PROGRESS THEATRE PRESENT
Thursday 8 November – Saturday 17 November, 7.45pm, includes Saturday matinees, 2.30pm The Mount, off Christchurch Rd Based on Sebastian Faulks’ acclaimed novel (adapted by Rachel Wagstaff), Birdsong tells the story of Stephen Wraysford, a soldier haunted by his past, and an all-consuming love affair in Amiens, France. As World War One unfolds, Stephen finds himself pulled closer back to Amiens, back to the Valley of the Somme. There will be a special Commemorative Performance on Remembrance Sunday at 4.30pm, with all ticket proceeds being donated to the Royal British Legion. In order to attend this performance, people should email email@example.com. We are very proud to announce that we have been granted two ‘There But Not There’ silhouettes from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to display during the run of Birdsong. https://www.therebutnotthere.org.uk/ These two silhouettes will represent the men and women from our local community who never came home. Tickets are £12 (£10 for concession tickets), and are available via: 0118 384 2169 or www.progresstheatre.co.uk/2018-birdsong
Reading Central Library, Abbey Square
THE WILFRED OWEN, DUNSDEN & READING CONNECTION 1911-1913 AND 1914-1918 A TALK BY BOB AMBROSE Monday 19 November, 11am – 12noon
To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, Reading Libraries will be presenting a special coffee morning in November featuring a presentation from Bob Ambrose. ‘Ever since November 2008 , when I watched on BBC One TV, Jeremy Paxman’s Documentary : ‘ Wilfred Owen - A Remembrance Tale ‘, in which included a large section, concerning Wilfred Owen’s time in Dunsden, I became aware that he may possibly, have come into contact with my father, Laurence George Ambrose, 1898 -1966, who was a pupil at Dunsden School and a choir boy at, All Saint’s Church, Dunsden, between 1911 and 1913 That has lent to my study, research, time and interest, relating to Wilfred Own, over the past ten years which I’d like to share with you at this special event.’ Free entry: 0118 901 5950 www.reading.gov.uk/centrallibrary
Events and activities taking place across Reading to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.