Here are a selection of cultural highlights coming to the region in the next year.
Gangstagrass at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, January 30
A daring blend of innovative modern swagger and classic Americana cool, which dares listeners to come along for the ride. With their third studio album Broken Hearts and Stolen Money, Gangstagrass can be found ripping up stages and blowing minds wherever they appear – and now they’re coming to Portsmouth.
Hejira at Chichester Minerva Theatre, January 5 2019
Meet the latest band to spring from London's vibrant young music scene. Hejira consists of five stellar multi-instrumentalists that switch between two guitars, two bass, three sets of keys, drums and electronics as well as vocals from three of the members of the group.
Book now at cft.org.uk/
An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, February 21 2019
An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Book at kingsportsmouth.co.uk/
My Mother Said I Never Should at New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk, February 6-7 2019
Written in 1985, My Mother Said I Never Should is a poignant, bittersweet story detailing the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the twentieth century.
Using a kaleidoscopic time structure, Charlotte Keatley’s story focuses on four generations of one family.
In 1940, Doris, a former teacher, encourages her nine-year-old daughter, Margaret, to practise the piano. In 1969, Margaret’s relationship with her own daughter is strained, as art student Jackie experiments with her new found sexual freedom. When Jackie becomes pregnant at 18 and has baby Rosie, a decision is made that will affect all their lives irrevocably.