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Wednesday 12th June 2019

FILM NIGHT - The Art of Catching Lobsters : 7:45 for 8:15pm

The third in our series of documentary films by Jane Darke.

After Nick Darke’s death from cancer Jane made another documentary film about their life together and her grief, The Art Of Catching Lobsters. First broadcast in 2007 on BBC4 it is an extraordinary and poignant film.
Shot entirely on the beautiful, rugged North Cornish coast, the film chronicles the life of Jane’s husband Nick as Playwright, fisherman, and beachcomber. After suffering a stroke Nick is unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer. The film captures his efforts to pass on his knowledge and experience to his sons by teaching them the art of catching lobsters.

The Art of Catching Lobsters is a moving portrayal of loss, grief and hope. Nick was a man with a great sense of fun, who planned his life by the tides. This intimate journey details how he copes with rehabilitation after a stroke and the shock of cancer diagnosis.
Film-maker Jane Darke uniquely captures pain, suffering and death in an honest account of how a Nick works through his last weeks and she copes after his death. And how, through their son Henry, she witnesses the gift Nick has given them both.

Jane said of her intention: “I wanted to make a film about the playwright Nick Darke because he was a man from a different time, a passionate, talented, generous, wise, beautiful man and because I loved him. The Art of Catching Lobsters is about love and loss, it’s a celebration of life.”
The Art of Catching Lobsters was broadcast on September 27th 2008 on BBC 4 and travelled the festival circuit thereafter.
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Friday 14th June 2019


From 8pm once a month (every second Friday)

Free entry, donations welcome, bar open, PA provided

Bringing the benefit of jazz as an art form to the local community and to multiple levels of ability. All instruments/vocalists will be made welcome. If you can play the blues and want to have a crack at jazz – this is for you! If you want to come and just listen that is fine too. Jazz Jam Sessions are led by John Cook, Shairon Lloyd, Peter Neale and JJ Shaw.

For more Jazz Jam information: see our Facebook page
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Saturday 22nd June 2019


The Achievers are one of the most talked about and critically acclaimed new bands on the UK Blues and Roots Music scene. The UK & European Blues press agree that The Achievers are one of the most original and exciting bands to emerge in British Blues.

The highly dynamic and unique 5-piece band from Gloucestershire are injecting a fresh sense of excitement and creativity into trusted Blues traditions. Some call it Rhythm & Blues, some call it Roots, some call it 'Dance Floor Gospel' but whatever it is, The Achievers have been leaving festival and blues club audiences across the UK & Europe elated and wanting more. Layered with four-part harmonies, joyful melodies and infectious, danceable rhythms there has never been a better time to see and hear The Achievers. Their unique approach and eagerness to move away from familiar guitar-solo orientated styles prove that soul , groove and song-craft still matter in the blues.
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Wednesday 26th June 2019

FILM NIGHT - About the Land : 7:45pm for 8:15pm

The fourth and final in our series of documentary films by Jane Darke.

This film looks at the richness of rural life and is a work in progress.

Produced by Jane Darke and Andrew Tebbs

Directed by Jane Darke who made the iconic film The Wrecking Season about a winter of beach-combing on the North coast of Cornwall, About the Land film looks inland from the same coast.

St Eval is three miles long and two miles wide and yet all life is represented here: changing farming methods, migration of people, war, conservation, green energy production and recycling on an epic scale.
At the centre of the film is the community of St Eval Parish. The film is about gathering an archive from their family photographs and recorded memory.

This film was funded by Feast, Cornwall Council and the Arts Council.
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Saturday 29th June 2019


Matinee 2.30pm
Evening 7.30pm

This summer Wotton-under-Edge Dramatic Society will be performing a rehearsed reading of Cider with Rosie. The play is adapted from Laurie Lee’s novel, a poetic evocation of his childhood growing up in the early 20th Century in the Slad Valley near Stroud which has become a modern classic worldwide and is here imaginatively adapted for the stage by James Roose-Evans.
Last performed by Wotton Dramatic Society in 1994, this time around the play will be presented as a ‘Rehearsed Reading’ similar to a radio play, with the actors performing the play on a set staged to capture the essence of the play.
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