Five fab things to do
Just a brief one this week as the Muddy Half Term Guide is so flipping bumper…
Fisheye (Confessions of a Super Snooper), Ustinov Studio, Bath, Tues 14 & Weds 15 Feb
Neighbourhood Watch stalwart Pam becomes a one-woman MI6 after someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, so she ramps up her operation from curtain twitching to hiding cameras in hand-knitted novelties and discovers that everyone around her is a thief, pervert or a terrorist. This is a dark comedy inspired by the incessant monitoring of our lives, very timely with the new bill deciding going through Parliament. I’ve seen kids productions by Theatre Alibi and they were superb – and besides, I really like the poster.
Mark Manning & Miriam Glinka, Bruton Art Factory, Bruton, from Sat 11 Feb- Sun 12 March
You wouldn’t expect Mark Manning, aka decadent glam rock shocker Zodiac Mindwarp, to produce paintings of Rupert Bear. But he does. Join Damien Hirst’s favourite artist and Berlin artist Miriam Glinka for drinks this Saturday afternoon. They’re celebrating the opening of their new joint exhibition at the Art Factory. Everyone welcome (even your kids) from 2pm-4pm.
Pop up salon, Backwell House, Backwell, nr Bristol, Mon 13-Fri 17 Feb
Super cool The Barn spa has created a pop-up salon just for one week in the swanky Backwell House, a revamped, luxury Georgian country house in the Somerset countryside just south of Bristol. You can have all sorts of massages and treatments, stay for lunch or dinner or even book yourself into a room for night if you’re feeling too relaxed to leave.
Evita, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, Tues 14 – Sat 18 Feb
Oh what a show! Loads of good tunes and the need for a hankie at the end. The iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice blockbuster, depicting the rise and demise of Argentinian political leader Eva Peron, first appeared as a concept album. It took two years to be produced on the stage, opening in the West End in 1978. Since then the show has garnered around 20 major awards in as many productions (oh, and don’t forget the film version starring Madonna). In this UK 2017 tour, Che Guevara is played by Italian leading man Gian Marco Schiaretti opposite West End leading lady Emma Hatton as Eva. In real life, Che and Eva never met, although apparently he did once write to her asking her to buy him a jeep.
An evening of murder with Lucy Worsley, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Sat 18 March
Well it’s actually an afternoon (the evening performance has already sold out, so get your skates on if you fancy this). Historian, BBC TV presenter, Chief Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces – and dresser-upper in period costume – explores the very British obsession with murder. Using forensic detail and revisiting notorious crimes she explains how murder became a form of entertainment. She’s even written a book about it.