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A joyful ‘Hansel and Gretel’ with RBL at South Street this December

By Gillie Tunley and Brenda Sandilands.

Hansel and Gretel with RBL at South Street

Hansel and Gretel with RBL at South Street. Photo courtesy of Pieter Lawman.

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.

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Performers announced for ‘Are You Listening?’ next year

The Are You Listening? (AYL?) music festival has announced the first batch of acts for their eighth year. The festival opens on 25 April 2020 at venues across Reading.

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‘Beat connection’ at South Street Arts Centre on 23 November

The South Street Arts Centre in Katesgrove, Reading throw open their doors from 3pm on Saturday 23 November for their Beat Connection ‘all-day party’.

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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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Book tickets for RBL’s Hansel and Gretel this Christmas

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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A sneak preview of ‘Silent Generation’ at South Street Arts Centre

By Ruth and John Howard.

Ruth and John Howard enjoyed a sneak preview of StrikeUp Theatre’s debut, Silent Generation, by attending their rehearsal this week. The play opens at South Street Arts Centre with a free community performance today, Thursday 25 April.

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Free tickets for over-65s at South Street’s ‘Silent Generation’

People over 65 years of age have been invited to a free community performance of Silent Generation at Reading’s South Street Arts Centre on Thursday 25 April.

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at the South Street Arts Centre

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.

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10 December – first night of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at South Street

A Christmas Carol‘ from Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company (RBL) at South Street Arts Centre, opens tonight (10 December) and runs until 30 December.

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Craft Theory at South Street

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.

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Double dot bash at South Street Arts Centre on 12 May

Doubledotbash returns to the South Street Arts Centre for its ninth outing on Saturday 12 May. This ‘micro-festival’ focusses on alternative and experimental music.

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Dolly and the Clothespegs celebrates ten years, at South Street

‘Kennet delta riverbilly’ band Dolly and the Clothespegs will be celebrating their tenth year with a one night special at the South Street Arts Centre on 25 November.

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Habib Koite at South Street

A fantastic night out yet again at South Street Arts Centre. Habib Koite, supported by Sura Susso, entertained with performances which were both lively and energetic but also thoughtful in this sold out event.

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The Gordon Greenidge story – 214* – Review

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.

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Emil Schult at South Street

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.

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New signs proposed for South Street Arts Centre

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’.

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The past of South Street Arts Centre

Inside the Labour Exchange 21 October 1939 (1)
Reading Museum’s online collection
contains some photographs inside the South Street Arts centre when it was in use for its original purpose as a labour exchange (a job centre). The Berkshire Chronicle published these photographs on 27 October 1939.

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The future of South Street Arts Centre

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.

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South Street Arts Centre launches membership scheme

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.

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Work underway at South Street Arts Centre

South Street

Work has started at South Street Arts Centre to add a bar extension on the east of the building and carry out other internal improvement works.

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