Shakespeare Week Quest, Leeds Castle, 20 – 26 Mar
Across the nation we’re about to celebrate Shakespeare Week (aimed at giving primary school children a great first encounter of the works of William S). And at Leeds Castle they’re joining in the fun with this timely quest to challenge your knowledge about the Bard. No, sorry, no Joseph Fiennes present this year – just couldn’t resist a chance to use this piccie with a chest:shirt ratio that even puts Simon Cowell in the shade.
The Crucible, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Tues 14 – Sat 18 Mar
Wow, this production looks goooood. The cast is superb for a start – it stars Charlie Condou (Coronation Street), as the witch hunter, Reverend Hale, and Victoria Yeates (Call the Midwife), as the falsely accused Elizabeth Proctor. Gripping, chilling, powerful, intense…if you like those things, you’re in for a treat. Did you read the play at school?
Soooo, did you get it? Well, one is an illustration of one of the best known characters from the Mr. Men series. And the second is an oil on canvas piece called Magnolia – and the same local, Kent artist, Adam Hargreaves is behind them both… (but you knew that, right?)
The Fairfax Gallery, in The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, (and winner of the Muddy Award for Best Gallery in Kent, as it happens) is currently displaying the third solo exhibition, that includes 16 new paintings, by artist Adam Hargreaves following on from his last sell out show in 2013.
Mr Darcy Loses The Plot at Theatre Royal Margate, Wed 8 March
Jane Austen sits writing, her quill scurrying across the parchment. She is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip curling, handsome creation in *very* tight pants. But then a door squeaks, a visitor approaches and Jane hastily hides her work. Now left to his own devices, Darcy embroiders his own storyline whilst his creator stitches her quilt. When Jane returns she finds the plot has moved on and Darcy is dancing to a different tune.
Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is all about forging a more inclusive, gender equal working world (#BeBoldForChange). To which we at Muddy say: hell yeah! To mark the occasion, we’ve picked our favourite trail-blazing, commotion-causing women from the creative industries. Ladies, we salute you and your wonderful work…
The artist: Loubaina Himid
Zanzibar born and British raised, Loubaina came to prominence in the ’80s as a pioneer of the Black British Arts Movement.
If there was one thing I thought I’d have nailed by now it’s public speaking. To say I get angsty is an understatement – and then of course there’s the small issue of Blank Brain – that awful feeling when your mind totally empties of everything, including your own name. This really started for me when I had kids and took time out from the busy office environment. I have other friends who are preparing to go back to work for the first time since motherhood and for them this fear is an even bigger deal.
Women Work, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 8 Mar
Going back to work after kids but lost your confidence? Need a work wardrobe overhaul? The Women Work event brings together for the first year a full day of fantastic FREE workshops – including talks by top stylists, make up artists, confidence coaches – to name a few. There’s also lots of career advice on offer from how to present a career break on your CV to how to start up your own business.
As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar? Ta-da – here’s Muddy’s two-minute Oscars digest…
Someone had a very bad day at the office.
Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?
Snowdrop Walk, Hever Castle, from 11 Feb
For me, there’s nothing that holds more promise than a heavenly carpet of snowdrops… (Well, apart from watching the sunrise from my beach hut in Bora Bora, but you get my drift…) It’s the sign that spring has truly sprung. Visitors can enjoy this magical trail of snowy white bulbs starting to emerge from their winter hibernation, thanks so over 60,000 snowdrop bulbs planted in the Gardens over the past six years.