What’s On In February
Theatre: Matilda the Musical, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 15 Jan – Sat 16 Feb
The multi award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company arrives in Devon this month and, if the hype is to be believed, it’s one not to miss. The story, inspired by Roald Dahl’s much-loved book, is that of a little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Book it, pronto!
Exhibition: Criminal Ornamentation – Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection, Exeter RAMM Sat 19 Jan – 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.
Exhibition: Get Fresh, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Sat 19 Jan – Sun 10 March
A brand new 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.
Music: Cara Dillon, Exeter Phoenix, Wed 13 Feb
The Irish singer with a seriously beautiful voice has a new album Wanderer, and she’ll be performing music from it, along with some old favourites in Exeter this month. Perfect pre-Valentines soundtrack, to get all you lovebirds in the mood!
8pm, tickets £20, exeterphoenix.org.uk
Comedy: Suzy Bennett & Support, The Beehive, Honiton, Thurs 14 February
For those looking to avoid rose petals and hearts, this sounds like the perfect antidote! Suzy Bennett is the winner of the prestigious Funny Women Award and was asked by Jimmy Carr to support him on tour. Now, she’s in Devon for an evening of giggles.
8pm, tickets £8.50 in advance (£10 on the door). the beehive.savoysystems.co.uk
Valentines Speed Wine Tasting at the Kingston Estate, Staverton, Thurs 14 February
Not up for the annual ‘how many awkward couples can we squeeze into our little restaurant’ game this year? Me neither. This, on the other hand, sounds much more up my street. The South West Wine School are celebrating Valentines in style – join Sunday Telegraph Wine Writer Susy Atkins and a team of wine experts at the beautiful Kingston Estate for a speed tasting, washed down with a delicious four-course menu. Cheers to that!
7pm, tickets £50. southwestwineschool.co.uk
Talk: Jason Donovan and His Amazing Mid-Life Crisis, RHS Rosemoor, Sat 16 Feb
As if Martin Kemp earlier in the month wasn’t enough of a throwback, we’re also being treated to a visit from Scott from Neighbours. Celebrating his 50th birthday (err, how?!), this autobiographical show will cover all the highlights, from Neighbours, to I’m a Celebrity, Strictly… and more. Let’s help him through his mid-life crisis, shall we?
Tickets £28, doors open 7pm (8pm start). rhs.org.uk
Horrible Histories: Awful Egyptians & Terrible Tudors, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Tues 19 – Sat 23 Feb
Family favourite Horrible Histories is en-route to Plymouth this month just in time for half term, with shows Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians bringing us mummy-making, tomb excavations and an Armada sailing into the audience.
Pop-up Supper: Cook the Book @WAHQ, Wild Artichokes, Kingsbridge, Sat 23 Feb
Jane Baxter spent some of her early years in food with Rose and Ruthie at the famous River Cafe, igniting her love of Italy and Italian food. So this special evening sounds like a proper treat, as she revisits some favourite recipes in this Cook the Book evening. Come with the elasticated waistband, is my advice.
Multi-course set menu at £39pp. 7 – 10.30pm. wildartichokes.co.uk
Glengarry Glen Ross, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Mon 25 Feb – 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!
Martin Kemp: Back to the 80s DJ Set, Exeter Phoenix, Fri 1 Feb
Ooh, fancy kicking of February in style? Get your sparkliest frock on and get yourself to the Phoenix in Exeter tonight, because the 80s uber-icon will be on the decks, spinning a few classics. He’ll sign photo’s and everything. See you in the queue?
8.30pm – 1am. Tickets £19 (£30 for a meet & greet). exeterphoenix.org.uk
Snowdrop Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Sat 2 – Sun 3 February
Bored of the snow? Blow away the cobwebs and go cheer yourself up with Rosemoor’s annual celebration of the snowdrops. There will be bulbs from specialist nurseries, guided walks and talks. Or you can just go and grab a few lungfuls of fresh air, before retreating somewhere for a nice hot toddy.
Good Food Market, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Sun 3 February
The award-winning good food and craft market has found itself a nice warm home for the winter, inside the historic Melville Building. It’s always a lovely starter on the first Sunday of the month – if you’ve not been, give it a try!
10am – 3pm. royalwilliamyard.com
Comedy: Lloyd Griffith, Exeter Phoenix, Sun 3 February
He had a sell-out UK tour last year and now the comedian, choirboy and host of Soccer AM is back with a new stand-up show. Fancy hearing about the time he had a toilet incident on the A46? Book yourself a ticket, then.
8pm, tickets £10. exeterphoenix.org.uk
Miles Jupp: The Life I Lead, Exeter Northcott, Wed 6 – Sat 9 February
Ooh, this one sounds like a goodie. Miles Jupp (The Thick of It, Rev) brings David Tomlinson (best remembered as Mr Banks in the Mary Poppins original) to life, retelling his fascinating story, from World War II fighter pilot, to his relationship with his eccentric father. Billed as a ‘moving tale of fathers and sons across different generations’, I reckon it’ll be compelling stuff.
Tickets from £19-£26. For times visit exeternorthcott.co.uk
Louis Roderer Champagne & Tapas Tasting, Le Vignoble, Plymouth, Thurs 7 Feb
You’re back on the booze by now, right? But only the good stuff, yes? Then you’ll want to partake in this delicious-sounding evening. You’ll explore six different varieties of Champagne, from the historical ‘Carte Blanche’ blend, through to Cristal. And each one will be washed down with a tapas tasting plate, specially paired. Sign me up.
7-10pm, £45pp. levignoble.co.uk
Comedy: George Lewis at The Plough @ The George, South Dolton, Fri 8 February
“When George was 12 he fell for the most beautiful, most orange girl in Stockport. To win her heart, he tried to act less like a boy and more like a man. Specifically, Liam Gallagher.” Hooked? Me too. Go have fun with this multi-award winning stand-up who also happened to win Celebrity Mastermind.
8pm, tickets £12. theploughartscentre.org.uk
Antique & Vintage Home Show, Exeter Westpoint, Sat 9 – Sun 10 February
Fancy a day mooching for a few vintage finds? This show promises up to 400 stalls from traders all over the UK, selling antiques, collectables and vintage pieces. Go on, give yourself a day off from tramping through muddy woods and dive in!
Theatre: Whitney – Queen of the Night, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Sun 10 February
Who fancies a little trip down memory lane through three decades Whitney’s belters? This award-winning feel good production is well worth booking a babysitter for and rounding up your besties.
7.30pm, tickets £27.50, exeternorthcott.co.uk