The Muddy Guide: What’s On 26 Feb – 4 March
Got a hot ticket for the Oscars? No, me neither but there’s plenty else going on to console yourself with, including the chance to catch a clutch of the nominated films in one place.
Comedy Sans Frontieres, Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham, 27 Feb
There are plenty of female comics, including TV regular Sara Pascoe, in the line up for the latest charity comedy night at Shoreham’s Ropetackle theatre. There are just a few tickets left (£14 in advance) and it’s raising money for emergency medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Horrible Histories, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, until 27 Feb
Choose from one Horrible History show or book them both, as a double whammy based on the popular children’s books comes to Eastbourne. Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders run at various times daily until Saturday. 3D effects are promised along with general silliness and there’s even a recreation of the first Olympics Games, though I’m not sure that will be authentically naked… It’s £16 for adults, £13.50 for kids (or family of four £50) and there’s a 20% discount if you book both shows.
NT Live, various venues, Hangmen 3 March/ As You Like It encore screenings 8 and 13 March
Award winning National Theatre comedy Hangmen is screening live on March 3 at multiple Sussex venues. Harry, played by David Morrissey of The Walking Dead and State of Play fame, is England’s ‘second-best hangman’. On the day that hanging is abolished the press pack descend on his local… along with two men with very different motives. Catch it in Crawley, Horsham, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Hurstpierpoint, Brighton, Seaford, Littlehampton, Worthing and Uckfield. Find your nearest venue here. Meanwhile the National Theatre’s latest take on Shakespeare’s cross-dressing comedy As You Like It, screened live on Thurs 25 Feb, has an encore performance at The Picture House, Uckfield on March 8 and the Capitol Horsham on March 13.
Anatomy in Oils, Charleston House, Firle, 29 Feb
If you’re an experienced painter wanting to take the next step, this class could be for you. Working from a model you’ll gain more insight into how to reproduce skeleton, muscle and skin on canvas. Tickets are £100 and include materials, a tour and lunch.
101 Dalmations, Hurst Community Cinema, Hurspierpoint Feb 27
Cruella de Vil is coming to Hurst as the community cinema puts on a classic for children and the nostalgic for its latest family friendly Saturday Cinema event. The screening is at the Players Theatre, it starts at 3.00pm and costs £4. Under-eights must be accompanied by an adult.
Castle Creatives, Lewes Castle, 27 Feb
The Sussex Archaeological Society has a new monthly history-inspired art club aimed at 8-12 year-olds running on the last Saturday of each month. The 27 Feb Castle Creatives session focuses on block printing. Children can create their own print to take home plus get a look around the museum and climb the tower.
Drawn to the Page writing workshop, De la Warr Pavilion, 27 Feb
Get inspired by the latest exhibitions at De La Warr then put pen to paper to create a story, poem or autobiographical piece in this creative writing workshop led by writer and artist Wendy Ann Greenhalgh. Drawn to the Page is a series in conjunction with New Writing South so look out for other sessions at the Jerwood and Towner galleries up till the end of June. Individal workshops cost £30 they’re £25 each if you book two or more.
High School Musical, The Old Market, Hove until 27 Feb
If you have children who love the TV show or if, face it, you’re partial to a bit of cheese yourself, you’ll want to catch the stage play of High School Musical at Hove’s Old Market this week. Troy, Gabriella and all the East High Wildcats negotiate teenage life and try to juggle the basketball championships, scholastic decathlon and the school musical – as you do – in this Apollo Productions number. Tickets are £15 (£10 concessions), family tickets £45.
Vitality Brighton Half Marathon, 28 Feb
Ah the Brighton half. I’m a several times veteran of this event. Err, OK, not actually running, supporting, as first my husband then both siblings shamed me by taking part. Hey, I got arm ache from holding a sign and had their sweaty outer layers thrown at me as they passed. If you’re taking part, GOOD LUCK, if you’re not, get down there anyway and show the runners some love. Top spectating tip: stand on the traffic island opposite the pier; it’s a switchback so you catch the runners three times.
Oscar Week, Connaught Theatre, Worthing 26-29 Feb
You’re invited to the Oscars! But don’t dash out and buy a designer frock, this is at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre, which is putting on a week of Oscar nominated films to coincide with the Academy Awards. If you’ve yet to catch them, now’s the time to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Revenant, Trumbo, Brooklyn, Bridge of Spies and Room (highly Muddy recommended that one – great acting and psychologically fascinating).
Crush, Rye Creative Centre, until 11 March
This multi-media exhibition of contemporary work reflects on childhood through approaches ranging from humour and irony to the uncanny and subversive. Expect film, prints and sculpture and an experience ‘both intriguing and unsettling’. It’s open Mon-Fri, 10.00 am to 3.00pm.
Gangsta Granny, Theatre Royal, Brighton, 2-6 March
David Walliams’ popular book is touring before it makes its London debut and one of the first places you can catch it is in Brighton. Tickets are selling fast so make sure you get some in your bag of swag. I’ll be seeing it the end of the week, so, if there are still tickets left for the weekend by then, I’ll let you know my verdict.