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.
Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 13th to 15th March, 19:00 at South Street
Magically transported back to Narnia through an old painting that comes to life, Lucy, Edmund and their annoying cousin Eustace find themselves aboard a majestic dragon-ship called the Dawn Treader, captained by their old friend, King Caspian. Join the group as they embark on a quest to the edge of the world in search of the seven lost Lords of Telmar, encountering dragons, invisible islanders, and a lake that turns everything to gold along their way.
The King Lear, 21st March, 20:00 at South Street
Giving a modern comedic twist to Shakespeare's popular tragedy, acclaimed clown theatre company Shifting Sands set the action in a pub. When the landlord of “THE KING LEAR” announces his retirement and the division of his “kingdom” between his daughters he imitates his famous namesake and demands to know which of them loves him the most. In the process he unleashes a playful, irreverent interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, set not in Stratford-Upon-Avon but in a pub! A compellingly inventive retelling mixing slapstick and pathos with warm humour.
Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, 7th April, 13:00 and 16:00 at The Hexagon
Four terrific tales – one superb show. Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Funky moves, toe-tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed! Is Tiddler telling the truth? Will Monkey find his Mummy? Will George The Giant make lots of friends? Can the old lady really squash and squeeze all those animals in? Suitable for all ages.
Teletubbies Live, 21st to 22nd April, 10:00 and 13:00 at The Hexagon
See the iconic, world famous Teletubbies in their first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones. Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them. Join in and enjoy beloved features from the TV series along with brand new songs.
Half Breed, 24th April, 20:00 at South Street
Jazmin feels different. She doesn’t want to stay in the village. She doesn’t want to have a baby. She doesn’t want to laugh at racist jokes in the local pub. She’s got to get out. Following its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and a run at London’s Soho Theatre, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present Half Breed, Natasha Marshall’s semi-autobiographical dark comedy about finding your voice.
A Brave Face, 3rd to 4th May at South Street
Afghanistan: 2009. Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training's complete, combat is a buzz. But on one particular hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And when he returns home, the trouble really begins. A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With compassion and fearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told.
DollyWould, 10th May, 20:00 at South Street
A show about Dolly Parton. Sh!t Theatre return with their bold new show, which enjoyed a 100% sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
To Helen Back, 16th May, 20:00 at South Street
Helen is a burglar. She likes breaking into hospitals. She admits you into a surreal hospital as she sneaks around wards, x-ray rooms and cupboards to discover the bizarre, the bemusing – and a badger… To Helen Back analyses sickness, health and what it really means to recover. It’s a funny, unique and powerful theatrical experience, which blurs the boundaries between spoken word, comedy and performance art.
Off the Block #7, 25th May, 19:30 at South Street
At 9am of Friday 25th May, four twenty minute plays are given to four casts. They have until 7.30pm to learn, rehearse, musically score, light and stage their plays to a professional standard. Featuring company members from RBL’s past shows, as well as new faces from Theatre TV and Film, Off the Block #7 is sure to be a fantastic night out.
Your Best Guess, 7th June, 20:00 at South Street
We can’t help living in the future – booking flights for holidays, organizing birthday parties, writing applications, sending out invitations, producing T-shirts for tours. But all of this is merely supposition. When the time comes, these things may happen according to plan, or they may not. Life is entirely unpredictable. But what if we could rewrite history? What if we could imagine that things had turned out differently even if they had not? What if we could anticipate all roads to the future, so that we could be prepared for any possible scenario? Portuguese theatre company mala voadora and writer and performer Chris Thorpe collaborate in Your Best Guess to investigate this unpredictability. They explore more concrete phenomena such as undetonated bombs, goodbye letters, ghost cities, amulets. And, intrigued by the way we bet on the future, they will locate that exact point of consciousness at which things either work out as planned or go awry.
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.