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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 1 – 7 July

A dash of feel-good music, a pinch of Picasso, some rather more affordable art you can snap up for charity and a chance for kids to meet the Children’s Laureate or appear in Swan Lake. This and plenty more in your Muddy Guide.

Avery Sunshine, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, 4 July


Her name certainly sounds cheerful and the Ropetackle promises she’ll bring us a feel-good blend of soul, jazz, gospel and R&B. The American singer has some pretty good credentials having performed on Later… With Jools Holland and even opened for B.B. King at The Royal Albert Hall. Tickets costs £15.

Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet, various cinemas, 7 July


There’s another Branagh Theatre Live event coming up and this one is perennial favourite Romeo and Juliet, with the sickening gorgeous Lily James and Richard Madden in the title roles and the likes of Derek Jacobi and Meera Syal in the wider cast. Click the link to find a participating cinema near you – there are several screenings across Sussex including in Crawley, Horsham, Uckfield, Burgess Hill, Chichester, East Grinstead,  Hailsham, Eastbourne and Worthing. The production will be broadcast in arty black and white at around 7.15pm.

Big Heart Auction, Brighton Dome, 1-5 July


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Need an excuse to treat yourself to a piece of art? This charity event in aid of the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s Umbrella Club could be just the ticket. 200 artworks by professionals and local amateurs will be exhibited at the Dome from 1–5 Jul and can be viewed online at the big heart auction website. They will then be available to bid for on eBay from 1–10 Jul. There are even works from Sussex-based actor Hugh Boneville and illustrator Quentin Blake up for grabs.

Avenue Q, Eastbourne Theatre, Tue 5 – Sat 9 July

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It’s a puppet musical strictly for adults and it took the West End by storm. Now the Tony award-winning show is coming to Eastbourne. Packed with mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness Avenue Q tells the story of the loveable characters on a downtown to New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues. It was created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of Book of Mormon and writer of the songs for Disney’s Frozen) so you know it has good credentials (though probably not songs you’ll be singing with the kids).

English Youth Ballet Swan Lake auditions, The Hawth, Crawley, 4 July


If you’ve a budding ballet star in the family, get them down to The Hawth Theatre, Crawley this coming Monday for mass auditions for 100 youth parts in Swan Lake. The auditions will take the form of regular ballet classes and those who are successful will be offered the chance to rehearse, then share the stage with, international professional principal dancers in three performances at The Hawth this November. Audition 1, for dancers aged 8 – 11 will be held 4.30pm – 6.15pm and audition 2, for 12 – 18s, will be  6.45– 8.30pm. You can register on the day but it’s best to do so in advance. There’s a £15 entry fee.

Bitten By Picasso, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, 6 July – 9 October 


Picasso by Lee Miler, Lee Miller Archives

The latest exhibition at Hastings’ Jerwood Gallery will showcase ceramics, paintings, etchings and photographs by and of Picasso. It’s a family-focused exhibition in just one room which draws upon the special collection and archive at Farley Farm House, at Chiddingly (the former home of photographer Lee Miller and surrealist artist Roland Penrose, who were friends with Picasso) alongside works from other private collections. Linked to the exhibition, there will be a children’s event and adult lecture from Antony Penrose on 30 July.

Chris Riddell visit, The Book Nook, Hove, 2 July

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Fresh from winning a Muddy Stilettos Award, the Book Nook is hosting the Children’s Laureate no less. Chris Riddell will be in the shop from 2pm with his new book, an illustrated version of Lewis Carroll’s extended nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark. He’ll be showing off his drawing skills and signing copies of the book. Call the shop to reserve a place on 01273 911988.

Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl, Southbank Centre, London, until 3 July

160210_160703_the_wondercrump_world_of_roald_dahl_lead_web_1With Spielberg’s BFG released on 22 July and celebrations gearing up for the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth on 13 September, there are scrumdiddlyumptious activities going on around the country. This major exhibition at the Southbank Centre finishes this weekend. It takes visitors on an interactive journey through the life and secrets of the beloved writer, with unique items from the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre archives. It costs from £10 for adults and £8 children and tours are timed, so make sure you book ahead.


Animals and Friends, Ropetackle, Shoreham, Jul 8


“There is a house in New Orleans …” yes those Animals, or part of them anyway – original members John Steel and Mick Gallagher will be joined by newer bandmates to dip into their 60s back catalogue – which as well as House Of The Rising Sun includes We Gotta Get Out Of This PlaceDon’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and many more. Tickets cost £20.

Wine tasting and tour, Bolney Wine Estate, near Haywards Heath, 15 July

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Bolney Wine Estate was the setting for our recent Muddy Stilettos Awards drinks and now it is inviting Sussex residents for a tour and tasting of its award-winning wines to officially launch its new visitor centre. TV presenter and wine expert, Olly Smith will be doing the honours alongside Sam Linter – MD and chief wine maker for the Estate. It all takes place between noon and 5.00pm – just ring or email in advance to let them know you’re coming.





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