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This Weekend

Fri 28 Feb - Sun 1 Mar

Sound the Weekend Klaxon and pour me a G&T. Here’s your guide to everything you need to keep you in the know and out of trouble (ish) this weekend.

THEATRE: The King and I, Milton Keynes Theatre, 25 Feb – 7 Mar

This Roger and Hammerstein interpretation of the golden age musical, about the tempestuous relationship between the King of Siam and a British school teacher, has been nominated for six Olivier awards so well worth a watch.

EVENT: Psychic Sally, The Lighthouse Theatre, Fri 28 Feb.

Get your Sybill Trelawney on and open your minds. Mystic Muddy predicts that you and your girlfriends will love this extraordinary evening with the nation’s favourite psychic. Think it’s a load of old Hogwarts? Why not find out for  yourself?

THEATRE: Alone in Berlin, Royal and Derngate, Fri 28 and Sat 29 Feb.

Based on true events, Hans Fallada’s Alone In Berlin tells the extraordinarily brave and tragic story of Otto and Anna Quangel. Emma Thomson starred in the 2016 film version of the story, but we think the poignancy of the stage version makes for a deeply moving and thought-provoking experience. Are there reflections of global current politics in the play? Decide for yourself.

WELLBEING: Gong Bath, Om Studio, Northampton, Fri 28 Feb.

Stressed to the max? Same. Time to try some deep relaxation. If you’ve never experienced a gong bath before you will probably think it sounds utterly bonkers. But even non yogi types find these immersive soundscape experiences deeply relaxing and emotionally healing. If sound can make us feel uplifted through music, then sound baths are the next step on the path to sonic pleasure.

EVENT: You Can’t Touch This – 90s Night, Bar So, Northampton, Fri 28 Feb.

Dance anthems, floor fillers and cheesy tunes to take you back to what was irrefutably the best decade. Grab a glow stick and an Archers and lemonade, get on that sticky dance floor and show the kids how it’s done.

THEATRE: NT Connections: Witches Can’t be Burned, Royal and Derngate, Fri 28 and Sat 29 Feb.

One of ten new plays commissioned this year by the National Theatre especially for young people to perform, Witches Can’t be Burned is a play within a play that follows a group of students who are performing Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Miller’s politics and the ongoing cultural relevance of his play are confronted, along with our changing perceptions of gender, protest and equality.

EVENT: Heels and Hats Through the Ages with Afternoon Tea, The Vintage Retreat, Northampton, Sat 29 Feb.

Calling all fashion geeks, put your best foot forward and dress to the nines for this retro event at one of Northampton’s finest fashion emporia, with afternoon teas and a talk on the history of shoes and hat etiquette.

FOOD: Love Northampton Food Fair, Northampton Guildhall, Sat 29 Feb.

It’s back! One of Northants fave food fairs, touting delicious food and drink from local businesses and producers is returning, with demos, samples and heaps of goodies to buy. Plus it all takes place under the beautiful roof of the Guildhall, so you’ll stay nice and dry.

WORKSHOP: Essential Alterations- A Sewing Masterclass, The Stitch and Make Studio, Northampton, Sat 29 Feb. 

Love clothes but sick of all the waste generated by cheap, fast fashion culture? Here you will learn how you can extend the life cycle of your clothes and update your wardrobe using couture techniques, daahling. You can take along treasured garments you’d like to alter and find out how to breathe new life in to them.

WORKSHOP: Arm knitted blanket workshop, Delapre Abbey, Northampton, Sat 29 Feb. 

Join the Curator-educator, otherwise knows as Sophia Kyprianou, at this woolly workshop where you can make your very own, massive, fluffy arm knitted blanket, which you can then take home to snuggle under.

EVENT: Peaky Blinders Race Night, Towcester Mill Brewery, Sat 29 Feb.

Another one for the fancy dress lovers, and if we can’t have the real Cillian Murphy (sigh) we’ll take the pretend version. Don your tweed caps and flapper dresses and go back in time with this Peaky Blinders themed race night in aid of Leukemia UK. There’s food, music, drinks and races!

WORKSHOP: Beginners’ Sculpture Weekend, Swanspool Ceramics, Sat 29 Feb to Sun 1 Mar. 

You heard it here first, ceramics are big news, and if you fancy trying your hand at sculpture then Swanspool Ceramics, in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Ashby, is the perfect place to learn a new skill. This course will teach you everything you need to know to get started in clay sculpting. There are also wheel throwing courses available AND couples workshops. Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore here we come!

EVENT: British Roller Derby Championships, Lings Forum, Weston Favell, Sun 1 Mar.

If you’ve never been to see roller derby then you have missed out on a vital part of  life, this is like no other sport. If they taught roller derby in schools we reckon there would be far fewer sick notes on PE days. Leave your preconceptions and your inhibitions at the door to watch Plymouth v Oxford and Milton Keynes Concrete Cows v Bristol in the British Champs.

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