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Theatre – Nov 2013 (2)

Nigel Kennedy Concert at The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe.

Wonderful playing by Nigel and his band. A programme completely different to our previous evening with him at the Sheldonian. Celebrating the music of Bach and Fats Waller. The concert began with Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin, after which Nigel was joined by an acoustic guitarist, a snare drummer and a double bass player who helped to perform Nigel’s own arrangements of the music of the legendary Fats Waller.

The theatre was completely full, not a spare seat anywhere.

We hired the Community Bus to take some of us which was great. Saved the hassle of waiting around in the cold (and it was very cold that night). A lovely evening.


Theatre – Nov 2013

30th November

Last Saturday 30th November 2013 a group of us went to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare at the Swan in High Wycombe. This performance was an all male group known as “Propeller” and what a performance it was. Wonderful acting.

In the interval we were given an unexpected chance to listen to them singing and playing, collecting money for Charity. All of us went on the bus – so no fare, some of us had a meal first(two for £7.00. in Weatherspoons) .

A lovely afternoon out!


Theatre – Aug 2013

Theatre Group Trip Review:

On Thursday 8th August 35 members of the Theatre Group went by coach to Wyndham’s Theatre in London to see a wonderful production of Alan Ayckbourne’s ‘Relatively Speaking’.

The play set in 1965 is a comedy of misunderstandings and mistaken identity. There are only four characters and two scenes in the whole play. It opened in a less than glamorous flat occupied by the young lovers Greg and Ginny who have convinced themselves that they want to marry despite very obvious suspicions on Greg’s part and deception on Ginny’s. Whilst trying to untangle herself from an affair with an older man, Ginny sets off to the country on the pretext of seeing her parents whom Greg has never met. He determines to follow her and ask permission for the couple to marry. Continue reading Theatre – Aug 2013


Theatre – June 2013

2013 – 06

What a treat, what a performance! On a lovely evening on Thursday 13th June 2013 theatre group went to see Nigel Kennedy and Oxford Philomusica (conductor Marios Papadopoulos) play at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. The programme started with Mozart – Divertimento in D, followed by the The Lark Ascending, and the wonderful traditional arrangement by Nigel Kennedy of Londonderry Air,

An interval and then Nigel Kennedy played The Four Seasons (his version)! We were all spellbound. The concert went on so much later than planned, but it didn’t matter, we were all “glued” to our hard bench seats (without backs) but some of us brought cushions. Kennedy never seemed to get tired and went on and on and on playing. He too looked as though he enjoyed himself. All it cost was £12.00. – a bargain!

If you have never been to the Sheldonian in Oxford, it is a most beautiful building.

A gem.


Theatre – April 2013

Waterside Theatre 2013 – 04

On Thursday 11th April. 27 members of the Theatre Group went to the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury to see Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’.

We were a group with mixed motives for going. Some of us had seen the original production in London more years ago than we liked to remember. Others wanted to see what had kept this play on the boards for 60 years. The rest just looked for a pleasant afternoon out on a cold, end of winter, day.

It was indeed a pleasant afternoon trip. The play was a ‘who done it’ where murder was committed but there was not a drop of blood, a mutilated body, or an embarrassing expletive anywhere to spoil the pleasantness. The set was good, the acting true to the period and if the characters were a little unbelievable in this day and age that was purely due to the violence we see in theatre and film now. Continue reading Theatre – April 2013


Theatre – Mar 2013

Waterside Theatre

On Wednesday 27th March 2013 theatre group went to the matinee performance of Goodnight Mr. Tom at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury. We had best stall seats but were disappointed with them as so many of us could not see properly – or hear properly.

We have experienced difficulty in hearing at this theatre before, so I now prefer to sit upstairs in the circle where I can hear and see much better.

The acting was good as were the stage set, but I think so many of us remember the wonderful film made starring John Thaw it had alot to live up to.

The theatre was packed as so many school parties were there.

Penny Young

U3A Theatre Group.


Theatre – Jan 2013

January 2013

In December 2012 the Theatre Group went to Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford to their Christmas at Christ Church Carol Concert and Readings. The little choir boys sang so beautifully and the Readings read by Oliver Tobias were excellent. The Cathedral was packed and looked welcoming and had a lovely Christmassy feel. A wonderful evening.

We went from PR by coach and got there in plenty of time to have a coffee before the Concert. Luckily this time we escaped the snow! Several people have asked if we can go this year.

We started the New Year in style! We went up to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London by coach to see Chorus of Disapproval starring Rob Brydon in his West End debut. A very funny and thoroughly enjoyable production. Some of us took the opportunity of booking a two course lunch at a special price at a 4* hotel before the performance which was excellent. Just the thing for a cold wet January afternoon!

Do please come and join us.

We have lots of outings to different venues over the coming year.