Monthly Archives: April 2021

Radical Fun as Theatre puts Kids First in their Big Beatbox and Comedy Re-Opening Event

Radical Fun as Theatre puts Kids First in their Big Beatbox and Comedy Re-Opening Event

If you’re an adult into stand-up comedy then it is unlikely the first thing to come to mind is a gig full of families accompanied by kids with snacks and juice, laughing their heads off!  Prepare to be amazed as The Merlin opens its doors for the first time this year, on 22 May, to a very funny weekend with two comedy gigs in one day.

Outside on the ECOS amphitheatre in Frome, stand-up comic and comedy quiz-host, Jarred Christmas, teams up with uber-cool beatboxer and UK Loopstation Champion, Hobbit for ‘The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show’.

In a sensational interactive collision of silliness and vocal brilliance, the young audience will pick up tips, make music and have their minds blown.  Hobbit has performed from Glastonbury Festival to Times Square as well as judged the UK Beatbox Championships and hosted the International Beatbox Convention in both London and NYC.  Jarred Christmas is a regular on CBBC’s The Dog Ate My Homework, and host of the CBBC hit show The Joke Machine, as well as a pantomime star alongside the likes of Priscilla Presley and Torvil and Dean.

Later that day, the theatre will open for its regular comedy club night with Pop-Up Comedy.  Hosted by Jarred he tells us “Hobbit and I wanted to create a high-energy interactive and funny show that celebrates kids all the way through. When we get an audience member on stage beatboxing or telling jokes, they are the real stars of the show.”

In addition to Jarred and Hobbit, Pop-Up comedy club night will feature Irish comedian Jarlath Regan, host of the award-winning, million-plus-listener ‘ Irishman Abroad’ podcast and rising star, Abi Clarke.  Abi has found inspiration and fame during the lockdown via Instagram and Twitter as well as recently hitting 15 million likes on TikTok for her sketches and video.

With families and the outdoors very much in mind, the school half term holiday will offer families Ilyria Theatre’s  ‘The Further Adventures of Dr. Dolittle’ on 2 June, followed by Folksy Theatre’s new adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood later in the summer.  The Merlin theatre welcomes audiences to bring picnics and cushions but is keen to remind visitors that, to comply with government rulings on numbers, people should book ahead.
Taking the town of Frome to the mid-point of the calendar year will be the stunning  ‘Legends of Swing’.  An afternoon of vintage jazz from Down For The Count;  these energetic top-class musicians and vocalists, regularly found at jazz clubs including Ronnie Scott’s, will certainly be a highlight of a fun start to a very busy season.

Details of all times, prices and guidance for safety at the venue are via merlintheatre.co.uk

Somerset young people invited to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Somerset young people invited to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Following the recent death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Somerset’s Duke of Edinburgh Award team have set themselves a challenge to find 100 young people of any ability aged 14-24 to take part remotely in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Young people inspired by the recent media attention about the DofE… Read More…

School offer day for reception places

School offer day for reception places

Almost every family in Bath and North East Somerset has been offered one of their overall preferences for primary school places in 2021/22. Figures released today show 99 per cent of applications received one of their overall preferences with 93 per cent getting their first preference of primary school. The total number of applications received… Read More…

Rapid testing is next step in reducing spread of Covid-19

People in Somerset will have access to regular coronavirus testing from today (Friday 9 April) as the country takes another vital step towards society opening up again. The Government is encouraging everyone in England to access free, regular, rapid Covid-19 testing. This regular testing is for those without symptoms of Covid-19 and helps break the… Read More…

Libraries offer browsing again and mobile library heads back on the road

Libraries offer browsing again and mobile library heads back on the road

Bath and North East Somerset’s libraries will offer Covid-safe browsing again from Monday 12 April, with the mobile library also resuming a limited service. Following the easing of Government restrictions residents will be able to browse the resources available at Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton libraries. The libraries will continue to  operate their collection service… Read More…

Households with children: Pick up your Covid-19 home testing kit

Households with children: Pick up your Covid-19 home testing kit

Households with school age children are being urged to continue testing throughout the Easter holidays. Over the coming weeks, lockdown restrictions are expected to be loosened across England in line with the Government’s Roadmap. Changes will include the return of organised sport, as well as groups of six people or two households being allowed to mix… Read More…

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