What’s On This Week
MON 11 - SUN 17 FEB 2019
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