This Week in Stage and Screen – 13th February 2012

At The Cinema

David Cronenberg’s acclaimed historical psychiatry-drama A Dangerous Method opens at the Watershed starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender in the story of the turbulent relationships between the early pioneers of the field – Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein. Carnage and Young Adult continue at the Watershed through to Thursday and it look like the final week for The Artist (now the Watershed’s most watched film in its history, fact fans).

Elsewhere there were a couple of interesting new releases last Friday – the new Muppets film (our excited review is here!) and Daniel Radcliffe wears some nice suits in British horror The Woman in Black.

Unfortunately there are no Bristol screenings for documentary Girl Model about the fashion industry’s race-to-the-bottom for younger-and-younger models and the supply chains that provide them but the DVD is released on 20th February so not long to wait to see it at home.

Theatre & Comedy

Over at The Tobacco Factory King Lear continues all week or there’s half-term fun for the kids as Bristolian musician Kid Carpet brings his unique lo-tech music to Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals to the Brewery from the 14th to the 18th. My pick would be funny looking funny man Andrew Lawrence whose Best Kept Secret in Comedy Tour stops by on the 19th and whose curmudgeonly tirades on topics ranging from gyms to queuing flow out with the speed of an auctioneer and are packed full of punch-lines and unexpected deviations.

At the city’s smaller theatre’s you can see what Valentine’s Day brings for the characters of The Wardrobe’s improvised soap opera Closer Each Day (14th) or at The Bierkeller there’s a lesbian twist on Romeo & Juliet. Meanwhile, the Old Vic have two shows aimed at the half-term audiences – “Stones and Bones” (13th to 15th) and “Grisly Tales From Tumblewater” (16th to 18th).