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TUE 24 JULY TO SUN 29 JULY 2018 COMEDY⁄CABARET FAMILY FILM INSTALLATION MUSIC⁄DANCE SPOKEN WORD⁄STORYTELLING TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS THEATRE⁄MUSICALS Tickets readingfringefestival.co.uk @rdgfringefest Headline sponsor

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WELCOME We've got a cracking programme for you this year, with something for everyone: from a silent disco so you can party the night away, to comedy, theatre, spoken word, urban art, ice music, shows powered by bikes, pop-up escape rooms and everything in between.

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As well as a brilliant line-up of UK artists, we are celebrating the arts with partners from Düsseldorf, Norway, Cuba and beyond, who have been teamed up with performers from right here in Reading to create special one-off events – keep your eyes peeled for these 'Made in Reading' events! We would like to thank our partners, sponsors, volunteers, acts and performers, as without this cast of 100s the town would not have a Fringe. And thanks to you our audience, for continuing to support us.

Welcome to the Reading Fringe’s 6th Year, in Partnership with Station Hill!

VENUES

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1 | Station Hill 2 | Fringe Main Stage 3 | Reading Station 4 | Three Guineas 5 | Haslams 6 | The Concert Hall 7 | Reading Irish Centre 8 | Pentahotel 9 | Broad Street Mall 10 | Reading Minster

11 | Purple Turtle 12 | The Oracle 13 | The White Building 14 | Reading Abbey 15 | South Street Arts Centre 16 | Rising Sun Arts Centre 17 | Whitley Wood Community Centre 18 | MERL (Museum of Rural English Life)

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SPONSORS & PARTNERS

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TICKETS You can book tickets via our website: www.readingfringefestival.co.uk or by calling 0333 666 4466 between 9am and 5pm. @rdgfringefest

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Please note, all listings correct at time of print, please check our website: www.readingfringefestival.co.uk for the latest.


STATION HILL

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Station Hill joins us once again as our headline sponsor, playing host to the Fringe Main Stage, as well as other pop-up events.

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TUE 24 JULY Professor Elemental plus support

7.30pm Fringe Main Stage

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WED 25 JULY TimeTrap Escape Rooms: 15 minute games running from 11am to 7pm Dan the Hat – Juggler, Comedian & Stupid Stuntman 2pm Bicycle Boy 3pm Nathan & Ida's Hot Dog Stand 4.30pm Reading/Düsseldorf Jazz Ensemble ft. Stuart Henderson 7.30pm

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THU 26 JULY Nick Cope 10am TimeTrap Escape Rooms: 15 minute games running from 11am to 7pm Bicycle Boy 11am Bicycle Boy 3pm Nathan & Ida's Hot Dog Stand 6pm Annette Gregory & Ma Bessie present:Ladies of Jazz and Blues 7.30pm

FRI 27 JULY TimeTrap Escape Rooms: 15 minute games running from 11am to 7pm Bicycle Boy 11am Bicycle Boy 3pm Ice Music 9pm The Ice Connection by Reside Dance 9pm DarkStar Silent Disco 11pm

SAT 28 JULY Pop-up performances – Wohnzimmers 10am On the Couch with Terje Isungset 10am TimeTrap Escape Rooms: 15 minute games running from 11am to 7pm Bicycle Boy 11am Big Howard’s Yukfest 1.45pm Bicycle Boy 3pm My Music with Melvin Benn 4pm Bicycle Boy 5pm The Importance of Being Earnest 8.30pm

SUN 29 JULY Yoga Reading 9am TimeTrap Escape Rooms: 15 minute games running from 11am to 7pm Bicycle Boy 11am #RGBands 12.30pm Bicycle Boy 3pm


THE ORACLE

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Reading Fringe Festival brings art and family fun to the Oracle this summer.

Kev Munday – UPlift British artist Kev Munday creates positive, vibrant artwork inspired by people-watching and the everyday. Exaggerating and celebrating the ordinary, Kev's art appeals to all ages, making the viewer think and smile at the same time. His work takes inspiration from artforms as diverse as kawaii graphics and Huichol yarn paintings.

During the festival, Kev will create UPLift, a bespoke art installation in the Riverside Car Park lift. Pop and see it on the Wednesday to be treated to a bevy of performances from local musicians. Note: installation will run for the whole festival, but music performances will be Wednesday only.

WED 25 JULY The Reading Family Fringe brings both local and national talent to takeover The Oracle Riverside. We've got an exciting mix of workshops and performances for different ages. Make some art, watch some theatre, listen to some music. All events are free but you will need to book tickets for certain workshops and performances to guarantee a space. 10am | Family Friendly Arts & Crafts Workshop Start your day off by making something special with local artists. Just turn up! Suitable for all ages 11am | Young Herbert’s Horrors Half Moon presents a swashbuckling pirate adventure with a twist told by performance poet Justin Coe. This is a ticketed event – please visit our website to book your free place. Suitable for ages 4+

3.30pm | Family Friendly Drama Workshop A short public performance followed by an exciting and action packed taster workshop. The workshop is a ticketed event – please visit our website to book your free place. Suitable for ages 8+. Parents/guardians are invited to watch … and maybe even join in! 4.30pm | Small Somethings – Scratch Performances (Part 2) Commissioned for the Reading Family Fringe – A selection of works in progress for young audiences. Just turn up! Suitable for all ages 5.30pm | Open Mic & Live Music Come along and check out some local talent – or take to the stage yourself. The stage is open for musicians/performers of any age; play a song, read a poem, tell some jokes…the floor is yours! Performance slots will be limited, please visit our website to sign up & find out more. Suitable for all ages

12.30pm | Small Somethings – Scratch Performances (Part 1) Commissioned for the Reading Family Fringe – A selection of works in progress for young audiences. Just turn up! Suitable for all ages

N.B - Parents/Guardians must remain with children at all times.

2pm | Young Herbert’s Horrors A swashbuckling pirate adventure with a twist told by performance poet Justin Coe. This is a ticketed event – please visit our website to book your free place. Suitable for ages 4+

Laurence is a #madeinRdg artist and theatre maker, creating work for young and adult audiences in collaboration with other artists. He is excited to showcase local and national talent at the first Oracle Family Fringe Day.

Curated by Laurence Alliston-Greiner laurence-ag.com


BROAD STREET MALL

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Join us in the Broad Street Mall this festival for an entertaining programme of comedy, film and family events. From children’s favourites to vintage classics, and from improv to zombies – there’s something for everyone in the BSM Circus Tent! In partnership with Real Time.

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WED 25 JULY Reading Fringe Film Festival

7pm Broad Street Mall

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THU 26 JULY Lolita Paints Her Toenails Zahra Barri Is Zahra Warrior Not Princess Anything for a Quiet Life

FRI 27 JULY Family film – Mary Poppins (1964) (U) Afternoon film – The Greatest Showman (2017) (PG) Nick Hall: Peninsula The Committee: Improvised Comedy Late night film – Dawn of the Dead (2004) (18)

SAT 28 JULY Family film – The Goonies (1985) (12) The Zap Show Nine Ig Fails – Fixed Late night film – Ghostbusters (1984) (PG)

SUN 29 JULY Family film – Pete’s Dragon (2016) (PG) Vintage film – Casablanca (1942) (U)


COMEDY⁄ CABARET

BUTTERFLY

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COMEDY⁄CABARET Jilberto Soto Is 'Butterfly' about Jilberto coming out of his cocoon? Sure. 18+ Thu 26 | 9pm (55m) | Purple Turtle

ANYTHING FOR A QUIET LIFE

DAN COLLINS: IT’LL PROBABLY BE ALRIGHT

COMEDY⁄CABARET

COMEDY⁄CABARET

Sally Firth What happens when a comedian’s Mum takes over his gig?

Dan Collins This is 96% energy, 1% planning, the rest is spare.

Thu 26 | 10.15pm (30m) | Broad St Mall

Fri 27 | 9pm (50m) | Three Guineas

£6

BAD LUCK CABARET

EDDIE SUMMERS: ROCKET FUEL!

COMEDY⁄CABARET

COMEDY⁄CABARET

Bad Luck Cabaret Dark and dangerous, Bad Luck Cabaret showcases the best in alternative cabaret. 18+

Eddie Summers Energy-bomb seeks flat mate. Explosions of laughter guaranteed!

Fri 27 | 8.30pm (60m) | Purple Turtle £13 | £10

Sat 28 | 5pm (50m) | Purple Turtle

£8

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NATHAN & IDA’S HOT DOG STAND

OLEG DENISOV: DOUBLETHINK

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COMEDY⁄CABARET Nathan & Ida An alternative comedy based on a real hot dog stand.

COMEDY⁄CABARET

Wed 25 | 4.30pm (50m) Fringe Main Stage

£10 | £8

Thu 26 | 6pm (50m) Fringe Main Stage

Oleg Denisov Russian comedian's political satire about identities and devaluation of knowledge. 18+

£10 | £8

Wed 25 | 7.30pm (60m) | Purple Turtle

NICK HALL: PENINSULA

SASHA ELLEN: NO MAN’S LAND

COMEDY⁄CABARET

COMEDY⁄CABARET

Nick Hall Hilarious stand-up, as seen on BBC2, BBC3, and BBC Radio 4.

Sasha Ellen A stand-up show about an engagement, missing person and near catastrophe. 18+

Fri 27 | 7.30pm (50m) | Broad St Mall £10 | £8

Fri 27 | 7pm (50m) | Purple Turtle

NINE IG FAILS FIXED

STAND UP, WEATHER GIRL!

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Ignacio Lopez A globe-trotting story about music, comedy adn cock-ups. Sat 28 | 8pm (60m) | Broad St Mall

£10 | £8

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Sam Fraser Feminism meets the Weather Girl; storms of delight follow! Sat 28 | 8pm (50m) | Rising Sun

£7


THE COMMITTEE: IMPROVISED COMEDY

TOO BUSY LIVING TO BE DYING

COMEDY⁄CABARET

COMEDY⁄CABARET Martyn Cooper Hilarious adventures with cancer, death and incontinence. 18+

The Committee Hilarious improvised comedy, as seen on BBC1, BBC3, and Channel 4. Fri 27 | 9pm (50m) | Broad St Mall

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THE MILLER’S STORY

Fri 27 | 7.30pm (60m) | Three Guineas

£7

WEDDING GUEST EXTRAORDINAIRE

COMEDY⁄CABARET

COMEDY⁄CABARET Clown Noir Clown, Clogs and Chaucer, a bit of medieval fun.

Sarah Southern Sarah Southern wants to be the BEST wedding guest.

Sun 29 | 4pm (50m) | Rising Sun

Sun 29 | 1pm (40m) | Rising Sun

£10

THE ZAP SHOW

ZAHRA BARRI IS ZAHRA WARRIOR NOT PRINCESS

COMEDY⁄CABARET

COMEDY⁄CABARET

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The Zap Comedy Club Here to ensure that Reading doesn't take itself too seriously.

Zahra Barri Don't be Kim Kardashian's career be Kim Jong Un's Korea.

Sat 28 | 6.30pm (60m) | Broad St Mall

Thu 26 | 9pm (45m) | Broad St Mall

£8

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FAMILY

BIG HOWARD’S YUKFEST

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FAMILY Howard Read Big Howard’s LOL-tastic Yukfest for Kids And Well Trained Adults. Sat 28 | 1.45pm (60m) Fringe Main Stage

£10 | £8 £25 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children)

BICYCLE BOY

FAMILY Helen Eastman A bicycle powered musical, for children aged 6–10 and their families.

Wed 25 | 3pm Sat 28 | 11am, 3pm & 5pm Thu 26 | 11am & 3pm Sun 29 | 11am & 3pm Fri 27 | 11am & 3pm (All shows 60 minutes)

Station Hill / Outside Fringe Main Stage

£10 | £8 | £30 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children)


DAN THE HAT: JUGGLER, COMEDIAN & STUPID STUNTMAN

NICK COPE

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FAMILY

FAMILY Dan the Hat Comedy, Skills & Stupid Stunts! 8+

Nick Cope A charming concert for children and their families.

Wed 25 | 2pm (45m) Fringe Main Stage

Thu 26 | 10am (60m) Fringe Main Stage

£8 | £25 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children)

MY SHADOW AND ME

£8 | £25 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children)

SESKA – SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

FAMILY Shadowgraphy Chaplinesque comedy and beautiful hand shadows combine in skillful style. 4+

FAMILY

Thu 26 | 2pm (45m) £10 | £8 | £25 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) Penta

SESKA SESKA – crazier than finding a penguin in your fridge! 3+

Sun 29 | 11am (45m) £10 | £8 | £25 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) Penta

Sun 29 | 1pm (50m) Purple Turtle

YOUNG HERBERT’S HORRORS

FAMILY Half Moon A swashbuckling pirate adventure with a twist told by performance poet Justin Coe. Part of the family day at The Oracle Riverside, see page 5 for full details. Wed 25 | 11am & 2pm Oracle Riverside

FREE but register for tickets

£8 | £25 family ticket (2 adults & 2 children)


FILM

DAWN OF THE DEAD

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2004 (18)

FILM Real Time presents... American action horror – humans battle zombies in a shopping mall. Fri 27 | 10.30pm (95m) Broad St Mall

FILM FESTIVAL

£4

GHOSTBUSTERS

1984 (PG)

FILM Real Time presents... American comedy – four self-proclaimed ghostbusters must save New York from total destruction.

FILM Workbench Productions Reading’s own Film Festival featuring a wide variety of short films from every genre. 16+ Wed 25 | 7 – 10.30pm | Broad St Mall

£8

CASABLANCA

Sat 28 | 9.30pm (105m) Broad St Mall

£4

MARY POPPINS

1942 (U)

1964 (U)

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Real Time presents... The 1942 romantic drama classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Real Time presents... Classic family musical starring Julie Andrews as the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious nanny.

Sun 29 | 2pm (105m) Broad St Mall

Fri 27 | 2.30pm (95m) Broad St Mall

FREE but register for tickets

FREE but register for tickets


PETE’S DRAGON

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INSTALLATION

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FILM Real Time presents... American adventure about a boy and a giant, friendly dragon. FREE Sun 29 | 11.30am (105m) but register for tickets Broad St Mall

THE GOONIES

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FILM Real Time presents... A swashbuckling, surprise-around-every-corner adventure from the imagination of Steven Spielberg. FREE Sat 28 | 2.30pm (115m) but register for tickets Broad St Mall

HOUSE OF SOUND

INSTALLATION Iain Chambers Iain Chambers' House of Sound radiophonically re-imagines Reading's history. Sat 28 | Reading Abbey Ruins See website for details

2017 (PG)

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

KONSTANTIN ZAYKA KJ263

FILM

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Real Time presents... American hit musical, inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum.

Konstantin Zayka – KJ263 International urban artist and designer creates a bespoke work for Reading.

Fri 27 | 4.30pm (105m) FREE Broad St Mall but register for tickets

Thu 26 | Whitley Wood Centre See website for details

FREE


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TUE 24 JULY

Professor Elemental plus support

7.30pm Fringe Main Stage

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WED 25 JULY

On the Couch 8am Presentation and funding surgery with Arts Council England 10.30am TimeTrap Escape Rooms: 15 minute games running from 11am to 7pm Young Herbert’s Horrors 11am UPlift 11am Dan the Hat – Juggler, Comedian & Stupid Stuntman 2pm Young Herbert’s Horrors 2pm Bicycle Boy 3pm Nathan & Ida's Hot Dog Stand 4.30pm Reading Fringe Film Festival 7pm Reading/Düsseldorf Jazz Ensemble ft. Stuart Henderson 7.30pm Oleg Denisov: Doublethink 7.30pm Chest Pains 9pm Konstantin Zayka – KJ263 See website

White Building South Street Station Hill Oracle Riverside Oracle Riverside Fringe Main Stage Oracle Riverside Station Hill Fringe Main Stage Broad Street Mall Fringe Main Stage Purple Turtle Purple Turtle Whitley Wood Centre

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THU 26 JULY

On the Couch 8am Nick Cope 10am TimeTrap Escape Rooms: 15 minute games running from 11am to 7pm Bicycle Boy 11am My Shadow and Me 2pm Bicycle Boy 3pm Nathan & Ida's Hot Dog Stand 6pm Beautiful Thing 6pm Lolita Paints Her Toenails 7.30pm Annette Gregory & Ma Bessie present: Ladies of Jazz and Blues 7.30pm OPENing - the Open Space Project 7.30pm Scenes Cut From Other Plays 7.45pm Conflict of Interest 8pm One Eye Open 8pm Zahra Barri Is Zahra Warrior Not Princess 9pm Butterfly 9pm Anything for a Quiet Life 10.15pm Konstantin Zayka – KJ263 See website

FRI 27 JULY

On the Couch with Andrew Taylor, Fiona Leonard & Niyani Quarmyne 8am TimeTrap Escape Rooms: 15 minute games running from 11am to 7pm Bicycle Boy 11am Climate Symposium: ‘A World Without...’ 1pm Mary Poppins (1964) (U) 2.30pm Bicycle Boy 3pm The Greatest Showman (2017) (PG) 4.30pm Arbeit Macht Frei 5pm The Government Inspector 6pm Virginia Woolf – an Impossible Music 6.30pm Sasha Ellen: No Man's Land 7pm Nick Hall: Peninsula 7.30pm Too busy living to be dying 7.30pm Gato Preto 8pm Freud the Musical 8.30pm Bad Luck Cabaret 8.30pm The Committee: Improvised Comedy 9pm Ice Music 9pm The Ice Connection by Reside Dance 9pm


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FRI 27 JULY

Dan Collins: It'll Probably Be Alright Extravagant Stranger Ice and a Slice Dawn of the Dead (2004) (18) DarkStar Silent Disco

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Three Guineas Pentahotel Three Guineas Broad Street Mall Fringe Main Stage

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On the Couch with Terje Isungset 10am Pop up performances – Wohnzimmers 10am TimeTrap Escape Rooms: 15 minute games running from 11am to 7pm Arturo Castro Nogueras workshop 11am Word 11am Bicycle Boy 11am Where would we be without good old Autism? 12noon KRAKEN: A Story Backwards 12noon, 12.30pm, 1pm Big Howard’s Yukfest 1.45pm Word 2pm The Sleeping Princess 2pm The Goonies (1985) (12) 2.30pm Bicycle Boy 3pm My Music with Melvin Benn 4pm Till Death Us Do Part? 4pm Word 4.30pm Eddie Summers: Rocket Fuel! 5pm My Life Closed Twice 5pm Bicycle Boy 5pm And Then The Rabbit Died 6.30pm Do My Boobs Look Big In This? 6.30pm The Zap Show 6.30pm Latin Flavours – Between Two Worlds 7.30pm Exceso de la nada – Excess of Nothing 7.30pm Nine Ig Fails – Fixed 8pm Stand Up, Weather Girl! 8pm Les Pissérables 8.15pm The Importance of Being Earnest 8.30pm Ghostbusters (1984) (PG) 9.30pm Foreign American 9.30pm One Woman Alien 9.45pm House of Sound See website

Fringe Main Stage Station Hill Station Hill Concert Hall Pentahotel Station Hill Rising Sun Three Guineas Fringe Main Stage Pentahotel Three Guineas Broad Street Mall Station Hill Fringe Main Stage Pentahotel Pentahotel Purple Turtle Rising Sun Station Hill Pentahotel Rising Sun Broad Street Mall Concert Hall South Street Broad Street Mall Rising Sun Pentahotel Fringe Main Stage Broad Street Mall Rising Sun Pentahotel Reading Abbey

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SUN 29 JULY

Yoga Reading 9am Sunday Assembly Reading 10.45am TimeTrap Escape Rooms: 15 minute games running from 11am to 7pm My Shadow and Me 11am Bicycle Boy 11am Pete's Dragon (2016) (PG) 11.30am #RGBands 12.30pm J'n'R 1pm Seska – Spot the Difference 1pm Wedding Guest Extraordinaire 1pm Casablanca (1942) (U) 2pm Scenes Cut From Other Plays 2.30pm Go Slay Dragons 2.30pm Bicycle Boy 3pm Medea 3.30pm The Miller's Story 4pm Do My Boobs Look Big In This? 5.30pm KRAKEN: A Story Backwards 6pm, 6.30pm


OPENing – THE OPEN SPACE PROJECT

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INSTALLATION Susanne Diesner OPENing: Exploring an emotional quality through photography, dance and sound. Thu 26 | 7.30 – 10.30pm (drop in) Reading Minster

FREE

POP UP PERFORMANCES – WOHNZIMMERS

DARKSTAR SILENT DISCO

MUSIC⁄DANCE DarkStar Disco Come and dance the night away with the Fringe! 18+

INSTALLATION Reading Fringe Festival Presents... Kick back, relax, and enjoy the music Sat 28 | 10am – 4pm | Station Hill

FREE

UPlift

EXCESO DE LA NADA – EXCESS OF NOTHING

INSTALLATION Kev Munday Bold and colourful bespoke art installation accompanied by music. Wed 25 | 11am – 2pm Oracle Riverside

Fri 27 | 11pm – 1.30m £10 (inc £5 refundable Fringe Main Stage headset deposit)

FREE

MUSIC⁄DANCE Cooperativa Maura Morales Acclaimed solo performance investigating the consequences of exile. Sat 28 | 7.30pm (65m) | South Street £10 | £8


ANNETTE GREGORY & MA BESSIE PRESENT: LADIES OF JAZZ AND BLUES

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MUSIC⁄DANCE Annette Gregory Annette will be performing some of the best loved jazz favourites.

Ma Bessie Sharing the music of Bessie Smith with a new generation.

Thu 26 | 7.30pm (120m) | Fringe Main Stage

£15 for double bill

FOREIGN AMERICAN

GATO PRETO

MUSIC⁄DANCE

MUSIC⁄DANCE

Nicole Monique Johnson Armed with a pair of high heels and a ukulele, let me sing you a story. Sat 28 | 9.30pm (60m) | Rising Sun

£10 | £8

ICE MUSIC

MUSIC⁄DANCE Terje Isungset Pioneer of ice instruments, Terje Isungset, performs live with singer Maria Skranes. Fri 27 | 9pm (60m) | Fringe Main Stage

£15

Gato Preto Raw power with electronic beats create Afro-futuristic magic. 18+ Fri 27 | 8 – 10.30pm | Purple Turtle

FREE


LATIN FLAVOURS BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

READING⁄DüSSELDORF JAZZ ENSEMBLE FT. STUART HENDERSON

MUSIC⁄DANCE Arturo Castro Nogueras and friends from Reading's Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra Latin American flavours of both musical and edible varieties! Sat 28 | 7.30 (105m) Concert Hall

See website for details

MUSIC⁄DANCE Reading/Düsseldorf Jazz Ensemble Reading/Düsseldorf Jazz Ensemble led by trumpet superstar Stuart Henderson. Wed 25 | 7.30pm (150m) Fringe Main Stage

ONE EYE OPEN

#RGBANDS

MUSIC⁄DANCE

MUSIC⁄DANCE

One Eye Open Deep, distinct, melodic arrangements with intense, raspy vocals. 18+

The Rock Academy Foundation and RGNewMusic Watch some exciting bands made in RDG.

Thu 26 | 8pm (150m) Purple Turtle upstairs

Sun 29 | 12.30pm (150m) Fringe Main Stage

FREE

PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL PLUS SUPPORT

MUSIC⁄DANCE Professor Elemental Join steampunk chap-hop legend Professor Elemental at our launch party! Tue 24 | 7.30pm (90m) | Fringe Main Stage £15

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THE ICE CONNECTION BY RESIDE DANCE

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MUSIC⁄DANCE Reside Dance In collaboration with Terje Isungset, ​Reside Dance invites you to a world of ice, community and connection. Fri 27 | 9pm (60m) | Station Hill / Outside Fringe Main Stage

FREE

OTHER

TIMETRAP ESCAPE ROOMS AT THE FRINGE

OTHER TimeTrap Escape Rooms TimeTrap creates a unique, mini escape game, just for the Fringe! 10+ Wed 25 – Sun 29 | 11am – 7pm (15m) Station Hill / Outside Fringe Main Stage FREE

SUNDAY ASSEMBLY READING

YOGA READING

OTHER

OTHER Yoga Reading Start your Sunday with this relaxed, fun class for all ages.

Sunday Assembly Reading Live Better, Wonder More and Help Often. Sun 29 | 10.45am (90m) Reading Irish Centre, Chatham Street

FREE

Sun 29 | 9am (60m) | Fringe Main Stage FREE


SPOKEN WORD⁄ STORYTELLING

EXTRAVAGANT STRANGER

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SPOKEN WORD⁄STORYTELLING Daniel Roy Connelly Join the Extravagant Stranger on an absurd journey across three continents. Fri 27 | 10pm (60m) | Pentahotel

CHEST PAINS

GO SLAY DRAGONS

SPOKEN WORD⁄STORYTELLING

SPOKEN WORD⁄STORYTELLING

Chest Pains Production / Tom Balmont Topless Englishman talking about heart surgery. Funnier than it sounds. 18+

Dan Cardwell Dan was almost shot – and it's Rupert Murdoch's fault. Kinda.

Wed 25 | 9pm (50m) | Purple Turtle

Sun 29 | 2.30pm (60m) | Rising Sun

£10 | £8

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

£10 | £8

£10 | £8

KRAKEN: A STORY BACKWARDS

SPOKEN WORD⁄STORYTELLING Becci Louise Here, there be monsters... 10+

SPOKEN WORD⁄STORYTELLING Richard Pulsford Family history uncovered in this spoken word exploration of 1918 centenary. Thu 26 | 8pm (60m) | Pentahotel

£10 | £8

Sat 28 | 12noon, 12.30pm & 1pm (25m) Three Guineas £8 | £6 Sun 29 | 6pm & 6.30pm (25m) Pentahotel

£8 | £6


LOLITA PAINTS HER TOENAILS

ARTURO CASTRO NOGUERAS WORKSHOP

TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS

SPOKEN WORD⁄STORYTELLING High Wire Act Three women poets on gender: its complexity, perplexity, its poetry. Thu 26 | 7.30pm (60m) Broad St Mall

£8 | £7

Arturo Castro Nogueras Join classical guitarist Arturo Castro Nogueras for this guitar workshop. 10+ Sat 28 | 11am (60m) Concert Hall

FREE but must be pre-booked

THE SLEEPING PRINCESS

CLIMATE SYMPOSIUM: ‘A WORLD WITHOUT...’

SPOKEN WORD⁄STORYTELLING

TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS

Hel Robin Gurney A dark fairytale of love, trauma, and resilience. Sat 28 | 2pm (60m) Three Guineas

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£10 | £8

TALKS⁄ WORKSHOPS

Reading Fringe Festival Presents... Do we need ice? This festival does! Does the world need it too? Fri 27 | 1pm (90m) | MERL

FREE

ICE AND A SLICE

TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS Reading Fringe Festival Presents... A chance to quiz the ice music crew about the ultimate chill out. 18+ Fri 27 | 10.15pm (60m) FREE Three Guineas but must be pre-booked


KONSTANTIN ZAYKA KJ263

ON THE COUCH WITH ANDREW TAYLOR (APO), FIONA LEONARD & NIYANI QUARMYNE

TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS

TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS

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Konstantin Zayka – KJ263 Local residents are invited to this demo by urban artist and designer, Konstantin.

Reading Fringe Festival Presents... The Festival’s early morning chat show with a difference.

Wed 25 Whitley Wood Centre

Fri 27 | 8am (60m) White Building roof terrace

See website for details

MY MUSIC WITH MELVIN BENN

FREE

ON THE COUCH WITH TERJE ISUNGSET

TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS

TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS

Reading Fringe Festival Presents... The Festival’s early morning chat show with a difference.

Reading Fringe Festival Presents... The man behind the Reading and Leeds Festivals chooses the music he enjoys. Sat 28 | 4pm (60m) | Fringe Main Stage FREE

ON THE COUCH

Sat 28 | 10am (60m) Fringe Main Stage

FREE

PRESENTATION AND FUNDING SURGERY WITH ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS Reading Fringe Festival Presents… The Festival’s early morning chat show with a difference. Wed 25 | 8am (60m) | White Building

FREE

Thu 26 | 8am (60m) | Haslams

FREE

TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS Arts Council England Advice and guidance from ACE. Pre-book your 15 minute appointment. Wed 25 | 10.30am – 3.30pm South Street

FREE but must be pre-booked


VIRGINIA WOOLF – AN IMPOSSIBLE MUSIC

AND THEN THE RABBIT DIED

TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS

Fiona Talkington Virginia Woolf, Monk’s House and the making of a radio programme.

Atramental Theatre A laugh a minute Irish comedy about reproductive rights.

Fri 27 | 6.30pm (60m) | White Building

Sat 28 | 6.30pm (80m) | Pentahotel

FREE

WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT GOOD OLD AUTISM?

ARBEIT MACHT FREI

TALKS⁄WORKSHOPS

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS

Aspiregers Light hearted comedy, music and spoken word about Autism. Sat 28 | 12noon (60m) | Rising Sun

THEATRE⁄ MUSICALS

£10 | £8

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£10 | £8

The Bulmershe School Powerful and thought provoking physical theatre. Fri 27 | 5pm (30m) | Pentahotel

£8 | £6

BEAUTIFUL THING

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS Bulmershe Theatre The Ultimate Coming of Age Story. Thu 26 | 6pm (90m) Pentahotel

£10 | £8


DO MY BOOBS LOOK BIG IN THIS?

LES PISSÉRABLES

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THEATRE⁄MUSICALS Forthwrite Theatre Big, small or none at all – let's talk about boobs!

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS

Sat 28 | 6.30pm (60m) | Rising Sun

£10 | £8

Soggy Tea Towel Productions A hilarious two-man parody of Les Mis!

Sun 29 | 5.30pm (60m) | Rising Sun

£10 | £8

Sat 28 | 8.15pm (60m) | Pentahotel

FREUD THE MUSICAL

MEDEA

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS

Working Birthday A one woman show about sex, madness and medicine. 16+ Fri 27 | 8.30pm (60m) | Pentahotel

Wretched Strangers Jean Anouilh's Medea: an intimate tragedy of longing and exile. £10

J’n’R

Sun 29 | 3.30pm (60m) | Pentahotel

£10 | £8

MY LIFE CLOSED TWICE

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS Fiona Leonard J’n’R is a comedy loosely based on the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. It may or may not be a love story. Sun 29 | 1pm (60m) | Pentahotel

£10

£10 | £8

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS Gauntlet Theatre Explore the lived experiences of a 21st century psychosis sufferer. Sat 28 | 5pm (50m) | Rising Sun

£10 | £8


ONE WOMAN ALIEN

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS

Immersion Theatre Wilde's trivial comedy for serious people – handbags at dawn!

Cast Iron Theatre In theatre, no one can hear you scream: one hour, one woman, one cult movie! Sat 28 | 9.45pm (60m) | Pentahotel

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£10 | £8

SCENES CUT FROM OTHER PLAYS

Sat 28 | 8.30pm (120m) Fringe Main Stage

£15

TILL DEATH US DO PART?

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS Something Goode A joyous mishmash of farce, theatre, comedy songs, and biscuits. 18+

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS

Thu 26 | 7.45pm (45m) | Purple Turtle

£8

The Secret Divorce Society Musical comedy whodunnit about marriage, motherhood and murder!

Sun 29 | 2.30pm (45m) | Purple Turtle

£8

Sat 28 | 4pm (60m) | Pentahotel

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR

£10 | £8

WORD

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS Jamal Harewood Was it what you said; or how you said it?

THEATRE⁄MUSICALS John Madejski Academy JMA's version of the much-loved Russian classic. Expect the unexpected... Fri 27 | 6pm (60m) | Pentahotel

£8

Sat 28 | 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm (60 min show plus 30 min optional post-show discussion) Pentahotel meeting room

£10 | £8


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Reading Fringe Festival 2018 Programme  

The Fringe is back! Check out the line up for 2018.

Reading Fringe Festival 2018 Programme  

The Fringe is back! Check out the line up for 2018.

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