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Win family tickets and meet the stars in our Cirque Berserk! competition

Authored by Mary

After sell-out London West End runs and two sensational summers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cirque Berserk! the UK’s biggest theatre-circus spectacular is back with a full nationwide tour.

And you could win a Meet-the-Stars Family Ticket to see the show free at the performance of your choice (subject to availability) at Exeter Northcott Theatre from 3rd to 8th March.

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Cirque Berserk! returns to Devon

Authored by Mary

Presented by Zippos, Cirque Berserk! Britain’s biggest and boldest theatre-circus spectacular, Cirque Berserk! is coming to Exeter in March at the start of a new national tour.

Combining beautiful contemporary circus artistry with hair-raising, death-defying stunts, all designed specially for staging in a theatre, the show is guaranteed to thrill audiences from 5 to 95!

The...

Cirque Berserk!

Presented by Zippos, Cirque Berserk! Britain’s biggest and boldest theatre-circus spectacular, Cirque Berserk! is coming to Exeter in March at the start of a new national tour.

Combining beautiful contemporary circus artistry with hair-raising, death-defying stunts, all designed specially for staging in a theatre, the show is guaranteed to thrill audiences from 5 to 95!

The 2020 Cirque Berserk! show sees the return of its most famous – and most dangerous – act, the legendary ‘Globe of Death’, in which five motorcyclists defy gravity and risk life and limb traversing the...

RSPCA appeal for information after bird is cut with scissors

Authored by News Desk

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead goldfinch was discovered with a pair of scissors cutting into its neck.

A passerby spotted the bird in Wesley Avenue, Plymouth, on Monday, 20 January and alerted the RSPCA.

Inspector Sarah Morris collected the goldfinch’s body which was found with a broken pair of children’s plastic scissors which had been closed around its...

Stagecoach appoints new Managing Director of South West bus operations

Authored by George Dawson

Stagecoach has announced a new managing director for its bus operations in the South West of England.

Mike Watson has been confirmed as the new Stagecoach South West Managing Director after taking the role on an interim basis in November.

Mike has almost 25 years’ experience of the bus industry and has held a number of senior positions within Stagecoach, including time spent...

The Great Big Brick clear-out

Authored by Paigntonzoo

If you're having trouble making room for all your kids' new toys after Christmas, then Paignton Zoo can help.

The Devon zoo is hosting the Great Big Brick Safari from 28th March to 1st September. And before that it’s holding a great big brick amnesty, when people can donate unwanted plastic building bricks.

Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “We’ll take all those old plastic...

Over £290,000 awarded to diverse-led arts organisations in the South West

Authored by News Desk

Arts Council England has today, Tuesday 21 January, announced that £294,210 of National Lottery funding will be invested into three diverse-led organisations in the South West. The organisations are being funded through the Arts Council’s Elevate programme, which was developed to enhance the diversity of the arts and cultural sector by strengthening the resilience of diverse-led organisations...

Mammal charities identify worst areas for hedgehog road deaths

Authored by News Desk

If you are driving in the suburbs of Leeds, Manchester, Stoke on Trent or Birmingham this year, look out for one of Britain’s iconic and most threatened mammals.

In research just published, the Mammal Society details when, where and why hedgehog roadkill is most likely to occur, with the outskirts of cities in central Britain emerging as particular blackspots. The charity intends to...

Royal Shakespeare Company Repertoire

Authored by Sarah Parker

The Royal Shakespeare Company will visit Theatre Royal Plymouth with As You Like It , The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure between Tuesday 12 – Saturday 22 February.

The company will feature 27 actors, who will each appear in two of the three productions. As You Like It is directed by Kimberley Sykes, The Taming of the Shrew by Justin Audibert, and Measure for Measure by...

Give disabled Eleanor the best chance to walk

Authored by News Desk

Fourteen-year-old Eleanor Freeman has beaten the odds to survive and defied doctor’s expectations – but now because she has a shared walking frame at school she’s forced to miss out on funding for one at home – and the chance to walk, be more independent and have fun with her friends.

Eleanor, from Eggbuckland in Plymouth, has a genetic condition so rare parents Donella and Mark say...

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