Mon 10 - Sun 16 February 2020
TALK: Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss, Heffers, Cambridge, 10 Feb
Dr Rachel Clarke, is a specialist in palliative medicine and author of Your Life in My Hands. She’s at Muddy’s favourite bookshop, Heffers, on the 10th talking about her new book Dear Life – a vibrant, tender and deeply personal new memoir that finds light and love in the darkest of places. Talking about end-of-life care and her new perspective after the death of her father, this promises to be a thought-provoking and deep discussion, but one that will leave you feeling enlightened and probably a bit teary too. Take tissues! Book here.
MUSIC: The Levellers, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Feb 12
Are you ready from a break in politics this new year? Well, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer! The cult folk band The Levellers are back and better than ever, playing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on 12 Feb. Expect lots of their politically revolutionary all-time classics like ‘Levelling the Land’ and ‘One Way’.
THEATRE: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 10 – 15 February
I’ve already got my tickets for this fabulous feel good show and can’t wait to sing along to hits like It’s Raining Men and I Will Survive. This new production of this glitter-filled classic comes from the team behind Hairspray and stars Strictly Come dancing star Joe McFadden, so is set to be an incredible show. Get your sass on and I’ll see you there (I’ll be the one in platforms and pink hot pants – in my dreams!).
THEATRE: Blithe Spirit, Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 10 – 15 Feb
Jennifer Saunders is at her comic best as an eccentric clairvoyant in Blithe Spirit, an uplifting play by Noel Coward. Saunders plays Madame Arcati who inadvertently conjures up the ghost of Novelist Charles Condomine’s first wife, Elvira, at a séance. When she appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life – and the afterlife – get complicated.
COMEDY: Ed Byrne, If I’m Honest…, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 11 Feb
Ed Byrne is one of the most successful comedians performing in the UK, regularly appearing on TV shows like Mock The Week, Live at The Apollo, and QI, and touring to sold-out theatres. Originally from Ireland, he now lives in Essex with his wife and two children, but comes to Peterborough’s New Theatre with his new observational comedy show show, If I’m Honest – when he’ll be taking a long hard look at himself to work out if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children!
TALK: Marian Keyes: Grown Ups, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 15 Feb
If you haven’t read one of Marian Keyes’ novels then you are in the minority – she’s only one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time and has been writing international bestsellers about modern women in the modern world for over twenty years. She’s in Bury this month for a special live event to celebrate and discuss her new book, Grown Ups, about three brothers, their wives, ex-wives and young adult step-kids.
FESTIVAL: Fest en Fest, Cambridge Junction, 11-12 Feb
Organised by the performer duo that founded H2Dance, the Cambridge Junction welcomes ‘Fest en Fest’ on the 11 and 12 of February. This new artistic concept allows performers and artists to present their works to audiences, celebrating a new form of futuristic expression. Live performances, talks, and parties will make an exciting festival-like atmosphere, and one that should not be missed.
ART: Linderism, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, 15-26 Feb
Kettle’s Yard dips its toes into some of Linder’s work this February, exhibiting some pieces from her ground-breaking work in the 1970s. Linder is best known for her distinctive style of photomontage’s – combining ordinary fashion images with archival materials. Her confrontational art is not only eye-catching, but also oozes the radical feminist stance that she stands for. There is no better time than now (well, February) to go and support her exhibition of Linderism!
ART: An Exhibition of Paintings by Jean and Jasper Rose, Clare Hall, Cambridge, until 27 Feb
Jasper and Jean were both early members of the Cambridge Society of Painters and Sculptures, and important figures in Cambridge’s first forays into contemporary art. Both Jasper and Jean painted daily and exhibited regularly, capturing the world around them with a magical freshness. Jasper died in 2019 but Jean still paints and will be present at the opening reception, along with her son William.
VALENTINE’S DAY: Valentine’s Gin Mix IT, Cambridge Gin Lab, 14 Feb
Calling all gin lovers! The Cambridge Gin Lab is holding a one-off special cocktail masterclass this Valentine’s Day. So, grab your partner, or your best mate, and learn 3 of your favourite drinks to recreate at home. Tickets are limited so get hot on buying them!
VALENTINE’S DAY: Anti-Valentine’s Day Comedy Night, Coton Village Hall, 14 Feb
Do you cringe at the dreaded V word each year? For all you fellow singletons out there, I think the Anti-Valentine’s Day Comedy Night might be for you. Presented by Waffle & Co, this sounds like the perfect evening where you avoid all the smug loved-up types while eating some delicious food too.
Busy last month? There’s still time to see Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Saatchi Gallery. One of the biggest cultural events in the winter calendar, the exhibit features 150+ original artefacts found in the Pharaoh’s tomb that was unearthed in 1922 (until 3 May). Elsewhere, at the O2 Arena, there’s ABBA: Super Troupers, a journey through the Swedish band’s career featuring personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (until 21 Aug 2020). And finally, there’s the fantastically bonkers Tim Walker exhibition (above) at the V&A with snaps from his career as a fashion and portrait photographer, a must-see before it ends on 8 Mar.