What’s on this week
Visual Arts Trail, Hungerford, until Sat 30 Sept
Head to the very pretty town of Hungerford and have a nose around the first ever Visual Arts Trail. They’re a talented bunch in these parts (check out Jane Corbett’s stunning mixed media sculpture above), with over 30 artists showcasing their work in 16 venues. Take a stroll, discover venues and artists and experience beautiful and thought provoking works. If it gets your creative juices flowing, pop along to a workshop.
Autumn clearance sale, Douai Pavillion Woolhampton, Tues 26 Sept
On your marks, get set… go! The Corner Shop in Woolhampton, L Interiors, The Label Xchange and many more are clearing stock to make way for (whisper it, Christmas). Sharpen your elbows and get yourself down to Douai Pavillion RG7 5TG from 8am. Loads of beautiful things for an absolute steal. Don’t worry, I’ll leave plenty of goodies for you. For more info email: email@example.com
The Two Man Show, South Street Arts Reading, Tues 26 Sept
Two Man Show is, in fact, performed by two women, Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen, aka RashDash. It’s billed as a look at masculinity and patriarchy and it unapologetically loud, snotty and bonkers with loud blasts of punkish songs and nudity. It’s also won a load of gongs, including the 2016 Fringe First Awards.
Loot, The Watermill Newbury, Thurs 28 Sept – Sat 21 Oct
A dark comic masterpiece, when Joe Orton’s Loot premiered 5 decades ago, jaws dropped. But a tale about two dodgy mates who stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin to hide the cash from a psychopathic copper, gold-digging nurse and a grieving widow, will do that to an audience even in the Sixties. Having opened in London, the Michael Fentiman-directed show arrives at The Watermill in Newbury. Not to the missed.
Pete Firman, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Fri 29 Sept
Pete Firman‘s been described as a ‘poster boy for comedy magic’, but it’s a pretty small pool of talent, I would argue. That’s not to say he’s not brilliant. You’ll have spotted Pete on the telly box, he’s on loads of stuff, now is your chance to see him live at Norden Farm for a night of laughs and jaw-dropping magic.
Perfect Wedding, The Mill at Sonning, Thurs 28 Sept – Sat 18 Nov
Theatre’s answer to The Hangover, The Mill at Sonning’s new production The Perfect Wedding is all about the pitfalls of the stag do: naked girls, memory loss, cover ups and a bride on the warpath. The perfect medicine for all those thinking of getting married! Plus all tickets come with a two-course meal.
A Melody For Murder, Queen’s Walk Plaza Reading, Sat 30 Sept
Following the sell-out success of A Gamble With Death, the team are back with A Melody For Murder. Discover #WhoKilledStellaChord – a mega-rich singing diva murdered during rehearsals – using your smartphone, race around Reading to find hidden evidence, crack clues and converse with dodgy characters. Tickets £20
Windsor Fringe Festival, Sat 23 Sept – Sat 7 Oct
If you like your arts fresh out of the box, head to Windsor Fringe Festival – the second oldest fringe in the UK after Edinburgh. Expect an eclectic programme of events and shows, plus the world reknowned International Windsor Fringe Award for New Drama Writing judged by Hilary Mantel, Fay Weldon and Kenneth Branagh, to name a few.
Softer – Jenny Holzer Exhibition at Blenheim Palace, Thurs 28 Sep – 31 Dec
The fourth artist to to showcase contemporary art at Blenheim Palace, Holzer will be creating new work directly addressing our military and political history – eeek! For this show she’s developing large-scale light projections that will transform the Formal Gardens after dark in a series of night time public events. Sound cool right?
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Cliveden Literary Festival, Sat 14 – Sun 15 Oct
Authors Sebastian Faulks, Tina Brown and Dylan Jones, and historian Lady Antonia Fraser are among the speakers at Cliveden’s refined gathering. The 5 star country house hotel has held literary salons since the 17th century, inspiring writers from Pope to Swift to Tennyson, so you’ll certainly be in rarefied company. And be sure to have a snoop around the exquisite grounds while you’re there.