What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 28 Apr-4 May
Some cracking culture going on in Herts this week — and you get a long weekend in which to enjoy it. Go on, head out and enjoy it. Whatever your thing is, I’m sure there’s something to satisfy…
The Best Thing, Hertford Theatre, 28 Apr, 7.45pm
If you missed Vamos Theatre in Bishop’s Stortford earlier this month, here’s a chance to catch them in Hertford in a production co-commissioned with the London International Mime Festival. It’s a swinging sixties story of unconditional love and sexual revolution – but it’s also a bitter-story of broken hearts and beehives. With no words.
Lucia di Lammermoor Delayed Live Screening, Watford Palace Theatre, 1 May, 2pm
Ooo, tragic opera. Feuding families, young lovers, terrible consequences… Romeo and Juliet? Nah. Lucia di Lammermoor. And you get a proper ‘mad scene’ thrown in for good measure. This production is from the Royal Opera House, and it’s the first time it’s been performed there in more than a decade.
Hertfordshire Garden Show, Knebworth House, 30 Apr-2 May, 10am-5pm
Looking to pimp up your petunias? Gather up your gardenia? Tidy up your tulips? Head for the 23rd Hertfordshire Garden Show at Knebworth Park this weekend. New ideas, interesting plants, and loads of garden bits and bobs that you’ll just have to have.
Herts Hidden Heroines Exhibition, Hertford Museum, 30 Apr-1 Jul, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm
Being a bit of a, ahem, Herts Heroine myself (well, I wish), I reckon this exhibition sounds fascinating. A new film featuring women from Herts history, newly discovered or rediscovered voices from the oral history project, and original artwork – all exploring the lives of women in the county.
Aldbury May Fair, Aldbury, 2 May, 12-5pm
As May Fairs go, the one is Aldbury is a cracker – a properly authentic village fair in one of the county’s most gorgeous villages. Expect maypole and Morris dancing, as well as the crowning of the May Queen – as well as the slightly less traditional laser arena and climbing wall. Prepare to park a-way-away and walk, though. It gets busy, especially if the sun’s out. It’ll be out, right…?
Beltane Summer Festival, Brickendon, 1 May, 10am-5pm
Join in the Beltane festivities at the Celtic Harmony Camp on an Iron Age settlement near Hertford. Celebrate the start of summer – hoorah! – with live music, a hog roast, fire breathing, storytelling, craft workshops and more. You can even help daub clay balls on the walls of the new roundhouses. Should you want to. And then watch the Queen of Summer banish the winter before her!
Wipers, Watford Palace Theatre, 27 Apr-7 May, 7.30pm (Sat, 2.30pm)
Inspired by the true story of Khudadad Khan, this new play honours the often-unsing contribution of the million South Asian soldiers who fought alongside the British during the First World War. It takes place during a single night, as a group of soldiers seek refuge from the battlefield in an abandoned barn. Hard to believe it’s 100 years ago.
Yolanda Brown: Reggae Love Songs, Watford Colosseum, Watford, 30 Apr, 8pm
Didn’t make it to Cambridge when she played there? Heat things up a bit closer to home with double MOBO-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown and her ‘Reggae Love Songs’ – featuring none other than Mica Paris. Sounds totally brilliant.
Living With Luke, Rhodes Theatre, 30 Apr, 7.30pm
If you’ve been watching The A Word on the telly, this one might be of interest to you – or even if you haven’t. Danson Thunderbolt‘s teenage son Luke is autistic and the ‘Autistic Shadow’ gets between them every single day. So Dad steps up and wrestles the Autistic Shadow. Expect strong language and actual wrestling. (It’s not just a metaphor, you know…)
Jekyll & Hyde, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 3-5 May, 7.45pm
This would be a goodie if you happen to have a Year 10 who’s just started studying this for GCSE (it’s on the syllabus, y’know). The classic tale of a man with two selves – the mild-mannered doctor, the uncontrollable monster. Victorian melodrama, with a whole heap of the Gothic thrown in, at its finest. Spooky, atmospheric, and flippin’ scary.
Bill Bailey: Limboland, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 6-7 May, 8pm
Me and Mr C saw Bill Bailey when he was in Watford a few years back, and he was so hilarious my ribs literally ached for days afterwards. There aren’t many tickets left for his upcoming visit to Stevenage, and I’m not surprised. If you’ve not seen him live before, grab the chance.