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The Muddy Guide: What’s on Thurs 10 – Weds 16 March ’16

Create you own cutting garden, Bay Tree Cottage, Towcester, Thurs 10 March

flowers-Vintagerusticmercuryglasspinkpeachgreenweddingflowercenterpiece4_FotorI kill every living thing I touch AND spend a fortune on flowers, so I could probably do with this! Come and join the peeps at Bay Tree Cottage for the morning and they will show you how to design and create your own Cutting Garden, which can be as large as an allotment, or if space is limited a selection of pots and containers. Both can provide ample space to grow a glorious selection of flowers for your home (I really should do this). On 9.30am-12noon. £35.00 per ticket (there’s also a wedding flower arranging workshop on Saturday).

Bay Tree Cottage

Brian Conley: Alive and Dangerous, The Cube, Corby, Fri 11 Mar


The multi-talented Brian Conley returns to the stage in his all-new show. The consummate entertainer will be showcasing his many talents, with promises of singing, laughs, and much, more (although I’m unsure how much more!). The old school variety shows are rather de rigueur again, so if you’re a bit tired of cynicism driven comedy and need a proper belly laugh, pep-me-up, this could be for you.

The Cube

Claire Jarvis, NN Art Gallery, Northampton, Sat 12 Mar


This year, I’m aiming to see more art (*prises iPhone from hands). Often highlighting an obsession with surface and proximity, Claire Jarvis’ paintings bend the relationship between fact and fiction. Her new work is being presented for the first time at NN and many of the objects depicted in her paintings have been inspired by Claire’s role as a parent, such as towering stacks of Dairylea triangles or a lonely, abandoned crisp packet (to be fair, I reckon I could have a good crack at this with the state of my kids’ bedrooms). Structure, repetition, the unknown, penetration, sinking, towering, consuming, exhaustion, proximity and fragility are all key elements within her work (yup, sounds like parenting).

NN Art Gallery

Rachel Ries, Not Just Words, The Yards Kettering, Sat 12 March

Rachel Ries, hails from the prairies of middle America and crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked-hearted (ahhhh, the University days for me). With an electric guitar and piano; a clear voice and steady hand; she deftly pulls listeners in with disarming candour and holds them there with smart and tender poetry (this is what I have been told, but sounds awesome, yeah?). She’ll be performing  I See It Coming (not the image below, but I liked that picture) over at the amazingly, cooky venue Not Just Words  – The Sofa Sessions (in the equally awesome, creative emporium, The Yards).

The Yards

NANNA Dog Show, Ise Lodge Community Centre, Kettering, Sun 13 Mar

Beagles line up in the competition ring during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ORG XMIT: NYJM124

Watch out, Beagles about (sorry, couldn’t help it)

The theme is ‘Bumble bees and Sunshine’ for this fun dog show for all pooches; pedigree or crossbreed. There will be 24 classes, judged by members of the audience, with rosettes and small prizes to 6th place in each, finishing with the Best In Show chosen from all the class winners (unless there is free food, Muddy Paws would be out of that line-up in a heartbeat)! Going by my Facebook feed, a fair few of you are dog owners or dog lovers, give it a go, a change is as good as a rest… 
Free parking and admission; entry fee is £1. Refreshments all day (always an incentive).

Ise Lodge Community Centre

Q Film: Freeheld, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton, Mon 14 Mar


Still lovin’ the Errol Flynn Filmhouse and I’ve had quite a bit of feedback that you guys do too! Well here’s a goodie (although be warned, it’s a bit of a tearjerker)! Julianne Moore stars as a highly decorated Police Officer, who when she is diagnosed with Cancer, finds she cannot give her pension to her partner, because unlike her co-workers, she is gay (der, der, DER!). This true story follows the fight she goes through to give her partner (Ellen Page) the pension she deserves after she dies. Trust me, our intern sobbed at the trailer; you are going to need tissues for this one!

Errol Flynn Filmhouse

The Perfect Murder, Royal and Derngate, Northampton, Mon 14- Sat 19 Mar

rsz_the-perfect-murderHave you ever wondered how to commit the perfect murder? (I know crazy question right, right, ha ha?) Errrrr, well, the work of number one, best-selling crime writer Peter James comes to life at Royal & Derngate, starring EastEnders’ Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace. Victor Smiley and his wife Joan have been married for a long time. Their marriage has reached crisis point (sound familiar?). As young Detective Roy Grace starts to investigate his very first homicide case, dark forces intervene and he begins to fear that nothing is quite as it seems.

The Royal and Derngate

The Best Thing, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Tues 15- Wed 16 Mar

rsz_the_best_thing_5643674561579I practically live at The Castle these days, it’s such a good venue, and very affordable (really, check it out, and there’s loads on). This week are you ready for a swinging sixties story of unconditional love from the UK’s leading full mask theatre company? It’s 1966, the record player’s on, her hair’s bobbed and eye-lashes curled: for seventeen year old Susan, life is an adventure waiting to begin. But what happens next turns everything upside down, and its repercussions will last for a decade to come. Step into the mime world of Vamos Theatre for this bitter-sweet story of mistaken morals and broken hearts, where sexual revolution proves a hard and rocky path to tread (sounds like my teenage years, but a bit less shouty).

Castle Theatre


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