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8 brilliant things to do this weekend

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. He’ll be popping into the gallery between 1pm and 4pm to present the Neon David Bowie collection. It’s a celebration of the pop icon’s ‘golden years’ from 1970-1980, during which he produced over 10 albums. I wonder if I get Mr Muddy down there to pick up my Mother’s Day pressie? You’re right, it’s a little extravagant, but a girl can dream.


The Best Things, South Street Arts, Wed 22 – Thur 23 Mar

No it’s not a masked armed robbery? The Best Things by the UK’s leading full mask theatre company (how many full mask companies of you think there are? The mind boggles). Step into the the wordless world of Vamos Theatre for this bittersweet story of mistaken morals and broken hearts, 45s and beehives, where sexual revolution is a rocky path to tread. It’s all set in the Swinging 60s, Tickets £12.


Jax Jones, Public Reading, Sat 18 Mar

You Don’t Know Me by Raye and Jax Jones is one of the dance choon’s of 2017. Max the volume and dance round your kitchen, it’s a corker. This weekend the Grammy nominated songwriter, DJ and producer takes to the decks at Public in Reading. Jax will be playing some of the biggest floor fillers alongside his own hits I Got U, Won’t Look Back and Ocean Drive. Tickets are £12. For more information email: 


NT Encore: Hedda Gabler, Norden farm Maidenhead,  Tues 21 Mar

Another chance to see a classy bit of theatre without splashing the cash to get into London. The National Theatre’s modern production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler starring Luther star Ruth Wilson. It got rave reviews from critics who described it as one of the best theatrical performances of the year. Bit of background? OK then. Hedda is a bored newlywed who longs to be free. She attempts to control those around her, only to see her world unravel. It’s directed by Tony Award winner Ivo Van Hove. Dark, bold and devastating, don’t miss it. Tickets are £15. 


Henry & Joe’s, @16BartholomewStreet Newbury, Fri 17 Mar

There’s something really exciting about a pop-up. It could be the limited menu, the fixed price or the fact it gives young chefs the opportunity to flex their culinary muscle without having to throw obscene amounts of dosh at it. Henry and Joe have done just that. They’ve spent years refining their skills at the Royal Oak in Yattendon and the Michelin starred Woodspeen, but have joined the pop-up revolution with their take on refined dining at 16 Bartholomew Street Newbury. The restaurant has a cool simplicity about it and this week’s menu features Lamb rump and rhubarb. Yum Price: £35 per head.


Babe The Sheep Pig, Corn Exchange Newbury, Fri 17 – Sun 19 Mar  

Squeals of excitement in the Muddy household with the news that Babe The Sheep Pig is arriving at the Corn Exchange Newbury this weekend. 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. Adapted by Olivier Award winner David Wood (James And The Giant Peach and The BFG), you will follow this little piglet’s rise to become a world famous sheep-pig. Tickets from £16.


Milking It! Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, Thurs 16 Mar

It’s going to be udder madness – but if you fancy a fun-filled, dairy heavy night out, pop along to MERL’s Milking It event from 7pm-10pm. Live music, pop cocktail bar by Milk (bar in Reading), cheesy silent disco, butter making, record your own moo and Daisy, the milking cow. Lactose intolerant? It’s probably not one for you. Tickets £4.


Andy Parson – Peak Bullsh*t, Corn Exchange Newbury, Wed 22 Mar

He’s the bearded hobbit you see on the likes of Mock The Week, Live at the Apollo and QI – and now’s you’re chance to see Andy Parson live. Brilliantly funny with a superb economy of words, in his how Peak Bullsh*t he’ll anaesthetise your worries with a double dose of belly laughs. Forget about Brexit, Trump, life in general, the only thing you’ll be worried about is how much your face hurts from laughing. Tickets £16.


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