In the spirit of International Women’s Day, the Muddy Guide’s a celebration of strong women, kick ass characters and having a good time. As Katherine Hepburn once said: ‘If you obey ALL the rules, you miss all the fun’. And we’re all about having fun…enjoy
Ladybird Book Exhibition, Reading University, Sat 11 Mar – Sun 2 Jul
The Ladybird book is a symbol of our childhood.
As we hurtle towards the weekend I’m feeling the need for fun, fresh air and an ice cold gin and tonic (or three). Who’s with me?
Seth Lakeman, The Hexagon Reading, Sat 4 Mar
The West Countrys certainly produced a few musical hotties. Chris Martin for starters, Ben Howard and Seth Lakeman (pictured) – the poster boy of folk. Let’s be honest Seth’s not really a boy, more a man… with, er, three kids.
Goodbye winter, hello spring. Get through the week and we will be rewarded with longer days, balmier temperatures (*ahem* a little create license here please). So here’s your Muddy fun factory. Pop your rosé into chill and go al fresco. PS you’re definitely going to need a coat.
First Hippo To The Moon, South Hill Park Bracknell, Sun 26 Feb
3… 2… 1… BLAST OFF! The beautifully bonkers David Walliams has done it again with the The First Hippo On The Moon – a space race story with large puppets, songs and plenty of poo jokes.
Yippee! We’re over the hump of half term, so treat yourself to some time out – Muddy style. We’ve got theatrical trampolining and opera to a world-class exhibition in a greasy spoon and Michelin BBQ. Whatever floats your boat, the fun starts here.
Fisheye by Daniel Jamieson, South Street Arts Reading, Tues 21 Feb
Neighbourhood Watch stalwart Pam becomes a one-woman MI6 after someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, so she ramps up her operation from curtain twitching to hiding cameras in hand-knitted novelties and discovers that everyone around her is a thief, pervert or a terrorist.
We love an ’80s rockstar here at Muddy. They don’t take themselves too seriously, they enjoy reminiscing about their worst ever haircuts (and neckerchiefs) and they always have great yarns about that time they got hammered back in 1984. Midge Ure, Ultravox singer, Band Aid co-founder and genial Glaswegian, is no exception. He’s playing ace local festival Chilfest in Tring on 8 July so Muddy’s Kerry Potter gave him a buzz to talk music, mullets and more.
Crikey is this the longest month ever?! January’s massively overstayed its welcome – and I haven’t given up booze. At least there are plenty of distractions to keep us from crawling back into hibernation.
ROH Live: Il Trovatore, Corn Exchange Newbury, Tues 31 Jan
Polish your tiara and call Richard Gere, you’re being whisked off for a night at the opera… in Newbury. Thanks to the popular ROH Live series, enjoy world class singing and staging via the big screen.
We’re over the hump, Donald gets the keys to the White House and you get a weekend pass – buy the ticket and enjoy the ride: from ballet, to musicals, live music, wrestling and wine tasting (there’s always wine). Happy weekend y’all.
Bolshoi Live: The Sleeping Beauty, Corn Exchange Newbury, Sun 22 Jan
Is there anything more lovely than watching the ballet? Apart from a date night with Ryan Gosling, I’m gonna say no.
Guarantee your place for music and mayhem
Awards season has kicked off and like a spinning disco ball this week’s Muddy Guide has a liberal sprinkling of glitz and glamour. It’s a good time to get out of your PJs, the red carpet has been rolled out – a weekend of wonder (and a massive wine) awaits.
La La Land, general release in UK cinemas, Thurs 12 Jan
Yes, this is a gratuitous shot of Ryan Gosling.
Brrrrrr it’s cold outside, but grab your best woolly and coat because we’re going out. There’s loads of great things to do this weekend and you really won’t want to miss out.
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, South Street Reading Arts, Sat 7 Jan
The death of David Bowie loomed large over 2016, now the day before his 70th birthday and a few days before the anniversary of his death, From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads comes to Reading.