A Marvellous March

A Marvellous March

There’s a wondrous choice of events to see this month with really great quality theatre, live music, new-release films, as well as live screenings such as the astonishingly well-reviewed NT Live screening of Cyrano de Bergerac (15) starring James McAvoy on Thursday 5th of March at 7pm. Another popular screening is the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show (PG) Fri 20th March 7. 30pm. This beloved family favourite is celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning music and the thrilling energy of its Irish and international dance.

There’s live music with a rare opportunity to catch Billy Rowan, a.k.a. The Undercover Hippy on Fri 6 March 8pm giving an intimate solo performance. For those unfamiliar with Billy’s really personable, entertaining style, this guy is special, covering topics from fake news, internet privacy and the U.S. election, to best friends trying to snog your mum, his performance takes you on a rollercoaster of storytelling and thought-provoking protest pieces. Support act will be Mischca from Mischca and His Merry Men.

We are also delighted to host folk legends, Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox- 5 Star B&B Tour. On Fri 13 March at 7.30pm. Billy (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) are taking to the road to entertain you with their favourite songs including original Lindisfarne classics and traditional folk arrangements of songs such as Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy and many more…

An extra special treat is the return of Hazel O’Connor on Fri 27 March 7.30pm, the last time Hazel played here she was truly extraordinary and probably one of my all-time favourite gigs, accompanied here by virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst (The Belle Stars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax, Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) keyboards and Tony Qunta (Odyssey/Edgar Winter) on guitar. This powerful blend of voices and musicianship brings a classy touch of energy, passion and fire to Hazel’s vibrant performance.

We have two terrific pieces of live theatre: Louder is not always clearer– Devised and performed by Jonny Cotsen. Thursday 19 March 7.30pm Jonny is a teacher, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He’s just become a father. His friends say that he’s outgoing and that he loves music, festivals and nightclubs. Jonny is deaf. He was born deaf to hearing parents who were afraid that disability would stigmatise their son and the family. This show is an honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a deaf man, created and performed by a deaf man. A humorous and at times moving story of one man’s attempt to cope, to fit in and be accepted. The show is accessible to D/deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences through the use of spoken English, BSL and creative captions. Post-show Q&A. Our family theatre over the holidays is: Paddleboat Theatre’s production of Hansel & Gretel on Sat 28 March 11am. Suitable for age 3+. Join Hansel and Gretel as they venture into the woods, trailing breadcrumbs and sharing their story as they go.

There’s also a fantastic line up of films with Jojo Rabbit (12A) Sat 7 March 7.30pm, The Farewell (PG) Sat 14 Mar 7.30pm, Sam Mendes award-winning ‘1917’ (15) Sat 21 March 3pm & 7.30pm and two screenings of EMMA (PG) on Sat 28 March 3pm & 7.30pm.

In the Beehive gallery is Linda Wilkes Art Exhibition. Honiton artist Linda Wilkes is inspired by the natural world and will be exhibiting wildlife art prints. All framed and for sale.

Hopefully, there is something for everyone. Enjoy!