The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Theatre

The West End is coming! See Ghost at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford

12 Jan 2017

Do you, like me, love the theatre, but due to the extra travel expense, and time it takes, rarely make it into London anymore *sob*? Well cheer up buttercup, because the West End is coming to Kent with this touring production of Ghost. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford gets all the good shows, including this one. (In case you’ve never considered this theatre before, it takes less than 40 mins from Tunbridge Wells and only around 30 mins from Sevenoaks or Maidstone.)

Hero Brown, Muddy founder, over in Bucks/Oxon, caught the show when it hit Oxford.

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Review: ‘Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs’, Assembly Hall Theatre

17 Dec 2016

I’m just back from the Assembly Hall Theatre and onto my computer to give you my hot-off-the-panto press verdict on Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs starring comedienne, actress and all-round national treasure, Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen. To put it succinctly – because I’m knackered! – I think you’ll love it. There, shall I go to bed now? What do you mean no?!

Most pantos cover all the predicable bases of including a couple of strong singers, a couple of strong actors (oh, a bridge too far?) a cross-dresser, (in this case Nurse Dolly Cough Drop) and core of well-drilled, over-extended backing dancers.

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Going to the Panto? Oh yes you are…

30 Nov 2016

It’s Panto time. Oh yes it is. (Come on, get in the mood!). And where is your ultimate guide to the best pantos this Christmas? It’s behind you! Actually, no it isn’t. It’s in the list below.

This year in Panto-land, there’s the usual array of soap stars, TV C-listers and the occasional real celeb. So here’s my definitive guide to the season’s best pantos in Kent and beyond. Choose your poison, and make sure you go!

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Interview: Quick-fire questions with Su Pollard!

15 Nov 2016

As panto fever starts to build I was lucky enough to grab 5 minutes with national treasure, comedienne, actress and TV presenter Su Pollard – soon to be starring as the Wicked Queen in the Assembly Hall Theatre (Tunbridge Wells) production of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. Fun, zany and very, very likeable – she did not disappoint. Come, join me and say Hi-de-Hi (sorrrrry…)

Goodie or Baddie?

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Muddy theatre review: The Mousetrap

7 Nov 2016

You’ve probably heard of murder mystery The Mousetrap – the world’s biggest theatrical success to date, currently celebrating it’s staggering 60th anniversary year. But have you, like me, ever wondered how it has maintained this massive pulling power – packing in the audiences night after night and still retaining its air of intrigue? Well, now I’ve been to the opening night of the tour’s 6-day run at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, I’ve finally learnt the answer.

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Muddy review: Mr Popper’s Penguins, Assembly Hall Theatre, T.Wells

28 Sep 2016

My mini muddies tend to ask me the most tricky of questions on a Monday morning before I’m mainlined to a caffeine source. Last week is was ‘What’s past the planets?’ (er, no idea) and ‘Where are my red school sports socks?’ (er, definitely no idea). But this week was different. ‘What’s your favourite bird?’ Easy! A penguin. No contest. There’s something about this intelligent, flightless, waddling bird, survivor of the harshest of winters that simply warms the heart.

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EDINBURGH FRINGE – HOW TO GET THE BEST FROM THE FEST

4 Aug 2016

It’s the largest arts festival in the world and about to take place over 3 weeks (5 Aug – 29 Aug) in Scotland’s capital. If you love the Edinburgh Fringe then you’ll want to read this piece from Muddy Sussex editor, Debbie, on getting the best from the fest. Get in touch if you’ve got any tips and highlights on the comedy gargantuan of the calendar. And enjoy!

‘Debbie’s Work of Obsession’ – that’s how my husband rudely labelled the top of my DIY Edinburgh Fringe timetable last year.

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 21 – Wed 27 July

21 Jul 2016

Whitstable Oyster Festival, Whitstable, Thu 21 Jul – Sun 31 Jul

The 32nd Whitsable Oyster Festival sees over 80,000 people descend to the seaside town for 10 days of great food and live performances. Such a fab festival with so much cool and quirky stuff going on – including outdoor cinema screenings, mud tug of war, street parades, arts & crafts and live music. The Harbour Food Fair will also be at hand hosting a brilliant array of global and local traders to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 14 – Wed 20 July

13 Jul 2016

“Kill The Cardigan”, Image and Style Workshop, Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Tue 19 Jul

If you’re interested in sharpening up your work wardrobe WellStyled is launching a unique training course to help women kill the cardigan and learn how to dress to impress. Style Coach and Personal Stylist, Siobhan Young, will be running a three-hour Women in Business Workshop to help you hone your professional style and “dress like you mean business”.

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