I grew up watching Josette Simon as Dayna in the BBC sci-fi TV series Blake 7. She’s returned to the RSC after 17 years to play the Queen of Egypt in Iqbal Khan’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. I couldn’t believe it when the Leicester-born actor appeared from under the bedsheets with Mark Antony. She doesn’t appear to have aged in the slightest (*sniff).
Still as beautiful, the lithe-limbed and energetic Josette glides seductively across the stage as the pair cavort passionately in their coordinating cream togas.
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.
Muddy Stiletto’s Editor-in-Chief Hero Brown made a run for it into London with her new Mary Poppins travel bag…
I escaped into London last weekend – left my three children to fend for themselves (social services: this is a JOKE!) – and had a whale of a time with Mr Muddy. A couple of things to tell you. Firstly, if you’re looking for a good value place to rest your head in the smoke, the Z Hotel is almost indecently placed in the centre of things in Soho, one minute from Chinatown, a hop and a skip from Covent Garden and bang in the middle of all the fun.
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.
‘Why Beyonce is a Powerful Role Model for Young Women Today’ explains Justine Themen, Director of RISE, B2, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Mon March 13-Sat March 18
Some of the Midlands’ brightest young acting talent, aged 9 to 25, are this week staging new all-female production RISE, exploring what it’s like to be a young woman growing up in the 21st century.
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.
Hot-off-the press here’s my review for Snow in Midsummer…
What’s the price you’ll pay for happiness? This is a key question in playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s riveting re-working of 13th Century Chinese play The Injustice Done to Dou E by Guan Hanqing.
Snow in Midsummer is a poignant mother-daughter drama, with a passionate gay love story thrown in, the supernatural, Buddhist rituals and Ruth Chan’s thumping techno.
Set in New Harmony, a remote factory town in modern-day China, it opens with 23-year-old widow Dou Yi – Harry Potter actor Katie Leung – selling lucky sculptural origami Lotus tree leaves to members of the audience, before she’s framed for murder.
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.