Your Curated Muddy Guide
Welcome to Muddy Hants’ very first guide to the week, your round-up on all that is quirky, cool and unmissable in this fine county.
Champagne Supper Club at Bel & The Dragon, Kingsclere, Wed 8 Feb
Champagne tasting? That sounds like my kind of evening. Warm up to Valentines day with a special sampling of Laurent-Perrier’s Ultra Brut, Brut & Cuva Rosa with nibbles followed by a three course meal paired with specifically chosen bubbles. Heaven.
7.30pm. Bel&The Dragon, Swan Street, Kingsclere, RG20 5PP, belandthedragon-kingsclere.co.uk
Fauré’s Requiem, Farleigh School, Andover, Sun 5 Feb
It’s one thing to listen to choral music, quite another to take part. But when would you get the chance? This Sunday at Farleigh School is the short answer. Singing Fauré’s Requiem is soul-affirming stuff, the perfect antidote to grim, grey, February especially in the acoustic marvel that is the school’s new music hall. The afternoon is free of charge, but you do need to book a place. It is open to all adults and children aged over 10, not just families with children at Farleigh. Rehearsal starts at 1.30pm with the performance at 5pm.
The Recital Hall, Farleigh School, SP11 7PW, ticketsource.co.uk
T2 Trainspotting, in cinemas from Fri 27 Jan
Twenty-one years after the original Trainspotting chugged into the midst of 1990s Cool Britannia (and venue of my first date, disturbing but true), here comes the sequel. Danny Boyle – now best known as the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony genius – is back in the director’s chair, along with the full cast: Ewan McGregor (Renton), Johnny Lee Miller (Sick Boy), Robert Carlyle (Begbie, still a psycho) and Ewen Bremner (Spud). They’re certainly older, but are they wiser? (Hell, are any of us?). Anticipation levels are sky-high for those of us d’un certain age – for more on T2 Trainspotting read Muddy Editor-in-Chief, Hero Brown’s piece here.
Rex Whistler: More Than Murals, Mottisfont Abbey, until 23 April
If you love 20th Century art, theatre, or interiors then this one’s for you. A new exhibition at The National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey, reviewed here by yours truly, showcases work by Rex Whistler, the prodigiously talented illustrator, set-designer and fully paid up member of The Bright Young Things who died young. Whilst you’re there, don’t miss the Abbey’s magnificent Trompe L’Oeil Room: the artist’s neo-classical hymn to 1930’s decadence.
Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont, Romsey.
Burglar Bill, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, Sat 4 Feb
Join Burglar Bill and Burglar Betty in the Pied Piper Theatre Company’s charming stage adaptation of Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s picture book.
The Nuffield, University Road, Southampton, SO17 1TR, nstheatres.co.uk
Hamlet starring Maxine Peake, Stockbridge Community Cinema, Friday 3 February
I love Maxine Peake. I love her ballsy, gritty attitude, and the way she combines that with an aching vulnerability; if there was ever going to be a female Hamlet, the role would be hers. And so it was at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. ‘Peake’s Hamlet is caustic, watchful, spry and filled with a moral disgust at the corruption she sees around her,’ The Guardian approved. If like me, a four-hour slog up the M6 did not appeal, then Stockbridge Community Cinema is showing a recording of the play.
Doors open at 7.30, stockbridgecinema.org.uk
Swanwick Lakes Wildlife Watch, Fareham, Sat 4 feb
A fun wildlife-themed outdoor adventure, run by the ever-enthusiastic Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. This month’s theme in bird bonanza! It’s designed for 5-15 year olds, children 8 and older can go solo giving parents some much-needed breathing space (bolts for nearest cafe…). Workshops go ahead whatever the weather so bring wellies and wrap-up warm.
Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve, Sopwith Way, nr. Farnham SO31 7AY, hiwwt.org.uk
Railway Plays, The Railway Inn, Winchester, Wednesday 1 February
Calling all lovers of the quirky and the new: seven short, innovative pieces by playwright Nicholas Joseph, performed for the first time, back-to-back at the Railway. Strict 8pm start, and no this one’s not for kids.