Our Guide To What’s On Across The UK In November 2017

Winter is well and truly here so our attention’s firmly focused on the great indoors – with the odd firework display thrown in for good measure! Think foodie delights, creative pursuits and shopping galore – whatever sparks your imagination, there’s plenty to do this month. Check out all the action in our Futon Company What’s On Guide…

Chrysalis Festival
The best young theatre-makers with ambitious performances and radical works-in-progress return to the Traverse Theatre from 17th-19th November at the Chrysalis Festival. Showcasing emerging talent, sparking critical debate and challenging perceptions of youth theatre, this is one not to be missed.

Art Attack
If you’re in Edinburgh this month pop along to Edinburgh’s Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Home to works by artists including David Hockney, Lyubov Popova and Francis Bacon, the gallery also boasts a sculpture park in its grounds. 75 Belford Road.

Harvest Festival
The season of the squash is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by visiting the Stockbridge Farmers Market. This weekly farmer’s market offers everything from leather goods, to soaps and smoked scallops, with punnets of sloes from Tay Valley Fruits – ideal for brewing your very own berry-infused liqueur over winter. Takes place every Sunday.

Magic Lantern Festival
The Magic Lantern Festival is back at Chiswick House & Gardens for a second year with all new bigger, brighter and more spectacular lanterns! A spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture, this runs from 24th November until 1st January 2018.

Basquiat: Boom for Real
This autumn’s art blockbuster is the Barbican’s Basquiat: Boom for Real, the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (1960-1988) work, which defined and set the tone for New York’s underground art scene in the late 1970s. From now until 28th January.

Chiswick Food Market
Open every Sunday come rain or shine from 10am to midday at Dukes Meadows Trust Pavilion Car Park W4 2RX, the market is a social enterprise, and proceeds made from running it are used to improve and maintain both the local meadows and the surrounding riverside area. Features around 25 top producers from around the country.

‘Matisse in the Studio’ at The Royal Academy
A genius format for a retrospective, says – gather (from private collections and major museums around the world) the personal belongings and humble objects that the world-renowned painter kept in his home and studio, and display them next to his – now priceless – depictions of them (until 12th November)

Harvest Festival
The season of the squash is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by visiting the Altrincham Farmers Market. Open every day except Monday and Wednesday, this covered market brings a different focus each day: Thursdays are for thrift and antiques plus fresh fish, while Fridays focus on local produce.

Material Remains
Materials Remains offers something different. As the Holden Gallery is about to be surrounded by hoardings, and work begins on a new building on the space next door, the exhibition reflects that process. Beyond the familiar banality of making and building, there is an interest in the transformation of objects, things and sites. As the sounds of digging, drilling, filling, hammering and pouring concrete will be heard outside, inside the exhibition will explore the fascination with the materials left behind. Or those utilised for other purposed. From 6th November-1st December.

The Snowman
When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman’s friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning? 8th-12th November at Manchester Operate House.

Christmas at Blenheim
Following a spectacular first event, the Palace’s Formal Gardens will light up once again for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights. Explore the Fire Garden, a circular carpet of dancing flames, adorned with lanterns, set against the backdrop of glittering ancient woodland outlined in Christmas colour that stretches high into the night sky. The lake will be aglow with brightly-lit boats and dancing fountain jets, and the woodland across the Great Lake will spring to life in time to much-loved music. Open 24th November-1st January 2018.

Jenny Holzer Exhibition
The fourth artist to showcase contemporary art at Blenheim Palace, Holzer shows new work directly addressing military and political history in relation to themes which have figured prominently in her practice since the 1980s: power, conflict and activism. Alongside many new works, the exhibition will use augmented reality to explore the potential of the virtual space and will also feature the artists’ well-known work with LED signs. Holzer has also developed large-scale light projections that transform the Formal Gardens after dark in a series of night time public events. Visitors can also explore more meditative areas which will feature examples of Holzer’s best-known works. Showing now until 31st December.

Ashmolean Museum
Contained in a gorgeous building across from the Randolph Hotel, the Ashmolean has paintings, coins, musical instruments and antiques, statues of deities and a must see Egyptian exhibition. Open every day. Free admission.

Grayson Perry:  The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever
Arnolfini are bringing a major exhibition by Grayson Perry, one of the world’s most charismatic artists and astute commentators on contemporary society to Bristol. On show for the first time outside of London, the exhibition is central to the autumn season at Arnolfini and a programme of events inspired by Perry’s irreverent take on contemporary culture. Open now until 24th December.

Christmas Lights Switch On
A free, family event at Cabot Circus shopping centre will see the switch on of Bristol’s magical Christmas lights and the official start of the festive season in the city. As well as the twinkling lights in Cabot Circus, Broadmead and The Galleries shopping centre, there will be lights at nearby St Nicholas Market, Corn Street, College Green and Park Street. From 4.45pm 10th November.

Christmas Market
Bristol Shopping Quarter’s streets will play host to wooden chalets offering a selection of gifts as well as festive food and drink. From 10th November to 24th December.

Lace in Fashion
Designer pieces and those worn by royalty rub shoulders at Bath Fashion Museum – just a 15 minute train journey from Bristol. On show from now until January 2018.

Nottingham Winter Wonderland
Immerse yourself in the glow of the Christmas lights and trees, visit the cabins selling seasonal food, drink and crafts as the Winter Wonderland returns to Nottingham from November 17th-31st December.  Featuring Market Square festive stalls, ice rink and bars and much, much more.

Gin Festival
Described in Timeout as one of the Top 10 things to do in 2016, Gin Festival is heading back to Nottingham in 2017 for a festival of gin-fuelled fun. With unlimited tonic from event partner Fever Tree and the chance to try exclusive gins available nowhere else, this year’s festival is expected to be the best one yet. Meet gin brands in person, attend master classes from industry experts and try some gin cocktails. 25th and 26th November at Nottingham Conference Centre.

Cave Tours
Take a tour to experience the caves at Nottingham Castle for yourself, learning on the way the gruesome tales of Roger Mortimer, King David II of Scotland, or you may be able to take a tour with Robin Hood himself… With some of the caves dating back to medieval times, the tour is strenuous with LOTS of steep steps. However, for those who wish to descend through hundreds of years the tour is a must. Tours last approximately 30-40 minutes. Costs £5 per person plus normal castle entry. Tours run all year round.

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
This Christmas, as twilight falls across Chester Zoo a magical Christmas sorting office comes to life. The zoo will be transformed into an enchanting world full of illumination and spellbinding theatrical adventure. The Lanterns at Chester Zoo will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before. With incredible lanterns, performance and a sprinkle of Chester Zoo magic, it’s a perfect, heart-warming and memorable festive event for all generations. From 24th November-30th December.

Unexpected Elegance:  Female Fashion from the 1970s
The 1970s are often called ‘the decade that taste forgot’ but the dresses in this small exhibition at Chester Costume Gallery running now until 1st July 2019, show that this was far from true. From minis to midis and maxis, in fabrics ranging from cotton and corduroy to polyester and fake leopard-skin, with designs by Ossie Clark, Givenchy and Zandra Rhodes, this celebrates some of the more subtle pleasures of 1970s fashion.

Chester Philharmonic with Craig Ogden
Guitarist Craig Ogden makes a return visit to Chester Cathedral as Chester Philharmonic’s special guest in a performance of Ponce’s Concierto del Sul. This first concert of Chester Philharmonic’s new season on Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm actually completes last season’s theme with the fifth in the High Five concert series featuring a performance of Mahler’s exotic Fifth Symphony. This work’s fourth movement, the well known Adagietto, originally written as a love song for Alma, Mahler’s wife, and featured in Visconti’s film Death in Venice, is arguably Mahler’s best known music.  You will also hear music by Schreker.

Basquiat:  Boom for Real
This autumn’s art blockbuster is the Barbican’s Basquiat: Boom for Real, the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (1960-1988) work, which defined and set the tone for New York’s underground art scene in the late 1970s. From now until 28th January.

Scythians Warriors of Ancient Siberia
2,500 years ago groups of formidable warriors roamed the vast open plains of Siberia. Feared, loathed, admired – but over time, forgotten…Until now. This major exhibition explores the story of the Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare, who flourished between 900 and 200 BC. Their encounters with the Greeks, Assyrians and Persians were written into history but for centuries all trace of their culture was lost – buried beneath the ice. Explore their lost world and discover the splendour, the sophistication and the sheers power of the mysterious Scythians at The British Museum. The exhibition is open from now until 14th January 2018.

‘Matisse in the Studio’ at The Royal Academy
A genius format for a retrospective, says – gather (from private collections and major museums around the world) the personal belongings and humble objects that the world-renowned painter kept in his home and studio, and display them next to his – now priceless – depictions of them (until 12th November)

Eduardo Paolozzi Exhibition
Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N screen-print Exhibition comes to Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery from now until 27th January as part of a Hayward Touring exhibition during its national tour.

Penhurst Village Christmas Fair
Penhurst Village Hall presents a fabulous array of Christmas vintage on 4th November from 10am-4pm. With delightful singing from Miss Vintage and scrumptious cakes and savouries from Dolly’s Diner. This year’s offering extends to more than 25 vintage stalls selling a huge range of vintage from decorative to furniture, china, gifts, clothes, jewellery, toys and more. All profits donated to Kent Surry Sussex Air Ambulance.

Collectors’ Fair at Kings Charles Church Hall
Monthly Tunbridge Wells Collectors’ Fair – a wide range of antiques and collectibles, including china, glass, brass, militaria, books, postcards and more. 11th November from 10am-4pm.

Bonfire Night
Plymouth will be hosting a bonfire and fireworks display on Sunday 5th November on The Hoe for Bonfire Night. Expect fairground rides, catering stands and a whole host of entertainment. As the night draws in and the temperature drops, this event is sure to warm up when the bonfire is lit and the fireworks display is set off from the citadel.

Plymouth is set to light up in spectacular style from 23rd-26th November to celebrate the start of the festive season.

Plymouth Christmas Market
The city centre Piazza will be completely transformed as the Christmas Market sets out more than 50 beautiful log cabin style stalls trading from 30th November to 21st December. The stalls, selling unique hand-crafted gifts from the South West and further afield, will be festooned in fairy lights offering warming drinks, a Bavarian bar with heated seats, and festive food to keep visitors going – perfect for those chilly, late night shopping trips. Visitors to the market will be able to enjoy an array of local produce to sample or to pick up that unique Christmas gift for someone special. This year will see a bigger bar area, 10 brand new stands and Christmas entertainment.

Destruction to Construction
Plymouth suffered greatly during World War II. The Docks and naval base made it a major target resulting in the almost total destruction of the city centre and the displacement of tens of thousands of Plymothians. Amongst this charred and ruined city, a radical new plan was developed to enable its complete design and reconstruction. MPs, Councillors and planners sought out the finest architects, designers and artists to create a new city – a modern city – worthy of replacing what had been lost.  The city we see today epitomises the ambition and vision of this post-war planning. The exhibition includes fascinating objects, images and footage from the collections of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office and the South West Film and Television Archive that explores the themes of destruction and reconstruction. Open now until 23rd December.  Free entry.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
Mirror mirror on the wall, the greatest panto for one and all… Snow White is turning 18 and her evil step-mother, wicked Queen Griselda has banned anybody from celebrating. Can Snow White and her pals the loveable Nurse Nelly and the Seven Dwarfs with the help of the Man in the Mirror and the evil Queen’s right-hand man Chambers defeat the wicked Queen? And will Prince Henry save the day and ensure a truly happy ending?  From the creative team behind Jack and the Beanstalk and many other of the fabulous pantomimes presented by Chelmsford City Theatres and One From The Heart. Showing at Civic Theatre from 29th November-7th January 2018.

Rat Pack Live – Celebrating a centenary of Sinatra
An all-new spectacular brings together the UK’s No.1 Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr and Frank Sinatra for the first time ever in the ‘swingsational’ show of the year. Featuring all the razzamatazz of the Rat Pack’s infamous live stage show, join the UK’s number one Dean, Sammy and Frank Live at Civic Theatre on 16th November for a live concert extravaganza.

Farmers & Crafts Market
Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Stables Visitor Centre at Hylands House, the wonderful Farmers & Crafts Market features a growing number of craft stalls and local farmers who are passionate about food. They sell a range of specialist foods including organic, locally grown seasonal vegetables, fine sausages and bacon, homemade cakes, fudge and pastries, pies and fantastic cheeses, homemade Indian foods and spices, locally grown plants and sweets and candyfloss for children. Held the first Sunday of every month from now until December, from 10am-4pm.

Fireworks 4th November Boat Trip Special
Cruise into Midsummer Common and watch fireworks from the river – a grandstand view combined with a 2 ½ hour river trip and fish and chips enroute. Departing The Plough Fen Ditton – buy a round of drinks at the pub to bring aboard for the trip. £19.50 per person.

International Garden Photographer of the Year 2017
Returning to Cambridge University Botanic Garden from 1st November-22nd December, presenting a collection of winning images from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition. Featuring the very best botanical photography from across the world, celebrating the beauty and importance of plant life in its many diverse forms. Expect to see thought-provoking and challenging images which seek to strengthen bonds with plants and gardens, increase public understanding of the natural world and champion photography as a mode of conversation.

Code breakers and Groundbreakers Exhibition
A pioneering and interdisciplinary exhibition, this brings together, for the first time, the remarkable intellectual achievements and parallel narratives of two groups of ‘code breakers’ working at the same time, but independently; those involved in breaking the Second World War codes and those who deciphered the ancient script of Linear B – Europe’s earliest comprehensive writing system. Includes the Enigma machine, a rare loan from GCHQ, and unique archival documents held at the University of Cambridge. Open now until 4th January 2018.

Fireworks at Jarrolds
Enjoy the festive atmosphere from 6.15pm in the city centre and then watch the city’s Christmas lights switched on at 7pm on 17th November, followed by a burst of fireworks from the rooftops of the City Hall and Jarrolds.

Joni Smith is a highly skilful paper and installations artists. Manipulating fragments of maps and atlases, Joni cuts and twists them to create exquisitely intricate artworks. Some of the pieces are constructed from hundreds of paper squares. A combination of darts and twists enables these pieces to be reconnected without glue or tape. Open now until 18th November at Fairhurst Gallery, NR2 1AR. Free entry.

Hedda Gabler
Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free… Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. This acclaimed new production of Ibsen’s masterpiece Hedda Gabler comes to Norwich Theatre Royal following a sold out run at the National Theatre. Adapted by Oliver Award-winning playwright Patrick Marber and directed by Ivo van Hove. 7th-11th November.

Cecil Aldin:  The Art of Black Beauty
The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell marks the 140th anniversary of the publication of Black Beauty with an exhibition of beautiful Cecil Aldin watercolours. The book, by local author Anna Sewell, was first published n 1977. Aldin was commissioned by the publishers Jarrold & Sons in 1912 to produce a series of 18 water colours to illustrate a new edition. For these he was paid £189, which was quite a high fee for that time. The exhibition is open until 25th November.

Made in York
Pioneering ideas, great inventions, ground-breaking discoveries, objects of beauty, innovation, artistry and craftsmanship and the people behind their creation… These products of York’s age of Enlightenment are as rich as their impact is far-reaching. Made in York celebrates the wealth of this Georgian city’s inventive and enlightened output through the long eighteenth century. York’s pages of history are strewn with astronomers, mathematicians, horologists and zoologists through to world-class scholars, celebrated painters, sculptors, architects and cabinetmakers. This is the story of those people who made this city a crucible for enlightened thought, intellectual creativity and a centre for exquisite craftsmanship. Fairfax House from now until 12th November.

Wolf Hall comes to York
Barley Hall’s ‘Power & Glory’ Exhibition is now home to some of the most beautiful costumes from the smash hit BBC series, Wolf Hall. Adapted from the international bestseller by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell, son of a humble blacksmith, who becomes the right hand of the most powerful man in England, Henry VIII. Explore the complex relationships of court life in Tudor England, where love, lust and politics mixed together creating chaos for the nation. Discover how Cromwell’s machinations allowed for the annulment of one of Henry’s marriages, leading to the English church’s divorce from Rome. At Barley Hall until 31st March 2018.

Shaping the Body
This major exhibition looks at how body shape has changed over the past 500 years through diet, culture, fashion and lifestyle. From 18th century bum rolls, through to the Victorian hour glass figure, the punks of the 70s and the perms of the 80s, see how our bodies have been shaped and designed through choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyle. York Castle Museum’s extensive collection of costume, social history, archaeology and art will highlight how the perfect height and weight have fluctuated in different periods, and how economic circumstances and cultural ideas impact on fashion. Meet the people who have pushed their bodies to the limits to gain the look they crave and find out about the dangerous fashions such as extra tight corsets, high heels and even poisonous dresses! This thought-provoking and fascinating exhibition will challenge the notion of the perfect body. From now until 25th January 2018.

York Famers Market
York’s monthly Famers Market celebrates the best of local produce, including meat, eggs, bread and oils as well as selling non-food gifts including pottery and woollen goodies. The Farmers Market joins the city’s regular market at the Shambles on the last Friday of every month. Fresh goods sold here are grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders within a 40-mile radius of York.

Venn Street Market
Held on a cobbled alleyway by Clapham Common, this market is a sight for sore eyes. Here you’ll find The Portland Scallop Co bringing seafood from Dorset, organic Suffolk mushroom pates at Pate Moi and Venn Street Flowers selling stunning arrangements. According to Elle Decoration, Vivienne Westwood buys her honey here, so it has fashion credentials too!  Saturday mornings.

Basquiat:  Boom for Real
This autumn’s art blockbuster is the Barbican’s Basquiat: Boom for Real, the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (1960-1988) work, which defined and set the tone for New York’s underground art scene in the late 1970s. From now until 28th January.

Diana:  Her Fashion Story
The cultural tributes to Princess Diana have often felt overshadowed by the sound of the queen of our hearts turning in her grave (let us run swiftly past the paddling pool in Hyde Park and fast forward through the ghastly Naomi Watts biopic, says So respect, as they say, is due, with this exhibition at Kensington Palace. Twenty years on from her death, Diana: Her Fashion Story, walks through her wardrobe as a starting point for analysing the arresting grip the princess held on popular culture. Few knew so instinctively how to harness the power of visual image.  Diana made stars of her wedding dress designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, then her favourite portraitist, Mario Testino, and hairdresser Sam Knight. No one has used power dressing as quite the armour Diana did. So an exhibition of her clothes is not really about fashion at all.  It’s about a very specific female energy and power to connect on every level, channelled through one woman. The Exhibition is open now at Kensington Palace until 24th February 2019.

‘Matisse in the Studio’ at The Royal Academy
A genius format for a retrospective, says – gather (from private collections and major museums around the world) the personal belongings and humble objects that the world-renowned painter kept in his home and studio, and display them next to his – now priceless – depictions of them (until 12th November)

Family Firework Spectacular
A stunning pyromusical firework display for kids and adults alike taking place at Nevill Sports Ground on 4th November from 5pm. One of the biggest displays in Sussex, brilliantly choreographed to a fantastic eclectic soundtrack by award winning Brightfire Pyrotechnics.

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink
Open from 4th November to 14th January 2018, the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink offers 880 square metres of skating heaven, designed for accomplished skaters and beginners alike. For those looking to just sit back and soak up the festive atmosphere, there’s no charge for spectating from the cosy rink-side Bar & Kitchen or on its 40 metre terrace next to the ice.

Blondie returns to the UK in support of their acclaimed album Pollinator, and they’ll be performing at The Brighton Centre 8th November. Fans can expect to hear classic hits like Heart of Glass, Atomic, Tide is High, Maria, Sunday Girl and Call Me naturally blending with Pollinator’s treasure trove of new songs including singles Too Much, Long Time and Fun.

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Jools Holland & his much-loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are once again hitting the road and will perform at G Live on Thursday 9th November. Joining Jools on stage will be Grammy Award winner Jose Feliciano, one of the most prominent stars in Latin America and revered musicians in the world. Also featuring in the show will be fan favourites Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Beth Rowley on vocals, and original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums.

BalletBoyz – Fourteen Days
Celebrated across the world for their stunning live performances, films and TV appearances, BalletBoyz are back with four brand new works and the return of an audience favourite. For the new works in the first half of Fouteen Days choreographer Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Ivan Perez and Christopher Wheeldon were teamed with composers Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Charlotte Harding and Keaton Henson, and each given just fourteen days to create their pieces. Playing with the concept of balance and imbalance, the result is an exciting and varied programme of dance and music.

Guildford Farmers Market
Held on the first Tuesday of every month. While the High Street Setts are being repaired, the Farmers Market will relocate to the Leapale Road Surface Car Park. Buy high quality, fresh, local produce directly from over 50 local farmers and producers. Try the best seasonal produce and ask questions about growing, rearing, manufacture and cooking methods. Enjoy the freshest meat, fish, cheese, eggs, fruit and vegetables and breads.

Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green
This year’s Christmas Market will run from 16th November-17th December, organised by Exeter Cathedral. This year’s market will still have a continental feel but will also boast more opportunities to support local businesses and performers.

Christmas Lights Switch On
The annual Christmas Lights Switch On is back to light up the city once more this Christmas. On Thursday 16th November in Princesshay the official switch-on ceremony will mark the countdown to Christmas for the city of Exeter. From 4-8pm.

Inside Outside Craft Markets
The monthly Craft Markets under the undercover Transit Shed on Exeter’s Quay offer lots of stalls to browse. On the third Sunday of every month.

Firework Festival
Alexandra Palace’s Firework Festival on November 3rd promises to be bigger and better than ever. The display will be set against unrivalled panoramic views of London and will illuminate the evening sky for an unforgettable experience. Bigger, brighter and including an epic laser show – this is the capital’s hottest bonfire night ticket for a reason. What’s more, this year the fireworks display will be curated by the one and only DJ Yoda. The king of cut ‘n’ paste DJing will lend his signature style to a bespoke mix tape especially for this year’s display – a world first.

Royal Blood
Royal Blood are coming to the Palace for three nights form 20th-22nd November.

Basquiat:  Boom for Real
This autumn’s art blockbuster is the Barbican’s Basquiat: Boom for Real, the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (1960-1988) work, which defined and set the tone for New York’s underground art scene in the late 1970s. From now until 28th January.

Christmas Light Switch On
Begin the count-down to Christmas at Clarence Street and join revellers for carols around the tree and Kingston’s Christmas Light Switch On. There’s plenty of fun to be had for all the family.  16th November.

Fizz Fest
Great music, delicious food and a lot of Fizz!  Celebrate all things fizz on November 4th at Kingston Market Place. Fizz Fest features a variety of prosecco, frizzante, cava, brut, pink fizz and champagne. And for those non-fizz drinkers there’s a Lager Lounge too. Accompanied by a selection of Italian food available to purchase, and designed to complement the drinks.

Rules for Living
Written by Sam Holcroft and directed by Simon Godwin. Edith must keep clean to keep calm. Matthew must sit to tell a lie. Everyone creates their own rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers for a traditional Christmas dinner, and each of them rigidly follows those rules. Christmas day will never be the same again. As the drinks flow and the obligatory games intensify, family resentments rise and relationships are pulled apart with a bang – like oh so many Christmas crackers. This darkly funny play is showing at The Rose Theatre from 7th-18th November.