KK Property Investments Ltd has submitted a planning application to Reading Borough Council (RBC) to demolish the After Dark Club at 112 London Street and replace it with a block of six flats. This is the third application in recent years to develop the site. The first was rejected in 2016 and the second was withdrawn by the applicant in 2018 before a decision was made.
We are greeted at the Progress Theatre by a smiley and welcoming Chris Moran, director of this production, Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters. Chris is a Progress veteran. The director’s notes in the programme are in tune with how she is in person: full of enthusiasm and love for theatre and up for a challenge. As we are talking I realise that I recognise her voice and my other half kindly points out that she played Joyce in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls. Of course she did, and she was excellent in it.
By Gillie Tunley and Brenda Sandilands.
Reading Between the Lines (RBL) are staging Hansel and Gretel at South Street Arts Centre in a joyous adaptation by Anna Wheatley during December. This enchanting production is deftly directed by Hal Chambers and set to a sassy soundscape by Benjamin Hudson, with exuberant movement by Rebecca Randall.
The former Red Lion pub on Southampton Street has gained a new lease of life as a social and political space. The new occupiers have re-named the building ‘Kobanî House’ after the city in Rojava province in northern Syria, and they hosted their first open-mic night on 7 November, featuring music from Kurdistan.
People living near the University of Reading (UoR) think that the university and its students are causing parking problems, damaging local communities by demanding more houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), littering and causing late-night disturbances. The Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) have released the analysis of a consultation they ran this year to see what residents really thought about living next to the University.
By Gillie Tunley and Adam Harrington.
The Arnhem Clarinet Choir brought light, warmth and quite a bit of fun to Christ Church in Reading on the evening of Thursday 17 October. Their programme included Dvorák, Pachelbel (he of canon fame) and a powerful version of Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque. They will be performing in Reading town centre on Saturday 19 October.
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!