Working clay hasn’t been so hot since Ghost, when bereaved potter Demi Moore got her hands dirty with a phantom Patrick Swayze sat behind her. Blame it on the Great Pottery Throw Down, whose final saw model Ryan Barrett sculpting a buff male torso out of terracotta. Enjoy the show on catch up on BBC iPlayer or live it by booking a 10 week evening class in Beginners’ Pottery at South Thames College, Morden. Wednesdays, 7.15-9.30pm, £121, starting April 19. There are hundreds of other courses to choose from, starting mid-April. Have a browse.
Out & About
Take your kids into the countryside for a treasure trail ending in chocolate. The annual Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is on at National Trust properties. Morden Hall Park, in Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD, is your nearest, but its also on tons of other Trust properties over Easter weekend, April 14-17, 11am-4pm. Check the website for details. Or why not buy a chocolate egg hunt kit in Lidl or other stores, and make your own?
A fantastic banquet of disgustingness in the shape of Roald Dahl’s The Twits is on at the Rose Theatre in Kingston until April 18. Enjoy a taste of the ghastly delights in store with the rehearsal trailer, and watch out online later this week for my interview with the production team about how you make a show really, really yucky. Book at the box office 020 8174 0090, or online.
Earlybird booking opens on April 11 for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s winter season, Nov 24 – Jan 20, at the Barbican. Tickets start at £20 if you book now for their acclaimed Rome series, including Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus and Coriolanus.
Watch the trailer for Julius Caesar, and book here.
Galaxy Rising Star Award winner, singer Kelly Sloan, brings her blend of soul, folk, blues, rock & jazz to The Sound Lounge in Tooting at 8pm on Friday, April 7. Tickets and more info here.
Goldfrapp won me over with an outrageous performance involving horses heads at V Festival, straight after their album Supernature came out. In Silver Eye they have returned to the electronica they do best and produced an album well worth buying. Have a listen.
For lovers of The Matrix trilogy, the story of Ghost In The Shell (12A) is a winner: brought back from the brink of death and turned into a cyborg, all that’s left of elite anti-terrorist operative the Major’s former self is her mind. You can either choose to watch the slick-looking, live-action version starring Scarlett Johanssen, which is playing in cinemas now to three and four star reviews; or buy the original manga anime from 1995 which is available on DVD from £5. I’m leaning towards the night in. For young kids, Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience (U) opens on Friday.
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