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BRISTOL THEATRE: The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales Bristol Old Vic King Street November 30-January 14 For adults and “brave children” alike, Emma Rice’s production of the Hans Christian Andersen tales sees the impoverished little matchgirl, struggling to keep warm on the freezing winter streets, striking her dwindling stock of matches. Each one she lights conjures a new story and, while it burns, she escapes into a world of magic and mystery via the narratives of The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina. Music, laughter, puppetry and magic promised.  

HULL FESTIVAL: Substance Citywide November 29-December 12 Music, art, installations, performance and “provocations” are on the agenda of Substance which celebrates Hull’s year as City of Culture. In the line-up are Jason Bruges Studio, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Heinrich and Palmer and a major music event, Substance: Future of the North, which features pioneering musicians Jane Weaver (pictured), Nadine Shah, Hannah Peel and Lone Taxidermist. There’s a new play from artist and cultural agitator Bill Drummond, a specially curated film festival and an evening featuring writer, actor and comedian Reece Shearsmith. Phew.

LONDON THEATRE: Sex Workers’ Opera Ovalhouse Kennington Oval, SE11 Until December 2 Created and performed by sex workers and friends, this show offers what’s described as “an unflinchingly honest, upliftingly human insight into the lives of sex workers locally and around the world. Whether you want to save us, judge us, lust for us or empathise, come down for a night of opera to hip-hopera, contemporary dance to pole dance, where sex workers take back the stage to tell our own stories in our own words.” Will issues such as human trafficking be addressed? We’ll see — to be reviewed. 16+.

OXFORD EXHIBITION: Speakers Modern Art Oxford Pembroke Street November 25-February 18 This new exhibition by Swiss artist Nicolas Party consists of a theatrical cast of female heads, representing and acknowledging the achievements of pioneering women in the city of Oxford and their contributions to academic life and social and research communities. Party’s work employs saturated colour and an instantly recognisable flat graphic style which responds to what the artist considers to be the heavily masculine energy of Oxford’s architecture and academic histories. Free.