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Mon 17 - Sun 23 Feb

Looking for something to do with the kids? You need our half term guide. Read on for the rest of my Muddy picks of the week across Cornwall.

National Theatre Live, Cyrano De Bergerac, Newlyn Film House (20 Feb)

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast world-class theatre to cinemas in the UK and internationally.

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight? Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

Also showing at the Newlyn Film House all week is the BAFTA-winning Cornish film, BAIT.

Bolshoi Ballet, Swan Lake, Newlyn Film House (20 Feb)

The new season is the 10th anniversary of Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema and Swan Lake is one of seven exceptional productions being broadcast in cinemas, captured live, direct from Moscow, Russia.

Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a wife. He is, however, completely obsessed with Odette, a mysterious bewitched swan-woman whom he has encountered on the edge of a lake. He expresses a vow of eternal love for her, but fate will decide otherwise.

RSC | 2020 Season (12 – 22 Feb)

The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Plymouth with a season of exhilarating Shakespeare, direct from Stratford-Upon-Avon with As You Like It (13 – 20 Feb), Taming of the Shrew (18 – 22 Feb) and Measure for Measure (12 – 22 Feb).

Steve Tilston, The Acorn, Penzance (21 Feb)

Steve Tilston is a celebrated folk and contemporary music songsmith and guitarist. His album Truth to Tell was voted one of The Telegraph’s best folk albums of 2015, with the Guardian saying “it remains a mystery as to why he is not far better known today”. Find out for yourself at the Acorn on Friday.

Emilio Ayto, The Poly, Falmouth (22 Feb)

Emilio Ayto is a guitarist based in Falmouth, Cornwall. His repertoire combines classical guitar with film soundtracks, alternative rock music, and his own compositions. He uses effects pedals and extended techniques to create a sound that is both innovative and unique to him.

Beach Cleans, various (14-21 Feb)

Get outside and do something for the environment at the same time – it’s win/win.

What started as Love Your Beach Day has now turned into Love Your Beach Week with beach cleans happening all across Cornwall, kicking off on Valentine’s Day and ending on Friday 21st February. Look on Facebook for events listed locally to you, including Newquay, Looe, Falmouth, Perranporth, Polzeath and many more. If you can’t join an organised event, head to your nearest beach, do your own mini beach clean and upload what you collect to social media – don’t forget to use #LoveYourBeach in your posts.

Toy Circus, Tate St Ives (15-23 Feb)

Let your creativity run wild – join the children’s curators in the Clore gallery to make your own toys from the bits and pieces you’ll find in our Naum Gabo inspired Studio workshop. Take them away or stay and play.

Colour Uncovered, The Eden Project (15 – 23 Feb)

Get ready for a kaleidoscopic week of creative activities exploring how art meets science in the incredible world of colour with a multitude of activities, enough to keep even the tweenagers entertained. Check the link above for specific days when planning your visit – activities on offer include: craft workshops (mask making, marble painting and paper weaving), demonstrations and workshops with cartoonists and animators, including Aardman, clever ways to use colour including through the eyes of an insect, discover how fabric dyes are made, explore the brightest and boldest shades found in nature in a colour trail around the Biomes, take part in a giant collaborative art installation with a real artist, helping our nature mural and our growing vine come to life.

Pre-bookable relaxed sessions will be available for children with autism spectrum conditions, sensory and communications needs or learning disabilities who may benefit from a more informal experience. These will take place on Sunday February 16 from 9 am and can be booked via the Eden website, where information on relaxed sessions can be found.

Love Nature, The Lost Gardens of Heligan (15 – 23 Feb)

Kids big and small will love discovering Heligan’s native wildlife with sensory trails and watch the wildlife from the winter hide. Get a sneak peek of what (or who) comes out at night, thanks to a secret camera’s footage in the Wildlife Film Room. Don’t forget to build your wildlife haven to take home including bird treats and clay impressions of your findings. Free with garden entry or locals pass.

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