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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 20-26 Oct 2016


There’s loads going on this week — particularly if you’re a stand-up comedy sort of person.  Lots of music, too, and some neat theatre.  Seriously, we’re so lucky living where we do — there’s always something interesting happening in Herts!

Pop-Up Art Exhibition, 8and, Leyton Rd, Harpenden, to 23 Oct

Check out the gorgeous work of artists Anna Perlin and Justine Lois Thorpe at their pop-up art exhibition.  If you made it their last one, you’ll know that it’s not to be missed.  And there’s jewellery by Kate Wilkinson, too.  Lovely stuff.

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An Evening with Helena Kelly, The Junction Christ Church, Chorleywood, 26 Oct, 7.30pm

English novelist Jane Austen, shown here in an original family portrait, was born in December 1775.

English novelist Jane Austen, shown here in an original family portrait, was born in December 1775.

I just love the look of this! Helena Kelly is on a mission to uncover the real Jane Austen – once considered as a writer of the lightest of literary genres, the novel, but now uncovered as a radical and politically engaged woman, tackling big subjects such as feminism, slavery, the power of the Church, even evolution. Bear in mind that these subjects were essentially treasonous back then. Join Chorleywood Bookshop for the evening to find out more about this new perspective on a much loved literary great. Look out for her on a ten pound note near you next year! helena-kelly-jane-austen-secret-radical

Seeing It Through by Pins and Feathers, Hertford Theatre, 20 Oct, 7.30pm

This new play tells the dramatic story of the home front during WWI in the lovely Hertford, Ware, and the surrounding villages. And it’s all told through the words of the people who lived through it, along with live music. Find out more right here.

The South, Harpenden Public Halls, 24 Oct, 7.30pm


Remember The Beautiful South? After they split up in 2006, some members of the band weren’t quite ready to let it go – so they formed a new band – The South. They still perform all the classic hits including ‘Perfect 10,’ ‘Rotterdam,’ and ‘Don’t Marry Her,’ but now they have a debut album to go with it! Head to Harpenden to see them do their thing.

An Evening Shared with Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan, Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon, 22 Oct, 7.30pm


It’s double-trouble at the Spotlight Theatre this week, with Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan providing a night of comedy stand up and impressions. These comedy legends will definitely put on a good show and you’ll be laughing your Muddy socks off.

Elizabeth Murton: Between Materials and Mechanisms, University of Hertfordshire, until 29 Oct


This new exhibition at the University of Hertfordshire looks fascinating. Elizabeth Murton has transformed the gallery into a framework which considers the relationship between the materials and mechanisms within our bodies, with those outside. Think muscle fibres explored through yarn and bones represented through compressed newspaper.  Intriguing… between-materials-and-mechanisms

Josh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now…, Alban Arena, 20 Oct, 8pm


Adorable little Josh is back with his curly locks, getting all worked up about the little things in life that just make you tick. I know how he feels! Join him in St Albans for a good ol’ belly laugh to make things better. Rather honestly, it’s suggested online that if you’ve seen him on TV and you enjoyed yourself then this is the show for you – if you didn’t, then maybe don’t bother. I’ll let you decide that one, lovelies.

Seann Walsh, Radlett Centre, 21 Oct, 7.30pm


I’ve always thought Seann Walsh looks a bit like a lion, with that impressive mane of his. And the way he paces around and totally owns the stage with his sharp, observational comedy is really quite impressive.  Curious to see him live, rather than just on the telly.

Mark Watson, Alban Arena, 22 Oct, 8pm


The adorable Mark Watson is back with a show about identity and the never ending search for meaning in this digital world that we live in. Sounds like Muddy Herts HQ on a Monday morning… His starting point is a niggly little problem at an airport (we’ve all had those, haven’t we?), and once he gets started, there’s just no stopping him.  Love it.

Nosferatu The Vampyre, University of Hertfordshire, 20 Oct, 7.30pm


Wave your garlic if you’ve made it to either of the first two screenings in the Bloodlust Vampires on Screen series? Another classic vampire horror this week – Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu The Vampyre.  You’ve just got to love ‘em, right?  Just watch your neck…

Heather Burwell: Discarded Memories, Nude Tin Can Gallery, 26 Oct-12 Nov

Heather’s work might seem a little unsettling, but that’s because challenges the viewer to question its content and the feeling it provokes. Okay, so the exhibition will get you thinking about your humanness – sometimes I think it’s good to be reminded – creating a narrative of moments, memories, and untold stories.

Barb Jungr: Shelter From the Storm, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 22 Oct, 8pm


This is my wild card this week – this exciting new album project joins one of the UK’s finest interpreters of song with and an American progressive and contemporary jazz piano virtuoso. It’s already a massive hit across the pond, so it’s definitely one to check out when they stop by at The Old Town Hall.

Bardolph’s Box, Harlow Playhouse, 20 Oct, 11am & 2pm


Although this is pretty much a wild card, too.  Head over the border — got your passport? — into Essex for another celebration of Shakespeare400.  Aimed at your tweens, join the shipwrecked Bardolph (see what they did there?) on a madcap romp through Shakespeare’s stories — meeting Puck, Cleopatra, Ariel, Prince Hal and more.  Great intro to the Bard, by the sounds of it.  Might well take my two….  It’s a ‘pay what you can’ performance, too.  Good stuff.


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