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Welcome to the Reading Fringe’s 5th Year, in partnership with Station Hill. We are proud to be celebrating with our twin town Düsseldorf, to mark 70 years of friendship. To recognise this fantastic anniversary, Düsseldorf acts will be taking over part of the Fringe, in true cultural exchange style.
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We will be dedicating this year’s Fringe to a wonderful light that we lost this year, Caroline West. She was instrumental in curating ‘Düsseldorf at the Fringe’ and we will always be eternally grateful to her for all of the wonderful acts that she has brought us, and for solidifying this friendship through a shared enjoyment of the international language of the arts. As ever this Fringe would not be possible without all of our supporters, sponsors, partners, venues, acts, volunteers and of course you. Thank you all for making this year yet another cracking year. But enough from us, take a look at all we have in store for 2017! #RDGFringe
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A DOLL’S HOUSE
IMMERSIVE Theatre of Europe and Fix&Foxy Ibsen’s A Doll’s House staged in real homes with real participants. ‘Immersive theatre reaches a whole new level with Fix&Foxy’s innovative staging of A Doll’s House.’ Financial Times Sat 22 | 7.30pm (100m) | Secret location you will be texted 48hrs before the performance £12
A BOY NAMED PUGH
ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING
GIG THEATRE Josh Pugh The debut show from English Comedian of the Year 2016, who ‘finds laughs in unusual places’ (Chortle). Award-winning comedian Josh Pugh has taken his debut show to the Perth and Adelaide Fringes ahead of a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Middle Child Meet Leah and Chris; raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief they would be special. But what happens when dreams don’t become reality? Set over three decades, from Cool Britannia to Brexit Britain, this is gig theatre from the award-winning team behind Weekend Rockstars. Ages 18+ (strong language and adult themes)
Sat 22 | 7pm (60m) | Rising Sun Arts Centre £8
Thu 20 | 7.30pm (75m) | Public
ASPEN ASTRONOMER: THE ENDANGERED WITCH
BORN TO SUM
SPOKEN WORD Becci Louise Aspen Astronomer is a children’s show told through spoken word, origami, illustration and audience participation. It is the story of a young witch, Aspen, whose year 5 class is about to join in with the school science fair. But two of Aspen’s classmates – a boy and a girl – don’t have the confidence they need to be their true, brilliant selves. Aspen uses her magic to help her two classmates overcome their fear and enter the science fair. Sat 22 | 12noon (60m) | Pentahotel
COMEDY, MUSIC, SCIENCE Kyle D Evans Who’d’ve thought pop culture and mathematics were such good friends? Enter folk mathematician and 2016 Famelab winner Kyle D Evans – and his trusty guitar – here to take you on a comedic musical tour through some unexpected parallels between maths & pop. Sat 22 | 4.30pm (60m) Rising Sun Arts Centre
BANTS & RANTS: A GUIDE TO MODERN LIVING
BRAND NEW COMEDY SHOW!
Bants & Rants: A guide to modern living Four ladies: A travelling professional wedding guest, movie music maker, a PR guru and a musical theatre student ready to make you laugh!
READ College Returning to Reading Fringe, READ College present their brand new devised comedy show! 3 weeks, 10 actors, no script... come and find out what happens next!
Sat 22 | 7pm (60m) | Purple Turtle
Sat 22 | 3pm (60m) | Rising Sun Arts Centre £8
CASPAR THOMAS: MORE MAGIC & MENTALISM
COMEDY & TRICKS
Wed 19 | 7pm (60m) | Purple Turtle
Stu Turner and Phil Reid Comedy magician Stu Turner and comedian Phil Reid come together for an hour of stand-up, magic, and variety. Stu's offbeat act is sometimes silly, sometimes surreal, but always baffling and highly entertaining. Phil is a warm & vibrant comedian with a natural storytelling ability and killer jokes.
Sat 22 | 3.30pm (60m) | Purple Turtle
Fri 21 | 8.30pm (60m) | Purple Turtle
Caspar Thomas Caspar is back with more interactive sleight of hand magic and mentalism! Jerry Sadowitz says, ‘You won't see other magicians do this stuff... they can't! Caspar's skill is of a standard rarely seen anywhere.’
COMEDY English Theatre Düsseldorf Three weddings converge in one church and three brides are given the chance to resolve some unfinished business before they commit. Cold Feet is a lively production that expands across the stage and into the audience... occasionally bringing audience members back onto the stage to be a part of the performance.
Sat 22 | 1.30pm (90m) | Pentahotel
Sun 23 | 1.30pm (90m) | Pentahotel
COMEDY Jo D'Arcy Jo D’Arcy got called ALL the names in High School, then went back to teach and got them all again, but none of them are as bad as the names she's called herself. ‘Funny bones and a clownish sensibility, a little like a female Rik Mayall' (Bruce Dessau) Sat 22 | 8.30pm (60m) Rising Sun Arts Centre
THEATRE Outclass'd A teacher, and failed poet who is near the end of his roller coaster career meets the only person who can make him feel alive again. All she wants is to learn...something.....new. The perennial favorite ‘Educating Rita’ is performed by ex-Outclass member and long time performer at the Reading Fringe, Georgia Knight and her ex teacher / Director/ actor (failed poet) Tommy Robinson Fri 21 | 8.30pm (60m) | Smokin' Billy's
FINDING MR PARAMOUR
TS Theatre Productions Follow four friends on the holiday of a lifetime, but remember even paradise has its secrets... Thu 20 | 7.30pm (90m) | Pentahotel
Sat 22 | 3.30pm (90m) | Pentahotel
COMEDY, THEATRE Theatre of Europe and Kinoteater Tim Paramour was Deputy Head of a large primary school when he walked away from the profession that had been his life for over twelve years. A year on Tim shares his story in a poignant and unexpected way with documentary theatre experts, Kinoteater, from Estonia. Sun 23 | 3.30pm (70m) | Pentahotel
COMEDY, FAMILY SESKA When SESKA comes to town kids laugh out loud, Dads f*rt out loud and mums faint at his feet! This show contains magic, mayhem and happiness. Nominated Best Family Show Brighton Fringe 2015. ‘My kids loved him' Jonathon Ross Sun 23 | 4.30pm (60m) | Purple Turtle
HOW CAN PEOPLE WITH AUTISM HELP YOU?
IGNACIO LOPEZ: EspañYOLO
Wed 19 | 7pm (45m) | The Butler
Ignacio Lopez The Armada may have failed but Spain finally managed to conquer the UK with a Spanish Comedian! Ignacio slams Spanish and British culture in this free-for-all, relentlessly funny show about invasions, history, and tapas. Audiences can expect sarcasm, silliness and songs.
Thu 20 | 7pm (45m) | The Butler
Fri 21 | 7pm (60m) | Purple Turtle
Aspiregers Autism awareness presentations with a difference featuring light-hearted comedy, music and motivational speaking. You will laugh, you will learn and you will be inspired.
IF THE BOOT FITS...
DRAMA Outclass – JMA Based on Oscar Wilde’s Importance of being Earnest and the transcript from Oscar Wilde's Trail for Homosexuality, this new play (written by Tommy Robinson) sees Oscar trying to convince everyone, and himself, of the importance of being ‘yourself' and in his case, a homosexual. ‘It is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth'. Outclass are a group of students from the John Madejski Academy BTEC performing Arts – we have a long history of performing at the Reading Fringe, last year winning ‘Pick of the Fringe’.
COMEDY, IMPROV Left Foot First This long-form improv troupe returns to Reading Fringe, promising musical improv, impressions, games, narrative comedy and much, much more! ‘Had me laughing until my cheeks hurt’ Get Reading Sat 22 | 7pm (60m) | Smokin' Billy's 8
Wed 19 | 7pm (60m) | Smokin' Billy's
JUST DON’T DO IT
THEATRE Beside Ourselves Collective Modern female sexuality and Christianity: are they as uncomfortable bedfellows as they appear to be? Join two clowns delving into the confusing, the painful and the funny whilst asking if ‘Just Don't Do It’ is the sum of what the church has to say about pre-marital sex. Sat 22 | 5.45pm (60m) Rising Sun Arts Centre
Sun 23 | 5pm (60m) Rising Sun Arts Centre
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST PLACEBO
X & Co. This is an evening of alternative performance and cabaret brought to you by Eurovision hopeful and International Diva XNTHONY. Following sold out runs in both London and Dublin XNTHONY is back in Reading with a melange of madness. LIPSTUCK is a raucous night of brand new material featuring the stickiest, hottest guest performers, where the voice takes centre stage. Thu 20 | 9.30pm (60m) | Pentahotel
Fri 21 | 10pm (60m) | Pentahotel
MARIA PETERS: THE SCIENCE OF CRINGE
Simon Caine A 30-year old comedian that feels 16 in his head who overthinks life, love and everything in between.
Maria Peters What makes a human cringe? What even *is* it? And what could we achieve if we ignored it? Are you cringing reading this? Would a Dad joke help? I’m c-ringing you up on my cringe-ophone now to tell you it. Wait - Come back! Police! PC Ringe here! No, YOU'VE taken it too far. ‘Not to be missed’ Time Out. ‘Left me helpless with laughter’ Fringe Guru (5 stars)
Sat 22 | 8.30pm (60m) | Purple Turtle
Fri 21 | 9pm (60m) | Rising Sun Arts Centre £8
PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH: A PSYCHOANALYST’S VIEW
COMEDY Clare Plested An interactive comedy party! You’re invited to a very special birthday celebration hosted by Princess Rapunzel! Join is as Rapunzel entertains the boys and girls with magical games, dirty dancing and a sprinkling of chaos. Iced gems provided. Prize for the best dressed!
Fri 21 | 7pm (60m) | Smokin' Billy's
Dr. Christine English In this short, light hearted talk about a very serious business, Christine argues that we should give up on serenity, and instead work on coping better with being knocked off balance. Being psychologically healthy means using human help to overcome difficulties and stay engaged with life and growth.
Sat 22 | 5.30pm (60m) | Purple Turtle
Wed 19 | 7pm (90m) | Milk
POETRY IN MOTION
READING FRINGE FILM FESTIVAL
IMPROV, SPOKEN WORD Festival of the Dark, Outrider Anthems Performance poetry from a Reading Bus. Following a performance poetry workshop with a renowned poet (TBA), Reading’s Caribbean Arts Group, UK C and other young poets of Reading, will perform their work from the pop-out windows of a Reading bus. Exploring the meaning of darkness. Sat 22 | 5pm (60m) Bus (check website for location) 10
FILM Workbench Productions The Reading Fringe Film Festival is dedicated to supporting new and upcoming filmmakers. This is Reading Fringe’s 5th year hosting a film festival which includes not only a 48 Hour Challenge but a variety of selected films ranging from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. Wed 19 | 7 – 10pm | Public
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MUSIC Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra Reading’s Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra presents afternoon performances on the transfer deck of Reading railway station to mark the 70th anniversary of the twinning of Reading and Düsseldorf, including works by Schumann, a famous resident of the German city. Sat 22 | 12noon (90m) | Reading Station FREE
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TUE 18 JULY Reading Fringe Festival Launch With The Sons Of Pitches 7pm
The Dome at Station Hill
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WED 19 JULY Kids Workshops Bubbly Bubbles! Caspar Thomas: More Magic & Mentalism How Can People With Autism Help You? Importance Psychological Health: A Psychoanalyst's View Reading Fringe Film Festival Gala Show, Cirque Du Cabaret Sidekick You Having Olaf? Still Valid: An Evening With MJ Hibbett (And Steve)
THU 20 JULY Kids Workshops Linda Hergarten Linda Hergarten How Can People With Autism Help You? Arturo Castro Alex Nemmy All We Ever Wanted Was Everything Four Sunsets This Is An Art Attack Professor Elemental Lipstuck
FRI 21 JULY Kids Workshops An Intermediate’s Guide To Misinformation BBC Introducing Summer Party Party Ben J Riepe Company Henry Storch Ignacio Lopez: EspañYOLO In Conversation With Emil Schult Comedy And Tricks Educating Rita 12
FRI 21 JULY Skin Deep Maria Peters: The Science of Cringe Lipstuck Henry Storch
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Pentahotel Rising Sun Arts Centre Pentahotel Purple Turtle
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SAT 22 JULY Photography Exhibition Kids Workshops Arturo Castro Aspen Astronomer: The Endangered Witch Schumann At The Station Futures World Music Festival Explorations Of The Deep See! Cold Feet Brand New Comedy Show! Caspar Thomas: More Magic & Mentalism Four Sunsets Born To Sum Poetry In Motion Skin Deep Party Just Don’t Do It A Boy Named Pugh Bants & Rants: A Guide To Modern Living If The Boot Fits... Still On Earth?! Emil Schult A Doll's House D'arcehole Laughter Is The Best Placebo The Scarlet Vixens Present... CabaRiaTease: Burlesque with a dash of Cabaret and Variety!
SUN 23 JULY Photography Exhibition Holly Webb In Conversation Explorations Of The Deep See! Bubbly Maths Cold Feet A Magnificent Beard Summer 17 Showcase Finding Mr Paramour Fruit Salad Just Don’t Do It The Accidental Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes Still On Earth?!
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STILL ON EARTH?!
COMEDY Ben Van der Velde For every Fred Flintstone, there is a Barney. Every Yogi needs a Boo-Boo, and all Sherlocks a patient Watson. This is a show about the men and women who pick up the pieces whilst the main man is busy humping the heroine after the credits have rolled. Wed 19 | 8.30pm (60m) | Purple Turtle
Feline and Strange Capt’n Feline and Chief Strange have been trying to contact their home planet for years now – to no avail, the aid of the fold-up cello, the synthetic piano, and Feline's interstellar voice nonwithstanding. Now, they get angry. Darker and scarier they return from their travels all across Europe (even UK) and the US, and bring their Electro Wave Cabaret from Berlin directly in your face. Sat 22 | 7pm (60m) | Pentahotel
Sun 23 | 7pm (60m) | Pentahotel
STILL VALID: AN EVENING WITH MJ HIBBETT (AND STEVE)
DRAMA, PHYSICAL THEATRE Attila Theatre Erzsébet Báthory was one of the most powerful women in 16th century Europe; she was also a sadistic serial killer – allegedly slaughtering 600 young women for pleasure. Attila Theatre’s stylish production collides faith, power and sexuality to tell the lurid tale of Lady Báthory's metamorphosis into the legendary ‘Blood Countess’.
Fri 21 | 8.30pm (60m) | Pentahotel
MJ Hibbett (and Steve) MJ Hibbett (and Steve) take a trip to the futuristic year 2037, where ‘Classic Albums’ is reappraising MJ's critically acclaimed (though not exactly chart-bothering) album ‘Still Valid’. It's almost an hour of songs and stories about the joys and otherwise of being middle-aged. Warning: may feature Kazoo.
Sat 22 | 5.30pm (60m) | Pentahotel
Wed 19 | 9pm (60m) | Milk
THE ACCIDENTAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
THIS IS AN ART ATTACK
CABARET, COMEDY, DANCE, DRAMA, SPOKEN WORD & BURLESQUE
COMEDY, DRAMA Tobacco Tea Theatre Company When Holmes unknowingly murders his client, the game is on to catch the criminal – Holmes himself! But are Watson's rent and Moriarty's thirst for detective fiction manipulating events? Expect hilarity, satire, metafiction and plot twists galore! Sun 23 | 5.30pm (60m) | Pentahotel
Dame La Reine and the Reinettes The Mona Lisa. Girl with the Pearl Earring. That naked chick riding a clam. Women are great to paint, but where are all the great women painters? Join the Reinettes for burlesque, art, comedy and much more as we place female art where it belongs: centre stage. Thu 20 | 8pm (120m) The Olympia Ballroom
THE SCARLET VIXENS PRESENT... CABARIATEASE: BURLESQUE WITH A DASH OF CABARET AND VARIETY!
YOU HAVING OLAF?
CABARET, COMEDY, DANCE, MUSIC, MUSICAL, BURLESQUE, VARIETY & CIRCUS!
The Scarlet Vixens An engaging, diverse and multifaceted dance, burlesque, circus and performing arts troupe based in Reading with a penchant for pleasing and teasing! Sat 22 | 8.30pm (120m) Pentahotel 16
£8 advance £10 on door
Joseph Cullen Stand-up and poetry based on anecdotes from the woebegone world of a recovering children’s party entertainer; from his decision to take the heinous job in the first place, to his breakdown at a 6 year old’s birthday party that made him think ‘maybe this job isn’t for me…’. Wed 19 | 8.30pm (60m) | The Butler
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MUSIC Arturo Castro Puerto Rican, Cuban and Mexican guitarist, Arturo Castro Nogueras, draws on a rich cultural background that spans his diverse heritage. Drawn to Düsseldorf to study under world-famous professor and composer, Cuban-born Joaquín Clerch, Arturo Castro has established a unique place for himself on the German music scene. Thu 20 | 7pm (90m) Revolución De Cuba
£10 for show; £20 for meal, drink and show
CLASSICAL GUITAR WORKSHOP Arturo Castro In partnership with Reading Rock Academy, we offer this unique opportuntity to learn from one of the best in the game. Sat 22 | 11am (60m) | Revolución De Cuba
BEN J RIEPE COMPANY
TALK & DJ SET
CONTEMPORARY DANCE Ben J Riepe Company Blurs the line between visual and performing arts, sculpture and performance, observer and observed, subject and object, movement and emotion. This performance is an exploration of time and space where dancers move beyond simply performing to choreographing the atmosphere that surrounds the very act of a dinner party Fri 21 | 7pm (90m) The Olympia Ballroom
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Henry Storch Henry Storch founded Unique Records in 1988 as a freestyle label. The label started working with bands like The Milkshakes, Prime Movers, The Tommyknockers, The Embryonics, Heartbeats and Wylde Mammoths. Henry was the tour DJ of Corduroy and the Nighttrains and ran his own club – the Unique Club – in Düsseldorf from 1995 to 2006. The Unique Club was one of Germany’s most important leftfield places with resident DJs á la Gunar Ruschak, Frank Popp, Dr.Ben, Beatpackers Cem and Malente. Fri 21 | 7pm (60m) | Pentahotel
Fri 21 | 10pm – 3am | Purple Turtle FREE DJ set
MULTIMEDIA In Conversation with Emil Schult Emil Schult has long been fascinated with electronic music and is well known for his collaboration with the band Kraftwerk. This conversation will explore the connection between music, art and human progress, and how this is entwined in Schult’s audio and visual creations. Schult will also show his reverse-glass portraits of famous electronic music practitioners.
Emil Schult Emil Schult's artistic career spans over five decades and encompases music, painting, film, video and multimedia. Between 1970 and 1982, he was at the epicentre of the Electronica scene and his love for this music and its broader social impact continues to define his work today. Emil's performances are a musical and visual experience and his Festival appearance will include a new composition that will premiere at Reading. This is a not to be missed event.
Fri 21 | 7.30pm (90m) Waterstones
Sat 22 | 7pm (90m) South Street Arts Centre
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OPERA Linda Hergarten Not only classically trained at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf and one of the founding members of of the chanson group ‘Tonjuwelen', Linda has performed with bands as diverse as punk band Die Toten Hosen and the Matt Herskowitz Jazz Trio. She also works closely with Julie Klos and performs at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Thu 20 | 12noon & 3pm (60m each) The Oracle Riverside
THE DOME AT STATION HILL
PHOTOGRAPHY Photographers from Düsseldorf come together to give you an insight into our twin city life. Sat 22 – Sun 23 | All day Bus (check website for location)
READING FRINGE FESTIVAL LAUNCH WITH THE SONS OF PITCHES
LAUNCH Reading Fringe Join us for a very special launch of the Reading Fringe Festival with the Sons of Pitches at The Dome at Station Hill sponsored by Station Hill. Celebrate the world of TV in an A Cappella adventure from terrestrial to digital, from tacky to wacky, in full HD. Tue 18 | 7 – 11pm | The Dome
A MAGNIFICENT BEARD
AN INTERMEDIATE’S GUIDE TO MISINFORMATION
THEATRE LITERATURE, FAMILY A.F. Harrold A.F. Harrold is a poet, performer and children’s writer who does things that are not usual with words, beards and jokes. In a family friendly hour he will weave poems, jump around and shout at the public, in an entertaining manner. Sun 23 | 2pm (60m) The Dome Family Space
£5 per person £15 for a family
Caravan Theatre A new collection of five short plays housed inside a converted black box caravan. Each play delves a little deeper than comfortable into the fear permeating from the prevarication, inaccuracy and misinformation from media, politics and wider society. Fear breeds anxiety but what is it exactly that is breeding fear? Ages 14+ (occasional strong language) Fri 21 | Various times | The Dome
BBC INTRODUCING SUMMER PARTY
Junction Music Alex Nemmy is a home grown artist from Reading town. Reaching success through BBC Introducing and his own company called Junction Records. Nemmy strives to be the best hip-hop artist in Reading while networking with like minded individuals to help them achieve their own goals. Thu 20 | 7pm (45m) | The Dome 20
BBC Introducing Summer Party Palm Honey, Twin Sun, Veridian, Matt Maltese + more BBC Introducing showcases the best in unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar music. BBC Berkshire brings you a few of the top rising talents from the area. Fri 21 | 5 – 11pm The Dome
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BUBBLY BUBBLES & BUBBLY MATHS!
FUTURES WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
FAMILY Caroline Ainslie Enjoy magical moments with your little ones as they play with bubbles. Imagine your children transfixed by giant geometric balloon shapes and engaged in solving colourful balloon puzzles, followed by entrancing moments enjoying soap bubbles of all shapes and sizes. Bubbly Bubbles Wed 19 | 11am (60m) The Dome Family Space
£5 per person £15 for a family
Bubbly Maths Sun 23 | 1pm (60m) The Dome
£5 per person £15 for a family
EXPLORATIONS OF THE DEEP SEE!
Futures World Music Festival Talvin Singh, Dele Sosimi + more Mercury Award winning Indian fusion musician Talvin Singh and Fela Kuti Band Leader Dele Sosimi top the bill of the Futures World Music Festival. Expect a forward looking celebration of diversity in music. Sat 22 | 12noon – 11pm | The Dome
GALA SHOW, CIRQUE DU CABARET
IMMERSIVE Annual Daydream Harvest Bronze diving bells meet Salvador Dali, Oscar Wilde and a troupe of characters from the depths of Readings heritage. Remember, one should mistrust a man who never has the occasional flash of silliness! We hope what you see will make you smile from the depths of your consciousness! Sat 22 | 1 – 5pm | The Dome
Sun 23 | 1 – 5pm | The Dome
CABARET, COMEDY, CIRCUS Cirque du Cabaret London’s longest running cabaret show debuts in Reading. Expect burlesque, circus skills, songs and silliness from an array of UK and international performers including the multi talented hostess Mz Marlena Von Cheaptrick. Ages 18+ (contains partial nudity). Partial seating/standing. Wed 19 | 8pm (doors 7.30pm, 120m) The Dome
HOLLY WEBB IN CONVERSATION
TALK Holly Webb Sponsored by the Children's Federation of Books, Holly will take you and your family on a journey through her magical and funny books. Join us for a lovely look at some of Holly’s books and listen to her read some of her new books. Sun 23 | 11.30am (60m) The Dome
£5 per person £15 for a family
Workbench Productions A Steampunk-flavoured mad professor, whose inventions and adventures have taken him around the world. He first got noticed with the track ‘Cup Of Brown Joy’ which notched up over a million hits. This was followed by his scuffle with Mr B, resulting in the video ‘Fighting Trousers’. Thu 20 | 8.30pm (90m) | The Dome
SUMMER 17 SHOWCASE
jelly Join jelly artists for drop-in art and craft workshops inspired by the theme of the Fringe. Suitable for all ages, families are invited to join jelly artists to create colourful paper creations suitable to wear for a festival. No artist too young and must be accompanied by an adult. Wed 19 – Sat 22 | 10am – 2pm The Dome 22
Reading Rock Academy Featuring local bands performing their own original material, the annual Rock Academy summer show is a celebration of the musician’s progress this year. Rock Academy bands work across three terms with their own band coach and present their songs at local events and the annual Rock Academy CD. Sun 23 | 3 – 6pm | The Dome
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Published on May 10, 2017
The Fringe kicks off on the 18th of July with the Sons of Pitches, at Reading's brand new venue sponsored by Station Hill. The Dome at Stati...