Bath Voice What’s On

JULY 2022

Regular events
Tuesdays

Mayor’s Pulteney Estate Walks. The walks are free and take in Great Pulteney Street and Sydney Gardens. Meet at 11am. Runs from May to September. No booking is required. Allow 2 hours. Meet at the Pump Room in Bath.
Wednesdays
Widcombe Wayfarers Walks. Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, starting at 10am at the west end of Widcombe Parade. Walks last between 1-2 hours and are medium paced. Come dressed for the weather, with suitable footwear and be prepared for a few climbs. Walks are limited to 20 people and registration is now compulsory. The walks are free but if you would like to make a small donation to this event you can do so when you register. See the Widcombe Association website for details.
Widcombe. St Matt’s Widcombe. Coffee morning at 10.30am. Come down and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee
Thursdays
Mayor’s Pulteney Estate Walks. The walks are free and take in Great Pulteney Street and Sydney Gardens. Meet at 11am. Runs from May to September. No booking is required. Allow 2 hours. Meet at the Pump Room in Bath.
Story Time at Bath Library. 12noon to 12.30pm. Let’s share stories and books at the library! Perfect for families with children aged 0-5. No booking required.
Saturdays
Bear Flat Community market and café. Third Saturday of every month, from 9:30am to 12:30 pm in the church hall on Bruton Avenue. To book a stall, email market@bearflat.org.uk

Theatre Picks
Fri 1 Jul-Sat 6 Aug. Ustinov Studio. The Tempest. Deborah Warne directs Shakespeare’s drama set on an island inhabited by Prospero, his daughter and slave Caliban.
Sat 2 Jul. Rondo Theatre. Tosca. 7:30pm. By Giacomo Puccini. Bath Opera stages the tragic story of diva Tosca and her painter lover Cavaradossi under a cruel and despotic regime. In the title role is international soprano Ghiulnara Raileanu who is supported by leading members of Bath Opera with Robert Felstead as Cavaradossi and Niall Hoskin as the cruel Scarpia. Musical Director is Peter Blackwood, and Stage Director Jane Clark.
Sat 2-Sat 23 Jul. Theatre Royal Bath. Bugsy Malone. A Lyric Hammersmith Theatre production of Alan Parker’s prohibition era comedy musical drama
Wed 6 – Sat 9 Jul . Rondo Theatre. Macbeth. The Rondo Theatre Company stage Shakespeare’s tragedy of regicide in Scotland. All profits are in aid of Marie Curie.
Wed 13 Jul. Rondo Theatre. Estella. A musical take on Estella who enchants Pip in Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. This new play shows how devastating the truth can be in a world built on secrets and lies. Diving straight to the heart of literature’s mysterious heroine – Estella – three captivating actor-musicians lead a radical re-imagining set against a backdrop of live music and song. 7.30pm.
Thu 14 to Sat 16 Jul. Mission Theatre. tick, tick… Boom! By Jonathan Larson. 7.30pm. Valkyrie Theatre Company presents the story of a young playwright-composer and the sacrifices he made to achieve his big break in theatre.
Wed 20 Jul – Sat 23 Jul. Rondo Theatre. Hell. Inspired by Germanic mythology and folklore, Hell is a new play from Dumb Blonde Theatre (recent productions include the horror-comedy The White Heart Inn, and the adaptation of feminist ghost story The Yellow Wallpaper). Hell celebrates the place stories hold in our lives during troubled times, the power they have to connect us to each other, and their ability to bring light to even the darkest of nights. 8pm.
Sat 24-Sun 25 Jul. Mission theatre. Cardiff Opera stage Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte. Two couples, young and in love, find themselves tangled up in the powerful emotions of their first significant relationships. What starts out perfect, quickly turns on its head as games and tests of loyalty overrun their idolised views of one another. Their friends definitely confuse the situation with questionable motives of their own. Mozart masterfully captures the roller-coaster of young love. Cardiff Opera presents a coming of age Così fan tutte that explores identity, sexual expression and family bonds.
Theatre Picks Outside Bath
Thu 23 Jun-Sat 9 Jul. Stroud. Cotswold Playhouse. Vanity Fair. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School go on the road with William Makepeace Thackery’s story of on the make Becky Sharp who breaks all the rules in 19th century England. Also at other venues throughout the region see https://www.oldvic.ac.uk/events-shows/vanity-fair/
Tue 28 Jun-Sat 2 Jul. Bristol Tobacco Factory. Jane Eyre The Kelvin Players stage an adaption of Charlotte Brontë’s novel. In this play the focus is on the relationship between Jane and Bertha, Rochester’s first wife. Rather than making them opposites, it seeks to make connections between them both physically and emotionally.
Tue 12 Jul. Weston-super-Mare. Playhouse Theatre. The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Various performance times.
Tue 19 – Sat 30 Jul. Bristol Old Vic. Treasure Island. Physical comedy company Le Navet Bete bring a humorous take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel concerning buried treasure, pirates and in this version a mermaid.

Diary Events
Fri 1-Sun 3 Jul. American Museum, Claverton. Americana Festival. 6pm-11pm on the Friday – which is for adults only. The Three day festival is celebrating all things American: food, music, comedy and culture. Friday night is reserved for adults only (18+) with a line-up of folk music, American comedians and a DJ to finish off the night. Saturday and Sunday the festival runs all day and evening and is suitable for the whole family. On all days of the festival, there will be American music, food and activities such as games, film screenings and workshops including country line dancing.
Sat 2 Jul. Walcot Antique and Flea Market. At Bath Cattle Market from 7.30am to 4pm where you’ll find traders selling Antiques, Bric-a-brac, curiosities,vintage clothes, second hand tools, records, jewellery and lots of other fascinating and exciting things.
Sat 2 Jul. Royal High School. Summer Festival. 12noon to 4pm. This is a very informal, relaxed event where all are invited to enjoy musical, dance and drama performances from students across the Prep and Senior Schools. Our creative departments will be providing interactive workshops, an Art Show and a Design and Technology display. There will be a variety of stalls and activities to enjoy with plenty of delicious food and refreshing drinks available.
Sat 2 Jul. Combe Down RFC Festival. Summer Festival. 12noon to late. Combe Down Rugby Club’s first ever live music festival. It is also their125th anniversary and they want to celebrate with the local community at their North Road ground.
Sat 2 Jul. Keynsham Music Festival. Get ready for a song and a dance from 12 noon in the Memorial Park. More at www.keynshammusicfestival.co.uk
Sun 3 Jul. Komedia. Science Magic. Irish comedian and scientist, Donald Vaughan, brings his science, comedy, magic family show to Bath. Using only things you find around the house, Donal will perform amazing tricks to show how magical science can be. Want to see a potato rocket launcher? Or conjure dragons breath? How about a vomiting unicorn? Of course you do. Always exciting and sometimes very messy, learn about science and laugh your pants off while you do. And the best part is all the tricks can be performed by you when you go home. 12 noon.
Sun 3 Jul. Bear Flat. Family fun Day. The Devonshire Arms on Wellsway is holding a fun day in support of the Children’s Southwest Hospice. 12noon to late. Raffle, bbq, live music, games, stalls, food and of course drink. The Brigstows will be playing live from around 5.30pm.
Thu 7 Jul. The Pavillion, North Parade Road, Bath. U3A. Talk by David Skillen on Zeppelin Ship of Dreams. 10.30am. Doors open 9.45am for coffee.
Thu 7 Jul. The Forum. Oti Mabuse dance show. The twice winner of Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC TV brings the glamour of the show to Bath – and pays tribute to Bill Bailey who hails from Bath who danced his way to success with Oti. 7.30pm.
Sun 10 Jul. Bath Contemporary Arts Fair. Green Park Station. The fair includes fine art, photography, sculpture, textiles and much more.
Sun 10 Jul. Fairfield House. Guided tours. The home of the former head of state of Ethiopia Haile Selassie is open to the public Guided tours at 12noon and 1.30pm. Tickets available via their website.
Wed 13 Jul. Bear Flat. Bring your baby quiz at the The Bear. 12noon-2pm on the Second Wednesday of Every Month, Meet local parents and challenge them all at the local Quiz.
Wed 13 Jul. The Grapes pub. Bath Skiffle Jam. Make some noise and celebrate live music, with a focus on old acoustic American folk, rock n’ roll and songs from the British Skiffle boom.
Thu 14 Jul. Widcombe Wobblers Cycle Ride. Evening cycle to Cross Guns Pub, Avoncliffe – 17 miles. Booking essential – via the Widcombe Community Association website. 5pm. Meeting point: under the tree at the western end of Widcombe Parade. In the case of bad weather, please see our website for last minute changes: www.widcombeassociation.org.uk
Sat 16 July. Bath Farmers’ Market. Green Park Station. Every Saturday at 9am-1.30pm. You will find quality, fresh, seasonal produce at a fair price. The goods are sold directly by the people who produce them and everything usually comes from within a 40 mile radius of Bath – if we cannot source locally we sometimes extend beyond the 40 mile radius.
Sat 16 July. Bear Flat Community Market and Cafe. Methodist Church Hall, Bruton Avenue, Bath. 9.30am-12noon. Local food, craft stalls, artists displaying their work and a chance to meet friends and neighbours. Details at market@bearflat.org.uk
Fri 22 Jul. Widcombe Social Club. Dr Phil Hammond – Double Bill (Edinburgh Preview). The British physician, broadcaster, comedian and commentator on health issues in the United Kingdom. He is best known for his humorous commentary on the National Health Service.
Fri 29-Sun 31 Jul. Fantastic Food Festivals at Royal Victoria Park. 10am-5pm. Summer Food Festival, with local and national stalls bursting with tempting treats, savoury delights and refreshing tipples. Plus Masterclasses, the Festival Kitchen line-up and a host of new features including some very special Jubilee celebrations.
Sat 30 Jul. Bloomfield Green, Bear Flat. Tree care. Everyone welcome to help care, mulch and give some TLC to the 100 trees planted in March.

Diary Events outside of Bath
Fri 1 Jul. Keynsham. Concert at St John’s Church. Part of Keynsham Festival. The Good Afternoon Choir will be performing at 7.30pm. Admission is free with doors open from 7pm and there will be a retiring collection for the Festival who, of course celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Special guests will be the Uke-aholics, a lively Ukulele band from Thornbury.
Sat 2 Jul. Malmesbury. Concert at the Abbey. The guest soloist is Rebecca LaChance. An acclaimed American actress, Rebecca relocated to the UK after performing opposite Michael Ball in the title roles of Mack and Mabel at the Chichester Festival Theatre and on tour throughout the UK. The concert is hosted by the popular Malmesbury Community Choir who will be joined by the Bath Welcome Chorus, a combined choir of over 100 voices. Tickets are £18 and available from choir members, online from www.grenvillejones.biz or call 01761 472468.
Fri 15-Sun 17 Jul. Bristol Harbour Festival. This annual free dance, music and arts extravaganza returns to the Harbourside for a weekend of family activities, music, circus, food markets and visiting vessels.
Fri 15-Sun 17. Fairford, Gloucestershire. Royal International Air Tattoo. Featuring aircraft with royal connections in honour of the Platinum Jubilee. An anticipated 170,000 visitors are expected to attend. Children under 18 go free.
Sat-Mon, 27-29 Aug. Axbridge Pageant. The community play that brings to life 2000 years of history in the Somerset town is staged every ten years in the town’s square. Grandstands are set up to create a large theatrical space where Saxons fight Danes, Monmouth Rebels take up arms and soldiers prepare for D-Day as the drama unfolds. For details and tickets visit https://axbridgepageant.com/
Exhibition Picks
Sun 1 May – 3 July. American Museum, Bath. Dress to Redress. An exhibition of the work of contemporary Anishinabe artist Celeste Pedri-Spade that will focus on the role of strong women in community. Continues to 3 July.
Sat 14 May-Sun 17 July. Judo history: The Museum of East Asian Art is running an exhibition from 14 May to 17 July on the cultural history of judo.
Sat 14 May – Sat 2 Jul. Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to place their votes for the Public Choice Prize, selecting their favourite artwork to win a prize of £600 for the artist. All of the artworks are for sale.
Do you have an event you would like to be included in August’s edition.
For commercial classes and regular sessions there is a small charge – email Erica at erica@bathvoice.co.uk or call her on 07402 441485.
Or for cultural events such as classical concerts, community events, comedy drama, talks, walks and exhibitions email harryfmottram@gmail.com

JUNE 2022

Sat 11 Jun. Burdalls Yard, Bath. BathTub Orchestra

Regular events
Tuesdays
Mayor’s Pulteney Estate Walks. The walks are free and take in Great Pulteney Street and Sydney Gardens. Meet at 11am. Runs from May to September. No booking is required. Allow 2 hours. Meet at the Pump Room in Bath.
Wednesdays
Widcombe Wayfarers Walks. Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, starting at 10am at the west end of Widcombe Parade. Walks last between 1-2 hours and are medium paced. Come dressed for the weather, with suitable footwear and be prepared for a few climbs. Walks are limited to 20 people and registration is now compulsory. The walks are free but if you would like to make a small donation to this event you can do so when you register. See the Widcombe Association website for details.
Thursdays
Mayor’s Pulteney Estate Walks. The walks are free and take in Great Pulteney Street and Sydney Gardens. Meet at 11am. Runs from May to September. No booking is required. Allow 2 hours. Meet at the Pump Room in Bath.
Story Time at Bath Library. 12noon to 12.30pm. Let’s share stories and books at the library! Perfect for families with children aged 0-5. No booking required.
Saturdays
Bear Flat Community market and café. Third Saturday of every month, from 9:30am to 12:30 pm in the church hall on Bruton Avenue. To book a stall, email market@bearflat.org.uk

Theatre Picks
Thu 19 May- Sat 4 Jun. Bath Theatre Royal. The Dance of Death. As their 40th wedding anniversary approaches, Alice and Edgar are locked in a bitter struggle. They’ve driven away their children and their friends. Their relationship is sustained by taunts and recriminations. When a newcomer breaks into the midst of the fray, their insular lives threaten to spin out of control. Laced with biting humour, The Dance of Death is August Strindberg’s landmark drama about a marriage pushed to its limits.
Fri 3-Sun 5 Jun. Mission Theatre. High Hopes by Ethan Horwell and Sam Beagle. Part of Bath Fringe. High Hopes is an energetic, satirical musical comedy which examines the reality of creating a performance without a budget.
Wed 8-Thu 9 Jun. Mission Theatre. Macbeth: The Musical by Shona Rachel Waterhouse. Part of Bath Fringe Festival 2022
Wed 8 Jun. Rondo Theatre. Failure Studies. Precarious Theatre’s three hander set in a magazine office about failure.
Thu 9-Sat 11 Jun. Egg Theatre. Rats’ Tales. Rats’ Tales mixes traditional European fairy tales with some brand new stories written by ex Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
Thu 9-Sat 25 Jun. Theatre Royal Bath. Murder on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie’s whodunnit with Hercule Poirot.
Fri 10 Jun. Rondo Theatre. Your Dad’s Mum. 8pm. Join northern comic Pat Bashford and over-woke barmaid Cheri-Anne for an explosive, gag-packed sketch comedy game show.
Sat 11-Sun 12 Jun. Mission Theatre. Shuddersome: Tales of Poe by Lindsay Price, from Edgar Allan Poe. Presented by Bath University Student Theatre.
Sat 11-Mon 13 Jun. Mission Theatre. A Night to Remember by Holly Hinks. Presented by Bath University Student Theatre. Part of Bath Fringe Festival 2022. Sunday matinee. Monsieur Cain, a wealthy Victorian aristocrat, is known for his dinner parties. So, when eight of his acquaintances receive invitations to one such party, who are they to deny a pleasant evening full of food, drink and entertainment – the newest and most popular entertainment being the ritual of a séance.
Fri 1 Jul-Sat 6 Aug. Ustinov Studio. The Tempest. Deborah Warne directs Shakespeare’s drama set on an island inhabited by Prospero, his daughter and slave Caliban.
Sat 2 Jul. Rondo Theatre. Tosca. 7:30pm. By Giacomo Puccini. Bath Opera stages the tragic story of diva Tosca and her painter lover Cavaradossi under a cruel and despotic regime. In the title role is international soprano Ghiulnara Raileanu who is supported by leading members of Bath Opera with Robert Felstead as Cavaradossi and Niall Hoskin as the cruel Scarpia. Musical Director is Peter Blackwood, and Stage Director Jane Clark.
Sat 2-Sat 23 Jul. Theatre Royal Bath. Bugsy Malone. A Lyric Hammersmith Theatre production of Alan Parker’s prohibition era comedy musical drama
Wed 6 – Sat 9 Jul . Rondo Theatre. Macbeth. The Rondo Theatre Company stage Shakespeare’s tragedy of regicide in Scotland. All profits are in aid of Marie Curie.
Theatre Picks Outside Bath
Sat 4 Jun. Bristol Tobacco Factory. The Funny Life of James Campbell. A stand up comedy show for children age 6 and over without all the rude words. At 11:30am & 2:30pm.
Tue 14 Jun. Taunton. Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. Great Expectations. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School go on the road with Charles Dickens’ coming of age story of Pip. Also at other venues throughout the region see https://www.oldvic.ac.uk/events-shows/great-expectations/
Thu 23 Jun-Sat 9 Jul. Stroud. Cotswold Playhouse. Vanity Fair. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School go on the road with William Makepeace Thackery’s story of on the make Becky Sharp who breaks all the rules in 19th century England. Also at other venues throughout the region see https://www.oldvic.ac.uk/events-shows/vanity-fair/

Diary Events
Fri 28 May-Sun 12 June. Bath Fringe Festival. It is a festival of all the arts, with few rules as to what should be in or out. Some are listed in Theatre and here as well but there are so many events see https://www.bathfringe.co.uk/ for full listings.
Wed 1-Wed 29 Jun. Mayor’s Summer Walks. Discover the worlds of people and places in the city. A variety of walks throughout the summer. Full details at www.bathguides.org.uk
Fri 3 Jun. Bath Racecourse. James in Concert. Plus a meeting of horse races. First race at 5.10pm.
Sat 4 Jun. Bath Fringe Free events. B&NES Council present a programme of local bands and musicians on the bandstand in the glorious Parade Gardens to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Music in Parade Gardens – 11am-5pm. Pop-up Performances – 1pm-4.30pm – Bath City Centre. Bristol-based 6-piece Jazz band plus swing dance duo. New Bond Street, 1pm-2.30pm; Kingsmead Square 3pm-4.30pm. Bath BID will be adding some craft activities for all the family on the Saturday.
Sun 5 Jun. Bath Fringe. Free event. Details to be confirmed. Calf2Cow are a young post-Bath-Spa outdoor theatre company are staging an hour-long outdoor theatre piece ‘The Wave’ (suitable for all ages) in central Bath.
Sun 5 Jun. Bath Picnic in the Lower Lawn, The Royal Crescent. 12 noon. To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Fun day with family events and entertainment.
Sun 5 Jun. Prior Park. Activities around the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 10am to 5pm.
Mon 6 June. Lymore Gardens. Lymore Community Jubilee Celebration. 1pm. Picnic and much more.
Tue 7 Jun. Widcombe Social Club. Film Night: Quiz Show. Robert Redford’s thrilling drama about a rigged TV quiz show with Ralph Fiennes. 7pm.
Wed 8 Jun. Widcombe Wayfarers Walk. 10am. Details on the Widcombe Association’s website.
Wed 8 Jun. Alternative Fashion Show. Chapel Arts Centre. With catwalk fashions from Bath College students – some of the more expensive fashions that pass through Save the Children, some other daring designs, some just beautiful. Bath Aqua will again be represented. 8pm.
Thu 9 June. All Saints Centre, High Street, Bath. Platinum Jubilee party. Curo funded event. £2. Open to the over 60s. Music, food and drink.
Sat 11 Jun. Bath Racecourse. Ladies Day. Meeting of horse races and a chance to dress up and even enter a style competition. First race at 1.15pm.
Sat 11 Jun. Burdalls Yard, Bath. BathTub Orchestra. 7pm. Founded in October 2018, the BathTub Orchestra is a mixed ability community orchestra that plays all kinds of music from pop, jazz, blues, film soundtracks to classical favourites. Part of Bath Fringe. (Pictured above.)
Sun 12 Jun. Bloomfield Green. Summer fair: Gathering on the Green.1.30-5 pm. Games, music, prizes, refreshments, and good company. See page 1.
Tue 14 Jun. St Thomas a Becket Church. Poetry evening. Church Street, Widcombe.7.30pm.
Thu 16 Jun. Widcombe Wobblers Cycle Ride to Saltford. Ride to the Jolly Sailor public house – 12 miles. 6pm. Booking essential. Details on the Widcombe Association website.
Sat-Sun, 18-19 Jun. Widcombe Art Trail. From 10am – take a journey around the community visiting artists and their work. Venues include: Natural Theatre Company, Widcombe Baptist Church, 30 Alexandra Road, 1 Hatfield Buildings, 7 St Mark’s Road and 48 Tyning End. For more information https://widcombearttrail.com
Tue 21 Jun. Widcombe Social Club. Film Night: The Manchurian Candidate. The strange story of a soldier trying to discover the fate of his platoon in Korea based on Richard Condon’s novel. 7pm.
Wed 22 Jun. Bath Racecourse. Summer Social Race Night. Meeting of horse races and a chance to dress up and enjoy the evening. First race at 5pm.
Sat 25 Jun. Widcombe Wobblers Cycle Ride to Stoney Littleton. Ride to the Long Barrow for a picnic – 13 miles. 12noon. Booking essential. Details on the Widcombe Association website.
Sat 25 Jun. St Michael’s Without. Concert with Noctis Chamber Choir. Conducted by former director of the BBC Symphony Chorus, Stephen Jackson, the evening will feature settings of Shakespeare songs by Vaughan Williams and Mathias as well as Jackson’s own arrangements of La Mer, Shenandoah and The Rio Grande.7.30pm.

Diary Events outside of Bath
Fri 27 May- Sun 19 Jun. Salisbury International Arts Festival. Free outdoor events on Thu 2-Fri 3 Jun. Full details at https://www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk/whats-on/festival.
Sat 4 Jun. Radstock Jubilee festival. Part of Bath Fringe Festival. Free outdoor arts event with a family friendly atmosphere and taking place at St Nicholas Church Field. From 11am. Music, comedy, dance and workshops.
Sat-Sun 4-5 Jun. Bristol Avon Gorge cruise on The Matthew – the Tudor era sailing ship is back. Visit https://matthew.co.uk/book-tickets
Sun 19 Jun. Berkeley Castle. Father’s Day with farm animals. Cuddle a goat or say hello to a chicken. Info at https://www.berkeley-castle.com/
Mon 20 Jun. Summer Solstice. Avebury. Unlike Stonehenge Avebury’s stone circle has open access but should you go there at dawn today beware of the huge crowds problems in parking and the fact it might be cloudy.
Exhibition Picks
Sun 1 May – 3 July. American Museum, Bath. Dress to Redress. An exhibition of the work of contemporary Anishinabe artist Celeste Pedri-Spade that will focus on the role of strong women in community. Continues to 3 July.
Sat 14 May-Sun 17 July. Judo history: The Museum of East Asian Art is running an exhibition from 14 May to 17 July on the cultural history of judo.
Sat 14 May – Sat 2 Jul. Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to place their votes for the Public Choice Prize, selecting their favourite artwork to win a prize of £600 for the artist. All of the artworks are for sale.
Do you have an event you would like to be included in July’s edition.
For commercial classes and regular sessions there is a small charge – email Erica at erica@bathvoice.co.uk or call her on 07402 441485.
Or for cultural events such as classical concerts, community events, comedy drama, talks, walks and exhibitions email harryfmottram@gmail.com

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MAY 2022

Crazy For You

Regular events
Tuesdays
Mayor’s Pulteney Estate Walks.
The walks are free and take in Great Pulteney Street and Sydney Gardens. Meet at 11am. Runs from May to September. No booking is required. Allow 2 hours. Meet at the Pump Room in Bath.
Wednesdays
Widcombe Wayfarers Walks.
Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, starting at 10am at the west end of Widcombe Parade. Walks last between 1-2 hours and are medium paced. Come dressed for the weather, with suitable footwear and be prepared for a few climbs. Walks are limited to 20 people and registration is now compulsory. The walks are free but if you would like to make a small donation to this event you can do so when you register. See the Widcombe Association website for details.
Thursdays
Mayor’s Pulteney Estate Walks.
The walks are free and take in Great Pulteney Street and Sydney Gardens. Meet at 11am. Runs from May to September. No booking is required. Allow 2 hours. Meet at the Pump Room in Bath.


Theatre Picks
Tue 3-Wed 4 May. Ustinov Theatre. Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous.
An 8pm start for this comic version of the life of the Virgin Queen.
Tue 3-Sat 7 May. Theatre Royal Bath. Crazy For You. Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society return to the Main House for the first time since March 2020 with Gershwin’s musical set in the 1930s about Bobby Child’s vow to win the heart of feisty Polly Baker, the theatre owner’s daughter. 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday.
Wed 4 – Sat 7 May. Rondo Theatre, Bath. Touched. Bath Drama stage Stephen Lowe’s drama centred on VJ Day in 1945 in Nottingham and how the end of the war affected a family over the years. 7.30pm.
Sat 7-Sat 14 May. Bath Abbey. Henry V. 7.30pm. Antic Disposition’s production of William Shakespeare’s history play about an English army fighting in France. Set in 1415 and in 1915 with songs inspired by AE Houseman’s poetry giving the story a 20th century theme.
Tue 10 – Sat 14 May. Theatre Royal Bath. Sheila’s Island. Bonfire night 2019 and Sheila, Denise, Julie, and Fay are Team C in Pennine Mineral Water Ltd.’s annual outward bound team-building weekend. A comedy in which Sheila has unwittingly stranded her team on an island in the Lake District.
Thu 12- Fri 13 May. Egg Theatre Bath. Double Bill of live performances with The Wardrobe and It Snows performed by Bath Theatre Academy students at 7.30pm.
Sat 14 May Sat 2 Jul. Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to place their votes for the Public Choice Prize, selecting their favourite artwork to win a prize of £600 for the artist. All of the artworks are for sale.
Thu 19- Sat 4 Jun. Bath Theatre Royal. The Dance of Death. As their 40th wedding anniversary approaches, Alice and Edgar are locked in a bitter struggle. They’ve driven away their children and their friends. Their relationship is sustained by taunts and recriminations. When a newcomer breaks into the midst of the fray, their insular lives threaten to spin out of control. Laced with biting humour, The Dance of Death is August Strindberg’s landmark drama about a marriage pushed to its limits.
Mon 23-Fri 27 May. Mission Theatre, Bath. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Next Stage Theatre Company produce the 1962 modern classic about college lecturers in America whose relationships spiral out of control one drink fuelled evening. 7.30pm.
Sat 28 May. Rondo Theatre. The First Broadcast: The Battle for the Beeb in 1922. The writer of Not Going Out Paul Kerensa’s one man comedy about two rival voices in The Marconi Company who unite art and science to create British broadcasting. Arthur Burrows seeks to inform and educate. Peter Eckersley just wants to entertain. Before Reith, this ‘BBC two’ duel for the soul of British broadcasting – but who will give The First Broadcast?
Wed 8 Jun. Rondo Theatre. Failure Studies. Precarious Theatre’s three hander set in a magazine office about failure.


Diary Events
Wed 4 May. Mayor’s Summer Walks. In the Footsteps of Ralph Allen. 6pm. Discover the world of the businessman, politician, philanthropist and postmaster. The walks starts at The Little Theatre and finishes at Widcombe. Full details at www.bathguides.org.uk
Fri 6 May. Ascension Church , Claude Avenue, Oldfield Park, Bath. Quiz Night.
7.30pm. In aid of Lymore Community Jubilee Celebration in Lymore Gardens Park on June 5th at 1pm.
Fri 6 May. Moles. Blue Violet in concert. The duo will perform their theatrical and whimsical sounds.
Tue 10 May. Widcombe Social Club. Film Night: North by Northwest. Alfred HItchcock’s 1959 thriller with Cary Grant cast as the ad man in a case of mistaken identity. 7pm.
Thu 12 May. Combe Down. Holy Trinity Church: Concert for Ukraine: 7pm. Concert by musician Gareth Davies-Jones in aid of supporting work with refugees from Ukraine. Tickets £10 can be booked from the church website.
Fri 13-Sat 21 May. Bath Festival. The festival starts with a party in Queen Square and includes walking tours, comedy, music, talks, drama and book conversations. 5-11pm. Free. There are too many events to list here so visit the website bathfestivals.org.uk for more details, but we’ve picked a small number here of particularly Bath orientated events.
Sat 14 May. Bath Festival. Walking tours. Bath on Screen at 2pm at the Royal Crescent and The great Spa Town at 5.30pm at Kingsdown Parade Square. Both take place on selected days during the festival.
Sun 15 May. Bath Mission Theatre. Dean Friedman In Concert. Those of a certain age will recall his hit songs Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald’s Girl and more. 7.30pm.
Sun 15 May. Bath Festival. Walking tour of the Bath Blitz. Meet at the Orange Grove at 2pm to discover how hundreds of Bathonians were killed when German bombs fell on the city. The tour is on selected dates during the festival.
Mon 16 May. Bath Festival. Bath Festival Orchestra. Roman Baths. 8pm. Peter Manning is the conductor. Music includes Takemitsu – Toward the Sea (1981) (JP); Daniel Temkin – Ocean’s Call (2018) (US); Grace Williams – Sea Sketches (1944) (UK); Joey Roukens – Visions at Sea (2016) (NL).
Tue 17 May. Bath Festival. Bath to Fleet Street. Dorothy House Book Shop is the venue for press photographer Geoff Ellis to talk about his work snapping the news in the 1950s to the 1980s at 6.30pm.
Wed 18 May. Bath Festival. Bath Spa Anthology Readings. Forum Coffee House. 6pm. Bath Spa University’s Creative Writing MA students read a selection of their work.
Wed 18 May. Bath Festival. Bath Arts Workshop, Counterculture In The 1970s. Meet authors Victoria Forbes Adam and Phil Shepherd on their book about a creative period in Bath which set the agenda for the arts for the next few decades – at Dorothy House Bookshop at 6.30pm.
Thu 19 May. Bath Festival. The History of Cleveland Pools. Dorothy House Bookshop is the venue at 6.30pm for this talk on the Georgian lido that is set to be reopened later this year.
Sat 21-Sun 22 May. Bear Flat Artists Art Trail & Open Studios. 11am-6pm. Free. More than thirty artists open their studio doors to welcome visitors. Discover a hive of creativity and buy direct. Featuring painting, ceramics, jewellery, printmaking, photography, wood-turning, glass, illustration, and more. See www.bearflatartists.co.uk
Sat 21 May. Bath Festival. Belle Nash and the Bath Souffle. Author William Keeling, a former Financial Times foreign correspondent, talks to Alasdair McWhirter about his entertaining new series of satirical historical novels set in Bath at The Holburne Museum at 4.30pm.
Tue 24 May. Widcombe Social Club. Film Night: The Battle of Algiers. 60th anniversary of the Algerian Civil War is marked with this all time classic. 7pm.
Sat 28 May. Widcombe Wobblers Cycle Ride to Compton Dando. Ride to the Compton Inn and back. Meeting point: under the tree at the western end of Widcombe Parade at 11.30am. Details on the Widcombe Association website.
Fri 3 Jun. Bath Racecourse. Meeting of horse races. Plus live music from James in the evening.
Sun 5 Jun. Bath Picnic in the Lower Lawn, The Royal Crescent. 12 noon. To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.. Fun day with family events and entertainment.
Mon 6 June. Lymore Gardens. Lymore Community Jubilee Celebration. 1pm. Picnic and much more.
Tue 7 Jun. Widcombe Social Club. Film Night: Quiz Show. Robert Redford’s thrilling drama about a rigged TV quiz show with Ralph Fiennes. 7pm.
Exhibition Picks
Sun 1-Wed 4 May. Bath Victoria Art Gallery. From Hogarth to Hodgkin – the best prints in the gallery’s collection. Continues from last month.
Sun 1-Thu 5 May. Bath Victoria Art Gallery. Jean Rose: New Paintings and People, Parks and Plants. The 90+ artist continues to work to create new art. Continues from last month.
Sun 1-Sun 8 May. Bath Holburne Museum. The Tudors: Passion, Power & Politics. Come face-to-face with the five Tudor monarchs – Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I Several of the works have never been shown outside London, including a portrait of Jane Seymour after Hans Holbein the Younger and the highly unusual Sir Henry Unton (c.1558–1596) portrait, which was painted posthumously and charts key moments in his life and death. open daily 10am to 5pm (Sunday and Bank Holiday 11am to 5pm).
Sun 1-Tue 31 May. American Museum, Bath. Dress to Redress. An exhibition of the work of contemporary Anishinabe artist Celeste Pedri-Spade that will focus on the role of strong women in community. Continues to 3 July.
Sat 14 May-Sun 17 July. Judo history: The Museum of East Asian Art
is running an exhibition from 14 May to 17 July on the cultural history of judo.
Do you have an event you would like to be included in April’s edition. For commercial classes and regular sessions there is a small charge – email Erica at erica@bathvoice.co.uk or call her on 07402 441485.
Or for cultural events such as classical concerts, community events, comedy drama, talks, walks and exhibitions email harryfmottram@gmail.com

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Sunday 24 Apr – Bath Jewish Burial Ground Open Day

April 2022

Fri 1-Wed 20 Apr. Bath Comedy Festival. Held at a number of venues but mainly Widcombe Social Club and The Forum it features a mix of comedy including stand-up, sketch comedy, cabaret, kids’ shows, music, magic & mystery tours.
Tue-Sat. 12-16 Apr. Bath Theatre Royal. Private Peaceful. Michael Morpurgo’s story of Tommo and his experiences of the First War as he awaits the dawn. Adapted by Simon Reade.
Thu 14-Sat 23 Apr. Hayesfield School, Roper Theatre. Evita. Bath Light Opera Group present the story of Argentina’s first lady from the lyrics of Tim Rice and music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Wed-Thu 20-21 Apr. Bath Rondo Theatre. The Yellow Wallpaper. Adapted from the Charlotte Perkins Gilma novella about a terrifying story of mental illness, motherhood and marriage.
Wed-Sun 20-24 Apr. Bath Theatre Royal. The Play That Goes Wrong. A Mischief Production by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields.
Thu 21 Apr. Bath Komedia. Life in Mono plus The Damsels. Life In Mono’s sound combines trashy guitars reminiscent of Placebo’s early records but with the darkness of Mazzy Star, lyrical sophistication of PJ Harvey and the dense, heavy backbone of Queens of the Stone Age.
Thu 21 Apr. Chapel Arts. Amy Duncan. Scottish artist Amy Duncan writes emotive songs, combining intimate vocals, guitar, electric upright bass, synths, and piano creating a folk-pop sound.
Fri-Sat 22-23 Apr. Bath Rondo Theatre. This is the Land. The show explores the wild within us. Through quirky movement and dance, vocal-looping, atmospheric soundtrack, and five shapeshifting performers.
Sunday 24 Apr – Bath Jewish Burial Ground Open Day. The burial ground is hidden away on Bradford Rd, Combe Down, at the entrance to the Mulberry Park estate. Find out about the lives of Bath’s Jewish community in the 19th and 20th centuries at our next Open Day. 11am-4pm free entry
Fri 29 Apr. Bath Komedia. The Ministry of Burlesque. With Dusty Limits who is the host, Coco Deville, Aurora Starr, Rod Laver, Nicole Pearson and The Flaming Feathers a Cabaret Showgirl Dance troupe.
Sat 30 Apr. Bath Ustinov Theatre. Lade Nade in Concert. Hot on the heels of her UK Americana Award nomination, Lady Nade soars into 2022 with her third album Willing.
Sat 30 Apr. Bath Chapel Arts. 20th Century Foxes Cabaret present Newley Discovered. Anthony Newley is the greatest British songwriter you never knew you knew.
Sat 30 Apr. Bath Fairfield House. Table Tennis Tournament and family day.
Fri 13-Sat 21 May. Bath Festival. The festival starts with a party in Queen Square and includes walking tours, comedy, music, talks, drama and book conversations.
Sun 15 May. Bath Mission Theatre. Dean Friedman In Concert. Those of a certain age will recall his hit songs Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald’s Girl and more.
Fri 3 Jun. Bath Racecourse. Meeting of horse races. Plus live music from James in the evening.

The latest issue of Bath Voice Monthly News Magazine is out now. Free to thousands of Bath residents it can also be read online: https://issuu.com/bathvoice

Harry Mottram is the news editor of Bath Voice monthly magazine covers news, views, reviews, previews and features as well as what’s on in Bath and events for residents in Bear Flat, Widcombe and Oldfield Park & wider Bath area. Delivered door to door in south Bath and available in shops and supermarkets.

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The Naked Truth at the Rondo

January 2022

Sat 1 Jan – Sun 9 Jan. Theatre Royal Bath: Cinderella. John Monie returns as Buttons in a classic seasonal pantomime and is joined by mum-to-be Dani Harmer as the Fairy Godmother. Continued from December.
Sat 1-Sun 9 Jan. Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol. Oz. After a violent storm, a brave young girl finds herself lost in a world that bears no relation to her own. A magic land of potent poppy fields, ferocious flying monkeys and rogue rulers. Continued from December.
Sat 1 Jan – Sat 8 Jan. Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Robin Hood and the Legend of the Forgotten Forest. The Wardrobe Ensemble team up with Bristol Old Vic for a fresh spin on the swashbuckling legend. Continued from December.
Sat 1-Sun 8 Jan. Bath Ustinov Theatre. New Old Friends’ A Christmas Getaway. Written and directed by Feargus Woods Dunlop, with Kirsty Cox, Emile Clarke, Eamonn Fleming, Sedona Rose in a comedy inspired by P.G. Wodehouse and Noël Coward. Continued from December.
Mon10-Tue 11 Jan. Bath Ustinov Studio. The Late-ivity. Living Spit’s comedy take on the late regal trio of arrivals to the crib.
Sat 1 Jan – Sun 16 Jan. Bath. Egg Theatre. Five Children and It. EE Nesbit’s classic children’s story about a strange creature that grants wishes. Continued from December.
Fri 7 Jan – Sun 30 Jan. Bath. Milsom Place. Light Trail. A curated walk-through emmersive experience populated with interactive light based artworks.
Wed 12 – Sat 22 Jan. Theatre Royal Bath. The Play What I Wrote. David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre in which two actors set out to create a tribute show to Morecambe and Wise. By Hamish McColl and Sean Foley and Eddie Braben.
Wed 12 Jan – 6 Sun Feb. Bath. Egg Theatre Bath. In this enchanting tale for the very young, winter has arrived and the woods are covered in white. A child hurries to put on their winter clothes so they can run outside and play in a sparkly new world.
Wed 19 – Sat 22 Jan. Bath Ustinov Theatre. Helen, along with 67 million other people, is in lockdown. Unfortunately Helen’s nearest neighbour, Mrs Delgado, is not. A funny and poignant new story of desire, control, raised blinds and lowered boundaries.
Tue 25 – Sat 29 Jan. Theatre Royal Bath. The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery set on Dartmoor adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for Peepolykus.
Mon 31 – Sun 5 Feb. Theatre Royal Bath. The Da Vinci Code. Mystery thriller based on Dan Brown’s imagination of how Biblical story was covered up.
Wed 12 – Sun 16 Jan. Bath. Rondo Theatre. Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. Bath Drama present a pantomime mixing legend with fairy tales involving songs, jokes, romance and sword fights. One for all the family.
Wed 19 Jan. Bath. Rondo Theatre. Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope. From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was openly gay as early as the 1930s,and despite beatings and hostility he refused to be anything less than himself. An inspiration to everyone who wants just to be themselves.
Sat 22 Jan. Bath. Rondo Theatre. How to live a Jellicle Life. Life lessons form the 2019 hit movie musical ‘Cats’. Awkward Productions with Linus Karp in the five star rated show.
Sat 22 Jan. Combe Down. Jumble Sale. 2:30pm. Combe Down 10th Scout Group Jumble Sale. Bath Scout Hall, The Avenue. BA2 5EQ. Admission 50p. jumble@combedownscouts.org.uk
Mon 24 – Sat 29 Jan. Bath. Mission Theatre. Arrivals and Departures. Alan Ayckbourn’s drama about an anti-terror sting operation that goes wrong with hilarious consequences. a Next Stage production.
Wed 26-Sun 30 Jan. Bristol Slapstick Festival. A celebrity-led programme of live events, taking place at Bristol Cathedral, the Redgrave Theatre, St George’s Bristol and Watershed. The programme includes Arthur Smith, Armando Iannucci, Richard Herring, Jon Culshaw, Peter Lord, Bill Oddie, Arthur Smith, Tim Vine and Barry Cryer plus films screened at a number of venues.
Thu 27-Sat 29 Jan. Bristol. Alma Theatre. Saving Britney. Inspired by the #FreeBritney movement, Saving Britney is a hilarious and heartbreaking look at celebrity obsession, sexuality and growing up in the early noughties.
Fri 28 Jan. Bath. Chapel Arts Centre. Alex Voysey Blues Band – ‘Old Dogs New Tricks’. Four stunning musicians, breathtaking grooves and riffs, and a deep passion for blues.
Sun 30 Jan. Bath. Komedia. Samantha Fish. The genre-bending guitarist, singer, and songwriter is set to rock the Bath venue.

The latest issue of Bath Voice Monthly News Magazine is out now. Free to thousands of Bath residents it can also be read online: https://issuu.com/bathvoice

Harry Mottram is the news editor of Bath Voice monthly magazine covers news, views, reviews, previews and features as well as what’s on in Bath and events for residents in Bear Flat, Widcombe and Oldfield Park & wider Bath area. Delivered door to door in south Bath and available in shops and supermarkets.

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December 2021

Wed 1 Dec-Sat 4 Dec. Ustinov Studio, Bath. Footfalls and Rockaby. In this pair of miniature masterpieces, Beckett dazzlingly explores his obsessions with age, memory, and the passing of time with Siân Phillips and Charlotte Emmerson.
Wed 1 Dec-Fri 24 Dec. The Egg Theatre, Bath. Squirrel.
This is a story of new growth, with a sprinkling of snowy magic and puppetry mayhem as you would expect from the egg’s early years Christmas show.
Wed 1 Dec-Fri 24 Dec. Avon Valley Railway. Santa Specials. Steam train journey with the man in red on board.
Wed 1 Dec-Sat 4 Dec. Mission Theatre, Bath. The Hothouse by Harold Pinter. Next Stage Theatre Company perform the black comedy. It’s Christmas Day and the director of a psychiatric institution, Roote, is left reeling in the wake of an unexpected birth and a mysterious death among his patients – who are all known only by numbers and so are all too easily confused.
Wed 1 Dec-Mon 6 Dec. Theatre Royal Bath: Six. The hit musical about the six wives of Henry VIII.
Wed 1 Dec–Sat 8 Jan. Bristol Old Vic. Robin Hood: Legend of the Forgotten Forest. When a 21st-century kid discovers a dusty book at the back of his local library, something miraculous happens. Reality cracks and he’s thrown into the middle of an epic fight between good and evil. It’s Sherwood Forest. The 12th century. An uneasy time of cunning thieves, dastardly villains and karaoke-singing monks. Sound familiar so far? Not all is as it seems… When the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham sets in motion his vicious plan for ultimate power, it’s up to Robin Hood and her Merry Crew to pull off their toughest mission yet. Can they defeat the Sheriff before it’s too late – and can they get JJ back home?
Wed 1-Tue 28 Dec. Prior Park, Bath. Christmas trail. Everyday except Christmas Day. The advent calendar has taken over the garden, with 24 doors to find. Open the doors to reveal some festive finds and reveal a Christmas message. Plus there’s a display of 18th-century winter verse written on boards through the garden.
Thu 2 Dec. Rondo Theatre, Bath. Comedy with Helen Bauer and Andrew White. Helen is a powerhouse of a comedian, winning critical and audience acclaim including as an Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer Nominee in 2019. As seen on TV.
Thu 2 Dec-Fri 10 Dec. The Redgrave Theatre, Bristol. Romeo and Juliet. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present Shakespeare’s tragedy of the star crossed lovers in fair Verona.
Fri 3 Dec. Widcombe Social Club, Bath. Jess Robinson – The Twelve Days of Jessmas. Expect magical mashups, fabulous original songs and a belly full of laughs as your angelic host and her sparkling live band (if they’ve washed), transports you on an (imaginary) sleigh ride, through a winter wonderland of dazzling divas and stars of the silver screen, serving up a feast of famous voices, from Gaga to Garland. It’ll be anything but a silent night.
Fri 3 Dec. Rondo Theatre, Bath. Count Magnus: Two Ghose Stories. The classic ghost stories of M R James entertain and terrify as powerfully today as they ever did. Nunkie Theatre brings two of the best to life in this thrilling one-man show.
Fri 3-Sat 4. Bath Abbey. Handel’s Messiah – Bath Choral Society. The traditional start to the season of Christmas music in Bath Abbey and performed in the new seating arrangements and improved acoustics to the ancient building. Messiah is the dramatic oratorio that tells the story of Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection. It is full of glorious choruses and intricate arias that build to the overwhelming majesty of the final Amen. The Orchestra will be Bristol Ensemble and the Conductor will be George Bevan.
Sat 4 Dec. Bath Abbey. (Also Sat 18 Dec, 10am-12.30pm. Ages 5 and over. Join us for some family fun including listening to magical stories while sitting under the Moon and making Cosmic Christmas decorations in our new Learning Room down in the Abbey vaults. Drop in. Free.
Sat 4 Dec-Sun 5 Dec. Redgrave Theatre, Bristol. While Shepherds Watched. Retelling of the Nativity story by the drama students of the Old Vic. Not to be missed.
Sun 5 Dec. Komedia, Bath. Rosie Alexandra live at 2pm free event. Rosie’s sound is Pop-Soul and goes back to ‘pop’ in its most natural form, drawing on sentimental ballad style and rich harmony from jazz, gospel and soul, with influences such as Yebba, Bill Withers, Adele, Stevie Wonder and Jorja Smith.
Sat 4-Fri 24 Dec. Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. Meet Father Christmas. Santa’, reindeer and Christmas activities.
Tue 7 Dec. The Forum, Bath. Kate Rusby at Christmas. The folk singer brings the tradition of singing carols in Yorkshire’s pubs to the city.
Wed 8 Dec. Bath Abbey. Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Each of the three movements of Symphony of Sorrowful Songs features a Polish lament, including a message inscribed on the wall of a Gestapo prison cell from a teenage girl to her Mother, and a Mother’s folk song about her son lost in the Silesian civil war. Sung in Polish, it’s an evocative work that brings both tears and joy, taking audiences on an uplifting journey through grief and solace.
Thu 9-Sun19 Dec. The Rondo Theatre, Bath. The Panto and the Pea. During this holiday season, this is your chance to see the colourful, bouncy show that links all the pantomimes and Christmas tales in the world ever into one fabulous festive family treat.
Fri 10 Dec. Chapel Arts Centre, Bath. Clyve – Funky Christmas Special. Bath’s very own soul singing star presents a show to get you in the Christmas spirit. His show is guaranteed to make you dance with tracks from the likes of Chic, Chaka Khan, Motown Legends and even a bit of Beyonce.
Fri 10 Dec-Sun 16 Jan. The Egg Theatre, Bath. Five Children and It.. A new take on the classic story by E. Nesbit about a magical, mischievous and extremely grumpy Sand Fairy called It with the power to grant spectacular wishes. There’s just one catch…
Sat 11 Dec. Bath Abbey. A Christmas Celebration with the Bath Abbey Choirs and Melody Makers. A festive selection of well-known Christmas classics for choir, organ and audience. To help get into the festive spirit, there will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation and to singalong. Featuring the Abbey Choir of Girls, Boys and Lay-clerks directed by Huw Williams, Director of Music, Bath Abbey, and the Abbey’s youngest Choir of 6-11 year olds, the Melody Makers directed by Shean Bowers, Assistant Director of Music, Bath Abbey.
Sat 11 Dec. Chapel Arts Centre, Bath. Untamed Burlesque. Featuring Foo Foo LaBelle, Ana Kiss, Laurie Black, Hadria Hellbound, Fantastic Ms Fanny as your compere tonight, Busty Buttons and Violent May.
Sun 12 Dec. St Mark’s Community Centre, Lyncombe: Christmas Lunch. 12.30-4pm. St Mark’s Community Centre, St Mark’s Rd, Bath. This is a ‘bring and share’ lunch with mulled wine and Christmas Carols. See https://widcombewest.uk/news/
Sun 12 Dec. Chapel Arts Centre, Bath. The six piece band play all the Eagles’ biggest hits like Hotel California, Life In The Fast Lane, One Of These Nights, Lyin’ Eyes, Take it to the Limit, and New Kid In Town, as well classic ballads like Desperado and Wasted Time.
Mon 13 Dec-Sat 8 Jan. Ustinov Studio, Bath. A Christmas Getaway. comedy drama inspired by P.G. Wodehouse, Noel Coward and classic British comedy presented with New Old Friends’ trademark flair. Just four actors play multiple roles with lightning quick changes in this fast talking, fast-paced farce.
Tue 14 Dec. Widcombe Social Club. Winter Wonderband. Maclaine Colston, Saul Rose, Jennifer Crook and Beth Porter team up once more to celebrate the music born out of our great British winter with their mastery of the Dulcimer, Melodeon, Harp and Cello.
Wed 15 Dec. St Michael’s Without Bath: Passamezzo – Old Christmas Returned. Christmas celebrated, banned and restored in 17th Century England. A seasonal programme following the calendar from Advent to Candlemas and showing how Christmas was celebrated, banned and restored in 17th Century England. Carols, ballads, consort music, lutesongs, dance melodies and readings. Includes music by Gibbons, Locke, Peerson and Purcell; readings by Breton, Herrick and Shakespeare. Performed in Period costume by Passamezzo.
Wed 15 Dec. The Forum, Bath. Comedy at Christmas. Top stand-ups entertain. Featuring The Shire Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra & the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus and film guests.
Thu 16 Dec. The Forum, Bath. The Lord Of The Rings And The Hobbit The Concert. Music inspired from the work of JRR Tolkien.
Thu 16 Dec-Sun 9 Jan. Theatre Royal Bath: Cinderella. John Monie returns as Buttons in a classic seasonal pantomime and is joined by mum-to-be Dani Harmer as the Fairy Godmother.
Thu 16 Dec-Sun 9 Jan. Theatre Royal Bath: Cinderella. John Monie returns as Buttons in a classic seasonal pantomime and is joined by mum-to-be Dani Harmer as the Fairy Godmother.
Fri 17 Dec. Chapel Arts Centre, Bath. The Superskas. An authentic eight-piece Ska band with years of live experience, The Superskas perform a catalogue of hits from the golden ages of Trojan Ska & 2 Tone.
Sat 18 Dec. Bath Abbey. A Baroque Christmas. Featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria and Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit. Bath Abbey’s Choirs are joined by Baroque instrumentalists Rejouissance playing on historic instruments.
Sat 18 Dec. Bath Pavillion. Vocal Works Gospel Choir. This concert will feature uplifting classics and spine-tingling arrangements of tracks from artists such as Moby, Rag ’n Bone Man, Pink & Katy Perry.
Sat 18-Thu 23 Dec. Tobacco Factory, Bristol. Of Christmas Past. Douglas Walker unwraps the shocking true origins of Santa Claus in a one-man epic taking in 100 years of history and almost as many characters.
Sun 19 Dec. Chapel Arts Centre. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. Expect bon viveur, the finest crooners, the swingiest band, glamorous Vixens, can’t-sit-down dancing and that warm, twinkly, hearts-all-aglow feeling that only happens at the most wonderful time of the year.
Mon 20 Dec. Komedia, Bath. The Electric Comedy Club. Hosted by Morgan Rees. The Electric Comedy Club will take place in the newly refurbished Electric Bar at Komedia, which offers a strictly limited capacity of just 60 seats, so early booking is recommended.
Tue 21 Dec. Komedia, Bath. Uproar Christmas Special. Komedia Bath and Bath Mencap are proud to present Uproar! Christmas Special – A festive edition of our ever-popular club night exclusively for adults with learning disabilities, their families and carers. The night offers a safe, relaxed and fun environment for adults with learning disabilities and their families and friends to cut loose and dance like nobody’s watching to all those Cheesy Christmas bangers, festive favourites and party classics.
Fri 31 Dec. Komedia, Bath. Krater Comedy Club New Year’s Eve special followed by Motorcity Gold. Top comics plus a disco – two seperate events so you need both tickets.
• Have you got an event you’d like included in our What’s On section? Email news@bathvoice.co.uk

The latest issue of Bath Voice Monthly News Magazine is out now. Free to thousands of Bath residents it can also be read online: https://issuu.com/bathvoice

Harry Mottram is the news editor of Bath Voice monthly magazine covers news, views, reviews, previews and features as well as what’s on in Bath and events for residents in Bear Flat, Widcombe and Oldfield Park & wider Bath area. Delivered door to door in south Bath and available in shops and supermarkets.

For details for the work of the journalist Harry Mottram visit www.harrymottram.co.uk

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Scream Phone comes to the Rondo

Thu 28 Oct – Sat 6 Nov. Theatre Royal Bath: Private Lives. A new production of Private Lives, the inaugural show from Nigel Havers’ new theatre company which will be touring the country with a line-up of theatrical gems. Launching the company, Coward’s dazzling comic masterpiece is both a scintillatingly witty and scathingly vitriolic study of the rich and reckless in love. Nigel Havers, ever suave and thoroughly charming, plays Elyot, the role taken by Noël Coward himself in the original production in 1930.
Tue 2 Nov. The Forum Bath: Country-pop duo Ward Thomas are set to entertain the good people of Bath following a tour with Jack Savorett.
Wed 3 Nov. The Forum Bath: Beth Hart. Singer-songwriter Beth Hart and her band songs from her latest albums ‘War In My Mind’ and ‘Fire On The Floor’.
Wed 3 Nov. The Egg Theatre Bath. Jekyll and Hyde. Students stage Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella in all its horror. This is a world in which relationships are governed by secrecy, suspicion and doubt; a world of internal and external conflict as one man’s struggles with the duality of his nature threaten to destroy himself and his relationships with those around him.
Wed 3-Sat 6 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Our Man in Havana. Graham Greene’s novel adapted by Clive Francis about the hapless vacumn cleaner salesman Wormold recruited by the British secret service in this classic farce.
Thu 4 Nov. Mission Theatre Bath: Kate Bush Stripped. Bristol based Lisa-Marie Walters together with ‘stripped back’ piano arrangements by Mark Feven celebrate the music of Kate Bush.
Thu 4 Nov. Chapel Arts Centre Bath: Katy Hurt. Katy Hurt is one of those rare talents that can write and perform with equal impact. Her 2019 single Revved Up prompted Roland Monger, Music Blogger, to say “Hurt’s voice takes Dolly Parton’s twang and Beth Ditto’s soul, wraps it all up in a basket with a bow before setting fire to it and leaving it on your door step.”
Fri 5 Nov. The Forum Bath: Classical Fireworks. The Fulltone Orchestra celebrate November the fifth with classical music.

Fri 5 Nov. The Forum Bath: The Stylistics. Direct from Philadelphia USA, the legends of soul music bring the ‘Phili’ sound to Bath with classics including ‘Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love)’, ‘Lets Put It All Together’, ‘Stop Look Listen’, ‘You Are Everything’, ‘Betcha By Golly Wow’, ‘Sing Baby Sing’, ‘I’m Stone in Love with You’ and many more.
Fri 5 Nov. Chapel Arts Centre Bath: Flats and Sharps. The sounds of bluegrass music plus musical support from the Awkward Family Portraits band.
Fri 5-Mon 8 Nov. Egg Theatre Bath: Josephine. An energetic story about Josephine Baker the dancer and entertainer who broke down racial barriers with incredible performances.
Sat 6 Nov. Chapel Arts Centre Bath: Reuben Richards & The Jezebel Sextet. The music of Otis Redding with classics including My Girl, Mr Pitiful, Hard To Handle, Love Man, Try A Little Tenderness and Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – all performed by an incredible 8 piece band.
Sun 7 Nov. Bath Theatre Royal. Al Murray: Landlord of the Hope and Glory. More comedy from the opinionated publican sending us all up with pint in hand.
Tue 9-Sun 21 Nov. Bath Theatre Royal. Magic Goes Wrong. A hapless gang of magicians are staging an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fund raising target. Comedy drama.
Wed 10 Nov. Combe Down Primary School Hall Bath: Heritage talk. 7.30pm. A talk by Dr. Roger Rolls on The History of infectious diseases in Bath. If you think the pandemic was bad wait until you hear the good medic on the horrors of the past.


Wed 10 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Nhair. Conny Hancock presents a light-hearted one-woman show touching on her lived experience with having polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Wed 10- Sat 13 Nov. Mission Theatre Bath: Abigail’s Party. Mike Leigh’s situation comedy of manners, and a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s. The play was originally improvised by the cast with author Mike Leigh’s then wife, Alison Steadman (Pam in Gavin and Stacey) playing Beverly and establishing it as a classic comedy role.
Thu 11 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Tez Ilyas: The Vicked Tour. Comedy show from The Tez O’Clock Show (Channel 4), TEZ Talks (BBC Radio 4) and Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three).
Thu 11-Sat 20 Nov. Bristol Old Vic Studio. Macbeth.
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School perform Shakespeare’s tragic Scottish saga with ghosts, witches and gruesome murder.
Sun 12 Nov. The Forum Bath: An Evening With Seth Lakeman. Westcountry folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for ‘Kitty Jay’. It catapulted Lakeman into the forefront of the new British folk movement and his follow up was the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’ which was released twice in 2006.
Sun 12 Nov. Chapel Arts Centre Bath: The Little Unsaid. With John joined by regular collaborators Tim Heymerdinger (drums), Alison D’Souza (strings and FX), Mariya Brachkova (Moog bass and backing vocals), The Little Unsaid signed with Reveal Records and released Atomise in 2019.
Fri 12 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: The People’s String Foundation. The Virtual Orchestra. Violinist Ben Sutcliffe and composer Zaid Al-Rikabi pack a 32-piece Gypsy Orchestra into a suitcase and using music, puppetry, art, cinematography and animation, this unique show combines many art forms to create one immersive piece – sure to set your heart racing, get your toes tapping and warm the soul.
Sat 13 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Scream Phone. The girls are having a sleepover and you’re like, totally invited! Pillow fights in their underwear, singing into hairbrushes, and gossiping about their crushes, what could possibly go wrong?
Sat 13 Nov. The Assembly Rooms Bath: MF1 Cuarteto Casals. With Abel Tomàs violin, Vera Martínez Mehner violin, Jonathan Brown viola, Arnau Tomàs cello and Paul Lewis piano. The music: Mozart String Quartet No 15 in D minor K 421, Mozart Piano Concerto No 12 in A major K 414, Mendelssohn Five “Songs without words” for solo piano, Schumann String Quartet No 3 in A major Op 41.
Sat 13 Nov. Egg Theatre Bath: Puss In Boots. Your cat might turn you from a pauper to a prince just like the hero of this story. Using smoke and mirrors and hidden trapdoors we’ll show you how this sure-footed feline fools both the King and the Ogre to take his master all the way to the top. With a host of puppets, a working windmill and an avalanche of fruit and nuts come and see this classic furry tail, it’s the cat’s whiskers!


Sat 13 Nov. Bath Abbey: Remembrance Concert. Join the Abbey choirs as they sing beautiful and comforting music for Remembrance including the evocative Song for Athene by Tavener, famously sung at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997. Other pieces include Durufle’s poignant In paradisum from his Requiem and William Harris’ beautiful Faire is the heaven – a setting of Edmund Spenser’s poem. The Girls will sing Schubert’s incomparable Litanei Alle Seelen and For the Fallen by Mark Blatchly, based on the poem by Laurence Bunyon. Other items include Ireland’s elegant Greater love, the evocative Russian Contakion which Queen Victoria loved so dearly and Lo, the full final sacrifice by Finzi. There will be poetic solos by our talented choristers including Pie Jesu by John Rutter and the ever popular Pie Jesu from Faure’s Requiem.Director: Huw Williams, Organist Shean Bowers, The Abbey Boys, Girls and Lay-clerks.
Tue 16 Nov. Assembly Rooms Bath. MF6 Sacconi Quartet. Ben Hancox violin, Hannah Dawson violin, Robin Ashwell viola, Cara Berridge cello. The Sacconi’s Bath programme opens with Mozart’s String Quartet in E flat major K 428, one of six dedicated to his great friend and contemporary Haydn. Then Ravel’s exquisite String Quartet in F major, the composer’s first masterpiece, displaying such skill in combining traditional forms and classical elegance with distinctive harmonic language and texture.
Tue 16 Nov. The Forum Bath. The James Haskell Show. Top rugby talk from the former England played who knows his rucks from his scrums.
Tue 16-Sat 20 Nov. Mission Theatre Bath: The Sorcerer. The award-winning company that staged sell-out performances of its festive themed Iolanthe back in 2019, Bath G&S returns to The Mission with a brand new production of the famous duo’s first full-length comic opera, The Sorcerer. In the village of Ploverleigh, a privileged but progressive young couple conduct a rash experiment. To help their frustrated and less privileged neighbours to overcome class barriers and find their soulmates, Alexis and Aline hire a cut-rate London sorcerer, John Wellington Wells, to concoct a love potion and distribute it amongst the villagers at a tea party.
Wed 17 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Woman Who Gave No F*cks. Mythic mayhem, human clap-o-meters and audience power! Brace yourselves for tales to make you want to rip up the rules and riot.
Thu 18 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Ester Manito and Alex Farrow. Comedy with work-in-progress preview shows from two acts.
Fri 19 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Eden’s Mouth. A young, disillusioned man as he walks to his local chippy to get some chips, and back to his mum’s house. When he returns home, what he finds changes his life forever.
Sat 20 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: Watson The Final Problem. Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Mon 22 Nov. Theatre Royal Bath: David Suchet – Poirot and More. A Retrospective.
Mon 22 – Sat 27 Nov. Alma Tavern Theatre, Clifton. Doodlebugs and Bogeymen. Bedminster’s Kate McNab and Ross Harvey take a fond look at the lives of Jen and Brian Milton, two evacuees from London who are sent to Somerset with songs and stories of wartime Bristol
Tue 23-Sat 27 Nov. Theatre Royal Bath: The Midnight Bell. Matthew Bourne’s story of 1930s London life where ordinary people emerge from cheap boarding houses nightly to pour out their passions, hopes and dreams in the pubs and bars of fog-bound Soho and Fitzrovia. English Patrick Hamilton’s novel Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky.
Wed 24-Sat 27 Nov. Rondo Theatre Bath: The Deep Blue Sea. Terence Rattigan’s play of love and loss, passion and desperation set against the backdrop of post war Britain.
Sat 27 Nov. Combe Down Scout Group Jumble Sale. 10th Bath Scout Hall, The Avenue, Combe Down. Admission 50p. 2.30pm jumble@combedownscouts.org.uk
Sat 27 Nov-Fri 24 Dec. Egg Theatre Bath: Squirrel. This is a story of new growth, with a sprinkling of snowy magic and puppetry mayhem.
Mon 29-Mon 6 Dec. Theatre Royal Bath: Six. The hit musical about the six wives of Henry VIII.
Tue 30 Nov. Bath Abbey. (Also Sat 4 Dec & Sat 18 Dec, 10am-12.30pm. Ages 5 and over. Join us for some family fun including listening to magical stories while sitting under the Moon and making Cosmic Christmas decorations in our new Learning Room down in the Abbey vaults. Drop in. Free.
Sun 12 Dec. St Mark’s Community Centre, Lyncombe: Christmas Lunch. 12.30-4pm. St Mark’s Community Centre, St Mark’s Rd, Bath. This is a ‘bring and share’ lunch with mulled wine and Christmas Carols. See https://widcombewest.uk/news/


Wed 15 Dec. St Michael’s Without Bath: Passamezzo – Old Christmas Returned. Christmas celebrated, banned and restored in 17th Century England. A seasonal programme following the calendar from Advent to Candlemas and showing how Christmas was celebrated, banned and restored in 17th Century England. Carols, ballads, consort music, lutesongs, dance melodies and readings. Includes music by Gibbons, Locke, Peerson and Purcell; readings by Breton, Herrick and Shakespeare. Performed in Period costume by Passamezzo.
Thu 16 Dec-Sun 9 Jan. Theatre Royal Bath: Cinderella. John Monie returns as Buttons in a classic seasonal pantomime and is joined by mum-to-be Dani Harmer as the Fairy Godmother.

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