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MON 16 - SUN 22 JULY

Summer Art Exhibition- A Feast For the Senses
■ Yvonne Arnaud theatre ■ until Thurs 19 July

Becca Clegg, Dusk over the Tulip Field

A range of contemporary artwork will be exhibited at the New Victoria Theatre by local and global artists. Many of the artists’ work has been inspired by the rugged British coasts and moors, including contemporary expressionist landscapes from Janine Baldwin and Becca Clegg. Also displayed, will be works from Teresa Lawler, inspired by dramatic theatrical lighting and soulful photography from Cathy Pyle. Free admission.

The Travesty of Richard 111
■ The Back Room, Star Inn, Guildford ■ Mon 16 July

Shakespeare’s tale of Richard 111 is squeezed into a hilarious hour of chaos and villainous intrigue at the Star Inn as part of Guildford’s Fringe fest. Wars of the roses are nearly over but Richard of Gloucester plans to unsettle the peace and seize the crown. Meanwhile Queen Margaret is annoyed at everything with the only consolation of the promise of free booze.

■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Tue 17 July- Sat 21 July

After a smash hit run in London Tom Rice’s and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita promises to captivate Woking’s audience with its story of Eva’s rise to power at a time of political unrest, leading her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.

The Whiskey Affair
■ Glive, Guildford ■ Sat 21 July

Gin fairs and beer festivals seem to be popping up everywhere nowadays, so we’ve found one for the whiskey fans. Three types of whiskey will be available to try and try again, to your hearts content, Scotch, Bourbon and worldwide Whiskey. Upon entry you will be given a whiskey affair glass to top up at your leisure. Those that aren’t so wild for whiskey can enjoy a cocktail or two. Afternoon session: 1pm- 5pm. Evening session: 7pm- 11pm.

Everybody’s talking about Jamie
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Sat 21 July

This new and award-winning musical is inspired by a true story and tells the tale of Jamie New, a 16-year-old boy who lives on a council estate. He overcomes prejudice and bullies, with the help of his mum and is about to be a sensation as he enters the spotlight.

Jane Muir – Maker in Focus
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ ends 
Sat 21 July

Jane Muir’s pieces are being displayed at The New Ashgate Gallery. She specialises in idiosyncratic hand painted figures representing a witty and uncluttered observation of the world. Her figures stand alone or are placed in an architectural landscape and are hand modelled, allowing her the freedom to sketch with clay and develop ideas during the making process. Jane’s figures aren’t specific individuals but are a personification of the stereotype.

Circus Vegas
■ Memorial Park, Redhill ■ Fri 20 – Sun 22 July

Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to town! But not just any circus – this is Circus Vegas and their glitzy new show which merges the best of Las Vegas glamour with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades. Acts include the Danguir Troupe, who will be preforming a high wire and wheel of death stunt which has never been seen before in the UK, with the troupe flying in all the way from Africa for the performance.

Fiona Pearce: Wonder Woods and Furrowed Fields
■ The New Ashgate Gallery ■ ends Sat 21 July

Fiona Pearce shares her passion for the beautiful Surrey and Hampshire countryside in her artwork, for us all to enjoy at the New Ashgate Gallery. Her daily runs in the local countryside are her greatest inspiration as well as her travel to France. Fiona works mainly in acrylic, applying thick layers with credit cards, fingers and occasionally a brush.

Children’s Theatre in Priory Park: Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sun 22 July

Ready for a pirate adventure on the park? Pirate pearl lives aboard the ship with Grandpa Berry. One day she finds a lovely little baby, blue monster, but as she finds out when you feed them they grow into big greedy monsters. Join the commotion as they go on a quest for the monster’s mother. This playful interactive show suitable for ages 3 plus, will include live music, puppetry and songs.

■ Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey ■ Sat 21 & Sun 22 July

The UK’s Festival of sport, dance, health and fitness comes to Guildford. This is a unique opportunity for all ages to take part in group coaching in more than 50 activities and sports. Think “Glastonbury goes sporty” and you’re on the right lines. The festival include runs, relays and tournaments, but the underlying ethos is to encourage people to get active and “have a go!”.

Lazy jazz Sundays at Polesden Lacy
■ Polsedon Lacy, Dorking ■ Every Sunday

Drummer performing in an event, jazz

Sundays are meant for being lazy but lazy doesn’t have to mean a date with the sofa especially when there’s Lazy Jazz on the Surrey Hills. Grab a deckchair and chillax on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon with the best local jazz performers each Sunday from 2pm- 4pm.

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ until Sun 2 Dec

Mary Watts by Frederic Hollyer

To coincide with the anniversaries of enabling women’s right to vote, Watts gallery will be Drawing on new research undertaken by Dr Lucy Ella Rose, exploring Mary Watts as a figurehead of non- militant feminism in her community. It also features strong female figures and symbols of freedom, that appear in Mary Watts’s work. Free with admission.


The Shape of Light
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until Sun 14 Oct

Antony Cairns, LDN5_051 2017 © Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns

This new exhibition chronicles 100 years of photography and abstract art, exploring the development of abstraction with photography from early pioneers to our 21st century digital innovators with over 300 works by artists such as Man Ray and Jackson Pollock.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
■ The Design Museum, London ■ until Sun 7 Oct

Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines.

Joan Jonas
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until 5 Aug

With all the talk of the pollution of our oceans , this timely four day programme sees the artist Joan Jonas preside over live drawing, readings and film projections exploring the poetic and ecological aspects of ocean life. If you don’t understand what the hell’s going, just walk purposefully around the Turbine Hall looking intelligent. It works for me every time.

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ Sat 16 June onwards

The iconic Mexican’s artist’s personal belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. There are some beautifully embroidered clothes but more interesting are her cosmetics (no jokes about eyebrow tweezers please), swimsuit and brightly painted prosthetic leg (Kahlo suffered Polio as a child and had a deformed limb) in this intimate and fascinating exhibition. V&A Museum


Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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