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A guide to grown up fun

Time out, I hear you cry. Whether you have kids or not, grab your coat cos it’s time to kick up your heels, order a cocktail and have as much as you possibly can with your clothes ON!

 

Improbable Fiction, Mill at Sonning, until Sat 6 May

Writers block? It’s a curse I tell you, but rarely do we struggle to find the words here on Muddy particularly after a couple of wines. But Improbable Fiction at The Mill at Sonning sees six members of Pendon Writers’ Circle all suffering this creative predicament. Jess writes bodice rippers. Grace creates children’s stories. Vivvi has completed her 6th crime novel – unpublished! Clem is a sci-fi fanatic. Brevis is writing a musical! It’s brilliantly bonkers. Don’t forget, every ticket comes with a two-course meal.

 

Duotone, The Firestation Windsor, Sat 15 April

Check out the glossy beard and piercing blue eyes on Barney Morse Brown? Otherwise known as Duotone, Barney is a songwriter with a hauntingly beautiful voice. He is an extraordinary musician who, over the past few years has become known for his ‘alternative and unique’ approach to playing the cello. Don’t miss the opportunity to see him at The Firestation Windsor, tickets £9.

 

Back To the Future Bingeathon, Purple Turtle Reading, Sun 9 April

“Wait a minute Doc, are you telling me you built a TIME MACHINE… out of a Delorean?” Marty McFly fans are in for a treat this Sunday when Purple Turtle in Reading hosts all three Back To The Future films, 4pm-10pm. Get your comfy pants on and settle in.

 

Lambourn Open Day, Fri 14 April

Former National Hunt champ John Francome and the legendary Champion Jockey AP McCoy (right)

Don’t shoot me, this is not strictly for grown ups, but it will be fun. The Lambourn Open Day is a unique opportunity to have a nose round the yards – meet the horses, the trainers and get up close and personal with the Lambourn racing industry. Plus, see the likes of the legendary AP McCoy and other stars like you’ve never seen them before!

 

FURTHER AFIELD

A Passion for Fashion – 300 years of Style, Blenheim Palace Woodstock, until 23 April

Blenheim Palace is still running the brilliant exhibition, A Passion for Fashion – 300 Years of Style’ tracing the weird and the wonderful fashions that have passed through Blenheim in its 300 years of history, from metre high wigs to literally drop-dead make up containing arsenic and lead.  There are beautiful Dior vintage dresses from the 50s and more recent high fashion from Louboutin and milliner Stephen Jones. Runs until 23 April.

Abigail’s Party, Oxford Playhouse, until 8 April

It’s 40 years since Beverly in Abigail’s Party first put Donna Summer on the turntable and slow-danced her way across the shag-pile and now she’s back at the Oxford Playhouse from Mon – Sat. Amanda Abbingdon (Mary in Sherlock and the ex Mrs Martin Freeman) steps into Alison Stedman’s shoes so all signs are good for a very funny night.

Angels In America, National Theatre London, Tues 11 April

Angels in America is a new epic two-part play at The National Theatre with Part 1 opening on Tues 11 April. Billed as a ‘Gay Fantasia on Modern Themes,’ it’s set in the mid-80s America in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration. If you can’t make it, Angels in America will also be broadcast to cinemas by NT Live from 20 July.

 

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