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WHAT’S ON AT A GLANCE... JANUARY. Wed 8

Didcot Film Club: The Kings of Summer

Film

8pm

Sat 18

The Chairman’s Charity Gig

Music

8pm

Thu 23

Pam Ayres

Comedy

7.30pm

Sat 25

Eric and Little Ern

Comedy

8pm

Wed 29

Didcot Film Club: Volver

Film

8pm

Fri 31

The Darlingtons

FREE Bar Gig

8pm

FEBRUARY. Sat 1

Comedy of Errors

Family

6pm

Sun 2

Suitcase Stories

Family

11am & 2pm

Fri 7

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Theatre

Sat 8

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)

Comedy

7pm

Fri 14

Valentine’s – Story and Supper

Supper Theatre

8pm

Sat 15

Cara Dillon

Music

8pm

Sun 16

Little Howard and the Magic Pencil of Life and Death

Family

2pm

Fri 21

Éamonn Coyne and Kris Drever

Music

8pm

Sat 22

An Afternoon with Sunny Ormonde

Theatre

2pm

Sun 23

Freehand Theatre: Who’s Been Sitting In My Chair

Family

2pm

Thu 27 & Fri 28

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Hiring

7.30pm

Sat 1

Rob Beckett: Live

Comedy

8pm

Sun 2

Blast Off! With Kid Carpet

Family

2pm

Wed 5

Didcot Film Club: Forbidden Planet

Film

8pm

Fri 7

Lucy Porter: Northern Soul

Comedy

8pm

Sat 8

An Intimate Evening with Ruthie Henshall

Music

8pm

Sun 9

A Cappella Spring Fest

Hiring

10am

Thu 13

Tunnels

Theatre

Fri 14

Kezia

FREE Bar Gig

8pm

Sat 15

Young and Strange – The Magic, Comedy and Illusion Show

Family

7pm

Fri 21

Richard Herring: We’re All Going to Die

Comedy

8pm

Sat 22

The Only Way is Downton

Comedy

8pm

Fri 28

Andrew O’Neill: Heavy Metal – A History

Comedy

8pm

Sat 29

Emily Smith

Music

8pm

Sun 30

Wash

Family

11.30am, 2pm, 3.30pm

8pm

MARCH.

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WHAT’S ON AT A GLANCE... APRIL. Wed 2

Didcot Film Club

Fri 4

Hazel O’Connor: Breaking Glass Barefoot

Music

8pm

Sat 5

Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra

Music

8pm

Sun 6

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Family

2pm

Sat 12

Reading Male Voice Choir

Hiring

7.30pm

Thu 24

Heidi Talbot

Music

8pm

Fri 25

It’s Your Round! Theatrical Pub Quiz with a Pie and a Pint!

Pub Quiz

8pm

Sat 26

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

Theatre

8pm

Wed 30

Didcot Sixth Form Annual Award Ceremony

Hiring

7pm

GALLERY. 9 Jan – 16 Feb

Film

8pm

FREE

Janine Philips

Exhibition

20 Feb – 30 Mar Oxford Printmakers: Focus on Print

Exhibition

3 – 27 Apr

Exhibition

European Southern Observatory: Awesome Universe

BE AT THE HEART OF THE ARTS WITH

CORNERSTONE MEMBERSHIP. Being a Cornerstone member allows you to: BEAT THE CROWDS BANK YOUR SAVINGS BOOST THE ARTS LOCALLY We greatly value our loyal members and want to show our appreciation for your support by making sure membership delivers excellent benefits for you. Our updated membership scheme meets your needs for simplicity, easy and priority booking, a family option and quite a bit more!

20% off

An enormous absolutely everything at Cornerstone. That means not just selected shows but ALL shows, not just shows but ALSO classes, workshops, arts and craft and not forgetting the delicious food and drink in the cafe bar! NEW Family Focus membership now enables families to reap all the benefits of membership. See the Support Us section of www.cornerstone-arts.org for full terms and conditions.


CAFÉ BAR. Fully licensed bar and café serving a variety of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks, aromatic coffee and teas, light meals, snacks, ice cream and delicious cakes. The café bar is open till late on performance nights.

EVENTS, SUPPER THEATRE AND BAR GIGS CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE 3RD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH 7PM FOR 7.30PM

THE DARLINGTONS Friday 31 January 8pm FREE This indie rock four piece really stand out from the crowd with their artillery of life affirming tunes packed with sentiment, passion and belief. Accompanied by infectious hooks, their songs speak of hope, conviction and hard work, which encapsulate the band’s reflection on all aspects of suburban culture from the good and bad, to the surreal. www.wearethedarlingtons.co.uk www.facebook.com/thedarlingtons

VALENTINE’S STORIES AND SUPPER Friday 14 February 8pm £25, £22.50 (concs) includes 2 course dinner Performers from Scary Little Girls return to romance in this intimate evening of storytelling celebrating the dark and light of love and relationships. Tales will be told and songs will be sung to you, while you enjoy a delicious dining experience. Scary Little Girls were recently featured in the Independent’s ‘Everybody’s Talking About’ section for their innovative work in Oxfordshire.

KEZIA Friday 14 March 8pm FREE Kezia is a Cornish singer/songwriter who will stop you in your tracks with her truly beautiful voice. Her music is a mix of folk and blues with a hint of country. Her heartfelt, lyric-based songs are accompanied by thoughtful melodies based around the piano and guitar. At 21, her music career is only just beginning and yet it is a sign of how special this artist is, that Kezia has played at several major festivals and has supported Feeder, the Proclaimers and Kaiser Chiefs. keziaofficial.co.uk www.facebook.com/KeziaMusicOfficial

IT’S YOUR ROUND! THEATRICAL PUB QUIZ WITH A PIE AND A PINT! Friday 25 April 8pm £15, £13.50 (concs) includes entry to the quiz, pie and a pint (or glass of wine or soft drink) Join pub landlady Pat Pinch and her lively bar girl Liberty Belle as they take over Cornerstone’s café bar with their theatrical twist on the traditional pub quiz! Test your general knowledge as well as literature and movie expertise in the best pub quiz rounds ever, including picture and music rounds with a difference and ‘How local are you?’ Sup on your pint, enjoy your home-cooked pie as Scary Little Girls treat you to a performance pub quiz.


GALLERY AND VISUAL ARTS. ENTRY TO THE GALLERY SPACE IS FREE SO YOU CAN DROP IN ANY TIME DURING OPENING HOURS. Our rolling programme of exhibitions presents work from individuals and groups of artists in all disciplines, with many local artists represented. Most exhibitions are selling, giving you the opportunity to purchase original artwork at affordable prices, whilst supporting independent artists and your local arts centre. If you would like to apply for an exhibition, see our website or contact the box office for further information on 01235 515144.

JANINE PHILIPS 9 January – 16 February

Coasts and landscapes inspire this work that explores colour, texture, composition and the ephemeral qualities of light, from the representational to abstraction. The paintings have surfaces that differ in quality depending on whether they are viewed up close or from a distance and also change with the light within a given space, so the paintings retain a dynamic quality for the viewer. Janine writes: ‘I begin a painting by immersing myself in an environment that inspires me. I often revisit some of these areas at different times of year to see how the changing seasons have affected the quality of light, the colours and textures.’ www.janinephilips.co.uk

OXFORD PRINT-MAKERS: FOCUS ON PRINT 20 February – 30 March

An exhibition of original prints by members of the Oxford Printmakers which illustrates how varied and different printmaking can be. In their second show at Cornerstone, the east Oxford collective will present work by their skilled range of artists, demonstrating the variety of printmaking techniques including etching, screen print, linocut and woodcut. A special opportunity to explore the medium of print. www.oxfordprintmakers.co.uk Have you seen our holiday print-making workshop for children on Thursday 20 February?

EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY: AWESOME UNIVERSE 3 – 27 April

Awesome Universe’ is a visually stunning exhibition that celebrates Europe’s quest to explore the southern sky from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and is brought to you by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), who provide the UK research community with access to the world’s most advanced, ground based telescopes through international subscriptions. This exhibition consists of visually stunning images showcasing celestial objects such as galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters as seen by ESO’s observatories, as well as beautiful images of the observatories themselves, which are located in some of the most unusual places on Earth. Don’t miss the ‘Light Fantastic’ family day of free hands-on activities on 8th April. www.stfc.ac.uk / www.eso.org STOP PRESS: PORTRAITS will be our 2014 Open Exhibition, this year held in partnership with Artweeks, 1 May – 1 June 2014. Anyone can enter up to four pieces for the exhibition; contact us or check the website to find out how to apply. Deadline for entries is Friday 21 March 2014.


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THE CHAIRMAN’S CHARITY GIG: REBECCA POOLE AND BAND MUSIC Welcome to what is now our annual launch of the performance year. Ta daah! The Chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council is delighted to invite you to her personally chosen special gig. Rebecca Poole is a new global jazz talent, and she’s from Nettlebed in our very own district. Rebecca has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and is a regular at Ronnie Scott’s.

Rebecca’s music is a contemporary retelling of the vintage songs of the jazz age. Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Sinatra and even Amy Winehouse are influences. Rebecca even wrote her own modern-day remembrance song which she performed with the RAF Central band at Wembley. She’s also performed for three years running for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s annual charity event at his home near Watership Down. And she’s sung in front of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Richard E Grant! Rebecca comes to us with her band of bass, guitar, drums and saxophone to make a stunning concert All profits will go to Cllr Brown’s charities – The Children's Multiple Sclerosis Centre and The Oxford Heart Centre Heartfelt Appeal. Sat 18 January 8pm £14.50, £13 (concs)

PAM AYRES COMEDY: TALK Pam’s so in demand that people were ringing up for tickets before we’d even written the brochure. Her hair-trigger timing, eye for everyday life and sense of the absurd make her poems perennially popular. She comes to Cornerstone with all new material following the publication of her latest book of poetry, copies of which she’ll be signing after the show. ‘... treats the audience like a roomful of friends’ Grand Opera House, York Thu 23 January 7.30pm £22.50, £20 (concs)

ERIC AND LITTLE ERN THEATRE: COMEDY Following sell-out premiere dates in Edinburgh to national critical acclaim this show goes to the West End for a second extended run, where top seat tickets are £57! But, as we do, we are bringing top quality theatre to Cornerstone at an affordable price on your doorstep.

The affectionate and fantastically funny homage to the greatest comedy double act Britain has seen, vividly brings back warm memories of a bygone era. Recreating some of the finest moments of Eric and Ernie’s television and stage performances, alongside new material created by the performers. Creators and performers Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens are seasoned stage and TV actors with a wide range of credits from Shakespeare’s Globe to Lead Balloon, whilst director Owen Lewis most recently staged solo shows for Suggs, Mrs Moneypenny and Hardeep Singh Kohli; previous stage credits include the West End and international hit Pete and Dud: Come Again. ‘Like Morecambe and Wise themselves this is a wonderfully funny, genuine and beautifully played two-hander’ The Herald. Sat 25 January 8pm £17.50, £16 (concs)


COMEDY OF ERRORS THEATRE: FAMILY Bristol Old Vic Theatre School tour another phenomenally successful production of a Shakespeare masterpiece, specially adapted for the understanding of all, retaining both the beauty of the writing and the strength of plot. Two sets of identical twins are separated at birth and grow up unaware of each other’s existence, until one fateful day in Ephesus they meet ... Result? Riotous ridiculousness, and mindboggling confusions! Sat 1 February 6pm £14.50, £13 (concs) £45 (family ticket) Ages 7+ and adults

SUITCASE STORIES CHILDREN’S: THEATRE One suitcase can tell a thousand stories – journey around the world with our welltravelled friend as she tells tales of fishermen, fairies, feasts and beasts, creating landscapes of mountains and jungles, from Yorkshire to Poland to India. Children are drawn into the action in this interactive piece, becoming a royal army, or herding monkeys. Please note places are limited to each performance to ensure full involvement. Sun 2 February 11am and 2pm £8, £6 (concs) Ages 4-8 and adults

DRACULA BY BRAM STOKER THEATRE Blackeyed Theatre present a brilliant theatrical treatment of the classic adventure. Blending Victorian Gothic with contemporary themes, Dracula includes specially commissioned live music and innovative design. Blackeyed are making a name for themselves as a really exciting company and this will be a powerful and thrilling piece. ‘One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre’ The Stage Fri 7 February 8pm £14.50, £13 (concs), £45 (family ticket) Ages 13+ and adults

REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY THE BIBLE: THE COMPLETE WORD OF GOD

(ABRIDGED) THEATRE: COMEDY It’s an affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to final judgement as the boys tackle the great theological questions: Did Adam and Eve have a navel? Did Moses really look like Charlton Heston and will lightning bolts be far behind? ‘It’s wacky! It’s zany! And a little profaney.’ Sister MaryAnne Walsh, Arlington Catholic Herald Sat 8 February 7pm £16, £14.50 (concs) £55 (family ticket) Ages 12+ and adults

CARA DILLON PLUS SUPPORT FROM ELLIE WILLIAMS MUSIC: CONTEMPORARY FOLK Cara’s crystal-cut vocals imbue her songs with sweetness as well as poignancy and depth. Performing with her musical collaborator and husband Sam Lakeman (brother of Seth) on piano – their original compositions sit happily alongside traditional folk. Showcasing her stunning new album. ‘Cara Dillon is one of Ireland’s truly great singers’ The Guardian

Sat 15 February 8pm £19, £17 (concs)

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LITTLE HOWARD AND THE MAGIC PENCIL OF LIFE AND DEATH CHILDREN’S: COMEDY THEATRE Hot on the heels of their super successful Autumn show, the two Howards bring you a new masterpiece of comedy. Little H has discovered the pencil that drew him. But on the other end is the eraser of death... he will battle his supernatural nemesis and survive! Just as hilarious for adults even if you don’t bring a child. ‘The best show we’ve seen at the Edinburgh fringe’ Families magazine Sun 16 February 2pm £8, £6 (concs)

ÉAMONN COYNE AND KRIS DREVER MUSIC: FOLK We love our folk music here at Cornerstone and strive to bring you the very best performers on the circuit, whether big names, rising stars or people you may have seen in other guises.

Éamonn and Chris are really great musicians and together bring us a great gig, showcasing their new album Storymap. The album itself was recorded with a host of talented guests including Eliza Carthy and Alan Kelly from the Eddi Reader band. Éamonn has performed in Treacherous Orchestra and Salsa Celtica. He plays banjo and tenor guitar. Kris you may well have seen at Cornerstone before as he plays with pioneering trio Lau. He brings to us his enigmatic vocals, and plays the guitar and mandolin. Their music is a beautiful hybrid of traditional folk and song. It’s what folk music at Cornerstone always is – great pedigree, great musicians, great sounds. ‘Utterly stunning’ fRoots Fri 21 February 8pm £14.50, £13 (concs)

AN AFTERNOON WITH SUNNY ORMONDE: IT’S LILIAN FROM THE ARCHERS! MATINEE: ONE WOMAN SHOW Sunny has been playing the ‘outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy’ in Radio 4’s The Archers for the past 12 years, her antics with her ‘tiger’ keeping the nation entertained! This show includes behind the scenes secrets, anecdotes, banter, favourite pieces and Q&A. In addition, Sunny performs a great repertoire of theatre from Under Milk Wood, Shirley Valentine and more. Sat 22 February 2pm All tickets £10 plus free hot drink

FREEHAND THEATRE WHO’S BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR? CHILDREN’S: THEATRE A delightful and playful version of the favourite tale Goldilocks. A tale that’s not too BIG and not too small. A tale where a girl with golden hair is always one step ahead, and where, when one Small Bear gets lost... we all have to go on a bear hunt. With original music, this is a play for everyone who can count to three!

Sun 23 February 2pm £8, £6 (concs) Ages 3-7


JIGSAW STAGE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE HIRING: THEATRE Local non-professional theatre company Jigsaw Theatre pay another visit to Cornerstone with their latest popular production. Come and meet Millie Dumont, small town girl, as she arrives in Manhattan looking for a rich husband. Will she be worldly wise? Will she get into scrapes? Will she charm us all as well as her potential suitors? You betcha! Thu 27 and Fri 28 February 7.30pm £12, £10 (concs)

ROB BECKETT: LIVE COMEDY: STAND-UP Coming to us as part of his specially extended tour due to clamour for tickets, Rob Beckett brings his trademark grin and cheeky, wry wit. Rob’s mission is to make us laugh, a lot, and leave happier than when we arrived! An appearance on Live at the Apollo and another series of ‘...Celebrity...’ sees him at the top of his game.

Sat 1 March 8pm £12, £10 (concs)

BLAST OFF! WITH KID CARPET CHILDREN’S: MUSIC In our quest to bring to Cornerstone the most inventive, most ingenious professional performances for you and your children, we bring you Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals. KC and the NA are a rock and roll band... for children! And they will entertain you on a Sunday afternoon in a most unique way.

The premise is that they are a rock band who blast off into space. Not only will they get toes tapping with their rocky music, but they’ll attempt to enlighten us with all sorts of info along the way. They will help us encounter noisy planets, cheesed-off nursery rhyme characters, shooting stars and Shakespeare. If you’ve got an astronaut costume, please wear it. But don’t feel you have to – just make sure to come along for a super-stellar trip to space! presented by house in association with Tobacco Factory Theatre

Sun 2 March 2pm £8, £6 (concs) Ages 4+ and adults

LUCY PORTER: NORTHERN SOUL COMEDY: STAND-UP Familiar from Mock the Week, The Unbelievable Truth and more, Lucy comes to us with her best – most thoughtful and funny – show yet. She talks about where she comes from and where she feels she belongs. With lots of anecdotes from Lucy’s real life, this is an inventive and sparky show from a truly warm performer. ‘... impeccably punch-lined anecdotes. Genuinely delightful’ The Guardian

Fri 7 March 8pm £14.50, £13 (concs)

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AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH RUTHIE HENSHALL MUSIC: MUSICAL THEATRE SONGBOOK We bring you a unique opportunity to spend an evening with one of the world’s best loved and most captivating musical theatre performers.

Ruthie and her band will take us on a musical journey through her extraordinary career, including working with composers Lionel Bart and Stephen Sondheim, playing in Chicago on Broadway, starring in Les Miserables, singing with Tony Bennett and receiving her Olivier award. Hear the story in Ruthie’s own words alongside some of the most defining songs of her life, from a broad range of genres through the great American songbook, to contemporary tunes. Songs like I Dreamed a Dream, All that Jazz, Don’t Rain on My Parade and many more. We've hired in a grand piano for the occasion, so Ruthie will be accompanied by a traditional rhythm section of grand piano, bass and drums. She will be signing in the cafe bar after the show. ‘... a practical demonstration of how to shine in the spotlight’ The Stage Sat 8 March 8pm £18, £16 (concs)

A CAPPELLA SPRING FEST HIRING: WORKSHOP A wide range of choral singing workshops and classes that takes over the whole building! With choir and choice of classes from inspirational leaders. Whether you are new to a cappella singing or not, enjoy the harmony! For more details go to www.harmonyworkshop.co.uk or call 01235 223584 for more details. Please note: this must be booked through the organisers. Sun 9 March 10am £44, discounts available

TUNNELS THEATRE The light has disappeared from the city. Where has it gone and who has taken it? Mixing live music, sign and sensory experiences to create an original piece of theatre for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities aged 13 to 25 and their carers. Limited spaces.

Thu 13 March Please call for more details, times and prices

YOUNG AND STRANGE – THE MAGIC, COMEDY AND ILLUSION SHOW FAMILY: MAGIC SHOW This really is a first for Cornerstone – we’re bringing you a Saturday night of variety entertainment for all the family to truly challenge a night in with the TV. Instead of watching a game show or reality contest – come to Cornerstone with parents, grandparents, children and enjoy an evening of comedy and illusion.

It’s a great evening featuring large scale illusions of the like seen in Las Vegas,


incredible sleight of hand, and comedy suitable for all ages. Their characters are comic but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they are fantastically talented illusionists. This show had a fabulous run in Edinburgh and is sure to amaze and astound – with an incredible surprise ending!

Sat 15 March 7pm £14.50, £13 (concs), £45 (family ticket) Ages 8+ and adults

RICHARD HERRING: WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE COMEDY: STAND-UP After sorting out politics, religion, love and the male member in his previous shows with us, Herring returns to tackle the undiscovered country from whence no traveller returns (apart from Jesus and that canoe bloke). Death is inevitable, so let’s laugh in its face while our hearts still beat and our jaws are still attached.

‘Solid big laughs’ Chortle Fri 21 March 8pm £14.50, £13 (concs)

THE ONLY WAY IS DOWNTON COMEDY: ONE MAN SHOW Direct from a West End season comes this extended version of the Edinburgh Fringe smash hit. Luke Kempner performs a roller coaster set of impressions, spoofing the Downton Abbey characters and plot lines, and mixing in lots of popular TV and contemporary references. Hear of Downton in dire straits, saved from financial ruin by celebrities – all with delightful, realistic voices. ‘A splendid display of Downtonry’ Stephen Fry Sat 22 March 8pm £14.50, £13 (concs)

ANDREW O’NEILL: HEAVY METAL – A HISTORY COMEDY: ONE MAN SHOW This is a comedy show for everyone, whether you like heavy metal or not. Andrew O’Neill is a stand up comedian who just happens to be a metal-head too. Curious about how to headbang? Always wondered what happens in a moshpit? This is silly stuff that will surprise and entertain. A full-on show of fun!

‘Comedic brilliance’ Time Out Fri 28 March 8pm £14.50, £13 (concs)

EMILY SMITH MUSIC: FOLK Folk from Scotland with one of the foremost interpreters of traditional song in the UK. Emily is touring to launch her new album ‘Echoes’, accompanied by Jamie McClennan on guitar, fiddle and vocals and Matheu Watson on guitar and whistle. Emily has toured festivals worldwide and performed for Bob Harris and Aled Jones. ‘The most impressive young instrumentalist and songwriter singing in English’ The Guardian Sat 29 March 8pm £14.50, £13 (concs)

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WASH CHILDREN’S: THEATRE Join Anna and Monkey as they discover a world of water, bubbles and spinning. With live music created from the paraphernalia of a washing world, Birdsnest create a gentle adventure, a game of hide and seek with rhythm and song to carry you and your little ones along. With the support of Small Size, Big Citizens.

Sun 30 March 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm £8, £6 (concs) Ages 6 – 36 months and adults. Limited places in each show as it is on the flat floor

HAZEL O’CONNOR: BREAKING GLASS BAREFOOT PLUS SUPPORT MUSIC: POP It’s four years since Hazel came to Cornerstone, so we’re delighted to have her back. Her new show coincides with the publication of her long-awaited autobiography and the release of the digitally remastered DVD of Breaking Glass. Performing with saxophonist Clare Hirst (Communards, David Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. Fri 4 April 8pm £15.50, £14 (concs)

TUXEDO JAZZ ORCHESTRA MUSIC: JAZZ So happy to have this stunning band with us. A 10 piece orchestra and two singers specialise in the hot, sweet music of the 1920’s and 30’s, celebrating the best of British and American dance bands of the era and one or two surprises.

They’ve worked with everyone from Robbie Williams to Bing Crosby and the show is packed with great songs, lovingly recreated. Sat 5 April 8pm £15.50, £14 (concs)

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS CHILDREN’S: COMEDY Like the name says, this is the real thing - cracking comedy entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400. The best comedians from the UK and world circuit do what they do best... but without the rude bits! It’s a perfect way to entertain the whole family and to have an afternoon out. ‘A highlight for children... giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy’ The Guardian Sun 6 April 2pm £9, £7 (concs) workshop 11.15am-1pm £20

READING MALE VOICE CHOIR HIRING: MUSIC The Rotary Club of Didcot and Wallingford present an evening of inspirational contemporary and folk music to raise money for local charities in Didcot. The wonderful Reading Male Voice Choir are sure to stir our emotions and warm our hearts.

The Club will be collecting for their charities on the night. Sat 12 April 7.30pm £10, £8 (concs)


HEIDI TALBOT MUSIC: FOLK Heidi is an award winning folk singer from Co. Kildare. Angels Without Wings is her new album of original songs – recorded with an array of special guests including Mark Knopfler, King Creosote and Julie Fowlis – taking their inspiration from the foundations of folk. Heidi comes to us with her band including collaborator John McCusker with whom she also wrote the top class album.

Thu 24 April 8pm £14.50, £13 (concs)

THE UNREMARKABLE DEATH OF MARILYN MONROE THEATRE Monroe as we’ve never seen her before – alone in her bedroom in dressing gown and slippers. Overdosed on pills, the woman behind the icon unravels her remarkable life revealing a biting intelligence, frustrated talent and imperfect body. It’s also a stark confessional – all the main players in her life are mentioned – leading us up to the moment of her death. ‘... a simply stunning production’ Edinburgh Reporter Sat 26 April 8pm £14.50, £13 (concs)

DIDCOT SIXTH FORM COLLEGE ANNUAL AWARD CEREMONY HIRING: PERFORMANCE This is the annual celebration of the hard work, dedication and talent of the Didcot Sixth Form College. Together the two schools guide and support the area’s most promising pupils, and Cornerstone is delighted to host the annual show of talent.

Wed 30 April 7pm Free

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Raked theatre seating specially designed for great sight lines from every seat Booster cushions available for toddlers Meeter-greeter on arrival to help you find what you need Pre-show drop in and doodle activities in CHALK our lower ground floor room next to the café Toilets on every floor and baby changing on the lower ground floor Buggy parking next to the cloakroom A friendly café bar with child friendly drinks and snacks

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We show the very best professional children's theatre from all around the country and beyond We work with companies over a period of time to ensure that young audiences get to know them and their work and feel comfortable Some of our performances are on the flat floor or in the round for an even more up-close experience We work with the companies to understand the optimum age range of a show so that it’ll be just right for little ones. Our shows start for ages 3+, 5+, and even babies Sometimes companies develop their work at Cornerstone and on occasion we bring you brand new work.

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Most classes run for a 10-week term of two 5 week blocks, with a break at half-term. For all classes except Youth Theatre and Street Dance, you can pay up front (to guarantee your place in both blocks), or in two 5 week instalments, or enter the class at the mid-way point after half-term and pay for the 5 remaining classes. Prices given are for one five-week block, unless otherwise indicated Please book in advance for each block Please fill in an enrolment form when first booking, and arrive 10 minutes early for the first class Half term break for all classes is 18 – 23 February Adult classes are 16+ unless otherwise indicated For more information about the classes, visit our website www.cornerstone-arts.org or speak to the Box Office.

ONE-OFF WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS CLAY SCULPTURE n Saturday 25 January n 10.30am-12.30pm n £17, £15 (concs) Celebrate Burns Night with our popular Clay Sculpture class. Your work will be professionally fired to create a spectacular finished piece for the home. All materials included. NE

CHARLESTON: THE DANCE OF THE 20’S W! Saturday 8 February n 10.30am-12.30pm n £15, £13 (concs) Boogie and shimmy your way through this dance of the roaring 20’s! A fun and energetic class with toe-tapping music to brighten the winter. No partner needed, all levels welcome. NE

MOSAICS TASTER n Saturday 8 March n 10.30am-1.30pm n £22, £20 (concs) W! Learn mosaic skills and try out different creative techniques in this taster workshop, finishing with a coaster or pot stand to take home. All materials are included. NE

CRAFT AT CORNERSTONE: INVESTIGATING FABRICS W! Saturday 22 March n 10.30am-1.30pm n £10 (£5 for materials, pay tutor) Experiment with textiles through exploration of hand appliqué and collage whilst meeting like-minded people to share your ideas. Make a cushioned brooch or a scenic collage, or produce your own objects to take away. All abilities welcome!

WE’VE ADDED EXTRA BENEFITS FOR CORNERSTONE CLASS MEMBERS!

All offers subject to availability. Terms & Conditions apply, see the website or call the Box Office for further information.

PRIORITY BOOKING

Existing participants can book the same class for the next season 7 days ahead of other bookers to ensure a place

LIVE FOR A FIVER

Each class participant can buy a ticket for one of the current season’s shows for just £5 saving up to £9.50!

TASTER CLASSES

If you’re new to a class, pay for one lesson only to test it before paying for the full five or ten weeks upfront

ADULT CLASSES ARE SUPPORTED BY OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL SKILLS AND LEARNING SERVICE


REGULAR CLASSES TIMETABLE TUESDAY

THURSDAY

(START DATES 14 JAN, 25 FEB)

YOUTH THEATRE School years 2-5 (age 6-10 years) 4.30-5.30pm n £50 (10 week course)

PARENT AND TODDLER BALLET 18 months-3 years n 11.45am-12.15pm

LIFE DRAWING Adult n 7-9pm n £63, £57 (concs) (5 weeks only starting on 25 February) Suitable for beginners and more experienced drawers, this class covers all the technical aspects of drawing with different materials, which are all included.

CREATIVE WRITING Adult n 7.30-9pm n £48, £43 (concs) (5 weeks only starting on 25 February) YOUNG DIRECTIONS: THEATRE School years 10-13 (age 14-18 years) 7.30-9pm n £72 (10 week course) (START DATES 15 JAN, 26 FEB)

1-1.30pm

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£14

PARENT AND TODDLER BALLET 18 months-3 years n 2.30-3pm n £14 BALLET 3-4 years n 3.15-3.45pm n £14 4-6 years n 4-4.45pm n £19 YOUTH HIP HOP AND JAZZ 7-11 years n 5-5.45pm n £19 YOUNG DIRECTIONS: DANCE 13-16 years n 6-7.15pm n £30 Based in contemporary dance, this new class will explore choreography and performance techniques, with opportunities to perform during the year. Suitable for beginners and more experienced dancers. BALLET – BEGINNERS Adult n 7.30-8.30pm n £33, £30 (concs)

BALLET 3-4 years n 3.15-3.45pm n £14 4-6 years n 4-4.45pm n £19 6-9 years n 6-6.45pm n £19 YOUTH DANCE 4-6 years n 5-5.45pm YOGA Adult n 7-8.15pm

FRIDAY

STILL DANCING Adult (50+) n 11.30am-12.30pm n £33, £30 (concs) Keep your body active in this enjoyable dance class which includes elements of yoga and stretching to help you keep fit and flexible. n

£14

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£19

£41, £36 (concs)

Privately run class: CAMINO DEL FLAMENCO Spanish Flamenco dance classes for children and adults n Various from 4pm n Thursdays during term time. Call: 01295 721255 or email: production@caminodelflamenco.co.uk

WEST END DANCE Adult n 7.30-8.30pm n £33, £30 (concs)

BABY BOOGIE Parent & tot (9 months-3 years)

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BALLET – NEW STARTERS 3-4 years n 1.15-1.45pm n £14

YOUTH THEATRE School years 6-9 (age 10-14 years) 5.45-7.15pm n £72 (10 week course)

WEDNESDAY

(START DATES 16 JAN, 27 FEB)

(START DATES 17 JAN, 28 FEB)

ARGENTINE TANGO Adult beginners n 7.30-9.15pm n £56, £50 (concs) No partner needed. Includes historical and cultural context of this UNESCO ‘intangible cultural heritage’ dance form.

Privately run class: MUSIC & MOVEMENT FOR UNDER 5s 10-11am n Every Friday during term time Call Edna Hemmings 01491 652693 or 07802 181450

SATURDAY

(START DATES 18 JAN, 1 MAR)

STREET DANCE 8-10 years n 10-10.45am n £38 11-12 years n 11am-12noon n £50 13-15 years n 12.15-1.15pm n £50 (10 week course) ARTY PARTY: CHILDREN’S ART CLASSES 4-6 years n 10.30-11.15am n £19 7-9 years n 11.30am-12.15pm n £19 Try our new regular art classes to enjoy your creativity. You will explore different techniques in art including drawing, sculpting, mosaics and painting, inspired by the work of famous artists. All materials included. The age ranges have changed slightly since last term so be sure to check the right time!


HALF-TERM HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES. Make sure to book in advance for holiday workshops, and bring a packed lunch if it lasts all day! Workshop prices include all materials.

HANDMADE FELT Wednesday 19 February Use wool fibres and turn them into felt with water, soap and movement, to make handmade pockets and purses. You can choose the design and colours, and there is no sewing involved – magic! All materials included. 6-11 years

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1.30-3.30pm

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£11

PRINT MAKING Thursday 20 February

DROP-IN AND DOODLE: LINES AND PATTERNS Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 February Inspired by the Oxford Printmakers exhibition. Create your own abstract picture by making pencil rubbings. Look at the different lines and patterns you can create!

Be inspired by the winter weather and make incredible prints using exciting techniques including plastic etching and lino carving. Can you spot any of the same techniques in the Oxford Printmakers exhibition? 7-12 years

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10.30am-4.30pm

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£27

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) n 10am-4pm n FREE

CLAY SCULPTURE: POLAR ANIMALS Tuesday 18 February Make your own animals from the frozen ends of the earth in our popular ceramics workshop. Collect your glazed and professionally-fired penguin, seal or polar bear from Cornerstone after the holidays! 5-12 years n 1.30-3.30pm n £14 (adult goes free when accompanied by a child)

HIP HOP DANCE Friday 21 February A chance to learn some new techniques in an energetic and fun workshop. Learn how to do impressive moves and create a group dance to show at the end of the day. 7-11 years

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10.30am-4pm

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£25


EASTER TREATS DROP-IN AND DOODLE: STAR VIEWERS Tuesday 8 – Thursday 17 April Explore the Awesome Universe exhibition in the gallery, then make a star viewer and take outer space home with you. All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) n 10am-4pm n FREE

MAGNIFICENT MOSAICS Wednesday 9 April This new workshop will introduce you to the colourful and creative art of mosaics. Choose to make a small mosaic mirror, a heart panel, pretty box or a hanging bird. All materials included. 7-12 years n 10.30-1.30pm n £18

COMEDY CLUB WORKSHOP Sunday 6 April Have a go yourself before our Comedy Club 4 Kids show at 2pm. Learn how to write and perform comedy, finding the funny in your own experiences and turning it into stand-up and sketches. You’ll have a chance to show off your new jokes to parents at the end! 7-13 years n 11.15am-1pm n £20

LIGHT FANTASTIC: FAMILY DAY Tuesday 8 April Explore the science of light with astronomers, engineers and scientists from the Science and Technology Facilities Councils, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Hands-on activities, demonstrations and special workshops will get you marvelling at our amazing universe. All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) n 10am-4pm n FREE

CHEERLEADING Thursday 10 April Give us a C, give us an O, give us an R… come to Cornerstone to pick up your pom-pom and learn the athletic skills and dance routines of this popular sport! 5-10 years n 1.30-3.30pm n £11

FUNNY FACES ANIMATION Friday 11 April Have a go at plasticine animation, a great combination of story-telling and hands-on activity for the younger age range. 6-9 years n 10.30-12.30pm n £20

AMAZING ANIMATION Friday 11 April We can’t wait to see what wacky stories will come out of the latest of these ever-popular workshops. Endlessly entertaining for the creators and the spectators! 9-13 years n 1.30pm-4pm n £22

YOUTH DANCE CLAY SCULPTURE Tuesday 8 or Tuesday 15 April Book up soon for this popular holiday class where you will create work inspired by our Light Fantastic science day, using modelling clay and colourful glazes, to be professionally fired. 5-12 years n Tuesday 8 April, 1.30-3.30pm 5-12 years n Tuesday 15 April, 10.30-12.30pm £14 (adult goes free when accompanied by a child)

Wednesday 16 – Thursday 17 April An opportunity to get moving and get creative in a two-morning course. Welcome in the spring with a wiggle and a jiggle! 5-7 years n 10.30am-12noon n £15

FILM IN A DAY Thursday 17 April Become part of a hotshot film production team to plan, devise, write and shoot a film all in one day. Hilariousness inevitably ensues. 9-13 years n 10am-4pm n £35


BOOKING. MEMBERS’ BOOKING OPENS: SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER 10AM IN PERSON 12 NOON BY TELEPHONE AND ONLINE

PUBLIC BOOKING OPENS: SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER 10AM IN PERSON 12 NOON BY TELEPHONE AND ONLINE

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. SAT NAV To reach the nearest car park (Edinburgh Drive) to Cornerstone, please use this postcode: OX11 7LE. There is also a large car park nearby at Sainsbury’s in the Orchard Centre, use postcode OX11 8RG. ACCESSIBILITY Cornerstone is fully accessible for patrons with wheelchairs. We have a lift to all floors, including a Changing Places toilet on the first floor, spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium and accessible toilets on all floors. Personal carers go free.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Tickets are non-refundable and exchanges are discretionary. See website for concessions and special ticket offers; full information on booking, refunds and exchanges; and venue accessibility. PLEASE NOTE: Prices, times and details of the programme are correct at the time of going to press. We reserve the right to make special offers after prices are published.

BOX OFFICE: 01235 515144 | EMAIL: CORNERSTONE@SOUTHOXON.GOV.UK CORNERSTONE, 25 STATION ROAD, DIDCOT, OX11 7NE


Cornerstone Spring Season Brochure January to April 2014