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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 2 – 9 Sept

Uplifting theatre and comedy, festivals of trees and music and the chance to explore an archeological site, a windmill and… err Bjork’s mouth. Who said summer was over?

Every Brilliant Thing, The Denton, Worthing, 9 Sept / Chichester Showroom, 22 Sept


I’ve been desperate to see this show, which has great reviews. I missed it when it was last in Sussex, it had sold out when I was at Edinburgh Festival but now ha! I have a ticket for it’s one night at Worthing. It’s a one man show, with some audience interaction, told by an adult looking back on his boyhood and his mum’s battle with depression. In an attempt to cheer her up he listed ‘every brilliant thing’ that to his young mind made life worth living. The play is billed as hilarious, heartbreaking, clever and ultimately uplifting. Can’t wait. If you’re nearer Chichester you can catch it there too on 22 Sept. (Watch out for my review post-Worthing). It’s £14 at The Denton, £10 at Chichester Showroom.

Into the Trees festival, 3 & 4 Sept,  Pippingford Park, Nutley


This unusual but well thought out festival, from the people behind Elderflower Fields, has a woodland setting off the A22 and covers the themes of Working (traditional crafts, coppicing etc) Playing (rope swings, adventure playground, archery etc), Living (cabins and aerial tents) and Surviving (foraging, den building etc). There are also art installations and wildlife sessions with pond dipping, seed planting and nature trials plus food and drink including wood fired pizza. Day tickets on the gate cost £10 for adults, £6 for children over fives or £28 for a family tickets (cheaper in advance).

Together the People, Preston Park, Brighton, 3 & 4 Sept


This family friendly music festival is being headlined by Suede and Brian Wilson – who will be performing the Beach Boys’ seminal Pet Sounds album to mark its its 50th anniversary. There are also lots of other bands, kids’ theatre and more. I went along to the inaugural event last year – read my feature here. It’s £55 for an adult day pass, £27.50 for 11-15-year-olds and £12 for 4-10s. Weekend tickets are £95/£50/£20 (but nope, you can’t camp). Tickets are available online with a booking fee (or last year at least) on the gate.

Music at the Mill, Keymer, 4 Sept


The final event day of the year at Oldland Windmill near Ditchling sees the Millers Blues Band, No Strings Attached and the Copper Family Singers entertain. There are also craft stalls, a Jack and the Beanstalk puppet show and a coconut shy, plus the sails will be turning and the mill will be milling. It runs 11.00 am to 4.00pm. Suggested donation of £3 or £5 per family.

Screen Acting: Acting For Camera, Brighton, 5-9 Sept


Discover whether you can cut it for the cameras with this week-long course led by London Film School graduate Julian Kerridge, who began his professional career as an actor in TV series including Coronation Street, Dangerfield, The Jump and Fat Friends. The course is designed to help develop confidence and ease in front of the camera as well as covering the technical aspects of working in TV and film. Participants will work practically as actors with cameras and sound, culminating in the Friday showing of rough cuts and rushes from the week’s work. It costs £250.

Isy Suttie: The Actual Book Tour, The Hawth, Crawley, 7 Sept (also Komedia, Brighton 20 Sept) 


I love Isy Suttie. If you know her it’ll probably be from her parts in Peep Show or Shameless but she’s also an endearing stand-up and a singer-songwriter with a lovely, folky voice. This tour links into her autobiographical new book The Actual One which I’ve just finished reading. It’s about a time in her life when her friends began settling down just as she came out of a long term relationship and her attempts to hang on to her youthful freedom, skinning dipping, throwing strangers sweets from rooftops, meeting blokes who talk in rhyme at hipster parties. Tickets cost £15.50. I’ve got a signed copy of her book and you can get one too after the show. It’s also on at the Komedia in Brighton on 20 Sept.

Belle Tout Archaeological Dig Walks, Seven Sisters, 6 – 21 September


All ages are welcome at this free event where you will be guided among the trenches of an archaeological dig, examine finds and learn more about the historic Seven Sisters landscape. The area around the famous cliffs remains a mystery – was it plain settlement, for defence, a stock enclosure or a trading post? One thing that we do know is that it was probably the largest prehistoric enclosure in the country. It runs 11.00-5.00 Booking is essential on 01323 423197.

Uppark House and Garden, retro jazz, South Harting, near Petersfield, 3 Sept


Relax on the lawns and soak up the panoramic views and let the FB Pocket Orchestra take you back to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime & popular dances of the 1920/30’s. Bring a picnic and stay all afternoon. Normal admission charges apply, the event, which runs 2.00pm – 4.00pm is otherwise free.

Björk Digital, Somerset House, London, 1 Sept – 23 Oct


Fancy seeing the world from inside Bjork’s mouth? The ever kooky Icelandic songstress has been turning her talents to more visual works for a new immersive virtual reality exhibition at Somerset House. Björk Digital is an exhibition of digital and video works, resulting from her collaborations with top artists and programmers. Among delights are Mouthmantra which features intense footage from inside Björk’s mouth as she sings and Notget in which she appears as a giant digital moth. Entry is £15. Björk will also be performing a one-off tie-in concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 21 Sept.

Alice in Wonderland Croquet, Preston Manor, Brighton, most days until 4 Sept


It’s the last chance to to catch croquet, but not as you know it, with flamingos for mallets and playing cards for hoops, just as Alice would have liked it. Whack a few balls in a whacky manner in the wonderful walled grounds of this lovely house. A one-hour slot is £10.

Beach Bonanza Days, East Head, nr Chichester, Thurs, Sats and Suns until 4 Sept

Children running through the sand dunes to the beach at Studland, Dorset.

It’s the end of the school hols and you can offset the cost of all those ice-creams by checking out the final free family activities  at East Head on the 1, 3 and 4 Sept. Previous fun has included beach safaris, bug hunts, tidal pool exploring, wild art and kite flying. . Activities take place between 11.00am and 3.00pm. Call 01243 814730 or check the website for details.

Holoscenes, Exchange Square, Broadgate, London, 1-4 Sept, 5-10pm

london burning

There are a load of events going on right now as part of London Burning, marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.  Surely one of the most intriguing is Holoscenes — a six-hour underwater performance installation by Los Angeles-based company Early Morning Opera, inspired by water and society’s troubled relationship with it. Here’s what happens: in a giant aquarium, people struggle to get dressed, clean, read the paper and so on as water ebbs and flows around them, all accompanied by an other-worldly soundscape broadcast from inside the tank. Sounds both clever and bonkers.

King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until 15 Oct


The RSC are bringing out the big guns for its new production of King Lear, with Antony Sher playing the title role, so get in fast – it’s going to be a sell out. But fear not, if you can’t catch it in Stratford, you’ll have a second bite at the cherry in November when it transfers to the Barbican in London (10 Nov – 23 Dec 2016).

Zippos’ circus, Hove Lawns, until 5 Sept /Trapeze lessons, Lancing Green Worthing, until 4 Sept


Fresh from a residency on Hastings Pier, famous circus troupe Zippos has put up its big top on Hove Lawns, providing a fun end to the school holidays (tickets from £10.50 for adults, £9 for children). Don’t forget there’s also still a chance to try out (or watch others try out) the trapeze at Worthing’s Lancing Green where Gorilla Circus will be giving lessons for the over-8s with a head for heights daily till 4 Sept. Classes cost £30 and last 105 minutes/ They take place at 10.00am and 2.00pm and on some days also 4.00pm. Shows from the experts run on selected days at 8.00pm (or 5.00pm on 4 Sept) and they’re free to watch.  Gorilla Circus


Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational, 12 November, The Hawth, Crawley – last few tickets!


Hurry, this is nearly sold out! Former Hazelwick School maths teacher Romesh brings his new show home to Crawley. The star of Live at the Apollo and his own Asian Provocateur series explores the rationality of his worldview, examining issues close to his heart and why everyone else is wrong about them. I’ve seen him perform and love his cycnical delivery. Age 14+ (with adult content). £19.50


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