Bath Voice News: pick of the what’s on in February

Theatre Picks In Bath

Egg Theatre
Sun 11-Tue 13 Feb. Breathe. Discover bizarre, larger-than-life fungi, connecting tree roots, and majestic guardians watching over a delicate cycle as you join three storytellers. (Pictured.)
Main House Theatre Royal
Mon 12-Sat 17 Feb. Sleuth.
The prince from last month’s panto Neil McDermott returns to Bath in Anthony’ Shaffer’s mystery story.
Mission Theatre
Thu 15-Fri 16 Feb. Alice in Wonderland.
Folksy Theatre perform Lewis Carroll’s fantasy in a version for children and families.
Rondo Theatre
Wed 14-Sat 17 Feb. Carrie the Musical.
Based on Stephen King’s horror novel about a teenage girl bent on revenge on her tormentors.
Ustinov Studio
Fri 16 Feb-Sat 16 Mar. A View From The Bridge.
Arthur Miller’s classic drama about bridging life between Italy and New York as seen by Alfieri.

Theatre Picks Outside Bath

Bristol Old Vic: Mon 12-Sat 17 Feb. Black is the Colour of My Voice. Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, and featuring many of her most iconic songs performed live.
Salisbury Playhouse: Thu 15-Sat 9 Mar. One Last Push. Comedy drama where a planned home birth is disrupted by intrusive family, nosy neighbours, uninvited guests and unwelcome surprises.

Pick of Diary Events in Bath

Thu 25 Jan-Sun 18 Feb. ReBalance Bath Festival of Wellbeing. A celebration of feel-good activities, mindfulness and motivation, exclusive hotel and spa packages, taster sessions and family fun. See the website for the events.
Fri 2 Feb. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute. Talk on Johannes Kepler. By Nicolas Pallett. Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) – astronomer, mathematician, visionary, dreamer, explorer, astrologer – is best known for his laws of planetary motion, providing one of the foundations for Isaac Newton’s theory of universal gravitation. 7.30pm.
Wed 14 Feb. Widcombe Association. Garden tour. Planted by Jenny Pym and later Norma Reid a garden where you can see camellias and hellebores. Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’, Galanthus ‘Nivalis’ (common snowdrop).
Wed 14 Feb. Bath Forum. Bath Philharmonia and Lara Melda. Includes: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Florence Price, Adoration; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21 (Elvira Madigan), Movement II; Gustav Mahler, Adagietto (Symphony No. 5, Movement IV); Guiseppe Verdi, Prelude Act 1 La Traviata; Frédéric Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2.
Thu 15-Sat 17 Feb. Roper Theatre. Bath Opera perform Handel’s Semele. With Hannah Drury in the title role.
Fri 16-Sat 17 Feb. Widcombe Social Club. Beer and Cider Festival. See the club’s website for more information.
Tue 20 Feb. Burdall’s Yard. After mirth. 11am. Comedy Club for new parents compered by Angie Belcher. The journey of parenthood is a magical and maddening one so what better way to cope with it than through stand up comedy. Each week there will be three comedians joking about being a new parent. Babies under 12 months are welcome, but please don’t bring older toddlers because they tend to heckle.
Wed 21 Feb. Bath Forum. Opera. Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly – featuring the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv. The story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant.
Wed 21 Feb. Widcombe Social Club Go Green Widcombe. Talk at 7pm on how to make your home more energy efficient.
Wed 28 Feb. The Forum. An Audience with Lucy Worsley on Agatha Christie. Illustrated talk by the TV presenter.
Fri 1 Mar. Bath Abbey. An Evening with Matt Walters aka Reductio. His unique combination of classical and contemporary on both the organ and his productions has gained him a fast-growing online following.
Sat 2 Mar. Bath Bach Choir. Prior Park Chapel. Sacred Bruckner. Aequale I and II; Requiem in D minor; Motets including Locus iste; Ave Maria WAB 6; Ave Maria WAB 7; Psalm 114. Southern Sinfonia trombones. Marcus Sealy organ. Benedict Collins Rice conductor. 7.30pm. See for more details.
Sat 9 Mar. The Forum. Bath Symphony Orchestra 2024. Holst – The Planets; Horner – Star Trek: Wrath of Khan; Giacchino – Star Trek: Into Darkness; Williams – Star Wars Suite for Orchestra.
Sun 10 Mar. Christ Church, Bath. Cardiff Opera: Cosi fan tutte. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s romantic comedy of “fiancée swapping”. Two young men place a bet on the fidelity of their girlfriends after being encouraged by the cynical Don Alfonso.

Pick of Diary Events out of Bath

Fri 2-sun 4 Feb. WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre. World Wetlands Days. From making your own nature journal to slow-looking, guided wellbeing walks to poetry prompts.

Exhibition Picks in Bath

American Museum, Bath. Claverton. American Road Trip. 9 Mar-31, Dec, 2024. Images, sounds and sets allowing you to experience a trip across the USA.
Burdall’s Yard. Art exhibition. Charlotte Moore – Panel Paintings. A series of panel paintings, all with historical references. Formerly resident in Australia, Charlotte Moore has lived in and near Bath for the last 20 years, a member of Bath Society of Artists, over these years she has exhibited in Bath, London, and other open exhibitions. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and Falmouth College of Art. Free. Until February 3, 2024.
Herschel Museum of Astronomy. It is located in a town house that was formerly the home of William Herschel and his sister Caroline.
Holburne Museum. The heart of the present day collection was formed by Sir Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874). It was eventually bequeathed to the people of Bath. Current shows include Jann Haworth & Liberty Blake: Work In Progressto 30 April, the art of Lubaina Himid: Lost Threads to April 21 and the art of Gwen John until 14 April.
Museum of Bath at Work. Julian Rd, Bath BA1 2RH. Enter the world of working Bath through a series of authentically reconstructed workplaces, workshops and display galleries. Exhibition: All Day Long: The Workers of Bath in Fifty Portrait Photographs.
Museum of East Asian Art. MEAA’s collections consist of some 2,000 objects. The majority of these are of Chinese origin, spanning from 5,000 BC to the present.
Victoria Art Gallery. Exhibitions include Catherine Ducker: Emotion in Colour. 9 Jan to 14 April. From Jan 19 to April 14: The Wonderful World of Ladybird Book Artists. This colourful, family-friendly exhibition includes rare books, original artwork and artefacts, and reveals how illustrators played such an enormous role in Ladybird’s extraordinary success. Tracing the interconnected work of these artists, the company’s story is recounted over Ladybird’s ‘golden years’ – 1940 to 1975. Visually rich and varied, the exhibition will evoke many memories of childhood. Hundreds of Ladybird books are available for visitors to browse through and share in our themed retro reading areas. There’s lots for children to enjoy, with a free exhibition ‘I Spy’ trail and a quirky ‘Coco the Caravan’ reading den. Find out more on our Thursday lunchtime tours, 1.30 – 2.00pm every week, free with an exhibition ticket.

Exhibition Picks outside Bath

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023. To 1 Apr 2024.
Chippenham Museum. Spotlight On 3: Modern and Contemporary Art. To February 24.
Taunton. Museum of Somerset. Until March 9th Journeys in Art by Alexander Hollweg.