There's a second helping of Bill Bailey at Plymouth Pavilions as part of his new Qualmpeddler Tour. In addition to his show on Friday, April 26, Bill will return on Tuesday, September 24. In his new show, Bill will explore how his doubts about the modern world have now grown into qualms. He will be channelling these feelings of unease and apprehension with the help of religious dubstep, his folk bouzouki, horntallica, a re-appraisal of some of the world's greatest works of art and perhaps a dub version of Downton Abbey. This show has the all classic Bill Bailey elements, trademark musical mash-ups, multi-lingual riffs, films, songs, philosophising and silliness on a grand scale… plus one amazing owl.
Box Office: 0845 146 1460.
Russian fables will prove spellbinding entertainment
There's a devilishly enjoyable evening of earthy Russian fables for adults and adventurous children at the Brewhouse in Taunton next week. Baba Yaga's Oven, pictured, blends spooky stories, stirring music and quirky characters from the spellbinding tellers of tales Michael Loader (clarinet), Rebecca Smart and musician Martin Solomon (fiddle and accordion). This Somerset Storyfest event has been described as "a gorgeous jewel of a performance" by Site Festival 2012.
Baba Yaga's Oven is at the Brewhouse on Friday, January 25. Box Office: 01823 283244.
Rain clouds gather in epic work inspired by flooding
Poet Jack Dean delivers a work-in-progress performance of Rain, at the Bike Shed, Exeter, on January 23 at 8.30pm. His epic poem, inspired by Devon's recent flooding, is the story of a boy followed perpetually by his own tiny personal cloud. As he fights with growing up and travels from the soggy fields of Devon to the tattered spires of London, Cloudy lingers over him, capturing his memories and telling him tales of the coming flood. The performance is part of From Devon With Love, a ten-day festival of new local work.
Box office: 01392 346116.