What’s on this week…
Open Studios – Vitreus Art Exhibition and Demonstration, Potterspury, throughout June 2016
Feeling creative, or curious about how to unleash your creative self? Throughout June, #MuddyAwards16 finalist Vitreus Art is hosting exhibitions and demos from two other local artists – Louise Thomas and Soraya Billimoria. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of watercolour, acrylic and mixed-media art by Lou and Soraya, plus the stained glass and fused glass by Mike and Jenny (aka. Vitreus Art), which forms the creative force behind the Gallery. Truly worth a Muddy visit, it’s wonderful.
Elderflower Champagne and Homemade Chocolates, Bay Tree Cottage, Thurs 9 June
Who doesn’t love champagne and chocolate? So why not spend an evening discovering how to make your own? This evening workshop is ideal for those of you who may be planning a summer celebration and would like to add your very own personal touch that will wow your friends and family (if you don’t eat and drink the goodies first)! A great treat for you or a gift for a loved one!
NT Live (Encore): The Audience, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Sat 11 June
Where there is “a Helen Mirren” there will always by a pique of interest amongst we Muddy types. This strong, beautiful actress can turn her substantial talent into award winning performances on screen and on stage. Here we get the best of both worlds as the National Theatre present The Audience. Dame Helen portrays the role Elizabeth II, who for 60 years has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of important meetings between the Downing Street inhabitants and their Queen. This one sounds so intriguing, Muddy gives two thumbs up for the idea alone!
Limelight Theatre School- Movie Night, Royal and Derngate, Sun 12 Jun
Better grab the popcorn for this one. Limelight Theatre School have now been performing for 15 years and what better way to celebrate the fact, than to present brand new show, Movie Night. Showcasing music from the movies, the pupils of Limelight and some special guests will sing and dance in this jam-packed show. Guaranteed to be Northants Oscar worthy!
QFilm: Holding The Man, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Mon 13 June
Based on Timothy Conigrave’s cult-classic, the course of teenage love rarely runs smooth, but this is especially true when you’re secretly gay in an all-male school in the 1970. A pair of star-crossed lovers, Tim and John meet when Tim is in a high-school production of Romeo and Juliet. The encounter ignites a romance that endures for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life throws at it – the discriminations, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses. This one sounds like a bit of a tear jerker- tissues assemble!
Ronnie Spector, The Stables @ Wavendon, Mon 13 Jun 2016
Ronnie Spector heads to the region next week ahead of her first ever performance at this month’s Glastonbury Festival. This tour, titled Ronnie Spector Sings the Fabulous Ronettes, pays tribute to the music of the ultimate girl group that she co-founded as a teenager. Joined by her band, Spector will be playing hits from across her career including Ronettes such as Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, Do I Love You and Walking in the Rain.
This is a fundraising performance in aid of the Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd
Corn Dollies, Bay Tree Cottage, Wed 15 Jun
Did you know corn dolly making was practiced by our ancestors as part of their harvest festival as it was thought that the ‘Spirit of Fertility’ lived amongst the corn! At the end of the harvest the last sheaf of corn was used to make the corn dolly where the spirit would reside for the winter to be ploughed back into the field in the spring to ensure a good harvest. Now, this old tradition is being revived as a fascinating hobby (may just be me, but I keep picturing a Voodoo doll)! With demonstrations and displays of straw work from other countries, you will learn about the materials used and how to prepare them, a range of different weaving techniques and several different designs. just don’t go making your arch enemy and sticking pins in it, ha.
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat, The Corby Cube, Wed 15 Jun 2016
Why not take the kids along to Corby and join the boy and a bear at sea with just a suitcase, a ukulele and a teapot to help them. It seems they could do with all the help they can get. Adapted from the award-winning novel by Dave Shelton, A Boy and a bear in a boat is a funny, thoughtful and thrilling adventure for everyone five years and older.
(And if you haven’t been to The Cube yet – well, it’s a brilliant experience within itself. Big up to the Corby Mudsters)!