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THEATRE: The Cat and the Canary, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Mon 27 Jan – Sat 1 Feb

The classic 1922 whodunnit by John Willard takes place in a country house where the decendants of Mr West gather to find out who gets their hands on the inheritance, but get a load of spookily macabre goings-on instead. From The Classic Thriller Company and featuring a lotta well-known TV faces, including Brit Ekland (yes the Brit Ekland).


THEATRE: Drink Rum with Expats, Sh!t Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Tues 28 Jan – Sat 1 Feb

According to Time Out, (who gave it a 4/5 review) this comedy docu-theatre about the pair’s experience of taking a job in Malta “is about the perils of turning your back on the world in order to pretend there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s about ignoring refugees, ignoring corruption, ignoring home, ignoring abroad, of taking the easy route”. According to the multi-award winning pair themselves it’s another excuse to get drunk on stage. You decide.


CLASS: Yoga at RAMM, RAMM Museum, Exeter, Weds 29 Jan

Find your Zen in the inspiring surrounds of RAMM this January, balancing the mind and body with Hatha Yoga, improving your flexibility, core strength, grounding and mental health. A must for January back-to-work blues.


EAT OUT: Chinese New Year, Wild Artichokes, Kingsbridge, Thurs 30 Jan

Multi-course feast inspired by Chinese New Year with Jane Baxter at her Kingsbridge HQ. Its buzzy and the open plan kitchen means you get to see all the action.


KIDS: Under 5’s Creative Session, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Thurs 30 Jan

A perfectly genius solution for any bored littl’uns in need of some creative stimulation. Explore the latest exhibitions at the Gallery before taking part in a crafty, play-based, sensory session for the kids to use their imaginations artistically.


SHOW: Murder by Gaslight, Exmouth Pavilion, Ocean Suite, Exmouth, Fri 31 Jan

Here’s a chance to immerse yourself in the complex minds of infamous psychopaths at Exmouth Pavilion’s Murder by Gaslight. You’re given an an insight into the lives of two medicine men, William Palmer and Harvey Crippen, who poisoned their victims, then it’s time to decide whether or not the two were indeed guilty. Thrilling stuff.


FAMILY THEATRE: Beowulf, The Plough Arts Theatre, Torrington, Fri 31 Jan

The classic old English tale of the brave warrior Beowulf, who defeats his monsters and goes onto become king, brought to life with music and shadow puppets.


CINEMA: Abba Party Night, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Fri 31 Jan

Get down your local charity shop to grab some platform boots and satin flares then trot along to a relaxed screening of Mama Mia! where you can singalonga to those Abba hits. And for those not doing dry Jan, there’s a free cocktail to warm up your vocal chords beforehand.


EAT OUT: Murder Mystery Night at Boringdon Hall, Plymouth, Fri 31 Jan

Release your inner sleuth, and tuck into a succulent three-course à la carte dinner with coffee for £57 per person including welcome drink in a grand 16th century manor. And did I mention the award-winning spa?


EXHIBITION: Dead Dad Book, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, until 1 Mar

Ceramicist Vicky Lindo’s award-winning exhibition of ceramics, inspired by a diary kept by Vicky’s mum and sisters about the journey they took to Ireland to visit their dad’s grave and find out what had happened to him in the years he’d been missing.


THEATRE: The Frog Princess Punked, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Sat 1 Feb

What happens when Ivan marries a frog? A wicked racket, urban meets forest, patriarchy meets feminism. Baba Yaga meets Koschey the Deathless! A crazy collage of story, music, songs, and surreal projections v-jayed live. A girl-punk fairytale for adults only.


EXHIBTION: Winter Show, Brownston Gallery, Modbury, until end Jan

Pic: Charles Jamieson, Best Coffee in Town 2019

Got a bare wall needs cheering up, or after a special gift? Pick up a piece of fine art from one of the leading contemporary galleries in the South West. Styles on offer represent a established and emerging artists and range from abstract to figurative, psychedelic to portraiture, maritime to landscape.


MUSIC: The Simmertones, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Exeter, Sat 1 Feb

Get skanking with the south-west ska and reggae band – who frequently appear on Jo Wiley’s show and have had rave reviews from The Specials and Ruby Turner – with support from The Embezzlers and The Mighty Offbeat.


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!


MUSIC: Think Floyd, Queens Theatre Barnstaple, Sat 1 Feb

A new 2020 production featuring music from The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon, plus an impressive laser lightshow. Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason described this tribute band as “better than we are”.


CULTURE: Chinese New Year, University of Exeter, Sun 2 Feb

Say ni hao to the Year of the Rat with a colourful parade around the city centre, starting at George Street at 1pm, then it’s onto RAMM and the uni for stalls, performances and Chinese NY fun in the Great Hall.


Words by Molly Grogan.

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