedral when fire broke out on the roof of the Parisian landmark. Now he, and guest organist David Briggs, are specially determined that  the concert, on Friday 21st June,…

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Farley’s music festival

ALL Saints Church at Farley near Salisbury is preparing for the annual music festival, this year from Tuesday 18th to Saturday 23rd June. The music starts with a welcome return from Syrian pia­nist Riyad Nicolas, who has re­cently won the Liszt comp­etition in Budapest. He will play the Liszt Paganini Etude and Beethoven’s Sonata in…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in June

MIDSUMMER is almost on us (where did the year go!) and Dorset Wildlife Trust has a host of interesting and exciting events, many of them linked to the Get Dorset Buzzing theme to increase awareness of the importance of insects and pollinators in the environment. Saturday 8th – Flowers and Pollinators walk at Townsend Nature…

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Reflections in the Cathedral Refectory

WORLD-famous light installation artist Bruce Munro is on Wiltshire home ground with his latest work, Confluence, created for Salisbury Cathedral’s Refectory restaurant. Confluence, a shimmering display of five large panels, each made up of 240 colourful recycled CDs, was inspired the Cathedral’s site at the confluence of five rivers – the Avon and its tributaries…

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Lioness with a head for heights

FEARLESS Kiana is a lioness with a head for heights – the eight year old Longleat lioness climbed a 20 metre tall sycamore tree in the safari park. She seemed more like a mountain lion as she made short work of went up the giant tree in her wooded enclosure. Keepers say she has always…

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Improv comedy remix at Poole

THE Noise Next Door, the UK’s premier improv comedy group, are coming to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Thursday 20th June with their new Remix show, in the Sherling Studio at 7.45pm. The crazy, talented quartet will split sides, blow minds and drop jaws as they transform audience suggestions into ferociously funny scenes and songs…

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Ustinov Studio Bath

THE Ustinov Studio has another triumph on its hands with the UK premiere of Chris­topher Durang’s award-winning comedy, which has Chekhov’s plays at its core. Best known for his absurdist plays, Durang brilliantly  weaves academic theatrical parents, Chekhovian motifs and the fears and certainties of getting old into the lives of three siblings, Sonia the…

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Bath’s starry summer season under way

BATH Theatre Royal and its adjoining Ustinov Studio have a mouth-watering summer season in store,  opening with Janie Dee in a new modern version of Uncle Vanya, and continuing with Jen­nifer Saunders in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, directed by Richard Eyre. Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, on at the Ustinov Studio…

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It’s the Living Spit Living Quiz!

FAVOURITE improvisers and comic actors Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin, aka Living Spit, return to local venues in June and July with their own unique take on that pub favourite, the pub quiz. The Living Quiz is a quiz night with a twist! Every question is performed live: acted, sung, mimed or danced by Howard and…

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