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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 14 October

 

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The Arnhem Clarinet Choir comes to Christ Church on 17 October

The Arnhem Clarinet Choir. Photo courtesy of AKK

The Arnhem Clarinet Choir will be giving a free concert at Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Reading on Thursday 17 October at 7.30pm.

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‘The Addams Family’ with the Shinfield Players Theatre

'The Addams Family' at the Shinfield Players Theatre

‘The Addams Family’ at the Shinfield Players Theatre. Photo courtesy of SPT

The Shinfield Players are staging the magnificently macabre Addams Family this week, directed with suitable graveyard humour by Simon Kingsnorth.

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‘The Children’ at the Progress Theatre

'The Children' at the Progress Theatre

‘The Children’ at the Progress Theatre. Photo (c) Richard Brown

This week, the Progress Theatre are staging Lucy Kirkwood’s perturbing post-apocalyptic play The Children. Insightfully directed by Ali Carroll, it raises profound questions about the poisoned legacy of the present.

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Artists’ book fair at the Rising Sun on 12 and 13 October

Rising Sun Arts Centre Bookface poster 2019

The Rising Sun Arts Centre on Silver Street is holding an artist’s book fair weekend on 12 and 13 October. The fair will include stalls exhibiting artists’ work, story-telling, poetry readings and bookmaking.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 7 October

 

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Hug the Gaol on Sunday 13 October

Oscar Wilde gates on Chestnut Walk

The atmospheric art exhibition inspired by Oscar Wilde‘s haunting Ballad of Reading Gaol at the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock recently provides a compelling cultural backdrop to the Hug The Gaol Event on Sunday 13 October at 2pm. The emotive images evoked by the ‘Pit of Shame’ lead us to a feeling of redemption as we surround Reading Gaol in a mass hug to demonstrate our desire to have Reading Gaol at the heart of the community.

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‘The Herd’ with the Woodley Players

‘The Herd’ at the Woodley Theatre. Photo courtesy of Aidan Moran

Last week, the Woodley Players staged Rory Kinnear’s The Herd, a funny and profoundly poignant play, dealing with domestic realism and fraught with family tensions. It was directed with pace and panache by Frank Kaye and Kathy Reid, with skilful multi-door staging by Stuart Gentle.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 30 September

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‘Godspell’ with the Reading Operatic Society

Godspell, with the ROS at the Kenton Theatre, Henley

Godspell, with the ROS. Photo (c) Michael Gribble.

My musical alma mater, Reading Operatic Society (ROS), have been on an extraordinary theatrical voyage since they were first founded in 1950 by Mr Archibald Lusty. Back then and more recently, under the tender tutelage of John and Jill Lawes, they favoured rousing Gilbert & Sullivan and operetta style productions which I have had the pleasure of participating in, my first show being Salad Days at the same theatre back in 1974!

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A talk about Southern Hill at Christ Church by Dennis Wood

Poster for Southern Hill talk

Local historian and author Dennis Wood will be giving a talk on the history of Southern Hill at 2pm on Wednesday 9 October at Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Reading. Southern Hill is the name by which the area that now lies along Christchurch, Redlands and Upper Redlands Roads was once known.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 23 September

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‘On the Edge’ exhibition at the Holybrook Gallery

By Gillie Tunley and Evelyn Williams.

The inspired Diana Russell and Liz Real have curated a heartwarming exhibition of work from CIRDIC (Churches in Reading Drop-in Centre) at the Holybrook Gallery, Reading Central Library. Carole Stephens officially opened On the Edge on 17 September.

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RBL bring a modern horror movie version of Macbeth to Reading Minster in October

The Reading Between the Lines (RBL) theatre group will be performing Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Reading Minster this autumn. RBL brought plays about Henry I, Matilda the Empress and Henry II to the town over the last few years.

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A talk about George Lovejoy from the History of Reading Society

George Lovejoy by Charles L Havell c1850

George Lovejoy, the nineteenth century London Street bookseller, is famous on the virtual pages of the Whitley Pump for his insistence on the proper audit and scrutiny of the Corporation of Reading’s accounts. The History of Reading Society‘s talk this evening, 18 September, at 7.30pm will no doubt fill in some more details of the life of this fascinating Reading figure.

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Bill Ryder-Jones at the South Street Arts Centre on 26 September

Bill Ryder-Jones at South Street

Bill Ryder-Jones, founding member and lead guitarist of The Coral until 2008, will be performing songs from his album Yawny Yawn with support from the Irish singer-songwriter Lucy Gaffney at the South Street Arts Centre on 26 September.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 16 September

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A smorgasbord of theatrical gems at the Progress Theatre

By Gillie Tunley and Brenda Sandilands.

WriteFest 2019 at the Progress Theatre. Image (c) Richard Brown

The Progress Theatre are staging their fourteenth annual WriteFest this week, featuring seven scintillating new short plays of dramatically contrasting genres, written, directed and performed by its multi-talented members.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 September

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