Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Drama, comedy, music — and everything in between

WITH 2017 just around the corner, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead has announced details of its spring season of live events — featuring drama, comedy, music and everything in between.

First up at the Altwood Road venue is the annual New Year’s Day concert by the St John’s Chamber Players on Sunday at 7.30pm. The programme offers a feast of Baroque music, featuring two rarely heard double concertos. Tickets are £17 with concessions £15.50 and under-16s £5.

Globetrotting comedian Stephen K Amos — interviewed above — returns with his brand new show about the people he’s encountered on his travels around the world at 8pm on Friday, January 13, and Saturday, January 14. Tickets are £16.

Other comedy highlights of the season include the return of the king of one-liners, Gary Delaney; a double header from Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell; and improvised comedy sensation The Noise Next Door for a family and evening show.

A compelling new drama called her heads to the Studio stage on Wednesday, February 8, at 7.30pm. The production tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who inexplicably finds that conflict has made her an alien in her own country. The show’s innovative use of technology conjures a dark and twisted world of politics, war and survival. Tickets are £14.

Other drama includes the story of a magician who created the perfect trick then disappeared forever, with The Vanishing Man; an adaptation of D H Lawrence’s sensational novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover; and a lively staging of Pride and Prejudice from The Pantaloons.

Music fans can enjoy six-piece Irish Americana folk band Rackhouse Pilfer on Wednesday, March 29, at 8pm. The band have enthralled crowds all over Europe and have even performed at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville as guests of John Carter Cash. Tickets are £14. The genre-spanning line-up of music continues throughout the season with music from acoustic artist Alex Taylor in the Studio; funk-fuelled five-piece Tankus the Henge; and monthly Vinyl Frontier and Jazz at the Farm events.

Norden Farm’s popular social dance events continue next season with a visit from Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra on Saturday, February 11, at 8pm. This magical evening of live music and dancing is preceded by a free workshop where you can perfect your moves. Tickets are £15.

A jam-packed line-up of February half-term events includes Victorian magicians Morgan & West on Monday, February 13, at 11.30am and 2pm; and Mark Thompson, star of the BBC’s Stargazing Live, brings his Spectacular Science Show on Friday, February 17, at 11.30am and 2pm. Tickets are £10, with entry for under-16s priced £8 and “family and friends” tickets for four people available at £32.

To book, visit www.nordenfarm.org

During the Easter holidays, Jump In! returns — Norden Farm’s annual family arts festival. It’s the chance to get involved and try something new.

Film highlights of January and February include Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; sci-fi action adventure Passengers; a documentary about a beloved local hero, Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good; and Amadeus, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

For more information on all the above events and more, and to book, visit www.nordenfarm.org

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