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Muddy Guide: What’s On 11-18 March


John Bratby: Everything but the Kitchen Sink, Including the Kitchen Sink, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings until 17 April.

Self Portrait and Kitchen Things

If you haven’t yet caught the John Bratby exhibition at Hastings’ Jerwood Gallery, there’s still time. Bratby was a prolific artist of the Fifties and Sixties with a bold style. He lived locally for many years, in fact, he died on his way home from a Hastings chippy. The exhibition is unusual in that it includes Bratby works that the public brought in following a plea from the gallery – see a short film about it here. The title refers to his love of the prosaic in his subject matter. His Still Life with Chip Frier, for instance, was bought by the Tate.

Underground: 100 Years of Edward Johnston’s lettering for London, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, 12 Mar- 11 Sept


Did you know that picturesque little Ditchling has a design connection with the London Underground? I didn’t until I visited the village’s museum recently and now there’s a new exhibition to explain more. In the early 20th century, when Ditchling was a big centre for arts and crafts, local Edward Johnston, now considered the father of modern calligraphy, was commissioned to produce a uniform lettering for the Tube. The iconic signs that resulted remained unchanged until the 1980s and the Tube typeface became known as ‘Johnston’. Well I never. There’s also a series of talks on Johnston’s impact running at the London Transport Museum. The next one’s up in May.

Boudica to Feminism, ESU lecture, The Hove Club, 15 March


It was International Women’s recently and if that’s got you thinking and you’re free in the afternoon then you might like to head along to this lecture from the English Speaking Union. Mark Perry-Nash will be talking about the role of women in British history from Boudica to feminism. Suggested donation £2.

Toast, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, 14-19 March


Starring Olivier award-winning Matthew Kelly – yes, really, the one from Stars In Their Eyes (he’s also a serious trained actor) – this play’s been picking up great reviews. It’s a funny yet poignant drama set on a night shift in a bread factory and is based on the early work experiences of writer Richard Bean, who also penned the huge hit One Man, Two Guvnors. Tickest are £12.50 -£26.50

Themed Supperclubs, Haywards Heath/Lewes, 16 March/6 April


I’ve just got into supperclubs through Tabl and along with the full-on foodie events I find you get some fun themed ones mixed in. Now waitlist only, so don’t get too excited, is a Back to the 1970s dinner (£35) in Haywards Heath on 18 March. Seems people can’t get enough of prawn cocktail and Arctic roll as it sold out before you could say “Another cheesy pineapple one Ange?” but you could try your luck as a reserve. Meanwhile, here’s plenty of warning about the special Bookish Supperclub Crime, Cocktail and Canapés (£25) coming up on 6 April in Lewes which features a Q&A with local bestselling crime-writer Peter James. Tabl events run across Sussex but the biggest cluster tend to be around Brighton and Hove.

Live Lambing, Chichester College/ Seven Sisters Sheep Centre, from 12 March


The Brinsbury Campus of Chichester College has a family-focused open weekend with live lambing this coming weekend. There’ll be tractor rides and countryside crafts and lambs taking their first steps. It costs £5 per person (under-2s go free). From 12 March until 3 May the Seven Sisters Sheep Centre is offering the chance to watch lambs being born at night – between 10pm and midnight to be precise. Pay £25 to join a shared night, or have an exclusive evening for £100 – children under 12 must come on one of those. Pre-booking is essential.

Wordplay, adults/kids’ radio play workshops, Much Ado Books, Alfriston, 19-20 March


Fancy creating a radio play from scratch? London-based Wordplay is bringing its workshops, which help you do just that, to the lovely Much Ado Books in Alfriston. There’ll be fun writing, performing and creating sound effects in a special recording studio. Afterwards, the results will be posted online. The adult session is 7-9 pm on the Saturday, while 9-14-year-olds can have a go 10am-noon on the Saturday or Sunday. Children’s tickets are £10 including light refreshments, adults £17.50 (£30 for a couple) with cake and wine.

Brief Encounter with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, 18 March


Brief Encounter is one of my favourite films of all time. I love the taut writing, the repressed passion and the hilarious appearances from the poshest children in cinema history. It wouldn’t be the classic it is however without the tumultuous Rachmaninoff soundtrack, which is why I’m flagging up again, in case you missed the mention in my Alternative Mothers Day feature, that the London Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing it live to accompany a screening of the film at the Royal Festival Hall. Tickets cost from £9 to £39.

The County Brocante, Capron House, Midhurst, 12 MarchMARCH 12 12744149_10153213842467522_8405333907070309311_n

If you’re thinking of refreshing your home and you like the rural look then head down to the the Country Brocante spring fair this weekend. There will be stalls with home and gardens wares, textiles and French finds. it’s open 10am to 4pm, with entry £5.

Rambert, The Three Dancers, Theatre Royal, Brighton 16-19 March

A scene from The 3 Dancers by Didy Veldman and Rambert @ Theatre Royal, Plymouth. (Opening 23-09-15) ©Tristram Kenton 09/15 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email:

Ms Muddy Surrey and Ms Muddy Oxon/Bucks have both seen Rambert and have plenty of good things to say. See their reviews here and here. Now the Picasso-inspired contemporary dance show is coming to Brighton. It’s based on the artist’s work The Three Dancers, which in itself was inspired by a true story of love, desire and betrayal, and the piece uses cubist imagery. It’s being shown as part of a triple bill which also includes dark love story Transfigured Night. Tickets costs £13.90 – £35.40

St Patrick’s Day Supper, Jeremy’s Restaurant, Borde Hill, 17 March


After something a little classier than getting wasted for St Patrick’s Day? Jeremy’s restaurant in Borde Hill Garden has a themed four-course dinner including a black velvet cocktail – that’s stout and fizz, apparently, so there goes the beer-before-wine rule. The meal costs £40 and they suggest you get into the spirit by wearing something green.



Brighton Festival 7-29 May/ Charleston Festival 20-30 May

The programmes have just launched for the Brighton festival and fringe and the Charleston festival and I’ve already been making biro marks against all sorts of shows over breakfast. As I’m sure you know, Charleston’s is a famous literary festival – speakers this year include Ian McEwan, Joan Bakewell and Andrew Marr – while Brighton’s is an arts festival with theatre, comedy, music, kids’ shows, spoken word and more. Several Charleston events are already returns only, so get booking.

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