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West Country acts on stage

There’s a West Country flavour to some of the shows this month with a show at the egg Theatre in Bath’s Theatre Royal prosaically called Yer Tiz on Saturday 21st while at Rondo in Bath there’s a one-man show about the closing of the Strawberry Line on the 18th and at the Bristol Old Vic there’s a play about the city’s celebrated Jamaican Alfred Fagon. And I’ve not even mentioned comics Bill Bailey from Bath and Sally-Anne Hayward who both have shows on in Weston-super-Mare’s Blakehay and the Bristol Hippodrome respectively.

The West Country and the Strawberry Line

Strawberry Line THEATRE

Wed 4-Sat 7 Sep. Crave. Drama about losing your mind.

Tue 10-Sat 14 Sep. Persistence of Memory. Father and daughter drama about losing your memory.

Blakehay Theatre. Wadham Street, Weston-super-Mare. Box Office, 01934 645 493 (open 10am-2pm)

Fri 13 Sep. Stand Up Comedy. Sally-Anne Hayward comperes with Dana Alexander and Andrew Bird.

Bristol Hippodrome. St Augustine’s Parade Bristol BS1 4UZ. Tel 0844 871 3012. Bristol-Hippodrome-tickets-Bristol/venue/443810

Tue 27 Aug-Sat 14 Sep. Ghost: The Musical. Romantic musical about the power of love.

Tue 17-Sat 21 Sep. Cabaret. Pop Idol Will Young appears as Emcee in the musical version of Christopher Isherwood’s novel set in 1930s Berlin.

Sun 22 Sep. Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance. 7.30pm. West End performers breath new life into a range of MGM classics and recent musicals including Jersey Boys.

Wed 25-Sat 28 Sep. Bill Bailey. Qualmpeddlar. 8pm. Comedian Bill worries about the world and dentists.

Sun 29 Sep. Ha Ha Holmes. Comedy version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective with Joe Pasquale.

Mon 30 Sep-Sat 5 Oct. Thriller. West End spectacular pays homage to Michael Jackson’s music and dance.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre. King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED England. Box Office: 0117 987 7877 tickets@bristololdvic. Website:

13 July-1 Sept. The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Childrens’ theatre. Outside in King Street. Various times.

Wed 11-Sat 14 Sep. Missing. Amit Lahav’s physical journey into the depths of human psyche.

Wed 11-Sat 14 Sep. The Self Trilogy. One man’s life through standup, storytelling, images and clowning.

Thu 19-Sat 21 Sep. Hold Everything Dear. Compelling new dance show partly based on John Berger’s book.

Wed 25-Sat 28 Sep. Words by Alfred Fagon. Cabaret style tribute to Bristol’s famous Jamaican.

Fri 27 Sep-Sat 2 Nov. Great Expectations. Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Dickens’ novel.

Clevedon Community Centre. 2 Princes Rd, BS21 7SZ. Tel: 01275 873405;

Wed 11-Sat 14 Sep. Les Miserables School Edition Clevedon Light Opera Club Juniors perform the junior version of musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel set against the June Rebellion of 1932 in Paris. 7.30pm.

Exeter Northcott Theatre. Stocker Road EX4 4QB. Ffi: 01392 493 493. Website:

Fri 13-Sun 15 Sep. Dinosaur Zoo. Show for children. Wed 25-Sat 28 Sep. Educating Rita. Bittersweet drama.

Merlin Theatre. Bath Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2HG. Tel: 01373 465949;; www.

Sun 15 Sep. Ordures et Menagere (Household Rubbish). 3pm. £10/£7. Brilliant French Company Hors Piste use music, dance and physical theatre in this hilarious drama. At Batcombe Village hall on Sat 14 Sep at 4.30pm.

Fri 20 Sep. The Price of Everything. 7.45pm. £5. Comedy lecture by Daniel Bye. Free glass of milk.

Nailsea Little Theatre.6 Union Street BS48 4BB; 0777 298 1037;

Nothing on in September but in October they stage Brian 22

1960s: Theatre Royal Bath stage The Private Ear and The Public Eye with Siobhan O’ Kelly, Steven Blakeley, Jasper Britton, Rupert Hill. Photo: Shaun Webb

Thu 19 Sep. Magic in Music. Youngsters entertain. Sat 21 Sep. Private Peaceful: The Concert. Sun 22 Sep. Jeremy Hardy. Stand-up comedy. Thu 26 Sep. London Handel Players. Classical music. Sat 28 Sep. Let Me Entertain You. The Final.

Playhouse Theatre. High Street, Weston-super-Mare. Tel: 01934 645544. Website: Wed 4 Sep. Call me Dusty. Tribute to Ms Springfield. Fri 6 Sep. Rabbit and Skiffle. Music show. Sat 7 Sep. Let’s Hang On. Frankie Valli tribute. Thu 12-Sat 14 Sep. Bugle Boy. Glen Miller show. Sun 22 Sep. Pam Ayres. Poet and racontuer. Fri 27 Sep. One Night of Elvis. Tribute. Sat 28 Sep. Vagina Monologues. Female friendly show. Sun 29 Sep. Seth Lakeman. Award winning folk singer.

District in particular has an acute shortage of theatres - but makes up for the lack of auditoriums with mulit-purpose spaces such as town and village halls, community centres and sports and social clubs that let our their function rooms for productions. In the past I’ve seen shows in Clevedon’s Community Centre, Axbridge’s Town Hall, what was Winscombe’s British Legion and now social club - and Sandford’s Village Hall. One of the best equipped local theatres is in Wells - at the Little Theatre - check it out this month for a production of the Pajama Game.

Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa - an evocative Irish drama.

Octogan Theatre. Hendford, Yeovil BA20 1UX; 01935 422884;

Thu 5 Sep. Pride and Prejudice. Chapterhouse stage Jane Austen’s story of love, rivalry and social manners.

Alma Theatre. 18-20 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2HY. 0117 973 5171;

Fri 6 Sep. Last Night at The Proms. British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Fraser Goulding. Sat 7 Sep. One Night Of Elvis. Tribute show.

Mon 9 Sep. Ha Ha Holmes. Comedy version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective with Joe Pasquale. Thu 12. Forever In Blue Jeans. Music and dance show. Sat14-Sun 15 Sep. Let me Entertain you. Talent show. Wed 18 Sep. Echo. Stunning all male dance show.

Local theatre groups are in rehearsals for shows, plays and pantomimes later this year - I know the farce London Assurance is being planned in Wedmore, Hamlet is pencilled in for November in Axbridge and in Wells they are staging Goldilocks and the Three Bears this Christmas. Talking of pantomimes we’d love to hear about your production so we can give a round up this autumn to maximise ticket sales for community theatre groups - so send in your details (however scant they are at present) and we’ll give them some publicity.


Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1EH. Tel: 01278 784464.

Sat 7 Sep. Gypsy in Concert. Opera and poplular song.

Rondo Theatre. St Saviour’s Road, Bath. 01225 463362 ; Thu 12 Sep. Steve Hughes: While it’s still legal. Comic. Fri 13-Sat 14 Sep. The Malting Door. Kafka-esque drama.

Wed 18 Sep. The Misunderstood Dr Beeching. Shane Morgan’s one man show unmasks the wretched man. Thu 19 Sep. Gordan Giltrap. 1970s guitarist in concert. Sat 21-Sun 22 Sep. The Persistence of Memory. Drama. Wed 25, Sat 28 Sep. Pencoweth. Cornish folk music.

Strode Theatre. Street. Tel: 01458 442846.

Tue 17 Sep. Live film screening of Turandot. From the Royal Opera House. 7.15pm. Sung in Italian.

Thu 26 Sep. Live film screening of Othello. From the National Theatre. 7pm. Shakespeare’s tragedy of love.

Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. School Road, Taunton TA2 8PD. 01823 41 41 41; info@tacchi-morris. com.

Fri 6 Sep. Singalong Grease. Amdram musical show.

Wed 11 Sep. Antara. Dance and poetry show.

Fri 13 Sep. RAFA Wings Appeal Concert. Music night.

Sat 21 Sep. Thru The Years. Simon and Garfunkel tribute.

Thu 26 Sep. Tin Rocket. Niki McCretton’s comedy show.

Theatre Royal Bath. Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, North and East Somerset, England BA1 1ET. Box Office: 01225 448844. Includes The egg Theatre and Ustinov Studio.

Wed 4-Sat 14 Sep. Another Country. 1930s public school coming of age drama first produced in 1982. Main House.

Wed 11-Sat 14 Sep. House of Bernada. All female Spanish drama written by the murdered writer Lorca. egg.

Thu 12-Sat 30 Sep. Ustinov’s Spanish Golden Age season: A Lady of Little Sense; Don Gil of the Green Breeches; Pubishment Without Revenge. 17th century classic drama in repertoir until 21 December.

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Mon 16-Sat 21 Sep. The Private Ear and The Public Eye. Comedy double bill by Peter Schaffer

Tue 24-Sat 28 Sep. Henry VI. Shakespeare’s Globe on tour with triology of the bard’s history of Harry. Main H. Pictured) Sat 21 Sep. Yer Tiz. Comic Somerset family show. egg. Thu 26-Fri 27 Sep. Tube. Interactive show for tinies. egg. Sat 28 Sep. Bath Lit Fest. Trio of children’s authors chat.

Tobacco Factory. Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol. BS3 1TF. 0117 902 0344; 3- Aug-8 Sep. Bristol Festival of Puppetry. Various show. Mon 9-Sat 14 Sep. Twelfth Night. Comic modern version. Tue 10-Sat 21 Sep. The Last Five Years. Cult show. Thu 19-Sat 21 Sep. Monkey Bars. Hilarious and poignant. Fri 25-Sat 28 Sep. Dracula. Modern dance show. Tue 24-Sat 5 Oct. Fog. Father and sons drama.

Wells Little Theatre. Chamberlain Street Wells BA5 2PS. 01749 672280; Wed 11-Sat 14 Sep. Pajama Game. Musical comedy.

Strawberry Line Times September 2013

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