Reading theatre round up
October 01, 2010
Members of the Starmaker Theatre Company – once attended by Oscar winner Kate Winslet and reality TV contestant Danyl Johnson – will perform their latest show next week.
The Madness-inspired musical Our House will be played out at South Hill Park’s Wilde Theatre from Tuesday, October 5 to Saturday, October 9.
The romantic comedy follows Joe Casey in a Sliding Doors-style journey. After commiting a petty crime to impress the girl he loves, he has a choice to go on the run or stay and face the music.
Our House follows the two courses his life would have taken had he stayed for the police or had he made a run for it.
Tickets are available by calling Starmaker on (0118) 978 9238, or calling South Hill Park on (01344) 484123.
For more details, log on to starmakeruk.org.
The Shinfield Players will soon be performing their latest musical, Chess.
The show, which was a collaboration between Tim Rice and Abba frontmen Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, is a Cold War parable and a West End smash hit.
The Players will perform the show from Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9, and then again from Thursday, October 14 through to Saturday, October 16.
For more details, call (0118) 975 8880 or log on to www.boardtreaders.tgis.co.uk.
The Rep College is back in action this weekend.
The trainee professional actors will be performing After Agincourt, said to be playwright Peter Mottley’s greatest play.
The show features one of the college’s alumni, Charles Hurcombe, in his professional debut,
Seen through the eyes of Pistol, the events of the Battle of Agincourt are brought to life in a heart-rending and mesmeric way.
The show is performed on Friday and Saturday at Whitchurch Village Hall, Manor Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames.
For more details, call the box office on (0118) 942 1144.
The Boundary Players, based in Aldermaston, are preparing for their autumn production, Maintenance Man.
The comedy, written by Richard Harris, revolves around lovable Bob, a scriptwriter for the BBC and also a do-it-yourself enthusiast.
When he leaves his wife Chris for the glamorous Diana, he is soon drifting back to put up a few shelves or mow the lawn with the result that he never really leaves at all.
To find out how the love triangle pans out, head to the William Penney Theatre, part of the Aldermaston Recreational Complex in Tadley. The show is performed from October 19 to 23, for more details, call 0794 7295826 or log on to www.boundaryplayers.co.uk.
Timberlake Wertenbaker's Laurence Olivier award-winning play Our Country’s Good is the next production for the Sinodun Players.
It charts the story of the first fleet of British Officers and convicts to Australia in 1788 to establish the first penal colony. According to history a group of the convicts performed a play on the anniversary of King George III’s birthday.
It explored the relationships between the officers and the convicts, the class system within the convict camp, and the effect on the indigenous people with the arrival of the British.
It is funny, distressing, moving and thought-provoking. If you enjoy theatre, this play is a “must see”.
The show is performed from Wednesday, October 13 to Saturday, October 16 at the Corn Exchange in Wallingford. For details, call 01491 825000.
Progress Theatre are performing Steven Berkoff’s Metamorphosis next month.
The play is inspired by Franz Kafka and follows Gregor when he decides to see what life would be like if he did what he pleased – only to find that he’s been transformed into a gigantic beetle-like insect.
The play is performed from Monday, October 11 to Saturday, October 16. For details, call the box office on (0118) 960 6060 or log on to www. progresstheatre.co.uk.
The Silchester Players will present Rick Abbott’s comedy Sing On! next month.
Once again, The Chesteril Amateur Players are in dire financial circumstances and consent to perform another play by Phyllis Montague. This time Phyllis is joined by her nephew Monte to write a musical tribute to Queen Elizabeth I.
The intrepid thespians know that disaster will probably result. It may be tough to act on a sinking ship but can you sing as the waters rise?
The show is performed at Silchester Village Hall, Silchester over the weekends of October 8-9 and 15-16. For more details, call (0118) 981 5600 or visit www.silchesterplayers.hampshire.org.uk.