As well as having a thriving legal community, Bristol boasts a wide range of cultural and social events for all tastes. Why not drag yourself away from your desk to go to some of these over the next month.
Theatrically, the highlight has to be the UK Premiere at the Theatre Royal Bath of Red Light Winter, one of the most explicit plays to have appeared on stage in Bath. Running for the whole of March, this is described as a compelling, poetic, erotic and unforgettable piece of theatre. Two thirty-something New Yorkers, Matt and Davis, once college room-mates, go to Amsterdam to rekindle their friendship and get away from their lives. They find themselves thrown into a bizarre love triangle with a beautiful young prostitute named Christina. But the romance they find in Europe is eventually overshadowed by the truth they discover back home, the consequences of which will alter their lives forever. On a slightly different tack Titanic The Musical is on at the Redgrave Theatre from 4th March until the following weekend. This is one of Maury Yeston’s less well-known pieces, so this may be the only chance you would get to see it. Top Hat is on later in the month at the Hippodrome, although most excitement has been generated by the scramble to get tickets for the forthcoming tour of The Lion King.
If comedy is more to your liking, each weekend sees the upstairs room at the Hen & Chicken in Southville transform itself into the Comedy Box which hosts stand-up comedy. Headliners this month include Roger Monkhouse, John Gordillo and Mike Gunn. Past Matters is a new historical books event being hosted by Bristol University on 17th March. Four leading historians and historical novelists come together to discuss how and why they write about history. An initial panel discussion will explore the differences between history and historical fiction, the importance of research, and the personal stories behind the books. Helen Dunmore is one of the authors who can be seen at Hamilton House in Stokes Croft from 2pm.
The same day sees the Scruffs Dog Show at Cotswold Wildlife Park if you fancy venturing slightly further afield. Foodies might like to note that the 31st March is the Spring Love Food Festival at the Passenger Shed at Temple Meads Station. Arnos Vale Cemetery is holding guided walks all through the month, including some themed specifically for International Women’s Day. If you fancy seeing a band this month, the O2 Academy has its usual eclectic line-up, highlights of which in March are the Maccabees, Killing Joke, Rizzle Kicks, old punkers The Stranglers and new Americana sensations Civil Wars, whose album “Barton Hollow” is well worth a listen.