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His Dark Materials

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Adults: £12, Concessions: £10
If booking parts 1 and 2 in the same transaction,
a discount of £2 per ticket is applied at the checkout.
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by Philip Pullman,
adapted by Nicholas Wright

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Key props: alethiometer, subtle knife, amber spyglass23 March - 1 April 2017, with weekend matinées

Six hours of epic drama, split over two plays. 

Review:  "...ingenuity, creative flare and a clear love of story telling." Reading Chronicle

Travel between the worlds with Lyra and Will in this epic adaptation of Philip Pullman's famous trilogy: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. There's plenty of adventure, with angels, daemons, harpies, spectres and armoured bears, but also thoughtful insights on parenthood and religious authority.  Actors of all ages, plus puppets, bring over 130 characters to life. This adaptation by Nicholas Wright was such a hit at the National Theatre, that it was given a second run.

Louise Banks explains the key props she made for the show.

His Dark Materials is spread over two plays; you can watch parts 1 and 2 at separate performances or see both on a Saturday. A spectacle you won't want to miss! Suitable for adults and older children.

Part 1: Thu 23 March 7.30, Fri 24 7.30, Sat 25 2.30, Wed 29 7.30, Sat 1 April 2.30

Part 2: Sat 25 March 7.30, Sun 26 2.30, Thu 30 7.30, Fri 31 7.30, Sat 1 April 7.30

Evening performances at 7.30pm, Matinées at 2.30pm.
Doors open half an hour earlier.

If booking parts 1 and 2 in the same transaction, a discount of £2 per ticket is applied at the checkout.

 

This amateur production of His Dark Materials is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Arnie Somogyi’s Jump Monk

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Arnie Somogyi

Fri 7 April 2017, 7:30pm

Doors Open at 7:00PM

  • Arnie Somogyi bass
  • Tony Kofi alto sax
  • Jeremy Price trombone
  • Mark Edwards keyboard
  • Clark Tracey drums

Led by bassist Arnie Somogyi, Jump Monk pays tribute to two of the greatest composers in jazz: Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk.

Arnie stood in at Ronnie Scott's Club with the Mingus Dynasty Big Band, a high accolade indeed and confirmation of his reputation as one of the UK's leading bassists. He has played on over 50 albums, including four as a leader  and has worked, recorded and performed with many of the world’s leading jazz musicians including James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Farmer, Herb Ellis, Eddie Henderson, Joey Calderazzo, Steve Grossman, Scott Hamilton and The Mingus Big Band - as well as international stars including Tom Jones, Charlie Watts and Amy Winehouse.

This stellar line-up includes some of the leading figures in British jazz today. Expect passion and fireworks from the front line, pushed on by one of the best rhythm sections around.

“...Jump Monk, this led from the back by Arnie Somogyi, a bassist who doesn't mark time but makes it sing, urging his fellows on in the most vital way on an array of Monk's tunes [with extra Mingus] aided by Clark Tracey and the ever adroit pianist. Add in Jeremy Price's trombone and the searing alto of Toni Kofi, with his flamethrower tone and vehement attack, and you have music of real consequence.  Haitian Fight Song had it” - Peter Vacher, Jazzwise.

Tony Kofi is one of the UK's most talented jazz composers and saxophonists, and specialises in playing Thelonius Monk tunes. Tony is teamed in a double brass front line with trombonist Jeremy Price, who is Head of Jazz at Birmingham Conservatoire. On keyboard is Mark Edwards “...heartfelt, passionate playing with a breathtaking technique” and on drums Clark Tracey “If Art Blakey has a UK equivalent, it is fellow drummer Clark Tracey” – The Independent – Chris Parker.

Jazz at Progress is presented in association with Jazz in Reading.

Progress Premieres

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Progress Premieres

Monday 24th April – Saturday 29th April 2017, performances at 7.45pm
Doors open at 7.15pm.

Following on from the success of ten years of WriteFest, and as part of our commitment to supporting local writers and directors, Progress Theatre is proud to present an evening of two one-act plays:

The Writer Bird by Emily Goode

A journey down the writing rabbit hole. Drawing on both physical and absurdist theatre for its inspiration, it is in some senses a call to arms to our local writers. It is written by Emily Goode, whose work has frequently been performed at WriteFest.

  • Writer - Owen Goode
  • Character  - Bethan Perkins

Directed by Rik Eke

 

The Swastika Party by Paul Levy

Set in London’s East End in 1941, a city  shrouded in smoke, and destruction. The heart of the Blitz. This is a story about friendships under pressure and how symbols can impact on their lives. Written by Paul Levy, this play has become increasingly relevant to our changing political landscape.

  • Sarah - Megan Turnell
  • Mary - Emma Wyverne
  • Kitty - Stephanie Gunner
  • Vicky - Sam Bessant

Directed by Maria Hackemann

Murder, Margaret & Me

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by Philip Meeks

TypewriterMonday 22 May – Saturday 27 May 2017, performances at 7.45pm
Doors open at 7.15pm.

The ‘funniest woman alive’, harbours a dark secret and ‘the Queen of Crime’ has the investigative instincts of her greatest creations.

Margaret Rutherford and Agatha Christie: two national treasures behind one of the British film industry’s greatest franchises. Rutherford is famed for bringing Christie’s beloved spinster, Miss Marple, to the screen. However, Agatha Christie did not approve of Rutherford as Marple, and Margaret Rutherford had no interest in being involved with anything so sordid as murder.

Nevertheless, with the help of the Spinster with a twinkle in her eye, Rutherford and Christie are brought together and an unlikely friendship emerges, through their shared experiences of life and loss, tragedy and tea, murder and Marple.

Cast

  Margaret Rutherford - Liz Carroll

  Agatha Christie - Paula Montie 

  The Spinster - Dorothy Gibert

Director - Kate Shaw

 

 

This amateur production of Murder, Margaret & Me is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

Betrayal

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by Harold Pinter

Three figures silhouetted in a windowMonday 12 – Saturday 17 June 2017, performances at 7.45pm
Doors open at 7.15pm.

Shown in reverse chronological order, Betrayal explores and explodes the classic love triangle in Harold Pinter’s unconventional fashion, opening with the end of the seven-year-long affair between Emma and Jerry - lifelong friend of her husband Robert - and heading back to its roots. Inspired by Pinter’s real-life affair with Joan Bakewell, each character experiences their own version of betrayal.

Cast

  Jerry - Peter Cook

  Emma - Emma Sterry

  Robert - Paul Gallantry

  Waiter - Mathieu Menard

Director - Adrian Tang

 

This amateur production of Betrayal is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

The Tempest

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by William Shakespeare

The Tempest by WaterhouseTuesday 4 – Saturday 8 July 2017, performances at 7.45pm
Doors open at 7.15pm.

Summoning a storm, the magician Prospero - rightful Duke of Milan - shipwrecks his usurping brother Antonio and King Alonso of Naples on his island exile. Surrounded by his menagerie of spirits and monsters, the vengeful Prospero takes control, punishing his spiteful, scheming brother and matching lovers Miranda and Ferdinand.

Please note, this production has been brought forward one week from the originally published dates.

Presented by Progress Youth Theatre.

The Wind in the Willows

By Kenneth Grahame, adapted by Mike Kenny

Wind in the Willows12 - 22 July 2017 at Caversham Court Gardens

Mole, Toad, Ratty and Badger are brought to life as they tell the tale of the events at Toad Hall in this playful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic children's book, perfectly suited to the beautiful and enchanting setting of Caversham Court Gardens.

why not bring a picnic and some fizz to one of the area's favourite annual events, presented by Reading's longest-running open-air theatre production? With a laid back atmosphere in one of the area's prettiest locations by Grahame's beloved Thames, The Wind in the Willows will be enjoyed by the whole family.

Tickets will be on sale in 2017 - they tend to sell quickly, so watch this space for news.

Please note, this production has been brought forward one week from the originally published dates.

This amateur production of The Wind in the Willows is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books Ltd