Arlington Arts Centre
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury, RG14 3BQ. A map is here.
Shackleton’s Carpenter, 27th September, 20:00
When the Endurance sank leaving the captain and crew of 27 stranded in Antarctica, Shackleton’s carpenter Harry McNish played an absolutely vital role in ensuring all 28 were saved. For all his bravery and ingenuity, he was one of the very few who were never awarded the Polar Medal. Now, again, alone and destitute, one still night on the dockside, he challenges Shackleton one last time. In his fevered mind he relives the Endurance expedition, pitting himself against Shackleton and plagued by the ghosts of his past. How did he antagonise the hero of Antarctica? How does he come to terms with it?
Give Me Your Love, 10th October, 20:00
A funny, fragile and profound fable based on groundbreaking medical research and real-life war testimonies. Ex-soldier and budding rock star Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in West Wales. His friend Ieuan arrives offering recovery – in the form of a capsule containing 3.4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine with which he claims to have successfully treated his own post-traumatic stress. Parachuted into their recently fractured pasts, Zach and Ieuan swing between dreamboat heroism and woozy enlightenment via a head-warping exchange on patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping that will tickle, move and appal you in equal measure.
A Hundred Different Words For Love, 18th October, 20:00
Three years ago, James met the love of his life. A year ago, they broke up. This is James’s story of falling in love and landing, broken-hearted. It’s also about him being Best Man of Honour at Sarah and Emma’s wedding. And it’s the story of a quest: to find the right words to make sense of love. A hilarious, heart-lifting story of romance, despair, and friendship – from one of the UK’s most acclaimed storytellers. Featuring live music, original songs and unoriginal emotions expressed through all the wrong words, A Hundred Different Words for Love is set to break hearts and put them back together across the country.
Dido and Aeneas, plus The Zoo, 8th to 10th November
Two productions for the price of one! And what a bill – though they're both by English composers, it would be hard to find two more contrasting pieces. Henry Purcell's wonderfully moving Dido and Aeneas has one of the most famous arias in all opera, Dido's Lament. There are also sorcerers and spirits, and choruses of witches, sailors and courtiers, all of whom have their share of Purcell's sublime music. From the sublime… to Arthur Sullivan. A real rarity, The Zoo is an early work, in collaboration not with W.S.Gilbert, but the somewhat lesser-known B.C.Stephenson. However, it is fully in the G&S tradition of a ludicrous plot set to a rollicking (and often charming) score. Did I mention it takes place in a zoo? By Kennet Opera.
The Journey, 14th November, 20:00
A displaced mother and child struggle to hold darkness and despair at bay, during a punishing trek from their devastated, war ravaged homeland to a destination of perceived safety and security. This fearless, intense and immersive theatre project focuses on the experiences of refugees from across the globe To research the play writer/director Steve Lambert visited The Lebanon and camps on the Syrian border to learn of the desperate measures people can be forced to endure as they strive to survive. In the UK he worked with refugee communities and support organisations to develop a drama that is true to their experiences of fleeing conflict and, sometime, certain death. With a cast of that includes refugees, some facing an uncertain future in the UK, The Journey tells of the emotional, psychological and physical effects experienced by those forced to flee their homes.
For more details
see the Arlington Arts Centre web site at www.arlingtonarts.co.uk.