The Muddy Guide: What’s on Thurs 17 – Weds 23 March ’16
Easter and Spring Flowers, Bay Tree Cottage, Thurs 17 Mar
Repeat to self ‘I will become a passable gardener.’ Pah, who am I kidding! However, I am loving all the flowers starting to blossom again and this workshop will show you how to create splendiferous arrangements using a selection of seasonal flowers. And just in time for Easter (ooooh isn’t it early this year). From 9.30-12.30, £45.
Discs from a Desert Island with Castaway Rev Richard Coles, Kettering Park Hotel, Thurs 17 Mar
We all love the Coles (you know, vicar of Finedon, once in the Communards), he’s always in the media somewhere, Radio 4, QI, Have I Got News For You (personally, I listen to him on Chris Evans, follow him on Twitter, OK, mildly stalk him on Twitter…) anyway! He’s rocking it up at the Kettering Park Hotel for a Desert Island Disc special, organised by Save the Children. And drum roll…refreshments included, yes! Make sure you say your farewells early, cos you know Rich, He Never Can Say Goodbye…ba bum! Starts 7.30pm, £10/9 concessions.
Creed, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Fri 18 Mar
ADRIAAAAAAN! (Sorry I couldn’t help myself, and does that knowledge show my age, doh!). I unashamedly loved Rocky, probably not very Muddy, but a gal’s gotta have her guilty pleasures. The story goes…son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, attempts to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a boxing legend. The young man travels to find his late father’s nemesis-turned-best friend, Rocky Balboa, to recruit him as a trainer. Ryan Coogler directs this spin-off of the hugely successful Rocky franchise and I’ve seen grown men cry at this one (it’s the Daddy issues)!
Franks Comedy Club, Fri 18 Mar
If you’re looking for good food, a hearty Malbec and a bit of a laugh, Franks Burger House Comedy Club is calling. The last time I went to Franks, it was all I could do to pick my wine glass up I was so stuffed…but I think you’ll manage (did I say they have refillable fries, shhhhh!). Tickets £12.50 and £10.50.
NT Encore: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Sat 19 Mar
After the successful broadcasts of Coriolanus and King Lear, National Theatre Live brings Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas. Starring Elaine Cassidy (Fathers And Sons), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire and – OMG – The Affair). Choderlos de Laclos’ novel delves into sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France and former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge (sounds like my old office). I haven’t seen this yet. I know, I know, I really should, but I am recommending it on having seen a zillion clips over the years.
S’Wonderful! I Got Gershwin, The Castle, Sat 19 Mar
Following last year’s memorable night of Sinatra, Robert Habermann returns with a tribute to one of the greatest American popular composers of the 20th Century – George Gershwin.Prepare for an evening of Gershwin’s greatest songs including I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You, and Our Love is here to stay. I think this kind of classic music can only be accompanied by Champagne? Oh go on then!
Tots Nature Walk, Brixworth Country Park, Weds 23 Mar
It’s warming up, hurrah (well some days it is). If it’s barmy enough to get out of your bed socks next Wednesday, take your tots on on a nature walk with a ranger, exploring a different theme each month and followed by a craft activity. It’s for pre-school children, accompanied by an adult of course (as if we were going to let them wonder off for the day), and at £3.50 per child, including refreshments, it’s a no brainer (unless it’s pouring it down, in which case make hot chocolate and give them a colouring book)!