The Lipsinkers, The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor, Sat 25 March
Camp, cult and brilliantly bonkers… The Lipsinkers are transporting their unique and radical drag show to Windsor with its mix of showbiz insanity and queer political spoof. Forget Ru Paul and Danny La Rue, this show’s weird, wild and very naughty. There’s even an after hours session –DJing disco and smokin’ hot burlesque.
The Firestation Arts Centre Windsor, firestationartscentre.com
Windsor Antiques & Collectables Sale, Sat 25 March
Ooh I love a good rummage at an antiques fair and the thrill of the salesroom.
Welcome to the Muddy fun factory, if you’re running the Reading half marathon – good luck, hats off to y’all. If you’re not, treat yourself to something cold and bubbly because we’ve got plans to make.
Meet Louis Sidoli, Castle Fine Art Windsor, Sun 20 Mar
Love neon? I do, I do. Elbows sharpened then, as we bowl down to Castle Fine Arts in Windsor to meet celebrated British artist Louis Sidoli.
What on earth does Faust – a work-weary academic with a dicky heart – and Star Wars’ evil Emperor Palpatine have in common? Well, both are played by Scottish acting legend Ian McDiarmid, for starters, both turn to the dark side, frustrated by their limitations and they both want to have their wicked way. Although in Faust’s case, this has more to do with getting his dirty old man hands on the virtuous Gretchen, than it does with galactic domination.
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.
With David Walliams’s beautifully bonkers First Hippo To The Moon bursting into three Berkshire theatres over the next couple of months, I thought you might like to get the Muddy lowdown from Sussex editor Debbie, who was lucky enough to have the fancy pants Eastbourne premiere on her patch.
Like a good poo joke? Bet you know a child who does.
I went along to the opening performance and there were poo jokes – not to mention gross sound effects – aplenty.
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.
Squeals of excitement in the Muddy household with the news that Babe The Sheep Pig is coming to the Corn Exchange Newbury – and I have two family tickets worth a tidy £142 up for grabs.
Who can forget the Oscar-winning 1995 film, based on Dick King-Smith’s best-selling book? Now the story of a little pig who dreams big is brought to life by a cast of West End performers in a show full of laughter, stunning puppetry and live music.
Half term is looming large, so in the interest of keeping our sanity, here’s my bumper Muddy guide to the coolest activities, day trips and top notch theatre to keep your kids entertained and save you from tearing your hair out. We can do this without the need of group therapy… but wine is essential! It’s always essential. For those of you without kids and don’t give a damn about half term, I have curated an ‘adult only’ guide (not that kind of adult only, keep it clean) just for you.