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Yoga

Led by Julie Potter.

Learn breathing techniques to improve general wellbeing and aid relaxation. Practise traditional yoga postures and enjoy short guided relaxation sessions. Julie has been practising yoga since 1993 and qualified as a British Wheel teacher in 2004. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Fri 19 Jun – Fri 24 Jul

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Little Wrigglers

Led by Rachel Walsh

A thrilling, energetic and creative dance class. Explore imaginative themes and adventures through dance, song and mime. Suitable for ages 2+ years.

£20 for block booking of 4 or £6 per session. Sibling discount £1.50.

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Make Silver Jewellery 2

Led by Janet Richardson.

Suitable for all levels of experience. Beginners work on projects which introduce classic techniques in metalworking and will end with a set of jewellery. Learn skills including cutting, soldering, filing, polishing and texturing. More experienced students are shown new techniques and guided on how to move forward with their own designs and projects. Materials cost to tutor for first 5 weeks £28 (approx).

Fri 5 Jun – Fri 3 Jul
£84 per 5 week course

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Hot Off The Press

A collection of contemporary printmaking bringing together four artists.

Carolyn Beale, Clare Buchta, Karen Carter and Rosemary Harper work in a range of styles.

Printmaking is a versatile medium allowing for both precision and expressive ways of working. Experimentation, serendipity and the vision of the artist all play a part in producing exciting and unique works.

Open Tuesday - Sunday 5pm – 10pm

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Make Silver Jewellery 3

Led by Janet Richardson.

Suitable for all levels of experience. Beginners work on projects which introduce classic techniques in metalworking and will end with a set of jewellery. Learn skills including cutting, soldering, filing, polishing and texturing. More experienced students are shown new techniques and guided on how to move forward with their own designs and projects. Materials cost to tutor for first 5 weeks £28 (approx).

Fri 5 Jun – Fri 3 Jul
£84 per 5 week course

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Digi Den

Led by DJ Mhlanga

Animate, record and edit in our Digi Den. Students will work together to develop their technique and understanding of filming, podcasting, green screen and stop motion animation. The final project will be showcased on our main stage. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all levels of experience.

School Year 7 – 13| £80 per 10 week term

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Youth Theatre - Group G

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

Seniors £97 per term (from Fri 24 April)
School Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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The Billy Joel Songbook - performed by Elio Pace and his band

Performed by Elio Pace and his band. Following on from his highly acclaimed concerts in New York and Philadelphia, Elio Pace delivers a sensational tour celebrating the music of Billy Joel.

With all the hits including Uptown Girl, Just the Way You Are, My Life and fan favourites such as Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man.

'Enthralling, exciting and mesmerising' ★★★★★ LondonTheatre.com

WHY? An electrifying concert performed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano player accompanied by his six piece band

@eliopace
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Elio's website

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Friday Night Flamenco

Led by Laticia Iglesias.

A brand new class at the Farm and a great way to start the weekend. Discover the rhythm and passion of Flamenco! Step into the atmosphere of Andalusia -its movements and music. Start by learning the basic steps and progress through the courses, in a relaxed and fun environment.

Fri 1 May – 12 Jun (exc 29 May) and 19 Jun – 24 Jul
£42 per 6 week course

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Flow Yoga

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

A dynamic yoga class with precise alignment focus.

Linking the breath with a flow of postures and time at the end for relaxation will leave you feeling stronger, more flexible, calm and renewed. Deborah Le Vene-Page has been teaching yoga since 2005. Her classes are fun, friendly, inspiring and suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer 2015 Dates
Sat 2 May – Sat 8 Aug (exc 23 May and 18 Jul)
£8 per class or £91 for 13 week course

Click here to download the information sheet for these classes

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Experimental Textiles - Book Covers

Led by Amanda Schenk.

Create a beautiful book cover using a sumptuous array of threads and fabrics in a variety of colours. By the end of the day you will have explored texture, colour, drawing with stitch, free machining and appliqué to produce an original notebook cover. Suitable for all levels of experience. Please bring your own sewing machine.

Materials fee payable to the tutors £5.

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Kathak Dance - Beginners

Led by Amrit Bhamra and Devika Shangari.

A chance to experience the most exhilarating classical dance style of Northern India! Students will have the opportunity to work towards annual exams in this beautiful rhythmic dance style. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for ages 4+ years and all abilities.

Beginners l 11.30am – 12pm l £37 per term (from Sat 25 April)

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Kathak Dance - Intermediate

Led by Amrit Bhamra and Devika Shangari.

A chance to experience the most exhilarating classical dance style of Northern India! Students will have the opportunity to work towards annual exams in this beautiful rhythmic dance style. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for ages 4+ years and all abilities.

Intermediate l 10.30am – 11.30am l £73 per term (from Sat 25 April)

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A Royal Night Out

Dir: Julian Jarrold 2015

On VE Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.

WHY? A comedy drama based on true events

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LDN Wrestling

An all new show for 2015 and a night of action packed drama!

Don’t miss out with top names including British Heavyweight Champion Alan Lee Travis, the Masked Man of Mystery the Dark Lord and many more. See the highest quality, fastest paced, non-stop wrestling action ever seen on these shores! You won’t want to miss this fantastic action packed wrestling family night out.

WHY? Meet the stars after the show and maybe even grab yourself a souvenir or two!

7pm (doors), 7.30pm (bell)

@LDNwrestling
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The LDN Wrestling website

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Zumba

Led by Annet Bowler.

Party yourself into shape with the Zumba® programme.

An exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin inspired, calorie burning dance fitness party™. Dance to various Latin rhythms including salsa, reggeaton, merengue, cumbia, bellydance and more.

Spring 2015
Sun 4 Jan - 3 May (exc 5 Apr)

Summer 2015
Sun 10 May – 6 Sept

Click here to download the information sheet for this class

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ROH Live: William Tell (15)

Live screening.

Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a new production of Rossini's final opera and greatest masterpiece.

Please note that Guillaume Tell contains a scene of sexual violence and brief nudity in Act III and is therefore only suitable for viewers over the age of 15.

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Youth Theatre - Group H

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

Seniors £97 per term (from Sun 26 April)
School Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Clouds of Sils Maria (15)

Dir: Olivier Assayas 2014

At the peak of her career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her a star twenty years ago. Cast in the role of an older woman, Maria is unsettled by the young Hollywood actress playing the part she made famous.

WHY? ‘A feast of rich writing and great acting’ Empire Magazine

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Body Control Pilates (Intermediate)

Led by Gillian Burn.

Give yourself a moment to relax, unwind and stretch out your body. Pilates will help to strengthen and tone your muscles, improve your posture, balance and flexibility and help you have a longer, leaner and stronger body.

Tues Jul 7 – Tues 18 Aug (exc 28 Jul)
£40 per 5 week course
£48 for 6 week course
£112 for all 3 courses

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Body Control Pilates (Beginners)

Led by Gillian Burn.

Give yourself a moment to relax, unwind and stretch out your body. Pilates will help to strengthen and tone your muscles, improve your posture, balance and flexibility and help you have a longer, leaner and stronger body.

Tues Jul 7 – Tues 18 Aug (exc 28 Jul)
£40 per 5 week course
£48 for 6 week course
£112 for all 3 courses

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Bollywood Dance

Led by Geeta Rai

An energetic modern Indian dance style. The classes are a fusion of Indian and western styles with Latino and Arabic influences. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for ages 6+ years and all abilities.

£67 per term.

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Youth Dance - Junior

Norden Exposure led by Becky Hinton

Develop contemporary performance techniques whilst taking inspiration from other popular dance styles. Groups perform at Norden Farm and the Lift Off Dance Festival at South Hill Park. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Suitable for all abilities.

9 – 13 years l £67 per term

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Youth Dance - Academy

Norden Exposure led by Becky Hinton

Develop contemporary performance techniques whilst taking inspiration from other popular dance styles. Groups perform at Norden Farm and the Lift Off Dance Festival at South Hill Park. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

14+ years l £73 per term

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Maidenhead Community Choir

Led by Tina Reibl.

An opportunity for all those who enjoy singing a toe-tapping repertoire, from Bach to the Beatles and Gershwin to Gospel. No audition or sight-reading required.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Tues 21 Apr – 7 Jul (exc. 26 May and 2 Jun)
£70 per 10 week course

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Mindfulness

Led by Jane Barker.

Relaxed drop in sessions (advance booking recommended). Suitable for all levels of experience.

Acceptance

Tuesday 5 May

We often waste a lot of time and energy worrying because things are not the way that we would like them to be. Acceptance is about a willingness to let go of our fantasy of how things should be and being open to enjoy things as they are.

Living in our Heads

Tuesday 2 June

For many of us, our bodies are used primarily to carry our heads around! This session looks at our relationship with our body and how to begin to integrate it with our mind.

Beginner’s Mind

Tuesday 7 July

This session is about looking at the ordinary in a new light, as if looking at it for the first time. Part of this is noticing our habitual ways of dealing with things which gives us the opportunity to choose a different way to respond.

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Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Led by Juliette Tieku-Smith

Chant rhythmic rhymes, play with finger puppets, dress up, let loose on the dance floor and jam out on percussion. Suitable for ages 6 months and over.

£20 for block booking of 4 or £6 per session. Sibling discount £1.50.

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Junior Youth Theatre - Group A

Fun and dynamic drama classes led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

Juniors £67 per term (from Wed 29 April)
School Year 2 & 3

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Fabergé: A Life of its Own

A rare opportunity to discover the genius of the family behind the finest objects ever created.

With unprecedented access to the most esteemed private collections and insights from world experts.

WHY? Experience the wonder of seeing Fabergé’s exquisite objects in stunning detail on the big screen for the first time

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Junior Youth Theatre - Group B

Fun and dynamic drama classes led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

Juniors £67 per term (from Wed 29 April)
School Year 4, 5 & 6

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre - Academy

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long.

Academy £97 per term (from Wed 29 April)
Suitable for all abilities. School Year 12+.

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Iain Lee vs Radio

The award winning radio and TV presenter picks some of the most hilarious moments from the history of the wireless.

Why did Nicky Campbell drop himself in it when talking about foxes? What do callers to local radio REALLY think about Mayor Boris Johnson? And surely old lady professors know what you can and what you most definitely can't say on the radio?

WHY? These are the clips that all radio presenters would rather you forgot and Iain has collected them into a hilarious show

@iainlee
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Iain's website

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Lambert and Stamp (15)

Dir: James D Cooper 2014

Aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert set out to find a subject for their underground movie. It leads them to discover and manage the iconic band that would become known as The Who.

WHY? ‘The ultimate mismatched buddy movie. The difference is, this vivid, fascinating documentary is true’ ★★★★ The Times

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Youth Theatre - Group C

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities

Seniors £97 per term (from Thurs 30 April)
School Year 7 & 8

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre - Group F

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Explore all elements of drama including scriptwriting, devising and directing and work towards regular performances at Norden Farm. Each term is 10 weeks long. Suitable for all abilities.

Seniors £97 per term (from Thurs 30 April)
School Year 8, 9, 10 & 11

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. These are fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

9 Jul – 6 Aug
£32 per 5 week course

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Ed Gamble & Carl Donnelly

Your chance to see exclusive material before this summer’s Edinburgh Festival.

Ed Gamble is one half the idiot double act and iTunes chart toppers Peacock & Gamble. He’s supported Greg Davies on tour and appeared on BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News. He’s also a Chortle Award winner 2014.

Carl Donnelly is an Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee and has appeared on BBC1’s Mock the Week. He is known for his conversational style, hilarious anecdotes and observations on the state of the world.

@EdGambleComedy
@CarlDonnelly
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the Avalon website

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. These are fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

9 Jul – 6 Aug
£32 per 5 week course

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Mr Turner (12a)

Dir: Mike Leigh 2014

Timothy Spall stars as eccentric painter JMW Turner. Profoundly affected by the death of his father, he exploits his housekeeper and eventually lives an incognito life with a seaside landlady.

WHY? ★★★★★ The Independent ★★★★★ The Times ★★★★★ Empire Magazine

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Matt Holland (trumpet) & Leo Green (sax)

The jazz duo has stormed the UK and Europe with astonishing acclaim for its swinging, stomping performance.

Supported by their smoothly inventive colleagues Gary Baldwin (piano, hammond organ), Andy Jones (bass guitar) and Bob Knight (drums).

WHY? Matt has performed on Strictly Come Dancing and with Ray Charles while Leo started his career with Jerry Lee Lewis and has played with Bob Dylan, Sir Paul McCartney and Lionel Richie

@theleogreen
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Leo's website

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Portrait Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine

Learn about the stages of portraiture and work with a live model in this relaxed yet structured workshop. Students are taught about proportion, the structure of the head and values. Drawing with charcoal the class will experiment with creating contrast between light and dark (chiaroscuro) to depict facial features.

Materials included.

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Mad Max: Fury Road (15)

Dir: George Miller 2015

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland.

WHY? ‘Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy command the screen in this nitro-injected juggernaut of a film’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph

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Ultimate Beatles

The band have been thrilling audiences across the world for over ten years.

They look the part as well as sounding it. The two hour theatre show is split in four half hour sets with different costumes representing the different eras of the Fab Four's musical journey.

WHY? All the hits will be performed live from Love Me Do to Let It Be.

@UltimateBeatles
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Ultimate Beatles website

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The Vinyl Frontier - Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

A highly sociable evening of music, trivia and chat.

Why? Hear a classic album as it was intended – in full and on vinyl

@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The Vinyl Frontier website

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The Imitation Game (12a)

Dir: Morten Tyldum 2014

A dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain's most extraordinary unsung heroes and the man credited with cracking the Enigma code.

WHY? ‘Handsomely engrossing and poignantly melancholic thriller’ ★★★★ The Guardian

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The Vinyl Frontier presents Mission 181

An ever-changing story of the Number 1 singles of the 1980s on 7” vinyl.

Join Jeff Lloyd on a trip down memory lane via the complete collection of 1980s Number 1 singles he amassed as part of a charity challenge – all on 7” vinyl.
The audience will be responsible for the majority of the evening’s selections via a series of random draws and personal choices. All backed by videos, pictures and trivia.

A special one-off Reading Fringe Festival warm up show.

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Crochet Club

Crochet offers a way to relax, to be creative and to have fun.

Learn in a relaxed atmosphere at this new addition to the Norden Farm Night School.
Learn basic stitches and techniques in a supportive environment or for those with experience, come along and get expert tips for your projects.


Bring a 4mm hook and some light coloured smooth double knitting yarn or buy a starter kit on the night from £5.

£10 per session.

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Still Alice (12a)

Dir: Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer 2014

Julianne Moore’s BAFTA and Oscar winning role as a renowned linguistics professor diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking and inspiring.

WHY? ★★★★★ Empire Magazine ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ Financial Times

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Aunty Donna - Edinburgh Festival Preview

The Edinburgh favourites return to the UK from Australia with a killer new show.

Unique, tight, fresh, filthy, but best of all just flat out funny. Expect an hour of pure sketch comedy that transports you into the warped world that is Aunty Donna – turning the ridiculous into the sublime. Hold onto your seats and don't blink! You won’t want to miss a beat.

WHY? ‘Ingenious and brilliantly crafted show… smart, fast-paced, hilarious and wonderfully absurd’ ★★★★ The List

@auntydonnaboys
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Aunty Donna's website

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NT Live: Everyman (15)

Encore screening.

A dynamic new production of one of English drama's oldest plays, directed by the National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.

One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, it now explodes onto the stage in a startling production with words by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and movement by Javier De Frutos.

WHY? Stars BAFTA winner and Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

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Romesh Ranganathan and Suzi Ruffell – Double Header Tour

Two of comedy's rising stand up stars embark on their first UK tour.

Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn’t Built in a Day
Winner of the prestigious Leicester Mercury New Act Award 2013 and host of BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack.

Suzi Ruffell – Social Chameleon
As seen on BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live and BBC Radio 1’s LOLz Lounge.

WHY? Both acts are fresh from supporting their comedy idols including Seann Walsh, Ricky Gervais and Alan Carr

@RomeshRanga
@suziruffell
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Romesh's website
Click here to visit Suzi's website

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Life Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine.

Explore the complexities of the human form by working from a professional life model. Learn traditional charcoal drawing methods as well as new, experimental techniques. Half day sessions comprise a variety of short and long poses. Full day sessions also include a prolonged pose to allow for sustained work on one piece.

Sat 16 May 10am - 1pm
Sat 13 June 10am - 3pm

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The Summer Sessions: Headlined by Hats Off to Led Zeppelin

5pm Live music in the Café Bar including James Mulally

7.15pm Reviva Rush

Retini (guitar, vocals) and Andrew Fry (guitar, vocals) play a mix of Americana covers and originals.

8.15pm Chameleon

The five piece band play a mix of Blues Rock, Jazz, Funk and Soul. Expect original material with covers by artist such as Freddie King, Traffic, Etta James and Jimi Hendrix.

Headline at 9.30pm

Hats Off to Led Zeppelin

Close your eyes and let these four world class musicians take you back to when Led Zeppelin ruled the earth! This professional band has played with Gerry and The Pacemakers, Queen and Ray Davies. They’ve been acclaimed by Led Zeppelin’s tour manager and official biographer and are the only tribute act in the UK officially endorsed by Marshall amplifiers.

WHY? One of the most exciting live acts around – think you know tribute bands? Think again!

Click here to visit the band's website

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The Theory of Everything (12a)

Dir: James Marsh 2014

Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar winning performance as renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. At the age of 21 he falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde and receives an earth-shattering diagnosis.

WHY? ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ Empire Magazine ★★★★ The Independent

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Dave Gorman's Screen Guild

In preparation for the next series of his hit Dave TV show Modern Life is Goodish, Dave Gorman is hitting the road this summer armed with new material.

Taking a mischievous look at modern life, Dave will share his observations and frustrations with a little help from his laptop.
Known as one of comedy’s most innovative thinkers Dave Gorman credits include sell out live shows Are you Dave Gorman?, Googlewhack Adventure, Powerpoint Presentation and Gets Straight to the Powerpoint. He has starred in his own hit BBC Radio 4 and BBC2 series Genius and published best selling books Googlewhack Adventure, Dave Gorman vs the Rest of the World and Too Much Information.
The chance to see this unique comedian in an intimate warm up gig.

WHY? ‘Has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria’ Metro

@DaveGorman
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Dave's website

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Man Up (15)

Dir: Ben Palmer 2015

Nancy (Lake Bell) is fed up with dating. When Jack (Simon Pegg) mistakes her for his blind date, she goes with it. Will one crazy, unpredictable, complicated night bring these two messy souls together?

WHY? ‘A thoroughly enjoyable, delightfully honest movie, with a smattering of brilliantly witty lines’ ★★★★ Daily Mirror

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RSC Live: The Merchant of Venice

Live screening (Wednesday, encore Thursday).

In Venice trade is God and, with the gold flowing, all is well. But when a contract is broken, simmering tensions boil over.

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Andre Rieu's 2015 Maastricht Concert

(English and Dutch with some English subtitles)

An encore screening of André Rieu's spectacular summer evening concert.

He is joined by his famous Johann Strauss Orchestra and some very special guests.

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Laurie Holloway and his Trio

The Jazz pianist and composer is supported by the Summer School Students of 2015.

WHY? A concert not to be missed - early booking strongly advised

Click here to visit Laurie's website

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Glyndebourne: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail

An encore screening of Mozart’s take on the glittering Orient - a stirring tale of abduction, escape and forgiveness.

Glyndebourne is the home of Mozart. This new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) is often said to be the opera in which the 25 year old composer found his mature voice.
Both a popular comedy and a compassionate Enlightenment drama, it tells the story of one man's attempt to rescue his beloved from the harem of a Turkish despot and his fall to the mercy of his nemesis.
The opera's East/West clash and its surprising resolution defies all stereotypes and strikes a startlingly contemporary chord.

Synopsis - The young Spanish noblewoman Konstanze has been abducted by pirates together with her English maid Blonde, and Pedrillo, valet to her betrothed, Belmonte. Landing on the shores of Turkey, they have been sold as slaves to Pasha Selim. Originally a Spanish subject himself, he has become a 'renegade', a convert and prospered in Turkey. He has fallen in love with Konstanze. Pedrillo has smuggled letters out to his master and Belmonte has sailed from Spain to try to rescue them.

WHY? Directed by Glyndebourne favourite David McVicar and conducted by Music Director Robin Ticciati, with a stellar cast including Sally Matthews as Konstanze, Edgaras Montvidas as Belmonte, Tobias Kehrer as Osmin and Mari Eriksmoen as Blonde

Image credit: (Anonymous) Odalisques in a Harem, Constantinople, Lithograph with clay plate, C. 1880. akg-images

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Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra

Seamlessly weaving trance blues music, harkening back to John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf, with a drunken minor swing comparable to some of Tom Waits' darker works.

Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra deliver an enthralling and passionate performance. They perform original pieces and renditions of old American classics.

WHY? 'Raw musical excellence...guitar, fiddle and double bass played to within and inch of their inanimate lives' 4000milestonashville

Click here to visit Marty's website

Marty is supported by Andrew Duhon. He is a is a songwriter from New Orleans, a teller of stories with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful. Click here to go to Andrew's website.

Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the door.

Click here to join Marty's event on Facebook

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Summer Circus Week

Led by Albert and Friends

A week of incredible circus skills and performing. Learn to walk on stilts, ride a unicycle, walk the tightrope and perform on a trapeze!

Suitable for ages 7 – 13 years

Mon 27 – Fri 31 Jul 10am – 4pm
£115 (£110 Advantage Card)

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The Sun Always Shines on Turtle Beach

The Hawaiian Beach continues indoors, so whatever the weather it's always summer at the Farm.

Film yourself surfing in the waves courtesy of green screen technology, then share your movie with family and friends.

Explore stories and poems in bottles amongst the Hawaiian inspired flora and fauna all created by local school children in projects led by Visual Artist, Benedict Romain and Poet, Coral Rumble.

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Beach Craft

Join in to create crafts themed around the beach and summer.

Suitable for ages 5+.

Please note the sessions on Friday 1, 8, 22 and 29 August will be in place of and be suitable for pre school children.

Below are the crafts that will be made: Tues 29 Jul Fish and Jellyfish Wed 30 Jul Beach Hut and Bucket & Spade Thur 31 Jul Sunglasses and Keyring Fri 1 Aug Lighthouse and Sailing Boat Tues 5 Aug Octopus and Turtle Wed 6 Aug Tbc Thur 7 Aug Tbc Fri 08 Aug Kites and Windmills Tues 12 Aug Tbc Wed 13 Aug Tbc Thur 14 Aug Tbc Fri 15 Aug Tbc Tues 19-Aug Crab and Seahorse Wed 20 Aug Shells and Sand Craft Thur 21 Aug Tbc Fri 22 Aug Beach Hut and Bucket & Spade Tues 26 Aug Make a Fish and Fishing Game Wed 27 Aug Seagull and Starfish

Photo credit Luminous Photography.

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Storytelling

1.15pm and 3.30pm.

Sit on giant toadstools in the glade or climb inside the wagon in the woods for tales of magic and mischief!

Mon 25 May
13.15 – 13.35 Rumply Crumbly Stinky Pin
15.30 – 15.50 Little Red Riding Wolf

Tues 26 May
13.15 – 13.35 Shampoozel
15.30 – 15.50 Little Red Riding Wolf

Wed 27 May
13.15 – 13.35 Cinder Boy
15.30 – 15.50 Shampoozel

Thur 28 May
13.15 – 13.35 Little Red Riding Wolf
15.30 – 15.50 Rumply Crumbly Stinky Pin

Fri 29 May
13.15 – 13.35 Shampoozel
15.30 – 15.50 Cinder Boy

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult spaces are free and must be booked.

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Queen and Country (15)

Dir: John Boorman 2014

Picking up the story nearly a decade after the 1987 hit film Hope and Glory, schoolboy Bill Rohan is now a teenager in the early fifties. He begins his basic training and engages in a constant battle of wits with the sergeant major.

WHY? ‘Everything you'd expect from distinctive film-maker John Boorman’ The Observer

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The First Film (PG)

Dir: David Nicholas Wilkinson 2015

Documentary. In 1888 Louis Le Prince produced the world's first films in England. Just days before he was due to preview his work in New York, Louis disappeared and his work was forgotten.

WHY? Includes a Q&A with the director about his decades long quest to prove to the world that a Frenchman made the first films

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The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

Aloha! Our popular beach is back for the whole summer and free to play on! Discover the brand new Hawaiian Elvis movie theme at the grand opening on Tuesday 28 July. Come in Elvis fancy dress for your chance to win!

Make sandcastles, pose on the surfboard, meet the turtle in the Gallery and enjoy a Café Bar lunch at the beach side tables. Daily weekday craft sessions and storytelling in the movie star trailer, keep the children entertained, even on rainy days!

The Maidenhead Beach is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am – 4pm. Free entry and free parking.

Beach Craft Tuesdays – Fridays 11am £5 Booking recommended

Storytelling in the Movie Star Trailer Tuesdays – Fridays 1.15pm and 3pm £2 Booking recommended

Norden Farm Café Bar Open: Tuesdays – Sundays 10am – 11pm (10.30pm Sundays) Food served: 11.30am – 3pm and 5.30pm – 7.45pm (12pm – 2.30pm Sundays) (We sell all kinds of yummy food and drink so please don't bring your own) Click here to see more about the Cafe Bar

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Spy (15)

Dir: Paul Feig 2014

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst. When her partner disappears and a mission is compromised, she finds herself undercover. Can she infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer and prevent a global disaster?

WHY? From the director of Bridesmaids and starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Rose Byrne

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Rob Beckett and John Gordillo

An Off The Kerb Edinburgh Preview.

Rob Beckett's debut tour saw him play to sell out venues accross the UK. He is a familiar face to TV audeinces from BBC1's Live at The Apollo, BBC2's Mock the Week and ITV2's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now!

John Gordillo is one of Britain’s most fertile comic minds. He has appeared on many stand up shows and has directed works by everyone from Eddie Izzard to Reginald D Hunter.

‘Resolutely acute, relentlessly smart comedy with political hues. A grown up observational comic and all round bright spark’ The Independent

WHY? Two comedians who are incredibly in demand on the television and stand up scene

@robbeckettcomic

@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Rob's website
Click here to visit Ali's website

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Yoga

Led by Julie Potter.

Learn breathing techniques to improve general wellbeing and aid relaxation. Practise traditional yoga postures and enjoy short guided relaxation sessions. Julie has been practising yoga since 1993 and qualified as a British Wheel teacher in 2004. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Fri 31 Jul – Fri 4 Sept

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The Tom Show

A show that's got it all!

Comedy, magic, sword swallowing, ventriloquism, music and a breath taking death defying underwater escape. Tom Balmont performs his own unique style of hilarious entertainment in this exciting new show.

WHY? 'I laughed so hard my socks fell off' Berkshire Worm Farmer Weekly

@tombalmont
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Tom's website

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A Little Man's Holiday

Set sail and journey on the high seas with Little Man - an ordinary man who dreams of adventure.

When his terrifying boss reveals the whereabouts of a mysterious treasure island, Little Man leaves his dull office life behind and finds himself swept along on an exhilarating pirate adventure, with only his mother and his imagination to help him along the way.

Suitable for ages 4+ years.

WHY? Garb your treasure maps, bring your imagination, and watch as Little Man realises he's not so little after all

This will be followed by an exciting workshop!
Little Man has discovered a world of treasure and pirates beyond his office! Can you help us create the things Little Man needs for his next big adventure? Join Little Man's crew and help us bring swashbuckling adventures to life with puppetry, narration and mime.

@PaddleBoatTCo
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Paddleboat Theatre website

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According to Arthur...

Meet Arthur – an old man who lives alone in his attic unleashing his imagination through pen and paper.

He never ventures outside, instead he spends his time writing stories for the moon. But Arthur needs your help! The clouds have covered the sky, the moon is nowhere to be seen and without it Arthur can’t finish his stories.

WHY? Have you got stories to share? Unleash your imagination in a workshop after the show with Arthur!

Suitable for ages 6+years.

@PaddleBoatTCo
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Paddleboat Theatre website

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Tina May

Vocalist Tina’s repertoire includes torch ballads and eclectic jazz plus popular standards, many of which arranged by clarinettist and saxophonist Frank Griffith.

She is accompanied by a sterling band of pianist John Pearce, Dave Green (bass), Winston Clifford (drums) and Freddie Gavita (trumpet).

WHY? ‘Tina May has always followed her own star, and is a true jazz singer at ease with jazz musicians and content to operate in a jazz context’ London Jazz News

Click here to visit Tina's website

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Summer Theatre Week - The Jungle Book

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company

Create an entire show from idea to performance. Experience all aspects of stage production, from lighting to stage blocking to acting with the help of professional directors, then perform on the main Courtyard Stage!

Suitable for age 10 – 18 years

Mon 3 – Fri 7 Aug 10am – 4pm (Fri 5pm)
£110 (£95 Advantage Card)

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Timbuktu (12a)

Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako 2014

(French with English subtitles)

Timbuktu is ruled by religious fundamentalists. On the outskirts, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his family, away from the chaos and terror of the city. All that changes when he accidentally kills the man who slaughtered his cow.

WHY? ★★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★★ The Independent ★★★★ The Times

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Book Club

Price includes a drink from the bar.

Share your thoughts on contemporary fiction with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Titles for Summer and Autumn are:

July: Still Alice by Lisa Genova
August: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
September: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
October: any book from the Booker shortlist
November: The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson
December: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


Click here to download the Book Club information sheet

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The FB Pocket Orchestra

Taking listeners back to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular dances of the 1920s and 30s.

The band are Paul Stevenson (guitar), Jenny Russell (vocals, clarinet) and Ollie Corbin (cornet). They originally played together to explore the repertoire of music from 1900 – 1930 and now present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the era.

WHY? 'Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago’ Jazz FM

@fbpocketorch
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit The FB Pocket Orchestra website

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Clare Deniz (cello) and Raymond Burley (guitar)

An opportunity to hear two much loved instruments performed together in a rare, delicate and intriguing ensemble duo.

As independent solo performers, Clare and Raymond are well established.

Clare Deniz has played in Holland at the Concertgebouw, toured Spain with a small chamber ensemble and performed in Frankfurt at the Alte Oper. She is listed in the International Who's Who of Music and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

In addition, Clare is known to local audiences as she held the post of cellist in residence at South Hill Park for a number of years. While there, she performed at numerous English music festivals and recitals at the venue and led workshops and masterclasses there.

Raymond Burley is one of Britain's most experienced guitarists. He has performed on radio and television and in every possible guitar combination. Raymond has toured throughout the UK and Europe, USA, South America and the Far East. He has worked with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic.

Their programme includes:

Vivaldi Sonata No 4
Largo; Allegro; Largo; Allegro (Moderato e grazioso)

Couperin Pieces en Concert
Sicilienne; Plainte; La Tromba

Ravel Pieces en Forme d'Habanera

Bartok Roumanian Danses
Joc cu Bata; Braul; Pe Loc; Buciumeana; Poarca Romaneasca; Maruntel

Granado Oriental
Danses espanolas No 2.

Albeniz Cordoba
(Nocturne Chants d'Espangne Opus 232)

Piazzolla Three movements from L'Histoire du Tango
Bordel
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Nightclub

WHY? The repertory is extensive and eclectic

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The Mick Ralphs Blues Band

After a career featuring stadium tours, platinum selling songwriting and a huge fan base, Mick has formed a band for pure fun.

He is joined by Dickie Baldwin (bass, vocals), Adam Perry (drums), Jim Maving (guitar, vocals) and the brilliant vocals of Adam Barron. The band perform classic blues, original material and songs from Mick’s back catalogue.

WHY? The latest band from the founder of two of the UK’s most loved and respected bands – Mott The Hoople and Bad Company

@realmickralphs
@nordenfarm

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Dino Time (PG)

Dir: Yoon-suk Choi, John Kafka 2012

Friends Ernie, Julia and Max accidentally trigger a time machine into operation and are transported back in time by 65 million years. They find themselves on an amazing adventure with a T-Rex named Tyra and her energetic dinosaur son Dodger.

WHY? Comic family film with the voices of Melanie Griffith and Stephen Baldwin

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Listen Up Philip (15)

Dir: Alex Ross Perry 2014

Brash novelist Philip Lewis Friedman embarks upon a publicity campaign for his widely anticipated second novel. His literary hero Ike Zimmerman takes Philip under his wing – will the two egos clash?

WHY? ‘Brilliant black comedy’ ★★★★★ The Telegraph

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Probably the Best Comedy Songs in the World Ever, Maybe

Freeberg, Lehrer, the Pythons, Pete 'n’ Dud, Donegan, Cribbins, Digance, Goons, Kenneth Williams, Benny Hill, Tom Paxton, Formby, Coward, Flanders 'n’ Swan, Sherman, Chris de Burgh, Presley, Righteous Brothers etc etc. The title of this show says it all.

WHY? 'An exceptional gift for comedy that had us rolling in the aisles' The Scotsman

The set list will include comic hits such as Laughing Policeman, Philosopher's Song and Right Said Fred.

Click here to visit their website

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London Road (15)

Dir: Rufus Norris 2015

A film adaptation of the National Theatre’s hit play. In 2006, the rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. This is the story of the community who found themselves at the epicentre of the tragic events.

WHY? A ground-breaking work, the film has an ensemble cast that includes Olivia Colman, Anita Dobson and Tom Hardy

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Glyndebourne: The Rape of Lucretia

A live screening of Benjamin Britten’s extraordinarily tense and chilling opera.

This award winning production of the dark British masterpiece is directed by Fiona Shaw.

Lucretia is a model of fidelity among Roman wives. But when the Etruscan prince Tarquinius is provoked by his Roman army comrades, he gallops back to Rome to ruin her virtue.

'Searingly beautiful… (a) triumphant production' The Observer
'This may be a deeply unsettling evening but it’s a richly rewarding one too' The Stage
'Opera at its most nakedly powerful' The Daily Telegraph

WHY? This production live from the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival is conducted by Leo Hussain and performed by some of the most exciting British singers on stage today - including Christine Rice, Kate Royal, Allan Clayton and Duncan Rock

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Summer Art Week

Led by Michaela Clarke

Inspired by the theme 'Planet Earth' work on individual craft activities with lots of messy materials and also work together on a group art project.

Each day will focus on a different type of creature - insects, sea creatures, birds, animals and reptiles.

The group projects will include a 3D spider, whale and snake plus a bird collage.


Suitable for age 8+ years.

Mon 10 – Fri 14 Aug 10am – 4pm
£115 (£110 Advantage Card)

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Paddington (PG)

Dir: Paul King 2014

A bear arrives in London in search of a home and is taken in by the Brown family. But he catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. Stars Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman.

WHY? ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ The Telegraph

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West (15)

Dir: Christian Schwochow 2013

(German with English subtitles)

Young mother Nelly leaves the German Democratic Republic for a new beginning in the West with her son. At the refugee centre, she is kept and interrogated by the Allied secret services. It turns from a place of safety into a reminder of the cold war.

WHY? ‘Slow-burning thriller, which continues to smoulder long after the credits roll’ ★★★★ Empire Magazine

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Love at First Fight (15)

Dir: Thomas Cailley 2014

(French with English subtitles)

Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one in his dead end seaside town. Then he is convinced by new friend Madeleine to sign up for an army boot camp. As they learn to fend for themselves, their private world comes under a very dangerous threat.

WHY? The film took the top prize at Directors’ Fortnight during the Cannes Film Festival

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Summer Concert Series - The Romantic Age (1 of 3)

This year’s summer recital series features a wide cross-section of music from the last three decades of the 19th century.

Amiran Zenaishvili (piano)

Bach/Busoni Chaconne
Debussy Clair de lune & Passepied (Suite bergamasque)
Franck Prelude, Chorale & Fugue
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

To open the series, we are delighted to welcome the young prize winning Russian pianist Amiran Zenaishvili.

WHY? The wide ranging late Romantic programme includes Busoni’s famous reworking of Bach, some magical early Debussy and Mussorgsky’s magnificent and dazzling suite

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Moomins on the Riviera (U)

Dir: Xavier Picard 2014

The Moomins, Snorkmaiden and Little My set off on an adventure along the Riviera. A hand-drawn animation feature celebrating Tove Jansson’s original comic strips and the universal appeal of the Moomins.

WHY? ‘A simple, sweet tale about the basic pleasures of home and hearth’ ★★★★ Time Out

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Caladh Nua

The five versatile musicians and singers play a wide selection of instruments from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran, and tin whistle to button accordion. They capture the essential qualities of traditional Irish music, performing a vast repertoire of haunting songs and evocative Irish tunes

WHY? ‘Solid traditional music with plenty of flair and lots of musical imagination’ Irish Music Magazine

@caladh_nua
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the band's website

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Mr Holmes (PG)

Dir: Bill Condon 2015

In 1947, Sherlock Homes (Ian McKellen) has retired and lives in relative anonymity. Cantankerous and frustrated with the misrepresentation of him in Watson’s best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case.

WHY? ‘McKellen plays it beautifully… I couldn’t take my eyes off him’ Time Out

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Fred and Ginger

The story of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.

Award winning singer Robert Habermann tells the story of the great dancing pair of the 1930s and the songs they introduced into their iconic series of films. The show not only covers their eight films but also the career of Astaire after Ginger left the duo.

WHY? Featuring hits such as Top Hat, Cheek To Cheek, The Continental, A Fine Romance, Night And Day, Change Partners, That's Entertainment, Something's Gotta Give and many others

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Simon Weston

In April 1982 Argentina invaded the Falklands Islands.

Amongst those sent to the conflict was Simon Weston OBE. When RFA Sir Galahad was bombed by two Argentine planes, it would change his life forever. For the first time, Simon takes to the stage to tell his story with no holds barred. Guiding him from that fateful day to current times is David Fitzgerald, former Sky news anchor and close friend.

WHY? An inspirational show about one man’s journey from the front line of war

@Simon_Weston
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Simon's website

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG)

Dir: John Madden 2015

Hotel owner Sonny has only one room available for new arrivals Guy and Lavinia. He joins forces with his residents to open a second hotel.

WHY? An all star cast includes Bill Nighy, Dame Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel and Richard Gere

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Two by Two (PG)

Dir: Toby Genkel, Sean McCormack 2015

A flood is coming and an ark has been built to save the animals. But what happens to the creatures who missed boarding the boat? They must survive the flood, defeat hungry predators and attempt to reach the top of a mountain.

WHY? ‘A European animated feature that brings elements of Ice Age and Finding Nemo to the tale of Noah and the ark’ Daily Express

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Slow West (15)

Dir: John Maclean 2015

At the end of the 19th century, 16 year old Jay Cavendish journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas, a mysterious traveller, and the pair are hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.

WHY? ‘Bold, beautiful and original’ ★★★★ The Guardian

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What We Did on Our Holiday (12a)

Dir: Guy Jenkin, Andy Hamilton 2014

Three children have to make a big decision while visiting their granddad in Scotland. It shocks not only the local community but the world media.

WHY? From the writers of BBC1’s award winning Outnumbered and starring Billy Connolly, David Tennant and Rosamund Pike

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The Sherry Babys

A Jersey Boys tribute telling the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history.

Discover how four New Jersey boys invented their own unique sound, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 100 million records worldwide. With all the hits including Big Girls Don’t Cry, Lets Hang On, Beggin, Rag Doll and Sherry Baby.

WHY? A magnificent interpretation of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – the mob, the heartaches, the triumphs and the music

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Minions (U)

Dir: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin

Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob embark upon a thrilling journey to find a potential master. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date.

WHY? The hit family film of the summer!

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The Summer Sessions: Headlined by Son Yambu

5pm Live music in the Café Bar

6.30pm Bootlegger's Son

7.15pm Ollie Robbens

8.15pm Totie

Totie is a local piano playing singer-songwriter. Her music has been played at the Cannes Film Festival and Los Angeles where she was nominated for best soundtrack with her song Cover Me.

Headline at 9.30pm

Son Yambu

Playing authentic 'Son Cubano' or Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music. Expect red hot rhythms straight from the streets of Eastern Cuba.

WHY? ‘Son Yambu are an acoustic septet with the real sound of Santiago De Cuba’ ★★★★ The Evening Standard

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Click here to visit the band's website

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Amy (15)

Dir: Asif Kapadia 2015

Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27. Featuring unseen footage and previously unheard tracks, this moving film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.

WHY? ‘Amy Winehouse's glorious rise and heartbreaking fall is movingly documented’ ★★★★ The Telegraph

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RSC Live: Othello

Live screening.

Othello is the greatest general of his age and a revered defender of Venice. But he is also an outsider whose enemies are out to destroy him.

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Summer Concert Series - The Romantic Age (2 of 3)

The summer series devoted to music from the closing decades of the 19th century continues with a delightful cross section of French music, ending with Saint-Saens’ brilliantly inventive suite.

St John’s Chamber Players with Rebecca van den Berg (soprano)

Faure Dolly Suite
Duparc 3 Songs
Saint-Saens Septet for trumpet, strings and piano
Faure Elegie for cello and piano
Satie 3 Gymnopedies
Saint-Saens The Carnival of the Animals

WHY? The programme also includes some luscious songs by Duparc, Faure’s impassioned cello solo, and Satie’s ground-breaking piano pieces

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Song of the Sea (PG)

Dir: Tomm Moore 2014

The last seal-child Saoirse, and her brother Ben, go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. Pursued by the owl witch, Macha, it is a race against time to save the spirit world.

WHY? A breathtakingly gorgeous, hand drawn masterpiece

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Papa Truck

Home grown British bluegrass!

The five piece band are Martin Selman (vocals, guitar and mandolin), Ryan Quartermaine (vocals, guitar), Dan Abram (banjo), Nia Sherrington (vocals, fiddle) and Sparkie Dalton (vocals, double bass). They have played at festivals and venues over the last ten years from Northern Ireland to Lithuania. Their set is a mix of original material from their three studio albums and a few well known songs from the bluegrass genre as well as popular music.

@Papa_Truck
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit Papa Truck's website

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The Choir (12a)

Dir: François Girard 2014

The inspirational story of a rebellious young boy with a remarkable singing voice. After being sent to a prestigious music school, he is challenged by a demanding teacher.

WHY? Stars a stellar ensemble cast including Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard and Debra Winger

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The Studio Session

Local musicians play a set of stripped back music in our Studio space. If you would like to perform, please email: jane.corry@nordenfarm.org

WHY? The night showcases an eclectic mix of singer-songwriters, acoustic musicians, solo acts, duos and bands

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Love and Mercy (12a)

Dir: Bill Pohlad 2014

An unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. It intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.

WHY? ‘Immaculate and respectful’ The Guardian

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Summer Concert Series - The Romantic Age (3 of 3)

The final recital in the summer series featuring music 1870-1900 takes us to central Europe for a programme of warm-hearted lyricism.

St John’s Chamber Players

Dvorak 2 Slavonic Dances for piano duet
Smetana From my homeland, for violin and piano
Brahms Clarinet Sonata No.1 in F minor
Brahms 2 Songs with viola, Op.102
Dvorak Piano Trio in E minor (Dumky)

In their music, Dvorak and Smetana expressed their deep feelings for Czech nationalism; whilst Brahms ended his career with some powerful and emotional works for clarinet.

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Bollywood Dance

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Aida on Sydney Harbour

An encore screening from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe - where kingdoms rise and fall and the sands of time grind onwards.

Amid all of the spectacle, the famous 'Triumphal March', battle scenes and ancient temples, there's an emotional heart.

Performed in Italian with English translations

WHY? There could be no grander setting for such an opera than Sydney Harbour itself, awash with the light of the city and the Sydney Opera House silhouetted against the setting sun

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ROH Live: Romeo & Juliet

Kenneth MacMillan’s famous version of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score returns to open the 2015 - 16 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.

This Romeo and Juliet is rich in the swaggering colour of Verona street life and in sword fights and celebrations, but MacMillan’s focus is always on the complex emotions of the young lovers – especially on Juliet as she journeys through the delirious happiness of first love to a shocked, adult perception of her fate.

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Jenny Eclair: How to be a Middle Aged Woman (without going insane)

Professional Grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine.

Semi–bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.

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Blofeld and Baxter: Rogues on the Road

A brand new show crammed full of even more wonderful (and occasionally outrageous) reminiscences and anecdotes from their extensive careers spent broadcasting around the globe.

Bastions of the beloved Test Match Special with over 80 years in the commentary box and touring the world with the programme between them, Henry and Peter have some tales to tell.

WHY? ‘A show that is not so much about cricket as about what happens in the commentary box and beyond’ The Telegraph

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Ed Byrne - Outside, Looking In

That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!

'Comedy’s holy grail.... Go see!' ★★★★ The Sunday Times
'A masterful display of the comics art…This is a seamless and perfectly timed show that could stand proudly next to any Izzard, Bailey, Carr or Skinner stadium-filler' ★★★★★ The Sunday Times
'Hilarious anecdotes! l assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should DEFINITELY see' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine
'Jokes come so fast that hecklers don’t have a chance to get a word in edgeways' ★★★★ The Times
'Byrne is at the top of his game' ★★★★ The Sunday Telegraph
'It is rare for a comic to merit the word “masterful” but in this case it is no overstatement' ★★★★ The Scotsman
'A show full of top – class observational humour….A great comedian making the simple sublime, Byrne gives his audience exactly what they want' ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
'Superior stand up from the nerd next door' ★★★★ The Herald

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Andy Hamilton - Change Management (work in progress)

The award winning comedian and comedy writer is back with a brand new show. In his 60 years on this planet, Andy has experienced many changes.

Change is an inescapable part of the human condition. Some changes are good, some bad. If you’re feeling flustered because of flux, Andy will teach you how to cope with the changes we have seen and the changes yet to come. Contains mild peril. Suitable for ages 14+ years.

WHY? Andy is co-writer and director of BBC1’s hit sitcom Outnumbered

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NT Live: Hamlet

An encore screening from the Barbican.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

WHY? Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy

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RSC Live: Henry V

Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.

Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French Dauphin, Henry gathers his troops and prepares for a war that he hopes will unite his country.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt.

Following his performance as Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II Alex Hassell returns as Henry V.

Henry V will be broadcast Live from Stratford-upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company on Wednesday 21 October, the same week as the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.

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Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

The host of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo and star of BBC Radio 4 is back.

He’ll be ranting about the real evils of the modern world – over sharing on social media and the 5:2 diet. The more he complains the funnier he gets. Hal has been seen on The Royal Variety Performance, BBC1’s Would I Lie To You?, The Great British Bake Off; An Extra Slice and Have I Got News For You.

WHY? ‘Hugely talented’ ★★★★ The Times

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Sheikh It!

A dazzling display of one of the oldest dance forms from the Middle East.

Sheikh it! is a show that takes the audience on a carpet ride across golden sands - to exotic and far flung destinations, without having to leave Norden Farm!

WHY? Featuring professional dancers from across the world, glamorous choreographies, live music, and even a few surprises or two, this is a fun night out for all the family

All proceeds from Sheikh it! go to Sue Ryder - Nettlebed Hospice.

Click here to go to the Sheikh it! website

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Justin Moorhouse - Destiny Calling

Justin is back on the road with his brand new stand-up show for 2015, doing what he does best - making people laugh up and down the country.

‘Comedic Tour-de-force… brought a tear to a critical eye’ The Herald

Fresh from the 15 date Manchester Arena Phoenix Nights LIVE reunion in aid of Comic Relief, Justin is ready to hit the road.

‘Moorhouse charms the pants off the crowd’ Sunday Times

He has recently appeared in the new series of BBC1's Live at the Apollo and Coronation Street, playing pub landlord Dean Upton. He is currently Champion of Champions on RAdio 5Live's Fighting Talk, a familiar voice on talkSPORT as well as Radio 4’s News Quiz and winner of BBC1's Celebrity Mastermind.

‘Simultaneously down-to-earth and out-of-this-world’ The List

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Stephen K Amos - The Laughter Master

The maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show.

Stephen comes to Norden Farm fresh from touring the UK and Australia. He has starred in BBC Radio 4's Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For?.

WHY? 'As his autobiographical sitcom plays out on BBC Radio 4, Stephen K Amos is officially becoming a national treasure. Expect more warm insight and spiky charm here' Sunday Times

'Unashamed feel-good entertainment. Amos has had his share of TV exposure, but nothing that has successfully captured what he does live. If only a broadcaster could bottle the magic that was conjured up last night Amos would finally be a household name way beyond the Amos household' ★★★★ The Evening Standard

'Amos is a brilliant comedian who has the ability to strike up an instant rapport with his live audience. I’ve seen him stand in front of a room of strangers and after a few minutes they all seem to be his friends' Bruce Dessau, arts critic

Suitable for ages 16+ years

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One Snowy Night

One winter's night it was so cold it began to snow Great big snowflakes fell past the window of Percy's hut…

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Nish Kumar: Long Word….Long Word….Blah Blah Blah….I’m So Clever

A stand up comedy show for people who like stand up comedy shows by a man that does stand up comedy.
This is Nish’s first solo tour. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience curated by Stewart Lee, Live at the Comedy Store and Stand up Central. He has been seen on BBC 3’s Live at the Edinburgh Festival and Sweat the Small Stuff plus supported Milton Jones and David O’Doherty.
Nish has also been on XFM's The Josh Widdicombe Show, BBC Radio 4's The Now Show and more recently was the host of BBC Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack.

WHY? ★★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ Daily Telegraph ★★★★ Guardian
‘With his combination of book smarts, righteous passion and sardonic wit, Nish Kumar is the Asian answer to John Oliver.’
★★★★ Chortle

Click here to go to Nish's website
@MrNishKumar
@nordenfarm

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Ed Byrne - Outside, Looking In

That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!

'Comedy’s holy grail.... Go see!' ★★★★ The Sunday Times
'A masterful display of the comics art…This is a seamless and perfectly timed show that could stand proudly next to any Izzard, Bailey, Carr or Skinner stadium-filler' ★★★★★ The Sunday Times
'Hilarious anecdotes! l assure you Ed Byrne is one comedian you should DEFINITELY see' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine
'Jokes come so fast that hecklers don’t have a chance to get a word in edgeways' ★★★★ The Times
'Byrne is at the top of his game' ★★★★ The Sunday Telegraph
'It is rare for a comic to merit the word “masterful” but in this case it is no overstatement' ★★★★ The Scotsman
'A show full of top – class observational humour….A great comedian making the simple sublime, Byrne gives his audience exactly what they want' ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
'Superior stand up from the nerd next door' ★★★★ The Herald

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Gyles Brandreth – Word Power!

Get It! Use It! Conquer The World!

'No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest' - only words can do that. Language is power. Words are magic.

Join Edinburgh Fringe award winner Gyles Brandreth on an uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words.

Gyles is known as a wit and word-meister, former MP and Government Whip, BBC Radio 4 Just A Minute regular, BBC1 One Show reporter, Channel 4 Countdown survivor and as seen on QI, Have I Got News For You, Room 101, The IT Crowd and Pointless.

Whether it’s global domination you’re after – or getting some nookie on a Friday night – you need the right words to get the right results. Discover them right here.

WHY? ★★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ★★★★★ The Telegraph

'Wildly funny, incredibly indiscreet' Daily Mail'
'Very funny'
Sunday Times'
'A master raconteur' Sunday Telegraph
'Absolute joy' Scotsman

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