Birds and swastikas at the Progress Theatre

The Progress Theatre’s Premieres comprises two one-act plays by local writers. The Writer Bird by Emily Goode is a comic, absurdist description of the creative process and The Swastika Party by Paul Levy is a more conventional story about how four young women deal with war and hatred.

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His Dark Materials (part two) at the Progress Theatre

By Brenda Sandilands.

We mentioned the considerable challenge posed by the Progress Theatre’s decision to stage this play in our review of His Dark Materials part one; the huge cast and the variety of technical skills required to create the versatile set, costumes, props and puppetry, to name a few. The Progress Theatre has met and conquered these challenges by creating a fast-moving and enchanting theatre experience that will stay with you long after we leave Lyra and Will in Oxford.

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Disco Pigs at Reading Rep

by Gillian Tunley


Reading Rep staged an intensely visceral performance of Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs which left the audience emotionally stunned.  This high voltage two hander, directed by the acclaimed Cathal Cleary, features Runt and Pig (whose real names are the far more mundane Sinead and Darren)  running amok in a dangerous fantasy world, fuelled by cheap alcohol, raucous disco beat and trashy TV.

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A profoundly moving production of Ben-Hur

By Gillian Tunley.


Reading Rep staged an epic and powerful community production of Ben-Hur at The Hexagon last week, in a stage adaptation by the award winning playwright Hattie Naylor. It marked a spectacular opening to the Made in Reading season in the Reading Year of Culture. Over 70 local residents of all ages and backgrounds, playing characters encompassing all aspects of Roman society, joined forces with a small professional cast to thrill the audience with this timeless epic.

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