Go see this! A seasonal guide to art, comedy, dance and theatre in Torbay

Go see this! A seasonal guide to art, comedy, dance and theatre in Torbay


As the days get colder and the nights draw-in, it’s time to head indoors to go see the best of the Bay’s comedy, exhibitions, dance, music and theatre. Be entertained and inspired this autumn with these 15 unmissable things to go see!

Merely Theatre, Palace Theatre, The Shorely

Start with Shakespeare: Think it’s all Much Ado about Nothing? Try Merely Theatre’s version of this classic comedy and fall in love with the world famous playwright. This energetic, crystal clear performance will have you hooked. Much Ado About Nothing is on at Paignton’s Palace Theatre on Monday 1st October at 7.30pm. Macbeth is also on at the same venue at 2pm that day. Book tickets from £8 at www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk

The Artists of St. Ives, Torre Abbey, The Shorely

Indulge in the cream of Cornish culture: Torre Abbey Museum is playing host to a stunning collection of work by The Artists of St Ives. Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Barbara Hepworth, Paul Feiler and Terry Frost all feature in the exhibition, on loan from the Arts Council Collection. Catch it between now and Sunday 25th November. Normal admission applies, see torre-abbey.org.uk

The Goons, Princess Theatre, The Shorely

Goon around: If you were about in the 1950s, you probably enjoyed listening to this lot. In 1951, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Co brought a brand of surreal chaotic humour to the radio airwaves, the likes of which had never been heard before. This timeless comedy classic has been brought to the stage for the first major theatrical production in the show’s 65-year history. The Goon Show live is on at the Princess Theatre on Thursday 4th October. Book tickets from £16.50 at https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-goon-show/princess-theatre-torquay/

Remember war and peace: An exhibition to mark 100 years since the end of First World War takes place at the Artizan Gallery in Torquay this month. Artists and poets have been asked to contribute to the event, which runs from Friday 5th to Saturday 27th October. At the gallery next month, the beauty of the landscape and the natural world is the theme. Pauline Talbot is showcasing her vibrant and textural paintings and ceramics at the venue from Friday 2nd to Saturday 24th November. See www.art-hub.co.uk

Harry and Chris, Palace Theatre Paignton, The Shorely

Comedy-rap-jazz power: Following sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris Read are back at the Palace Theatre on Saturday 6th October. Last year they prevented an apocalypse and got a panda pregnant; this year their comedy-rap-jazz power is intent on bringing love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever. Book tickets from £10 http://www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk

Step it up: Head to Brixham Theatre to see a performance of the famous adventure novel and Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps. More than 150 crazy characters are played by a cast of just four. This should be unmissable! It’s on from Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th October. See brixhamtheatre.org.uk

Torbay Art Show, The Shorely

Prepare for an art attack: More than 70 professional artists from across the UK will be exhibiting and selling their work at the Torbay Art Show. Prepare to be mesmerised by the range of talent on show. The exhibition on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October takes place in the Cavanna Centenary Hall at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School. Stunning work by the school’s GCSE, A-Level and International Baccalaureate students will be featured, as well as paintings by well-established artists, including the late Robert Lenkiewicz. There also will be ceramics, sculptures, glassware and more. More info http://www.torbayartshow.co.uk/

More Deadly Than War - Spanish Flu and The Threat of Pandemic, Torquay Museum, The Shorely

Killer exhibition: More Deadly Than War - Spanish Flu and The Threat of Pandemic is a new exhibition opening on the 18th October until 24 February 2019 at Torquay Museum. The Spanish Flu is thought to have killed more people than both world wars combined, and this exhibition will explore the stories of the forgotten history of the 20th century's worst disaster. More info http://www.torquaymuseum.org

Torbay Poetry Festival, The Shorely

Visit poets’ corner: Know your stanza from your sonnet? The Torbay Festival of Poetry aims to bring a range of light-hearted, serious and musical verse to brighten up our lives. From Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd October, poets from all over the UK will be taking part in more than 25 events, including recitals and workshops. The Livermead Cliff Hotel in Torquay is the main venue but performances take place across the Bay. Young poets from Galmpton Primary School will be joining in, too. See torbaypoetryfestival.co.uk

English Riviera Film Festival: A must-attend for film fans and professionals, the Festival is back from the 27th October to the 9th November. Highlights include a full day of nominated films at the Palace Theatre (27th October), Day of the Dead event with family-friendly Squircle Arts at Torquay Museum (3rd November), premiere of a thriller from South Devon College students, who have worked with Los Angeles based Film Director Ra Dreyfus and DP Bayan Joonam (7th November), the Big Poetry evening in the company of the talented Samantha Boarer and Robert Garnham at the Blue Walnut (8th November) and closing with a feature film at The Lucky 7 Club (9th November) with a moving story inspired by an event in the much loved stage and television actress Liz Smith. Find out more and book tickets: http://erfilmfest.co.uk/

See cutting edge theatre: That talented lot at Doorstep Arts are back with another theatre festival, running from 31st October until 4th November. From cabaret and comedy to tragedy and friendship, this is a five-day festival with something for everyone, taking place in a variety of venues across Torbay. Highlights include Ground Control, a unique interactive experience for 7-12 year olds; Live Before You Die, a funny yet shockingly honest true story of hopelessness and friendship told by two men and The Songs I had, a performance for Wilfred Owen by The Choral Engineers. Book tickets doorsteptheatre.co.uk

Gareth Richards, Torquay's Comedy Club, The Shorely

Exercise your laughing gear: Gareth Richards will be performing at Torquay’s Comedy Club at the Riviera Hotel on Friday 2nd November. Gareth has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), Live at the Electric (BBC3) and the children’s TV panel show The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC), as well as many radio shows. Book tickets from £7.50 torquaycomedyclub.co.uk

Mozartissimo, Palace Theatre, The Shorely

Spend a night at the opera: Leave Paignton behind and be transported to an 18th Century salon, with elaborate, classical costumes and ravishing music. Mozartissimo: An Evening of Mozart Opera, presented by Swansea City Opera/Opera Box promises to delight hardcore fans and newcomers to the genre. The performance takes place on Sunday 4th November at the Palace Theatre, Paignton. Book tickets from £10 at www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk

Mr B, gentleman rhymer, The Lucky 7 Club, The Shorely

Catch this cheeky chappie: Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer will be performing his rather unique blend of hip-hop comedy at The Lucky 7 Club in Paignton on Saturday 10th November. Enjoy his terribly English ditties at this brilliant ‘speakeasy’ venue. Book tickets from just £5 at https://www.thelucky7club.com/

Beauty and the Beast, Palace Theatre, The Shorely

Enjoy this fabulous fairytale fun: Take one beautiful damsel, add an atrocious beast, throw in some awesome choreography and a wealth of local talent and you have the makings of a top family night out. Beauty and the Beast comes to Paignton Palace Theatre on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November. The production has had previous sell out performances at Birmingham Old Repertory Theatre. Book tickets from £17.50 palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk

And finally… listen up! The inaugural TEDxTorquay event will take place on Saturday 17th November at Torquay Museum with speakers and talks on the theme of “Wisdom and Innovation”. Speakers to be announced! Book tickets from £15 https://tedxtorquay.co.uk/tickets/

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