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Muddy reviews: The Twits

6 Apr 2017

I’m just back from seeing The Twits at the Rose Theatre in Kingston and I’ve got two things to tell you about it.

Numero uno: The Twits really are an awful pair – repulsive, disgusting and pretty ghastly. They’re not nice to each other, and they’re even worse to those around them – especially the monkey Muggle Wumps.

Numero deux: They provide brilliant comedic material for kids – and their parents. From the beer guzzling at breakfast and the brown stains on Mr Twit’s Y-fronts to Mrs Twit’s earthworm pasta and delightful leopard-print leggings, there’s a lot to make you groan about these two.

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Muddy reviews: Wonderland

3 Apr 2017

Apparently, Wonderland is “an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. You might think this is just the ticket for an Easter holiday outing with the kids. There’s even a bunny!

But, actually it isn’t. Sure, the bonkers characters are all there. And the magical underland. But gone is the 10-year-old Alice. She’s has been completely restyled for this modern take, and she’s now a single mother with a teenage daughter and an emotionally abusive ex-husband. She lives in a block of high-rise flats and, when we’re introduced, she’s lamenting the fact her ex has just remarried, her car has just been stolen, and she’s lost her job. Oh. And it’s her 40th birthday.

No. This is not, on the face of it, a storyline for kids. And yet, my 10-year-old daughter loved it.

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Muddy meets Mr and Mrs Twit

29 Mar 2017

Squeals of excitement when we heard The Twits were coming to The Rose Theatre in Kingston this Easter. Roald Dahl’s funny story of this spiteful and vindictive couple who live together in their windowless house with the Muggle-Wumps, a family of pet monkeys who they’re not very nice to, has long been a favourite in the Muddy Surrey house.

So when I was lucky enough to get down and dirty with Robert Pickavance and Jo Mousley – aka Mr and Mrs Twit – I couldn’t help but hurl a few quick-fire questions at them. And they didn’t disappoint.

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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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Muddy’s week with William…

22 Feb 2017

No. Muddy hasn’t been hanging with Will and Kate. Nor with Will-i-am. We’re talking about the nation’s greatest poet. This week, Muddy contributor, Zoe Dudgeon, found herself at three of the hottest Shakespeare productions in the country: the Guildford Shakespeare Company’s production of Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night at the National Theatre in London and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Young Vic in London. Here she gives you the lowdown on all three…

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Muddy reviews: The First Hippo on the Moon

16 Jan 2017

Do you like a good poo joke? I’ll bet you know a child who does.

The stage production of David Walliam’s The First Hippo on the Moon blasted off at, appropriately enough, the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne recently and there were poo jokes – not to mention gross sound effects – aplenty. It moves this week to G Live in Guildford. Our Muddy Sussex editor, Debbie was at the Hippo launch, and here’s what she had to say about it.

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