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What’s on this week


The Muddy Stilettos’ pick of what’s on and happening this week in Dorset and Somerset.


Faustus, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Tues 10 – Sat 21 March

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Award-winning theatre maker Chris Bush (The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Pericles) reimagines Faustus as a woman who makes the ultimate sacrifice to traverse centuries and alter the course of history.


Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us,  Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Weds 11 March

The comic picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?


Bleak House, The Regal Theatre, Minehead, Thurs 12 March

Five fab actor-musicians play a cast of 50 in The Pantaloons’ retelling of the Dickens’ classic tale of love, skulduggery – and spontaneous combustion.


Crimes, Camera, Action, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 12 – Sat 28 March

Bath-based theatre company New Old Friends will transport you to golden era Hollywood and world-weary, hard-boiled private eye Stan Shakespeare.


Jen Brister: Under Privilege, Dorchester Corn Exchange, Fri 13 March

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Jen Brister describes herself as a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, d***head, and it’s that kind of self-deprecating humour, we love. Her show Under Privilege takes an irreverent look at the often controversial subject of ‘privilege’. Who has it? Who doesn’t? And why does no one like to admit they have any?


Night & Day; 1930s Fashion and Photographs, American Museum & Gardens, nr Bath, Sat 14 March – Sat 21 June

Back to the glam ’30s, with couture and classic clobber and photos of art deco architecture, wild parties and the Golden Age of Hollywood.


Weddings Open Afternoon, North Cadbury Court, North Cadbury, Sat 14 March

Have a nose around this spectacular country house – ballroom, wood-panelled hall, sumptuous bedrooms, underground casino and disco, indoor pool, a golf tee from the roof – and imagine getting hitched here. Get your ticket here.


Alive: In the Face of Death, Lighthouse, Poole, Sat 14 March – Sat 16 May

Rankin, enfant terrible of Cool Britannia, co-founder of Dazed and Confused and photographer of Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, Madonna, David Bowie and more, turns his lens onto death.


Steve James’ Japanese Explosion, Eastfield Farm, Tintinhull, Sat 14 March

Dig into a sharing feast which includes pork karaage with wasabi mayo, sesame seared tuna, chicken yakitori, beef tataki, chicken katsu curry, grilled miso eggplant, green tea, black sesame and vanilla cheesecake and mandarin and sake cake roll. Booking essential. £38 per person.




Figures and Faces, Andelli Art, near Wells, until Sat 21 March


Does what it says on the tin, beautifully and in a wide range of styles – from sharply-focussed realism to highly expressive, experimental forms and compositions – and all made by contemporary and 20th century artists. Come to browse and to buy.


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