The ghost of Christmas present from RBL’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. Photo: VIVA photography.
The Reading Between the Lines theatre group is performing Anna Wheatley’s version of A Christmas Carol at Katesgrove’s South Street Arts Centre throughout December. Charles Dickens’ classic novel about a diligent entrepreneur driven to emotional collapse by the health problems of his employee’s children now includes some blindingly good puppetry, several terrific song-and-dance numbers, and a lot more comedy.
Chaats Indian Street Food at the Craft Theory Festival, South Street
I missed out on the first Craft Theory festival at Katesgrove’s South Street Arts Centre last year, but I read the reviews with excitement and suffered a major case of FOMO [note 1]. I was in a unique position for the festival on 13 and 14 April this year; not only did I volunteer for Friday behind the jump [note 2], pouring drinks and loving it, but I also arrived bright-eyed on Saturday to spend the afternoon getting merry with my pals.
Gordon Greenidge – hard hitting West Indies batsman and Alfred Sutton schoolboy is honoured in an incredible performance in the cricket pavilion at Reading School for 3 nights this week. The two actors playing the young and older reminiscing cricketer set this unusual theatre in the round on dramatic fire with their dazzling energy and intimacy.
Emil Schult’s programme at South Street on the evening of Saturday 22 July included a memorable piece of film from Düsseldorf in 1969 which he shot while he was a student at the Kunstakademie. Members of the audience who remember those times were immediately transported back to their own youth.
Reading Borough Council has submitted a planning application to put an illuminated sign over the south entrance of South Street Arts Centre saying ‘SOUTH ST THEATRE AND VENUE’, and one on the west wall saying ‘SOUTH ST’.
The Whitley Pump attended the grand re-opening of South Street Arts Centre last week. The refurbishment is an amazing upgrade to the accommodation and facilities, and loses none of the character of the building.
It is a sign of the times that South Street Arts Centre needs to diversify its sources of funding. Saved from closure by an Arts Council Grant and local support, the centre is now seeking to raise additional funding from a friends and members scheme.