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Things to do: This weekend

FRI 28 - SUN 30 SEPT

THEATRE: Vulcan 7
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford  ■ Wed 19 – Sat 29 Sept

Young Ones stars Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer reunite for a hilarious new comedy – which they have also written – about a two former drama students who meet again aged in their 60s on the set of a fantasy movie. The show premieres in Guildford before touring, including dates at Richmond Theatre in October.

THEATRE: Teechers
■ The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford ■ ends Sat 29 Sept

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company present a raucous, robust production of John Godber’s razor-sharp comedy Teechers. Directed by Harry Blumenau, the play stars Lauren James Ray, Sam Stay and Elle Banstead-Salim who play 20 different characters between them.

EVENT: Curio City
■ Tunbridge Wells ■  launching Thurs 27 Sept


You are invited to Curio City, a street carnival pop up that explores the flavours and celebrations of the worlds favourite Cities. Coming to Kent’s own Tunbridge Wells and launching the new concept by recreating the Caribbean – expect exotic street food flavours and a carnival party atmosphere. No need to book as everyone is welcome. From Thursday 27th September, they’ll be open EVERY Thursday, Friday, Saturday with special Bank Holiday Events from 6pm – 2:30 am (the Carnival street party is from 10:30 pm). Dust off your sequin bikini and feather headdress and see you there!


COMEDY: Godalming Gag House
■ Godalming Borough Hall, Bridge Street, Godalming ■ Fri 28 Sept

Clever gags and sharp wit are on the cards as the monthly professional club Godalming Gag House Comedy Club makes its debut at Godalming Borough Hall this month.  And what an impressive comedy line-up they’ve assembled for you: prepare to be thoroughly entertained by Clinton Baptiste, Jason Patterson, Mike Cox and Cally Beaton (pictured).

COMEDY: Hal Cruttenden: Chubster
■ Dorking Halls ■ Fri 28 Sept

If you haven’t got you fill yet of Hal Cruttenden (I mean this guy’s everywhere right now) – you can catch his new show Chubster at Dorking Halls this month. Apparently his daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He’s now on a diet.

COMEDY: The Scummy Mummies
■ Stag Sevenoaks ■ Fri 28 Sept

Here at Muddy we love The Scummy Mummies! Following their sell-out UK tour, Helen and Ellie are bringing their comedy show to The Stag. Expect them in true style covering a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play-dates to farting and fish fingers. Gather up your girls and go for an evening of laughter!

MUSICAL: At Last: The Etta James Story
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 29 Sept

Starring the sensational Vika Bull, At Last tells the story of soul legend Etta James turbulent life and features some of her most beloved songs including Tell Mama, Something’s Got A Hold On Me, Sugar On The Floor, the heart rending I’d Rather Go Blind, her iconic signature song At Last and more. Tickets from £22.50-£42.50.

SPORT: Half Marathon
■ Windsor Great Park ■ Sun 30 Sep

Well it’s not quite a marathon (thank god) but it’s still a sizeable puff around the royal splendour of Windsor Great Park in the shadow of Windsor Castle. It’s essentially a family fun day in aid of The Prince Philip Trust with a more leisurely 2.5-mile option also available for ages 10+, so if you’re a horrifically lapsed exerciser like me this could be the kickstart to your fitness you’ve been looking for.

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: Impressionism: The Art of Life
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 29 Sept – 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.

VARIETY SHOW: Colin Cloud: The Forensic Mind Reader – Live
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sun 30 Sept

The Scottish stage mentalist describes himself as a forensic mind reader. A sort of Sherlock Holmes of entertainment – if Holmes had a flair for comedy. He’ll know what you’ve had for lunch, where you’ve been that day, what you do for a living, the car you drive, even your PIN code. Apparently he’ll read you like a book.

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

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.

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.

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.


FASHION: London Fashion Week and Festival
■ London venues ■ Fri 14 – Sun 23 Sep 

If your invitations to the main catwalk shows got lost in the post (yours too, eh?), mere mortals can buy tickets to the London Fashion Week Festival with designer and trend shows on the catwalk, talks with various industry figures such as ex-fashion ed turned interiors blogger Erica Davies, and pop-up shopping with over 150 top British and international brands. Totter along in your Jimmy Choos (or Zara sales bargain in my case) and return home looking absolutely fabulous, dahling.

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.

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

EXHIBITION: Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World
■ The British Museum of Food, London ■ until 30 Sep

Finally! A valid excuse to stuff my face. The British Museum of Food returns with its first major exhibition Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World. Dedicated entirely to the frozen treat, explore memorabilia from the world’s largest collection of ice cream paraphernalia, discover the neuroscience behind it and try scoops of bygone eras, from daffodil to all-day-breakfast flavour (hmm). Other highlights include ice cream-flavoured weather (vanilla fog!) and glow-in-the-dark concoction that you can eat in a futuristic luminescent cave. Pass the ladle, I’m going in…

THEATRE: Little Shop of Horrors
■ Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London ■ until 
15 Sep

This off-beat musical about a florist shop assistant who pines for his work colleague but doesn’t know how to win her heart or what to do to sate the appetite of a human-eating plant looks great fun. Matt Willis from Busted fame, drag queen Vicky Fox, Jemima Rooper and Marc Antolin star in the OTT show that seems perfect for summer in the lovely setting of Regent’s Park (Brucie bonus – the theatre boasts the longest bar in the West End!).

ACTION: Zip Now London
■ Archbishops Park, Lambeth ■ until 9 Sep

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope it’s a human torpedo whizzing down a 738ft wire, 100ft (9 double decker buses!) above Archbishop’s Park at 50mph. Beats the tube any day of the week. What we’ll do to avoid our faces been wedged in someone’s sweaty armpit. Get yourself down to South Bank, climb to the top the tower and wheeeeeeee. Suitable from 8+.


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

Tickets for Rob Lowe’s live show go on sale this Friday (28 Sept) and 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.

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.

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