Archived press release
Date Published: 09/09/08
Rural communities in Aylesbury Vale can enjoy professional arts on their doorsteps, thanks to a special tour coming to the district.
Aylesbury Vale District Council is backing Theatre in the Villages – a scheme which gives residents the chance to see music, dance, drama, puppetry and other arts at a venue near home.
Since it was launched in 1998, local people have enjoyed hundreds of shows in venues such as community centres, schools, churches and village halls. And for the new season in the Vale, which runs between 25 September and 5 December, there will be more wonderfully entertaining performances to suit all tastes.
The season kicks off with the comedy A Wilde Affair performed by Michael Lunts and Susan Flannery. The actors will portray two of Oscar Wilde’s best loved characters: Miss Laetitia Prism and Canon Frederick Chasuble.
The show takes place at Bishopstone Village Hall on 25 September, Wingrave Community Centre on 26 September, Weedon’s Old Schoolroom on 31 October and Turweston Village Hall on 1 November. Doors open at 7.30pm.
A celebration of multi-cultural music and dance hits the district next month in the shape of Boka Halat. The members of the band come from a variety of different backgrounds, all adding their individual traditions to the mix.
Songs are in English, Latin American, Spanish and various West African languages and the audience is encouraged to join in. The show is at the Bernard Hall in Cuddington on 18 October from 7.30pm.
Local communities will be able to enjoy a beautiful new adaptation of Bruce Chatwin’s award-winning novel On the Black Hill next month. On the Black Hill tells the extraordinary tale of twin brothers, Lewis and Benjamin Jones, on their isolated upland farm.
Accompanied by live music, the production features superlative acting from the AJTC Theatre Company and a stunning cello score played live by Hattie Bennett. The show will visit John Bridle’s Hall in Hardwick on 20 October and East and Botolph Claydon Village Hall on 22 October.
The season concludes with an enchanting burlesque puppet show called Puck’s Bottom and, just in time for Christmas, The Snow Queen.
Based on Shakespeare’s fun classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Puck’s Bottom features hand-carved puppets and a musical score inspired by English and African folk music. The show takes place at Whaddon Jubilee Hall on 20 November, Waddesdon Village Hall on 28 November and the Millennium Village Hall in Marsworth on 5 December.
Proteus Theatre Company will be performing their adaptation of The Snow Queen at the Bernard Hall in Cuddington on 3 December. Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of frozen lands, talking reindeer, the power of friendship and one girl's bravery is re-told in Proteus' unique style fusing film, circus and music together in a magical package.
Councillor David Thompson, AVDC Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “Theatre in the Villages is a great way of giving people who live in rural areas the chance to access the arts on their own doorstep. Usually, a lot of arts events tend to be centred around the town centres so this is a perfect opportunity for them to enjoy something without having to travel too far.”
For further details on the programme, ticket prices, access, start times, call 01296 585310.