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Posted 01.04.19

What’s on in Plymouth - April 2019

By Kat Peberdy

April is the month for spring cleaning your calendar, making room for the things you’ve always wanted to do. We’ve done the legwork and put together a hand-picked selection of the best eco events, craft workshops, outdoor activities and exhibitions happening across the city.

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1. Gender Equality Networking Fundraiser Plymouth

Enactus Plymouth are hosting a networking event to work towards build a strong community in Plymouth. Ticket price includes pizza and nachos to nibble on while you network, a goody bag, plus speakers including Clare Baker, Tina Joshi and Kim Stone.

This event is not restricted to any discipline, they want to create a community of women and men who can teach and learn from each other's experiences and empower one another, there’s greatness in diversity!

Money raised on the night will go to period poverty charity ‘The Lunar Project’, campaign for safe drinking water in Egypt ‘PurEgypt’, anti fast fashion project ‘Don’t Waste, Donate’ and local renewable energy campaign Plantry.

Gender Equality Networking Fundraiser Plymouth – 2 April


2. South West Sup Breakfast Club

Plymouth is particularly stunning in the sunshine, and what better way to appreciate it than from the sea. Introduce yourself to parts of the Plymouth coastline on a paddleboard with South West SUP.

This early morning club paddle from their base at Royal William Yard starts at 7:30am. Now with their own organic coffee available, there is definitely no better way to start your Wednesday!

South West SUP Breakfast Club – 3 April


3. Bite size talk: Chris Bailey and Ieuan Jones: Of Monsters at The Levinsky Gallery

Join filmmakers Chris Bailey and Ieuan Jones, winners of The Arts Institute Film Commission 2018 with their film, 'Of Monsters', as they discuss the development of their two-part film from their earlier ideas of writing a play.

They will also take you through the process of navigating the collection at the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) and what they are planning on working on next.

Chris Bailey is a senior lecturer in Film and Digital Media Production at the college and has been making films for over a decade. Ieuan Jones is a writer, performer and amateur filmmaker based in Plymouth.

Bite size talk: Chris Bailey and Ieuan Jones: Of Monsters – 3 April


4. Welsh National Opera at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Roberto Devereux has been accused of treason. In order to gain his freedom he simply has to present the ring his lover, Queen Elizabeth I, has bestowed upon him. But Devereux is secretly in love with Sara, who he refuses to renounce, leaving Elizabeth heartbroken and compelled to sign his death warrant.

Roberto Devereux contains some of Donizetti’s most spine-tingling melodies including the emotional Vivi, in grato, a lei accanto performed by Elizabeth I as her world falls apart around her in a heart-wrenching finale. WNO’s critically-acclaimed production has a dramatic intensity and a striking design guaranteed to leave your heart racing.

Check out what else is on at your local theatre, like the Department of Distractions, about an organisation whose job it is to plant stories to make life seem more interesting…

Welsh National Opera – 5 April

5. Fire Photography Workshop on Dartmoor

A special collaborative event by Community Photographic studios and Elements of Fire - an opportunity to capture fire juggling and fire breathing with the stunning Dartmoor as a backdrop! This course is for anyone who is looking for new directions for their photography and try something new, would like to enhance their technical and creative skills, or maybe thinking of purchasing own location lighting kit and would like to have an introduction to location lighting and metering. Also great chance to build your portfolio, work with performers, learn how to balance ambient light with flash.

The workshop will focus on adjusting exposure for ambient light, shutter speed for capturing light trails and using off-camera flash. You’ll be led by Jamie House and college graduate Hannah Cochrane, two experienced and award-winning local photographers. The workshop will be topped off with BBQ hot dogs and hot chocolate under the stars!

Fire Photography Workshop – 5 April


6. Good Food & Craft Market with The Invisible Circus at Royal William Yard

Oh, this is the greatest show! Circus spectacular rolls into town for Royal William Yard’s Spring market.

Royal William Yard will hold its first Spring event with an unforgettable extravaganza from world-famous performers, The Invisible Circus. A dazzling troupe of performers will bring P.T. Barnum’s vision to life; acts will include the amazing upside down acrobatic queen Felicity Footloose, the fabulous Stripy Twins performing aerial hoop dance and stilt walking, knife throwing from Pete Dobbs, comedy juggling from Daryl J Carrington and the infamous Rimskis Cycling Piano.

The ever-popular Good Food and Craft Market will run from 10am – 3pm on the lawn, spreading along Main Street and into Melville Building.  The market attracts some of the South West’s top artisan makers as well as the region’s finest food and drink producers and vendors.

Good Food & Craft Market with Invisible Circus – 7 April


7. Reclaim the Frame screening of The Kindergarten Teacher at Plymouth Arts Cinema

This screening is part of Birds' Eye View's Reclaim The Frame campaign to bring ever greater audiences to films by women to offer a wider perspective of the world. There will also be a post screening panel discussion hosted by Mia Bays, an Oscar-winning filmmaker.

Caring, patient Staten Island kindergarten teacher Lisa Spinelli, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, spends her days teaching and her evenings attending poetry classes in Manhattan. When she inadvertently discovers her five-year-old student Jimmy is gifted, she becomes determined to nurture his talent before his family destroy it. Both a nuanced trip into the psyche of a disillusioned woman and a remarkably tense thriller, the film is a fantastically compelling moral drama; an unpredictable, daring film that ripples with psychological depth.

Don’t forget - Plymouth College of Art staff and students can book their tickets for just £4!

Reclaim the Frame: The Kindergarten Teacher – 9 April


8. Meeting the Archive: Steven Paige at The Gallery

Meeting the Archive is the culmination of the practice component of the artist's PhD including new and existing work that investigates how artists are able to draw attention to the instability and heterogeneity of archives. The exhibition is made up of a series of moving image works created through seeking and responding to instructive footage held in collections within institutions. Taking a performative, semi-autobiographical approach, the artist seeks to find and create relationships between himself and the found films.

The work takes a playful approach to watching bodies ‘perform’ and then uses re-enactment strategies to interpret and physically explore new ways of understanding the archive. Within this, Paige’s ongoing interests in personal betterment, instruction-led activity, humour and his lived experiences are played out.

Meeting the Archive – 11 April to 1 June


9. Fruits de Mer Art Exhibition Private View at Boston Tea Party

The House Group, artists Rod Birtles and Alison Theaker, make images and structures from things they have found on the beaches of the South Hams to illustrate the mainly plastic waste that ends up in our oceans. This exhibition features 'Coffee Coral', made from disposable coffee cup lids to represent some of the 7 million single-use cups we consume every day in the UK.

Boston Tea Party was an obvious choice to host the display due to their decision last year to ban single-use takeaway cups. This, amongst other initiatives, led the café chain to be named the ‘most ethical café in the UK’ by Ethical Consumer."

Fruits de Mer Art Exhibition Private View – 11 April


10. Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean at Bovisand Beach

Surfers Against Sewage's Big Spring Beach Clean is here! Join the beach clean team on 13 April, between 2pm and 4pm to clean up Bovisand beach and the surrounding areas.

There’s plenty of parking available at the beach, and the team will be meeting at the bins at the entrance to the main beach.

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean – 13 April


11. Rebel Meetup by Yena - Young Entrepreneur Networking at Bonne Sante

Thinking of starting a business? Growing your start-up and looking for peer support? Or maybe you just want to find out where the opportunities are in your city?

Yena brings together young and ambitious individuals below the age of 35, with a keen interest in business, to give you the opportunity to gain access to a vital centre of support. Come along, meet like-minded people and grow your network to give yourself and your business the best start possible!

Rebel Meetup – 16 April


12. The Art of Weaving workshop at Ocean Studios

This workshop is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of weaving on a pop out lap loom. You’ll learn how to manipulate yarn into a textured woven wall hanging. You’ll also be shown how to experiment with colours and textures using a selection of yarn and roving to create your small woven wall art ready for you to take home!

The experienced instructors will show you to how to set up your loom, how to make tassels using rye knots, various weaving techniques step by step, and finally how to remove your weave form the loom ready to hang.

The Art of Weaving Workshop – 16 April


13. Rockfest 2019 in aid of St Luke’s Hospice at Crash Manor

The 18th annual Plymouth Rockfest is returning to the city this month, all in aid of St Luke’s Hospice charity. The organisers are hoping to break the £100k mark for total funds raised by this event since 2008, with a huge line-up of rock bands all playing across Saturday and Sunday there’s a good chance they’ll hit their target.

This year’s festival will be dedicated to the memory of Nik ‘Stick’ Ryan, Rab O’Neill and Ian Boorer. Tickets are just £10 on the door, and all the money raised will go to charity.

Rockfest 2019 – 20 & 21 April


14. Jewellery and mark making workshops with Clare Kilgour at Ocean Studios

Join jeweller Clare Kilgour in her Ocean Studios workshop for one of her incredible workshops. On 27 April you can treat yourself to a ring workshop or book yourself on to her brand new mark making onto metal workshop.

During these sessions you will learn how to cut, texture, shape and silver solder your very own eco sterling silver rings to wear individually or as a set. Or using a selection of tools you’ll create your very own mini metal plates which can then be used to create your own prints.

Jewellery and mark making workshops – 27 April


... And, if you're interested in creative study, your next chance to visit us at our Campus Experience Day is on Wednesday 3 April 2019. Register online to secure your place!