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Autumn Season 2012 The Theatre on the Hill Yorke Dance Project

Blackeyed Theatre Company

Marlborough Folk Roots

‘Words Worth’

‘Mother Courage’

Spiers and Boden

The Pound Box Office 01249 701628 or book online www.poundarts.org.uk


St John’s Adult Education St John’s, Marlborough offers a variety of evening classes for adults. Language Courses French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and English as an Additional Language IT Courses Computing for Beginners, Excel, Digital Photography, Social Networking, Online Security, How to make the most of your Computer and Web Design using Dreamweaver

The Theatre on the Hill is available for hire For more information contact Kate O’Connor on 01672 519537 e: koconnor@stjohns.wilts.sch.uk

Creative Writing Courses Writing Drama for Stage and Radio For up-to-date details visit our web-site www.stjohns.wilts.sch.uk Adult Education For more information please contact Sally Bere on either sbere@stjohns.wilts.sch.uk or 01672-519558.

Excalibur Academies Trust: a company limited by guarantee Registered in England: Company Number: 08146633 Registered Office: St John's Marlborough, Granham Hill Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 4AX

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The Season at a Glance Autumn 2012 SEPTEMBER Friday 14 Wednesday 19 Saturday 22

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Saturday 29

11:30 14:00 20:00

MDM Showing Aardman’s The Pirates Cert U The Bishop’s Debate: Can Capitalism be Made Good? Yorke Dance Project - Words Worth* "elegant, witty, emotional and smart" Marlborough Literary Festival – Judith Kerr Marlborough Literary Festival – Moira Young Marlborough Folk Roots Concert – Spiers and Boden

19:30 19:00 18:30 19:00 18:30 19:30

Blackeyed Theatre Company: Mother Courage* St John’s IB Students present Terry Pratchett’s Mort MDM Showing: Avengers Assemble Cert 12 St John’s IB Students present Terry Pratchett’s Mort St John’s Stedman Cup Concert* St John’s Open Mic Night*

19:00 18:30 19:30 19:30 19:00 18:30

Proteus Theatre Company The Secret Garden MDM Showing: A Monster in Paris Cert U St John’s Open Mic Night* St John’s Family and Friends Great British Disco* St John’s Autumn Concert* MDM Showing: Arthur Christmas Cert U

19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00 20:00

St John’s Student Players present Footloose* St John’s Student Players present Footloose* St John’s Student Players present Footloose* St John’s Student Players present Footloose* Marlborough Folk Roots, St Agnes Fountain

OCTOBER Wednesday 3 Thursday 11 Friday 12 Saturday 13 Thursday 18 Friday 19

NOVEMBER Thursday 8 Friday 9 Friday 16 Saturday 24 Thursday 29 Friday 30

DECEMBER Tuesday 4 Thursday 6 Friday 7 Saturday 8 Friday 14

Advance Booking JANUARY 2013 Friday 11 Wednesday 23

18:30 19:30

Saturday 26

19:30

MDM Showing Men in Black III Cert PG Salisbury Playhouse’s Christmas musical celebration Spread a Little Happiness* St John’s Family & Friends Burns Night Spectacular

20:00

Ray Harris and the Fusion Experience*

MARCH

2013

Saturday 2

* denotes profits in aid of St John’s Marlborough


White Horse Bookshop 136 High Street, Marlborough 01672 512071 www.whitehorsebooks.co.uk Fiction and non-fiction new, classic and ‘old favourites’ history, biography, cookery, gardening, travel, maps, children’s books and ‘oh, look, that’s interesting.

Drama, Singing & Dance Classes for 4 – 16 years

Art and craft materials and one-day workshops

To find out more about Sonnets TAS visit our website www.sonnets-tas.co.uk

We offer 10% discount on all hardbacks.

Sonnets TAS runs at St John’s Marlborough on Wednesdays after school.

The Pound Box Office 01249 701628 or book online www.poundarts.org.uk


September Friday 14

18:30 Marlborough Downs Movies Pirates, An Adventure with Scientists Cert U After years of humiliation and failed attempts to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award, Pirate Captain and his oddball crew take on the cream of the pirating crop in a race to pillage the most booty. They soon cross paths with lovelorn scientist Charles Darwin, who persuades the Captain that the crew's prized 'parrot', Polly, could be the answer to the 'untold riches' they are searching for. Their adventure takes them to Victorian London where they meet the notorious pirate-hating Queen Victoria herself. It soon unfolds that Darwin's motives for helping the crew are not what they seem, and the Queen has an evil hidden agenda of her own. The Pirate Captain must choose between basking in the glory of being crowned Pirate of the Year, or staying faithful to his trusted crew. Set sail for a fun-filled pirate adventure with the biggest band of misfits on the seven seas! Tickets £5 Adults, £3 Concessions tickets available from Sound Knowledge, White Horse Bookshop or on the door

Wednesday 19 19:00 The Third Annual Bishop’s Debate: Can Capitalism be made good? As memory of the wonderful Olympics fade and our thoughts turn back to the dismal state of the economy, we take a look at the role of capitalism. Join us to hear the views of our eclectic and well-informed panel and (if you want to) share your comments on what you've heard. The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, will preside and the speakers will be: Hugh Pym, Chief Economic Correspondent for the BBC; Revd Will Morris, Global Tax Policy Director for General Electric; Stewart Wallis, Executive Director of New Economics Foundation; and Symon Hill, Author and Associate Director of Ekklesia. The motion is deliberately ambiguous to give each speaker the opportunity to interpret it as he chooses. It promises to be an interesting and thought provoking evening. Entry is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Salisbury Diocese Sudan Fund (after deduction of event costs). All welcome. For further information contact Rosemary Cook Tel: 01672 810129 or e-mail rcook@pheasantcottage.com

Saturday 22 19:30 Yorke Dance Project: Words Worth * Following the critically acclaimed Grace (2009) and Americana (2010), Yorke Dance Project presents its new, full evening dance production Words Worth. Director Yolande Yorke-Edgell presents her new work Noted, based on letters written by iconic figures over the past five centuries, and guest choreographer Anton Du Beke adds his wit, charm and exceptional talent to create a new work, his first foray into choreographing for a contemporary dance company. With an overarching theme of words, and sounds ranging from Fred Astaire, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, Dizzy Gillespie and music from the winners of our young musicians competition, Words Worth promises an evening of exceptional dance entertainment. Yolande Yorke-Edgell has choreographed, directed and danced internationally for over twenty years. The company has a reputation for high production values, critically acclaimed choreography and outstanding dancers. "elegant, witty, emotional and smart" Whats Onstage (on Americana) Tickets £12.50 Concessions £10.00 available from The Pound Box Office


September contd…. Saturday 29 Marlborough Literature Festival Event, sponsored by St John’s Library 11:30 Judith Kerr The Tiger Who Came to Tea was Judith’s first picture book and was published in 1968. At the time it was described as ‘a dazzling first book,’ making children ‘scream with delicious pleasure at the dangerous naughtiness of the notion.’ Subsequently it has become an undoubted classic, selling over five million copies, and rightly appearing in the Daily Telegraph’s list of top children’s books of all time. Judith is also renowned for that other enduringly popular feline creation, Mog, who has charmed generations of children and starred in a whole stream of books. Judith’s latest book, published this year, is The Great Granny Gang. Tickets Children £3, Adults £7

14:00 Moira Young Better than The Hunger Games’ – MTV’s Hollywood Crush. Violence and passion characterise Rebel Heart, the middle volume of Moira Young’s Dust Lands Trilogy. The first volume, Blood Red Road, won the Costa Children’s Book award 2011 and had the film rights snapped up by Ridley Scott’s production company. Featuring a refreshingly modern and strong-willed heroine, it portrays a brutal post-apocalyptic society, although there is time for a terrifically spiky love story en route. Moira Young, originally from Canada, was an actress, comedian, opera singer, dancer and teacher before becoming a writer. Tickets Under 18′s £3, Adults £7 Tickets available from White Horse Bookshop or online from The Pound Box Office

20:00 Marlborough Folk Roots present Spiers and Boden Described by The Guardian as “the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene” and twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, Spiers and Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground. Loud, proud, and with just a few acoustic instruments, they create a multitude of textures upon which they present traditional stories and dance music. Their stunning performances have taken them on to the main stages of major festivals both as a duo and as the leaders of their big band Bellowhead of which they are the founders. www.spiersandboden.com Tickets £15.00 from Marlborough Folk Roots: 01672 512465

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October Wednesday 3

19:30 Blackeyed Theatre Company – Mother Courage and Her Children* By Bertolt Brecht, Translated by Lee Hall, Director Tom Neill

“They’re waging war for Almighty God and in the name of everything that’s good and lovely, but look closer, they ain’t so silly” Mother Courage Two ideologies collide in a conflict that stretches across a continent and threatens the balance of world power. In its midst, one woman, her three children by her side, sees an opportunity to survive, a way to profit from the slaughter by selling goods to both sides. And the time is about to come when, in her quest for material gain, she must make the ultimate sacrifice. Regarded by many as the greatest play of the 20th century and even the greatest anti-war play of all time, Mother Courage And Her Children asks fundamental questions about the effects our beliefs have on the world and the role of ideology in society and world affairs. Lee Hall’s (The Pitmen Painters, War Horse screenplay) brilliant translation of Brecht’s masterpiece is accessible, bang up to date and full of dark comedy. Brought to the stage by highly acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre with breath taking ensemble performances and live music, Mother Courage and Her Children is a truly unforgettable theatrical experience. “One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre” The Stage Suitable for age 13+ Running time 2 hours 15 minutes approx plus interval Tickets £15, Concessions £12, Schools £10.50. Available from The Pound Box Office

Thursday 11 and Saturday 13 19:00 St John’s International Baccalaureate Students present

Terry Pratchett’s Mort, Dramatised by Stephen Briggs Death comes to us all.

When he came to Mort, he offered him a job. But when Mort is left in charge for an evening, he allows his heart to rule his head and soon the whole of causality and the future of the Discworld Itself, are at risk. Along the way, Mort encounters not only Death's adopted daughter, Ysabell - who has been 16 for 35 years - and his mysterious manservant Albert - whose cooking can harden an artery at ten paces - but also an incompetent wizard with a talking doorknocker and a beautiful, but rather bad-tempered and dead, princess. He also, of course, meets Death. On Terry Pratchett's Discworld, Death really is a 7 foot skeleton in a black hooded robe and wielding a scythe. He is also fond of cats, enjoys a good curry, and rides around the skies on a magnificent white horse called Binky. Tickets Adults £6 Concessions £4 – booking form available from St John’s or download from www.stjohnswilts.sch.uk in aid of Alzheimer’s Reseach UK Terry Pratchett®

Discworld®

Student Production


October contd…. Friday 12 18:30 Marlborough Downs Movies – Avengers Assemble Cert 12 When Nick Fury the director of an international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., encounters an unexpected enemy that threatens global safety and security, he finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins for Earth’s mightiest heroes. Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and two of the world’s greatest assassins, Black Widow and Hawkeye, must assemble to defeat Loki, the darkest villain the Earth has ever known. Tickets £5 Adults, £3 Concessions, available from 07771 704253, Sound Knowledge, White Horse books or on the door

Thursday 18 18:30 Stedman Music Cup Concert and Competition* Our talented students compete for the honour of the Stedman Music Cup. Entry free but a retiring collection will be made in aid of the music department

Friday 19 19:30 St John’s Acoustic Open Mic Night * There’s nothing like a good open mic - They’re amazing things to watch, you never know what you’re going to get next. It’s all part of the fun. We provide a venue for musicians and singers of all talents and ages to get together and have a chance to perform in front of a live audience and alongside fellow musicians. All the right sound equipment is provided including speakers, mics, and the PA system. You just need to bring your own instruments and your talent. If you do not play an instrument but would like to sing simply bring along your favourite backing tracks on CD and we will do the rest. For more information call Kate O’Connor on 01672 519537

November Thursday 8 19.00 The Secret Garden, Proteus Theatre Company* What would you do if you found a key? What would you do if you found the door that belonged to the key? And what would you do inside the Secret Garden? Mary Lennox is lost and lonely, sent away from her home in India she finds herself in the wilds of Yorkshire in a vast mansion owned by a distant Uncle. Soon the house begins to give up its mysterious stories, but can she find the key to the secret garden and discover what’s inside? A story of unlocking hearts and minds, the redemptive power of nature and why some rules should be broken.... Fusing circus, puppetry, film and music this is a Magical journey beyond the door, into the garden of imagination “simply captivating” The Stage “Best of British Theatre from Basingstoke” The Independent Tickets £8 Concession £7 available from The Pound Box Office

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November contd…. Friday 9

18.30 Marlborough Down Movies – A Monster in Paris Cert U A wacky inventor, his camera crazy best friend and a madcap monkey make a BIG mistake when let loose in the Professor’s laboratory! With lotions and potions spilling everywhere, the troublesome trio accidentally create Franc, a musical talent of monstrous proportions. With the help of the beautiful but feisty singer Lucille, the team are on a mission to protect their new friend from the ghastly wannabe Mayor, Commissioner Maynott, who has a plan to increase his popularity by capturing Franc and revealing him to be a scary monster to the people of Paris. A Monster in Paris is fantastic fun for all. Tickets £5 Adults, £3 Concessions tickets available from Sound Knowledge, White Horse Bookshop or on the door

Friday 16 19:30 St John’s Acoustic Open Mic Night * There’s nothing like a good open mic - They’re amazing things to watch, you never know what you’re going to get next. It’s all part of the fun. We provide a venue for musicians and singers of all talents and ages to get together and have a chance to perform in front of a live audience and alongside fellow musicians. All the right sound equipment is provided including speakers, mics, and the PA system. You just need to bring your own instruments and your talent. If you do not play an instrument but would like to sing simply bring along your favourite backing tracks on CD and we will do the rest. For more information call Kate O’Connor on 01672 519537

Saturday 24 19:30 St John’s Family and Friends Great British Disco* Come and dance the night away and feast on fish and chips. Tables of 4, 6, 8 and 10 available, use up anything left over from the Jubilee or the Olympics and decorate your own table with Union Jack themed plates/cutlery/napkins. Tickets £15 available from stjohnsfamilyandfriends@hotmail.co.uk or Jo Payne on 01672 516167

Thursday 29 19.00 The Autumn St John’s Concert * St John’s students showcase their musical talents. Entry free – retiring collection in aid of the music department.

Friday 30

18:30 Marlborough Down Movies Arthur Christmas Cert U Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the centre of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Tickets £5 Adults, £3 Concessions tickets available from Sound Knowledge, White Horse Bookshop or on the door


December Tuesday 4, Thursday 6, Friday 7 & Saturday 8 19:00 St John’s Student Players present Footloose * Footloose explodes onto the stage with classic ‘80’s anthems including Holding Out for A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear it For the Boy and, of course, the title track, Footloose. Life in small-town Bomont is peaceful – until City boy, Ren, arrives. Breaking every taboo, Ren brings dance back to the heart of a town held back by the memory of a tragedy. Based on the hit ‘80s movie Footloose is packed full of electrifying dance routines, guaranteed to get you to your feet. Dancing is not a crime; to miss Footloose would be! Tickets £8 Adults £6 Concessions, family ticket (2 adult/2 U18) £25 - 10% discount for 10 or more tickets – booking form available from St John’s or download from www.stjohnswilts.sch.uk from October. Student production

Friday 14

20:00 Marlborough Folk Roots present St Agnes Fountain St Agnes Fountain embark on their 12th consecutive sell-out Christmas tour. Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the stardust atmosphere of the season. Tickets £17 from Marlborough Folk Roots: 01672 512465

2013 – Advance booking available: January Wednesday 23 19:30 Spread a Little Happiness: The Great British Songbook* A Theatrical journey through the hits and headlines of the last 100 years. From the racy refrains of music hall, through the stirring anthems of War, to the blockbusters of the ‘80s, Britain boasts a roll call of songwriters expert in raising spirits, touching hearts and nurturing national pride. Salisbury Playhouse bring their Christmas musical celebration to Marlborough. Tickets available from The Pound Box Office in October

March Saturday 2 March 20:00 Ray Harris and the Fusion Experience* The ‘Best Newcomers’ at Marlborough Jazz 2007, this band has had the ultimate honour of being the supporting act for the legendary James Brown. They’ve also made their mark at the Glasgow Jazz Festival and many other venues around Scotland. Keyboard player, Ray Harris, is a graduate of the National Jazz Institute. "The Fusion Experience is the brainchild of Raymond Harris, an exceptionally talented keyboard player who pushes Jazz into the electronic slipstream with an experimental fusion of jazz, funk and soul". Straight No Chaser Magazine

Tickets £12 available from The Pound Box Office, Marlborough Box Office and Sound Knowledge Marlborough

The Pound Box Office 01249 701628 or book online www.poundarts.org.uk



The Theatre on the Hill Autumn Season 2012 Brochure