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Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

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Thursday 27 Dec 20184:00pm Book Now (Note earlier start )

Oundle International Festival in association with Oundle Cinema present


Matthew Bourne's Cinderella


Thursday, 27th December, at 4pm (note time)


Stahl Theatre, Oundle

West Street, PE8 4EJ


Ticket prices for this Christmas Spacial: £12.50 adult / £5 U18


Runtime:        1hr 50min


Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War. The internationally acclaimed choreographer’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz. The sights and sounds of war-torn London are recreated by Lez Brotherston’s Olivier Award-winning costumes and sets and lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin. Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score.


‘A dazzling spectacle.’  The Times


TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON THE DOOR ON THE NIGHT!



Adam Hart-Davis, Very Heath Robinson

Adam Hart-Davis, Very Heath Robinson

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Friday 4 Jan 20197:45pm Book Now

Oundle Festival of Literature present


Adam Hart-Davis


Very Heath Robinson


RESCHEDULED DATE FROM 5th December


Friday, 4th January, at 19:45


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL




This book takes a nostalgic look back to the imaginative world of William Heath Robinson, one of the few artists to have given his name to the English language. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the expression Heath Robinson is used to describe ‘any absurdly ingenious and impracticable device’. Very Heath Robinson is full of quirky contraptions for lighting cigars, making coffee, extinguishing candles and generally making everyday life easy. You can even mow the lawn in comfort thanks to the super deluxe Ransomes’ motor mower, complete with wireless, drinks cabinet and tiffin table.

 

A dozen collections of Heath Robinson’s work have been published over the last 80 years, starting in his lifetime, but most have been compilations of pictures with minimal text. Very Heath Robinson is the first to explain the technical and social background out of which the pictures grew and to weave art and history into a connected story.


Adam Hart-Davis is the perfect person to set the artist’s mechanical fantasies in context, to tell the stories of rapid technological and social change that lay behind Heath Robinson’s idiosyncratic brand of satire and to laugh along with the jokes. He has even built his own Heath Robinson-style machine.


Amahl & the Night Visitors

Amahl & the Night Visitors

Book Tickets

Saturday 5 Jan 20196:00pm Book Now (St Peter's Church, OUNDLE)

Peterborough Opera presents


Amahl and the Night Visitors

A one act opera by Carlo Menotti


Saturday, 5th January, at 6pm


St Peter's Church Oundle

Church St, PE8 4EE


Tickets: £7/ £5 U19




The Three Kings are on their way to see the baby Jesus. As the sun sets, they decide to stop and rest, and knock on the door of a humble dwelling to ask for warmth, shelter and food. The mother and child who live there have nothing, but call on their shepherd friends to bring food and wood. The mother is desperate, and thinking of begging for the survival of herself and her son.  She is tempted by the riches brought by the kings, and what follows is the result of her trying to take just a few coins, thinking the kings would never miss them.


Amahl is sung by a boy soprano, in this production played by James Turner. Liz Williams plays his mother, and the kings are sung by Mark Ellse, Martin Muir and Simon Thompson, with Mark Lee as their page.  The performance will be semi-staged, and accompanied on the piano.



Peterborough Opera, Amahl & The Night Visitors

Peterborough Opera, Amahl & The Night Visitors

Book Tickets

Sunday 6 Jan 20196:00pm Book Now (St John's Church, PETERBOROUGH)

Peterborough Opera presents


Amahl and the Night Visitors

A one act opera by Carlo Menotti


Sunday, 6th January, at 6pm


St John the Baptist Church, Peterborough

Church St, Peterborough PE1 1XB


Tickets: £7/ £5 U19




The Three Kings are on their way to see the baby Jesus. As the sun sets, they decide to stop and rest, and knock on the door of a humble dwelling to ask for warmth, shelter and food. The mother and child who live there have nothing, but call on their shepherd friends to bring food and wood. The mother is desperate, and thinking of begging for the survival of herself and her son.  She is tempted by the riches brought by the kings, and what follows is the result of her trying to take just a few coins, thinking the kings would never miss them.


Amahl is sung by a boy soprano, in this production played by James Turner. Liz Williams plays his mother, and the kings are sung by Mark Ellse, Martin Muir and Simon Thompson, with Mark Lee as their page.  The performance will be semi-staged, and accompanied on the piano.

Joe Shute, The Shadow Above: The Fall and Rise of the Raven

Joe Shute, The Shadow Above: The Fall and Rise of the Raven

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Friday 18 Jan 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 11th Jan.)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Joe Shute


The Shadow Above: The Fall and Rise of the Raven


Friday, 18th January, 7:45pm


The Oundle Suite, Fletton House, Oundle

Glapthorn Road, Fletton Way, PE8 4JA


Legend has it that the fate of the nation rests upon the raven, and should the resident birds ever leave the Tower of London then the entire kingdom will fall. While so much of our wildlife is vanishing, ravens are returning to their former habitats after centuries of exile, moving back from their outposts at the very edge of the country, to the city streets. In the past decade there has been a remarkable comeback. Raven numbers have increased by 134% since the turn of the millennium and there are now well over 12,000 breeding pairs across the country.


In A Shadow Above, Joe Shute follows ravens across their new hunting grounds, travelling to every corner of the UK, examining our complicated and challenging relationship with these birds. He meets people who live alongside the raven in conflict and peace, unpicks their fierce intelligence, and ponders what the raven’s successful return might come to symbolise for humans.


Joe Shute is an author and journalist with a passion for the natural world. He studied history at Leeds University, and currently works as a senior staff feature writer at The Telegraph. Before joining the newspaper, Joe was the crime correspondent for The Yorkshire Post.


Oundle Amateur Theatrical Society, ALADDIN

Oundle Amateur Theatrical Society, ALADDIN

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Oundle Theatrical Society Presents


Aladdin


Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle

7 West St, PE8 4EJ


Tickets:


Wed/Thur: £8 for all


Fri/Sat: £12 general/ £10 concessions (senior citizens/under 13s)


Somewhere in a far-off land, the evil Abananza plots to find a lamp that will unlock a fortune. But first – by fair means or foul - he needs to secure the help of Aladdin, a simple boy who works in his mother’s laundry in old Peking.


Book early to secure your place at this popular local pantomime featuring some familiar and new local faces, plus a live band.  


Jill Mansell: Maybe This Time

Jill Mansell: Maybe This Time

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Saturday 9 Feb 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 2nd Feb.)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Jill Mansell

Maybe This Time


Saturday, 9th February at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL




Jill Mansell started writing fiction while working in the NHS, after she read a magazine article that inspired her to join a local creative writing class. She has since written over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers, including The One You Really Want and Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay.


In 2011 Take a Chance on Me won the Romantic Novelists Association's Romantic Comedy Prize, the judges said the book has "beautifully understated humour" and is "an utter delight”. In 2012, To The Moon And Back was shortlisted for the RNA's Contemporary Romantic Novel award and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award.


Her books have sold over 11 million copies around the world.


Maybe This Time, due to be published in January 2019, is a heart-warming new novel of love and friendship.


When Mimi first visits her dad's new home in the Cotswolds, she falls in love with Goosebrook and the people who live there.


However, life is about to take some unexpected and shocking twists and turns. Mimi's path and Cal's are set to cross again and again - but will it ever be the right time for both of them?


Come along and meet this charismatic, award-winning author.


James Bishop: Iguana Boy Event

James Bishop: Iguana Boy Event

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Saturday 9 Mar 20192:30pm Book Now (Early Bird £1 off till 2nd March)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


James Bishop


Iguana Boy Event


Saturday, 9th March, at 2:30pm


The Great Hall, Oundle

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets: £6 (early bird £1 off till 2nd March)


Ever wanted a really cool superpower? Dylan did too, especially since his brother and sister have got really good ones. But when his wish finally comes true, Dylan is MIGHTILY disappointed. For Dylan has become ... Iguana Boy. He can talk to Iguanas ... RUBBISH!


When supervillain Celina Shufflebottom kidnaps all the superheroes in London, Dylan must work out how to use his new team of chatty iguanas to save the day. He's going to have to think outside the box, (the pizza box), if he's going to become the hero he's always dreamed of.


Join James Bishop, author of the smashing Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Cheese Pizza and the hilarious sequel, Iguana Boy vs. The 30 Second Thief for an event filled with rubbish superpowers, comic book lizards called Paul, and a quest to save the world!


Long listed for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 in the Best Story category.


'HILARIOUS and so silly - superheroes, reptiles and pizza ... AWESOME, why didn't I think of that?!' Tom Fletcher


‘This hilarious book is perfect for any reader who has ever wondered who would win in a battle between platypuses and iguanas. Packed full of brilliant, comic-strip illustrations by Rikin Parekh, this energetic, funny story with heart has a similar appeal to Despicable Me, or My Brother is a Superhero.’ BookTrust


C.Dee & S Guerrier, Dr Who: The Women Who Lived

C.Dee & S Guerrier, Dr Who: The Women Who Lived

Book Tickets

Saturday 9 Mar 20197:30pm Book Now

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Christel Dee & Simon Guerrier


Dr Who: The Women Who Lived


Saturday, 9th March 2019, at 7:30pm


The Great Hall, Oundle

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets: £8/£6


Meet the women who run the Whoniverse. The first official book published to accompany the new series, celebrating Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Thirteenth Doctor.


Written by Christel Dee, former presenter of Doctor Who: The Fan Show and Doctor Who's digital marketing manager, and Simon Guerrier, co-author of Whographica and The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who for BBC Books, and his other books include Whoniversal Records. This book features more than 75 inspiring tales of remarkable women of the Whoniverse, both real and imagined.


From historical figures such as Agatha Christie and Queen Victoria to fan favourites like Bill Potts and River Song, each woman has made a unique contribution to the world of Doctor Who. Whether they’re facing down Daleks or thwarting a Nestene invasion, these women don’t hang around waiting to be rescued – they roll their sleeves up and get stuck in.


Scientists and soldiers, queens and canteen workers, women from outlandish science-fiction and those steeped in real history, they don’t let anything hold them back. Illustrated throughout with specially-commissioned artwork by a team of female artists – including Gwen Burns, Valentina Mozzo, Sonia Leong, and more, this collection of inspirational tales celebrates the power of women to change the universe.

Come along and test your knowledge of the Whoniverse.


Song and Dance!

Song and Dance!

Book Tickets

Saturday 16 Mar 20197:30pm Book Now (Unreserved seating)

Rutland Sinfonia presents


Song and Dance!


Saturday, 16th March 2019, 7.30 p.m.


Oakham School Chapel, Oakham

Chapel Close, LE15 6DT



Tickets


In advance: Adults £12 / Concessions £10

On the door: Adults £14 / Concessions £12

Full time students and U18s £3



Conductor        David Calow

Soprano        Caroline Trutz


Programme


Song


Dvorák - Song to the Moon, Rachmaninov - Vocalise, Puccini - O Mio Babbino, Over the Rainbow, Memory and many more!


Dance


Shostakovich - March, Waltz and Dance from Jazz Suite No.2

Kander and Ebb- Chicago Suite

Glazunov- Suite from The Seasons

1 - Barcarolle - Summer

2 - La Glace (ice) - Winter

3 - Bacchanal - Autumn

Bernstein - West Side Story Suite

Stravinsky- Berceuse and Finale from 'The Firebird'

Hardiman - Lord of the Dance


Associate Conductor David Calow gives us “Song and Dance!” in our March Oakham concert.  Dance-inspired music from Ballet, Theatre and Musicals contrasts with songs from the stage and concert hall sung by local soprano Caroline Trutz.


Caroline Trutz studied in Paris and London and has sung many roles in opera and operetta in the UK and France, and given many song recitals.


This will be a very popular concert, so book early!


Rupert Shortt, Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?

Rupert Shortt, Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?

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Friday 26 Apr 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 19/04)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Rupert Shortt


Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good?


Friday, 26th April, 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North St, PE8 4AL



History is littered with wars and atrocities apparently inspired by religion, and today there seems no end to reports of cruelty and violence carried out in the name of God. But is it belief in God that motivates these evils? Or do they spring from other motives?


At the same time, history testifies to numerous benefits to humanity brought about by religious individuals and movements. But despite these positive outcomes might it be true, as some atheists suggest, that religion in general does more harm than good? Is religion itself inherently toxic?


Or could it simply be that there is good religion and there is bad religion, and we just need to learn to tell the difference?


Are the major spiritual traditions greater sources of discord than harmony? Or are conflicts widely blamed on faith differences fundamentally social and political?


In this rich but highly succinct book, Rupert Shortt offers even-handed guidance on one of the most disputed questions of our time.


Rupert Shortt is religion editor of The Times Literary Supplement.


Come along and see if you agree with Rupert Shortt’s views.


Duncan Barrett: Hitler's British Isles

Duncan Barrett: Hitler's British Isles

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Thursday 9 May 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 2nd May)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Duncan Barrett: Hitler's British Isles


Thursday, 9th May at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle


North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £8/£6 (early bird £1 off till 2nd May)


In the summer of 1940, Britain stood perilously close to invasion. One by one, the Allied nations of Europe had fallen to the unstoppable German Blitzkrieg, and Hitler had his sights set on Britain. The attack was being exhaustively planned by the Nazis under the codename ‘Operation Sealion’. Yet the promised invasion never happened due to our success in the Battle of Britain, and the prospect of German jackboots on British soil retreated into the realm of collective nightmares – and mainland Britain never had to face the reality of life under the Nazis.


For the residents of the Channel Islands, occupation wasn’t just the terrifying outcome if the war against the Germans was lost, it was the day-to-day reality of their lives. The story of how these men and women, and their children, coped under such difficult and dangerous circumstances is an important, but neglected, part of our own history of the Second World War. This book tells the story of life under Nazi occupation.


Duncan Barrett studied English at Cambridge University and now works as a writer and editor, specialising in biography and memoir. He is also the author of The Sugar Girls, GI Brides, and, The Girls Who Went to War, all of which were top 10 Sunday Times bestsellers.


Mozart and Mahler in Vienna!

Mozart and Mahler in Vienna!

Book Tickets

Saturday 11 May 20197:30pm Book Now (Unreserved seating)

Rutland Sinfonia presents


Mozart and Mahler in Vienna

Saturday, 11th May 2019, 7.30 p.m.


St. Peter's Church, Oundle

Church Street, PE8 4EE


Tickets


In advance: Adults £12 / Concessions £10

On the door: Adults £14 / Concessions £12

Full time students and U18s £3


The concert is sponsored by Bulley Davey


Conductor        Paul Hilliam

Piano                Anne Bolt


Programme


Mozart                Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466

Mahler                Symphony No.5


The Rutland Sinfonia returns to Oundle in May to perform Mahler’s mighty Fifth Symphony - you may well have heard our performance of Mahler’s First Symphony in Oundle two seasons ago. Like a number of other fifth symphonies by well known composers such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, Mahler's Fifth Symphony moves from dark tragedy in minor keys at the start to blazing triumph in major keys in its closing bars. In this symphony Mahler explores emotional extremes starting with a first movement Funeral March, but the most famous movement is the Adagietto for harp and strings.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor starts this concert, with Anne Bolt joining us again as soloist. The concerto was first performed in 1785 with Mozart himself as the soloist.


Anne Bolt was born in Leicestershire and returned to her home area in 2001, having studied at the University of Oxford, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Indiana University in America. She  is now Head of Piano at Oakham School.


A retiring collection will be taken for 'Shine'.


Raynor Winn, The Salt Path

Raynor Winn, The Salt Path

Book Tickets

Saturday 22 Jun 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 15th June)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Raynor Winn


The Salt Path


Saturday, 22nd June, at 7:45pm


St Peter's Church, Oundle

North Street, PE8 4AL


Tickets: £8/£6 (Early bird, £1 off till 15th June)


The remarkable and life-affirming true story of one couple’s 630-mile journey around the South West Coast Path. The Salt Path is a beautiful, powerfully honest and deeply moving memoir about overcoming adversity, the redemptive qualities of walking and nature, about survival, the meaning of ‘home’ and above all, about love.

In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband Moth lost their home of 20 years, just as a terminal diagnosis threatened to take away their future together. With nowhere else to go, they decided to walk the South West Coast Path: a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.


This ancient, wind-battered landscape strips them of every comfort they had previously known. With very little money for food or shelter, Raynor and Moth carry only the essentials for survival on their backs.

This book gives insight to one woman’s journey that spans not only the entire South West Coast Path, but also an emotional journey of redemption. In The Salt Path, Raynor Winn allows us to discover the healing powers found in nature and the simple act of walking forward.


Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book 2018

Now a Top Ten Sunday Times Bestseller.