Looking for something to do this weekend? Here’s what’s going on.
Wilde Without the Boy and The Ballad of Reading Gaol, The Mill, Banbury, March 15
Performed by Olivier Award nominee Gerard Logan, Wilde Without the Boy is a dramatic interpretation of De Profundis, the letter Oscar Wilde wrote to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, from his cell in Reading gaol. Two years previously, Wilde had been imprisoned for acts of gross indecency with other males. Wilde Without the Boy is a glimpse into the humbled, bruised, loving soul of one of the literature’s greatest figures.
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Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass, The Theatre, Chipping Norton, March 17
When Flinn, Pearl and Tom are in the middle of their school play, their old nemesis, Mr T the T-Rex, appears and kidnaps the children. They’re then whisked away for a real life pirate adventure. Discover whether fearless Flinn be able to outwit the pirate dinosaurs, whether Pirate Pearl will be brave enough to battle the dangerous dinos and whether terrified Tom will be back in time for tea. All aboard for a non-stop action-packed theatrical experience with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs.
The Thinking Drinkers’ History of Alcohol
The Theatre, Chipping Norton, March 17
Enjoy a drink as these award-winning professional drink experts aim to prove that alcohol has influenced everything that has ever happened. Their brand-new show is a time-travelling journey through our drink-drenched past, pouring the entire history of human civilisation into a shot glass. And audience members get five free drinks, too.
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, March 16
With their landmark fifth album Personae, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman introduce music fans to a host of new characters and stories from their fertile and energetic musical imaginations. Drawing on British folk tradition’s natural backdrops while weaving in their own distinct and eclectic flavours, self-penned songs sit comfortably alongside traditional ballads. An evening in the company of this much-loved and highly respected couple, twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, promises to be intimate, inclusive, warm and inspiring.
A Taste of Ireland, Croughton Village Hall, March 17 and Banbury Folk Club, Banbury Cross Inn, Banbury, March 21
The Kevin O’Regan Band will be bringing a taste of Ireland to the area in two gigs around St Patrick’s Day. Their infectious blend of songs with great choruses, several of the old favourites included, and Irish dancers promises to engage audiences. On St Patrick’s Day itself, the band will be performing at Croughton Village Hall. As well as their own Irish dancer, Nicola Anderson, there will be two guest, award-winning dancers, Shannon Wigram and Ben Lally. The band will bring their magic to Banbury Folk Club later in the week, with Irish stew and soda bread at the interval.