What’s on March
THEATRE: Glengarry Glen Ross, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, until Sat 2 March
It had a sell-out run in the West End, it stars two brilliant actors and is described as a ‘darkly funny’ production. Glengarry Glen Ross is the revival of Mamet’s Olivier and Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece. Go see!
THEATRE: In the Willows, Exeter Northcott, until Mar 2
Theatre’s going all hip hop, the West End may have Hamilton, but our ‘hood has Metta Theatre’s production of In the Willows! Featuring Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe (Tracy Beaker) deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca (The Greatest Dancer), Seann Miley Moore (X Factor) and Matt Knight (Let It Shine), the classic Edwardian tale gets a revamp with Toad, Ratty and Badger spitting bars, backflipping and street dancing- word.
ART: Exeter’s Fine Art Collection: Women Artists, Exeter RAMM until 9 June
Girl power! Shining a spotlight on women artists in RAMM’s fine art collection, this exhibition features works from the 1770s until 2011 including pieces from suffragette artist Olive Wharry (1886-1947), popular Victorian children’s book illustrator Kate Greenaway and newer works from Barbara Hepworth, Gillian Ayres and more.
More information here
FOOD & DRINK: Gin & gastronomy evening, Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Fri 1 Mar
Gin and grub? You don’t have to ask me twice. Salcombe Harbour Hotel collab with Salcombe Gin for a four course tasting menu, bespoke cocktails and matched wine. Booking essential.
Get tickets here
MUSIC: Riviera Dogs, The Terrace, Exeter, Fri 1 Mar
Exeter’s hip rooftop hotspot, The Terrace, launches their event Friday Night Live. First off the blocks is ultimate 80’s band Riviera Dogs, promising a non-gymmicky evening of pure 80s classics *puts away lycra tights*.
GARDENING: Beginners gardening, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Sat 2 Mar
Every year I say I’m going to make more of an effort with my garden- well, you can guess how that turns out! This informative workshop takes a look around the gorgeous gardens at Rosemoor, teaches what needs to be done at this time of year and how you can apply this to your own garden. You’ll cover soil science, pruning and seed sowing.
COMEDY: Hal Cruttenden, Exeter Corn Exchange, Sun 3 Mar
Funnyman Hal’s recent comedy credentials include Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo. He stops off in Exeter on his extended 2019 tour, Chubster (his daughters named it!)
BALLET: Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Wed 6 – Sat 9 Mar
Birmingham’s Royal Ballet perfom Beauty and the Beast at Theatre Royal- it all sounds rather regal, doesn’t it? Created by BRB’s director David Bintley, the classic fairytale gets a gothic twist along with a live orchestra. There’s also a shorter, interactive performance for children, on Fri 8 Mar, with excerpts from the show and a storyteller- a great intro to ballet for kids 3+.
COMEDY: Dara O Briain, Plymouth Pavillions, Thurs 7 Mar
A no brainier for comedy gold, Dara has become ubiquitous on our screens in the last few years and now is coming to the stage with his extended 2018 tour: The Voice of Reason. His TV creds include hosting Mock The Week, Star Gazing Live and Robot Wars.
Get tickets here
WALK: Castle Drogo reopens, Sat 9 Mar
This whopper of a castle reopens this month and you’ll be able to have a gander at the huge renovation project that’s been underway to make the building water tight. There’s also loads of great walks around the castle’s stunning grounds- head to the Bunty House and rhododendron garden to see the first signs of spring flowers.
World Book Day Weekends, Sat 9 – Sun 10 Mar
Get ’em off the iPads and onto the books! National Trust venue Knightshayes celebrates World Book Day with drop-in storytelling sessions in the Drawing Room and bookmark making. If you’re up on the other side of Devon, Arlington Court is running a similar event with a literary-themed trail around the grounds. At both venues, kids can also swap their World Book Day tokens for limited edition books- don’t forget to dress up!
EXHIBITION: Tree of Life, Killerton, until 2 Nov
Killerton, 20 minutes north of Exeter, explores the human connection to nature through this fashion exhibit looking at the use of plants in clothing.
EXHIBITION: Get Fresh, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, until Sun 10 March
Last chance to see this exhibition at this lovely gallery, showcasing a range of fresh and innovative work from emerging makers across the south west. You’ll be able to view ceramics, jewellery, glass and woven textiles among the exhibits, and most importantly, you’ll be supporting these newbies as they set out to carve a name for themselves.
TALK: Diving into our Waters, National Marine Aquarium, Wed 13 Mar
Midweek dive? Don’t mind if I do. Part of their NMA Lates series, which opens up the aquarium after hours, diving expert Mark Parry gives a talk on the wonders beneath the waves of Plymouth Sound and you’ll also get to try out the venue’s new virtual reality diving experience. This event is adults only- if that’s not an excuse to go, I don’t know what is.
A guaranteed great night out, award-winning journalist, Sunday Times columnist, podcast host and all around cool girl Dolly Alderton comes to Devon with her live show Everything I Know About Love, based on her best-selling debut book. Honest, witty and full of hilarious stories about love and growing up, Dolly has extended her 2018 tour to celebrate the book’s recent paperback publication, which includes the highly anticipated new chapter ‘Everything I Know At Thirty’.
THEATRE: The Mermaid’s Magical Purse, Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Thurs 14 – Sat 30 Mar
Plymouth’s ever-quirky, creative and brilliant Stiltskin’s Soapbox Children’s Theatre perform their new original show complete with mermaids, pirates and puppets.
MUSIC: Pocket Sinfonia, Powderham Castle, Fri 15 Mar
For classical buffs, Pocket Sinfonia perform as part of the Music in the Castle initiative which aims to get the best of the best in music to our ‘hood. The four piece group use both modern and period instruments to create a 19th-century living room party vibe and will be performing works by Hummel as well as their own arrangements.
THEATRE: Dinosaur World Live, Exeter Northcott, Sat 16 – Sun 17 Mar
From the T-Rex to Triceratops, this show has ’em all. Direct from the West End, the Jurassic era comes to Exeter with this interactive, dino-mite show. There’s also a meet and greet after the show for your own little monsters to get up close to the fantastically realistic dinosaurs.
TALK: ‘Trust Fast Health’ with Dr Michael Mosley, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Sun 17 Mar
For his first even theatre tour, the doctor behind the 5:2 diet and a regular on health programmes on the telly, Dr Michael Moseley will be discussing common health myths and teaching the audience about the best ways to lose weight (yes please), get fit (yes please) and reduce stress (YES ALRIGHT!).
EXHIBITION: Criminal Ornamentation – Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection, Exeter RAMM until Sun 17 March
Brighten up the greyest of months with an exhibition brimming with colour and pattern. Celebrated British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE has chosen nearly 100 works by more than 50 artists featuring eye-popping art from film to fashion and ceramics to sculpture. From a sequinned dress by Alexander McQueen to 19th century William Morris Wallpaper, his selection tells a story of objects that refuse to be confined.
Spring ahoy! There’s a couple of festivals this month to get your floral fix, RHS Garden Rosemoor kicks off on Sat 16 – Sun 17 with its Spring Flower Festival, showcasing top quality blooms from competitors from Devon and beyond. There’ll also be loads of early spring shrubs available to buy in the Plant Centre if you fancy doing some planting of your own. Over at Greenway it’s all about Camellias with their annual festival that celebrates their commended Camellia garden, Sat 23 Feb – 31 Mar. There’ll be floral displays in the house and around the garden as well as a changing daily programme of walks, talks and activities. It’s National Trust so there’s your usual café, shops and even a second hand bookshop.
THEATRE: The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Exeter Northcott, Tue 19 – Sat 23 Mar
If you enjoyed The Play that goes Wrong and Mischief Movie Night, then you’ll be tickled by this hit comedy from the same team. A priceless diamond is being stored by a corrupt city bank – what could possibly go wrong? A mad-cap fast paced caper with inventive and complicated staging, great visual gags and physical slapstick – all the ingredients for a fun night out when you need it most, in the middle of January.
BALL: The Secret Garden Boho Ball, Glasshouse at Anrán, Tidwell Farm, Newton Abbot, Sat 23 Mar
Get yer floaty frocks out because it’s boho vibes all the way at this charity ball hosted in the lovely Glasshouse at Anrán. A ticket will get you canapés, a two course meal and drinks sourced from Devon suppliers (support local box ticked!) as well as live entertainment. Proceeds raised will go to The Blue Cross and Anti-slavery International.
More info and tickets here
EAT: Murder Mystery Dinner at Hartnoll Hotel, Saturday 23 Mar
Whodunnit? Channel your inner Miss Marple and spend a deliciously suspenseful evening chasing up clues while tucking into a three course Murder Mystery dinner that takes you back in time to 1943 and the suspicious death of a local land girl. Don’t forget your magnifying glass!
Check out the menu here
KIDS: Tots Go Wild! Occombe Farm, Torbay, Mon 25 Mar
A little opportunity for smalls to burn some energy down on the farm at this fab spot in South Devon. Kids become a little farmer for the morning, helping to feed all the animals and making their own lamb to take away. Cuuuuute!
£5, suitable for toddlers up to age 5.
MUSICAL: Vulvarine, Exeter Phoenix 26 Mar
Fat Rascal Theatre bring their Edinburgh Fringe hit to Exeter, a musical tale about a jab gone-wrong, a lightening bolt and boring office worker Bryony Buckle transformed into Vulvarine, scourge of mansplainers, tampon tax and saviour of womankind. Grab your tights and spanx – it’s super-hero time…
COMEDY: Nish Kumar, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Sat 30 Mar
Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is stopping in Cambs on his UK tour that touches on politics and humankind’s self-destructive nature- don’t worry I’m sure it’s funnier than it sounds! A regular on the comedy scene Nish has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You and even has his own show on Netflix with fellow comedian Joel Dommet.
TALK: Ben Fogle: Adventures in the Wilderness, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Fri 29 Mar
Best selling author, UN patrol and TV adventurer Ben Fogle has climbed Everest, swam with crocs, dodged pirates and even been marooned for a year on a desert island. His next challenge? Keeping you lot entertained at Princess Theatre with his honest and thrilling talk about his adventures.
THEATRE: The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Sat 30 – Sun 31 Mar
Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour, celebrating over 10 years on stage. The family show, chock-a-block with sing-a-longs and clumsy chaos, is just 55 minutes long so grrrreat for kids 3+.