At The Theatre
If The Artist has got you in the mood for stories without dialogue then Theatre Ad Infinitum bring their mask and mime piece Translunar Paradise (below) to Bristol Old Vic (Studio), fresh from a stint at the Barbican and high acclaim from last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. 7th to 11th February. 8pm. £5 opening night, £12 thereafter.
For something that’s likely to be a fair bit noisier, how about Under Stokes Croft at one of Bristol’s micro-theatres, The Wardrobe (above the White Bear pub on St Michael’s Hill). Taking inspiration from Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, this “live graphic novel” portrays the goings-on around the Croft on the night of the infamous Tesco riots last April. 5th to 9th February. 8pm. £5.
Finally, this week sees the beginning of another run of Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory with King Lear starting on Thursday 9th. Lear will be played by John Shrapnel (of films such as Gladiator and Notting Hill) and it looks like the Fool will be played by Dudley Sutton, who will be familiar to TV watchers of the late 80s and early 90s from a certain series about a dodgy antiques dealer. As usual this looks like it will be another excellent production from SATTF. 9th February to 24th March. Mon, Tue, Wed & Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Fri 8pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm.
At The Cinema
Movie of the moment, The Artist, and sentimental Spielberg drama, War Horse, continue at cinemas across the city this week but if you’ve already seen them (or can’t bear to), there are some other attractive options…
Two new releases hit the Watershed at the weekend – Charlize Theron is deliciously nasty (read our review here) as the fallen queen bee in Young Adult by Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman (the team behind Juno) and Roman Polanski’s claustrophobic Carnage (above) stars 3 Oscar winners and a nominee (Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly), films that are linked neatly by a theme of adults not being able to be grown-ups.
Elsewhere there’s psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene which, given it’s rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, must be worth a look, but is only on at Showcase Cinema De Lux (Cabot Circus) and Ralph Fiennes’ well received modern-day-Shakespeare-adaptation Coriolanus continues at The Orpheus up in Westbury.