Reading Fringe on our doorstep

With a theme of ‘Connect-Collaborate-Create’, the Reading Fringe Festival kicks off with a launch party on Station Hill on 24 July at 7.30pm and ends on 29 July. Many events are free, but booking is usually required as tickets are limited.

Katesgrove venue the Rising Sun Arts Centre will host eight events dealing with some challenging topics and finish at 4pm on 29 July with an adaptation of Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale by Clown Noir. The audience is invited to “… become one of the revellers for a night of rambunctious comedy.”

At South Street, the Düsseldorf based dance company Cooperativa Maura Morales will perform ‘Exceso de la nada – Excess of nothing‘ on 28 July at 7.30pm. The dance is based around Maura Morales’ experiences in her native country of Cuba.

South Street also has a presentation and funding surgery with Arts Council England on 25 July from 10.30-15.30 for which appointments must be booked.

A short lunchtime walk to the Museum of English Rural Life on 27 July should be worth it for a climate symposium ‘A World Without … ‘. The debate will be led by BBC3 presenter and Reading resident Fiona Talkington. The panel includes ice musician Terje Isungset and photographer, broadcaster and writer Emile Holba who have other events at the Fringe. This is a free event but booking is required as tickets are limited.

A long walk almost as far south as you can go in Reading to Whitley Wood Community Centre will offer an urban art demonstration by Kj263 during the afternoon of 25 July. There are only 12 places in the workshop, which must be booked, but you can also turn up on the day to watch.

Making the journey in the opposite direction are John Madejski Academy performing arts who will be at the Penta Hotel on 27 July at 6pm for their version of the ‘Government Inspector‘ by Nikolai Gogol. This is a classic Russian play first published in 1836 and is briefly described as:

A corrupt town tries to buy the favour of a visiting inspector. The problem is, the townsfolk don’t know who he is…. and to be honest they don’t know much else either.

In the final event on the main stage at Station Hill, Sir John Madejski himself shares some of his favourite music with Fiona Talkington and talks about “… his involvement with Reading’s cultural scene, Reading FC, and his legacy of support for the town.”

A fitting end to Reading’s Fringe.

  1. Reading Fringe Festival
  2. Rising Sun Arts Centre at the Whitley Pump
  3. South Street at the Whitley Pump
  4. Museum of English Rural Life at the Whitley Pump
  5. Lunch and community at the Whitley Wood over 50s social club
  6. John Madejski Academy at the Whitley Pump