The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Theatre

Review: ‘Aladdin’ at the Aylesbury Waterside

12 Dec 2016

I’m just back from Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and onto my computer to give you my hot-off-the-panto press verdict on Aladdin starring EastEnders‘ Michelle Collins and TOWIE‘s Jasmin Walia. To put it succinctly – because I’m knackered! – I think you’ll love it. There, shall I go to bed now? What do you mean no?!


Most pantos cover all the predicable bases of including a couple of strong singers, a couple of strong actors (oh, a bridge too far?) a cross-dresser, a token local performer and core of under-drilled ,over-extended backing dancers. 

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The Muddy Ultimate Panto Guide 2016 – Oxon, Bucks and beyond!

23 Nov 2016

Usually I bring my panto guide out at the beginning of December, but this year some pantos have actually started – yeah, in mid November, people!

So I’ve forced Widow Twanky to sit me down well in advance and tell me exactly what’s going on the world of Dick double-entredres, thigh-slapping and he’s-behind-yous. This is a definitive list for Bucks & Oxon with a smattering of the best from neighbouring counties and into London because, if you’re like me, one panto might not be enough!

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REVIEW: Ghost at the New Theatre, Oxford

1 Nov 2016


Where was Sarah Harding? Who cares?! Ghost had its first night at Oxford’s New Theatre last night and the spooky thing was how excellent the understudy was. Ms Girls Aloud has had a sketchy few months in the title role of Molly, pulling out several times due to illness, so I guess Kelly Hampson has had some practise and then some, but it really shows. Her voice was pure and effortless, she oozed confidence on the stage, and her acting wasn’t too shabby either.

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Cool corner of Didcot (*thud*)

24 Oct 2016

Like Aylesbury, Didcot is a town that raises eyebrows when you mention the word ‘cool’ (yeah I saw you do it). But I’m not kidding, if you’re yet to venture to Didcot, head straight to the theatre with its funky architecture and promise of urban culture. I’m almost growing a beard and a bun just thinking about it.

Aylesbury Waterside is my most local theatre so I’ve been there a-plenty, but last week was the first time I’d ventured to the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot.

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Booking for the Edinburgh Festival?

11 Apr 2016

Here’s an admission. I’ve never been to the Edinburgh Fringe. Or Glastonbury for that matter. Not very cool of me but *sigh* here you go. Whilst nothing will ever ever ever induce me to don wellies and carry wet wipes around all weekend at Glasto, I do have pangs of guilt and remorse at having never been to the Festival. I’m not sure why I’ve never made the pilgrimage really, because I love anything arty and theatrey (hey don’t judge, that’s an official word on Muddy Stilettos).

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