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

CHELMSFORD

An Evening of Food and Magic

Bring a little magic into your life on Saturday 17th January 2015 and come along to An Evening of Food and Magic at High Ongar Village Hall, Mill Lane, High Ongar, CM5 9RN from 7pm. Here a scrumptious table buffet will be followed a professional performance of magic and mystery. Tickets £25 each. www.wherecanwego.com/whatsonenglad/essex/events.aspx?page=3

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. www.wherecanwego.com/event/679751-sense-and-sensibility/events.aspx

The Magic of Motown

Live on stage is the music of the Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and more. The best live Motown tribute concert show boasts a superbly choreographed cast, 36 million-selling hits, dozens of dazzling costume changes and more – direct from sell-out shows in London’s O2. Comes to Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Friday 16th January. www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/magic-of-motown

EDINBURGH

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 www.edinburghtourist.co.uk/burns-night/ for more details

NORWICH

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 http://www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on

Lunchtime Meditation for Beginners

Learn techniques that help to bring more calm, positivity and kindness into our lives. Suitable for people with no previous experience. No need to book. Minimum age 16, entry price £4 or £3 concessions. Come along to Norwich Buddhist Centre at 14 Bank Street, NR2 4SE on Monday 19th January 2014 from 12.15pm until 1.15pm http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Norwich/

Live Blues Night

Enjoy an informal evening of live blues at the Refectory with The Dove & Boweevil Band on Friday 16th January 2015. Tickets £5.50. Doors at 7pm. http://www.cathedral.org.uk/whats-on/

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 www.trinitytheatre.net/

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 www.visittunbridgewells.com/whats-on

BRIGHTON

The UK’s No 1 Food Hotspot

Feeling peckish? Fancy a bite to eat? Great news for Brighton Dwellers – Brighton has knocked London off the hotspot to be crowned as the UK’s number 1 restaurant and bar destination by Conde Nast Traveller readers. Selected hotspots include veggie restaurant Terre-a-Terre, Moshimo, Fish Love, ChoccyWoccyDoodah, GB1, Pub du Vin, Coal Shed and Court Garden Vineyard. For a full overview of Brighton’s tastiest spots check out http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/joanne-shurvell/brighton-foodie-hotspot_b_6289466.html

West Pier Art Exhibition

Jubilee Library hosts a show by Brighton based artist Maria Kuipers from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th January which reflects on the artist’s experience of the changes to Brighton West Pier and i360 redevelopments. Her work uses mixed media and paint and includes some collaborative work with another local artist. There will also be documentation of the whole process, including photographs and sketchbooks, and images from the public workshops. For this and other event in and around Brighton this month go to

http://www.welovebrighton.com/features/things-to-do-features/free-things-to-do-in-brighton-in-january-2015/

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

January and February will be filled with new exhibitions of fine art and creative photography. The three new exhibitions include:

In the Frame Plymouth Portraits revealed runs from now until 31st December 2015, featuring the latest significant acquisition to Plymouth’s Portrait Collection – an early self-portrait by famous 18th century artist, Sir Joshua Reynolds. Meanwhile Open for Business opens on 17th January running until 12th March, where leading photographers from across the globe will showcase their images of Contemporary British manufacturing. And finally Beauty and Power runs 24th January to 9th March, celebrating the 100th anniversary of “Plymouth’s Greatest Gift” – The Cottonian’s Collection at the City Museum and Art Gallery. This collection is a 2,000 volume book library, several thousand prints, Old master drawings, oil paintings, bronzes and other sculptures.

Wicked at Theatre Royal

Winner of 100 international awards, Wicked has been casting its magical spell over audiences across the world for a decade and continues to break records at London’s Apollo. Packed with thrilling technical wizardry, stunning costumes and show stopping songs, Wicked is an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. What’s more, it’s coming to Plymouth’s Theatre Royal from Tuesday 20th January to Saturday 14th February www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2015.wicked/

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