What's on: THEATRE

Performances at local theatres, theatrical events, comedy, theatre workshops.

Wokingham Theatre: 'The Deep Blue Sea'

Thursday 3rd May
to Saturday 12th May

7.45pm

The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

How to get there.

Wokingham Theatre: Terence Rattigan's 'The Deep Blue Sea'

One of Rattigan's best known plays tells the story of Hester Collyer. It begins with the discovery of Hester in her flat by her neighbours after she has failed in an attempt to commit suicide by gassing herself. Some time before this Hester had left her husband Sir William, a respectable High Court judge, for Freddie Page, a semi-alcoholic former RAF pilot.

Although their relationship was physical and passionate his ardour has cooled, leaving her emotionally stranded and desperate. The aftershock of Hester's attempted suicide unravels even the remnants of this relationship. Sir William offers reconciliation but is rejected and there seems every likelihood that she may try again to take her life.

This moving story of a failed suicide attempt, of her tempestuous affair and the breakdown of her marriage begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion, and behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.

Directed by Nigel Lawson Dick.

Tickets: £12 can be booked online from the theatre.

More information: www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk.

Russell Players: 'Café Fear'

Thursday 17th May
Friday 18th May
Sunday 20th May

7.30pm

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Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield RG7 1QX

How to get there.

Russell Players: 'Café Fear'

The Russell Players are proud to present the tragicomedy Café Fear by Paul John Matthews.

Newspaper reporters Angela and Jim are investigating rumours of an alleged cover up following the escape of a patient from a high security psychiatric hospital.

Stopping at a café to ask directions they are joined by Adriana, a prissy germaphobe and Roger, a rather annoying smart Alec.

The four soon realise they have stumbled across a very strange place indeed and all is not what it seems.

Tickets: adult £10, including light supper, are available from Swallowfield Stores
or online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/russellplayers (Booking fee applies)
or by telephone from TicketSource on 0333 666 3366 (Booking fee applies) .

The Russell Players were founded in November 1977 by a group of Swallowfield Parishioners having performed informally together in 1976. We have had a long held tradition of staging pantomimes at the end of January / beginning of February each year.

More information: russellplayers.co.uk.

Wokingham Theatre: 'Happy Now?'

Thursday 7th June
to Saturday 16th June

7.45pm

Happy Now?

Happy Now?

Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Happy Now?'

First performed in 2008, Happy Now? is a deliciously sharp and well observed contemporary black comedy, dealing with the (very middle class!) frustrations of modern life.

We follow the story of Kitty, a successful working mother of two children. On the surface she seems to have it all but a chance encounter at a conference hotel plays on her mind as she struggles to balance her personal freedom with family life, fidelity and a testing job.

This very funny and painfully truthful take on modern life has plenty of home truths many of us will relate to, especially anyone who has children or Grandchildren (at times the couples almost seem to be in competition as to who is the most tired and sleep deprived!). Kitty, who seems to have it all has reached a point in her life where she is questioning whether she is truly happy and what she really wants out of life with her husband, her friends, her irritating mother and maybe the odd workplace dalliance.

Directed by Chris Hillebrandt.

Tickets: £12 can be booked online from the theatre.

More information: www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk.

Wokingham Theatre: 'When We Are Married'

Wednesday 18th July
to Saturday 28th July

7.45pm

When We Are Married

When We Are Married

Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: J B Priestley's 'When We Are Married'

Twenty Five years ago, the Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppiest were married on the same day and by the same person. They are now gathered at the Helliwells' home to celebrate their silver wedding. These staunch West Riding folk have summoned the new organist to reprimand him for courting an unidentified maiden. To their consternation he tells them that he recently met the parson who conducted the triple wedding ceremony, and who was not authorised to do so!

Pandemonium breaks out when these pillars of society believe they have been 'living in sin' for 25 years. Priestley at his scintillating best.

Booking opens 1st May, 2018. Tickets: £12 can be booked online from the theatre.

More information: www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk.


Timeless announcements: THEATRE ARTS

These theatre art activities run permanently.

Showtime Academy: Performing Arts for 8 - 19 year olds!

Showtime Academy

Showtime Academy

Saturdays during term time

10am-1pm

The Loft, Finchampstead Baptist Church (FBC) Centre, Gorse Ride North, Finchampstead RG40 4ES

How to get there. Access to FBC available from Nine Mile Ride or Barkham Ride by an entrance on Gorse Ride South and Gorse Ride North.

Established in 1999, the Showtime Academy leads the field in fun, performance based training in the song, dance & drama. Aimed at students aged 8 - 19 years old, we look to produce at least two quality musical performances each year for those with the desire to get up on stage and entertain.

Whilst members of the Academy do not have to have had any previous performing experience, we are looking for people who want to get involved and have fun!

If you have enthusiasm, want to make some great friends, work with experienced West End performers and technicians the Showtime Academy could definitely be the place for you.

More information: www.showtimeacademy.com.