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Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

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To see one of these shows or films go to http://www.nordenfarm.org/ or call the Box Office 01628 788997

Spring 2009 Events

DRAMA


Shifting Sands Theatre Company present
The Devil's Doctor

Tues 10 Mar
7.30pm
£10 (£8.50 conc) Schools £6.50

The Devil’s Doctor is a comic medieval feast of physical theatre and clowning.  Peopled by tricksters, charlatans and frauds determined to cure you with leeches.  Amongst them lived Paracelsus, a 16th century Alchemist, claiming to hold the key to life, the universe, the very soul of humanity…swindler or genius? Drunkard or visionary?

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Maidenhead Drama Guild present (maidenhead arts logo)
The Regina Monologues
Wed 11 - Sat 15 Mar
7.45pm
£10 (£8 conc)

It is 2009. A bloke called Henry is driven to fulfil his family destiny. How do his women feel and react? What lengths will they go to in order to keep their man or, perhaps more importantly, keep their head?

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COMEDYImage of Rhod Gilbert holding Mince Pie


Rhod Gilbert & The Award Winning Mince Pie
Fri 13 Mar
8pm
£12 (£10 conc)

Christmas 2007, 2.40am, and Rhod finds himself standing in a motorway service area armed with a travel pillow, a flask and a very powerful torch, aggressively demanding to know more about the 'Award-Winning Mince Pie' on the counter.

MUSIC

RM Promotions present
Ruth Notman Trio
Sun 15 Mar
7.30pm

Ruth Notman is a 19 year old singer and songwriter from Nottingham.  The trio consists of Ruth on guitar and piano, Saul Rose on melodeon and Hannah Edmonds on cello.

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The Completely Cuckoo Theatre Company presents
The Laramie Project
by Moises Kaufman
Thur 19 – Sun 22 Mar
8pm
£8 (£7 conc)

On 7 October 1998, Matthew Shepherd was found tortured and beaten nearly to death in Laramie, Wyoming. He was 19. He was also gay. This is the latest production from students at Henley College.

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Little Wonder
Meet Me Halfway
Thur 26 & Fri 27 Mar 
7pm & 8.30pm
£8.50 (£7 conc)

Placing the audience at the centre of the experience, you will be taken on a multi-sensory journey exploring how we remember the past. A small audience gets to enter the space and be surrounded by smell and sounds of the past, helping to re-create memories of a past summer’s day.

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The Maidenhead Players present  
Art
Tues 24 – Sat 28 Mar
7.45pm
Courtyard Theatre
Art
£10

Winner of Best Theatre Comedy Award the dark comedy Art made its British premiere in London in 1966. 3 men argue over what is Art and question their friendship. 

MUSIC


Cabaret Night with Morag McLaren
Supported by Ryan Stevens
Sat 28 Mar 
7.45pm
£10.50 (£8.50 conc) Members £7.50

James Church will introduce Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourite Morag McLaren in a hilarious cabaret with music ranging from musical theatre to blues and opera. Morag’s roles have included playing Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera, Mrs Segstrom in A Little Night Music and the lead in Tom Lehrer’s Tomfoolery.

COMEDY

Image of Mark Watson
Mark Watson
Tues 31 Mar
8pm
£15 (£13 conc)

He is one of Britain’s most talked about comedians, but is also quite tired and a bit stressed. This is Mark’s brand new show describing his attempts to reclaim his sanity.

Gallery Exhibitions

Maidenhead Painting Club
Tues 3 Mar – Sun 15 Mar

This annual exhibition contains a wide variety of styles, sizes, media and price which reflect the club’s inclusive philosophy of enabling new and experienced amateur painters work to be seen alongside pictures produced by professionals.  As there is no selection process, all members are invited to submit two works for the exhibition.

Louise Rogers & Lionel Carter
Vision

Wed 18 Mar – Sat 4 Apr

Two Berkshire artists combine their talents in this exhibition to show complementary approaches in interpreting the world around us, the detail, form and colour that is so often lost within the big picture.Louise Rogers is a passionate artist, encapsulating the vibrancy of nature in an abstract style, evoking an emotional response.  Lionel Carter follows no particular genre, taking photographs of images that capture his imagination.  He is a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and has exhibited with the RPS in Harrow.

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Top of the World present Paperweight
Tues 7 Apr 
7.30pm
£15 Paperweight is the absurd story of two men trapped in mindless office jobs. As the pressures of work and the ever present threat of the telephone ringing increase, chaos descends.
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FILM

Doubt  (15)
Dir: John Patrick Shanley, USA
Tues 7 Apr 8pm & Wed 8 Apr 2.30pm & 8pm                                                                   
104 mins, 2008
It is 1964, in the Bronx, New York: a difficult time of political and social change. In St. Nicholas’ Church, the first black school pupil, Donald Miller, arrives along with the new charismatic and liberal priest. Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) believes in change, but he is met by the iron-gloved Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep), who engages him in a moral battle over his relationship with Donald. Their battle of wills threatens to tear apart the church and school, the consequences of which may be irrevocable.

FILM

The Wrestler (15)
Thurs 9 April 8pm   
Dir: Darren Aronofsky, USA/Fr                                                                   
115 mins, 2008     
Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson knows his life has never been the same since his heyday as a wrestler. As he tries to get back in touch with his estranged daughter, he strikes up a relationship with an exotic dancer and arranges a match with old rival ‘The Ayatollah’. A serious heart attack puts him back in a dead-end job, then he realises: if he can’t be in the ring, he doesn’t want to be anywhere else.
WHY?   Mickey Rourke makes his own cinematic comeback in this much anticipated and celebrated heartfelt and moving drama.
The Reader  (15)
Fri 10 April 2.30pm & 8pm, Sat 11 April 3pm & 8pm   
Dir: Stephen Daldry, USA/GER
124mins, 2008 When Michael Berg (David Kross/Ralph Fiennes) meets Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet), he never expects to be enthralled in a passionate and secret affair with a woman twice his age. The pair bond as Hanna asks him to read to her, however, Hanna suddenly disappears one day. Eight years later, Michael meets Hanna, this time in the midst of Nazi war crime trial, with Hanna as the defendant. WHY? “A Work of overwhelming accomplishment that will be one of the most uplifting movie experiences of your life.” New York Times
Vicky Cristina Barcelona  (12A)
Sun 12 April 3pm & 7.30pm     
Dir: Woody Allen, USA/ Sp                                                                           
96 mins, 2008 Stunning Barcelona sets the backdrop for the romantic adventures of two young and beautiful Americans: straight-laced Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and free-spirited Cristina (Scarlet Johansson). During their Spanish summer they meet flamboyant artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) and his captivating yet insane ex-wife María Elena (Penélope Cruz). A complicated and chaotic whirl-wind of love affairs sweeps all involved into a comic story of how life and relationships don’t always turn out as planned. WHY? “wild, erotic, quick-witted… Cruz is a gathering storm” Rolling Stone
Revolutionary Road    (15)    
Fri 17 April 8pm
Dir: Sam Mendes, USA/UK                                                                         
120 mins, 2008 Frank and April Wheeler look like the perfect all-American 1950s family: Frank works hard, April stays at home; they have two children and a white-picket fence. But Frank (Leonardo di Caprio) and April (Kate Winslet) have always seen themselves as different and are determined not to be trapped by the social confines of their era. When they move to a new home, they declare independence from the social inertia that surrounds them, but their plans to start a new life come with obstacles they must cross. Can they break away from the ordinary, without breaking apart themselves? This insightful portrait of a marriage comes from the director of American Beauty.  WHY? Faithfully adapted from the novel by Richard Yates, this film has received many prestigious award nominations and wins.  

MUSIC


Louisiana Red & Michael Messer
Sat 18 Apr 
8pm
£12 (£10 conc)
Louisiana Red was born in Alabama in 1932 and is one of the last great bluesmen. From the old acoustic Delta sounds of Robert Johnson, all the way to the urban electric Chicago style of his mentor Muddy his great versatility shines.

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FILM


Che Part Two (15)
Sun 19 April 3pm & 7.30pm    
Dir: Steven Soderbergh, Sp/Fr/USA                                                          
131 mins, 2008 Following on from Che (part one), the film follows the former doctor at the peak of his fame as Fidel Castro’s chief lieutenant. Following the success of the Cuban revolution Che disappears without a trace. He later resurfaces from the Bolivian jungle with a band of newly recruited insurgents to help him spread the revolutionary message across Latin America. But the Bolivian government and CIA are closing in on him and Che finds his forces rapidly dwindling. Offering an insight into the overwhelming scale of this war, this adventure film documents the victory and defeat of one of the most iconic political figures in recent history.
WHY? “a journey into the heart of darkness, defined by a performance of great presence (Benicio Del Toro)” Empire Magazine
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (12A)
Tues 21 April 8pm, Wed 22 April 2.30pm & 8pm, Thur 23 April 8pm  
Dir: David Fincher, USA
166mins, 2008 It is the day that Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans when elderly Daisy Williams asks her daughter Caroline to read her the diary of Daisy's lifelong friend, Benjamin Button. He was the boy that was born an old man because of an aging disease and given little chance of survival. But, he did survive, and the film takes us through his years as he gets younger with each one. In his forties, he and Daisy are able to connect as they finally meet in age, and a wonderful but doomed romance ensues. WHY? This film was nominated for 13 Oscars and 11 BAFTAs; it stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. 

MUSIC


Jazz at the Farm
Art Themen with the Pendulum Quartet Fri 24 Apr 
8pm
£9 (£7.50 conc) Students £7 Art Themen is a consummate performer and one of the UK's top jazz saxophonists. 

MUSIC


James Church
Cabaret Night with Marc Joseph

Supported by Tanya Vasey Sat 25 Apr 
7.45pm
£10.50 (£8.50 conc) Marc has performed in the West End shows Les Miserables and Annie, and more recently in the Kander & Ebb review, Coloured Lights.

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Piano Masterclass with Joanna MacGregor Sat 25 Apr
11am
£5 (admission free with ticket for evening recital) Joanna MacGregor works with six local young pianists on a variety of repertoire.   Her last masterclass for Norden Farm was an absorbing occasion, and a fascinating chance to eavesdrop on the creative process.  

DRAMA


Maidenhead Drama Festival Tues 28 Apr – Sat 2 May
7.30pm
£8 (£7 conc) A one act play festival, some long, some short, some original.  A best youth performance, a great stage presentation, a budding director, an all male or female performance, a new playwright, a great comedian?  There is a trophy for all these and a professional assessment for entrants. 

DRAMA


1157 present
The Rest is Silence – The Tao of Hamlet (work in progress)
Tues 28 Apr
7.45pm
£8.50 (£7 conc)  School groups £6.50 When I was growing up I became fascinated with the story of Hamlet.  When I grew up I became absorbed in the Tao.  Together they create a story where the breath speaks louder than words, a mystical journey of mutterings, movement and silence.
 

LITERATURE


Bloody Brits
Thur 30 Apr 
7.45pm
£8 (£6 conc) Members £5 Take a guided tour deep into the dark but intriguing world of the UK’s favourite book genre, crime writing.  Four of Britain’s leading writers, including Sue Walker and Danuta Reah, bring a lively mix of rehearsed readings, discussion and debate atmospherically underscored by guitar and vocals. 
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WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE


Norden Exposure Youth Dance
Norden Exposure is Norden Farm’s resident youth dance company. Weekly classes for ages 9 – 13 and 14+ are led by dancers from Newbury Contemporary Dance Company. The style is classical contemporary although tutors draw on many other popular dance styles. Norden Exposure produces two presentations each year and has performed at festivals throughout Berkshire. Each term is ten weeks long.  Classes take place on Tues evenings at a cost of £50 per term for 9 - 13 year olds and £55 per term for 14 years and over. No previous experience is required. Norden Lights Youth Theatre Norden Farm’s resident youth theatre company is led by Troublemaker Theatre Company. Weekly classes are available for ages 6 – 9, 10 – 15 and 16+ which explore all aspects of performance including scriptwork, devising and directing. Each Norden Lights group produces at least two shows per year and students are encouraged to take full control of each production.  Previous shows have included Romeo and Juliet, Hunting the Snark and The Monster that ate 3B. Each term is ten weeks long and costs £50 per term for 6 – 9 year olds and £70 for 10 years and over. Norden Lights is supported by ‘3’ in partnership with RBWM and the Hutchison 3G fund. No Limits Arts Festival
Thur 2 – Sun 5 Apr
Ages 6 - 21 The No Limits Arts Festival will offer a full programme of workshops and performances for young people.  There will be an exciting variety of creative activities available across art forms.  Children will be able to take part in workshops such as stage combat, make up for stage and learn how to perform slapstick. Full details of the classes and workshops available will be announced in the New Year.  

Gallery Exhibitions


Louise Rogers & Lionel Carter
Vision
Wed 18 Mar – Sat 4 Apr Two Berkshire artists combine their talents in this exhibition to show complementary approaches in interpreting the world around us, the detail, form and colour that is so often lost within the big picture. Louise Rogers is a passionate artist, encapsulating the vibrancy of nature in an abstract style, evoking an emotional response.  Lionel Carter follows no particular genre, taking photographs of images that capture his imagination.  He is a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and has exhibited with the RPS in Harrow.
Berkshire Designer Jewellers
Tues 7 Apr – Sun 19 Apr This exhibition brings together work from the Berkshire Designer Jewellers, a talented group of independent designers and jewellery makers based in Berkshire.  Their work reflects a fusion of styles, from energising pvc fashion to archaeological influences all combined with a contemporary feel.  They are all members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery who meet regularly to hold master classes and to exchange ideas. 
Jack Widgery Trust Award Winners
Wed 22 Apr – Sun 10 May For the last ten years awards have been made to young Maidenhead based artists embarking on a career in art or design. Funding came from a trust which was set up to commemorate Jack Widgery, a well known artist and widely respected citizen of Maidenhead. Jack was one of the key members of the group that helped to establish the Centre at Norden Farm. The Trust's funds finished with the awards of 2008. This exhibition is an amalgamation of recent work from past winners, together with a selection of Jack's paintings.

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OTHER ACTIVITIES

To be involved with one of these groups, contact Norden Farm on 01628 788997 or go to the website – http://www.nordenfarm.org/

Norden Lights Youth Theatre

Norden Farm’s resident youth theatre company is led by Troublemaker Theatre Company. A group for teenagers 16+ meet weekly. In the sessions, all aspects of performance including scriptwork, devising and directing are explored. At least two shows per year are produced and students are encouraged to take full control of each production.

Each term is ten weeks long and costs £70. Norden Lights is supported by ‘3’ in partnership with RBWM and the Hutchison 3G fund.

Kathak Dance

Kathak is the most exhilarating classical dance of Northern India. It is the purist rhythmic style using all aspects of Indian dance. Led by Devika Shangari and overseen by Alpana Sengupta  students will work towards exams held every year.

Tabla

Led by Sanju Sahai these classes offer students the opportunity to learn the art of Indian drumming. Distinct from most other drums tabla consists of a set of two drums,  treble and bass,  which are usually played with a different hand. Sanju is an outstanding tabla player who has accompanied many senior artists.

Bollywood Dance

Led by Karan Pangali of the Dancing Nikita Company this class for ages six and over mixes classical dance movement with a more contemporary style.

Norden Exposure Youth Dance

Norden Exposure is Norden Farm’s resident youth dance company. Weekly classes for ages 9 - 14 and 15+ are led by dancers from Newbury Contemporary Dance Company. The style is classical contemporary although tutors draw on many other popular dance styles.

Norden Exposure produces two presentations each year and has performed at festivals throughout Berkshire. Each term is ten weeks long.  Classes take place on Tues evenings at a cost of £50 per term for 9 - 14 year olds and  £55 per term for 15 years and over. No previous experience is required.

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