The Arts Section

Festive glow at Brimsmore Gardens

THE Garden Centre Association’s annual Christmas competition once again brought an award for the Gardens Group, this time for Brimsmore Gardens at Yeovil, which was awarded third place in national judging. Up against garden centres from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including big names within the industry, Brimsmore Gardens was recognised as one…

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A yuletide truckle from Quicke’s,

CHRISTMAS is a time when most cheese-lovers enjoy some special treats, whether it’s a great Stilton (with or without port) or one of the country’s finest traditional Cheddars, for which we are spoiled for choice! Among the best are the three great Somerset traditional farmhouse Cheddars, from Keens near Wincanton, Montgomerys of North Cadbury and…

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Jazzing it up at Fisherton Mill

FISHERTON Mill’s popular Jazz Brunch makes a special appearance this Christmas, with a festive feast on Christmas Eve morning, after you’ve done your shopping among the colourful crafts and gifts by some of the region’s finest makers. The Victorian mill off Fisherton Street at Salisbury, includes a gallery and studios, with work by contemporary artists…

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Mirror polished at the Octagon

ALL ready for  five weeks of fun and laughter, the Octagon company in Yeovil has made sure the mirror is polished and the apple is nice and red and juicy. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, on until Sunday 5th January, stars Lizzie Frances,  Thom Ford,  Jack Glanville, and Gordon Cooper. For more details, telephone …

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Cinderella, Frome Merlin Theatre

THE Merlin Theatre Produc­tions Christmas show this year is a community presentation of a new version of Cinderella, written and direc­ted by Claudia Pepler with new music by Joseph Church. Making full use of the wide, deep stage, with a 45-strong cast, this is a fresh reading of the original story that ins­pired the world’s…

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Living Spit tiptoes into ballet

THE multiple talents of Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin are well-known from their inventive Living Spit performances, but this Christmas the fearless pair are tackling classical dance, to bring their own version of the world’s favourite ballet, Swan Lake, for three Artsreach dates, from 13th to 15th December. Working with Somerset-based Theatre Orchard – and with…

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Laura Lexx at Lyme Regis

MULTI-award winning comedian Laura Lexx, who has starred in Live at the Apollo Christmas special, headlines the December Lyme Regis Comedy Club on Saturday 14th December from 8pm. Laura is supported by Jon Wagstaffe and Morgan Rees. She has also appeared on At The Edinburgh Festival (BBC Two), The Comedy Club (BBC Radio 4 Extra),…

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Robin Hood at Salisbury Playhouse

THIS year the posters advertising Christmas shows are  jostling for space with those pushing candidates for a general election.  Both have their  pantomime elements, but if it’s fun, good humour, slick jokes, colourful costumes and a large dose of love that you want, I’d suggest Salisbury Play­house’s Robin Hood. It’s Good Good Good! It was…

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A Christmas Carol, Bristol Old Vic

SO successful was last season’s production of A Christ­mas Carol at Bristol Old Vic that they decided to bring it back again for 2019/20, with some new music and a substantially new cast. This time John Hopkins is at its centre, a more vulnerable Ebenezer Scrooge than Felix Hayes’s sonorous curmudgeon last Christmas, and more…

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Boing!, Bristol Old Vic Weston Studio.

JUST how difficult IS it to sleep on the night before Christmas, when you’re waiting for the sound of Santa’s reindeer in the sky? You can find out in the studio theatre at Bristol Old Vic until 5th January, when Travelling Light brings its favourite show back to the historic venue. This time the performers…

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