‘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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Ventriloquising the silence in the Great Hall

Hampus Lindwall playing the organ in Reading University’s Great Hall. Photo: Sue Beckett

Every time I hear the excited phrase on BBC Radio 3 ”and now, the world premiere of…” I suspect there’s a good reason the piece had never been previously broadcast. So, I was a little nervous at spending 70 minutes at an experimental organ recital at Reading University’s Great Hall called Redundant as eyelids in absence of light on 15 November. But Sue Beckett and I rather enjoyed it, in a baffled, we’re-only-from-Reading-what-the-hell-is-going-on sort of way.

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Matt Rodda speaks in Parliament on the Centenary of the Armistice

Sophia James, Matt Rodda and Rose Williams October 2017

Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East and shadow minister for buses) took part in a debate on the Centenary of the Armistice on 6 November. He spoke of the effect of the First World War on Reading and Woodley in his constituency of Reading East, and made a special mention of Katesgrove.

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‘Birdsong’ at the Progress Theatre

‘Birdsong’ at the Progress Theatre. Photo (c) Richard Brown

We will remember them…

The Progress Theatre are performing Sebastian Faulks’ poignant Birdsong this week. Cleverly condensed for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff, this story of love and loss alternates between the war torn horror of 1916 and the tranquil peacetime of Amiens and is directed with great emotional insight by Steph Dewar.

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