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What’s on(line) and outdoors in Feb & March

Online theatre, art, music, booze tasting and more (and an outdoor art gallery) in Somerset & Dorset

Things to do online from your sofa this month. If you can recommend other stuff, give us a shout!

ART: Millfield Open Show 2021, Virtual Exhibition, Mon 22 Feb – Fri 26 March

Have fun pressing the buttons to explore (and buy) the work of established and emerging artists from the West Country and beyond in the gallery’s annual show. Free.

FAMILY: Sherlock in Homes 2, Bristol Old Vic, Fri 12 Feb – Sat 10 April

Solve the mystery of famous explorer Albert Ross’s icy death at a remote exploration outpost deep in Antarctica in this interactive murder mystery set in the 1920s.

ART: David Storey, Andelli Art, near Wells, until Sat 27 Feb

Solo selling exhibition by Threadneedle Prize finalist, Brighton-based figurative artist David Storey, whose psychologically-charged paintings include this compelling portrait of Christine Keeler of Profumo affair fame.

TAKE PART: Live Cyder Tasting, The Newt in Somerset, near Bruton, Thurs 25 Feb


Sign up for a live cider tasting with The Newt’s cider maker Paul Ross and cellar master Greg Carnell on Instagram and Facebook. Tasting sets costs £12 and include 3 x 330ml bottles of their dry, medium and sweet blends and tasting notes.

TAKE PART: Factory Singers, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, from Mon 15 Feb

No singing experience or audition necessary to join this 50+ strong choir. Sign up for the Spring term, with online sessions every Monday from Mon 15 Feb to Mon 15 March, to sing a wide-ranging selection of pop, funk and folk songs from across the decades.

THEATRE: The Grinning Man, Bristol Old Vic, until Sun 28 Feb


A man who’s had the bottom half of his face sliced off by an unknown assailant, a blind orphan, a nymphomaniac princess, a court clown and incredible puppetry (from the creators of War Horse). They’re all in this witty, super-charged tragi-comic musical based on Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel The Man Who Laughs.

ART: Window Wanderlands, Dorchester, Fri 19 – Sun 21 Feb, Yeovil, Mon 15 – Sun 28 Feb, Frome, Fri 26 Feb – Mon 1 March

Dorset and Somerset residents light up displays in their windows and gardens creating a magical outdoor-art-gallery-cum-walking-trails. Check the website for more Window Wanderlands in Taunton, Wells, Cheddar, Sturminster Newton, Weymouth, Poole, Bournemouth, Portland (and more) as details for these locations are not yet confirmed.

ART: Henry Taylor, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, Fri 26 Feb – Sun 6 June

Henry Taylor. Portrait of my cousin GF: Dana Gallegos 2020. Acrylic on canvas. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Californian artist Henry Taylor paints on all sorts of surfaces, including empty cigarette packs, as well as stretched canvas and people figure prominently (though he rejects the label of portraitist). His work ranges from members of the black community to symbolic objects representative of historical struggle, spanning the breadth of the human condition. The exhibition will be online until the regulations allow the gallery to re-open.

WINE: Virtual wine tasting, Vineyards of Sherborne, Sherborne, Thurs 4 & Fri 5 March

Bottoms up with live wine tasting via Instagram. The wine shop continues their Women in Wine series with wines created by outstanding women winemakers. Call 01935 815544 or email for more info.

THEATRE: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Bristol Old Vic, Tues 16 – Weds 31 March


Oscar Wilde’s Faustian tale transposed into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps. In this adaptation, starring Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Russell Tovey and Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, Bandersnatch), Dorian Gray is an influencer who makes a pact to maintain his perfect social self forever – with horrific consequences. Tickets are only £12.

THEATRE: You Don’t Know Me, Stute Theatre, Dorset Arts Reach, Mon 15, Tues 16, Fri 26, Sat 27 & Sun 28 March

A one-woman audio play performed live – over the phone. Book your slot and you’ll get a call from a stage manager who’ll welcome you to The Telephone Theatre and the play, written and performed by Sophia Hatfield and directed by Olivier Award winning theatre and BBC radio director Gwenda Hughes, will begin. As care worker Vick goes about her daily life, a hidden memory transports her back to a traumatic incident in her childhood. Ooh, er.

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