Theatre for kids, teens and adults, music, vintage shopping, an Irish slanted race day and a giant dog walk – all on this week and all in the Muddy Guide. Plus things of a fishy and fairytale theme to book ahead.
Abigail’s Party, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 20 – Sat 25 March
If there were a Desert Islands Discs for TV, Abigail’s Party – the Mike Leigh play about the 70s drinks party from hell – would be in mine.
It’s International Women’s Day this Wednesday, so a fitting week to see a play about Nell Gwynn, which is on at Brighton’s Theatre Royal till Saturday. You may know her as the orange seller-turned actress who became Charles II’s favourite mistress. What’s also notable is that Nell was one of the first women to appear on stage at a time when female parts were traditionally played by men. She and her fellow pioneers helped inspire stronger roles and a following generation of women playwrights.
Art, eats, beats and other treats and some fun things to book ahead in this week’s Muddy Guide. There’s theatre, exhibitions, a quiz night, dragon dancing and a chance to eat four puddings in one sitting! Don’t forget there are more family-friendly ideas – over 25 in fact – in my Half Term Guide.
Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Sat 18 Feb – 4 Jun
This is a major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Australian-born artist Sir Sidney Nolan (1917 – 1992), a leading figure of international 20th century art who experimented with a wide range of materials.
The musical version of Ghost – the classic story of love overcoming the ultimate barrier – is on at The Hawth in Crawley this Valentine’s week and my husband couldn’t wait to take me along. Yeah right. The first hint of an actor breaking into song and he’d be running for the fire exit so I went with my sister-in-law instead.
This is the touring stage version of the blockbuster 1990 film that starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg.
Another week another Peter Pan… it seems to be the panto of choice in Sussex this year and this Sunday I saw it in the seaside setting of the Pavilion Theatre in front of Worthing Pier. It’s on there till 8 Jan – but be quick if you want to grab a ticket most performances are nearly full.
I took along my youngest nephew (nearly seven) who had been in virtual quarantine for two weeks after a tonsil op but happily was recovered enough for the requisite booing and ‘it’s behind you’-ing.
Like a good poo joke? Bet you know a child who does.
The stage production of David Walliam’s The First Hippo on the Moon blasted off at, appropriately enough, the Royal Hippodrome Eastbourne and is next on in Worthing 17-19 Feb and Brighton 4-6 July.
I went along to the opening performance and there were poo jokes – not to mention gross sound effects – aplenty.
Did you enter our The First Hippo on the Moon comp? More importantly, did you win?
Well, we’ve drawn two names out of the space helmet and the people who are going to be over the moon at nabbing a family ticket each are …..
Katie DeMarinis and Debbie Creasey
If you’ve missed out this time, fear not, there’s still plenty of time to catch the show.
I once got chatting to a British expat who had lived in Australia for nearly three decades. She told me that for the first few homesick years she would burst into tears whenever she heard The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset.
It may seem strange that a song with the opening lyric ‘Dirty old river…’ could have that effect on someone who could now spend her weekends on Bondi Beach but I wasn’t surprised; Waterloo Sunset is one of my own Desert Island Discs (I just know I’ll get the call from the BBC any day now…) and Ray Davies who penned it is a genius songwriter.
Peter Pan seems to be the panto of choice for Sussex this year, with Crawley, Worthing, Chichester and Hastings all staging the tale of the boy who never grew up. At the top of the county The Hawth’s Peter Pan opened in Crawley last week and I took an eight and a nine-year-old along.
Excitement was high even as we hit the festively decorated lobby with the boys searching for Peter on the poster and upon not finding him (the celebs having taken precedence) poring over the programme to seek the actor out.
The new theatre production of David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon is blasting off in Sussex in the lead up to Christmas and we’re giving you a chance to get your hot little hands on a family ticket for the show.
We have two sets of tickets for two families of four to give away, valid until 7 January 2017.
Eastbourne’s rather appropriately named Royal Hippodrome will be the first place on planet earth you can see The First Hippo on the Moon before it embarks on a UK tour that will also include Worthing in February and Brighton in July.