Panto, music and theatre all feature in this weeks run down of things to do in Banburyshire to take your mind off Brexit.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Wykham Theatre, Banbury, March 28 to 30
Banbury’s own pantomime specialists Avocet Theatre Company return with their unique, comedic and ambitious take on the classic tale. The cast and crew of local adults and children invite audiences to join them in a land where magic, music and wonder await. The high-energy show is full of well-known musical numbers.
Tony Jacobs in A Celebration of Gershwin, Porter & Other Greats, The Mill, Banbury, March 31
The ever-popular Tony Jacobs and his pianist Jim Barry celebrate the great American and British songwriters of the 20th century, offering the perfect Mother’s Day treat. Be transported back to a musical golden age with timeless classics from the likes of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Noel Coward. And prepare to hear some fascinating anecdotes about these musical greats and be charmed by Jacobs’ trademark smoothness and wit.
The Long Walk Back, The Theatre, Chipping Norton, April 2
The Long Walk Back is based on real-life events and tells the epic story of an international sporting star’s catastrophic fall from grace. England all-rounder Chris Lewis enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame and fortune in the 1990s. Playing 85 tests and one day internationals for England, he seemed on the verge of greatness when he was named England’s International Cricketer of The Year in 1994. But within months of his cricketing career ending, his life lay in ruins when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for smuggling cocaine into the UK. Beginning with his arrest at Gatwick Airport in 2008 and an attempted suicide on his first night in custody, The Long Walk Back charts the extraordinary journey that took Lewis from the brink of despair to a profound moral awakening.
Bunker Plays, underneath Banbury Town Hall, March 30 and 31
Cherwell Theatre Company’s young theatre makers will perform new plays in a unique location – underneath the town hall. Emily Butler, who will direct the plays, used this atmospheric location as a catalyst for the young people, who have devised two original works, created in collaboration with Banbury Museum’s reminiscence groups. One of the plays is partly inspired by Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, while the other explores our obsession with ageing and wanting to prevent it. Audiences will be taken around in small groups. Emily said: “It has been such a pleasure to watch and even learn from the young people. They have been very curious about the history and this unusual space and this has led to some innovative and exciting new ideas.”
Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist, The Theatre, Chipping Norton, March 30
Perhaps best-known as the writer of Vicar of Dibley, Paul Mayhew-Archer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s aged 58.
Instead of viewing it as the end of the world, he is using his diagnosis as a foundation for his stand-up comedy show.