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So Much to Tell You… If you turn into the recently renamed Barbados Road you’ll no longer be greeted by military buildings. In their place, a new community is being built and at their heart is East Hampshire’s only full-time theatre and arts centre. We’ve become a bit of a building site ourselves of late. My apologies if this has made a visit to The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre more of a challenge than it should be. However, the good news is that the extension to our car park is now complete and that includes a new outdoor performance space, ‘The Playground’. This exciting new facility has made been possible by the vision and support of the Homes & Communities Agency and will be officially opened on Saturday 16 September with an outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (see page 5). Picnics, Prosecco and Puck at The Phoenix and an insight into my ongoing plans for the Centre.


you through our doors for the first time and show you the many advantages of having Hampshire’s friendliest little venue only a short walk away. Finally, it’s been a privilege to be involved with the Hogmoor Inclosure Art Project. I’ve worked closely with the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company to bring public art to the former military training area and over the coming months you’ll discover the work of Welsh Visual Artist, David R Lloyd across the Inclosure. Kindest Regards,

Rob Allerston, Phoenix Director

A big welcome also to our new neighbours. I won’t have met many of you just yet but I hope to remedy this over the coming months, with added incentives to encourage

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Rob’s Pick of the Season... Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I? Work in Progress Performance Thursday 19 October - 8pm Tickets: £14.00 The star of Not the Nine O'clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men in a Boat is airing stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies from forty years of travelling - down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. It's a career, if you mean bouncing chaotically downhill without a map. 90 minutes of comedy exploration.

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Four Score Years and Ten A Flintlock Theatre & Hat Fair co-production Originally commissioned by Winchester City Council

Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 September - 7.30pm Free of charge

“Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man.” Leon Trotsky In a humorous, revealing and touching piece of interactive verbatim theatre, Flintlock Theatre and Hat Fair present a new play that explores what it’s like to be an older person in contemporary Britain.

The Phoenix Players Friday 15, Saturday 16 & Friday 22 September - 7.30pm Saturday 23 - 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tickets: £9.50 (concs/members £8.50)

The Phoenix Players bring together a selection of the finest and best-loved songs from the most successful West End musicals of all time. Celebrating the enchanting melodies of some of our best-loved songwriters in one spectacular show, The Magic of Musicals will feature numbers from classics such as Singing in the Rain, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Grease, Chicago, Mama Mia and a whole lot more!

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Constructed from the words of Winchester’s 90-year-old residents, Four Score Years and Ten invites audiences of all ages to a celebration like no other, where guests are invited to take tea alongside partygoers with nine decades of stories to share.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream


The Handlebards


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Saturday 16 September - 1.00pm Tickets: Adults £10, Kids £8, Family (2+2) £34.00

The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their “beautifully bonkers” production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow.

Suitable for all the family, bring a picnic or buy a tasty bite from the barbecue hosted by 1st Liss Scout Group to celebrate the opening of The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre’s brand-new outdoor theatre space, ‘The Playground’

Now, the show is back by popular demand - and, in usual HandleBards style, we can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. And what’s the play about? Well - four young lovers find themselves enveloped in the dream-like arms of a magical forest full of sprites, where a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war over the possession of an Indian boy. A group of amateur actors share the same forest. They’re rehearsing for a play. Fairies and humans collide. Hilarity ensues.

"Gloriously eccentric and very, very funny” The Stage

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Their Finest*(12A)

Tom Ward

Tickets: £5.50 (concs/members £4.00) Thursday 21 September - 8.00pm Tickets: £10.00

Viceroy’s House*(12A) Tuesday 3 October - 2.30pm

Tickets: £5.50 (concs/members £4.00)


Wednesday 20 September - 7.30pm

Chortle Award winner 2017 - Best Newcomer Comedian, writer, filmmaker and voice-over artist Tom Ward has made a name for himself in comedy with his inventive style and improvisation, in addition to his innovative writing. In August 2016 Tom performed his debut hour at the Edinburgh Festival, showcasing his fantastic routines about his evangelical parents and his experiences as a manager of a charity shop. Tom was a finalist in the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014 and provided tour support for Hal Cruttenden and Gary Delaney. He also appeared on Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and has recently filmed for Live At The BBC.

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Nursery School

Martinique House Term Time Nursery - 38 weeks per year Pre school education for 2 – 5 years old, following Early Years National Curriculum. Free funded sessions available for eligible 2, 3, 4 year olds. Newly refurbished and equipped hall creating a welcoming, warm exciting environment to promote and encourage your child to become an independent and confident learner. Ofsted Registered. Established 25 years. Please telephone for further info or call into the Nursery or Day Nursery and collect a prospectus.

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“Unique, unpredictable, and able to carry off jokes about the oddest of things… Definitely someone to look out for.” London is Funny

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The Phoenix Beer Festival 2017


Saturday Lunch session (11.30am - 4pm) Saturday Evening session (6pm - 10.30pm)







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Award Winning Ales, Locally Sourced Food, Live Music & The Invictus Games!

Tickets: ÂŁ6 per session or ÂŁ10 for 2 sessions includes a free limited edition Phoenix glass Saturday afternoon session will be family friendly, the evening session will be 18+ only.

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Saturday 7 October - 8.00pm (gates open 6.30pm) Tickets: £8.50, Family (2+2) £30.00



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Calling all T-Birds and Pink Ladies, dust off your leather jackets as The Phoenix’s Drive-in Cinema returns to Prince Philip Barracks this autumn with the 1978 musical classic, Grease. Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and featuring such classics songs as You’re the One That I want, Summer Nights and Greased Lightnin’, there will be prizes for the best fancy dress, live dancing, singalongs and refreshments will also be available. We anticipate demand for tickets will be high, so don’t miss out on Whitehill & Bordon’s family event of the year by booking your tickets on 01420 472664, in person at The Phoenix or on-line at


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The Happy Accident Tour

Conn Artists Theatre Company

Thursday 12 October - 8.00pm Tickets: £13.00 (concs/members £11.00)

Friday 13 October - 7.30pm Tickets: £12.00 (concs/members £11.00)

Without question the most subversive voice in UK comedy right now presents an all new, riotously funny set of jokes, poking fun at liberal pretentions, PC hysteria and his own awful parenting skills. The Happy Accident Tour is a gag packed stand-up show about coming to terms with fatherhood. Star of BBC1’s Live at The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow, Dave’s One Night Stand and Sky Arts’ The Outcast Comic, as well as the hugely successful self-penned BBC Radio 4 series, There Is No Escape.

A kaleidoscopic and unique insight into Sussex at the turn of the century... Follow Sussex’s greatest writer, Hilaire Belloc’s adventures as he takes a spur of the moment journey on foot across the breadth of Edwardian Sussex with three extraordinary companions; quarrelling, singing and retelling the tales of the Downs at the mystical time of Halloween. Featuring five actors and live music.


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One of the Top Ten Plays at the Brighton Fringe ““A fascinating piece of entertainment... a hymn of praise to Sussex and its countryside”


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Story Pocket Theatre Saturday 14 October - 2.00pm Tickets: Adults £7.00, Kids £5.00, Family (2+2) £20.00

What happens when two storytellers arrive at the same place at the same time to tell their stories? And what happens if both of them think they are THE Storyteller? A head-to-head that leads to a feast of clowning, comic competition and physical silliness, that’s what! With just a pocketful of magic and fun, a lot of strange noises but no words, these Storytellers take the audience on a fishing trip, into a demented disco, to strange invisible rooms, and into mad worlds that exist only in their heads. They also blow a lot of raspberries!

For children aged 3+ and their families

Storyteller, Storyteller is quite simply the most brilliant piece of children’s theatre.” Arts Award Voice

Luke Jermay Sixth Sense Tuesday 17 October - 8.00pm Tickets: £14.00 (concs/members £12.00)


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Luke Jermay is the most incredible man you’ve probably never heard of. He can read your mind. He doesn’t use mind games or psychological tricks; he is not a trickster, there are no smoke and mirrors. He can simply read your mind. You’ll be amazed at Jermay’s incredible powers; he knows your past, present and future, sometimes better than you do. From your favourite schoolteacher, childhood pet even the colour of your underwear, Jermay impossibly knows all, sees all and tells (almost) all in an expert display of telepathy developed to amazing razor sharp accuracy.

‘My jaw dropped repeatedly... Jermay puts us in a state where we can wonder whether life has more possibilities than we thought it did an hour before’ The Times

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Wednesday 18 October - 7:30pm

Tickets: £5.50 (concs/members £4.00)

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Dyad Productions Saturday 21 October - 7.30pm Tickets: £12.00 (concs/members £10.00)

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The Lost City of Z*(15)

From the creators of Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth and Christmas Gothic…

Jackie*(15) Tuesday 7 October - 2:30pm

Tickets: £5.50 (concs/members £4.00)

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Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairytale romance is now distilled for the stage - under its full title - by writer/director Elton Townend Jones. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane - and several other characters in this intimate study of love’s realities.


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Así Es Mi Tango

Ellie Taylor: This Guy


Martin Alvarado With Mikko Helenius Friday 27 October - 8pm Tickets: £12.00

Martín Alvarado is a tango troubadour who has been described in Argentina as the “best voice in Buenos Aires” and in Britain as “one of the world’s finest vocalists”. A mesmerising tenor known for his sublime live performances, he has been enchanting audiences as a soloist for 14 years, performing in many major concert halls and festivals around the world. He will be joined by a genius of a musician from Finland, Mikko Helenius, who has the rare ability to play both the piano and bandoneon simultaneously.

Saturday 28 October - 8pm Tickets: £13 (concs/members £11.00)



Following a sell-out Edinburgh Festival season and 2016 tour, the star of BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and The John Bishop Show returns to The Phoenix with an unmissable new stand-up show discussing whether or not she should breed.

‘Surefire material and sharp observations where she doesn’t miss a beat’ List

This is tango performed at its most artistic and in a way that takes the genre to new and unusual places.

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Milk Presents, in association with Derby Theatre Tuesday 31 October - 7:30pm Tickets: £12.00 (concs/members £10.00)

What happens when a disguise soon becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are? An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, Joan is a refreshing look at Joan of Arc – history’s greatest underdog. The latest daring fusion of lyrical new writing and anarchic cabaret from the multi-award winning Milk Presents and performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, Joan takes the stage as a gutsy gender warrior, dragging up as the men she defies.



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‘comic fizz, emotional ballast and cross-dressing that looks like sorcery’ Lyn Gardner The Guardian


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Elles Bailey

The Thinking Drinkers: History Of Alcohol


Friday 3 November - 8:00pm Tickets: £11.00 (concs/members £10.00)

Saturday 4 November - 8:00pm Tickets: £14.00 18+ only

Bristol based Elles Bailey seamlessly weaves rootsy blues, country and soulful rock with a contemporary edge and her trademark ‘smoky vocals’ taking the lead. Her husky toned, lived-in voice sounds like she has a 60-a-day habit, but was actually caused by a serious illness when she was three. Drawing inspiration from such legendary vocal royalty as Etta James, Janis Joplin and Dusty Springfield, Elles Bailey is certainly starting to make a name for herself with Country Music Magazine having named her as “One to Watch for 2017”. Elles is breaking down the barriers of traditional genres, taking inspiration from many and fusing them together to bring you her own unique sound.



Enjoy five free drinks as these award-winning professional drink experts definitively prove that alcohol has influenced everything that has ever happened. Ever. Their brand-new show is an intoxicating, hilarious time-travelling journey through our drink-drenched past, pouring the entire history of human civilisation into a shot glass. You’ll laugh a lot, you’ll learn a lot and, if that’s not enough, you get five free drinks. The perfect aperitif to any evening. As seen on Channel 4 Sunday Brunch, Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube and in regular columns in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Metro, The Spectator and… er… Off Licence News. Did we mention the FREE DRINKS?

“There’s no more discerning way to fall off the wagon” Time Out

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Thursday 9 November - 8.00pm Tickets: £17.50

Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it? Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.

Higgledy Piggledy Pie Saturday 11 November - 2:00pm Tickets: Adults £7.00, Kids £5.00, Family (2+2) £20.00




Stephen K Amos

When the king asks for a higgledy piggledy pie for his supper the royal chefs are thrown into a spin, especially when they find the cupboard is bare! The chefs are helped by their vegetapals to collect the special nursery rhyme ingredients. How many rhymes will it take to make a higgledy piggledy pie, and will it be ready before the dish runs away with the spoon? Higgledy Piggledy Pie is the new show from international award-winning company Noisy Oyster. The show features puppets made from vegetables, a hula hooping butternut squash, Stunty Dumpty unicycling on a tightrope, original music, clowning, and a rather large pie!

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Meet Tommy Atkins

The Graduate*(15)

Peter Gill

Wednesday 15 November - 7:30pm


Tickets: £5.50 (concs/members £4.00) Saturday 11 November - 7.30pm Tickets: £12.00 Current & Ex-Armed Forces: £11.00



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This brand-new play written by playwright/actor/ musician Peter Gill (Talbot House, The Jerry Lee Lewis Story) details, through the eyes of a simple ‘Tommy’, the reality of war for those who actually fought it. In an astonishing solo performance, Meet Tommy Atkins takes the audience through his war - a war that saw him fight at Ypres, Passendale, Loos and on the Somme and that took him to the depths of despair but also brought him unique comradeship that he would never find again. From the beginning of the war to the end, Private Tommy Atkins was there. This is his story.

Manchester by the Sea*(15) Tuesday 5 December - 2:30pm

Tickets: £5.50 (concs/members £4.00)

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Full Day Care Nursery - 51 weeks per year. Open from 7.00 am - 7.00 pm Ages 8 weeks – 5 years. Funded sessions available with Early Years Funding. Friendly welcoming staff, idyllic wooded setting with large, newly designed garden with astro turf enabling better all weather free flow for outdoor play. Exciting environment to promote and encourage your child to become an independent and confident learner. Purpose designed baby unit with separate outdoor garden. CCTV cameras for complete security. Extra curriculum activities – Rugby Tots & French Lessons. Ofsted Registered. Established 12 years.

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Faceful Of Issues

Laughter in the One and Nines Colin Sell

Friday 17 November - 8.00pm Tickets: £10.00

Much-loved Celia, repressed housewife, tours her Village Hall Chat Show! Topical Talks! Showbiz Exclusives! Celebrity Interviews! Live music from Centre-Partin! Plus, a local locksmith’s bawdy confessions, a recipe for air soup and a photograph of a conker. Star of BBC1’s Miranda and BBC Radio 4’s Sarah Millian’s Support Group, Joanna Neary, returns to The Phoenix with her brand-new show.

Saturday 18 November - 7.30pm Tickets: £14.00



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‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’s’ Colin Sell forsakes his piano to turn film buff and share his favourite British comedy film clips. From Fred Kite to Carry Ons, shaggy dogs to shady drag, Kind Hearts and Coronets to The Ladykillers, Colin explores the laughter-makers of our cinema from the beginning of Britcom up to the 60s - Will Hay, Arthur Askey, Alastair Sim, Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford and many more...

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Viva Neil Diamond Bob Drury

My Mountain Life Simon Yates

Friday 24 November - 8.00pm Tickets: £14.00

To celebrate the icon’s 50-year recording career, the UK’s very own ‘voice of Neil’ Bob Drury (‘The Neil Diamond Story’) takes to the road with Viva Neil Diamond, a brand new one-man stage show simply bursting with Neil Diamond gems! Enjoy once more all the hits including Sweet Caroline, Forever in Blue Jeans, Love on the Rocks, I’m a Believer and many, many more. Following the success of his shows in the US including performing for the American Neil Diamond Club in Nashville, Tennessee, Bob is also featured in the movie Diamond Mountain due for release shortly. This show is an absolute ‘must see’ for any Neil Diamond fans!

Saturday 25 November - 7.30pm Tickets: £11.00 (concs/members £10.00)




One of the most accomplished exploratory mountaineers of all time, Simon Yates is best known for his role in the harrowing expedition to the Andes documented in Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void. Following that experience, Simon Yates has been increasingly drawn to places where few others have trod. Come along and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit and dry humour, this lavishly illustrated lecture features spectacular images and video of the most remote and rarely explored mountain ranges of the world collected on his great climbs.

“If I didn’t know better I’d have said that was Neil Diamond singing” Pat Marsh, BBC

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Robin Ince Pragmatic Insanity


The Last Train Tour 2017 Tuesday 28 November - 8.00pm Tickets: £14.00 (concs/members £13.00)


Thursday 30 November - 8.00pm Tickets: £14.00


Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi:

Blues musician Guy Davis’ new album, “Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train – A Look Back at Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry” is an homage to these two hugely influential artists, not only on Guy’s career, but to thousands of musicians around the world. One such artist is the Italian harmonica ace, Fabrizio Poggi, who collaborates with and produced this recording.

Robin’s first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe.

Guy and Fabrizio have a relationship going back a decade in which they’ve performed together on tour in Europe and in the United States. In 2013 Fabrizio produced and played on Guy’s highly acclaimed recording, ‘Juba Dance’, which was number one on the Roots Music Charts for eight weeks.

Robin will have just finished a 70 date, record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concludes at Wembley Arena.

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Saturday 2 December - 2.00pm Tickets: Adults £7.00, Kids £5.00, Family (2+2) £20.00 For children aged 5+ and their grown-ups

The last two people in the World... Find the last book in the World… and it’s a book all about something called ‘Christmas’. Trilby and The-Boot don’t have a roast turkey, or presents, or a huge tasty dinner. What they do have is each other and maybe, just maybe, that is enough...


Follow our two hapless heroes as they try to discover what this Crimbo-thing is really all about - ‘What are presents?’ ‘What is the point of tinsel?’ And most importantly ‘Will it snow?’. With silliness, light-up antlers and a whole lot of snow, our two unlikely heroes create a wintery wonderland - in a world where anything can be made from the scraps left behind with magic and mayhem around every corner!


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Join Trilby and The-Boot for a crafty workshop to make something that will be used in the performance THAT VERY DAY! After the show, take it home for your own crafty Christmas!

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Saturday 9 December - 8.00pm Tickets: £12.00 (concs/members £10.00)

Thursday 14 December - 8.00pm Tickets: £15.00

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Christmas Gothic

Christmas: a time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future. A time of feasts and festivities, of holly and mistletoe, a time of visits and visitations. A time of ghosts.

A little slimmer but still as “belly laugh funny” (Manchester Evening News), everyone’s favourite northern charmer is back on the road and better than ever.

Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark…

After touring last year’s show, he’s had a think about people. And feelings. About people Justin knows, their feelings and how he feels about them. And they about him. It’ll be a (very) funny show. Promise.

Dyad Productions resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights.

Justin has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Phoenix Nights, The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4) and Fighting Talk (BBC 5Live).

‘He charms the pants off the crowd’

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A Christmas Carol

Joyeux Noel*(12)


Wednesday 20 December - 7:30pm

Saturday 16 December - 2.00pm Tickets: Adults £7.00, Kids £5.00, Family (2+2) £20.00 Unwaged £5.00

Tickets: £5.50 (concs/members £4.00)




“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol A rich man sits alone in his gilded tower and awaits the ghosts of his past and his future. From the creators of Brr! The Story of a Penguin Who Doesn’t Like the Cold, award-winning Proteus Theatre bring Dickens’ best loved story to the stage in this fast, funny, highly physical and contemporary adaptation.

Hampstead*(12A) Tuesday 6 February - 2:30pm

Tickets: £5.50 (concs/members £4.00)

With puppets from acclaimed puppet maker Nick Ash of Scratch Built Productions, (Polka, The Globe, Little Angel), this is A Christmas Carol for our times.

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The Phoenix Players Thurs 18, Fri 19, Sat 20 Thurs 25, Fri 26, Sat 27 Jan 2017 7.30pm (Saturday matinées 2.30pm) Relaxed Performance Sunday 21 - 2.30pm Tickets: £10.00 (concs/members £9.00)

Written and Directed by Joshua Dixon. Climb aboard a magic carpet and let the Phoenix Players transport you to a world of wonder and spectacle! Join our hero Aladdin on his thrilling quest to outwit the evil magician Abanazer, marry the beautiful Princess Jasmine and earn his fortune; all with a bit of help from the legendary Genie of the Lamp! Giggle at Wishee Washee’s gags, marvel at Widow Twankey’s fabulous frocks and immerse yourself in a story of magic, love and adventure. Featuring toe-tapping numbers, dazzling effects and comedy by the lamp-load; this panto is everything you could wish for!



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Taffy Thomas Spinning Yarns & Weaving Dreams

Friday 2 February - 5.00pm Tickets: Adults £7.00, Kids £5.00, Family (2+2) £20.00

We are delighted that the nation’s first Storyteller Laureate Taffy Thomas is returning to Whitehill and Bordon to once again enchant local schools, and present a show here at The Phoenix. Taffy will be accompanied by Northumbrian piper and fiddler Paul Knox, who will spin beautiful music in and out of Taffy’s tales, creating even more magic. Expect a feast of riddles woven in to the programme to engage your brains and raise a smile.

Lucy Porter Choose Your Battles

Friday 9 February - 8.00pm Tickets: £14.00 (concs/members £12.00) In these combative times, it’s easy to be irritated, offended or downright enraged by other people. How do we know which causes are worth fighting for? Lucy uses her hilarious experiences to help you decide. As seen on Room 101 and QI, Lucy returns to her ‘spiritual home’ at The Phoenix as part of her brand new stand-up tour.

“Rich with fine routines… an endearing hour” The Guardian

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Morgan & West:

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Wednesday 14 February - 2.00pm Tickets: Adults £7.00, Kids £5.00, Family (2+2) £20.00

Wednesday 14 February - 7.30pm Tickets: £12.00 (concs/members £10.00)

Time Travelling Magicians Event


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For ages 5+

Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to the stage with a marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old, and everyone in-between! Expect the unexpected, believe the unbelievable, but do not dare miss the unmissable Morgan & West! Might Mr Morgan manage a whole trick without his partner complaining? Will Mr West ever accept children as real people too? Can everyone’s favourite duo of deception finally find fame, fortune, and a box of fondant fancies?

Great Scott! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Not content with their lot as the nineteenth century’s greatest magic duo, this prestidigitatory pair present a conjuring spectacular to the audiences of the modern day. No future is left unseen and no timeline left unaltered as these temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time! An unforgettable evening of magic, mystery, and the unexplainable.

Find out all of this and more in Morgan & West: More Magic For Kids!

Book online at or call the box office on 01420 472664


Weekly Kids & Youth Activities Kids Drama

(suitable for ages 7 to 11)

Firebird Youth Dance (suitable for ages 4+)

Autumn Term: Starting Monday 11 September and Tuesday 12 September, 6.00pm - 7.30pm Kids Drama at The Phoenix gives your children the opportunity to learn how to express themselves through performing live, helping with their confidence and self-belief. Each term they will learn voice and movement, play drama games and exercises and finish with a performance in the main theatre.   Teacher: Simon Downing

Autumn Term: Thursday 14 September, 4.15pm - 5.15pm A fun, modern dance class for little ones. No experience required, just enthusiasm! The class aims to develop confidence, co-ordination and rhythm and to encourage working with others. Teacher: Elizabeth Blake £35.00 per term (10 weeks) Booking in advance essential. Please call the Box Office on 01420 472664.

£45.00 per term (10 weeks)

Youth Theatre

(suitable for ages 12 to 16)  

Autumn Term: Starting Wednesday 13   September, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

The Phoenix Youth Theatre group is challenged to think beyond the norm and let their imaginations take them as far as they want to go. No previous experience is necessary as this is a fantastic place to build confidence, gain skills and enjoy the amazingly diverse world of theatre in a supportive environment. Teacher: Carrie Mooney £45.00 per term (10 weeks)


(suitable for ages 7+ ages 5 to 6 also welcome) Autumn Term: Starting Saturday 16 September, 10.00am - 11.00am Flame Cheer, started by former GB Cheerleading squad member Lianne Al-Khadli, will initially focus on cheer technique, cheers and chants whilst learning dance style routines. Later in the academic year, the classes look at stunts and lifts. Teacher: Rebecca Edwards £35.00 per term (10 weeks) Booking in advance essential. Please call the Box Office on 01420 472664.

For more information or to book onto one of our classes, please call the Box Office on 01420 472664 or e-mail

Weekly Kids & Youth Activities Kids Craft Club


Liphook Academy of Dance

(suitable for ages 3 to 8)

Autumn Term: Starting Saturday 16 September, 10.00am - 12.00pm Kids Craft Club covers a wide and varied programme of interesting subjects. Based around art and craft activities to encourage children to express their creativity and of course, have fun! Under 5s to be accompanied by an adult. Teacher: Heather Ford ÂŁ5.00 per session (10 weeks)

Starting Monday 4th September

3:30 - 4:00pm 4:00 - 4:30pm 4:30 - 5:00pm 5:00 - 5:30pm 5:30 - 6:00pm

Tiny Tots (for ages 3+) Private Ballet Grade 2 Ballet Grade 3 Ballet Private Ballet

For more information or to book a lesson, email call 01428 725765 or visit

Our Teachers Simon Downing Simon is a professional actor, writer and director with many years of experience in theatre, film and television. Carrie Mooney Carrie has been involved with theatre as long as she can remember and has a particular passion for physical theatre and being immersed in an experience that is something totally different. Carrie has been running The Phoenix Youth Theatre Group since 2015. Rebecca Edwards Rebecca has a BA (Hons) in Communication Arts with a Dance major from the University of Leeds. Her specialist subjects include Hip-Hop and she was part of York breakdance crew Gravity Control.

Elizabeth Blake Phoenix Dance Officer Elizabeth trained at London Contemporary Dance School and has worked as a dancer and choreographer in London, across the UK and Off-Broadway. She is a qualified teacher, experienced in working with all ages and abilities and co-founder of SpiralArts Dance Theatre. Heather Ford Heather worked in a local school for over 30 years and currently manages the Bordon Food Bank project. Kathy Green Kathy has been painting and drawing professionally, as an architectural illustrator for many years. By teaching, she shares her enthusiasm and love for art, especially drawing and watercolour painting.


Weekly Adult Activities Zumba

Dance Collective (suitable for ages 16+)

Autumn Term: Starting Monday 11 September, 7.15pm - 8.15pm

Autumn Term: Wednesday 20 September, 7.15pm - 8.45pm

A fun, accessible fitness class dancing to uplifting Latin beats. Get fit whilst enjoying yourself! Suitable for all levels. Exclusive discount for Slimming World & Weight Watchers members. Teacher: Elizabeth Blake

Interested in dance? We support beginners, those with dance experience and those returning to dance. We explore different dance styles including Contemporary, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Cheerleading and Creative Dance.

Do 4 classes and get the 5th FREE!

Teacher: Elizabeth Blake

6 classes for £22.50 (concs/members £17.50)

£5.00 per session Booking in advance essential. Please call the Box Office on 01420 472664.

Dance Picnic Autumn Term: Starting Tuesday 12 September, Session 1: 10.00am - 11.00am Session 2: 11.15 - 12.15pm Want to get active, feel healthier, have fun and make new friends? A gentle, low impact class using different dance styles to improve fitness, flexibility and coordination. Suitable for mature people. Teacher: Elizabeth Blake £4.50 per session followed by complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits

Drawing & Painting Autumn Term: Starting Wednesday 13 September, 7.00pm - 9.00pm Classes are suitable for all abilities and have a relaxed and inspirational atmosphere. The weekly sessions are designed to build confidence and help you to develop your own style and creativity as an artist. Each session includes demonstrations of drawing and watercolour techniques to show how various results and images can be achieved. You will need to bring your own paints, paper and brushes etc. Teacher: Kathy Green £75.00 (concs £55.00) per term (10 weeks)

For more information or to book onto one of our classes, please call the Box Office on 01420 472664 or e-mail

Weekly Adult Activities The Phoenix Players

Phoenix Community Choir Autumn Term: Starting Thursday 14 September, 7.00pm - 9.00pm The Phoenix Community Choir is a welcoming, friendly and fun place to enjoy singing a mixture of songs from all over the world, unaccompanied and in harmony. No need to read music, no auditions, just a love of singing required! The Choir has been growing year after year and we love to welcome new members. Led by: Ysanne Bonner £50.00 (cons £35.00) per term (10 weeks)


Mondays & Thursdays, 7.30pm - 10.00pm The Phoenix Players is a friendly group that stages three shows a year, covering a wide range of genres including, drama, musicals, comedy. Their annual pantomime is staged every January. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age or ability, and if being on stage is not your thing, then perhaps working backstage is. There are always opportunities for set building and painting, costumes, makeup, music and any other skills you feel you could offer. Membership fee applies

Adult Saturday workshops Saturday Sewing

Life Drawing on a Saturday

Course 1: 23 & 30 September & 7 & 14 October Course 2: 18 & 25 November & 2 & 9 December Build on existing skills and make a sewing project of your choice in a relaxed atmosphere under the guidance of Alice Butcher and Ginny Farquhar. Beginners or those wishing to refresh their skills are welcome. You will begin with an introductory project designed to build confidence and develop understanding. Limited sewing machines are available but if you have one please bring it along. £75.00 for 3 sessions, £100 for 4 sessions (includes tea, coffee and cake)

Please check website for details These workshops are designed for those artists who would like access to a life model without any tuition. The sessions will start with some quick poses and then move onto longer poses. Artists can work in their chosen medium but are asked to help tidy up at the end of the session. Easels and drawing boards will be provided and some drawing materials will be available for purchase on the day. The sessions will include refreshment breaks. £35.00 per session

For more information or to book onto one of our classes, please call the Box Office on 01420 472664 or e-mail


Classes for Adults with Learning Disabilities

‘ARTS4ALL’ is truly an ethos we embrace at The Phoenix. Disability arts groups are already a big part of our ongoing programme and are at the forefront of our ambitions moving forward. We have the benefit of working with some fantastic organisations and with continued dedication, we believe The Phoenix can be a leading theatre & arts centre for everyone. All classes are held in access-friendly venues.

At Proteus Creation Space, Basingstoke, RG21 3DH

At Park View Day Service, Alton, GU34 1EN

Street Dance

Music & Movement

Starting Monday 11 September 10:30am 12:00pm

Starting Monday 11 September, 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Learn some cool moves and routines with Hannah Fradgley of Gremlin Dance. This established and popular Phoenix class is for all abilities and encourages movement and exercise through dance. For ages 16+

Gentle exercise including chair based activities and group music work using rhythm and sound.

£5.00 per session (Carers free of charge)

At The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre

Drama & Wellbeing Starting Monday 11 September, 1:00pm - 2:30pm Using the medium of the arts, Lizzie helps to educate young adults with learning disabilities mindfulness, cooperation and communication and independent living skills through drama, music and drumming. £5.00 per session (Carers free of charge) Each year we hold a relaxed performance of our pantomime, specifically for those with disabilities. For more information, visit page 23. We hold performances for those with PMLD by industry specialist Frozen Light.

£4.00 per session (Carers free of charge)

Music & Movement Starting Thursday 14 September, 11:00am - 12:00pm Gentle exercise including chair based activities and group music work using rhythm and sound. £4.50 per session (Carers free of charge)

Drumming Starting Wednesday 13 September Session 1: 11:00am - 12:00pm Session 2: 12:30pm - 1:30pm Enjoy learning rhythms and playing together in a group. £5.00 per session (Carers free of charge)

For more information or to book onto one of our classes, please call the Box Office on 01420 472664 or e-mail

Useful information


Car Parking: There is ample free parking, that has recently been extended, to the rear of the building.

Bar & Café: Our fully licensed Bar & Café normally opens an hour before every performance.

Tickets can be booked by telephone on 01420 472664, in person or on-line at www.phoenixarts. Reservations must be paid for within 48 hours or your tickets may be resold (please note a £1.00 transaction fee will be charged for credit and debit card payments).

Free Wi-Fi is available.

Concessions: Tickets for selected shows are available at a concessionary rate. Concessions are available for under-16s, full-time students and senior citizens. Phoenix Membership: A yearly membership costs £10 for adults, £7.50 for concessions and £20 for a family. In addition to a £1 discount on selected shows, members will be sent regular newsletters and brochures.

Access: Our theatre is fully accessible with the Box Office situated on the ground floor. Our volunteers will be happy to help with your access requirements - just let us know when booking. Access to a hearing induction loop is also available. Rob’s Theatre Club: Sign up at the Box Office it’s free! Members receive exclusive discounts on selected shows, a complimentary glass of wine and opportunities to meet the cast and company. Look out for the ‘Rob’s Theatre Club symbol.

Find Us: The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre is situated near the Surrey and Hampshire boundary with excellent transport links via the A325 (Farnham), M3 (London and Southampton) and A3 (Guilford and Portsmouth). The theatre is served by several bus services and is near to Alton, Bentley, Liphook & Liss train stations. For more information, visit

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The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre - Hampshire’s friendliest little venue

Coming soon H H H H H One Night of Ska

- 23 Feb

Starring the hugely talented Gerry Slattery (Boy George Band, Rubettes, Showaddywaddy, Alvin Stardust Band etc etc) on guitar and vocals, and featuring the wonderful Kim Cypher on saxophones and vocals.

Ferris & Milnes

Keep in touch! thephoenixbordon @PhoenixBordon @PhoenixBordon Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter by emailing - 21 April

A musical comedy act, renowned for their mash-ups and regularly seen performing in the West End including Sondheim’s 85th Birthday Gala at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Dominic is a pianist extraordinaire and Martin marvels with his ‘two voices’.

or click the link at The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Station Road, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0LR

Disclaimer: Although this programme is compiled with great care and everything possible has been done to ensure that information is accurate, it is possible that there may be inaccuracies or typos.

Programme designed by Hot Sand Design WHITEHILL TOWN COUNCIL

Headley Parish Council Lindford Parish Council

This programme is available in large format please call 01420 472664 Charity no’ 1166858

The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre - Hampshire’s friendliest little venue

The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre - Autumn/Winter 2017-18  

The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre Station Road, Bordon, Hants, GU35 9HH 01420 472664

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