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Youth Theatre (H)

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

Thursdays or Sundays
4pm
£97 per term
School Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

day dependent on availability

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company 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 (Academy)

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!

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

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.


'The Troublemaker gang had me 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

'Troublemaker helped foster the creativity I use every day in my animation and video work' James Willis

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

Wednesdays
6.45pm
£97 per term
School Year 12 & 13

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Odyssey

Stranded war hero Odysseus must struggle against the odds to get home to his wife.

But can he battle his way through grumpy gods, naughty nymphs, monocular monsters and over a hundred sleazy suitors? All whilst wearing an Ancient Greek robe that looks suspiciously like a bedsheet?

WHY? The Pantaloons present a hilarious new verse adaptation of the most epic journey of all time

Presented by The Pantaloons.

Studio
£15 (£13 conc)

@ThePantaloons
@nordenfarm

The Pantaloons Website

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Youth Theatre (C)

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

Thursdays or Sundays
4.40pm
£97 per term
School Year 7, 8 & 9

day dependent on availability

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (F)

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

Thursdays or Sundays
6.45pm
£97 per term
School Year 8, 9, 10 & 11

day dependent on availability
Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

  1. A horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England - where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food and talk endlessly about the weather.

The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Judge for yourself as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the rules of British life.

WHY? Catch this rib-tickling show before it heads to New York for an off-Broadway run!

Presented by Fol Espoir in collaboration with The Real MacGuffins.

Studio
£15 (£13 Supporters)

@realmacguffins
@folesp
@nordenfarm

Fol Espoir's Website
The Real MacGuffins Website

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Maidenhead Drama Festival

A week-long festival of one-act plays from local youth and adult groups, with comments each evening from a professional adjudicator and a host of trophies to be won.

WHY? Join us for the whole week and see if you agree with the final choices!

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£9 conc)

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Senior Youth Theatre Showcase - A Shakespeare Festival

A Showcase perfromance from students from Norden Lights C, F and H.

This year the groups will be performing ‘A Shakespeare Festival’.

All three groups will be performing abridged versions of Shakespeare plays:

Group C – Julius Caesar
Group F – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Group H – Macbeth

£4

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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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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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You Choose

A different story in every show – where you choose what happens!

Based on the brilliant book by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt. Using the picture book as inspiration and through a series of games and challenges each show will come up with a unique story, with different characters every time!

WHY? From the team who brought us Shark in the Park and Hairy Maclary

Presented by Nonsense Room Productions

Age guidance: 2-7 years

60 minutes

Courtyard Theatre
£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £36
Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

@Nroomproduction
@nordenfarm

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RSC Live: As You Like It

Run time tbc.

Live screening from Stratford-upon-Avon. Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves.

WHY? Kimberley Sykes directs a riotous production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Explore: Drama - Create Your Own Bedtime Story (Families)

Using your body, your voice and household object to create noises that will amuse, surprise and entertain you and your friends.

Green Room
£4.50 per workshop
4 workshops £16

The Explore Pass offers access to 4 different workshops for £16 per person – saving £2 (Give it a Go! Festival Pass can be used by named participant only)

For your information:

  • We strongly recommend you book in advance for Explore workshops as it is highly unlikely that tickets will be available on the door
  • Workshops for specific age ranges are designed for the children to attend on their own.
  • Family Workshops are designed for children and adults to get creative together – a ticket must be booked for every participant attending
  • We expect the carpark to be busy so please allow at least 15-20 mins to park / walk to Norden Farm / pick up tickets / find your workshop
  • Workshops will take place across the building - Norden Farm will be well sign posted, use posters to find out where you should be and check the location on your tickets
  • We recommend dressing for mess at our workshops
  • The Café Bar will be open from 9am, serving food from 9am - 3pm. Why not start the day with breakfast? Snacks and soft drinks can be bought throughout the day. Newspapers and WiFi are available to keep adults entertained!
  • Our team of friendly Young Leader volunteers will be on hand to help (look out for their lanyards)
  • Have fun!

  • If you can no longer make your workshop, please let our Box Office team know so that the space can be freed up for another participant!

Disclaimer: Please note that a photographer will be present at some Explore! Workshops. Images will be used for Norden Farm marketing purposes, including, but not limited to, use in printed material such as brochures, on the website and social media, and in local publications. If you do not wish your child to be photographed, please advise our Box Office team on the day (Friday 19 April).

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Explore: Drama - Dragons & Unicorns (5-7yrs)

Jump into this fantasy world of mythical beasts where you can become any of the magical creatures from legends.

Green Room
£4.50 per workshop
4 workshops £16

The Explore Pass offers access to 4 different workshops for £16 per person – saving £2 (Give it a Go! Festival Pass can be used by named participant only)

For your information:

  • We strongly recommend you book in advance for Explore workshops as it is highly unlikely that tickets will be available on the door
  • Workshops for specific age ranges are designed for the children to attend on their own.
  • Family Workshops are designed for children and adults to get creative together – a ticket must be booked for every participant attending
  • We expect the carpark to be busy so please allow at least 15-20 mins to park / walk to Norden Farm / pick up tickets / find your workshop
  • Workshops will take place across the building - Norden Farm will be well sign posted, use posters to find out where you should be and check the location on your tickets
  • We recommend dressing for mess at our workshops
  • The Café Bar will be open from 9am, serving food from 9am - 3pm. Why not start the day with breakfast? Snacks and soft drinks can be bought throughout the day. Newspapers and WiFi are available to keep adults entertained!
  • Our team of friendly Young Leader volunteers will be on hand to help (look out for their lanyards)
  • Have fun!

  • If you can no longer make your workshop, please let our Box Office team know so that the space can be freed up for another participant!

Disclaimer: Please note that a photographer will be present at some Explore! Workshops. Images will be used for Norden Farm marketing purposes, including, but not limited to, use in printed material such as brochures, on the website and social media, and in local publications. If you do not wish your child to be photographed, please advise our Box Office team on the day (Friday 19 April).

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Explore: Drama - Mime (11+ yrs)

Enter the silent world of performance and fine tune your skills to act without talking.

Green Room
£4.50 per workshop
4 workshops £16

The Explore Pass offers access to 4 different workshops for £16 per person – saving £2 (Give it a Go! Festival Pass can be used by named participant only)

For your information:

  • We strongly recommend you book in advance for Explore workshops as it is highly unlikely that tickets will be available on the door
  • Workshops for specific age ranges are designed for the children to attend on their own.
  • Family Workshops are designed for children and adults to get creative together – a ticket must be booked for every participant attending
  • We expect the carpark to be busy so please allow at least 15-20 mins to park / walk to Norden Farm / pick up tickets / find your workshop
  • Workshops will take place across the building - Norden Farm will be well sign posted, use posters to find out where you should be and check the location on your tickets
  • We recommend dressing for mess at our workshops
  • The Café Bar will be open from 9am, serving food from 9am - 3pm. Why not start the day with breakfast? Snacks and soft drinks can be bought throughout the day. Newspapers and WiFi are available to keep adults entertained!
  • Our team of friendly Young Leader volunteers will be on hand to help (look out for their lanyards)
  • Have fun!

  • If you can no longer make your workshop, please let our Box Office team know so that the space can be freed up for another participant!

Disclaimer: Please note that a photographer will be present at some Explore! Workshops. Images will be used for Norden Farm marketing purposes, including, but not limited to, use in printed material such as brochures, on the website and social media, and in local publications. If you do not wish your child to be photographed, please advise our Box Office team on the day (Friday 19 April).

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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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NT Live: All My Sons

by Arthur Miller

directed by Jeremy Herrin

Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.
But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter.

With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

WHY? Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin)

Courtyard Theatre
£15

All My Sons is an Old Vic co-production with Headlong

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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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RSC Live: The Taming of the Shrew

Live screening.

Shakespeare’s comedy of gender and materialism is turned on its head - offering a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.

Run time approximately 180 minutes.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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All-England Theatre Festival - The English Final 2.30pm

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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All England Theatre Festival - The English Final 7pm

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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A Bunch of Amateurs

Presented by Maidenhead Drama Guild.

Fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford - only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. The cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre. As acting worlds collide, Jefferson discovers some truths about himself - along with his inner Lear.

WHY? ‘Terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue... plenty of twists and turns’ ★★★★★ Whatsonstage

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@MaidenheadDG
@nordenfarm

Maidenhead Drama Guild's Website

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NT Live: Small Island

Encore screenings from the National Theatre.

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation.

Run time TBC.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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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
@nordenfarm

The HandleBards' Website

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