Trapezes are swinging across Sussex this summer with a great line up of circus fun. Worthing and Crawley have circus festivals going on with a chance for both kids and adults to try things for themselves, while Hastings’ revamped pier will be hosting a big top over the sea (now where do they hammer in the tent pegs?) and clowns and acrobats will also be popping up in Hove.Read more
‘Debbie’s Work of Obsession’ – that’s how my husband rudely labelled the top of my DIY Edinburgh Fringe timetable last year. Still, I didn’t hear him complaining when we got to see 15 shows in three days without even getting up early. (It would have been 17 if it hadn’t been for a couple of pesky venue changes – not that I’m still bitter).
I’m a huge Fringe fan and go every year so I thought I’d share with you my tips for getting the best out of the Fest.Read more
An ‘erotic psychological thriller’ is perhaps an unexpected billing for a play that has its origins in the late 19th century but After Miss Julie, running at the Theatre Royal Brighton until Saturday night, is an updated take on August Strindberg’s classic Miss Julie and it ramps up the tensions of its predecessor.
The play is a one act three-hander. Fiancées John and Christina are servants in a stately home and the titular Miss Julie the daughter of the house.Read more
Like many people, my experience of Brideshead Revisited stems not from the Evelyn Waugh novel itself but the much-loved 1980s TV production that was spread over some 11 episodes.
It’s a brave person then who makes a new adaptation of the novel. Just as we can’t now imagine Pride and Prejudice without Colin Firth and THAT lake scene, many of us have the 80s images of Charles (played by Jeremy Irons) and Sebastian and his teddy with Castle Howard in Yorkshire as Brideshead.Read more
Just what is going on with the weather? Predictions are it’s going to get better but meanwhile, fear not, there are plenty of good reasons to get out of the house yet stay indoors this week. If you’re looking for more family-orientated fun, check out my newly updated Half Term Guide.
The Bodyguard, the musical, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne 7- 18 June
The award-winning musical based on the blockbuster film, is hitting Sussex with X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke as Rachel.Read more
Something arty, something cheeky and something Purple – it’s this week’s Muddy Guide.
Purple Rain, various cinemas, 29/30 April
The thinly veiled Prince biopic and all-round ’80s glam-fest is back in certain cinemas over the next few days in memory of the pop legend. Seems like only yesterday they were screening Labyrinth in the wake of Bowie’s death <sigh>. Worthing and Brighton are among places you can see the film.Read more
There have been a fair few high profile plays, films and novels dealing with the frustration and tragedy of Alzheimer’s Disease from the carer’s point of view but far fewer that attempt to show what it’s like from the inside, for the sufferer.
The Father, on at Brighton’s Theatre Royal this week, does just that with a fragmented, contradictory narrative and clever staging. It’s a groundbreaking play that you will be talking and wondering about long after you have left the theatre.Read more
I met an old school friend last summer after a gap of about 15 years. “Remember I told you a girl cried in class when we read Of Mice and Men?” she asked her daughter, “Well, this was her.”
Yes, that was me. I still can’t believe I was the only one; my classmates must have had hearts of stone. So, it was with hanky at the ready that I approached the play adapted from the John Steinbeck classic that is currently showing at Brighton’s Theatre Royal.Read more
Retro record fun, classic novels at the theatre, Feng Shui lunching and DJ-ing for the under eights. It can only be The Muddy Guide.
Record Store Day, various Sussex shops and Brighton Dome, 16 April
Saturday 16 April is Record Store Day, the annual vinyl love-in that spawns a host of indie music events. Eastbourne’s The Vinyl Frontier will have live performances and DJ sets in store, Future Audio in East Grinstead will have limited editions to purchase, and Union Music Store in Lewes is hosting live music on a stage outside from midday, with Harveys on tap.Read more
Bounce through bluebells, prepare a pizza, laugh out loud or camp it up in Crawley. There are a few more current kids’ happening for the Easter hols left in my Survival Guide too – I’ve shuffled them to the top to make things easier.
Rich Hall: 3.10 to Humour, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, 12 April
The gravel-voiced comic from Montana is a big favourite in the Muddy house, I’ve seen him perform several times and it’s always a treat.Read more