The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Surrey Edition

Category: Culture

News flash: super happenings in Surrey

20 Mar 2017

We’re chomping at the bit this week on the Muddy HQ newsdesk as there’s so much brilliant stuff coming up in our ‘hood in the coming weeks and months – and, as you know, if there’s something chic, cool and stylish going down, we’ll be first to tell you. So put the below in your diaries pronto, and we’ll be back to give you the full lowdown on each one at a later date…

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The Muddy Guide

19 Mar 2017

Chopping Chillies – Electric Theatre, Guildford – Fri 24 March

Written and performed by Clair Whitefield and directed by Olivier Award-winner Guy Masterson, Chopping Chillies was a hit at Edinburgh Festival last year. It’s a tale of love, loss and soul food about a cobbler and a cook, Katie and Ajna. Katie dreams of curries and Chapattis; Anja of hoy souls and reincarnation. Sounds like fun. Tickets are £14.

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Muddy reviews: My Brilliant Friend at the Rose Theatre

13 Mar 2017

Have you read Elena Ferrante’s novels? Oh but you must.

The Italian writer, who keeps her identity a mystery, is the author of several brilliant novels, all vivid and austerely honest accounts of the lives, relationships and inner conflicts of intelligent women. Her writing is intimate, immersive and intense. Last year the writer was named one of the 100 most influential people on the planet by Time magazine, and her most recent work – four novels that make up the Neapolitan series – has just been adapted for the stage by April de Angelis into two shows of two-and-half-hours.

It’s showing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and my good friend and long-time Fleet Street journalist John Clarke (The Independent, The Times, the i paper – check out the iQuiz) was there to review it on Saturday.

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Win a £500 new season wardrobe!

8 Mar 2017

Bored to the back teeth of being cocooned in jeans and huge jumpers? Yup, us too. Which is why we’re thrilled to announce a brand new competition to reboot your wardrobe for spring. Fancy a whopping £500 gift voucher to spend at chic, elegant womenswear brand Winser London? Of course you do. They will kit you out beautifully.

The Wisner London collection is available at the House of Fraser stores in Guildford and Oxford Street, London, with the full collection available at boutiques in Gerrards Cross and Marlow, Bucks. The winner is can also choose to have a personal styling session at the Bucks boutiques if they fancy an afternoon out in that part of the world, complete with a celebratory glass of fizz.

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How to take great pics on your phone

6 Mar 2017

Photographer Siân Tyrrell focuses her lens on the tiny details of everyday life, and the results are stunning. So when I got the chance to bombard her with some questions on picture-taking recently, I asked her to share some top tips to elevate me from random family snapper to smartphone goddess.

Could this actually be the time I get some good shots, rather than hacking people’s heads off? Smartphones at the ready, take aim… SHOOT!

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