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‘Children Helping Children’ concert at the Hexagon postponed

Children Helping Children concert 2019

The Children Helping Children (CHC) concert planned for 31 March at the Hexagon Theatre has been postponed. The Hexagon Theatre has closed because of the current coronavirus epidemic.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 March

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 24 February

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‘The Haunting of Hill House’ at the Progress Theatre

By Gillie Tunley and Brenda Sandilands.

'The Haunting of Hill House' at the Progress Theatre

‘The Haunting of Hill House’ at the Progress Theatre. Photo © Richard Brown.

Progress Theatre are staging the suspenseful The Haunting of Hill House by F. Andrew Leslie, adapted from the novel by Shirley Jackson. It is directed with chilling panache by Matt Tully and polished production by Tony Wernham.

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Readiophonics fourth Birthday Bash

Readiophonics

Readiophonics

On this special celebration of their fourth birthday at South Street Arts Centre, Readiophonics, resplendent in cobalt blue and led by the sassy Sarah Sharp, Musical Director, welcomed us with a warmly soulful beep bop medley, Tonight… is going to be a good, good night.

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The JMA is improving but some teachers aren’t skilled enough, says Ofsted

The office for standards in education in England, Ofsted, inspected the John Madejski Academy (JMA) in January 2020 and reported that the school ‘requires improvement‘. Ofsted noted that the school is already improving, adding that there were problems with some teachers’ lack of expertise as well as pupil attendance. The JMA principal Camilla Thornalley agreed that the school is improving, saying that they had been aware of the problems Ofsted raised and had plans to address them.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 17 February

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 27 January

 

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A new planning application to demolish the After Dark Club on London Street

After Dark Night Club

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.

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Reading Fringe Festival 2020 is open for applications from performers

The Fringe team for In Danger

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

The Reading Fringe Festival 2020 is open for applications from performers. This year’s festival will take place from Friday 17 July to Sunday 27 July.

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‘Wyrd Sisters’ at the Progress Theatre

‘Wyrd Sisters’ at the Progress Theatre. Photo courtesy of (c) Aidan Moran

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.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 16 December

 

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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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 December

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 25 November

 

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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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Southampton Street’s Red Lion Pub reopens as Kobanî House

Adem playing the Turkish guitar at Kobani House (the Red Lion Pub), Southampton Street

Adem playing the Turkish guitar at Kobanî House (the Red Lion Pub), Southampton Street

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.

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‘Hangmen’ at the Progress Theatre

By Gillie Tunley & Brenda Sandilands.

'Hangmen' at the Progress Theatre

‘Hangmen’ at the Progress Theatre. Image (c) Aidan Moran

It’s 1965 and it’s the end of hanging. Or is it? The Progress Theatre are staging Martin McDonagh’s edgy and darkly comedic Hangmen this week, directed with passion and purpose by Steph Dewar.

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University neighbours are fed up with parking problems, HMOs, litter and public disturbance, say Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association

Garbage at the Whitley Park Lane bus stop

Garbage at the Whitley Park Lane bus stop

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.

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