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Along with the celebrations of our tenth birthday in 2016, there came a degree of reflection and planning, considering where we might like to take Arlington Arts during its second decade. After ten years, some elements of the building are in need of refurbishment: from the more mundane facilities, to the PA system. Our established reputation for music is strong and yet, looking back, we have also hosted a range of exceptional comedy, theatre and visual arts - not to mention our annual Ballet. Our Front of House function could be improved to speed up service at the bar and to create a better atmosphere during events. We could do more to engage with other organisations to enhance our customers’ experiences. Some of our plans may take a couple of years to come to fruition but we wanted to mark our intentions now. So we kick off 2018 with some exciting changes: a new logo and website to reflect our renewed outlook. We have also negotiated preferential rates with GoGreen Taxis, Doubletree by Hilton and The Fox and Hounds, so our customers can really “Make a Night of It” (see page 29 for details). We have been talking to some of the most innovative, high-end PA companies on the planet, discussing how we can, not only replace our existing system, but also vastly improve the experience of live events in our acoustically engineered auditorium. We have met with architects about long-term developments for our foyer spaces to make them more comfortable for corporate and live events. Given this activity and further plans in the offing, it is with great pleasure that we wish you a happy and exciting new year.

Park House School: Sister Act

Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory

Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Can Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder.

The cosmic love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray!


Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent!

Tony Trigwell-Jones Director

Audiovisability: The Unheard World EXHIBITION

The Unheard World' by Audiovisability explores the richness of Middle Eastern and Sudanese cultures, as well as the experience of migration, deafness, identity and language from a deaf perspective.

Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Book today to see Park House School’s Sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music.

The exhibition features Gadsden's original live performance pieces, photography by Stephen Iliffe, and beautiful and unique textile works by Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings, whose life story is the inspiration behind one of Waseem Kotoub's compositions, Belonging. Audiovisability is led by Ruth Montgomery who is an ex-student of Mary Hare School. The project is unique in that it brings together people from different backgrounds and artistic professions, each adding to and enhancing the performance to illustrate the auditory.


Known as a “musician’s musician”, Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor. Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMA’S DOOR, Hart has relayed his eclectic musical message around the world. 2004 saw his first GRAMMY nomination and 2005 his first win. An evening with his all-electric Muscle Theory is exactly as it sounds: powerful, visceral, intelligent and audacious. “Impressive isn’t the word... his eclecticism puts him in a class of his own” Independent

Wednesday 17 - Friday 19th January | 7pm

Tickets £14.50

Thursday 25 January | 8pm Tickets £16

Funded by Arts Council England, Decibels Year of Sound and The Arab British Centre.

Monday 15 January - Friday 9 March 1

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FOLK A new drama exploring risk-taking behaviour amongst our young people and the associated outcomes. This is a rare opportunity to see a piece of theatre currently touring local schools and engage with your teenager on issues that could affect them. Sexting, grooming, substance misuse and inappropriate relationships are all covered. Most West Berkshire teenagers stated they would seek help from parents before anyone else regarding these issues - this performance will give you vital information and get the conversation started.

Kast Off Kinks ROCK

Paul Jones & Dave Kelly BLUES

The Kast off Kinks are actual former members of the legendary band ‘The Kinks’, back together playing great music and reliving the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name.

Ruggedly durable and timeless, the Blues is perhaps more popular today than it has ever been. Young musicians still cut their teeth on its enticing, 12-bar appeal, but its real rewards, true virtuosity, poise and knowledge, only come with age.

This great line-up features the original drummer Mick Avory, John Dalton Kinks 60’s and 70’s, Ian Gibbons Kinks 80’s and 90’s and with Dave Clarke, formerly of the Beach Boys.

Founder members of The Blues Band, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly’s tangled and colourful roots go way back into the true undergrowth of the tradition. As well as their own original material, they not only know and perform the work of the greats, ranging from Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker through to Sonny Boy Williamson - they actually played alongside them, and enjoyed their friendship.

Expect all the hits, ‘Lola’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, ‘Days’ plus more. A great night out, not to be missed! “A full house, and a standing ovation... anyone wondering about going, do not hesitate” The Stables, Milton Keynes

Friday 26 January | 8pm Tickets £20

This is a FREE ticketed event Please call the box office to book your seat Tuesday 30 January | 7:30pm

A live acoustic set by this dynamic duo is an occasion you’ll remember. If you’re a true Blues fan, everything you need is here.

Saturday 27 January | 8pm Tickets £21 Proud to support


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Mandolinquents & Friends with Elias Sibley & Florence Petit

3Fall Dance Company

The Mandolinquents expand their line-up tonight and welcome back ukulele playing multi-instrumentalist Elias Sibley and the wonderful cellist Florence Petit. You’ll be treated to a magnificent array of instruments; mandolins, ukuleles, cello, guitars, banjos and of course, Hilary James’ magnificent bass mandolin and sweet singing.

3Fall Dance Company present three professional works alongside emerging choreographers from the University of Chichester.



If you heard Florence Petit recently on BBC Radio 3 or saw her with the Mandolinquents here at Arlington, you’ll know just what a treat is in store. An innovative and exciting young musician she melds the Baroque with folk traditions bringing the cello to life with a warm, engaging stage manner and oodles of Gallic charm. Elias is one of the finest finger-style ukulele players of his generation as well a superb classical guitarist and banjo player. From Bach to the Great American Songbook he takes the ukulele and classic banjo to a new dimension…and adds many a quip to the Mandolinquents’ lively banter.


James Wilton premieres his new work ‘Phase I’, a technically challenging work, offering precision, complex rhythmic and spatial structures. Abi Mortimer presents ‘Zoots, Dash and Panache’ drawing inspiration from iconic music artists that connects to the audience and is reminiscent of the 80s. Joe Garbett’s Codex inspired work ‘This The Better’ is descrbed as ‘a physical encyclopaedia of a world that is caught trying to fulfil an endless task.’ This performance contains an eclectic selection of Contemporary Dance, taking you from a party to an impossible function.

All in all…another great evening of Mandolinquent hilarity and virtuosity is guaranteed!

Friday 2 February | 8pm Tickets £14

Wednesday 7 February | 8pm Tickets £10, £8

Livewire: The AC/DC Show ROCK

The unique six man tribute to rock music's greatest band AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls and over two hours of High Voltage Rock 'n' Roll. And in this, AC/DC’s fortieth year, the band cover both eras as always with both Bon Scott and 'Pete' Brian Johnson present to take you on the Rock and Roll train for a night to remember. Those who have seen the show on the ‘For Those About To Rock’ and ‘Ready to Bite’ tours are already witness to the talent and dedication Ash gives on stage with his portrayal of the livewire Angus Young delivering a truly amazing two hours of duck-walking, bedevilled Rock and Roll.

Saturday 3 February | 8pm Tickets £16 5|

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Friday 9 February | 7:30pm Free ticketed

Any Questions? It’s your chance to ask a question and influence the debate with BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions?

Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals Topsy Turvy Theatre: Christopher’s Caterpillars present: Noisy Holiday

Any Questions? follows the 8pm News every Friday. On Saturdays Any Questions? is repeated after the One O’Clock News and is followed at 2pm by Any Answers? If you have any comments for Any Answers? please call 03700 100 444.


The Noisy Animals are looking forward to their dream holidays and have some brilliant ideas about where in the world they want to go. Kid Carpet just wants them all to be together but will he be able to keep everyone happy when he can’t even get them in the car?


Big Boss Man formed in November 1998, their sound is a hip Heavy Hammond hybrid of pop, 6T's R'n'B / Latin soul and funk.

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Big Boss Man’s explosive live show is legendary and as well as playing hundreds of gigs and festivals across the UK, Europe and even Russia their music may sound familiar to you being regularly played on television shows including; the Grand Tour, Come Dine with Me (Doors open from 6.45-7.15pm) and the World Cup Final, and broadcast on BBC Radio by DJs including Cerys Mathews, Mark Lamarr and Craig Charles.

On the panel:

“Classic Psych Funk” NEMONE, BBC 6 MUSIC

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Christopher Nibble and his best friend Posie have been busy growing plants and food in their garden whilst taking care of their six hairy pet caterpillars. But when their crawly comrades disappear without a trace the gardening guinea pigs swap their trowels for magnifying glasses and turn detective!

This lively mix of live music, theatre, comedy, puppetry and animation. New tracks from Kid Carpet include, Will Christopher & Posie crack the case and bring “Rollercoaster”, “Swimming with the Fishes” and their caterpillars home to Dandeville... or have they “Get in the Car” vanished forever? A ridiculous and funny story of going on your holidays with silliness and mischief for the whole family.

Written especially for children aged 2-7, Christopher’s Caterpillars is a bright and beautiful tale of minibeasts and mystery!

Sunday 11 February | 3pm Tickets £7, £24 Family

Wednesday 14 February | 3pm Tickets £7, £24 Family

Saturday 10 February | 8pm Tickets £13 7

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Harp and a Monkey

The Furrow Collective

The Grahams

Pulse are a 6 piece band specialising in the wonderfully-pleasurable music of the legendary Pink Floyd.

Winners of the Best Band award are renowned for their haunting songsmithery and their eclectic influences, which range from traditional folk songs to care in the community.

The Furrow Collective is an award-winning and critically acclaimed English/Scottish band consisting of four distinctive and talented performers.

Arlington Arts welcome The Grahams back for the second time.


Comprising four musicians and two female backing singers as well as a projector and backdrop, you will be assured of a full evening of music from Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals, Wish You Were Here as well as tracks from the Syd Barrett era and lots of visuals to help turn back time to the greatest Progressive Rock band of all time. Support is provided by singer/guitarist Nicole Allan.

Friday 23 February | 8pm Tickets £12


The band have had an exceptional year, continuing their work with Arts Council England to help mark the ongoing centenary of World War 1, playing at folk clubs and festivals nationwide and receiving invites to participate in some incredible projects. The band released a new single in September, titled Clean White Sheets as part of a project in Yorkshire which commemorated the work and sacrifice of nurses during WW1. In October the band also helped, to raise awareness of World Mental Health Day, with the creation of a thought-provoking video about anxiety and social isolation. “Charming, impossible not to like.” Mark Radcliffe BBC RADIO 2 Folk Show

Saturday 24 February | 8pm Tickets £10


Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice). The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of England, Scotland and beyond and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. In recognition of their innovative approach, The Furrow Collective were awarded the accolade of “Best Band” at the 2017 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards, hot on the heels of the release in late 2016 of their second album, Wild Hog (Hudson Records). “A bravely sparse and compelling new take on traditional songs... A quietly classy young folk band” Guardian

Friday 2 March | 8pm Tickets £12


There is a special connection between American folk music and the railroad that has no parallel elsewhere in the world. Rail lines stitch together the sprawling fabric of American song. As writers of Americana music, their goal is to draw on the deep, recurring sources of American folk culture, giving them new shape. Lifelong couple, both romantic and musical, Alyssa and Doug Graham have been performing together since they were teenagers, but fully committed to embracing their duo-ness with the release of the Grahams debut in 2013. 2014 saw them play over 100 shows in support of Riverman’s Daughter, including a three-week run in Australia, which culminated with a performance at the Sydney Blues & Roots festival. The Grahams return to the UK for 4 weeks across Feb and March with a full band promoting their highly anticipated new release. Playing some of the country’s most reputable venues and finishing up at Country 2 Country, The Grahams are one of a kind artists.

Thursday 8 March | 8pm Tickets £12.50 adv, £15 door 9

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The Corey Harris Band

Gonzo Moose Theatre: The Thing That Came From Over There

FORWARD's Musicians Unite to End FGM project and Arlington Arts present the Corey Harris Band. This Arts council project works with musicians to raise awareness of female genital mutilation, child marriage and all violence against African women and girls.

The critically acclaimed trio are back in another rip-roaring comedy adventure. Inspired by the Horror movies of the 1950’s, ‘The Thing That Came From Over There’ is a fast-paced rollicking ride, mixing paranoia, suspense and hilariously gruesome deaths.

Corey Harris has earned substantial critical acclaim as one of the few contemporary bluesmen able to channel raw, direct emotion of acoustic Delta blues. He appeared in the iconic Martin Scorsese 2003 film “Feel Like Going Home” from The Blues Film Collection and has collaborated with the likes of BB King, Taj Mahal, Ali Farka Toure, Buddy Guy amongst others.

It’s 1912, and as Scott and Amundsen begin their race across Antarctica, the hapless explorer, Captain Reginald Cranston Scot-t-t, has accidentally landed on the wrong side of the continent. As Cranston and his motley band set up base camp, a meteor crashes nearby. Deciding to investigate, they set out towards the crash site, unaware of the danger that awaits not just them, but the whole of planet Earth.

“An authentic voice and an eclectic vision” - San Francisco Bay Guardian

Join three daring actors as they play over 15 roles in 85 minutes of shocks, spine tingling silliness, and blood curdling terror.

Friday 9 March | 8pm Tickets £16

With comedy and thrills galore, the show features visual gags, verbal wit, giant puppetry, and even a little bit of live music.


Raghu Dixit


Thursday 15 March | 8pm Tickets £10, £8


Often hailed as India’s biggest cultural and musical export, Raghu Dixit’s unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre, and even language. His music is strongly rooted in Indian traditions and culture and is presented with a very contemporary, global sound. From playing to over 100,000 people in his home state to the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury, an appearance on Jools Holland and even playing for the Queen of England and the entire Royal Family, Raghu Dixit has done quite a bit! “A Marvellous Sound!” Jools Holland

Tuesday 13 March | 8pm Tickets £20, £15 Schools 11 Box Office: 01635 244246 or

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Steamchicken FOLK

Steamchicken return to live performance, and bring the beguiling show to theatres, arts centres, jazz clubs and pub venues throughout England, in their first major tour; a joyous shout of instrumental virtuosity, a tight rhythm section, four horns and of course the unique style that Amy Kakoura brings. Exciting, heart stoppingly beautiful, majestic, powerful, playful, funny and always entertaining. Not to be missed. “…enchanting vocals…mesmerizing… I fell in love with it…ceilidh-swing, folk twisting, blues and ska.” Pure M Magazine

Friday 16 March | 8pm Tickets £12 @ArlingtonArts








Nomads Musical Theatre: Showtime Coffee MUSICAL THEATRE

Nomads Musical Theatre presents a wacky blend of popular show tunes and homegrown comedy in their annual Showtime extravaganza. Running for nearly 10 years and new to Arlington Arts for 2018, the Showtime series sets the standard for an exceptional evening's entertainment, showcasing the wealth of talent held within one of Newbury's finest amateur groups. A “Romeo and Juliet” style story set in the modern world where cappuccino makers are found on almost every corner, with songs from hit West End musicals such as “Wicked”, “Hairspray”, “Singin’ in the Rain”, “Shrek: The Musical” and more!

Wednesday 21 - Friday 23 March | 8pm Tickets £10, £8

Jonny & The Baptists COMEDY

JONNY & THE BAPTISTS: THE WORLD IS A MESS, HERE ARE SOME SONGS It's very hard to tour topical material these days. For multi-award-nominated musical comedy stars Jonny & the Baptists, it's been a real nightmare. Every time they try to write something silly about the world, the world does something even sillier. Either way, this spring they're coming to Newbury with lots of new songs (and some old ones) to try to make sense of the mess.

The DH Ensemble: People of the Eye THEATRE

Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through unfamiliar territory to discover their own voice. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together. Using a mix of video projections, sound, live performance, and creative accessibility, this unique performance is about memories, feelings of isolation, and finding the joy in difference. This is a provocative piece that examines the realities of the people affected by deafness, and celebrates the beauty of sign language and Deaf culture while not shying away from the complex idea of culture versus disability.

“Wickedly amusing” The Times “Spirited comedy... broad, daft and punchy” Guardian “Brilliant - the closest thing the fringe has to rock gods” Fest

Thursday 29 March | 7:30pm Tickets £12

“An extraordinary and visceral piece such as this from The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble is the kind that leaves a mark.” Edinburgh Reporter.

Monday 26 March | 7:30pm Tickets £10, £8 13

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Pete Coe: The stories so far FOLK

Pete Coe celebrates narrative folk songs, rooted in English traditions, classic ballads and broadsides, rural yarns, travellers tales, songs of love, loss and protest, learned from the old songcarriers and songsmiths he’s met over a lifetime on the road. He performs with great skill, presents with authority, good humour and encourages audience involvement. In 2016 he was awarded a Gold Badge by English Folk Dance and Song Society for outstanding services to English folk music.

Paul Lamb & The King Snakes BLUES

Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, they are simply the best U.K. Blues band. They have been at the top of the British Blues tree for over thirty years and the release of their latest album “Live at the Royal Albert Hall”, simply confirms this status. Consistently rated as being one of the greatest harmonica players in the world, Mr Lamb leads the way as a Blues entertainer. The band delivers outstanding Blues with an amazing on stage performance, to delight one and all.

“One of the most committed, most versatile, most important folk artists in Britain.” MOJO.

Saturday 7 April | 8pm Tickets £12

Expect a wonderful mix of real blues, boogie and swing! Be sure to catch Paul Lamb & the King Snakes blowing up a storm at the Arlington Arts Centre .

Thursday 5 April | 8pm Tickets £14

Fred’s House FOLK


Fred’s House make summery 70’s West Coast inspired folk/rock but have their own distinctively fresh sound that is very much part of now. This group of musicians have the rare ability to sweep you away with their gorgeous three part harmonies, moving lyrics, infectious melodies and uplifting grooves. Among their many influences are bands such as Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles. The band scooped the prestigious Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award at the NMG Awards 2017 and are touring China as part of the Nanjing International Jazz and World Music Festival this year. Having released their critically acclaimed second album Faultlines, extensively toured the UK and played some big festivals, their outstanding and energetic live shows are gathering them rave reviews from all corners of the globe. Fred’s House are currently working on their third album set for release in 2018. If you need a dose of the “feel-good factor”, this is the band for you! “Fred’s House are a very popular band who have built up a significant following, and they were quickly bringing the house down” Maverick Magazine.

Thursday 12 April | 8pm Tickets £12 15| Box Office: 01635 244246 or

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The Dead South have been described as outlaws, modern hillbillies and Mumford and Sons’ evil twins, but the best way to describe the Regina-based band is fearless. They’re a rare musical commodity – a band that’s equally compelling on record as they are on stage. Illusion & Doubt recently hit Top 5 on the US Billboard Bluegrass chart and entered the top 30 on the US Country iTunes Chart. That’s fuelled interest in the band’s debut, Good Company, as well, which, though released in 2015, recently hit the Top 50 on Billboard and the Top 20 on US iTunes overall chart. Vocalist and guitarist Nate Hilts believes the boost to both albums is partially due to the band’s video for ‘In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company,’ which was released in early 2016. “We were late to the game getting videos out for Good Company in general and after we did the ‘In Hell’ video in 2016 we concentrated on releasing Illusion & Doubt and put the video on the back burner. But, a few months after we released it, there was just this huge… BOOM.”

Newbury YoungStars

Feel The BEAT



Are you ready to Zip, zip, zip, zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah with the Caterpillar, have a Happy Unbirthday with the Mad Hatter and Paint the Roses Red with the Royal Cardsmen.

Feel the BEAT! are back after another year of hard work. With performers from as young as four through to young adults taking to the stage. We welcome you to come along and watch our annual showcase.

This fun packed trip through Wonderland chasing after the White Rabbit sees Alice get smaller, bigger and back to normal again. The perfect first musical for children.

At our last show we had to FOCUS and boy did they deliver! Now we have a wonderful show for you to see. Here’s to all their efforts of the last year paying off, and that this performance allows them to do themselves JUSTICE. We hope you enjoy our show!

Friday 20 April | 7:30pm Saturday 21 April | 3pm & 7:30pm Tickets £10, £8

Boom is a good way to put it. Currently ‘In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company’ has over 34 Million views on YouTube and is gaining roughly 1,000,000 views weekly.

Open to all – Families, Friends & the general public Profits from the raffle will go to Children with Cancer UK – which is our chosen charity supported by Principal JC in her participation in the Virgin London Marathon.

Saturday 28 April | 2:30pm & 6pm Tickets £10 – FTB! Tickets £15 – Non FTB!

Wednesday 18 April | 8pm Tickets £12

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Sari Schorr ROCK

Simon Mayor’s Mandolinquents BLUES

A jaw-dropping voice and a live show that erupts like a volcano have catapulted Sari Schorr into the spotlight as one of the hottest new blues-rock singers today. The native New Yorker is taking the blues world by storm, and with a voice that jolted legendary blues producer Mike Vernon (think Fleetwood Mac, Clapton, and Bowie) out of retirement, it’s not hard to see why.



A Riot of Music & Humour! ‘Sumer is icumen in’ As spring turns to summer join Simon Mayor and his merry crew of Mandolinquents for an uplifting evening of virtuosic masterpieces, light-hearted limericks and much laughter.

The group has earned a slew of accolades, including Best Vocalist and Best Album nominations from the European Blues Awards and Winner Best Blues Rock Band for 2016 by WRC.

This special evening of new songs and instrumentals (from their forthcoming CD) also features more from Simon’s new book ‘Of Death and a Banana Skin’ including Reading’s greatest claim to fame, the Number One hit song of all time from the 13th Century, ‘sumer is icumen in’.

“The future of blues is in good hands. Sari is a gift to all of us from the Blues Gods.” Blues Matters

As well as mandolins of all sizes, guitars, banjos, violin and voice you just never know what surprise guests will pop up!

Thursday 3 May | 8pm Tickets £14

Friday 4 May | 8pm Tickets £14

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Oye Santana What makes Oye Santana so good? First of all the music. There’s a treasury of more than four decades of Santana catalogue to draw on, and every number in their set is a gem in its own right. Oye Santana could go off on self-indulgent flights of fancy, but they don’t. The band painstakingly recreate the original Santana arrangements of the big hits that you know and love to bring you the true Santana sound. But playing the right notes is only a start. There’s much more to being the Best Santana Tribute in the World. Carlos Santana’s guitar playing is instantly recognizable not just because of his tone or his trademark licks, but because of the emotion he puts into every note he plays. Oye Santana have that covered. And there’s the good-time feel. Every track is a fiesta – come and dance, come and party. They’ve got that covered too.

Eddi Reader FOLK

Eddi Reader is widely considered to be one of Scotland’s greatest singers. In the early 1980s, Eddi’s band Fairground Attraction reached a huge audience when the single ‘Perfect’ and parent album ‘First of a Million Kisses’ both hit number one in the charts. Throughout the subsequent thirty years, Eddi has consistently released enduring solo albums and played thousands of memorable concerts, travelling the world with her music. Time and again her records and concerts showcase a knack for great songwriting and picking a great song, then making it her own. Eddi’s 2018 concerts offer a chance to witness a live performer at the peak of her powers, with an incredible band and a devotion for great music. Eddi Reader is very much an artist alive in the moment each time she performs. Expect new songs, old favourites and a night that will live long in the memory.

“Just perfect – Eddi Reader gets every song just right” The Sunday Times And every Oye Santana performance is a show, a visual feast of lights and action that will have you “Eddi Reader is one of my favourite singers of all singing along, smiling along and dancing along from time” Jools Holland the first chink of a tambourine to the explosive finale. You’re going to love Oye Santana.

“One of the great voices in British music” Acoustic magazine

Saturday 5 May | 8pm Tickets £18

Wednesday 9 May | 8pm Tickets £23.50

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The Immigrant THEATRE

“The Immigrant” by Charles Chaplin and adapted for the stage by Chris Michael. In 1917 Chaplin released a short film called “The Immigrant”. It is an optimistic story about people coming to America to start a new life. Exactly one hundred years later, America has adopted the most controversial immigration policy in the nation’s history. Chris Michael has lovingly recreated Chaplin’s original work and style, developing new content to reflect the harsh realities of modern migrants. The result is a piece of theatre that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. The performance contains no speaking and so is fully accessible to those with hearing impairment. “Beautifully timed buffoonery… skills honed to perfection.” - The Oxford Times Age guide 10+

Thursday 10 May | 8pm Tickets £10, £8

Insight 2018 EXHIBITION

Open Studios Insight 2017 was held for the last time in the prestigious Gallery of New Greenham Arts. It hosted our flagship exhibition which showed a wide ranging and exciting display of the work of over a hundred artists who took part in last year’s Open Studios scheme. “INSIGHT” always provides a taster to help choose artists you would like to visit, thus giving an ‘insight' into their work. You can meet painters, ceramicists, sculptors, jewellers, printmakers, textile artists, photographers, and artists who work in wood, metal, glass, stone and digital media.

Saturday 12 May - Sunday 3 June Open Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:30pm Weekends: 11am - 5pm 21 Box Office: 01635 244246 or

Gary Lucas ROCK

A world class guitar hero, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and composer, an international recording artist with over 30 acclaimed solo albums to date, and a soundtrack composer for film and television, GARY LUCAS is on the move in 2017. Gary built his reputation as one of the best guitarists in the world during his time with Captain Beefheart. He joins us for a very special one off show featuring unseen Beefheart and Buckley footage, performance of the classic songs Gary co-wrote and choice tracks from Gary’s vast back catalouge. Since then, he has recorded over 30 acclaimed albums in a variety of genres; jazz, rock, classical, folk, blues and world music and has performed in over 40 countries to date. He has received many honours and awards including being invited to perform solo before the General Assembly of the UN on January 27th 2017 to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He was also recently profiled on National Public Radio. Gary has worked with a number of household names from all around the world including Jeff Buckley, Nick Cave, Chris Cornell and Lou Reed. “One of the 100 Greatest Living Guitarists” Classic Rock “The world’s most popular avant-rock guitarist” The Independent

Thursday 17 May | 8pm Tickets £14 Click on the event name for the ticket link or the event image for a preview



Salisbury Playhouse presents: A Wiltshire Tale FOLK


A Wiltshire Tale is a journey through Wiltshire’s history, landscape and wildlife. Depicted through the voices of three immortal characters, in this one man show, we bear witness to this most magical of counties in spoken word, poetry and live music. From sell-out tours to a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival run Nick Harper enters his third decade as a performer with a vitality that could put younger musicians to shame. It is no surprise that artists and producers as diverse as Squeeze, Lana Del Rey, Newton Faulkner, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), The Levellers, Jakko Jakszyk (Level 42, King Crimson) and legendary producer Tchad Blake have collaborated with him. This is not a man easily pigeonholed into existing musical genres; Nick is very much blazing his own trail. “The Bard of Wiltshire” Mojo magazine

Voodoo Room Cara Dillon A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream ROCK


Age guide 18+

Paying tribute to these legends of rock are VOODOO ROOM.

A stunning power trio featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians who perform an incredible show in the true spirit of these legendary superstars. No wigs, no gimmicks - simply great music played by great musicians! Featuring classics such as, Hey Joe, Sunshine Of Your Love, Purple Haze and Layla. Members of Voodoo Room have recorded and toured with Stevie Winwood, Massive Attack, Arthur Brown, Fish, Thunder and many other high profile artists. With standing ovations the norm, the word on the street is Voodoo Room are - NOT TO BE MISSED! “STUNNING!” - Time Out

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album “Wanderer” which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour. “Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice” Mojo Magazine.

“Betjeman with a guitar” Guitarist magazine Written and performed by Nick Harper Directed by Jo Newman


Saturday 19 May | 8pm Tickets £15

Thursday 24 May | 8pm Tickets £21

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Patrick Monahan COMEDY

Brand new stand up show from multi award winning Patrick Monahan and inspired by his Irish/Iranian/ Teeside teens in the 90s. Identity cards, ‘Cool Britannia’, drink and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ were some of the trademarks of the 1990s but for the Teetotal and drug free Monahan it was ‘cake and tea and R ‘n’ B!’ Monahan explores what life was like for teenagers in the 90s growing up with their basic technology and compares the current problems teenagers face, such as faulty phone charger leads, dabbing and whether they should Instagram their dinner or just eat it! The 90’s teenagers didn't have to make many choices as there wasn’t much to choose from! The Touring show is in two halves. Rewind Selector 90s is the second half and the first half is a club set coupled with fun audience participation set. “Thought provoking, hilarious. A Fringe Legend!” Mirror.

Friday 25 May | 8pm Tickets £12 Click on the event name for the ticket link or the event image for a preview

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Juan Martin Flamenco Trio WORLD


“Arte Flamenco Puro” Antonio Aparecida – singer Raquel de Cádiz (Raquel Gonzalez) – dance Juan Martin, a truly awe-inspiring guitarist, composer and all encompassing musician returns to tour the UK with great new artists, direct from Spain. Juan’s new dancer is the 19 year old star from Cádiz, Raquel Gonzalez. Her tremendous footwork and passion joined with the extraordinary singer Antonio Aparecida and the poetry and emotion of one of the world’s leading guitarists make for a performance not to be missed. “He has a terrifyingly good technique and an absolute dominante of the guitar filling the concert hall with crystalline clarity” El Mundo “A giant of the flamenco tradition” The Times

Saturday 26 May | 8pm Tickets £18


Emma Stevens

Blackbeard’s Tea Party



2017 sees the hugely talented British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Stevens release and tour her third album To My Roots. Life has been something of a whirlwind for the down to earth surfer chick from Guildford, since embarking on a solo career in 2012 and bursting onto the scene with her distinctively catchy pop melodies, fused with folk instrumentation and a touch of country. The increasing popularity of this uniquely versatile “what you see is what you get” artist is now undeniable, thanks to almost three million Spotify plays, and over a million video views on the back of four EP and two album releases, with four consecutive singles playlisted by Radio 2. Emma’s voice is emotive, clear, effortless and uplifting. She has toured seven times, performed at numerous festivals including Hyde Park, CarFest and Country2Country, and supported Simply Red, Passenger and Train.

The past few years have seen Blackbeard’s Tea Party play at festivals as diverse as Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, The Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo and many more. 2018 will see them release their new EP ‘Leviathan!’, bringing with it a bigger, bolder sound and a revamped live show. A mix of traditional and self-penned songs and tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.

Saturday 2 June | 8pm Tickets £13

Andy Cutting FOLK

Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician’s musician (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2008, 2011 & 2016): a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it is a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.

Thursday 7 June | 8pm Tickets £12.50

Friday 1 June | 8pm Tickets £10

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ACE Dance Company

Woody Mann BLUES


Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction with ease and grace. From his first recording “Stairwell Serenade” he has worked solo and collaborated with blues greats Son House, Bukka White, and John Fahey. Throughout his career, Woody has not forgotten those early lessons in the Reverend Gary Davis’ living room or the jazz traditions that were his wellspring. He has become one of the world’s renowned guitar masters - bringing the past up to the present - with his own contemporary improvisational style. “Don’t miss a chance to see him; you are unlikely to hear anything – or anyone better in the field that Mann has chosen to master.” –The Times

Thursday 14 June | 8pm Tickets £14


ACE return to share this season’s repertoire, which includes work created by professionals and teachers. The Company was established in 2001 and offers trained dancers and aspiring dancers alike the opportunity to work and perform in a professional environment. After a great first year for Junior:ACE and Apprent:ACE the interest, combined with talent of young dancers led to the formation of another Apprent:ACE company. All three companies are back to perform at this annual showcase. All companies have worked extremely hard and it is exciting to see how the ACE family has extended, to include the younger generation. These new companies combine with ACE Dance Company and ACE@Dance in the Park to create a whole dance school feel; ready to propel us into the next 15 years of dance success!

Saturday 16 June | 7pm Tickets £11, £9

ACE@Dance in the Park DANCE

A celebration of the hard work put in by the almost 100 strong ACE@Dance in the Park dancers. This year’s show is another wonderful collaboration of pieces to bring a smile and a toe tap to all. For more information about Dance in the Park, please visit -

Sunday 24 June | 3pm Tickets £10, £6

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Arlington Arts Seating Plan

Arlington Arts Centre Snelsmore Common Newbury RG14 3BQ

From Newbury Take the Hungerford A4 exit at the Robin Hood roundabout. At next roundabout, turn right, signed Wantage B4494. Go straight over the next mini roundabout. At next mini roundabout take left fork, signed Wantage B4494. Continue for approx. 2 miles, turning right into the School campus which is immediately opposite entrance to Snelsmore Common Country Park. Arlington Arts Centre is within the grounds of Mary Hare School. From the M4 Exit at Junction 13, signed Newbury/A34(S). As you leave the roundabout take the slip-road signed Services/Donnington/ Hotels. At the 3rd roundabout turn left, signed Donnington. Arlington Arts Centre is within the grounds of Mary Hare School, signed one mile on your right.

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Nearest train station: Newbury Regular train services running to/from Reading, Bedwyn/West Country and London Paddington. We advise visitors to take a taxi from the taxi rank outside the station as we are not easily reached on foot or bus due to the nature of our location. We are 3 miles from Newbury town centre.

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Arlington Arts Centre

Mary Hare, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 3BQ Box Office: 01635 244246

Online brochure january 2018  
Online brochure january 2018