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Things to do: This weekend


THEATRE: Fame the Musical
 New Victoria Theatre  Mon 1 Oct- Sat 6 Oct

Fame the Musical takes to the stage starring Keith Jack, Mica Paris and Jorgie Porter.  It follows the life of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts. Bittersweet but uplifting, this show explores the issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and the power of perseverance.

THEATRE: The Habit of Art
 Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford  Mon 1 Oct- Sat 6 Oct 

This Alan Bennett play is about an imagined meeting between poet, W.H Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland, it’s an exploration of the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.

KIDS THEATRE: Horrible Histories
 Richmond theatre  Thurs 4 Oct – Sun 7 Oct

Not your average history lesson. Bringing the past historical figures and events to life, Horrible Histories will be presenting two shows Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience!

KID’S THEATRE: Dinosaur World Live
 New Victoria Theatre, Woking  Thurs 4 Oct- Sat 6 Oct

Before tickets become as extinct as the proverbial dinosaur, book your kids a ticket to experience the world of the pre-historic. Grab your compass and join an intrepid explorer to meet astonishing (and lifelike) puppet dinosaurs. Feeling brave enough? There’s a meet and greet with these impressive creatures at the end of the show.

HALLOWEEN: Fright Nights
■ Thorpe Park, Thorpe ■ Fri 5 – Wed 31 Oct

Photography by Daniel Lewis/ Thorpe Park

The 17th annual Fright Nights season returns to Thorpe Park with seven new intense live-action scare mazes and horror zones, including The Walking Dead: Do or Die and Vulcan Peak. Also new this year is the Screamplexx 4D, showing short indie horror films. Advance booking is recommended.

THEATRE: Perfectly Imperfect Woman
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 5 Oct

 The award- winning storyteller Danyah Miller explores what drives us to want to live perfect lives as mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, bread-winners. This theatrical storytelling with a dash of ‘stand- up’ thrown in, examines the often-complex relationship between mothers and daughters.

EXHIBITION: Florabundance: Contemporary Flower Art
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ until Sun 7 Oct

The Watts Gallery will be presenting a bouquet of flower paintings, drawings and prints by 12 contemporary British artists. Celebrating the best of modern floral art, the exhibition recalls inspiration from the gallery founders, George Frederic Watts and his wife Mary Watts.

THEATRE: Jamie Raven: Making Magic
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sun 7 Oct

Jamie Raven is the man who made Simon Cowell say, ‘I now believe in magic’, and If he can convince the sceptical Simon Cowell, there’s certainly hope for the rest of us to be wowed and amazed!  In his brand-new show ‘Making Magic’ you can expect the very unexpected, and to laugh as much as you are mystified.

FESTIVAL: Windsor Fringe Festival
■ various Windsor locations ■ until Sat 6 Oct 

If you like your arts fresh out of the box, head to Windsor Fringe Festival – the second oldest fringe in the UK after Edinburgh. Expect an eclectic programme of comedy, music, drama, DJs, arts, gin tasting and more, plus the world reknowned International Windsor Fringe Award for New Drama Writing, sponsored by the legendary Kenneth Branagh.

EXHIBITION: Sidney Francis: Photographs of work in the 1920s and 1930s
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 7 Oct

Sidney Francis’ work gives us an insight into life in the 1920s and 1930s in Woking and nearby towns. Events such as Eid celebrations, visits of American war widows, wedding parties and sports teams are amongst the highlights of this wonderful photographic exhibition from The Surrey History collection.

FESTIVAL: Guildford’s Book Festival
■ Guildford High Street ■ Sat 6 Oct – Sun 14 Oct

There’s tons going on at Guildford’s Book Festival. Amongst many others, Jo Brand will be sharing her hilarious and useful guide to life as a woman ahead of the publication of her book Born Lippy. Bestselling author Emma Burstall will talk about the latest novel in her Tremarnock series, set in a Cornish village. Historian Nadine Akkerman will consider the role of women spies in 17th century Britain, showing the key role they played in gathering intelligence crucial to domestic and national security.

EXHIBITION: 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.

EXHIBITION: Impressionism: The Art of Life
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 13 Jan

Works by world-renowned artists such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, all of whom exhibited artwork in the very first Impressionist group exhibition in France. It showcases a rare combination of French Impressionist paintings and sculpture, spanning from the early 1860s to the beginning of the First World War.

FILM: October’s best new releases

A Star is Born
■ nationwide ■ from Wed 3 Oct

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut starring himself and Lady Gaga is highly anticipated and the Muddy office can’t wait to see it. The remake tells the story of hard drinking musician (Cooper, orginally played by Kris Kristofferson) who falls in love with a young hopeful singer-songwriter (Gaga, originally Barbra Streisand). The movie has been very well recieved and it sounds like a fabulous musical romantic indulgent treat.

Jonny English Strikes Again
■ nationwide ■ from Fri 5 Oct

Rowan Atkinson’s spoof James Bond returns for a third time. Lots of slapstick and silliness that has made audiences laugh despite the critics not being so convinced. Kids seem to love it so if an animated yeti in the movie Small Foot doesn’t appeal for a half term trip to the flicks, perhaps this will?


THEATRE: The Wider Earth
■ The Natural History Museum, London ■ Tues Oct 2 – Sun 30 Dec

Exciting news – there’s a theatre being opened in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum for the European premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth, a play about the young Charles Darwin. Puppets, an original score and cinematic animations make this theatrical event a great draw for kids plus they’ll learn a helluva lot in the process.

FOOD: London Restaurant Festival
■ various London locations ■ throughout October 

London’s fantastic restaurant scene is in full celebration mode this month, with great value festival menus at loads of great restaurants, plus foodie events like gastronomic weekends, tasting menus, restaurant-hopping tours, tasting menus with famous chefs, talks, films and art.

EXHIBITION: 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.

ART: Frieze Art Fair
■ Regents Park, London■ Fri 5 to Sun 7 Oct

Considered the world leading platform for contemporary and modern art, the Frieze Art Fair unites 160 of the world’s leading galleries. You can view and / or buy art from over 1000 contemporary artists, some emerging talent, others more established. Daily events include talks and performances plus there’s Frieze Sculpture and Frieze Masters (showcasing work from the ancient era and Old Masters) in Regent’s Park. If all this culture makes you hungry, there are loads of delish food pop-ups whilst you contemplate the art and what it’s all trying to say.

EXHIBITION: 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.

EXHIBITION: Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ until Sun 4 Nov

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


THEATRE: Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends
■ The Royal Albert Hall ■ Sat Dec 1

Tickets for Rob Lowe’s live show are bound to sell out fast (as they have in the States). Inspired by his memoirs of the same name and his previous book Love Life, Mr Lowe will spill the beans on a career from the Brat Pack to The West Wing to Parks and Rec and beyond. Apparently, he’s quite the raconteur with loads of witty anecdotes that touch on his career, fame, Hollywood, fatherhood and marriage.

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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