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THEATRE: Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Mon 20 – Sat 25 Jan

The sassy West End show comes to Theatre Royal, starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden promising “more glitter than ever before”. It’s bound to be a January cheerer-upper.


FAMILY THEATRE: Gonzo Moose presents Once Upon A Time, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 21-25 Jan

The Brothers Grimm are about to finish their final volume of fairy tales when a shadow of the past kidnaps them both, and their sister, Lotte, must save her beloved brothers. A fast-paced comedy by Gonzo Moose promises slapstick, the bizarre and live music perfect for audiences of any age.


SHOW: The Dartmoor Highway Man, The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock, Weds 22 Jan

Alfred Noyse’s famous poem takes centre stage, with the Edge Players portraying the thrilling story (not for the faint hearted) in three acts accompanied by a delicious two course dinner in the hotel’s Gallery 26 which will be transformed into an olde England inn for one night only.


THEATRE: Circus of Horrors, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Weds 22 Jan

A rock n’ roll mix of a stage circus show, with scantily-clad fire-eating, trapeze, acrobatics and risqué acts. As seen on Britain’s Got Talent. Not for the kids, 18s and up only.


COMEDY: Suzy Bennet at The Comedy Club, Ocean, Exmouth, Weds 22 Jan

Got the January blues? Have a laugh with Devon comic (and former Butlins Redcoat) Suzy Bennet. She is a winner of the prestigious Funny Women Award, and was support act to Jimmy Carr on his Gag Reflex Tour.


THEATRE: Susie Dent – The Secret Life of Words, Exeter Corn Exchange, Thurs 23 Jan

The lexicographer shares her knowledge on the meanings. behind common and no so common words. (Scurryfunge anyone? It’s the frenzied fit of tidying before guests arrive, who knew?) Plus all the goss from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.


BALLET: The Wizard of Oz, Ballet Theatre UK, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, Thurs 23 Jan

A full-length, ballet adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s tale, set to a classical score and told through dance, A family-friendly performance – perfect for the prima ballerina in your life.


CHARITY DINNER: Burn’s Night Dinner, Huntsham Court, Huntsham, Thurs 23 Jan

Enjoy a sumptuous black-tie evening of haggis, ceilidh and of course, good old Robert Burns at Huntsham Court, a gorgeous Grade II listed Manor House near Tiverton, all the while raising important funds for the charity Hospiscare. £55pp (snow not included).


COMEDY: Lou Sanders: Say Hello to your New Step-Mummy, Exeter Phoenix, Thurs 23 Jan

Acclaimed comedian (having featured on 8/10 cats and The Russell Howard Hour) Lou Sanders examines relationships, mental health and perverts (herself being one, apparently). Prepare for some hilarious oversharing, overbearing and unwanted advice.


RETREAT: Luxury Wellness Retreat, Moorland Hotel, Dartmoor, Fri 24 Jan

Blow away those winter cobwebs at Moorland Hotel’s Wellness Retreat with some gentle fitness and natural health treatments. Includes all classes, morning and afternoon refreshments, a 2 course lunch, tea and coffee in the conservatory room along with a gift bag. (AND 20% off the hotel’s 6 course a la Carte dinner bed and breakfast rates should you fancy making a night or even a weekend of it.) £95 per person.


WORKSHOP: Experimental and Expressive Acrylics Course, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Fri 24 Jan

For budding artistes and newbies alike, learn all about expressive and traditional methods of using acrylic to create beautiful work on a variety of different scales. Prepare to get messy!


MUSIC: Joe Brown in Concert, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Sat 25 Jan

Celebrating 60 years in the music biz, the rock ‘n roll ledge takes to the road with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, bluegrass, and rock ‘n’ roll and Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences.


KIDS: Digital Creative Workshop, RAMM, Exeter, Sat 25 Jan

For kiddos who love to learn, whilst getting creative, RAMM has teamed up with Daisi for a series of engaging digital workshops, each hosted by a different artist, exploring the wonders of the museum’s objects and exhibits to create their own gifs and moving images.


MARKET: Teignmouth Farmers’ Market, The Triangle, Teignmouth, Sat 25 Jan 

Every last Saturday of the month, Teignmouth’s farmers market pops up on the Triangle with a range of homegrown, organic produce; from veggies to juices, to get Jan-healthy and support local.


EAT OUT: Burn’s Night Dinner, The Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Sat 25 Jan

No plans for Burn’s Night? For a very Scottish (tartan covered) evening, enjoy a traditional four course meal in the decadent Royal Beacon Hotel before dancing the night away to some lovely Scottish music.


EXHIBITION: Torsten Lauschmann: War of the Corners, The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art, Fri 6 Dec – 8 Feb

Lauschmann’s exploration of humour, politics and abstraction through gorgeous projections, light, sound and sculptural instruments to create a landscape of thought and poetic art, first having been shown at Glasgow School of Art in 2018.



CULTURE: Exeter Cathedral is transformed into a visual light-show courtesy of Luxmuralis – tickets are selling fast. Thurs 5 – Sat 7 Mar

THEATRE: Six – Beheaded Divorced Live! The smash West End hit, nominated for 5 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, 27 – 31 May, Theatre Royal Plymouth

MUSIC: An Audience with Shaun Ryder – hear it from the Happy Mondays front-man, Sun 2 Feb, The Factory


Words by Molly Grogan.

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