What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 16-22 Apr 2015

Sisters are doin’ it for themselves this week: we’ve got comedians, directors, artists, actors, mayors, the lot, in this week’s Muddy Herts Guide.  Move over, chaps.  This is our time.

Jo Caulfield: Uninformed Opinions, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 17 Apr, 8pm

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You’ll recognise Jo Caufield from the telly, and she’s going to be in Hemel Hempstead this weekend – although I’m led to believe there are only a few tickets left.  She’s been nominated as Best Female Comic in the UK, and has held her own on radio and TV panel show a-plenty.  Always opinionated (and quite right, too!), she’ll be sounding off on all sorts of topics: women who always pick the wrong partner (don’t you know some of those?!), families who argue on trains (us? never….), and men who quote gangster films all the time (please, just stop).

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE, toth.dacorum.gov.uk

Hertford Arts Festival Launch, Hertford Castle, 17 Apr, 6-9pm

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Hertford Arts Festival kicks off its month-long celebration of all things arty this Friday with a one-night-only exhibition at Hertford Castle.  The evening will showcase one piece from each of the artists participating in the rest of the festival, so it’s a great chance to check out which ones you’d like to see more of later on.  The Mayor (evening, your worship….) will be on hand to kick things off, and I’m sure there’ll be lots of information about what the rest of the month will include.  The Festival itself runs 17 Apr-17 May, with exhibitions around Hertford, theatrical events, street festivals, music, brewery tours, classes and more.  There’s even Morris dancing.

Hertford Castle, Hertford, SG14 1HR, hertford-arts-festival-launch

Steffi Klenz: Plotting Spaces, University of Hertfordshire Galleries at the Museum of St Albans, to 17  May, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm

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German artist, now based in London, Steffi Klenz has her show Plotting Spaces at the UH galleries in St Albans right now, and from the images I’ve seen, it looks well worth checking out.  Her work is mostly focused on buildings, but not in a conventional ‘architectural photography’ way.  This show in particular focuses on the theatre and the whole business of staging and lighting – and the images end up being almost ghostly, and very interesting.  Worth checking out, but then I do always love a free art exhibition.

UH Galleries, Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 3RR, herts.ac.uk/artsandgalleries

Sex In Suburbia, Watford Colosseum, 16 Apr, 7.30pm

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Claire Sweeney (remember her from Brookside and Celeb BB?) is coming to Watford Colosseum in Sex in Suburbia, a comedy about, well, the clue’s clearly in the title.  There’ll be lots to laugh about, as well as singing – she’ll be belting out ‘I’m Every Woman’ at some point – and it’s apparently based on real stories from real women.  Sounds like a proper girls’ night out.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Rd, Watford, WD17 3JN, watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Everyman, National Theatre, London, from 22 Apr

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I have a lot of time for Carol Ann Duffy – so the news that a new adaptation by her of Everyman is opening at the National Theatre has me all excited and reaching for the booking line number.  Everyman himself is played by the stunning Chiwetel Ejiofor – who won a BAFTA for his amazing performance in 12 Years a Slave – and the rest of the cast is pretty impressive, too.  Don’t know the play?  Basically, Everyman is doing pretty well – but suddenly has to race Death in a desperate search for someone, anyone, to speak on his behalf.  I so, so want to see this one.

National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX, nationaltheatre.org.uk

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