The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: culture

Picks of the week

23 Mar 2017

What the Butler Saw, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 27 March – Sat 1 April

Joe Orton completed his famous, subversive, farce only weeks before he was murdered by his lover Kenneth Halliwell in 1967 at the age of 34 and he actually never saw the play performed. Considered totally shocking when it was first staged in 1969, it tells the tale of Dr Prentice (Rufus Hound),  a sex-obsessed psychiatrist in a private clinic, who’s attempting to interview and seduce a prospective secretary when his nymphomaniac wife, an over eager hospital inspector and a dim-witted policeman turn up.

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7 cool things to do

16 Mar 2017

1920s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs, The American Museum in Britain, Claverton, nr Bath, Sat 18 March-Sun 29 Oct

Flapper dresses, gold lame coats and lots of other garb from Roaring Twenties in the US of A on display (you can even try some stuff on and take a selfie), with candid photos of early 20th century celebrity by James Abbe. Visit this Saturday and you can learn to dance the Charleston – and if you dress in 1920s costume you’ll get free entry.

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Mother’s Day in Somerset sorted!

12 Mar 2017

Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the day before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organized, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there).

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8 things to do this week

9 Mar 2017

Go to the theatre, watch a film (or some birds), listen to music, browse a market – or audition for the X-Factor – this week in Somerset.

Hedda Gabler, National Theatre Live, various venues, Thurs 9 March

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

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6 things to do this weekend and beyond

2 Mar 2017

The sun’s out (well it is as I write this, no doubt it’s gone back in again now) and it’s nearly the weekend, so check out what’s on and let the fun begin….

Frome Independent Market, Frome, Sun 5 March

It’s the first Frome Independent Market of the year on Sunday – hurrah!  If you haven’t been to this brilliant market yet,  you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s not just that the streets of the town will be filled with independents selling local and regionally produced food and drink, all sorts of home wares, collectables, furniture and fashion both from contemporary designers and makers as well as vintage – it’s the buzz in the air that makes it unique. 

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5 unmissable Oscar moments

27 Feb 2017

As you might just have noticed, last night was the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The movie industry’s finest got glammed up, came, saw and conquered… or, at least, thought they’d conquered but then realized someone had a made a humdinger of a boo-boo (more of which shortly). No time to read up extensively on the finer detail of the biggest, glitziest night on the showbiz calendar? Ta-da – here’s Muddy’s two-minute Oscars digest…

Someone had a very bad day at the office.

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NEW! Muddy book club: February’s best reads

22 Feb 2017

Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?

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