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Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society perform My Fair Lady

Dave King recently spoke to Alec Derbie of the Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society shortly before their production of My Fair Lady at the Dorking Halls. Alec is playing one of the musical’s leading roles, Professor Higgins. He told Dave more about the musical and the preparations for the performances between Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th February inclusive.

two men in conversation
Alec Derbie of Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society (right)

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My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Federick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl played by Elise Parish, who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins so that she may pass as a lady.

dark haired woman in period costume holding a basket of purple flowers

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actors rehearsing of My Fair Lady

Dave and Alec also chatted about what goes on behind the scenes at the Dorking Dramatic & Operatic Society

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actresses rehearsing for My fair Lady

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Stranglers present PRS Heritage Award to Star Inn Pub which is fighting closure

Chrissy Muir attended a red carpet private event on Thursday, 31st January hosted at ‘The Star Inn’ in Guildford where The Stranglers unveiled a plaque on the wall of the pub commemorating the first official gig of the band here in 1974. The pub was presented with a PRS Music Heritage award for this, whilst facing the threat of closure

JJ and Baz from the band played an acoustic set for family and friends, see here a clip of the Iconic song ‘Strange Little Girl’ and photos taken at the ‘Star Inn’ on the day.

You can sign a petition to save ‘The Star Inn’ HERE

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Footage of a private event at ‘The Star Inn Backroom’ Guildford. Jean-Jaques Burnel and Baz Warne perform a very special acoustic set for friends and family , this clip is of the Iconic ‘Strange Little Girl’ played at their first official gig here in 1974.

Video and images © Chrissy Muir

Baz, Dave, Jet and JJ ‘The Stranglers’



Jet Black, now 80 years old and no longer drumming for the band but much loved and still involved

Georgina, hoping to save the pub she loves and runs

PRS Chairman, Nigel Elderton, pleads the case for the Star Inn

The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons, and the Chairman of PRS, Nigel Elderton

Chrissy and Dave Greenfield

The PRS Heritage Plaque

The Star Inn

Marty Love – A tale of two bands


It’s always a pleasure to have Marty at Susy for a chat, not only does he bring great tracks with him hot of the press, he also updates on the latest live scene locally – notably on the fairly punk/alt rock side of things.

This time he tells me all about his tour playing Drums for ‘Johnny Moped’ as they supported the ever incredible ‘Damned’, I was lucky enough to catch both bands at the Dome. Brighton just before Christmas, amazing!

This tour was indeed a nod to the past as turn back the clock to January 1978, ‘The Damned’ and ‘Johnny Moped’ were at the Greyhound, Croydon, and Dave Berk drummed for both bands, much like our Marty from good old Caterham, Surrey.

‘Johnny Moped’ return to their roots in Croydon, George Street, February 23rd with Local Band, ‘Emnibis’, one of the supporting bands along with fledgling artists ‘The Mistakes’ and ‘Stew Bush’.

‘The Weird Things’ are gaining an enviable reputation, and are playing the coveted ‘Rebellion’ this year as well as a string of top venues, they warm up 1st and 2nd Feb in Croydon at the ‘Front Room’. 2nd March you can catch them at the ‘Star’ in Guildford with ‘Vice Squad’. ‘Johnny Moped’ and ‘The Weird Things’ both record in Reigate at Panther Studios run by Dick Crippen, who has been uber busy as he plays guitar in ‘The Weird Things’ and has just added baby Charlie to his family!


(Feature picture above: ‘Johnny Moped’)

Johnny Moped with the Damned
The Weird Things

Reigate and Banstead Writes competition launches

If you know any budding young writers check out David Jay’s  Afternoon Stroll chat with Kay Hymas about the launch of Reigate & Banstead Writes.

The story writing competition is open to all Year 5-9 students who go to school in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead. Kay, the competition organiser, explained that the stories have to be set in the local area and no longer the 1000 words.

There are prizes and entry forms are available from school libraries  (which should be the initial contact), from local libraries, from Waterstones or online at the Warwick School website. [ link: ]. 

The  closing date is 28 February 2019.

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Chrissy meets ‘Sugoi-ne’

James and Lucie from local band ‘Sugoi-ne’ dropped into Susy Towers to visit the Chrissy Muir show for a chat, and to play live.

Formed for only 5 months, the pair are already accomplished artists in their own right.
Lucie was scouted by the ‘X Factor’ a few years ago (we are not surprised), and what an amazing voice!

James lives in Hookwood, Horley, and Chrissy heard about his musical talents whilst chatting to Stu, his Dad, out dog walking.

Facebook: @sugoineband

James and Lucie perform live on air

James and Lucie on mic