What a feeling! Sara Cox has so far raised £1,071,264 after completing her epic 24 hour Sounds of the 80s Danceathon for Red Nose Day. Congratulations Cox-y. It’s a busy week; not only is it Comic Relief on Friday but Mother’s Day on Sunday and OMG we can all celebrate as the clocks go forward too…summers on the way. Yay!
Comic Relief 2017: Red Nose African Convoy, BBC 1, Thurs March 23
Ahead of the main Red Nose shenanigans on Fri March 24, this film aims to show the serious side of fundraising but it remains true to its comic roots by sending a road crew – Michaela Coel, David Baddiel, Russell Kane, Hugh Dennis, Katy Brand and Reggie Yates – to join a Comic Relief convoy from Kenya, to Uganda delivering crucial supplies and negotiating heavy terrain with a light touch, 9pm.
Feel like exploring somewhere new? Muddy tenticles cover the South of England and who better to know the cool stuff that’s hard to unearth than our brilliant regional Muddy editors (all national journalists in their own right) who are constantly scouring their counties for the best arts and cultural highlights? Whether you’re day tripping or planning for longer, here are some of the treats in store for you.
Meet Louis Sidoli, Castle Fine Art Windsor, Sun 20 Mar
If you like comics, photography, music, art and theatre there’s masses going on across Warwickshire this week…
Newsflash! Festival on the Close, Rugby School, Sat June 25-Thurs June 29
There’s an impressive line-up for this new arts and music festival celebrating the 450th Anniversary year of the founding of Rugby School. It includes Birmingham’s Mercury Music Award nominated singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, Leamington-based UK contemporary dance company Motionhouse, G4 & Lesley Garrett, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author Louis De Bernieres performing with the Bookshop Band & Caribbean poet John Agard.
Music is definitely in the air this week with tributes to two amazingly talented late artists, Amy Winehouse and Bob Marley, as well as some Cuban jazz, gorgeous folk vocals and iconic superhero film scores.
Amy film screening with live set from Amy tribute Laura Jane, Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen, Birmingham Fri March 10
Tickets are going really fast for the film screening of this ‘piercingly sad’ documentary at Birmingham’s new indy cinema in The Custard Factory.
Muddy Founder and Editor-in-Chief Hero Brown (Bucks & Oxon) wants to share something really exciting with you…
It’s been such a crazy year so far that I somehow forgot to tell you some really amazing news. Oops!
So it’s a massive and heartfelt thank you for those of you who suggested Muddy Stilettos as the UK’s Best Arts & Culture Blog before Christmas, because guess what? We’ve only gone and made the Finals, one of only eight companies in the whole of the UK.
I popped over to have a scout round Coventry’s Fargo Village over the weekend to bring you this little whistle-top tour and a snapshot of what’s to expect this spring…
Located in part of the city that’s still undergoing considerable regeneration, it’s off Far Gosford Street which used to be part of the red-light district when I first moved from Cardiff to neighbouring Stoke in Coventry with my husband many moons ago – pre-children.
Do you have a ‘spring’ in your step? There’s fun to be had across Warwickshire and rural West Mids and I know exactly where and when. In this week’s guide there’s a world premiere at the RSC, lots of books, comedy, art, The XX and, um, wine-tasting. Let’s, March to it…
World Book Day events: Warwick Books & Warwick Castle, Thurs March 2-Sat March 4
There’s lots going on across Warwickshire.
Our itinerary was slightly over ambitious for one day: a fly-by shopping trip to central London then over to Bankside for the Rauschenberg at Tate Modern & new Switch House Pyramid tower, Borough Market, The View from the Shard and a gig in a vintage 70s caravan. Phew! And as what usually happens, things don’t always go quite to plan…especially after a bottle of Prosecco, or two…
After dropping our children off at their various schools and a liquid breakfast on the 9.23am Rugby to Euston Virgin train – the four of us were in the Big Smoke in 50-mins (adv booking, £16 return each, instead of £80 – bargain!).
Spring is in the air as Half Term draws to an end. This week sees a particularly cheery mix of roots and reggae, a family rave, pancakes, theatre, music and art. Enjoy.
RSC Writer & Director Talk: Snow in Midsummer, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Wed March 1
Director Justin Audibert (Jew of Malta) and writer Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig will be offering a fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes creative process of Chinese fable Snow in Midsummer from the rehearsal room to design choices and characterisation.
Half Term’s nearly here…Check out this bumper guide of cool stuff if you’re without kids – oh and don’t forget to stock up on gin.
Motionhouse: Scattered, Bridge House Theatre, Warwick, Thur Feb 16-Fri Feb 17
Leamington Spa-based UK contemporary dance company Motionhouse are touring the world with their 18th show Scattered, part of a trilogy. Choreographer Kevin Finnan’s latest awe-inspiring ‘4D’ spectacle combines digital imagery, their trademark athletic physicality, underwater motifs and performers gliding and flying off a 20ft halfpipe-looking set.