Check our top 5 recommendations for the coming week in town which features our first multi-venue all day music festival of the year, along with comedy, spoken word poetry, folklore and more.
1. Are You Listening? Festival 2018
Saturday 28th April from midday across various venues. Advance tickets can be purchased on this link
This weekend see the sixth edition of what has become Reading’s premier independent music festival which creates a brilliant vibe across the whole town centre in various locations raising funds for Reading Mencap.
Each year the line-up continues to evolve to ensure that much of the musical spectrum is covered for everyone in the variety of fresh up-and-coming acts, alongside some cult favourites, and local musical talent all taking centre stage.
Keep an eye out for our AYL recommendations later this week.
2. Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company presents Half Breed
Tuesday 24th April from 8pm at the South Street Arts Centre. Suitable for ages 14+ Tickets are available here
Following its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year and a run at London’s Soho Theatre, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present Half Breed, Natasha Marshall’s semi-autobiographical dark comedy about finding your voice.
Natasha Marshall trained on Soho Theatre Young Company’s Writer’s Lab and the Talawa First new-writing scheme. Half Breed was shortlisted for the Tony Craze Soho Young Writers Award and the Alfred Fagon Award and was nominated for Best new play in the 2017 UK Theatre Awards.
3. David Baddiel — My Family: Not The Sitcom
Sunday 29th April from 7.30pm at the Hexagon Theatre on Queen’s Walk. Suitable for ages 14+ and tickets are available here
David Baddiel takes his Olivier-nominated one-man show to the Hexagon this coming Sunday night. ‘My Family: Not the Sitcom’ is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and much more.
A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father. The show will no doubt contain some adult themes and very strong language (not as strong as you would hear in some areas of Reading).
4. Milk My Words 1st Anniversary with Sami Switch
Thursday 26th April at the Milk Bar at Merchants Place. Entry fee of £8 with a free glass of bubbly on arrival.
They’ve been milking this unique event for twelve months now at the Milk Bar and Milk My Words continue to showcase the very best in local up-and-coming spoken word talent.
Sami Switch will be hosting the event as usual, and this instalment includes support from the ludicrously talented Cam Bloomfield and the utterly sublime Effie.
5. Working Life: Belief, Custom, Ritual, Narrative
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 6 Redlands Road
The Folklore Society comes to Reading this coming week to share their devotion of the study of all forms of folklore through a series of lectures this coming weekend.
The full programme of events this weekend are available here
Friday 27th April: 1pm to 7.30pm
Saturday 28th April: 9.30am to 6.30pm
Sunday 29th April: 9.30am to 2pm