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It has been recognised that those who engage and follow the Arts have a chance of prolonging their lives by 30 percent, according to reliable research.  So with this in mind, let’s have a look at how we can begin to re-ignite our own healthy relationship with the Arts if you have let it slide for one reason or another.

Most excuses are ‘it is too far and inconvenient to travel at night’ or ‘theatre is too expensive’ or a multitude of other excuses, all of which can be easily overcome with the accessibility of productions locally and through local cinemas – and discounts that are available online.

So, why don’t we start with the most revered and celebrated Christmas movie of all time A WONDERFUL LIFE which you can watch at home on DVD.  The sheer genius of this film is still relevant today, as it is a sharp lesson in learning to get our priorities right.  We see how a man is devastated by a financial loss, only to realise when being visited by an ‘Angel’ who needs to get his wings, that money can be replaced but the human condition is all that really matters.

 

 

Following a smash-hit run of the Snow White panto last year, the London Palladium Christmas pantomime continues for a fourth consecutive year, this time with a panto adaptation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, features an all-star cast. Starring in the titular role as the one and only Goldilocks is Sophie Isaacs, who is perhaps best known for starring as Annette Hargrove in Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Isaacs is joined by the Julian Clary and Paul O’Grady, who are set to portray the Good and Bad Ringmasters respectively. Also starring in the cast are Gary Wilmot as Dame Betty, Matt Baker as Joey the Clown, Nigel Havers as Daddy Bear, and Paul Zerdin as Silly Billy.

https://www.palladiumpantomime.com/

 

For the discerning palate, “Three Sisters”, Love and longing in 1960s Nigeria.

Owerri, 1967, on the brink of the Biafran Civil War. Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo are grieving the loss of their father. Months before, two ruthless military coups plunged the country into chaos. Fuelled by foreign intervention, the conflict encroaches on their provincial village, and the sisters long to return to their former home in Lagos.

Following his smash-hit Barber Shop Chronicles, Inua Ellams returns to the National Theatre with this heartbreaking retelling, directed by Nadia Fall (HomeDara).

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/three-sisters

 

The Tate Modern has a number of inspiring exhibitions and will never disappoint when you take the kids or grandkids.  Olafur Eliasson’s captivating installations urge you to become aware of your senses, people around you and the world beyond.

Some artworks introduce natural phenomena such as rainbows to the gallery space. Others use reflections and shadows to play with the way we perceive and interact with the world. Many works result from the artist’s research into complex geometry, motion patterns, and his interest in colour theory. All but one of the works have never been seen in the UK before.

Within the exhibition is an area which explores Eliasson’s deep engagement with society and the environment. Discover what an artist’s perspective can bring to issues of climate change, energy, migration as well as architecture.

The kitchen team at Studio Olafur Eliasson have created a special menu and programme of related events for Tate Modern’s Terrace Bar, based on the organic, vegetarian and locally sourced food served in his Berlin studio.

Eliasson has a long relationship with Tate Modern. His glowing sun, The weather project, drew more than two million people to the Turbine Hall in 2003. More recently Ice Watch 2018 brought chunks of ice from Greenland to London. This exhibition provides another unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

 

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