CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Chloe and the Colour Catcher, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Mon 17 Feb
Chloe lives in a world that’s completely grey but at night her dreams are colourful and bright. Warned to keep such thoughts to herself for fear the Grey Queen will wash all trace of colour away, Chloe embarks on a courageous journey to unleash all seven shades of the rainbow. One parents and children will enjoy.
KIDS THEATRE: The Deep Sea Seekers, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 18 – Sat 22 Feb
An interactive audience-driven children’s show that takes you on a tour of of the ocean, meeting incredible creatures, unmapped shores and sadly, far too much plastic on the way.
TALK: Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Living Dangerously, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Weds 19 Feb
Less likely to say, “”I’m 75, you know!” and more likely to say, “I may be some time,” the hardy British explorer tells his tales of icy derring-do, including being first to reach both Poles, the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis. Impressive.
THEATRE: Trojan Horse, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Weds 19 Feb
Adapted from the real-life stories from those at the heart of the UK government enquiry into the ‘plot’ where hardline Muslim teachers and governors were accused of introducing extremism into Birmingham Schools.
CINEMA: NT LIVE, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Watermark, Ivybridge, Thurs 20 Feb
Billed as an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac aka Roxanne, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London. A smouldering performance from James McAvoy – a sexy must-see.
COMEDY: Josie Long – Tender, Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Fri 21 Feb
The most positive comedian in the biz (we reckon) on the vulnerability and chaos of new motherhood. Read our Muddy interview with Josie here.
MUSIC: Lost in Music – One Night at the Disco, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Fri 21 Feb
Le Freak, c’est chic! Love 70s disco? Get dolled up in yer platforms and get on down to the sounds of Sister Sledge, Donna Summer, Earth Wind & Fire and more, sister!
CINEMA: Bait, The Lamb Inn, Sandford, Fri 21 Feb
Another chance to see the newly BAFTA-award winning – indie drama Bait, from Cornish director Mark Jenkin at the very Muddy-approved Lamb Inn, near Crediton.
KIDS WORKSHOP: Wicked West End Workshop, Centre Stage, Barnstaple, Sat 22 Feb
This wickedly themed workshop presented by Barnstaple’s Young Generation are welcoming Amy Ross, a West End performer who has donned the green paint to play Elphaba in the UK tour of the show, to share her skills and insight for the day. Ages 9 -18 welcome.
MUSIC: The Jive Aces Big Beat Revue, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Sat 22 Feb
The yellow-suited Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists do their thing with a host of special guest songsters and classic tunes from Bobby Darin, Big Joe Turner and Keely Smith.
WALK: Muddy Mutts Sponsored Walk, River Dart Country Park, Dartmouth, Sun 23 Feb
Walkies! Unleash the mutt and raise funds for the rescue centre by on this 3km course, involving mud, water, and dog-friendly obstacles such as jumps, tunnels, weaves and temptation alley games, commando crawling and a water-dip. Maybe bring a towel too.
THEATRE: RSC Shakespeare Season, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Weds 12 – Sat 22 Feb
The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Plymouth with three plays from the Bard, kicking off with a #metoo telling of Measure for Measure (12-22 Feb) directed by RSC artistic director Gregory Doran, followed by an imaginative new take on romantic comedy As You Like It (13-20) directed by Kimberly Sykes, concluding with The Taming of the Shrew (18-22) which promises a fresh portrayal of the battle of the sexes.
EAT OUT: Kids Eat Free at The White Hart, Dartington Estate, Totnes, until 29 Feb
Yup, that’s right – every Mon-Sat, 12-3pm each day, the littlies can enjoy a free kids’ meal with every adult main. Loads to choose from, including crowd-pleasers like burgers and fish and chips. No minimum number of adults required. Wanna know more before you book? Check out my Muddy review here.
EAT OUT: Exmoor Food Fest, venues around the region, Sat 1 – Sat 29 Feb
Fancy scoffing and quaffing at some of Exmoor’s finest restaurants, including Michelin-starred venues like Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room, for as little as £10? Er, yes!