What’s on: this week
Tues 30 May – Sun 4 June 2017
Bernar Venet Sculptures, Cliveden House, until mid Oct
The Cliveden iconic statues are almost as famous as the estate’s reputation for wild parties. Lord Astor was a big collector, so I think he’d approve of the current exhibition of Bernar Venet’s modern sculptures. It’s the first time the French artist’s work has been seen outdoors in the UK since 1976.
Alfie Moore: getting away with Murder, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Thurs 1 June
Murder and comedy are not easy bedfellows, but former Detective Sergeant Alfie Moore‘s brand new stand up show takes you on a journey of a murder investigation. It’s like Cluedo but with more laughs. The star of BBC Radio 4’s A Fair Cop, tells you everything you need to know from choosing a weapon to disposing the body – Miss Scarlet and her lead pipe had better watch out. Tickets £14.
Reginald D Hunter, The Concert Hall Reading, Sat 3 June
If you haven’t come across Reginald D Hunter, where have you been? A regular on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, he is laugh-until-you cry funny, achingly cool and a real go-for-broke comedian. Like all funnymen, he loves to ruffle feathers with his honest jibes and is known for dropping the ‘N’ bomb… a lot. Go and see the great man from Georgia . Tickets £25.
Hailey Tuck, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Fri 2 June
Pack away the polo necks because Hailey Tuck, with her sharp black bob, red lip and vintage wardrobe, is captivating millennials and jazz fans alike with her stunning voice and and old school glamour. Raised in Austin, Texas, on a diet of 1920s jazz, vintage dresses and black and white movies, Hailey’s voice sits somewhere between Billie Holiday, Regina Spektor and Ella Fitzgerald. She’ll perform at Norden Farm on Friday at 8pm. Tickets £14.
Festival of Food & Folk 2017, South Hill Park Bracknell, Sat 3 – Sun 4 June
Festival season is about to swing into action. Any excuse to squeeze into your Daisy Dukes and stagger around with a cider. South Hill Park is hosting a family-friendly Food and Folk Festival this weekend and –it’s totally freee to enter. So there’s no excuse not to go and sample the international street food, kids entertainment and chilled atmosphere in the beautiful grounds of South Hill Park. Sunshine’s been order, but I’d slap on the fake tan and your waterproofs just in case.
Unplugged, Ace Space Newbury, Fri 2 June
If you’re name’s not down, you’re not getting on. Unplugged is the biggest Open Mic night in West Berks (and beyond?). Music, poetry, stand-up it’s all here plus an audience who listen rather than constantly chatter (boo or throw stuff). If you want to step up to the mic, arrive from 7pm to get a slot. The rest of you can sit back and enjoy an unpredictable evening fuelled by local beer. Tickets £4 on the door. No charge to perform.
Alice In Wonderland, South Hill Park Bracknell, Sun 4 June
Disappear down a rabbit hole for Alice In The Wonderland. Basing his ballet on Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, Ballet Theatre UK’s Artistic Director Christopher Moore has created a piece, brimming with wit, humour and charm. It’s a familiar tale in which the White Rabbit takes Alice on a bonkers journey to meet the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, a studious caterpillar and the mischievous Tweedledum and Tweedledee. A trippy classic for all ages. Tickets: adults £20; kids £13.