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7 Fun Things to Do This Weekend

Spring is in the air as Half Term draws to an end. This week sees a particularly cheery mix of roots and reggae, a family rave, pancakes, theatre, music and art. Enjoy.

RSC Writer & Director Talk: Snow in Midsummer, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Wed March 1 

Director Justin Audibert (Jew of Malta) and writer Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig will be offering a fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes creative process of Chinese fable Snow in Midsummer from the rehearsal room to design choices and characterisation. The play opens on Thursday Feb 23 and runs until Sat March 25. Director talk – 5.15pm-6pm (Tickets £5).

Playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

Onstage in the Swan Theatre auditorium, Stratford-upon-Avon, rsc.org.uk

Portrait with Clay & other Half Term workshops, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, Thurs Feb 23-Sat Feb 25

The Herbert’s latest exhibition Face to Face: Portraits Through Time explores a centuries-old fascination with capturing our own image. Snapshots of ordinary people sit alongside Henry VIII, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, David Bowie and Princess Diana (until June 4). Throughout Feb Half Term the gallery is running children’s art workshops where they can learn specialist skills to help create their own self-portraits, 10.30am-3.30pm, £2, drop in:

  • All About Abstract, Thurs Feb 23 – Give yourself an abstract appearance using cardboards and chalks to make a funny face portrait.
  • Mosaic Masterpieces, Fri Feb 24 -Learn the skill of making a mosaic as you make your portrait with tiles and clay.
  • Portrait Play with Clay, Sat Feb 25 – Make a face of yourself or someone else using clay and artists tools.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP, theherbert.org

Big Fish Little Fish: Old Skool & Neon Family Rave, Leamington Assembly, Leamington Spa, Sun Feb 26

Big Fish Little Fish are the  2-4 hour party people responsible for London’s latest clubbing craze. They’re bringing their award-winning family rave back to Leamington Spa for an Old Skool & Neon party for children aged 8 and under. Rave Legends 2 Bad Mice (Simon Colebrooke DJ Set) and their label mates Cosmo & Dibs will be bringing on the tunes.

Expect a multisensory dancefloor with club visuals, glitter cannon, bubbles, giant bouncy balloons, topped off with the famous parachute dance. There’s a craft area and Playdoh table,  baby safe space, toddler play area, free glowsticks & transfer tattoos, a licensed bar, plus a cakes and savouries stall. Old Skool and Neon fancy dress theme is optional and face painting is provided by Sara’s Parlour. Rave on! £8.50 for adults, £5.50 for children, under 1’s free, 2pm-4.30pm.

Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 3NF, leamingtonassembly.com

Pancake Party, Fargo Village, Sat Feb 25

Feel like celebrating Pancake Day early? Check out my earlier post to see the delicious choice of vegan pancakes at Coventry’s creative quarter, Fargo Village by Totally Vegan and The Vegan Grindhouse by Vegan Vox.  Choc “n” Roll will also be cooking up Crepe Suzette and Cherry Jubilee accompanied with homemade ice cream including chocolate, rum and raisin, coconut and vanilla, 11am-6pm.

fargovillage.co.uk

Pygmalion, Warwick Arts Centre, Feb 28-Fri March 3

See the transformation of Eliza Doolittle in a world where we can be digitally altered within seconds through video and sound technology in this radical Headlong production. Director Sam Pritchard’s fearless new staging looks at class identity and social mobility in Britain today and asks: how much do our voices still define who we are? George Bernard Shaw’s 100-year-old comedy is brought bang-up-to-date. Professor Higgins is a hipster with a high-tech linguistic laboratory full of gadgets. Check out The Guardian‘s 4-star review.

Warwick Arts Centre, warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2017/pygmalion

Strictly Roots, Rock, Reggae: Rewind, Coundon, Coventry, Sat Feb 25

Coventry’s original Jamaican sound system, the Mackabee Crew, are rolling back to their reggae roots with the launch of their first Strictly Roots, Rock Reggae night. A follow-up to their 2016 Boxing Day Masquerade Ball. £8 in advance, 9pm-3am.

The Reggae Attic, Rialto, Moseley Avenue, Coundon, Coventry.  Email mackabeecrew@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 07957 264226/07949 796446.

ITV Superstar finalist Jon Moses, The Benn Hall, Rugby, Thurs Feb 23

I have a soft spot for the kitsch 70s hippy film version of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Singer Jon Moses was a finalist on ITV’s SUPERSTAR, the Lord’s singing contest to find a lead for his stage musical with Tim Minchin and Chris Moyles. Judges included Mel C, Amanda Holden, Jason Donovan and Dawn French. Jon is now touring with his new show Journey featuring drama students from Stagecoach Theatre Schools, 8-10pm. In May he’ll be performing at London’s O2 Arena.

The Benn Hall, Newbold Road, Rugby CV21 2LN, bennhall.com

BOOO! – SOLD OUT

Lady Leshurr, O2 Institute, Birmingham, March 2

So jealous if you’ve got tickets for this. We are big fans of Lady Leshurr in our house ever since the 13-year-old introduced us to her Queen’s Speech 5 & Crispy Bacon. She’s the only rapper/grime artist I’ve come across where you can actually hear her Brummie accent. Pleased for Lady Leshurr but if you have tickets and decide not to go, give me a shout…

FORWARD PLANNING FOR:

World Book Day: Terry Deary at Warwick Castle, Thurs March 2

CBBC Horrible Histories Special: Sensational Shakespeare

Horrible Histories fans should head to Warwick Castle on World Book Day for their chance to meet and have their books signed by author Terry Deary. Around 50 pupils from Newburgh Primary School, Warwick, will be helping the author to create a living timeline of his Horrible Histories book series dressed up as characters from popular titles including Vicious VikingsStorming NormansMeasly Middle AgesTerrible Tudors and Slimy Stewarts.

They will create a chronological timeline starting from the centre of the Horrible Histories® Maze and out across the Castle’s East Front, with the 14th Century Guy’s Tower as a dramatic backdrop. Afterwards, Terry will be signing books for Warwick Castle’s visitors within the Great Hall from 2.30pm.  Those wishing to have their books signed are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

warwick-castle.com

Supper with the Head Gardener, Packwood House, Lapworth, Mon March 6

The Avenue of Giant Yews

No, it’s not a date… Join the Head Gardener at restored Tudor house, Packwood for a relaxed evening in the café with a two-course meal and lecture on how the beautiful gardens at Packwood have evolved into what you can see today. A glass of wine and tea and coffee are included £25, 6.30pm-9pm. Booking essential on 01564 782024.

nationaltrust.org.uk/packwood-house

 

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