Arlington Arts Centre
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury, RG14 3BQ. A map is here.
The Flood, 24th September, 18:00 and 20:00
Set during WW1 a passionate relationship struggles to life between a frontline soldier and a nurse. Against the background of brutality, banality and mortality their snatched private moments and fraught correspondence builds an intense and unsettling atmosphere that draws the audience in – and chews them back out. This is a site specific piece, which will be taking place in the …atmospheric… locale of Arlington Manor cellar.
Krapp's Last Tape, 1st October, 20:00
A late evening in the future.
Front centre a small table, sitting at the table, a wearish old man: Krapp.
So begins Samuel Beckett’s often overlooked one man play Krapp’s Last Tape. Overlooked not because it is of any less legendary quality than Waiting For Godot or Endgame but perhaps because of the challenge the script places on the shoulders of the solitary actor performing it. Tom Owen more than rises to that challenge. Being recommended to the part after 40 years of experience (you’ll recognise him from Last of the Summer Wine) Owen lets us into the world of this internalised chap. The 69 year old Krapp is once again sitting down to record a message to himself – as he does on each of his birthdays. Krapp is drawn to a tape he made thirty years ago when he was just 39 and, it would seem, had the world at his feet.
Will Seaward's Ghost Stories, 22nd October, 20:00
Surreal spooky storytelling from comedian Will Seaward. Having received five star reviews at his consecutive Edinburgh Fringe runs, he brings his sometimes compared to Brian Blessed, sometimes compared to a poodle, bats-in-the-belfry bizarreness to Arlington for a Halloween Dreadtacular. Seaward’s original ghost stories are regaled with unrelenting frivolity and skilled oration all knotted together by some simply extraordinary facial expression gymnastics.
La Traviata, 5th to 7th November, 19:30
La Traviata – ‘the fallen woman’ – is the story in music of Violetta, the beautiful, pleasure-loving, sexual mercenary, who dares for the first time to commit her capricious heart, only to be asked to make the most terrible of sacrifices. With the drama transplanted to within the smart set of the nineteen-fifties, Verdi’s passionate, exuberant, heartbreaking score is performed by Kennet Opera, who have been entertaining Newbury audiences for over twenty years, and who now make their debut at the Arlington Arts Centre. La Traviata is sung in English.
For more details
see the Arlington Arts Centre web site at www.arlingtonarts.co.uk.