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).

This year’s Fringe kicks off with the opening event on 19 July at the Oracle Riverside featuring guitarist Arturo Castro Nogueras and Flamenco Thief.

Reading Fringe 2018 L to R: Fiona Talkington, Fiona Leonard, Nyani Quarmyne, Andrew Taylor and Arturo Castro Nogueras

Some events are free to enter but still require booking; see the festival what’s on for details.

The After Dark club is the location of a series of musical and comedy shows starting on 20 July and continuing until 26 July. There is also a pre-fringe competition on 28 June at the club for local comedians. The lucky winner will perform at 10.15pm on the evening of Friday 26 July at the After Dark.

Other events at local venues:
Saturday 20 July

At South Street Arts Centre, there are five one hour long yoga sessions starting at 1pm.

Wednesday 24 July

The MERL hosts the future of food symposium, a panel discussion, from 1pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday 24 July.

On the same day, but from 7.30pm to 9pm in the evening, there is another serious panel discussion at RISC called environmental injustice and climate change.

Thursday 25 July

South Street Arts Centre has a presentation about project grants available from Arts Council England which starts at 10.30am. After this bookable slots are available to discuss funding for specific project.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘follow us into the woods… ‘ Fitting the bill (maybe) is a double bill on the evening of 25 July at MERL. At 6.30pm there is a session of clog dancing for beginners with Hannah James followed by the film The Clogmaker’s Workshop. MERL also hosts HARTMANMUELLER at 7pm on 25 July. The performance of in danger is described as “… an intimate look at human existence.”

Saturday 27 July

The Rising Sun has its first fringe event on Saturday 27 July at 5.30pm. The Mariner’s Song performed by KinkyFish Theatre is a “lyrical spoken word voyage navigating personal history and ancient myth.”

Later the same evening they host Reading female barbershop quartet The Tonyx who will perform with Holly Shillito from 7pm to 8pm.

This is followed at 8.30pm by The Avenue, a contemporary a cappella group from Twyford.

At South Street Arts Centre at 8pm, Norwegian ensemble Det Andre Teatret will be improvising a performance, Throw Away!, based on things brought by the audience. They say “with these objects as starting points, we dive into all sorts of stories – what they are, what they could have been and what we wish they were.”

Sunday 28 July

On Sunday, the second performance of Düsseldorf based Blue Goat Theatre‘s 30 Neo futurist plays from too much light makes the baby go blind is at the Rising Sun at 1pm. This is followed by the ZAP show performed by the Zap Comedy Club at 3pm and at 5pm Friendlinesses with Childcry.

On the other side of the IDR

If there is one event to travel a little further for, then it is Tim Millikin’s talk about his 46,500 km around-the-world cycle ride from Reading UK to Reading USA. This is at the Penta Hotel on 21 July at 6pm. Tim sent us a photograph of a Cambodian water pump to twin with the Whitley Pump while he was on the trip.

Emil Schult and Emma Nilsson are very welcome return performers who will be at Reading Minster on Wednesday 24 July at 9pm. They gave a magical performance at South Street as part of the 2017 Fringe.

Also at Reading Minster is Conversations with Trees, a new musical collaboration curated by Fiona Talkington which will be performed on Friday 26 July at 7pm. This is linked with the clog dancing events at the MERL the day before.

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