This week in Bristol, January 9-15

9 01 2012

Cinderella   Final week, Tobacco Factory Theatre
One of the best shows you are likely to see all year comes to an end this week at the Tobacco Factory Theatre. In her four-star review in the Guardian, Lyn Gardner wrote that Cinderella is “small, but really rather beautifully formed, this is not just a great Christmas show, but a great night for all times and all ages”.

Care For Secret   All week, Grain Barge
Bristol street photographer James Koch specialises in the “surrealism of everyday human existence”. He doesn’t use flash, a studio or stage his images, but prefers a natural style, believing that the best camera is the one we always have with us on our phones. “Capture is key” is James’ mantra for his latest solo exhibition of photography.

Ferment   Starts Wednesday, Bristol Old Vic
The fabulous Ferment Festival is Bristol Old Vic’s twice-yearly extravaganza of work-in-progress and brand new theatre. Many Old Vic shows have come out of this experimental arm which presents informal theatrical beginnings in the Old Vic’s basement and studio spaces. Tickets to all shows cost just £4.

Sister Act   Starts Wednesday, Bristol Hippodrome
The first touring production of Sister Act is closely modelled on the movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, who is producer of this musical which was seen by more than a milion people in the West End. We are promised “a fabulous, family-friendly, feel-good show packed with songs inspired by Motown, funk, soul and disco”.

Shame   Opens in cinemas on Friday
Bedminster Down’s Ian Canning (The King’s Speech) is the producer of this uncompromising look at sex addiction, directed by Steve McQueen. According to Momentum Pictures, “Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us”.
Click here to watch last month’s Q&A with Canning at the Watershed

Bristol Acoustic Music Festival   Friday-Sunday, St George’s
Once again programmed by Jelli Records and showcasing some of the best in Bristol’s unplugged musical talent, the Bristol Acoustic Musical Festival is always a superb way to dust off January’s cobwebs with three days featuring a diverse selection of artists playing within St George’s gorgeous surroundings.

Barley Wood Wassail   Saturday, Wrington
Our favourite restaurant of last year, The Ethicurean, presents a full day of warding off evil spirits, eating, drinking, storytelling and live music featuring the lovely Lori Campbell and the priceless Poppy Perezz. The Wassail ceremony itself takes place at 6pm. Reason enough to go is a free slice of Barley Wood sticky toffee apple cake.



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