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Usually over the New Year the Progress Theatre put on a children’s show – never quite as crass as a pantomime, but usually something jolly and entertaining and family friendly.
The play opens in an interview room of a police station in an unnamed Eastern European-esque totalitarian state where a blindfolded subject is sitting in silence.
Alan Ayckbourn is without doubt a national treasure and this play is one of his usual concoctions: funny, clever, moving and funny.
It’s a real pleasure to see a show aimed at children that is neither simple or easy; that isn’t a spin-off from a TV show or cartoon or staging of a popular book.
This evening’s show, performed by the Reading Youth Theatre, is one of a handful of performances before it heads up to Edinburgh for the Fringe in August, and from the looks of it they’re already pretty well prepared for the big run.
If Johnny Ball had been a world class juggler and street entertainer as well as being a particularly fine science communicator then he might’ve come up with a show like this one.
Although this stage version of the perennial prison sitcom of the 70s is written by the original writing duo of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
This is an annual fixture in Reading’s entertainment calendar and a rather good fixture it is too.
These two one act plays are presented and performed by one of the Progress Theatre’s Youth Groups and it’s a good job they make of them.
Mark Thomas, political activist, tireless campaigner and comedian came to Reading as part of his current tour with one simple aim – to add a new proposition to his manifesto.