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The Muddy Guide: What’s On Sat 19 – Fri 25 March

Silver screen nostalgia, a thespian first and early Easter crafts for you this week. Have a good one!

Restless, photo exhibition, 35 North, North Road, Brighton, Until 16 April

Leica M9 with Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, 1/2,000 sec, ISO 640

I popped into this exhibition over the weekend and it’s well worth you doing the same. Local photographer John Brockliss captured the stunning images on display in all weathers over a period of five years. The conflicting moods of the British seascape is the main theme and you’ll find striking stormy Brighton and Newhaven scenes alongside beautiful shots of Scottish islands, some with amusing twists. Many are in black and white and all are for sale – so do take a look if you’re hunting down an arresting image for your home. This gallery has consistently good shows on so it’s always worth stopping by when you’re browsing round North Laine.

Centenary screenings, The Picturehouse, Uckfield, 20 March onwards

2001 bigger-a-space-odyssey-originalUckfield’s The Picturehouse is celebrating its centenary this year. As part of its celebrations it’s putting on special monthly screenings of classic films voted for by a panel of enthusiasts. First up this Sunday is Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey which has sadly sold out already, so book ahead for The Sweet Smell of Success, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and more. Look out also for introductions or post-film discussions with the cinema’s owner and Radio 4 contributor, Kevin Markwick, who grew up in the cinema from the age of two.

Eat Global, Hastings and St Leonards, 19-26 March


Restaurants, shops and cafes will be showcasing the flavours of the world found in the Hastings area for Eat Global week. There’s an Eastern European music night at contemporary international restaurant NUR on Sunday 20 while on Wednesday 23 Thai resaturant Siam 2 has a festival menu with traditional dancing, and the fantastic Classroom on the Coast (watch out for my review) will show you how to make Malaysian Seafood Laska. Lookout for special offers at participating venues.

Make An Easter Picture Book, The Writers’ Place, Brighton 19 March


Slightly ahead of the Easter hols this one, a workshop run by New Writing South that will teach families how to make clever books with fun features like pop-ups and lift up flaps. The Writers’ Place is at 9 Jew Street and the workshop runs 2.00pm – 4.30pm. it costs £20 plus £5 per additional child.

Virginia Woolf readings, The Monk’s House, 23 Mar – 29 Oct

The Writing Lodge in the garden at Monk's House, East Sussex. Monk's House was the writer Virginia Woolf's country home and retreat.

The Writing Lodge in the garden at Monk’s House

As spring finally rears her head, get along to the Monk’s House to hear extracts from some of Virginia Woolf’s most famous works read in the garden of her former home. There are various half-hour afternoon recitals running until autumn in the very environment from which she drew inspiration. The vent is free but adult entry to the property £6.10.

The Herbal Bed, Theatre Royal Brighton, 22 March – 26 March

THE HERBAL BED by PETER WHELAN, A co-production with ETT, Royal and Derngate and Rose Theatre Kingston Director James Dacre Writer Peter Whelan Designer Jonathan Fensom Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth Sound Designer Becky Smith Composer Valgeir Sigursson Casting Directors Gemma Hancock and Sam Stevenson Staff Director Jesse Jones Dialect Coach Charmian Hoare Production Photographer Mark Douet Cast Rafe Smith Philip Correia Bishop Parry Patrick Driver John Hall Jonathan Guy Lewis Susanna Hall Emma Lowndes Barnabus Goche Michael Mears Hester Fletcher Charlotte Wakefield Jack Lane Matt Whitchurch

A play about Shakespeare’s daughter, that he didn’t write – unsurprisingly, as it covers the true life story of her being publically accused of having a sexual liaison with her neighbour. Billed as an emotional thriller, it concentrates on the contraditons between desire and social convention. It’s from the English Touring Theatre, which did a great Twelfth Night the other year. I’ll be seeing it early in the week so look out for my review. Tickets cost from £11.90

Africa Solo, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 22 March


World-record breaking endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont is coming to the Assembly Hall Theatre, just across the border in Tunbridge Wells. He may not be wearing lycra, but he will be talking about his journey through the deserts, mountains and savannah of Africa. (He cycled from Cairo to Cape Town in a record-smashing 42 days, natch). Tickets cost £14.50

A Room With A View film supper night, Cowdray Hall, Midhurst, 22 March


There’s more vintage film fun near Midhurst this coming week. The Cowdray farm Shop and café will be hosting a supperclub with screening of A Room With A View Tickets are £18 and must be bought in advance. Tea and coffee is available but booze is BYO. Call 01730 812423 or buy a ticket in the farm shop.


Bejewelled Treasures, The Al Thani Collection, V&A, London till 10 April

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Feast your eyes on some serious bling at the V&A, where the private Al Thani collection of Indian jewellery is on display. The exhibition explores the themes of tradition and modernity through the pieces, which range from the 17th century to modern day. Jades made for Mughal emporers and a gold tiger head from the throne of a South Indian ruler are sure to give you some serious envy. Tickets cost £10.


No Man’s Land, Theatre Royal Brighton, 22 –27 Aug

Ian McKellen CROP and Patrick Stewart. Photo credit Luke Fontana

Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart on stage together in Brighton – eek! These two acting heavyweights will be appearing in No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter at the Theatre Royal. You’ll have to wait till late August to see them but the tickets have just gone on sale and are likely to shift fast, so if you want to see them, best act now.

Sun & Moon Festival, Plumpton College, 14-21 August


Early-bird tickets have just been released for the great value Sun & Moon family wellbeing festival which is coming up this summer. There will be hundreds of workshops and activities for both adults and children including aromatherapy, climbing, street dance, yoga, music, massage and artistic upcycling. A week’s festival entry with camping and all activities costs £160, with discounted tickets for £130 available until the end of March. Rooms and full catering are also available for a higher cost.


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