Our top picks of things to do in Reading this week which includes tribute bands, poetry, comedy and more.
- Doubledotdash 2018
Saturday 12th May from 2.30pm to 11.30 at the South Street Arts Centre, 153 London Road. Tickets are available here
One of our favourite record labels from right here in Reading who claim to bring as they describe ‘unpopular’ music, well we like to call it ‘alternative’ music host the ninth edition of their musical spectacular doubledotdash.
Doubledotdash is a collaboration between the alternative music casanovas of the Reading scene ‘Darklands’ and of course the South Street Arts Centre, and this weekend you can be part of a unique journey through the musical undergrowth with a sprinkling of unique live acts for the most open-minded musical fans.
2. Graham Fellows: Completely Out Of Character
Friday 11th May from 8pm at South Street. Tickets are available from £14 here
Graham Fellows has performed as the comic character John Shuttleworth for over 25 years on stage, TV and Radio, delighting audiences throughout the UK with his songs and quirky take on everyday life.
Graham will naturally talk about Shuttleworth as well as his other comic characters, plus his pivotal acting role on Coronation Street, and becoming a teenage pop star as Jilted John.
3. Under The Covers with the Magical Mystery Four
Friday 11th May from 8pm at the Oakford Social Club opposite Reading Station. Free Entry
Magical Mystery Four are a Beatles tribute from right here in Reading. They are part authentic replication, part loving interpretation, and perform songs spanning the Beatles back catalogue ranging from ‘Please Please Me’ to ‘Abbey Road’.
They will be joined by Eight Miles High DJs spinning tracks from bands exclusively from the 60s and 70s.
4. Madama Butterfly
Thursday 10th May from 7.30pm at South Street. Tickets are available here
Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.
One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant — with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.
5. Poet’s Café — Christopher James
Friday 11th May from 8.30pm at South Street Arts Centre. Tickets are available here
Poets’ Cafe is Reading’s longest running poetry platform, run by South Street in association with Reading Stanza. On the second Friday of every month we welcome a guest poet who will perform alongside an open mic section which gives all-comers the opportunity to read a poem of their own.
Christopher James has won the National Poetry Competition, the Bridport Prize, an Eric Gregory and several other awards. A graduate of the Creative Writing MA at UEA, he also writes drama, Sherlock Holmes novels, plays ukulele and rides a fold up bicycle.
6. Travelling Talesman — Foxed
Saturday 12th May from 8pm at The Castle Tap on Castle Street
Energetic and engaging re-tellings of heroic and magical myths, folktales and legends from the snows of Northern Europe to the sands of the Middle East by one of the finest storytellers we know, The Travelling Talesman.