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.
The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare The Freak, Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Weds 25-Sat 28 Jan
On the menu: some corks, followed by fresh snake and a side order of cat. Tickle your tastebuds? The extraordinary, true, story of an 18th century Frenchman whose insatiable hunger and unusual diet led to him becoming a spy and a medical experiment, has been made into a chamber opera for puppets by acclaimed Bristol Puppetry company Wattle & Daub.
Hollywood’s awards season kicked off last night with the Golden Globes, celebrating the best in TV and movies. I don’t know about you but when I scan the lists of nominees and winners for these things (after I’ve gawped at the red carpet frocks), I make a mental list of cultural catch-up viewing. Too much brilliant stuff to watch, not enough time, so I’ve made it easy for us all – here are my top Golden Globes picks and where to find them.
If you loved Beaches the first time, get your tissues ready because the 1988 classic starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey is getting a modern update. And *sob* just the trailer has me choked up.
The tear-jerker follows the story of lifelong friends CC and Hillary as they navigate through the ups and downs of life. Idina Menzel and Nia Long are the stars of the new version, which is out on January 21.
Stick Man, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 4-Sat 5 Nov
You wouldn’t think a show about a stick would be much cop but the story of the Stick Man who’s carried away from his family by a playful dog after going for a morning jog, and has all sorts of adventures on his way back home, is poignant and funny. The trio of actors from Scamp Theatre use everything from umbrellas to rubber beach rings to turn Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s famous book into a brilliant kids’ show.
Grayson Perry – Typical Man in a Dress, Colston Hall, Bristol, Weds 2 Nov
Only five dates on this quiet, unassuming man’s one-off UK live theatre tour – and one of them’s just up the road. An intelligent evening of laughs, discussion, insight and costume changes are promised from the artist, writer, presenter and Turner Prize winner who asks, whilst wearing a frock, ‘what is masculinity and what can it become?’ And guess what?
It’s not really Halloween unless you watch a scary movie, is it? Here’s our choice of horror films we should all watch at least once – but probably not alone.
The Exorcist (1973)
A possessed child is always a good starting point for creating a jump-out-of-your-seat horror film. The movie is loosely based on the exorcism of Roland Doe in the 1940s. The possessed girl is Reagan MacNeil who lives with her mother in Georgetown.
An Elephant in the Garden, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Weds 5 October
Just seen that are putting on a production of An Elephant in the Garden – a friend saw it at the Bristol Old Vic earlier in the year and said it was brilliant. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s book of the same name, it’s the story of Elizabeth, a teenage girl growing up in wartime Dresden who flees the advancing Russians with her mum – and an elephant (as you do).
Somerset Open Studios, venues across Somerset, Sat 17 Sept- Sun 1 Oct
I love this event which celebrates contemporary visual art throughout Somerset by letting the public into over 200 artists’ and makers’ studios – nosing around other people’s gaffs is on my CV under ‘Hobbies’. First I spend ages browsing the guide (you can download a digital copy here), then I chose a handful of studios in roughly the same area, jump into the car and I’m off.
NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea, venues across Somerset, Thurs 1 Sept
Can’t get up to the National Theatre to see this stand-out show? Never mind, you can watch a live screening this Friday from a cinema seat nearer to home. Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders) and Tom Burke (War & Peace) act their socks off in Terrence Rattigan’s masterpiece – we’re talking tempestuous affairs, repressed passion and relationship breakdown here.