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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES CALENDAR

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ADULTS (16+) ONE OFF WORKSHOPS

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HALF TERM

SEPTEMBER. Thu 1

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Comedy Music

7.30pm

Fri 2

Mark Thomas: Extreme Rambling

Stand Up

8pm

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Sun 4

One Man Star WarsTM Trilogy

Comedy Theatre

EXHIBITIONS

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Sat 10 The Grand Macmillan Annual Show Hiring: Variety

7pm

BOOKING

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Fri 16

Stand Up

8pm

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Sat 17 Po’ Girl

Folk

8pm

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Phil Cool

7.30pm

Sun 18 An Audience with Michael Portillo Celebrity Talk

7.30pm

Thu 22 Macbeth

7.30pm

Fri 23

Theatre

Hardeep Singh Kohli – Chat Masala Comedy and Cooking 8pm

MEMBERS’ BOOKING OPENS: TUESDAY 19 JULY 10AM

Sat 24 The Celtic Tenors

Popular Classical Music 8pm

PUBLIC BOOKING OPENS: SATURDAY 23 JULY 10AM IN PERSON, 12PM BY TELEPHONE AND ONLINE

Fri 30

Didcot Living Word Walks

Live Theatre

4-6.15pm

Fri 30

Sarah Ellen-Hughes

Jazz Music

8pm

FAMILY TICKETS: AT LEAST ONE UNDER 16 IN A PARTY OF FOUR KEY. Members’ discounted rate available

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OCTOBER.. OCTOBER. Sat 1

Didcot Living Word Walks

Live Theatre

12.15-2.30pm

Sat 1

Roll Out the Beryl

Comedy Theatre

8pm

Red is for events that take place in our auditorium

Sat 8

Those Magnificent Men

Theatre

7.30pm

Sun 9

Ghosts of Ruddigore

Operetta

7pm

Blue is for visual arts and exhibitions

Fri 14

BACA Awards

Hiring: Award Ceremony

7.30pm

Green is for classes and workshops

Sat 15 Pack Up Your Troubles

Variety Music

2pm

Sun 16 Emilie Capulet

Classical Music

2.30pm

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Sat 22 Heidi Talbot Trio

Folk Music

Sun 23 Chalk Giants

Children’s Theatre

2pm

Fri 28

Jazz Music

8pm

Sat 29 Apocalypse No!

Musical Comedy

8pm

Sun 30 Children’s Prom

Children’s Music

2pm

Alex Welsh Tribute Band

8pm

NOVEMBER. Fri 4

London Community Gospel Choir

Gospel Music

8pm

Sat 5

Much Ado About Nothing

Theatre

7.30pm

Tue 8

John Foster and Korky Paul

Hiring: Schools’ Event 10.15am&1.30pm

Thu 10 Didcot Girls’ School

Hiring: Dance

7.30pm

Fri 11

Reggae Music

8pm

Sat 12 St. Giles Orchestra

Classical Music

7.30pm

Sun 13 The Snow Dragon

Children’s Theatre

2pm

Fri 18

Contemporary Folk 8pm

Musical Youth

Cara Dillon Duo

Sat 19 Gonzo Moose

Comedy Theatre

Fri 25

Stand Up

8pm

Variety

2pm

Chris Cox

Sat 26 Those Were The Days

7.30pm

DECEMBER BER.. Thu 1

Discombobulated

Comedy Theatre

7.30pm

Sat 3

Daniel Sloss

Stand Up

8pm

Sun 4

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Children’s Theatre 2pm

Fri 9

Cornerstone Dance Showcase

Dance Talent Show 7.30pm

Sat 10 Showstopper!

Musical Theatre

8pm

Mon 12 One Snowy Night - Sat 17

Christmas Show

10.30am, 1.30, 4.30 & 6.30pm

. AND THEY’RE FREE! Peter Bruntnell Friday 9 September 8pm

Mellow Peaches Friday 7 October 8pm

‘One of the finest songwriters in Britain’, The Independent www.peterbruntnell.net

Rootsy stomps and gutsy grooves - a lively blend of ragtime, blues and roots www.myspace.com/ mellowpeaches Ellie Williams Friday 2 December 8pm A profoundly beautiful and effortless voice! www.elliewilliams.com

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THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE Supported by Kate Rowe COMEDY CHORAL MUSIC

What a start to the season! Please do come out on a Thursday night to kick off Autumn with a storm – you’ll be sorry if you miss it! This is one zany choir, thirteen black-clad men from New South Wales touring the western hemisphere. They may look scary but they sing with eloquent arrangements, pitch perfect (sometimes heart-rending) harmonies, theatrical delivery – and silly hats! and are very funny. Think Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain but in choral form. The Spookies sing everything from spoofs of Queen, Earth, Wind and Fire, Abba’s Dancing Queen, to a capella ballads and close harmonies. www.spookymen.com.au Thursday 1 September 7.30pm £17.50, £16 (concs), £15 (members)

TRY THIS If you liked The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Orkestra del Sol, Coope, Boyes and Simpson, Three Bonzos and a Piano


MARK THOMAS: EXTREME RAMBLING

ONE MAN STAR WARSTM TRILOGY Supported by Danny Pensive

COMEDY: STAND UP

COMEDY THEATRE

‘He makes you laugh, makes you shudder, makes you angry, makes you think’ +++++ THE DAILY DAILY TELEGRAPH

Following his sell-out nationwide tour, The Manifesto, Mark returns with his brand new show. Never one to take the easy option, Mark decided to go rambling in the Middle East and walked the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier crossing between the Israeli and Palestinian sides. Expect Mark’s sharp political commentary and dry take on the world as he asks ‘Can you ever get away from it all with a good walk?’

Charles Ross spent much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away watching Star Wars videos over, and over, and over again. The result of his misspent youth is this hilarious show, where he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes! www.onemanstarwars.com

www.markthomasinfo.com

Sunday 4 September 7.30pm £15, £13.50 (concs) £12.50 (members), £10 (under 16’s)

Friday 2 September 8pm £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members) Age 16+

One Man Star Wars TM Trilogy performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All ‘Star Wars’ elements property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

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TRY THIS If you liked Reduced Shakespeare Company, Barbershopera, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

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THE GRAND MACMILLAN ANNUAL SHOW FEATURING DANYL JOHNSON HIRING: VARIETY

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Danyl Johnson from The X Factor headlines this exciting new event in support of the Centenary celebrations of the Macmillan Trust. Trilogy Dance Crew from SKY 1’s Got to Dance and exciting local performers from TALENT OXFORD will support Danyl and the evening is hosted by comedian Matt Richardson. So come along for a funpacked night of variety, with all profits going to Macmillan.

Saturday 10 September 7pm £19.50, £17.50 (concs)

He’s back - and we’ve got him! Without a shadow of a doubt Phil Cool is one of the country’s finest and most original comedians and impressionists. Holding a degree in ‘Faceology’ he is legendary for his facial contortion expertise. Phil’s two hour show is full of new material, punctuated with a wealth of hilarious anecdotes and observations making him as funny and unique today as he was during the 1980s. Consumately relevant with a delicious bit of nostalgia! www.philcool.co.uk

Friday 16 September 8pm £15, £13.50 (concs), £12.50 (members) Ages 12+

‘Phil Cool was the man that most inspired me to do impressions’ ALISTAIR MCGOWAN MCGOWAN


PO’ GIRL

AN AUDIENCE WITH MICHAEL PORTILLO

CONTEMPORARY FOLK

CELEBRITY TALK

‘(I) would happily pay to see them several times in a week; which is exactly what I did!.. an evening of beautiful uplifting music’ MAVERICK MAGAZINE

Po’ Girl are great! One of the most successful bands to come out of Canada, their sound is a mixture of folk, country and blues played with a strong jazzy feel. Their hypnotic TRY THIS If you liked Peatbog Faeries, The Groanbox Boys, Fairport Acoustic Convention, Eliza Carthy

and humid sway spellbinds audiences across the world. Two female singers, male vocalist and drummer, they are festival favourites and we are sure they will become yours. Don’t miss it! www.pogirl.net Saturday 17 September 8pm £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members)

Michael Portillo has had an exciting career in politics and business. In and out of government, brief to Margaret Thatcher in 1979, special adviser to Nigel Lawson in 1984, whip, Parliamentary Under Secretary, Minister of State, chief Secretary to the Treasury, local MP, challenger for the leadership of the party. Turning to journalism, he’s written and broadcast on subjects as diverse as walking the Santiago Way, art, Wagner, being a single mum (!) and great railway journeys.

Controversial, fascinating, witty and informed – it will be a stimulating and memorable evening with a chance to ask questions of this intriguing man.

He’s also a member of the International Commission on Missing persons in the former Yugoslavia.

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Icarus Theatre Collective presents

MACBETH

HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI: CHAT MASALA

THEATRE

COMEDY CHAT AND COOKING TRY THIS If you liked Hamlet, Shakespeare’s R&J and Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company

Winners of countless accolades including Time Out’s Critics Choice, Icarus combine inventive theatre techniques, live music and exciting sets to bring to life Shakespeare’s most bloody and fear-filled tragedy. Driven to distraction by greed and envy, Macbeth ferociously seizes the throne. But violence breeds violence and a reign born in blood quickly spirals out of control as Macbeth’s past actions return to destroy him.

www.icarustheatre.co.uk Thursday 22 September 7.30pm £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members) Age 11+

Following the huge success of his 2010 tour which delighted our Cornerstone audience, Hardeep returns with a new ‘chat show with curry’. He interviews local guests, relates anecdotes and jokes, whilst cooking up a curry that some lucky audience members will get the chance to sample – it went down a treat last time! www.hardeeplive.com ‘ The ever-affable turban-clad Glaswegian, complete with neon yellow trainers, makes an excellent host and is well worth a taste.’ ED FEST MAGAZINE

Friday 23 September 8pm £14, £12.50(concs), £11.50 (members


THE CELTIC TENORS MUSIC: POPULAR CLASSIC

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their own distinctive charms and meld together perfectly.

Burt Bacharach and Jimi Hendrix, along with exciting arrangements of some of Sarah’s own compositions.

Singing everything from Eric Clapton to Ennio Morricone, their fifth album is a collection of songs from North America, re-inventing the whole tenor idiom and bringing charm, wit, vitality and a bit of ‘cool’ to a superb stage show. www.celtic-tenors.com These are the most successful classical crossover artists ever to come out of Ireland. Signed on the spot to an international record deal following an impromptu audition in 2000, they soon became the talk of the music industry. Fusing classical, folk, Irish and pop music, these guys’ voices bring

Saturday 24 September 8pm £17, £15.50 (concs), £14.50 (members)

TRY THIS If you liked BLAKE, Orchestra of St Giles, St John’s Orchestra, The Magnets

Outstanding jazz vocalist, Sarah is appearing as part of a UK tour with a superb trio featuring the cream of London’s jazz talent. The quartet present a range of popular standards from Gershwin and Jobim to Friday 30 September 8pm £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members)

Sarah began her career with NYJO with whom she was lead vocalist from 2005 to 2008. Her first album was selected as UK Jazz Radio’s ‘CD of the month’ for a record three months. www.sarahellenhughes.co.uk ‘One of three singers whom I consider to be the best on the scene in terms of vocal art, individuality, and the ability to move and entertain the audience’ PAUL PACE,, JAZZ PROGRAMMER AT R RONNIE ONNIE SCOTT’S SCOTT ’S

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DIDCOT IDCOT’’S L LIVING IVING WORD WALKS Duration of each walk is approximately 90 minutes and please do dress for changeable English weather. Inspired by The Globe’s Shakespearian Sonnet Walks, the streets of Didcot come alive with performance, poetry and song! In groups of only ten to fifteen at a time, you set off with carefully researched guides on a route around town. As you progress, discover secrets you never knew Didcot was keeping. At intervals around the route performers begin their poems and songs as you approach, bringing Oxfordshire writing, and Didcot, to life. With Mark Rylance’s support, these walks have been created

internationally. A unique opportunity for a live theatre experience in Didcot. Audience groups leave every fifteen minutes from Cornerstone box office so please book for: Friday 30 September: 4pm, 4.15pm, 4.30pm, 4.45pm, 5pm, 5.15pm, 5.30pm, 5.45pm, 6pm, 6.15pm Saturday 1 October: 12.15pm, 12.30pm, 12.45pm, 1pm, 1.15pm, 1.30pm, 1.45pm, 2pm, 2.15pm, 2.30pm £10, £9 (concs and members)

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Laurielorry Theatre and Makin Projects

Scamp presents

ROLL OUT THE BERYL

THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN

COMEDY THEATRE

THEATRE

A Beryl full of life, love and laughter! Beryl Reid is one of Britain’s best loved comedy actresses. Her vivacious character is brought to life on stage in this hilarious one woman tribute to the great lady. You will be introduced to some of Beryl’s best loved characters and hear

memories of meals shared with theatrical friends, as Elaine Pantling prepares and cooks a meal live on stage; a starter, main course and for afters, something naughty but nice! www.laurielorry.co.uk Saturday 1 October 8pm £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members)

Critically acclaimed comedy writing duo Brian Mitchell & Joseph Nixon have turned this story of two plucky British pioneers embarking on the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight into a fast and furious comic tour-deforce. Wonder at how the whole bally thing is told with just two actors and a crate full

of funny props! www.scamptheatre.com Saturday 8 October 7.30pm £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members) ‘Wonderfully entertaining – has the making of a West End hit +++++’ THE TIMES 11


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Opera della Luna presents

THE GHOSTS OF RUDDIGORE MUSIC:OPERETTA

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apparitions take to the stage in this rip-roaring production which features all the wellloved songs but of course in OdL’s unique style. Big, brassy and barrels and barrels of fun. Book early to avoid disappointment! www.operadellaluna.org Hurrah! They are back with us! The fabulous, thrilling, hilarious, musically mind-blowing Opera della Luna return to the Cornerstone stage, and their many fans, with this hugely popular classic tale of rural romance. Gilbert & Sullivan meets Rocky Horror as the company revisit Ruddigore. Ghosts and

Sunday 9 October 7pm £17.50, £16 (concs), £15 (members) ‘Welcome back, Opera della Luna! The company synonymous with wit, inventiveness, colour and panache’ WEST BRITON

Didcot First and Didcot Chamber of Commerce present

THE BACA AWARDS HIRING: AWARDS CEREMONY The third annual Business & Community Awards returns to Cornerstone showcasing the best that Didcot has to offer. Make your nominations between July and September by visiting the website. See www.didcotfirst.org.uk or www.didcotchamberofcommerce. co.uk for more details. Friday 14 October 7.30pm Tickets by invitation from Didcot First

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Fantastic musical hall fun and songs of the 40’s in a singalong extravaganza from the likes of Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn and George Formby. The show stars Carolyn Allen from New Tricks and Only Fools and Horses. www.upbeatmanagement.co.uk TRY THIS If you liked Forces Sweethearts, Golden Days of Variety, Flanders and Swann Saturday 15 October 2pm £10, £9 (concs), £8 (members)


EMILIE CAPULET AN AF AFTER ERNOON NOON OF ROMANTIC ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOUR FAVOU RIT ITES ES MUSIC: CLASSICAL

‘Under Emilie’s fingers the notes dance, cascade and bewitch the audience. A moment of pure magic...an amazing performance!’

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Award-winning Franco-British pianist Emilie Capulet invites us to an inspiring afternoon of Romantic favourites, featuring Chopin’s FantaisieImpromptus op.66, his first and third Ballades, as well as two sparkling Schubert Impromptus. As a grand finale, Liszt’s 200th anniversary will be

celebrated with his formidable B minor piano sonata. Emilie is recognised as one of the most captivating and gifted pianists of her generation, enthralling audiences worldwide with her profound and imaginative interpretations, astounding virtuosity and compelling personality. Emilie will be playing on a grand piano – so come on all you classical music lovers – Cornerstone’s auditorium beckons you. www.emiliecapulet.com Sunday 16 October 2.30pm £10, £9 (concs), £8 (members)

Heidi Talbot’s breakthrough solo release 2008’s, In Love and Light, sealed her promotion to the premier league. Comparisons to Bjork, Enya, Linda Ronstadt, Norah Jones and Kirsty MacColl abound, but her bittersweet, spun-gold voice is truly distinctive. Singing traditional and contemporary folk material, Heidi is accompanied by multi-instrumentalist, fine

TRY THIS If you liked Cara Dillon, Eliza Carthy, Uiscedwr, Kimmie Rhodes

fiddle player and music star in his own right John McCusker and ex-The Bible lyricist and instrumentalist Boo Hewerdine. Three fabulous musicians, with fantastic pedigrees playing highly emotive material. www.heiditalbot.com Saturday 22 October 8pm £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members) ‘…from the first note she hits, one gets the sort of hair-raising goose bumps that only come along every so often’ POPMATTERS 13


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Indefinite Articles presents

THE CHALK GIANTS

THE ALEX WELSH TRIBUTE BAND

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MUSIC: JAZZ

Based on Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant Slayer, Jack travels across the ancient landscape of England on a quest to rid the country of giants.

Edinburgh born Alex Welsh gained a large following among trad jazz listeners and American musicians such as Pee Wee Russell and Wild Bill Davison, playing Chicago style Dixieland jazz.

A world of magic and mystery for little ones and adults alike.

Harvey Weston on bass, John Barnes on saxes and clarinet, Roy Williams on trombone and accompanied by drums, piano, clarinet and trumpet.

www.scamptheatre.com Sunday 23 October 2pm £8, £6 (concs), Ages 5+ ‘The Chalk Giants is a terrific, exciting and alternative twist of a show’ THE GLASGOW HERALD

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Alex died in 1982 but surviving members occasionally reform with other musicians who love playing this lively style of jazz.

Seabright Productions and Barbershopera Productions present

BARBERSHOPERA: APOCALYPSE NO! COMEDY MUSIC

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This concert promises to be an evening of uncompromising, swinging, straight-ahead jazz.

Barbershop’s funniest quartet are back in a double awardwinning new show. God summons four dastardly horsemen to unleash total destruction, but unfortunately ‘Beth’ turns up instead of Death. Cue mistaken identity, four-part harmony and at least one hobby horse. www.barbershopera.com

Friday 28 October 8pm £10, £9 (concs), £8 (members)

Saturday 29 October 8pm £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members), Ages 12+


MR MARK’S FAMILY PROM CHILDREN’S PROM – ANIMAL FUN MUSIC: CHILDREN’S

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From the people that bring us cushion concerts, comes this musical celebration especially designed for little ones. Mr Mark is joined by an array of guest musicians for a concert inspired by animals. Bring your favourite animal toy, and join in the fun with minds, hands and voices! Sunday 30 October, 2pm £8, £6 (concs) Ages 2+

Upbeat Management presents

THE LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR GOSPEL GREATS ‘The richness, depth and sheer strength of their voices were outstanding’

MUSIC: GOSPEL

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THE O OXFORD XFORD PLAYHOUSE PLAYHOUSE

Led by the Rev Bazil Meade the LCGC was the first concert gospel choir in Britain. Performing to their mission statement ‘Out of Many One Voice’ the choir use their fantastic sound to encourage unity, love and respect. With funky gospel flair, swing beat, R ‘n’ B, traditional and soulful arrangements, the concerts are full of songs and spirituals to soothe the mind and cheer the heart. Oh Happy Day, Hallelujah, songs from the movie Sister Act and many more.

And all with their amazing big gospel, vocal gymnastics and brilliant stage show. A real treat on our stage – come and see it up close!

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A Mappa Mundi | Theatr Mwldan Co-Production

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING THEATRE Headstrong Beatrice and proud Benedick live in staunch denial of their true feelings for each other whilst lovesick Claudio and sweet Hero are head over heels with devotion. Mappa Mundi create high quality and engagingly irreverent theatre. They put their own inimitable twist on this popular Shakespearean comedy by setting the merry war at a time when the home front is ending and other conflicts are beginning. Supported by the Welsh Assembly Government and the Arts Council of Wales through the National Performing Arts Touring scheme.

www.mappa-mundi.org.uk Saturday 5 November 7.30pm £17, £15.50 (concs), £14.50 (members)

TRY THIS If you liked She Stoops to Conquer and Dangerous Liaisons

Bookfeast presents

DIDCOT JOHN FOSTER GIRLS’ & KORKY PAUL SCHOOL HIRING: SCHOOLS’ EVENT

HIRING: DANCE

Best-loved children’s poet John Foster and award-winning illustrator Korky Paul, creator of Winnie the Witch, will be talking about their work together and as individuals. This event is for primary schools and the home-schooled only, recommended for years 2 to 5. www.bookfeast.net

The talented students of Didcot Girls’ School return to Cornerstone with a packed evening of dance.

Tuesday 8 November 2011 10.15am and 1.30pm Tickets £3 per child from celia.maclachlan@bookfeast.net

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With contemporary pieces from GCSE and A Level students, and work from the year 7 to 13 dance clubs. Thursday 10 November 7.30pm Tickets £5 (non concessions)


MUSICAL YOUTH WHE WH EN RE REGGA GGAE E WA WAS S KING

ST GILES ORCHESTRA ORCHESTRAL FIREWORKS

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In 1982, five Birmingham boys launched themselves into pop history.

Pass the Dutchie hit the number one spot within two weeks of release and went on to sell four million records around the world, becoming reggae’s first top ten hit in the USA. For the next three years they toured the world, collaborating with Stevie Wonder, Irene Carra, Latoya Jackson and Donna Summer, before they suddenly disappeared from the pop scene. The two original front men stayed together and have been recording and producing a new show for the last two years, in which they front a six piece band. Come and hear a collection of new versions of the songs that inspired them back in the day: ‘When Reggae Was King’.

Complement your fireworks display on Guy Fawkes night with a dazzling display of orchestral fireworks brought to you by St Giles Orchestra. The evening will feature the Royal Fireworks Music, Finlandia, Tannhauser, the 1812 and much more! www.stgilesorchestra.org.uk Saturday 12 November 7.30pm Tickets £10, £8 (concs) Family ticket £30

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Tall Stories presents

CARA DILLON DUO Supported by Adam Barnes

THE SNOW DRAGON THEATRE: CHILDREN’S

MUSIC: CONTEMPORARY FOLK It has been an incredible year for Cara Dillon. Her latest album Hill of Thieves was voted Album of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 folk awards, she’s about to release her live DVD and she sings on the recent Disney Tinker Bell movie.

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Based on the story by Toby Mitchell, this fabulous show is by the company that brought us The Gruffalo. The night of the snow dragon approaches and Billy has everything a young goat could want. His parents tell him to pick berries to leave out for the Snow Dragon so that it will bring him lots of fantastic presents. But it’s hard work and Billy finds it much easier to ‘borrow’ from his friends. As a result, New Year’s Eve does not turn out quite how he expected. High-energy songs and a mysterious Snow Dragon created by The National

Theatre’s His Dark Materials puppeteer. www.tallstories.org.uk Sunday 13 November 2pm £8, £6 (concs) Ages 4+

At the very forefront of traditional Irish music, Cara’s voice has sweetness, poignancy and depth. Whether singing her native songs of lost love and emigration, or original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive or captivating performer. www.uniquegravity.co.uk

‘If you are a kid, if you have kids, if you ever were a kid, go and see The Snow Dragon’ +++++ THREE WEEKS

Friday 18 November 8pm Tickets £17.50, £16 (concs), £15 (members)

‘Folk really doesn’t come any better than this’ ROCK ‘N’ REEL


Pegasus presents

CHRIS COX FATAL DISTRACTION

GONZO MOOSE IN GRIMM AND GRIMMER

‘A riot from start to finish’ VENUE MAGAZINE

© Idil Sukan at Draw HQ

Back by popular demand after Is That a Bolt in Your Neck, Gonzo Moose bring us a mustsee comic caper for all.

Watch them battle evil queens, dark enchantments

VARIETY MUSIC

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COMEDY: STAND-UP

THEATRE: COMEDY

It’s Bavaria 1806 and the Brothers Grimm are putting together what will be the greatest book of fairy tales ever produced. But reality and fantasy are colliding and the brothers find themselves trapped in the world of their own fairy tales.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS

and charming princesses with absurd jokes, magic allusions and slapstick. www.gonzomoose.co.uk Saturday 19 November 7.30pm £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members) Family ticket £45 Ages 7+

Chris Cox is a comedian and a mindreader. Or is he?! Using magic, psychology and … er… lying, Chris will amaze and astound as he seemingly controls coincidence and discovers exactly what you were thinking of...or not! www.magiccox.com Friday 25 November 8pm £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members) Ages 16+ ‘Brilliant, he’ll blow your mind’ RICKY GERVAIS

Rosemary Squires, ‘Britain’s Doris Day’, takes a look back at what many believe were the golden years of popular entertainment – with masses of music and fun – in an afternoon of pure nostalgia. www.rosemarysquires.co.uk Saturday 26 November 2pm £10, £9 (concs), £8 (members) 19


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Publick Transport presents

DISCOMBOBULATED

DANIEL SLOSS: THE JOKER Supported by Kai Humphries

THEATRE: COMEDY

COMEDY: STAND-UP

Stop and search experts Malcolm McClosky and Esperanza Vallejo present their take on all matters of security, born out of a lifetime of patrolling airports and being shouted at. Using the medium of dramatic reconstruction, interpretive dance, tragedy, rock’n’roll, magic and an incredible

non-acrobatic number, they present a clown show so utterly stupid that it might just save your life! www.publicktransport.com Thursday 1 December 7.30pm £14, £12.50 (concs), £11.50 (members) Ages 11+

Scotland’s half man half X-box was the big thing at 2010 Edinburgh Fringe. You couldn’t get a ticket for love nor money – with good reason. This comic prodigy started doing stand up aged 16, has appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks, Paul O’Grady show, was the youngest ever stand up to perform a solo season in London’s West End, and starred in his own BBC show The Adventures of Daniel. And all before he started to shave. See him now! www.danielsloss.com

Saturday 3 December 8pm £13.50, £10 (concs), £9 (members) Ages 16+ ‘Hysterical...a stunning show of observational humour’ THE SUNDA SUNDAY Y EXPRESS


Theatre of Widdershins presents

THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER

CORNERSTONE Seabright Productions presents SHOWSTOPPER! DANCE THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL SHOWCASE FESTIVE EDITION DANCE: TALENT COMEDY: MUSICAL

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Elvis Schumacher, cobbler and craftsman, creates the most beautiful footwear. But he’s hit hard times...everyone’s buying boring shoes from the evil businessman Bunyan Sole-less. With one piece of leather left and Bunyan’s factory growing, can anyone help Elvis? www.theatre-of-widdershins.co.uk

A selection of performances by the wonderful pupils of Cornerstone’s many dance classes, choreographed by Cornerstone’ tutors. Expect street dance, ballet, hiphop and Charleston from youngsters and adults. A feast for us all! Friday 9 December 7.30pm £8, £6 (concs and members)

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A brand new musical is created from scratch at each performance of this awardwinning production, which has played sell-out seasons in London’s West End and at the Edinburgh Festival, plus a prime-time series on Radio 4. Following their popular debut at Cornerstone last year, the Showstoppers return with a special festive edition of the show. Audience suggestions for carols and other Christmas treats will be welcome to help create a unique musical on the spot. www.showstopperthemusical.com

‘...everything you could want from a blockbuster musical. It just happens to be made up on the spot.” METRO

Saturday 10 December 8pm. £16, £14.50 (concs), £13.50 (members) Family Ticket £50 Ages 12+

Sunday 4 December 2pm £8, £6 (concs) Ages 3+ 21


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CORNERSTONE’S FABUL CORNERSTONE’S FABULO OUS FAMILY CHRIST STMA MAS S SHOW Seabright Productions, Slot Machine and Norden Farm present

ONE SNOWY NIGHT A Tale from Percy’s Park by Nick Butterworth FAMILY CHRISTMAS SHOW

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Percy the Park Keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter’s night, Percy finds his little friends shivering on the doorstep – they need more than food and he must find a way to help them. A snuggly heart-warming story with songs to sing along to, furry friends to meet, and a great Christmas story. Perfect for little ones, but enchanting for older children and adults too. Come and see it together and get in the Christmas mood. Sold 10,000 tickets last year. www.seabrightproductions. co.uk/onesnowynight

Monday 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December 10.30am and 1.30pm Thursday 15 December 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm Friday 16 December 1.30pm and 6.30pm Saturday 17 December 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm £12, £9 (concs and members) Family ticket £35 Ages 3-11 and adults

‘An ideal introduction to theatre for children from the age of three, though older children will enjoy it just as much’ The Stage


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REGULAR CLASSES & WORKSHOPS FOR ALL AGES. TUESDAYS.

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NEW! Youth Theatre

6-10 years

4.30-5.30pm

£23

20 Sept 2 x 5 1 Nov weeks

NEW! Youth Theatre

11-15 years

5.45-7.15pm

£34

20 Sept 2 x 5 1 Nov weeks

Tap - beginners

Adult

6-7pm

£36, 13 Sept 2 x 6 £32(concs) 1 Nov weeks

Book Group

Adult

7-8.30pm

£2

Life Drawing

Adult

7-9pm

£77, 13 Sept 2 x 6 £70(concs) 1 Nov weeks

Tap - intermediate

Adult

7.15-8.15pm

£36, 13 Sept 2 x 6 £32(concs) 1 Nov weeks

NEW! Guitar

Adult

7.30-9.30pm

£60, 20 Sept 2 x 5 £54(concs) 1 Nov weeks

Zumba

Adult

8.30-9.30pm

£36, 13 Sept 2 x 6 £32(concs) 1 Nov weeks

NEW! West End Dance Adult

8.30-9.30pm

£36, 13 Sept 2 x 6 £32(concs) 1 Nov weeks

6 Sept monthly 1 Nov

YOUTH THEATRE: Explore all aspects of performance including impro, characterisation and movement. Taster sessions on Tuesday 13 September for 6-10 years (4.30-5.30pm) and 11-15 years (5.45-7.15pm) for £2.

SCRIPT READING: Develop your reading and performance skills through investigation, critical analysis and discussion. GUITAR: Group lessons in guitar skills and techniques. Please bring a guitar, notebook, pen and a passion for music!

GLEE@CORNERSTONE: If you love singing, acting and dancing, then this class is for you. Inspired by the hit TV programme, create pieces to popular songs and tracks.

ASK ABOUT MATERIALS, EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING WHEN BOOKING. FOR FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS VISIT WWW.CORNERSTONE-ARTS.ORG


Yoga

WEDNESDAYS. Storytelling Dance

2-2.30pm

£11.50

21 Sept 2 x 5 2 Nov weeks

Parent and Baby Ballet 18 mths3 years

2.45-3.15pm

£11.50

21 Sept 2 x 5 2 Nov weeks

Ballet

4-6 years

4-4.45pm

£37

21 Sept 11 weeks 2 Nov

Youth Hip Hop

7-11 years 5-5.45pm

£37

21 Sept 11 weeks 2 Nov

Contemporary

Adult

6-7pm

£30, 21 Sept 2 x 5 £27(concs) 2 Nov weeks

Ballet - beginners

Adult

7.15-8.15pm

£30, 21 Sept 2 x 5 £27(concs) 2 Nov weeks

Street/Hip Hop

Parent & tot

Adult

7.30-8.30pm

£30, 21 Sept 2 x 5 £27(concs) 2 Nov weeks

NEW! Script Reading Adult

7.30-9pm

£45,

Ballet - intermediate

8.30-9.30pm

£30, 21 Sept 2 x 5 £27(concs) 2 Nov weeks

Adult

21 Sept 2 x 5 £41(concs) 2 Nov weeks

THURSDAYS. £25

22 Sept 11 weeks

Adult

7-8.15pm

£38, 22 Sept 2 x 5 £34(concs) 3 Nov weeks

Knitters and Stitchers Adult Group

7.30pm

Free

Creative Writing

7.30-9pm

£45, 22 Sept 2 x 5 £41(concs) 3 Nov weeks

Adult

Weekly

Privately run class: Spanish Flamenco afternoon and evening classes for all ages – Contact Camino Del Flamenco on 01295 738869 to book. Privately run class: Learn Japanese (Language and Culture) 7pm – Contact Eun-Mui 07514 510429 to book.

FRIDAYS. Privately run class: Music and Movement 10am session for the under 5s – Contact Edna Hemmings on 01491 652693 for info. Privately run class: Ballroom and Latin Dance evening classes for improvers, beginners and social practice – Contact Body Matters on 01235 810191 to book.

SATURDAYS. Street Dance

8-10 years 10-10.45am

£34

24 Sept 10 weeks

Street Dance

11-13 years 11-11.45am

£34

24 Sept 10 weeks

Street Dance

14-16 years 12noon12.45pm

£34

24 Sept 10 weeks

NEW!

8-11 years 1-2pm

£23

1 Oct 5 Nov

2x5 weeks

12-15 years 2.15-4pm

£39

1 Oct 5 Nov

2x5 weeks

Parent and Baby Ballet

18 mths3 years

12.30-1pm

Ballet

3-4 years

1.15-1.45pm

£25

22 Sept 11 weeks

NEW!

Ballet

3-4 years

2-2.30pm

£25

22 Sept 11 weeks

Glee@Cornerstone

Ballet

3-4 years

3.15-3.45pm

£25

22 Sept 11 weeks

Ballet

4-6 years

4-4.45pm

£37

22 Sept 11 weeks

Youth Dance

4-6 years

5-5.45pm

£37

22 Sept 11 weeks

Ballet

6-10 years 6-6.45pm

£37

22 Sept 11 weeks

Glee@Cornerstone

SUNDAYS. Privately run class: Phoenix Flutes second Sunday in every month at 2pm – Contact Kate Walsh on 07514 510429 to book. Further details on all classes including terms and conditions of booking are available on our website www.cornerstone-arts.org 25


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ONE OFF WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS (16+ YEARS)

MULTIMEDIA JEWELLERY

PRECIOUS METAL CLAY

RESIN JEWELLERY

Saturday 8 October and Saturday 26 November

Saturday 12 November

Saturday 3 December

10.30am-4.30pm

10.30am-4.30pm

10.30am-4.30pm

PRECIOUS METAL CLAY

£36, £32 (concs)

£36, £32 (concs)

£36, £32 (concs) per workshop

Use moulds and precious metal clay to make silver charms, pendants or earrings as Christmas presents for friends and loved ones, or for yourself! Materials £30.

Learn how to use resin to make unique pieces of jewellery. Materials £18.

LIFE DRAWING

Saturday 10 December

Saturday 19 November

11am-3pm

10.30am-4.30pm

£18, adult goes free when accompanied by a child (minimum age 6)

Saturday 1 October 10.30am-4.30pm £36, £32 (concs) Leaf pendant workshop make two pendants using real leaves and precious metal clay then choose whether to decorate your silver pendants with cute bugs or just enjoy the beauty of the leaf pattern. Materials £30.

Make unique jewellery incorporating found and re-cycled materials, experimenting with metal, plastic, wood, textiles and paper. Materials £10.

SAY-SO DRAMA Drama for adults with learning difficulties supported by South Oxfordshire District Council Arts Development. For more information and bookings call 0845 372 1313. www.curiousarts.co.uk

£40, £36 (concs) Spend a day developing your observation skills, whilst exploring life and anatomical drawing using a variety of media.

FESTIVE FRAGMENTS – MOSAIC MAKING

Come and create a unique mosaic from a choice of materials for a gift or to keep yourself.

MATERIALS FOR THESE CLASSES CAN BE BOUGHT FROM THE TUTOR


HALF TERM FOR UP TO 16S. PRETTY PATCHWORK PATTERNS Each Saturday in October and Tue 25 to Fri 28 October

CRAZY CUT ANIMATION

FREE REEZ ZING LIFE Thursday 27 October, 8+ years, 2-3pm What happens to stuff when it gets cold? Really really cold? Come and find out at this interactive talk show featuring audience participation and liquid nitrogen!

AMAZING ANIMATION

CREEPY CRAWLIES

Tuesday 25 October

Tuesday 25 October

10am-4pm FREE

9-13 years, 10.30am-4.30pm, £27

Doodle, draw and decorate our patchwork square for our big canvas.

Try stop frame plasticine animation as featured in Wallace and Gromit, Pingu and Morph. Not to be missed for all young budding animators!

5-10 years, 2-3pm, £4.50, adult goes free when accompanied by a child

DAZZLE – LEARN TO SING TOGETHER Tuesday 25 October 8-14 years, 10.30am-4.30pm, £27 Learn new songs in our first singing workshop, ending with a performance for family and friends.

Make a bug, spider, butterfly or ant to take home with you.

STOMP ROCKETS

CREATIVE SCIENCE

Tuesday 25 October

Wednesday 26 October

5-10 years, 10.30-11.30am £4.50, adult goes free when accompanied by a child

8-11 years, 10.30-11.30am & 2-3pm FREE

Make and decorate your own rocket. Then join the launch event, to see how far it flies.

Get creative and inventive with scientists and engineers from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Wednesday 26 October 9-13 years, 10.30am-4.30pm, £27 Make a wacky ‘Charlie and Lola’ or nonsense style, stop frame animation using drawings, photographs and toys

YOUTH DANCE Two-day workshop Thur 27 and Fri 28 October 5-7 years, 10.15am–12.15pm, £18 8-11 years, 1-4.30pm, £32

FUNKY FRAGMENTS – MOSAIC MAKING Saturday 29 October 11am-3pm £18, adult goes free when accompanied by a child (minimum age 6) Create a unique mosaic made from a choice of materials.

DON’T FORGET TO PACK A LUNCH FOR ALL-DAY EVENTS

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EXHIBITIONS.

JOHN HAILSTONE BLUE 30 August – 9 October Beautiful images illustrate the natural world through negative photographic frames inspired by the nineteenth century cyanotypes of Anna Atkins, the first woman photographer. John’s stunning photographs capture scenes in Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Pembrokeshire between August 2010 and March 2011.

Entry to the visual arts gallery is absolutely free so please drop in any time. From local amateur artwork to contemporary craft or photography, our programme is mixed so our exhibitions appeal to all tastes.


15 and 16 October For one weekend only we will dedicate our gallery space to local and regional crafts people and makers. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend or a treat for yourself, you’re bound to find something to catch your eye. Choose from a stunning range of jewellery, textiles, furniture, wooden homewares, ceramics, glass, fashion accessories, metalwork and sculpture.

ALCHEMIE THE POWER AND THE GLORY 20 October – 27 November Artwork from a group of artists who are inspired by the iconic Didcot Cooling Towers. Painting, prints and photographs examine the structures’ interaction with the weather, light and landscape.

‘WHO IS OXFORD’S COVERED MARKET?’ 1 December – 22 January

Alchemie

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Experience the character and craft of our county’s retail jewel – Oxford’s wonderful Covered Market! This exhibition combines photographic images, film and archive material capturing the Covered Market traders at work and bringing their stories to life.

VISUAL ARTS

CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR

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HOW TO BOOK. Online Visit www.cornerstone-arts.org find your event in WHAT’S ON or CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS click on Click here to buy tickets online at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions on the event ticketing page. In person Our box office opening times are: Monday: closed all day Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 6pm Sunday: 11am - 4pm On show days the box office is open until 30 minutes after the show start time. By telephone Call 01235 515144 during our opening times. Please note that we will be busy in the period leading up to a show.

By post Send your ticket order to Cornerstone box office, 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NE. You can download a booking form to print, complete and post from www.cornerstone-arts.org. State the name, date and time of the performance you would like to attend, how many tickets you would like, whether any concessions apply and what your seat preferences are. Include your name, address and telephone number. Cheques must be made payable to South Oxfordshire District Council. We can post tickets to you for an additional 50p. Please add this to the total cost of your tickets. Please do not send cash or credit card details through the post.

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PLEASE NOTE: Prices, times and details of programme are correct at the time of going to press. We reserve the right to make special offers after prices are published.


VENUE INFORMATION INFORMATION. GETTING HERE

GENERAL INFORMATION

By car Didcot is easily accessible via the A34, A417, A4130. The M40 is around 30 minutes away and the M4 around 20 minutes away (trafďŹ c permitting).

Family friendly We want you to have a brilliant and relaxing time with your family at Cornerstone, so we provide: tUPEEMFSTFBUTGPSDIJMESFOVOEFSPOFNFUSFUBMM Short stay parking Orchard Centre car park (numbers limited) max stay four hours, free all day on Sun and after 7pm from Mon to Sat. Edinburgh Drive off tBEFEJDBUFEQBSLJOHTQBDFGPSZPVSQVTIDIBJST Didcot Broadway, free after 5pm Mon to Sat and and prams tBCPUUMFXBSNFSBUUIFDBGÂąCBS all day on Sun. Long stay parking Next to Orchard Centre car tIJHIDIBJSTJOUIFDBGÂąCBS park (just of Hitchcock Way next to Sainsbury’s) tBNFFUFSHSFFUFSUPBOTXFS your questions when you arrive at family shows and Didcot Parkway train station. tQSFTIPXBDUJWJUJFTJO$IBMLGPSDIJMESFOT By train We are just 7-10 minutes walk away shows, when available. from Didcot Parkway train station. Trains run tTQBDJPVTCBCZDIBOHJOHGBDJMJUJFTPOUIFMPXFS from Didcot Parkway to Reading, London ground oor Paddington, Oxford, Bristol and beyond. For further information visit www.thetrainline.com Cloakroom and toilets or www.ďŹ rstgreatwestern.co.uk . The free cloakroom is on the lower ground oor and opens approximately 30 minutes prior to By bus There are also four bus stops within performances. There are toilets on all oors. walking distance. Services are operated by Thames Travel, RH Transport, Oxford Bus Company, Heyfordian and Whites.

Smoking Smoking is not permitted inside the building. Protocol We do not accept unaccompanied children under 14 to performances unless otherwise

stated. The management reserves the right to refuse admission or eject attendees for disruptive, threatening or inappropriate behaviour. Drinks can be taken into the auditorium in plastic glasses. Photography and ďŹ lming are not allowed during performances and mobile phones must be turned off.

ACCESSIBILITY The building is fully accessible for patrons with wheelchairs. We have a lift to all oors, spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium (please call box ofďŹ ce to reserve wheelchair spaces) and accessible toilets on all oors. We have an infrared system in our auditorium for patrons with hearing difďŹ culties. Please ask the box ofďŹ ce for a headset. Please note we do not have a loop. Our brochure can be made available in alternative formats. Essential carers go free. Disabled parking is available at the top of Station Road, next to the Cineworld Cinema, in front of Boots the Chemist on Broadway and in the Edinburgh Drive car park. For more information call 01235 515144. 31


EASY TO GET TO. Didcot has great road and rail links. The A34 connects Didcot to Oxford, the M40, Newbury, and the M4. Didcot Parkway is a major regional station and is only a short walk from Cornerstone.

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Cornerstone Autumn Brochure September to December 2011