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MON 28 JAN – SUN 3 FEB

MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEK

COMEDY: Dirty Dusting, Corn Exchange Newbury, Wed 30 Jan

Dirty Dusting three old women tabards and telephones

A chance wrong number gives three cleaning ladies a great idea: ‘Why not run a sex chat line?’ After all, their age and appearance won’t matter on the phone and, providing they can keep this a secret from their boss, they could be on to a winner. Starring Crissy Rock (Benidorm), Leah Bell, Dolores Porretta and Andrew Green, this is feel good comedy  sold out in 2017.

cornexchangenew.com

 

THEATRE: Murder For Two, Watermill Theatre Newbury, Wed 30 Jan – Sat 23 Feb

Murder for two – one man playing piano

I reviewed Murder For Two when it premiered at The Watermill last year, and after a run in London’s West End, this hilarious high-energy whodunit is back. Starring Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat, it’s a madcap murder mystery with a twist, a hysterical blend of music, mayhem and murder.

watermill.org.uk

 

WALKS: Snowdrop Walks, Welford Park Newbury, Wed 30 Jan – Sun 3 Mar

carpet of snowdrops in woodland at Welford Park Newbury

It’s snowdrop time! Choose a dry-ish day and wander through drifts of snowdrops at Welford Park. Why Welford Park? It’s only got one the finest natural snowdrop woodlands in the chuffing country – four fabulous acres. Visit Wed-Sun (11am-4pm) until Sun 3 Mar.

If you’re on the other side of the county, Cliveden is on snowdrop watch. Check the progress here, then pop along and see the first signs of spring for yourself.

 

FOOD: Vegan Night, Dog & Duck Embrook, Wed 30 Jan

healthy eating box of fruit veg seeds and nuts

Whether you’re a diehard vegan, newbie or just plant-based curious, dip your toe in the hummus and sample a food trend that ain’t going nowhere fast. The Dog & Duck in Wokingham is throwing a special Vegan Night event. Sample the special menu (£20pp) and let me know if you’re a convert.

dogandduckemmbrook.co.uk

 

THEATRE; Rough Crossing, Theatre Royal Windsor, Wed 30 Jan – Sat 9 Feb

Rough Crossing theatre waiter brand on tray bottle and seagull at seas

If you’ve been hibernating on the sofa, binge watching boxsets since the 1 Jan, drag your bottom off and get stuck into some cultcha. Rough Crossing, written by Tom Stoppard (yes, the fella who wrote Shakespeare in Love) and directed by Rachel Kavanagh (Wind In the Willows) returns to Windsor with EastEnders hottie John Partridge taking the lead role.

theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

 

WELLBEING: Alternative Friday Night, Orchard Life Midgham, Fri 1 Feb

Yoga cross legged on mat in wooden floor studio

Spend your Friday nights flat on your back in a state of total bliss. And on this occasion, you won’t have emptied a bottle of wine. Friday nights have never looked so good… no, seriously, you’ll be polishing your halo after an evening with Laura of The Wellbeing Feeling’s deep reiki infused meditations, yoga nidra (yogic sleep) and a sound meditation.

thewellbeingfeeling.co.uk

 

COMEDY: Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats, South Street Arts Reading, Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb

Comedian Stephen K Amos black t shirt waistcoat blue background

Brexit. Trump: things have been looking bleak. Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.

readingarts.com

 

EXHIBITION: An Earthly Paradise: William Morris & the Thames, River & Rowing Museum, Fri 1 Feb – Sun 14 July

This exhibition’s focus is on how the Thames and its tributaries influenced William Morris’ work. He had a rural retreat in Oxon and enjoyed angling and boating and the influence of the river can been seen in his textiles and designs. Pieces have been collated from the V&A, The William Morris Gallery and the British Library to make this exhibition possible and it also delves into Morris personal life and his politics so you get a sense of the man as well as his iconic work.

rrm.co.uk

 

FAMILIES: Charge The Castle, Windsor Castle, from Sat 2 Feb

black white chess board knights

Chaaaaaarge! Windsor Castle its under siege and it’s up to your mini knights to fight them off pronto. Don’t worry they’ll have all the gear – armour and weapons – and a bit of an idea (did someone say risk assessment?), leaving you time to wander off and swoon over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Wedding exhibition. It’s only on until 17 Feb. Charge The Castle is on every Saturday in Feb, and every day over half term.

rct.uk

 

MUSIC: The Vinyl Frontier: The White Album, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Sat 2 Feb

the Beatles White album band members headshots

Calling all music nerds and Beatlemania babes! The Vinyl Frontier will be putting the Liverpool lads’ White Album under the spotlight to endure a thorough creative interrogation. Lots of chat, trivia and socialising with a musical masterpiece as your soundtrack for the evening.

 

norden.farm

 

SPORT: American  Superslam Wrestling 2019,  Hexagon Reading, Sun 3 Feb

Love Island Star Adam wyatt wrestling tattoo chest muscles angry face

Let’s get ready to rumble! I know, I know, but my boys love wrestling and I reckon this would be a great family treat. My knowledge stops short at Big Daddy but I’m assured American Superslam Wrestling featuring Love Island’s Adam Maxted (series 2, in case you’re wondering) all oiled up and in the tiniest lame pants. Just pray there are no re-enactments in the back of the car on the way home. Easy, Easy…

 Readingarts.co.uk/hexagon 

 

KIDS: Under The Sea, The Look Out Discovery Centre Bracknell, now – Sun 24 Mar

Sea Turtle swimming in ocean

If you have littlies, the post Crimbo come down can be, well, challenging. Take your kiddie-fuelled commotion to the ocean  at The Lookout Discovery Centre’s Under The Sea show. Dive in and discover the creatures that live there and help protect them through different challenges.

bracknell-forest.gov.uk

 

FURTHER AFIELD

EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, V&A Museum London, from Sat 2 Feb

Christian Dior pink tulle gown

Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri (b. 1964), Éventail de vos hasards, Dress, Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2018. Dior Héritage collection, Paris

This is going to be maaassive! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there will be a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.

vam.ac.uk

 

FASHION: Celebrating China pop-up boutique, Bicester Village, now until Sun 17 Feb

Curated by fashion influencer Susie Bubble, this pop-up boutique of ten cutting-edge Chinese designers is opening to celebrate Chinese New Year. It includes rising stars Ryan Lo, Mukzin and I Am Chen and with Chinese designers starting to make their mark on catwalks around the world it’s definitely worth checking out what they have to offer.

bicestervillage.com

 

THEATRE: All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre, London, Sat 2 Feb – Sat 11 May

Not the recent fabulous tv series but a play based on the award-winning 1950s film starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a Broadway star, and her young fan, Eve Harrington, who inveigles her way into her life. With Gillian Anderson and Lilly James in the starring roles, director Ivo van Hove at the helm, and with the themes of celebrity and youth at its core, this looks like a dead cert for success.

allabouteveplay.com

 

EXHIBITION: David Adjaye: Making Memory – Seven Monumental Projects, Design Museum London, Sat 2 Feb – Sun 5 May

National Catherdral of Ghana. Image: Leonardo Finotti

Can a building shape our perception of events? We’re about to find out. Celebrated Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye showcases seven of his architectural projects that speak louder than words for social justice – all with a sense of fashion and style. From the National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened by President Barak Obama, to the UK Holocaust Memorial Centre, each project is presented in a dedicated room alongside video interviews and immersive displays.

designmuseum.org

 

BALLET: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Milton Keynes Theatre, Tues 29 Jan – Sat 2 Feb

It ain’t no secret that I’m a massive Matthew Bourne fan – he’s an extraordinary talent and every ballet of his I review is incredible. I saw this menacing, witty production of Swan Lake when it first opened a few months back (read my review) and it’s the easiest ‘go go go’ suggestion of January. Even those who aren’t in love with the ballet will be riveted.

atgtickets.com

 

KIDS: The Cat In The Hat, Aylesbury Waterside, Thurs 31 Jan – Sun 3 Feb 2019

Oooh, I’m liking the quirky mayhem of this production. The team behind The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine return to the Aylesbury Waterside with Dr Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat. The classic picture book is retold with original songs, circus skills and some seriously groovy staging. For children 3+.

atgtickets.com

 

THEATRE: When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Ourselves, the National Theatre, London, Wed 16 Jan – Sat 2 Mar

Cate Blanchett makes her debut at The National alongside Stephen Dilane in this new play by Martin Crimp, based on Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela. It explores desire, sexual violence and the complicated roles men and women play – blimey!. There’s also a series of talks with members of the production and the playwright throughout the play’s run though Cate isn’t on the menu I’m afraid.

nationaltheatre.org.uk

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