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.
Avenue Q, 23rd to 27th April at The Hexagon
This cheekily charming musical tells the story of the loveable (and unforgettable) characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues – like what do you do with a BA in English? How do you find your purpose? And is the internet really just for… nevermind. Packed with mischief, bad behavior and a little political incorrectness, Avenue Q is truly the musical like no other.
Silent Generation, 25th April, 20:00 at South Street
The play emerges from interviews with town residents born 1925-45; an era when children should be seen-and-not-heard, and it often felt dangerous to speak out politically. Now in their 70s-90s, are the Silent Generation heard today? With low social integration and little representation across television and social-media platforms, it doesn’t feel like it.
Guys and Dolls, 15th to 18th May
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls tells the story of gambler Sky Masterson who falls in love with Salvation Army girl Sarah Brown, and Nathan Detroit who is desperate to find a location for his notorious crap game, whilst engaged to his fiancée Miss Adelaide, for 14 years. Classic songs include Luck Be a Lady Tonight, Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat, I’ve Never Been in Love Before and Guys and Dolls. This timeless musical is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser, featuring top-tapping songs and big ensemble dance numbers, neatly mixed with comedy, drama and romance set in New York and Havana. A Sainsbury Singers production.
Does My Bomb Look Big In This?, 16th May, 19:30 at South Street
Yasmin Sheikh feels torn in the city she used to call home, but Aisha sees a different London to her best friend. When Yasmin suddenly disappears to Syria, Aisha embarks on a mission to uncover the truth and decide whether there is any hope in Yasmin’s new-found world. With fierce wit and disarming honesty, Does My Bomb Look Big in This? cleverly unveils a human story behind the headlines and questions how close or far we are from multicultural harmony. First conceived in 2016 after being cast in roles as a ‘jihadi bride’ or ‘terrorist girlfriend’ and generally dissatisfied with the narrative being told, Nyla Levy ran research workshops with school children and interviewed muslim community leaders as well as terrorism defence solicitor Tasnime Akunjee. The result voices the complexities of the choices made by disaffected youth, their vulnerability, and how the decisions made can changes lives, communities and countries forever.
Off the Block #8, 24th May, 19:30 at South Street
Over four days, four short plays will be written in relay, with the end of one forming the start of the next. All four are then learnt, rehearsed, musically scored and performed for you on Friday 24th May. Featuring regular RBL company members as well as new faces from Theatre, TV and Film, Off the Block is theatre at its most ambitious.
Chores, 28th to 29th June at South Street
Chores is the story of two typical young boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, their mother's alarming screams rattle the boys back in to acrobatic action. A generous serving of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room and doing their chores. Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the show has very little spoken dialogue, but lots of skilled stunts and uproarious, interactive gags which will have the audience on the edge of their seats and giggling until the chores are done.
Pizza Shop Heroes, 10th to 11th July at South Street
Created by one of the UK’s leading refugee theatre companies and starring four young men who made the dangerous journey to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania. They have told their ‘stories’ repeatedly to the Home Office as part of seeking asylum and it is the desire to reclaim them that grounds Phosphoros Theatre’s innovative work. From the precinct of a pizza shop we embark on a journey across time and continents to explore how they got here, where they’re going and what they’ve learnt along the way. It’s a story of male and cultural identity, of family and fatherhood; a lyrical collage of memories, hopes, dreams and imagined realities. From prisons in Libya and Greece to conversations with absent Mothers to raising the next generation of sons. Powerful, celebratory, affirming, authentic; this is theatre that puts refugees centre stage.
Reviews of Peter Pan
9th December 2017 to 7th January 2018
Review from GetReading.
Peter Pan at The Hexagon is an extravagant and lively pantomime for the entire family
A typical pantomime spin on the JM Barrie classic that is bound to have you in stitches
"dripping with melodrama, full of audience participation and as flamboyant as possible, The Hexagon's Peter Pan is everything a pantomime should be... the show was a roaring success that had children jumping in their seats and yelling to the stage in excitement, with humour that even the adults could appreciate"
There is a review from Wokingham Today ("another smash-hit this Christmas... just the perfect blend of slapstick, slosh, songs and surprises ensuring a memorable night out... the packed theatre was full of people with beaming smiles on their faces... Peter Pan flies high and a must-see festive treat. It’s a feel good show that gets the whole family laughing and laughing and laughing" - 5 stars).
For more details
see the Reading Arts web site at www.readingarts.com.