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Calling  all local artists who have entertained and sustained us with your thrilling theatrical productions, right here in Reading and beyond – we miss you, the world is a drab place without you… But the fabulous Rabble Theatre Company, led by the inspirational Dani and Toby Davies, have devised an ingenious way of keeping theatre alive, online – and you can join for a free trial!  

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A smörgåsbord of dramatic delights from Düsseldorf

Fiona Talkington, Fiona Leonard, Nyani Quarmyne, Andrew Taylor and Arturo Castro Nigueras

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

In the sad absence of live theatre in these troubled times, the Blue Goat Theatre, Düsseldorf, led by the enterprising Fiona Leonard, has served us up a smorgasbord of dramatic delight with 12 short pre-recorded plays; this is a collaboration between nine countries, reaching across time zones, involving some 36 stellar artists, complete strangers, who have met online to write, create and record a play with the theme, The Thread.

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Rabble Theatre offers free online courses from 1 April

Rabble Theatre, formerly Reading Between the Lines or RBL, have devised an ingenious way of keeping theatre alive during the current coronavirus epidemic. They are offering free online drama and public speaking classes every Wednesday starting on 1 April.

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Progress Theatre cancels season’s shows because of epidemic

Progress Theatre

Reading’s Progress Theatre, on the Mount in Redlands, has temporarily closed its doors from today, and cancelled this season’s shows, because of the coronavirus epidemic.

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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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Reading Borough Council closes its public buildings from 17 March

Reading Borough Council (RBC) closes its buildings to the public from today, Tuesday 17 March. This includes the civic offices, Reading Museum and Town Hall, arts and theatre venues, libraries, community buildings and leisure centres. RBC has decided to do this in response to latest government advice on the coronavirus epidemic.

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Reading Cultural Awards 2020

Reading Cultural Awards 2020 are now open for nominations for activities and events that took place between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020. Anyone can nominate an event or an organisation for one of the 13 awards. There is a new category this year, school of the year, for a school that has shown outstanding dedication to the arts.

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Progress Theatre opens Writefest 2020

Reading’s Progress Theatre has opened its competition for new, unpublished and unstaged short plays, Writefest 2020. The theatre will stage the winning entries in autumn 2020 and the deadline for competition entries is 26 April 2020.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 March

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‘Who goes Bare?’ with the Shinfield Players Theatre

By Gillie Tunley and Brenda Sandilands.

'Who goes Bare?' at the Shinfield Players Theatre

‘Who goes Bare?’ at the Shinfield Players Theatre. Photo (c) Susie Williamson

Shinfield Players are staging Who Goes Bare this week, a fast and furious farce by Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon; it is directed with pace and panache by Philippe Duquenoy, assisted ably by Stage Manager Graham Vockins with ingenious set design by Tim Howling, involving numerous durable doors, which open and close with split second precision.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 2 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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 17 February

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 10 February

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 3 February

 

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 27 January

 

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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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 20 January

 

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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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