The Muddy Guide: 23-29 June
Unleashed, at The Lightbox, Woking, until 3 July
There are only a couple of weeks to catch this exhibition by 10 members of the Fountain Gallery artists’ cooperative, in East Molesey. Featuring a range of styles, their work is sensitive and ambitious. All the artwork on show is available to purchase, and entry to the exhibition is free.
The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. Tel: 01483 737800. thelightbox.org.uk
The Rocky Horror Show, at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 27-30 June
Sharpen your stilettos girls and get ready for some frothy fun and naughty moments. The Rocky Horror Show is in Woking, and after 40 years it shows no signs of slowing. You know the story, and you know it’ll be big, bold and brash. So do the Time Warp and get your gal pals together for a guaranteed laugh.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ. Ticekts: £17.90-£49.90. Tel: 0844 871 7645. atgtickets.com
MGS04: Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival, various venues, 24-26 June
There are three days of events at this inaugural festival set up to promote all arts and music in Espom and Ewell. Named after MgSO4, (magnesium sulphate) the chemical formula for Epsom Salts, that made the town famous almost 400 years ago, there will be art exhibitions, an arts and crafts market, children’s events, workshops, music, and much more. For a full list of events click here. Most of the events are free. Below are some suggestions…
MGS04: Bare Reality, at Bourne Hall, Ewell, Sat 25 June
This event is close to my heart – I think we’ve probably all been touched by breast cancer in on way or another. In my family, the faulty BRCA1 gene that causes breast cancer has found its way to most of the women – including me. Bare Reality is a performance, based on the book Bare Reality: 100 Women, their Breasts, their Stories, by Laura Dodsworth (above). For two years, the Epsom-based photographer photographed and interviewed 100 women about their breasts, bodies and lives, with the results published in the book raising raising money for Breast Cancer UK. In Bare Reality, the performance, these women’s stories about growing up, sexual experience, breastfeeding, health problems, insecurities, surgery, and ageing will come to life. The stageplay is co-written and directed by Sally McCormack. Women aged from 19 to 101 took part in the book, with diverse perspectives and experiences: a Buddhist nun, burlesque dancer, career women and stay-at-home mums, a female vicar, nurses, strippers, social workers, cancer survivors and many more. It’s my guess you may need to take a tissue!
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. Tickets: £10. mgso4festival.org
MGS04: Claire Burgess: Gardening Workshop and Storytime, at Epsom Library, Ebbisham Centre, Sat 25 June
Author Claire Burgess has been gardening since she was a child and is now one of the UK’s top gardening bloggers – her Youtube channel has had more than 2.2 million views.Join Claire and her book characters Lottie and Dottie as they take you through the joys of gardening. Learn how to sow your seeds, look after your little plants and harvest your goodies. There will be a story time and a gardening demonstration and you may be able to get a free packet of seeds. Free tickets for the children’s gardening activity must be booked.
Epsom Library, The Ebbisham Centre, 6 Derby Square, Epsom KT19 8AG. mgso4festival.org
MGSO4: An Evening with Michael Frayn, at Bourne Hall, Ewell, Fri 24 June
Novelist and playwright Michael Frayn returns to his childhood home with engaging anecdotes and chit chat about how the area has inspired his writing. Frayn grew up in Ewell in the 193os and 1940s and is the author of 15 plays best-selling novels including Headlong and Spies. The evening will be hosted by his nephew, and Epsom resident, Sky Sports presenter, Julian Waters. There will also be highlights of rare footage from Frayn’s 1978 BBC documentary about Ewell.
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. Tickets: £12. mgso4festival.org
MGS04: Art Exhibition, First Floor Gallery Space, The Ashely Centre, Epsom, 24-26 June
More than 20 professional artists and hundreds of semi-professional and amateur artists are exhibiting at 16 venues the first ever MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival. Artists include Lydia Dawson, Ami Patel, Ana Consoni, Richard Waldron, Sonya Vine and Tracey Jane Cooper, among others. The Ashley Centre is hosting a major exhibition in the First Floor Gallery (where McDonalds used to be). The light filled atrium gallery space will display works by local professional and semi-professional artists from Friday 24 until Sunday 26 June. This inspiring exhibition includes diverse works by artists in a variety of media from traditional oils, acrylics and photography to textiles and live art creations.
First Floor Gallery, The Ashley Centre, Ashley Rd, Epsom KT18 5AB. mgso4festival.org
A Choral Celebration of Shakespeare in the Grotto, at Painshill, Sat 28 June
It’s Will’s birthday, and to celebrate members of Surrey Cantata will perform a selection of choral settings of Shakespeare from Thomas Morley to Vaughan Williams in the stunning crystal Grotto. This special performance, in recognition of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare, will take its audience through 10 settings starting with Morley’s ‘It Was a Lover and his Lass’ and ending with Vaughan Williams ‘O Mistress Mine’. It will be directed by Sebastian Forbes.
Painshill, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1JE. Tel: 01932 868113. Tickets: £15. painshill.co.uk
Jeremy Gee Photography: Colourblind, at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, until July 4
As a cinematographer and cameraman, Jeremy Gee has worked on some of the biggest films to come out of Britain. Sliding Doors, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Charlotte Gray, among them. Now he has gone full circle, back to his first passion, photography. This exhibition represents just a small selection of Jeremy’s eclectic eclectic photographic work, featuring London, Kew, Richmond Park, Brighton, Natural History, Reflections, Textures and Frames within Frames.
Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL. Tel: 020 8174 0090. rosetheatrekingston.org
Hampton Court Palace Festival, ends 23 June
The Hampton Court Palace Festival ends its series of open-air concerts in the palace’s iconic Tudor courtyard on Thursday with the gorgeous Welsh songbird Katherine Jenkins, in a Tribute and Celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. There area only a few tickets left for this event though, so you’ll have to book it smartish.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Kt8 9AU. Tickets: £45-£70. hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com
The Blockheads, at Cranleigh Arts Centre, Sat 25 June
The legendary Brit-funkers are coming to Cranleigh, with one of Ian Drury’s best friends Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey as lead vocalist. The seven piece line-up includes original members Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull, and Mick Gallagher and will play old favourites as well as new material.
Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AS. Tel: 01483 278000. Tickets: £27.50 cranleighartscentre.org
Watts at Dusk: Camera Obscura, at Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton, Fri 24 June
Watts Gallery and Artists Village is opening for the evening, and offering half-price entry for adults, and free entry to under 16s. Explore the village after hours.Listen to live music on the Gallery lawn from The Compton Jazz Collective while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine or a refreshing Prosecco cocktail from Popped Truck or sampling delicious treats and drinks from The Vintage Pop Up Tea Room. Experience photography like a Victorian, interact with stereoviewers and take a Victorian selfie at the exhibition Close Up & Personal: Victorians & Their Photographs. Explore a giant camera obscura with Artist in Residence Andrew Kearney, and Make! Sun Prints in the evening light.
Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Down Lane, Compton, GU3 1DQ. Tel: 01483 810235. wattsgallery.org.uk
Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, 24-26 June
Oh, I do love a bit of Julia Donaldson — even though my youngest is pretty much out-growing her books already (*sniff*). This show for the very little sounds brilliant — I might just have to borrow a toddler and go. All sorts of characters from Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze come together on stage with singing, dancing, and lots of jolly story-telling fun.
Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL. Tel: 020 8174 0090. rosetheatrekingston.org
Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate Gold, Greatest Hit Tours, at Dorking Halls, Wed 29 June
For all you fans of comedy, Jimmy Carr has gathered up is best material and added in some new stuff and taken it on tour. And he’s stopping off in Dorking on 29 June. As one of the biggest comedy acts in Britain, and known for his deadpan delivery, dark humour and edgy one-liners, this is a pretty sure thing. But there are only a few seats left, so you’ll have to be quick.
Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ. Tel: 01306 881717. Tickets: £29. dorkinghalls.co.uk
The Hive, Kew Gardens, opens Sat 18 June
Check this baby out! Science and beauty come together at Kew with The Hive, a 17 metre tall, 40 tonne installation that aims to tell the story of the honeybee and the important role of pollination. Designed by UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress, The Hive is constructed from around 170,000 parts with 1000 LED lights dotted around its core which glow and fade. The humming sound and light of the Hive respond to the real-time energy levlels of bees in a beehive behind the scenes at Kew, giving visitors an insight into the life inside a bee colony and encouraging us all to help bees to help us. Entry to The Hive is included with day admission to Kew Gardens.
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Kids Week, Free London Show Tickets, on sale now!
Whoo-hoo! Kids Week is back, offering free tickets to more than 35 top London Shows for kids 16 or under when accompanied by a full paying adult. Also if you’re riddled with children, you’ll be pleased to know that you can get two extra kids tickets at half price! Booking is now open, and the offer is valid for performances from 1-31 August, but you’ve got to be quick as the good ones sell out really fast!