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What’s on: This Week

Mon 15 – Thurs 18 May 2017


My guide to the cool, brilliant and totally unmissable in Berkshire and beyond this week.

Wildlife Photographer On The Loose, The Firestation Windsor, Mon 15 May

The legend that is David Attenborough celebrated his 91st at the weekend. Thanks to him, we have seen the world’s weird and wonderful wildlife thrust into the spotlight. But he’s also highlighted the brilliant work of wildlife photographers and filmmakers. Tonight, zoologist, award-winning writer and wildlife snapper, Mark Carwardine, will discuss his photographic passion as well as the high and lows of capturing subjects more unpredictable than Lady Gaga on the red carpet. Entry £5.


Digital Takeover, MERL Reading, Thurs 18 May

You’ve got to love the Museum of English Rural Life. It sounds so quaint and a little old fashioned, but under the alter ego of MERL it’s all about being interesting and fun. The Digital Takeover is ticking all the boxes – cocktails, an 80s/90s silent disco, live music by Forget Gravity plus the chance to try loads of cool stuff. Follow an augmented reality trail around the galleries, get a 3D scan of your face and a Roman village VR experience (with smells). I’ve tasted the future and I like! Tickets £4.


Octopus, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Wed 17 May

With the General Election fast approaching and the uncertainty of Brexit, the arts are not short of inspiration. Octopus is a post-Brexit satire about three women who have been called in for assessment – questioning their Britishness. Throw into the mix the comedic nature of bureaucratic box ticking and absurd interviews, you’ll see why it hit the sweet spot at the Edinburgh Fringe and was sell out at London’s Theatre503. It comes to Maidenhead this week. Don’t miss it. Tickets £14.



Nashville In the Round, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Thurs 18 May

I’m guilty of belting out a bit of Dolly – 9-5 is a surefire feel-good choooooon. And I bingewatch Nashville on Sky. If you’ve not seen, check it out. Nicole Kidman’s a fan too. My point? All right I’m getting there. It you’re partial to a bit of country, do not miss Nashville In The Round at Norden Farm. Performed in the style of the iconic Bluebird Cafe, Sarah Darling (with millions of downloads to her name), Jenn Bostic who’s Jealous of the Angels was a UK No1 hit and Michael Logan (his song have featured on Nashville) will all be performing. Tickets £15.


Ballet Central, Corn Exchange Newbury, Weds 17 May

Young, dynamic and elegant… everything I’m not, but then I’m not a dancer. Ballet Central‘s diverse range of dance and theatre leaps onto the Corn Exchange stage under new artistic director Christopher Marney. The repertoire for this year’s tour includes work by Sir Matthew Bourne, Christopher Bruce, Royal Ballet artist in residence Liam Scarlett and former English National Ballet’s Jenna Lee. Don’t miss the chance to see these highly talented dancers as they launch their professional careers. Tickets £20.


On the Town, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, 19 May – 1 July

Strictly finalist hottie Danny Mac dances his way into a new musicals career, starring in the classic Gene Kelly/Frank Sinatra classic On The Town at the acclaimed Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie with a score by Leonard Bernstein, Regent’s Park is a 10 minute stroll from the train at Marylebone. What more do you want, good weather while you’re watching it?!



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, New Theatre, Oxford, Mon 22 – Sat 27 May

The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes to Oxford’s New Theatre. Winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards and five 2015 Tony Awards, including ‘Best Play’ it’s at the top of my must-see theatre lists (I should know, I’ve seen it 3 times already!). Christopher, 15 years old, with Asperger’s, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under the suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world. Brilliant.


David Hockney, Tate Britain, until 29 May

If you still haven’t managed to catch this exhibition then chop chop, there’s only two weeks to go – eeeeek.  This exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of Hockney’s most famous works celebrating painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades, some of which have never been seen before in public. The exhibition has caught the imagination of both the critics and the public and is pretty much required viewing.

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