Are you the next Billy Elliot?

Bridgwater Mercury: PHOTO: Alistair Muir.

4:22pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

BILLY Elliot The Musical, the London show, is looking for young male dancers for open auditions in Bristol on April 26.

Birds of a feather exhibition at BAC

Bridgwater Mercury: ROOKS 2 by Jackie Curtis.

3:52pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

HANDCUT prints, richly textured and deep in colour, by a self-taught Bawdrip artist, go on show tomorrow at Bridgwater Arts Centre (Wednesday).

Greinton singer Zelah releases debut single on iTunes

Bridgwater Mercury: ZELAH.

1:02pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

AN 18 year-old singer-songwriter from Greinton with influences ranging from Adele to the Arctic Monkeys releases her debut single on iTunes this Sunday.

American soprano to 'guest' at Highbridge concert

Bridgwater Mercury: SOLO singing star Mary Morgan.

12:52pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

AMERICAN-BORN soprano Mary Morgan is the guest performer at Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society’s forthcoming Spring concert.

Wurzel Tommy Banner urges Mercury readers to support floods gig

Bridgwater Mercury: TOMMY Banner.

12:53pm Thursday 20th March 2014

“We’re doing it for everybody involved – and not only people in their houses, but farmers and businesses – especially having only just ‘got back’ after last year’s floods" - TOMMY BANNER

REPORT: Highbridge Festival of the Arts – impressive, friendly, and fun

Bridgwater Mercury: DANCERS Emma Orledge and Connie Hazleton-Cavill, ten.

5:26pm Thursday 20th March 2014

WHETHER you're under five or in the U3A, Highbridge Festival of the Arts is all about celebrating community talent – and the success of the amateur performer over the honed professional.

MARCH 30: Jim Davidson and Richard Digance together again in Weston

Bridgwater Mercury: Jim Davidson

5:11pm Thursday 20th March 2014

JIM Davidson and Richard Digance are 'Together Again' for the Spring, and coming to Weston's Playhouse Theatre on March 30.

REVIEW: Jazz night at Cossington village hall goes down a treat

Bridgwater Mercury: MIKE Snelling.

4:57pm Thursday 20th March 2014

THE first of a quartet of fine jazz evenings booked for 2014 was enjoyed by a capacity audience at Cossington Village Hall on Saturday evening.

More Taunton literary events in store for book lovers

Bridgwater Mercury: What's On module top link image

4:18pm Thursday 20th March 2014

A “BEAUTIFUL stylist” of language with the ability to turn books into “companions”, brought the tales of remarkable women from across the centuries into the upper echelons of a Taunton bookshop earlier this month.

Our Big Gig 2014: How to get involved

Bridgwater Mercury: Our Big Gig 2014: Be part of it

3:56pm Thursday 20th March 2014

MUSIC makers in Burnham and Highbridge can take part in a UK-wide community music festival this summer.

ACTS youngsters "excel" themselves at Bridgy town hall

Bridgwater Mercury: ACTS’ talent did a sterling job at Bridgwater town hall.

1:11pm Thursday 20th March 2014

YOUNG stars from Bridgwater have “excelled themselves” in their two-day town hall show.

REVIEW: Marketeers' Cabaret provides top evening of entertainment

Bridgwater Mercury: webpix entertainment theatre

1:07pm Thursday 20th March 2014

MARKETEERS Carnival Club made a return to their old venue, Chilton Trinity School, on March 1 in its swish new building, with a spectacular cabaret night of music, laughter and excitement.

FRIDAY: Bristol band-to-watch play Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: THE Magnus Puto.

1:02pm Thursday 20th March 2014

THE Magnus Puto (above) have shared a stage with Rizzle Kicks, Haim, the XX and Daughter … but on Friday they’ll have Bridgwater in their sights.

REVIEW: Top food writer shares the spice of her life in BACTalk

Bridgwater Mercury: JOSCELINE Dimbleby.

12:40pm Thursday 20th March 2014

WITH cookery her art-form, Josceline Dimbleby exposed the nation to fusion food with her best-selling books, supported recession-hit families with her recipes, and made variety king.

REVIEW: Sean Hughes' 'Penguins' at Bridgwater Arts Centre

Bridgwater Mercury: Comedian Sean Hughes performs intimate gig in Central Studio this month

12:48pm Thursday 27th February 2014

“EVER tried. Ever failed. No matter.

FRIDAY: Pick up a penguin (or a ticket) for comic Sean Hughes' Arts Centre show

Bridgwater Mercury: Comedian Sean Hughes aims to have Bromley in stitches with rare appearance

1:37pm Thursday 20th February 2014

AWARD-winning funny man Sean Hughes comes to Bridgwater Arts Centre this Friday (February 21) with his newest show ‘Penguins’.

Aladdin panto: INTERVIEW with the Puriton Players' Widow Twankey!

Bridgwater Mercury: JOHN Rowlands as The Emperor, and Alan Scott as Widow Twankey.

1:03pm Thursday 20th February 2014

ALADDIN’S poverty-struck world is turned upside down when he stumbles on an enchanted lamp in Puriton Players’ pantomime.

Schools competition: Write your way to see Jessie J at one-day pop fest

Bridgwater Mercury: Jessie J at the BIC on Saturday, November 9, 2013

12:43pm Thursday 20th February 2014

POP music fans from Bridgwater could write or design their way to free tickets to see Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, and The Vamps in Weston this summer.

STRODE THEATRE: Cinema Paradiso

Bridgwater Mercury: CINEMA Paradiso.

1:00pm Sunday 16th February 2014

ITALIAN film classic Cinema Paradiso gets a special screening at Street’s Strode Theatre on Thursday.

THIS FRIDAY: See Sean Hughes in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: Comedian Sean Hughes performs intimate gig in Central Studio this month

11:30am Saturday 15th February 2014

JUST to put the pressure on, some feller at Scotland’s Sunday Herald said Perrier Award winning comedian Sean Hughes is “at his funniest and most profound” in Penguins, his newest show.

Lead singer sought for Edinburgh Fringe show

Bridgwater Mercury: LUKE Speirs wants to take his musical dream to Edinburgh Festival.

1:45pm Thursday 6th February 2014

A LEAD singer is wanted for a show from Somerset which will premiere at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.

Somerset Curry Club's February recipe: Rogan Josh

Bridgwater Mercury: ROGAN Josh.

8:50am Tuesday 4th February 2014

SLOW-COOKED on a low flame, there are few meat-eaters who could resist the succulent spiciness of an authentic Rogan Josh curry.

REVIEW: BACTalk on getting published, determination and creating your own luck

Bridgwater Mercury: SINEAD Gillespie Boys gives the first ever TED-style BACTalk.

8:00am Tuesday 4th February 2014

THAT Narnia’s creator, CS Lewis, was rejected 800 times by publishers before striking gold, you’d think’d be enough to encourage any undiscovered pen-pushers amongst us to push all the harder.

Call to county artists: get involved in Taunton Flower Show 2014

Bridgwater Mercury: ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Norman Steel painting at Taunton Flower Show in 2013. PHOTO: Taunton Flower Show.

1:52pm Thursday 30th January 2014

ARTISTS in Somerset are being invited to get creative at Taunton Flower Show 2014.

Directors sought to craft original plays by Somerset Fellowship of Drama

Bridgwater Mercury: webpix entertainment theatre

1:34pm Thursday 30th January 2014

SOMERSET Fellowship of Drama is seeking directors to craft a raft of original one-act plays for its forthcoming competition at the Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster.

FEB: Pop-punk EP release for The Splash

Bridgwater Mercury: BRIDGY pop-punk headliners, The Splash: "We're a band, not a swimming pool."

12:07pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

HOMEGROWN punk-pop band, The Splash, from Bridgwater, are releasing their new EP on February 14.

Somerset beatboxer supports boy band Blue at Bridgwater concert

Bridgwater Mercury: TRIPLE Threat (aka Dom Buck, Anthony Chapman and Elliot Van Laere).

10:45am Wednesday 29th January 2014

A BEATBOXER from Somerset has found himself supporting boy band Blue at their Bridgwater concert on Friday.

REVIEW: Bridgwater Pantomime's Snow Queen is spine-tinglingly good!

Bridgwater Mercury: BRIDGWATER Town Hall has turned Ice Palace!

10:37am Wednesday 29th January 2014

SPINE-TINGLING performances and a healthy serving of hearty humour made Bridgwater Pantomime Society’s original production of The Snow Queen a slick show with truly professional polish.

Local faces in the photos: Weston show

Bridgwater Mercury: TONGUE in cheek! 'Charming mounts for Neddy and his pals'.

11:00am Monday 27th January 2014

THE lives of North Somerset people at work and play from the 1860s to the 1960s are being celebrated at the latest exhibition in Weston-super-Mare.

North Petherton band to open Godney Gathering

Bridgwater Mercury: The Thatchers, with Jessica Dyer on the right.

2:51pm Thursday 9th January 2014

NORTH Petherton acoustic group The Thatchers have been confirmed as the opening act at the Godney Gathering in Glastonbury on Saturday, July 19.

INTERVIEW: Non-stop hard rockers, StOp, sToP! from Barcelona

Bridgwater Mercury: JACOB A.M.

10:54am Thursday 9th January 2014

STOP, sToP!, a hard-rock group from Barcelona, has one mission in mind: rocking non-stop.

Bridgwater dance academy reopens for 2014

Bridgwater Mercury: Ballet

10:30am Thursday 9th January 2014

AN ACADEMY in ballet, tap, modern and jazz dance for youngsters and adults has re-opened for 2014.

Bridgwater nonagenarian publishes autobiography

Bridgwater Mercury: Jack Fieldhouse.

1:00pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

A NONAGENARIAN who founded a long-standing arts society and served in the anti-aircraft artillery during the Second World War has published his memoir, Jack the Lad.

Yoga course at Fox King Dance Academy

Bridgwater Mercury: Hatha Yoga for Women

12:00pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

A NEW year, a new you … if a wellbeing boost is what you’re after, a yoga course may fit the bill.

Quick-fire five with... Bridgwater Panto actor and writer, Richard Porter

Bridgwater Mercury: RICHARD Porter and Kim Pike as Ig-Loo.

9:38am Thursday 2nd January 2014

QUIRKY and frosty comedy, The Snow Queen, is Bridgwater Pantomime Society’s Town Hall show this January.

Bridgwater arts get £4,000 cash boost

Bridgwater Mercury: BRIDGWATER Arts Centre.

9:30am Thursday 2nd January 2014

A HOMEGROWN arts organisation which acted as a ‘shop window’ for rising stars has donated thousands of pounds to Bridgwater’s creative community – and disbanded.

BAFTA award-winning film maker to hold Engine Room course

9:26am Thursday 2nd January 2014

A BAFTA award-winning filmmaker will share her tips on how to finance films in a January workshop.

Glastonbury founder celebrates Eastover Oxfam's success

Bridgwater Mercury: Photo: Jeff Searle

9:18am Thursday 2nd January 2014

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis called in at Bridgwater’s Eastover Oxfam shop to celebrate its becoming one of the charity’s Top 10 South West stores.

Wildlife expert Chris Packham Weston tickets now on sale

Bridgwater Mercury: Zoologist and TV presenter Chris Packham has slammed poor farm hygiene as the main cause of bovine tuberculosis.

8:00am Saturday 28th December 2013

WILDLIFE expert, punk fan and Springwatch veteran Chris Packham has been secured to appear at Weston’s Playhouse Theatre as part of its newly-announced Spring 2014 season.

Arcade Fire confirm headline slot at Glastonbury 2014

Bridgwater Mercury: Arcade Fire

4:06pm Friday 27th December 2013

CANADIAN indie septet, Arcade Fire, have confirmed they will be headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2014.

Review: Bridgwater talent makes for sell-out success at Tacchi-Morris

4:00pm Friday 27th December 2013

BURGEONING Bridgwater talent was key in the sell-out success of Southwest Rocks at Christmas, a show from composer and choirmaster Mark Whitford-Williams at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre.

Review: Marketeers Carnival Club's sparkling Showtime cabaret

Bridgwater Mercury: Photos from North Petherton Carnival 2012 - buy your souvenir reprints now!

3:52pm Friday 27th December 2013

MARKETEERS Carnival Club truly heralded Christmas in with its Showtime night at Bridgwater Town Hall.

Bridgwater man publishes his "intriguing" autobiography

12:00am Sunday 22nd December 2013

AN ARTIST and beekeeper has published his autobiography.

Rising star from Brent Knoll to sing for her musical theatre idols

Bridgwater Mercury: GRACIE Wickens-Sweet.

9:48am Thursday 19th December 2013

A RISING young star from Brent Knoll will sing before one of her musical theatre idols in January.

REVIEW: Bridgwater Choral Society gets ‘in tune with heaven’ at St Mary’s Church

Bridgwater Mercury: Bridgwater Choral Society.

1:18pm Wednesday 18th December 2013

IT can truly be said that Bridgwater Choral Society got ‘in tune with heaven’ at their December 2013 concert at St Mary’s, Bridgwater.

REVIEW: "Wonderful" and "heart-warming" - The Night the Turkeys Flew over the Levels

9:10am Tuesday 17th December 2013

COMPOSER-choirmaster Mark Whitford-Williams scored a sell out success at the Tacchi-Morris Theatre on December 14 with his show South West Rocks at Christmas.

'Play On Words' wins the Turnip Prize 2013

Bridgwater Mercury: PERCY Long-Prong with his 'Play On Words'.

1:38pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

A WORDY wit has been crowned winner of the Turnip Prize 2013, the ultimate tongue-in-cheek gong for the ‘art world’.

REVIEW of Northern Soul: Friendly, frank show with academic flair from Lucy Porter

Bridgwater Mercury: Lucy Porter

1:30pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

WITH trademark friendliness, frankness and academic flair, comedian Lucy Porter’s Saturday show at Bridgwater Arts Centre, ‘Northern Soul’, ploughed the murky depths of what it means to feel alien in your hometown.

REVIEW: Showtune is “zesty and classy” with Bridgwater Amateur Operatic Society

Bridgwater Mercury: REINVENTING the greats in style: Bridgwater’s opera stars.

1:27pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

THE Jerry Herman songbook never sounded so heartfelt and full of zest as in Bridgwater Amateur Operatic Society’s production of ‘Showtune’ at the Arts’ Centre.

Jessie J and Rizzle Kicks top bill of acts for Weston pop fest! Tickets on sale

Bridgwater Mercury: JESSIE J.

12:37pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

BRACE yourselves for big news, chart fans.

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