Hexagon - 21 South Street - Concert Hall, Reading
0118 960 6060, Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm. Directions to the Hexagon and maps showing the three
The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA.
21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU.
The Concert Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading.
Performances are at the Hexagon unless another venue is given.
Private Lives, 17th to 18th October at The Hexagon
1930. The South of France. Two newly-married couples occupy adjoining honeymoon suites in the same hotel. As a distant orchestra plays, Sibyl gazes adoringly at charismatic husband Elyot, while Victor admires his new wife, the vivacious and sophisticated Amanda. Champagne flows and the sea shimmers in the moonlight as the newlyweds prepare for the evening ahead. But when Amanda overhears a familiar voice singing a familiar song, an old spark reignites, with spectacular consequences. Full of razor-sharp wit and quick-fire dialogue, Private Lives is Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy.
For All The Fires Not Yet Lit, 19th October, 20:00 at South Street
Claire Lyons’ fiancé doesn’t think she should make a speech at the wedding reception, neither does her mother. And yesterday, she stayed swimming in the slow lane, despite her legs wanting to push her faster. And so it is that a morning outing to get a coffee turns into a quest for Claire to locate her brave bone, surprising herself and others. Over the next 24 hours Claire goes on a protest, makes friends with a shoplifter, ends up in a prison cell and wakes with a very different view of what is and isn’t possible. Interwoven with small, tender and mighty stories of everyday bravery For all the fires not yet lit is a clarion call to be brave in an age in which we are constantly told to be fearful. Because courage, like fear, can be contagious. For all the fires not yet lit is a new solo performance written and performed by Catherine Ireton using found sounds, electronic samples, storytelling and song.
Finding Joy, 1st November, 20:00 at South Street
Joy is 83 today: she’s funny, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, fearless, bright, and always getting into trouble. When, out of the blue, Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and a mutual affection. But is that enough to take on the challenges ahead? Vamos Theatre’s wordless theatrical world brings this story of lost memories and discovered love vividly to life, in the production that established Vamos Theatre as the UK’s leading full mask theatre company.
Republica, 16th November, 20:00 at South Street
A new performance exploring Spain’s communist & anarchist coalition government of the 1930s, and the society that elected it. Inspired by historical events that preceded the Spanish Civil War, Republica is the untold story of the Spanish Revolution and a bold reclaiming of the ideals of The Second Republic (1931-1939). With today’s rising opposition between anti-austerity and far right movements all over Europe, Republica is a timely examination of the last time a government took land and power from the super-rich to give back to its people. Told by a flamenco dancer, a punk guitarist and a stripper, it demands we break the Pact of Forgetting.
Peter Pan, 9th December to 7th January at The Hexagon
Come and join us on a magical journey as we fly away to Neverland this festive season with Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. The Hexagon once again promise a panto full of adventure, with a stunning set, spectacular song and dance routines, a lot of traditional panto slapstick, and of course, a ticking crocodile!
Spamalot 2018, 30th January to 3rd February at The Hexagon
Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this spammier than ever production is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences.
Reviews of Snow White
10th December 2016 to 8th January 2017.
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
All singing, all dancing panto
Snow White, at The Hexagon, Reading, until Sunday, January 8
According to German historian Eckhard Sander, the story of Snow White dates back to a 16th-century German countess, Margarete, who moved to Brussels, fell in love with a prince and was poisoned by her stepmother, who disapproved of the match, thereby inspiring the fairy tale by the Grimms.
The pantomime at The Hexagon this year has all the usual ingredients – Snow White (Sarah Accomando) looking bright and colourful in her various costumes, Karl Loxley as Prince Michael, smart and courtly and the two funny men, Paul Morse as Dame Dolly Mixture and Justin Fletcher as Jingles the Jester. Katie Cameron had fun as the Wicked Queen hamming it up in front of the mirror and planning Snow White's downfall very noisily indeed.
The usual set-pieces were on display, with a very messy cooking sequence that involved spraying a creamy mixture all over Jingles the Jester's face. Then there was the ghost routine, with the spirit eventually frightening two of the men off only to be scared off itself by one glance at the dame. The panto jokes were much the same as usual with many of them delivered by Dame Dolly Mixture with a Basil Brush type "boom, boom".
He did tell a rarely heard one though, about the man who painted his wife with cheese - he double glossed 'er.
As to the rest, it was a noisy, colourful, star-flashing extravaganza, with singing and dancing that delighted kids in the audience from age four to 94. Towards the end, four little children from the audience were led on stage and usually when this happens they freeze and can't move. Not so this little group, they shouted and yelled and one four-year-old gave a twirl in her sparkly skirt and yelled out her name at the top of her voice. They're getting bigger, bolder and louder, it seems, and the pantos are getting livelier and more colourful every year.
Snow White was well-presented by director Stephen Boden and choreographer Ashley Nottingham, and all the unseen backstage crew who make it all happen every year.
There is a review from Wokingham Today ("entertaining, enchanting and magical... a family-friendly show that is packed with laughs, big songs and something for all the family. From the youngest to the oldest, this is a fantastic night out that everyone will love... a snow wonder – another mega hit for The Hexagon and a real Christmas treat" - 5 stars).
For more details
see the Reading Arts web site at www.readingarts.com.