March HL - page 6

Monday 4th to
Sunday 17th
March
Henley Youth
Festival, various
venues
Now in its 26th year,
having first been
staged in 1994, the
organisers of the Henley Youth Festival have described
it as “a totally individual event”, adding, “as far as we
know there is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the
country! It is a means of celebrating the talents and
achievements of young people in our area and giving
them experiences across a wide range of activities that
they may not otherwise encounter. We support and
promote the performing and visual arts, have some
great team and individual sports events and also
nurture other skills through workshops and
competitions.” From Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th
March, the Kenton Theatre in New Street is the venue
for events including HYF Entertain, HYF Proms, HYF
Dance, HYF Young Dancer and HYF Sing — all of
which start at 7pm except for HYF Young Dancer at
1pm on Saturday 16th March. A spokesman for the
New Street venue said: “A constant success and a
permanent fixture in our calendar, the Henley Youth
Festival will once again host shows for dancers,
singers, classical musicians and entertainers, including
both solo and group acts.” To book tickets, call (01491)
575698 or visit
. For more
information on this year’s festival, visit
Thursday 14th to
Saturday 16th
March
The Chiltern Players
present Building
Bridges, Peppard
Memorial Hall
Written by Colin Calvert,
Building Bridges is billed as a contemporary comedy
with an environmental theme. The story follows the
building of a bridge over a bog, though not everything
quite goes to plan. It’s nerdy Clive’s first time with The
Ferrets — a group of environmental volunteers under
the management of Trish. What will he make of
officious Bob, strident Beryl and “Criminal Behaviour
Order” Mandy? And what’s so special about Molly’s
culinary offerings? Performances are at 8pm. For more
information and to book, visit
Sunday 17th March
Henley Symphony
Orchestra, The
Hexagon, Reading
Internationally acclaimed
pianist Peter Donohoe
(right) joins the Henley
Symphony Orchestra for a
performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 1. The
programme for the 7.30pm concert conducted by Ian
Brown also features Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5. A
HSO spokesman said: “Since his unprecedented
success as silver medal winner of the 1982
International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Peter
has built an extraordinary worldwide career,
encompassing a huge repertoire. He is acclaimed as
one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his
musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding
technique. Brahms wrote his first piano concerto at the
age of 25 and the work is a pillar of the Romantic
repertoire. From the opening ferocious drum roll, the
music proclaims Brahms’s genius and youthful flair with
its grandeur and excitement. At times the orchestra and
piano seem to be engaged in some titanic struggle. The
concert culminates with Shostakovich’s most-played,
but ambiguous, Symphony No 5. Written in 1937 at the
time of Stalin’s Great Terror, Shostakovich worked in a
mood of isolation and fear after being denounced by
the Union of Soviet Composers. The work was an
immediate success as the audience rose to its feet
after the triumphant, joyful finale. Do we hear political
protest or capitulation to the Soviet regime? What is
indisputable is that the work is a masterpiece.” For
more information, visit
or
Wednesday 20th to
Saturday 23rd March
The Henley Players
present Love in Idleness,
Kenton Theatre
Written by Terence Rattigan in
1944 and revived very
successfully in 2017, Love in
Idleness is a fascinating fusion of comedy and political
comment. One of Rattigan’s lighter plays, it sparkles
with Cowardesque wit and humour. Young Michael
returns from his evacuation to Canada bursting with
left-wing ideals, only to discover that his widowed
mother is enjoying a liaison with a wealthy Tory
industrialist and member of the British war cabinet — a
representative of all that Michael opposes. A tug-of-war
comedy with echoes of Hamlet ensues, as Olivia is torn
between her callous offspring and her devotion to Sir
John, whose ghastly wife gives him little to turn to.
Evening performances are at 7.30pm, with a Saturday
matinee at 2.30pm. For tickets and times, call (01491)
575698 or visit
Saturday 23rd March
RIBA Henley Design Day
2019, Henley Town Hall
Fancy a change? Need extra
space, another bathroom, or
are you thinking of turning your
garage into a studio or the studio back into a garage?
Organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects,
the Henley Design Day is returning for a seventh year,
with the aim of showcasing local architects and their
work, as well as interior designers and landscapers.
Entry is free and the event, which runs from 10am to
3.30pm, is open to anybody who may be looking to
speak to an architect or designer about a new project,
be it a small extension or something much larger.
Organiser Sarah Miller said: “We live in a fabulous but
expensive town, with many of us putting up with small-
space living just so that we can remain where we are.
But even the smallest building can be changed to suit
you and to make the best use of what you’ve got.
Architects are trained to see the possibilities, including
in historic buildings. They are an incredible resource of
creative and workable ideas and I’m delighted we have
so many on board again this year. Come along to
brainstorm ideas for your home.” For more information,
call 0118 987 4900, email
or visit
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Saturday 30th March
to Sunday 7th April
Oxford Literary Festival
Sponsored by FT Weekend,
among the big name authors
appearing at this year’s festival
are Kazuo Ishiguro (right), the
winner of both the Booker
Prize (for 1989’s The Remains
of the Day) and the 2017
Nobel Prize in Literature. Comedian Jo Brand will be
talking about Born Lippy, her darkly funny guide to life
as a woman, historian Lucy Worsley will be discussing
her Tudor novels for children, and the environmentalist
and journalist George Monbiot, who grew up in Henley,
will tackle the devastation of the natural world and the
Oxford-Cambridge conurbation. Other authors lined up
to appear include thriller writer Robert Harris, former
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, prima ballerina turned
Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell, and the
explorer Ranulph Fiennes. For more information and to
book tickets, visit
ONGOING EVENTS
Until Saturday
13th April
Gaslight, The
Mill at Sonning
Bella Manningham is
convinced she’s losing her
mind — just as her mother
did before her. And, like
her mother, she is terrified
she will end up in an asylum. She is haunted by the
memory of an aunt violently murdered and sees ghostly
apparitions. She hears floorboards creaking overhead,
familiar objects disappear and then inexplicably
reappear. While her handsome, domineering husband
Jack is out in the evening, the gaslight eerily dims and
flickers... Does the terror exist in Bella’s imagination or
are dark secrets living in her home? Evening
performances of Gaslight run from Tuesday to
Saturday, with Saturday matinées each week and on
Sundays from the 10th of March onwards. To book, call
0118 969 8000 or visit
Until Sunday 14th July
An Earthly Paradise: William
Morris and the Thames,
River & Rowing Museum
This new exhibition illustrates the
rich and little-known story of William
Morris’s deep connections to the
River Thames, bringing together a
unique selection of works, with loans
from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the William Morris
Gallery, the British Library, and many more. For more
information, including details of accompanying lectures
and workshops, visit
DIARY DATES
March
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