The Arts Section

Jitney, Bath Theatre Royal

AMERICAN playwright August Wilson wrote a cycle of ten plays about his home city of Pittsburg, and Jitney was the first written, and the last performed. It is set in the early 1970s in an area of the city where licensed taxis didn’t venture, so was served by unofficial “jitneys”. The action takes place in…

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Arabian Nights on tour

TAUNTON Thespians are on their summer tour, this year bringing a new adaptation of the Tales from 1001 Arabian Nights to historic venues across Somerset, until Director Lorna Evans has adapted the stories for this new dramatisation, which features more than 60 colourful costumes, with music, dance, songs, comedy, drama and a final magical sparkling…

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A beloved monster on stage

YEOVIL’s Beatnik Theatre Company has taken over the Octagon Theatre for a production of the much-loved Shrek the Musical, and sold out the whole run from 20th to 23rd July. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure with a hilarious script that brings all the…

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In a world of his own

BILLY is an incurable liar – an idle, dishonest young man, he lives in a world of his own, escaping from his boring life into a world of dreams. Amateur Players of Sherborne have chosen this classic 1960s comedy by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall for the summer production at the Studio Theatre, from Monday…

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A modern American classic

JITNEY, a ground-breaking play by the African American dramatist August Wilson, comes to Bath’s Theatre Royal,  from Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th July, direct from its acclaimed London premiere at the Old Vic. Directed by Tinuke Craig, Jitney explores the fragile bond between eight men as they live and work in a racially segregated, post-Vietnam…

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The Thrill of Love, Swan Theatre, Yeovil

MONDAY 18th July 2022 was one of the hottest days on record in this country, and the heat lasted into the night, which in many places saw record temperatures. It was not a night to be in 1950s style clothes under theatre lighting. So, firstly, congratulations on the professionalism of the Swan Theatre cast for…

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Adventures in the desert

TWO film-makers set off from Devon to drive the notorious Plymouth to Dakar route, and on to the Gambia – their adventures and the people they met were filmed and the resulting documentary will be shown at the Athenaeum theatre at Warminster on Wednesday 27th July at 7.30pm. Daniel Petkoff, a locally-based osteopath, print-maker, photographer…

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When your dad is …

CHARLOTTE Johnson finds politics boring. That’s pretty difficult if your family is the UK equivalent of the Kennedys. But the rising star of stand-up has looked at her life and turned it into a very funny show, My Dad Boris and Other Lies, which gets its Edinburgh Fringe preview at Exeter’s Phoenix arts centre on Wednesday…

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Educating Rita at the Ath

WARMINSTER’s versatile and talented Athenaeum Limelight Players (ALPs) are staging a production of Willy Russell’s brilliant two-hander, Educating Rita, at the Athenaeum Theatre from Thursday 21st July to Saturday 23rd at 7.30pm. Famously and successfully filmed with Julie Walters and Michael Caine, the play is a witty yet poignant look at a working-class woman’s attempts…

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