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By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

Babbacombe Theatre's Christmas Starlight

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WINTER draws on, but there's still plenty to do in South Devon this week.

There's art and theatre, music and cinema, and if it rains, there's always the new Bond film for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

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CHRISTMAS may still be more than six weeks away, but the festive spirit is already in full swing at Babbacombe Theatre.

The venue’s latest production, Christmas Starlight, is a cracker, packed full of jokes, magic, dance and a whole host of well known songs.

Director Colin Matthews has created a winning formula which pulls in packed houses year after year by producing a fun and upbeat variety show with quality performers.

It runs every Wednesday until December 26 and then again on December 28 and January 1.

THE LITTLE Theatre, Torquay, welcomes back the Old Bull & Bush Company of Artistes on Sunday.

The company is well known throughout Devon and Somerset for raising considerable amounts of money for charity and will be raising funds for the theatre and for the British Legion on this occasion.

They will present their usual mix of musical favourites, a melodrama of villainous intrigue and some very old jokes.

Curtain up at 7.30pm. For tickets, call the box office on 01803 299330.

BUTTERFLY Productions are back at Kents Cavern, Torquay with the play Macbeth this week.

They last performed the bard’s offering there in 2009.

This is a promenade performance as theatre-goers are led around the caves by the actors.

Performances run from November 12 to 17.

THE Dart Drama Festival 2012 is ready to step into the spotlight at Dartmouth’s Flavel Theatre.

It takes place tomorrow and Saturday

With a change of scope over previous years, just four of the South Hams amateur drama groups are taking part in the two-day festival.

The festival, now in its sixth year, is a non-competitive and self financing community project and has received much acclaim and support from local people.


POP along to the pop-up gallery which has just opened in Babbacombe featuring the work of artist Becky Bettesworth and photographer Patrick Ward.

Located on the ground floor of the Boudoir Boutique and Café at 56 Babbacombe Road, the exhibition is free and open to all.

Becky specialises in whimsical seaside scenes and elegant paintings of 1930s ladies at leisure.

Patrick’s photographs capture Torquay and surrounding landscapes.

The exhibition is expected to run until the end of the year.

Harbour House, Kingsbridge is the venue for A Creative Journey, an exhibition of paintings and drawings produced by local artist Helen Petit over a period of 15 years.

The exhibition focuses mainly on landscape, life drawing and portraiture, and Helen’s sketchbooks will be on display in the gallery.

She will also show some printmaking and photography to complete the collection.

The artist, who has lived and worked in Kingsbridge since 2010, will explain more about her work in an informal gallery talk at 11am on Saturday, November 24.


HAVEN'T seen Skyfall yet? Tut, tut. James Bond is reportedly killed in action during a mission in Turkey and his boss, M, writes an obituary with a heavy heart. She loses a list of MI6 assets, compromising undercover agents around the world, and enlists her best man to retrieve the data.

It's on at the Alexandra Cinema, Newton Abbot among other places.


A MYRIAD of dance, vocals and musicianship come together in the production Celtic Dream at the Palace Theatre, Paignton, on Saturday.

The show embodies the true spirit of Ireland with a selection of dancers, award winning choreographers and great vocalists.

Audiences will enjoy tunes including Danny Boy and Carrickfergus to the haunting modern day classics of Sarah McLachlan's In the Arms of the Angels.

It starts at 8pm.

10CC return to the Princess Theatre, Torquay next Tuesday night.

The occasion is a date on the band’s 40th anniversary UK tour.

10cc earned critical respect and public acclaim for such singles as Donna (1972), Rubber Bullets (1973), The Dean and I (1973) and Wall Street Shuffle (1974), and you can expect to hear all these and many more at the Princess.

JOAN Armatrading brings her current UK tour to the Princess Theatre, Torquay next Wednesday.

Three times Grammy nominated, two times Brit Award nominee, Gold Badge and Ivor Novello winner, in a career lasting 40 years Joan has supported local talent throughout.

On her tours around the world Joan has always tried to get a local artist on to the bill in the many different cities she performs in.

Chris Ostler is the chosen artist for the Torquay gig.

SARAH McQuaid’s UK tour brings her to Totnes this weekend. Sarah is fresh from an eight-week USA tour and now lives in Cornwall.

She is at the Studio Lounge in Totnes on Saturday night. Tickets are available on the door.

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