The Kenton Theatre
The Kenton Theatre web site is at www.kentontheatre.co.uk.
01491 575698. Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 5:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to
noon. Recorded information at other times.
New Street, Henley on Thames, RG9 2BP. Click here for a map.
Watchers of the Skies, 23rd March, 19:30
Watchers of the Skies is written and performed by Carol Florence Graham. It tells the fascinating story of her American grandmother, who left New York for Liverpool just before the end of World War Two to start a new life. Edna Leigh was born in Kansas in 1916. Her story takes us from the dust bowl of the 1930s American depression, on a dramatic journey across the Atlantic, to post-war England. Edna lived in the North West of England for over forty years, and during that time she undertook research that led her deep into the heart of ancient cultures and to the discovery of an encyclopaedia of astronomy hidden within Homer’s epic poems. Edna kept her findings a secret throughout her life. Now her granddaughter shares this fascinating journey and her discoveries, combining her story with poetry, astronomy and a live cello soundscape.
Detect Egg, 13th April, 11:00 and 14:30
Become a Detective for a day and help Rodney Rooster, Hattie Hen and Hunny Bunny solve the mystery of the case of the Missing Eggs! My Eggs My Eggs! Someone has stolen my eggs! I put them in the special secret hiding place only a few moments ago and now… the BASKET IS EMPTY! We will have to call Herlock Bones immediately.
A Strange New Space, 18th April, 14:00
Did you know that Astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old? Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on earth? Amira knows all of these things. She is completely obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an Astronaut. But one night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode right out of her dreams, becoming a deafening reality. In the darkness, Amira must leave her hometown to go on an adventure to find a safe space. Hearing the words ‘space’ and ‘adventure’, Amira quickly packs her bag for the intergalactic trip she’s been waiting for… A completely original one woman show without words, A Strange New Space melds physical theatre with stunning puppetry and original music. We travel on an imagined voyage into space, paralleled with Amira’s real-life journey as a refugee across continents. This forms an unforgettable introduction to theatre for audiences of four years and older.
Crazy For You, 26th to 29th April
Presented by HAODS. This multi-award winning, romantic comedy, is filled with great dance numbers. It charts the troubled love story of Bobby, son of a wealthy New York banking family and frustrated Broadway hoofer, and Polly, daughter of the proprietor of a failing theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. Sent to close the theatre down, Bobby falls for Polly and, in the guise of a Hungarian impresario, decides to save the theatre by putting on a show. Mistaken identities, plot twists, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable Gershwin tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You, all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.
Previous drama festivals
Henley Drama Festival 2016, 2nd to 7th May 2016
Henley Drama Festival 2015, 5th to 9th May 2015
43rd Henley Drama Festival, 5th to 10th May 2014
42nd Henley Drama Festival, 6th to 11th May 2013
The Henley Drama Festival at the Kenton, 8th to 12th May 2012
40th Kenton Drama Festival, 4th to 7th May 2011
39th Kenton Drama Festival, 4th to 8th May 2010
Kenton Drama Festival, 5th to 9th May 2009
35th Kenton Drama Festival, 9th to 13th May 2006.
33rd Kenton Drama Festival, 11th to 15th May 2004.
32nd Kenton Drama Festival, 14th to 17th May 2003. The details are in the Archive.