Bridgwater Arts Centre


EXHIBITION - Steve Gathercole

From the 3rd June 2024
Whilst I always had an interest in Art during my school days I did not pursue art or even appreciate I might have any artistic talent. Later on in life, my wife suggested I took up Art as a hobby. Initially I focused on Airbrush art but soon became interested in Oil’s, Pastels, Coloured pencil, Graphite and more recently Watercolor. Growing up in rural Norfolk villages and coming from a farming background, I was always fascinated by wildlife which is the main subject matter for my artwork.

Twinning Night

06/07/2024 - 7.30 pm
Tickets - £5.00
Bridgwater has 6 twin towns around Europe. Every year the internationalists involved in these twinnings get together and celebrate those links with a major event at the Bridgwater Arts Centre that is open to the public.
The evening will feature talks, photos and films and there will also be live music on stage including Somerset choir "Voice Of The People" and "TinyBean Music", the project of Bridgwater born singer songwriter and ukulele player Cathy Smedley.
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The Pedigree Five

13/07/2024 - 7.30 pm
Tickets - £15.00
The latest in the BAC's series of Jazz concerts features a band with a very experienced line-up of musicians who have enjoyed careers in T.V, Radio, recording and extensive touring. Featuring musicians who have played with the likes of the Sunset Cafe Stompers, The Chris Barber Band, The Ken Colyer Jazzmen and Lonnie Donegan, they will be presenting their current show "Mardi Gras Memories" featuring the music of New Orleans and beyond.
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Somerset Comedy Festival - Dr Phil Hammond & Dame Clare Gerada

19/07/2024 - 8.00 pm
Tickets - £15.00
Doctors Phil Hammond (silly) and Dame Clare Gerada (serious) devise, with your help, a revolutionary health manifesto. Does the NHS need saving, funding or fixing? Will a change of government make much difference? Laugh, shout, argue, vote, save the NHS. Seriously subversive. Dr Phil Hammond (Private Eye, Doctor Doctor, Sex, Sleep or Scrabble?) dissects the ins and outs of pleasure using science, stories and stuff he's made up. From philately to consensual cannibalism. "One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet" – Guardian
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Somerset Comedy Festival - Ali Woods & Elliott Steele

25/07/2024 - 7.30 pm
Tickets - £15.00
ALI WOODS has been nominated for Best Show at Leicester Fringe 2023. Join him as he works out his new stand-up comedy hour, in this hilarious show about quitting your job and falling in love.
ELLIOTT STEEL has been marked as "One to Watch"' by the Independent, Elliot Steel is a rising talent on the UK;s comedy circuit. Receiving critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his show ‘Love and Hate Speech’
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Somerset Comedy Festival - Arthur Smith & Phil Nice - Oof!

26/07/2024 - 8.00 pm
Tickets - £15.00
The legendary double act Fiasco Job Job, Arthur Smith and Phil Nice, having surprisingly beaten the visitation of the grim reaper, reunite for one final time to celebrate their 40th anniversary. But what has changed in that time? Instagram is now no longer just a super efficient drug supply network. Tik Tok is more than the annoying sound of a clock. But apart from that, everything else is about as rubbish as before. "
"My favourite double act" - Harry Hill
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Darren Turner - International Medium

07/09/2024 - 7.30pm
Tickets - £15.00
Making what has become an annual pilgrimage to the BAC, Darren is a renowned Clairvoyant Medium, conducting platform demonstrations across the UK and overseas, blending his sense of humor with compassion to ease the minds of those seeking connection with the spirit world.
"We are always learning, not only about ourselves but also spirit. I look forward to learning more as I progress on my journey and remain excited as to where it may lead."
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Elizabeth Sharkey - "Why Britain Rocked"

20/09/2024 - 7.30pm
Tickets - £12.50
Apart from being married to the ex-lead vocalist of The Undertones, Elizabeth Sharkey is an actress, voice over artist and best-selling author. Her book Why Britain Rocked: How Rock Became Roll and Took Over the World travels deep into Britain’s history to trace the events that led to its twentieth century musical explosion. Completely rewriting the history of British pop music. From the Celts and the Quakers, to Ira Aldridge and Paul Robeson, Why Britain Rocked breaks out of British pop history’s twentieth century confines.
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The Phogues

21/09/2024 - 8.00pm
Tickets - £15.00
Endorsed by no other than the late great Shane MacGowan, Somerset's one and only Pogues tribute band The Phogues make their Bridgwater Arts Centre debut.
Expect the energy and excitement of a live Pogues performance, creating an unforgettable experience including renditions of songs such as Sally MacLennane, Dirty old Town, Rainy Night in Soho and Pair of Brown Eyes amongst other authentic renditions of the classic Pogues hits.
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The Kala Chethena Company presents Kathakali

28/09/2024 - 8.00pm
Tickets - £18.00
Kathakali, the classical dance drama of Kerala south India, makes a welcome return to the UK to perform stories that highlight human behaviour including dignity, love, strength, compassion, arrogance, rejection, cruelty, and the horror of war. The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company of outstanding international artists from Kerala, have toured extensively throughout the UK bringing Kathakali to thousands of people.
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The Jamestown Brothers

05/10/2024 - 8.00pm
Tickets - £12.00
The Jamestown Brothers are the West Country's best export. Bringing a new edge to the UK folk punk and festival scene this original nine piece collective was formed in 2019 in Somerset. Mixing a variety of country and Celtic styles and influences but staying true to the storytelling roots of folk, present an exciting and anthemic array of melody and sounds keeping the folk rock genre in safe hands.
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Alfie Moore - A Face For Radio

24/10/2024 - 7.30pm
Tickets - £18.00
Thirty years of shift-work, and being punched in the face, had left ‘Fair Cop’ Alfie with a ‘face for radio’. A face not so much ‘lived in’ as inhabited by squatters with little regard to property maintenance!
A surprising career shift turned middle-aged Alfie from street cop to BBC radio star. But when TV fame beckoned could he grasp it or was he past it?
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Louis & The Iguanas

26/10/2024 - 8.00pm
Tickets - £12.00
The annual event that is Louis & The Iguanas are back @ the BAC!
A very adaptable group with a music roster that includes Ska, Reggae, Funk, Soul and Rock n Roll, they are the perfect party band.
So, if you fancy a night out that lifts your spirit and your soul this is the one for you.
Dancing is compulsory
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Steve Knightley

15/11/2024 - 8pm
Tickets - £20.00
Renowned Westcountry songwriter Steve Knightley, former Show of Hands frontman, announces a groundbreaking nationwide solo tour—the first since the iconic band disbanded. Focused on promoting his latest album, 'The Winter Yards,' this tour signifies a profound shift in Knightley's musical journey. With a reputation for haunting narrative songs and captivating storytelling, fans can anticipate Knightley's solo career as a powerful and evocative continuation of his influential legacy in Acoustic music.”
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Santa's Christmas Cracker

11/12/2024 - 7.30pm
Tickets - Adults £11.50, Children £10.50, Family £42.00
Join Father Christmas and friends for a fun, festive, musical adventure to discover the wonder of Christmas – you may even get to pull a cracker with Dotty the Elf!
Santa’s Christmas Cracker is a 45 minute, interactive family show, particularly suitable for 2-8 year old's. Afterwards the adventure continues as each child gets to meet Father Christmas and receive a specially wrapped present from him – it’s the most Christmassy Christmas show ever, HO-HO-HO!
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Mad Dog McRea

19/12/2024 - 7.30pm
Tickets - £22.00
Your favourite British folk band from Plymouth, Devon are back with their special blend of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz and bluegrass.
For those who have seen them before, you know what to expect. For anyone checking them out for the first time, you won't be disappointed!
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