What’s on in January…Futon Company presents the pick of the crop across the UK…


 Albert & Friends Instant Circus

Albert & Friends Instant Circus exists to develop the creative potential of young people, irrespective of their socio-economic environment or physical ability through practical engagement with circus and theatre arts. The Charity offers young people a wide diversity of experiences. An extensive training programme offers ground and aerial skills, music, mime, dance and drama. The Circus has gained worldwide recognition for presenting highly skilled, innovative circus theatre performances. The Circus, began in the parks of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in 1983. Although still reflecting its local West London environment and roots, its reputation and performance schedule now extend far beyond the boundaries of the local borough. London, New York, Edinburgh, Paris, Beijing, Hamburg, Ljubljana, Maastricht and Adelaide have all applauded the skill, charm and daring of London’s Premier Youth Circus. Term prices (10 sessions) vary between £80 to £145.  Trial days on some classes, but not on all. Between 10:15 – 19:45 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Running now until Saturday 28th March 2015 at St Alban’s Hall, 2 Margravine Road, W6 8HJ.

Independent Venue Week:  The January Fix

The Fix is the best night for discovering new music, nursing your hangover, meeting friends and relaxing by candlelight with some of the best new singer-songwriters on the scene. Ella Janes grew up in Winchester. She writes and performs her own music (both in English and in French) and is often accompanied by a band. She was selected for Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Longlist in 2013 and recently played alongside Toploader and Simple Minds at Alnwick Castle. Ella has self-released two EPs and is currently working on her next project. Ollie Clark is a hugely talented guitarist and a name to watch out for. Sam Jones is a Folk/Blues Rock Singer/Songwriter from Mansfield, Notts, performing with his backing band The Local Folk.  Monday 26th January 7:30pm until 11:00pm at The Half Moon, 93 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 1EU.

As You Like It

The Yellowchair Performance Experience presents a highly original and entertaining version of William Shakespeare’s well-loved classic. Quick-witted cynic Rosalind and her worldly cousin Celia, disguised as forester Ganymede and his sister Aliena, hide out in the Forest of Arden after being banished from the court of the evil Duke Frederick. Join them as they meet and fall in love with brothers Orlando and Oliver, and encounter some of Shakespeare’s other best-loved characters along the way: the ever-singing Amiens; the gossipy courtier Le Beau; honourable wrestler Charles; optimistic Duke Senior; the faithful Adam; the scholarly Jaques de Bois; the mysterious Hymen; and the hilarious shepherds Corin, Silvius and Phebe. Performances Tuesday 27th January 7.30pm until Sunday 1st February 9pm at Barons Court Theatre, The Curtain’s Up, 28a Comeragh Rod, W14 9HR.  Tickets £15 (£12 concessions).


Barbican Theatre Performance Training

Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, runs a series of regular workshops during the year, aimed at developing skills and building confidence.  Course include Little Entertainers 5-7, Dance Moves 8-11, Theatre Moves 8-11, Dance Junction 12+, Theatre Junction 12+, Boys Dance 12+, Force 15-25s, Company b 14-25s and Company j 14-25s.  Courses throughout the year.

Calling all Budding Photographers

Plymouth City Council has partnered up with RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and One Red Dot to give residents and visitors to the city the chance to take part in a photography competition.  Up until Saturday 31st January, amateur photographers and students can enter their ‘Britain’s Ocean City’ themed images for a chance to win £250 or a £1,000 bursary for students.


Sense & Sensibility

Baddow Theatre Group presents Sense & Sensibility at Great Baddow Parish Hall 28th-31st January 2015…Left in dire circumstances when their father dies, the Dashwood girls are forced to move to a Devon cottage, but Aunt Jennings is determined to find husbands for them in London.  Marianne, trusting to her sensibilities, falls passionately in love with the dashing Willoughby, while Elinor applies sense to her feelings for Edward Ferrars who appears to be unattainable.  Minimum age 10.  Entry price £8, with concessions £6 Weds and Thurs only.


Burns Night

In honour of the celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns, celebrations will take place across Edinburgh, marking the occasion with a traditional Scottish meal of haggis neeps and tatties, Scotch whisky and reciting Burns’ poetry.  Traditional Scottish ceilidh dances will also be held across the capital.  Edinburgh venues include Burns Supper at Prestonfield on 22nd January, St Columbia’s Hospice Burns Supper on 23rd January, Lauriston Hall Burns Ceilidh on 23rd and 24th January, Ceilidh at the Counting House on 23rd-25th January, The Scottish Cafe Burns Night Ceilidh, 24th January and Whiski Bar Burns Supper on 25th January.   Go to for more details


The Complete History of Comedy

They’ve skewered history, the Bible and Shakespeare, now they tackle the subject they were born to reduce.  Comedy through the ages – from high-brow to low, Aristophanes to vaudeville, Charlie Chaplin to Nick Clegg.  Tickets are far more affordable than tickets to an amusement park, but you’ll come away with the same feeling of nausea and motion sickness!  Suggested for age 11+ and described by The Times as “a slick, fast and very funny show.”  24th January 2015 at Norwich Playhouse

TUNBRIDGE WELLS   NT Live:  Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre to Trinity Theatre.  Thursday 22nd January 2015   Live Music with the Steve Morrison Duo Enjoy music from the Steve Morrison Duo, virtuosos slide/ fingerpicking bluesman.  The event is free.  Starts 8.30pm on 30th January 2015.  To book a table for a pre-gig supper, call the Cross Keys on 01892 536516