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Blues begone! This week’s local fun

Phew! It's the last week of January Find the fun with our curated guide to the coolest local events from Strictly dance shows and cool exhibitions to live music.

MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEK

THEATRE: Frankenstein, South Hill Park Bracknell, 27-29 Jan

Frankenstein Blackeyed Theatre South Hill Park

A fresh, exciting take on the classic gothic horror Frankenstein. Don’t miss this thrilling adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, fusing storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality. A revival of Blackeyed Theatre’s masterfully constructed2016 production.

BALLET: Cinderella: Russian State Ballet of Siberia, The Hexagon Reading, 31 Jan

Three of the world’s most famous ballets (and impressive Russian touring ballet company) are coming to Reading this month. Expect hauntingly familiar scores, stunning choreography (and bums — sorry, we know that’s not the point), a sea of tulle and the whole Russian shebang with full orchestra. See Moscow City Ballet’s Cinderella on 31 Jan, followed by Romeo and Juliet on 1 Feb and Swan Lake on 2 Feb at The Hexagon Theatre in Reading.

FILM: The Screen, The Old Court Windsor, 23-30 Jan 

West Side Story

Ooh, a cinematic experience with an arthouse vibe, The Old Court in Windsor is the place to be. On the movie reel this week is Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed West Side Story (23-30 Jan). It’s well worth a watch, the critics have been salivating and giving it Oscar nod left right and centre.

THEATRE: SPIKE, The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, 27 Jan – 5 Mar

I think we could all do with a laugh right now. SPIKE – the funny new play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman – could be the show to save our sense of humour. as it delves into the inner workings of Spike Milligan one of our most unique and brilliantly irreverent comedy minds.

DANCE: Kevin Clifton: Burn The Floor, The Hexagon Reading, 29 Jan

Kevin Clifton Burn the Floor The Hexagon Reading

Put the fire brigade on standby because Kev Clifton is getting ready to rumba, cha-cha, foxtrot and tango, when he takes to the Reading stage. His Hugely popular Burn The Floor production will scratch that Strictly itch we’ve been missing.

MUSIC: Penelope Isles, Face Bar Reading, 28 Jan

PENELOPE ISLES

Love your live music dripping with pop, indie-psych currents and lustrous melodies? Don’t midd Brother and sister duo Penelope Isles at Face Bar in Reading. These guys put on excellent live shows.

EXHIBITION: Decoding Braille, Decoding Me, The Base Greenham, now – 30 Jan

Decoding-exhibition Braille The base Greenham

Artist Clarke Reynolds turns the tactile form of braille into a visual art form. The Portsmouth based artist is registered severely sight impaired and this is a stunning self-portrait in braille. Using a colour-coded system, he has created a visual guide to learn braille. With a ‘decoder’, visitors can explore and translate the canvases on display through sight and touch.

EVENT: Changing The Guard, Windsor Castle, 25, 27, 29 Jan

CHANGING OF THE GUARDS WINDSOR

Don’t miss this very British tradition – The Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle. The parade takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11am. The new guard set off from Victoria Barracks on Sheet Street and march through the Town Centre to the Queen’s des res. The ceremony takes place inside the castle and then the old guard head back to barracks at 11.25am. Always a fabulous site that brings this town to a standstill.

ART: Mind & Mortality: Stanley Spencer’s Final Portraits, Stanley Spencer Gallery Cookham, now – 27 Mar 2022

MIND AND MORTALITY STANLEY SPENCER

Comprised of 26 works, the exhibition spans 50 years from 1909 until the artist’s death on the eve of the 1960s. Although more famous for his local landscapes, his portraits are world class – in fact one on his first self portraits hangs in the Tate Britain. 

WORKSHOP: Instant Pause, The Good Life Hub Hampstead Norreys, 29 Jan

The Good Life Hub

If you’re busy being busy, the Instant Pause is the perfect pit stop for you!
It’s a one day retreat that gives you time and space to think about you and your life. Reflect on the past, set goals for the year ahead and give yourself head space to think. £129pp.

WORKSHOP: Floral Design for Beginners, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 26 Jan

Floral Design By Kim Wright

Missing your decked out house already? This Floral design course for beginners is led by florist Kim Wright. Kim will show you how to prepare flowers and foliage, create gifts and how to decorate a party, home or just for a pleasure. You will also receive valuable insights on buying flowers, foliage and sundries on the wholesale market.

DAYS OUT: Princesses and panto, Windsor Castle, now – 31 Jan

WINDSOR CASTLE CHRISTMAS panto costumes and panels

Something a little spesh at Windsor Castle. For the first time you can see the Queen and Princess Margaret’s panto costumes in the same spot they were originally performed 80 years ago. This exhibition ends at the end of the month, so if you’re missing the it’s

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