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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 14 October

 

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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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 23 September

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 September

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 7 September

Thomas Homes site at the corner of Silver Street and Crown Street in February 2019

There were 12 new planning applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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StrikeUp Theatre acting courses at the Rising Sun from September

StrikeUp education acting classes September 2019
StrikeUp Theatre has moved into the upstairs space at the Rising Sun Arts Centre on Katesgrove’s Silver Street and are offering acting classes for adults from September.

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The Progress Theatre launches two projects for aspiring playwrights

The Progress Theatre will be launching two projects for new writers this autumn. Reading Playwrights is a set of workshops for new playwrights and Scratch Reading is an opportunity for playwrights to see their work staged.

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Throwaway! at South Street

Throwaway! was a hilariously funny show; two actresses and a sound man from Det Andre Teatret in Oslo improvised on discarded and broken objects, some of which had been brought along by the audience.

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HARTMANNMUELLER at Reading Fringe

The Fringe team with Simon HARTMANN and Daniel Ernesto MUELLER (third and fourth from left)

As the hottest day of the year so far cooled into the evening, there could have been few better places to be than in the garden of the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) on Redlands Road waiting for HARTMANNMUELLER‘s performance of In Danger [German title: in noT] to begin. Gradually, conversations in the audience halted as we realised that it had already started – what had we missed?

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First view of ‘The Last Abbot’ at Reading Abbey

‘The Last Abbot’ preview at the Reading Abbey, June 2019. Image (c) Reading between the Lines

The fabulous Reading Between the Lines (RBL) theatre company, led by Dani and Toby Davies, and fresh from their Cultural Award for Henry II, are embarking on another historical drama to further develop the cultural identity of Reading, in collaboration with second year history students. The Last Abbot, penned by prodigious playwright Beth Flintoff, examines the intriguing tale of Hugh Faringdon, the bloodily executed last abbot of our newly re-opened abbey… was he true or treacherous?

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Book tickets for RBL’s Hansel and Gretel this December

Hansel and Gretel. Image by permission of (c) Reading Between the Lines (RBL)

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Christmas special by the Reading Between the Lines theatre company (RBL) at the South Street Arts Centre. Last year they put on a heavily bepuppetted version of A Christmas Carol and this year they’re performing Hansel and Gretel.

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Reading Fringe Festival events in and around Katesgrove

The Reading Fringe Festival programme 2019 is out and there are lots of events south of the IDR, including those at the new-to-the-fringe venue, the After Dark club on London Street. Other local venues are the Rising Sun Arts Centre, South Street Arts Centre, Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL).

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‘Tulips’ at South Hill Park and the Woodley Theatre

‘Tulips’ at South Hill Park, Bracknell

The Exit Pursued by Panda Theatre Company is performing the dark and thoughtful psychological drama Tulips until Saturday 18 May at Bracknell’s South Hill Park Arts Centre and at the Woodley Theatre from 25 until 29 June.

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