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Things to do at home: January

We're stuck at home for the month of January, but there are plenty of options to bring art, culture and fun to your living room. Here are 10 things to get you started.

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. Photo by Johan Persson

THEATRE: The Girl and the Raven
■ Online via Little Angel Theatre YouTube ■ from Sun 17 Jan

Adapted from an Icelandic fairy tale by puppetry and theatre production company Handbendi, the story is based on events surrounding a huge landslide in Iceland in 1545. The production is being released for free.


■ Online via Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village ■ now until 31 Jan

Get creative with all the family thanks to the Watts Gallery at home digital Make Space workshops. There are simple art video tutorials specially designed by Watts’s Make Space artists, and free printable activity sheets. Explore a range of creations that can be made from limited resources at home. Click here to sign up.


THEATRE SCREENING: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes
■ BBC iPlayer ■ available now

Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed stage adaptation of The Red Shoes is available for viewing on BBC iPlayer. Set to romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, the story follows a girl’s dream of becoming the greatest dancer in the world – and it’s Matthew Bourne, so there’s no doubt the moves will be excellent.


■ Online from the White Cube Gallery, London ■ now until 19 Jan

Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s famous 1954 film about the seductions, and the dangers, of looking, this online exhibition features a selection of work from the likes of Julie Curtiss, Jeff Wall, Carrie Mae Weems and Laurie Simmons.


ART: Drawing Club Online
■ Online via Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village ■ available from Mon 11 Jan until 31 Jan

Artist and art teacher Wilson Yau is hosting drawing clubs online for children and teenagers. There are workshops for children aged 8-12 and another for teenagers 13-17 years. It’s an online video series of three workshops aimed to help budding artists explore and experiment with drawing from home.


TALK: Beyond Frazzled with Ruby Wax
■ Online via Zoom ■ Wed 13 Jan, 7pm

Comedian, writer and mental health campaigner, Ruby Wax will share here thoughts and will explore the reasons we have to be optimistic about what the future holds – and how we can find hope, even during these uncertain times. She’ll be drawing on insights from her new book And Now for the Good News… It’s a free event, but you must register here:


WINE TASTING: Wines of the Rhone Valley
■ Online via Zoom ■ Thurs 14 Jan, 8pm

A must for big fans of red wine. Learn about some cracking wines from some of the Rhone Valley’s most prized villages and producers, perfect for a winter’s evening next to a roaring fire. It’s with Surrey wine educator Heather Dougherty. Tickets are £30 per household and include six 100ml tasting bottles.


MUSIC: Mela Guitar Quartet
■ Online via Zoom  ■ Sun 17 Jan

Presented by Hennessy Brown music the Mēla Guitar Quartet will give a concert of some of their most loved works. There will be an interview with the quartet from 5.30pm and the concert will start at 6pm. Tickets are from £8.95.


ONLINE TALK: Art, Action & Poverty
■ Online via Zoom from Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Wed 20 Jan

Just as G F Watts documented the plight of the poor and disadvantaged through paintings, poverty and social injustice remains a pressing issue for both contemporary artists and activists. Abigail Scott Paul from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation will be in conversation with photographer Jillian Edelstein to discuss the responsibility of artists and philanthropic organisations in highlighting the stories and experiences of those living in poverty today.


THEATRE: Faith Healer
■ Streamed from The Old Vic, London ■ Wed 20 – Fri 22 Jan

A recorded version of Brian Friel’s classic Faith Healer is back by popular demand after it was live-streamed from The Old Vic stage in Sep last year as part of the theatre’s In Camera series of productions. Starring Michael Sheen, David Threlfall and Indira Varma, this is your chance to catch it if you missed it the first time around.


WINE TASTING: Wines of New York State
■ Online via Zoom ■ Thurs 21 Jan, 8pm

A rare opportunity to taste wines seldom available in the UK. You’ld discover wines you may never have tried before from America’s third largest (albeit very small) wine region with Surrey wine educator Heather Dougherty. Tickets are £30 per household and include six 100ml tasting bottles.


WINE TASTING: Wines from Portugal
■ Online via Zoom ■ Thurs 29 Jan, 8pm

Discover wines from Portugal that are all handily available at Lidl. It’s hosted by Love Wine Festival’s Richard Bampfield, who is also the lead wine taster for Lidl UK. Tickets are £10 per household after you book you will receive an email confirmation with the names of the wines to purchase from Lidl for the tasting – choose 1, 2 or all six to open on the night.

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