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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 4 – 11 Mar

There are shows penned by two top Sussex writers on this coming week… or you could hole up on a countryside detox. Whatever you do, have a good one.

The Perfect Murder, Theatre Royal, Brighton 7-12 Mar

The Perfect Murder UK Tour - Jessie Wallace as Joan Smiley - credit Honeybunn Photography (2)

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Penned by Brighton’s own Peter James, this murder mystery sees Eastenders’ Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace as a warring couple with murder in mind. It’s a dark comedy thriller, with a young version of James’ well-loved detective Roy Grace tracing the clues. Tickets cost from £16.90.

Shadowlands, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 7-12 Mar


Shadowlands is a moving tale of love and loss about the late-blooming relationship between Narnia series author CS Lewis and an outspoken American poet. The award-winning production is written by Sussex’s own William Nicholsonwho also penned the screenplay for the 1993 film. It’s on in Eastbourne for several days (Worthing too next month) and you can see a review here from the lovely Amber over at Muddy Surrey.

Foxes, The Old Market, Hove, 8 March


Like The Streets, Foxes is one of those confusing band names that turns out not to be a band. It’s the stage name of Louisa Rose Allen, a young poppy singer-songwriter with sickening good hair and she’s touring to support the recent release of her second album, All I Need, which has a cracking review from the NME. I’m going along, based on a friend’s recommendation, if you fancy it too, tickets cost £16.

Standby for Tape Back Up, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, 10 March


Based on an intriguing real-life story, Standby for Tape Back Up is the show written by performance poet Ross Sutherland about how grief caused him to become fixated with an old video tape of his granddad’s containing one-and-a-half films, a quiz show and two sitcoms that they used to watch together. Somehow Ross started seeing the story of his life in scenes from the tape and it is this premise that forms the background to the show.

Detox and Wellbeing Retreat, Brantridge Park, Balcombe 10 Mar – 13 Mar


If you’ve already broken all those new year resolutions, maybe this could tempt you back. Run by nutritional therapist and chef Nathalie Sansonetti of New Leaf Nutrition, this Thurs – Sun retreat includes countryside walks, daily yoga, meditation and mindfulness sessions. The setting itself should inspire – a mansion near Balcombe where the royal family have holidayed. It costs £395- £495 including accommodation, food, workshops, classes and consultations.

Ray Mears: Tales of Endurance, The Hawth, Crawley


He’s cooked president Obama a campfire meal, fashioned a dead seal’s skin into a wetsuit and drunk his own wee. Now, TV bushcraft expert Ray Mears will be sharing stories of real-life survival that have inspired him and taking questions from the audience. “So Ray, what does piss actually taste like…?” Tickets cost £21 for adult, £15 for children and £68 for a family of four.

Hair Peace, Brighton Dome, 5 March


A fascinating one-woman show about Victoria Melody’s international quest to find the source of the hair in her extensions. See my review here.


Lianne La Havas, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 12 Mar


Grammy and MOBO award nomine Lianne La Havas will be performing songs from her critically acclaimed album Blood in Bexhill as part of an international tour. The Royal Albert Hall is her next stop so book now to catch her on your doorstep. Tickets are £17.50

Dr John Cooper Clarke, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, 14 AprilJCC-WRAP-760x1024I’ve seen Cooper Clarke a few times and it’s always a good night. Still rocking skinny jeans, backcombed hair and shades in his 70s and with his own 6 Music show, he’s the man who made performance poetry rock and roll. He’s most famous for tragi-comic poem Evidently Chickentown (you know, the really sweary one) that even made it into the end credits to the penultimate episode of The Sopranos. There’s just a handful of tickets left so book now if you want to catch him. Otherwise get is new DVD/CD collection Anthologia.



Whether of not you need Mother’s Day suggestions, check out my alternative guide here for more upcoming events including ballet, volleyball, creative rants from Twelve Angry Women and special screenings of Brief Encounter and Psycho.

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