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24th April - 22nd May 2019

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 25 March – 1 April

Why should kids have all the fun over Easter? Plenty on for adults too and some good stuff to book ahead. If you’ve young ‘uns to occupy too then see my Easter hols survival guide here

Twin Peaks Weekender, Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton 26 and 27 March

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I once experienced an embarrassing tumbleweed moment when making a ‘damn fine cherry pie’ joke to someone 15 years younger. But if you remember the log lady, the backwards talking dwarf and the cherry pie, and you fancy bingeing on something other than chocolate this weekend, get down to the Duke of York’s for a screening of all 30 episodes of David Lynch’s classic Twin Peaks. Tickets cost £40, or £35 for members – with doughnuts and damn fine coffee. Bring a log if you like.

Clangers, Bagpuss & Co. V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, until 9 October


I’ve pinched this from my Easter Hols guide because, really, this isn’t just for kids. I love the Small Films stop frame animation series created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin so much I once wrote a dissertation on them. So, the thought of an all-day binge on The Clangers, Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog, Pogles’ Wood and Ivor the Engine makes me want to grab a beanbag and a flask of vodka-spiked Ribena. The Small Film marathon takes place over Easter weekend with back-to-back screenings between 14.00 and 16.00. It’s part of a wider exhibition running in London till the autumn with original puppets, sets and film equipment from the shows – squeal!

Through the Looking Glass, Winter Gardens, Eastbourne, 26 March


Alice in Wonderland goes steampunk this weekend, shaking things up in Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens. This is a free family event with traders, artists, authors and Cosplay competitions. Cosplay is the kind of detailed fancy dress popular in Japan and from what I saw at another event last year its’ well worth a look.

Adam Hills Clown Heart, De la Warr Pavilion, 27 March


He’s been called ‘friendler than a drunk Labrador’, and he’s cute too. Australian comic Adam Hills from the excellent Channel Four satirical series The Last Leg, which grew out of the same team’s late night Paralympic coverage is bringing his Clown Heart show to Bexhill. Tickets cost £21 and they’re selling out fast.

My Dear Miss Terry, Rialto, Brighton, 31 March-1 April


The extraordinary exchange of love letters between George Bernard Shaw and actress Dame Ellen Terry have been collated for this show where they’ll be read and explored by actors. At the outset, Shaw was a little known critic, while Terry was internationally famous. Later, as Shaw became a controversial playwright, their exchange often covered the state of the theatre. Incredibly, the pair avoided meeting for years though they lived just 20 minutes apart, and Terry declined a part one of Shaw’s plays. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions), or two-for-one on the Thurs evening.


Madness gig, Hastings Pier, 21 May


Tickets have just gone on sale for a special Madness gig to reopen Hastings pier following restoration after the 2010 fire. Suggs, who was born in the town, put the last nails into the pier planking this week. The restored pier features a large performance space at the end intened for gigs, film screenings and a circus. It already has an illustrious music heritage as it once hosted the likes of The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Tickets for the Madness concert are £25 each and are available from 9.00am on Thursday 24 March, as do donation–only tickets for the opening day afternoon entertainment which includes food stalls and music.

Comedy Sans Frontieres, Ropeackle Centre, Shoreham, April 8

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Shoreham’s Ropetackle Centre is holding a charity night in aid of Medecins Sans Frontieres. The line-up includes Simon Munnery – a very inventive comic I caught on tour recently, Robin Ince from Radio Four’s The Infinite Monkey Cage and Aiden Goatley whose heartwarming show Ten Film with My Dad has been an Edinburgh festival favourite for a few years. Sami Stone (pictured), Rachel Paris and Cheeky Kita complete the bill. Tickets are £14 in advance £16.50 on the door. Tickets sold out early for the last one.

Jan Pieńkowski, Lewes Literary Society, 26 April


Lewes Literary Society has a long heritage of impressive speakers going back to E.M. Forster. Check out their latest schedule, which includes Meg and Mog creator Jan Pieńkowski. One off tickets (£10)are released three weeks in advance, or you can buy season tickets to six events (£30). Eevents are held in the All Saints Centre.

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