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Flux

Meet Kate: a physicist in the male-dominated labs of the 1980s.

Addicted to the pounding beats and neon glow of her generation, follow Kate as she discovers her potential as a cutting edge scientist. As a girl, Kate dreamt of being among the elite, but as expectations become reality and the professional turns personal, her world is in a spin.

Follow Kate as she discovers what it means to be a woman in a world of men.

WHY? Inspired by the work of female scientists, Flux uses extraordinary
puppetry, an electrifying set and a filmic score

Flux has been developed with Shoreditch Town Hall, Oxford Playhouse, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Cornerstone Arts, Brewery Arts Centre and the Institute of Physics.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Age guidance: 11+ years

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

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NT Live: All About Eve (12A tbc)

By Joseph L Mankiewicz

Adapted and directed for the stage by Ivo van Hove.

Broadcast live from the West End in London (Thursday).

All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve… don’t you…?

Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (Network, NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

WHY? Starring Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again)

Run time approximately 130 mins.

Courtyard Theatre
£15


Photographs: Gillian Anderson by Pari Dukovic and Lily James by Perou
Design: Bob King Creative

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The Government Inspector

Presented by Shifting Sands.

The Mayor of a small town is in a cold sweat. News has reached him of an imminent investigation by a high-ranking government official who is travelling incognito – The Government Inspector!

The town’s officials are thrown into a panicked frenzy. They waste no time to cover up the misdirected contracts, misuse of public money, the bribes, fiddled expenses, abuses of office… corruption that has been going on for years!

Matters spiral hysterically out of control when they believe that a stranger in the town is the real Government Inspector.

The Government Inspector written in 1835 by Gogol is an hilarious satire about corruption in a world where, increasingly desperate to hide their wrongdoings and keep the supposed Government Inspector happy, everyone loses their moral compass.

WHY? An updated version Gogol’s classic satire - faithful to the themes of the original. Expect engaging, accessible, exhilarating theatre

Studio
£15, £13 Supporters

Shifting Sands Website

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Duckie

by Le Gateau Chocolat

Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, with a message of respect and self-acceptance at its core.

‘Totally engrossing… all are won over by the sheer magnetism of the performance’ ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub

Family-friendly glamour and glitz take centre stage as critically-acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell as Duckie, in his first work for children.

Set in an animal circus, we join him on his search to find a tribe and be accepted. Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange? Looking unlike the rest? Watch Duckie triumph by realising these are his strengths.

A classic tale of identity and belonging told through music, narration and dress-up, topped with Le Gateau Chocolat’s distinctive baritone vocals.

WHY? ‘A baritone voice that makes the earth shake’ Basement Jaxx

'Duckie is a beautiful, thoughtful show... Salvation isn’t going to be found by turning into a beautiful swan – it comes from accepting yourself and realising it’s ok to be different’ Circles and Stalls

'Duckie delivers a message of acceptance and tolerance that resonates with adults and sews a seed in young children that hopefully blossoms in every new generation’
Live Art Alive

‘A reinvention of family theatre’ ★★★★★ Critics Choice, The Reviews Hub

Le Gateau Chocolat: 2018 Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Age guidance: 3+ years. For the young and young at heart.

40 minutes.

Studio
£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £36
Seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps, but please book a free ticket for them.

Summer 2019 tour dates presented by house.
Supported by Arts Council England.

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All England Theatre Festival - The English Final

Presented by Maidenhead Drama Festival.

Following six months of preliminary, quarter and semi-final rounds across the country, the competition culminates in a Grand Final in which the four Area Champions compete for the title of English Champion. Four very different one-act plays over the two sessions, with comments from a professional adjudicator.

WHY Do you agree with the adjudicator’s choices?

Courtyard Theatre
£12 per session, £20 both sessions
Buffet Supper between sessions £12 (must be booked in advance)

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NOTFLIX – The Improvised Musical

Five-star sellout show Edinburgh Fringe 2017-2018 and VAULT Festival 2017-2018.

Netflix combines the taste profiles of 98 million users to create a perfectly ideal viewing experience. Notflix combines the taste profiles of a room full of theatre goers to create a brilliantly hilarious and completely improvised viewing experience – a full musical.

The all-female cast use audience suggestions of recently watched films to create a brand new, fully improvised, one-night-only musical. Every show is different but what remains is the same joy-filled, high camp, musical celebration of everything you wish a movie could be.

WHY? Because everything is better as a musical!

'Roaringly funny and incredibly talented' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

'Professional, fun and effortlessly funny' ★★★★ The Observer

'Surprising, spontaneous and delightful' ★★★★ Fringe Biscuit

Courtyard Theatre
£14, £12 Supporters

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The Tempest

Presented by The HandleBards.

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards present Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Join their all-female troupe for a bicycle-powered production like none other. A shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island. Inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters – nothing is as it seems.

WHY? Expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos and a great deal of laughter

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@HandleBards
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The HandleBards' Website

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Youth Theatre (B)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or showcase.

'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

Wednesdays
5.30pm
£67 per term
School Year 4, 5 & 6

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (A)

Norden Lights led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or showcase.

'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

Wednesdays
4.15pm
£67 per term
School Year 2 & 3

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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about 6 hours ago Two great comedians. Two great religions. Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusef join forces to bring you a night of comedy uniting people of every faith and none on Thur 16 May. More info and tickets here --> https://norden.farm/events/ashley-blaker-and-imran-yusuf-prophet-sharing

about 10 hours ago After our sell-out live screening, there’s a second chance to catch NT Live: All About Eve this Sunday at 4.30pm --> https://norden.farm/events/nt-live-all-about-eve-12a-tbc Margo Channing (Gillian Anderson) is a true star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, but now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan… but you know all about Eve… Don’t you?

about 17 hours ago Brand new puppetry show #Flux will be with us on Thurs 16 May, have a listen to some of the audience comments from their premiere @ShoreditchTH. --> https://buff.ly/2Ul3ZqU

1 day ago Lisa Spinelli is a Kindergarten Teacher and poet fed up with her career. When she discovers one of her students may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa risks her career and family to nurture his talents. See drama The Kindergarten Teacher from Tuesday 23 April --> https://norden.farm/events/the-kindergarten-teacher-12a

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1 day ago The Guido Spannocchi Trio are back! They will take you on a journey through uncharted territory with music collected through their childhood and Eastern European lullabies combined with Brazilian and world rhythm. Join them on Sunday 12 May --> https://norden.farm/events/the-guido-spannocchi-trio

1 day ago Tonight, Robin Morgan comes to the farm with his first UK tour – Honeymoon! And yes – he is actually on his Honeymoon! Surely there’s a good reason why – find out at 8pm. More info and tickets here --> https://norden.farm/events/robin-morgan-honeymoon

2 days ago Two great Nashville artists for the price of one on Saturday 4 May --> https://norden.farm/events/kyshona-armstrong-and-michael-logen See Kyshona Armstrong and Michael Logen blend their unique styles for an unmissable evening of music!

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2 days ago Drama, At Eternity’s Gate exploring the famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh – Vincent seeks a new visual language while trying to make sense of himself and those around him. See William Dafoe’s Oscar nominated performance from Sat 20 Apr --> https://norden.farm/events/at-eternity-s-gate-12a

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