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This week: 10 – 16 December

10 December 2018 |

You’re nearly halfway through your chocolate calendar, you’ve heard Mariah more times than you can count, and the streets are bustling with shoppers – the festive period is truly underway! Here are five things worth squeezing into your schedule this week…

The Snowman 40th anniversary exhibition, Brighton Museum
Children’s book artists including Quentin Blake, Shirley Hughes and Chris Riddell have recreated Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman (Penguin Random House Children's) in their own style as part of plans to celebrate the picture book’s 40th anniversary.
The images will be exhibited along with original Snowman artwork at Brighton Museum before being auctioned to raise money for Briggs’ chosen charity, Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice in Sussex.
The Snowman picture book was first published in 1978 and quickly became a Christmas classic, brought to life in 1982 with an animated film whose soundtrack is equally iconic. All together now! “We’re walking in the aiiir…”

Image courtesy of Brighton Museum (c)The Artist

The art exhibition is at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery from 4th December – 6th January. The auction will take place online and also closes on 6th January. For more information see here.

‘Släpstick’ at HOME arts centre, Manchester
If you can’t wait for the release of the ‘Stan & Ollie’ movie, Släpstick could be the perfect warm-up.
Winner of the 2017 Edinburgh Spirit of the Fringe Award, Släpstick is an ode to the timeless comedy of Charlie Chaplin, Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and Laurel & Hardy – with modern twists to the tune of flying violins and speed skating ballerinos!
Släpstick’s five world-class performers have mastered over 100 instruments between them, creating the perfect blend of dazzling musicianship, lung-bursting physical comedy and heartfelt nostalgia in the true ‘slapstick’ tradition.

Photo by by Jaap Reedijk

Släpstick opens at HOME in Manchester on Thursday 13 December and runs until Saturday 22 December. For more information and to book tickets, see here.

Daniel Kitson at The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
The writer / performer is experimenting with some work in progress for his latest theatre show, “Keep”. He will either be reading out stuff he’s written (but not yet learned) or talking about stuff he’s thought of (but not yet written).
At a time of rigorous list-making and intense pressure to spend, spend, spend, treat yourself to an evening of spontaneous creativity from a notoriously profound and enlightening thinker and comedian – for a mere £5 per ticket!

The work in progress continues until 16th December. For more information and to book tickets, see here.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
On Saturday 15th and Friday 21st December, YSP is hosting an extra special festive evening of art, food and music. Visitors are met with a glass of black cherry prosecco, before heading down to the Underground Gallery for an exclusive viewing of A Tree in the Wood, the current exhibition by world-renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone.
Accompanied by a quartet, from the Emley Brass Band, discover Penone’s thoughtful exploration into our intimate relationship with the natural world, before tucking into a delectable three-course meal in the restaurant, with mouth-watering dishes like confit duck and slow-roasted pork rillettes, roasted free-range turkey or spiced marrow, and – naturally – Christmas pudding.
The full Emley Brass Band will serenade you throughout dinner, taking requests for your favourite festive tunes and a sing-a-long after the meal. We can’t think of a better way to get into the mood for Christmas!
Tickets cost £40 for adults and £32 for children. See the full menu and book online here.

The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’ at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds and the Sage in Gateshead
Featuring folk powerhouse The Demon Barbers and artists from Breaking Tradition Dance Company, this is a unique combination of music, dance, off-beat comedy and physical theatre that will be sure have toes tapping and hands clapping.
For more information and to book tickets, visit their website.
Performance dates:
Monday, 10 December – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Thursday, 20 December – The Sage, Gateshead

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