What's on - March 2018

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  • 1 March 2018 - 2 March 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals

    The She Festival: Separations

    Audiences will be guided through rooms of theatre, dance, song, poetry, film and more in this intimate promenade experience inviting you to witness the journeys of six very different women and their thoughts, experiences and dilemmas around separation.

    This special instalment of the British-Israeli collaboration between Dorit Nitai Neeman (Artistic Director of the Karov Theatre, Tel Aviv) and Alexa Christopher-Daniels (founder and director of London-based performance platform Gems of Mazal) continues its mission to merge diverse stories and languages with humour, sensitivity and creative innovation.

    Created by Dorit Nitai Neeman, developed for OSO by Alexa Christopher-Daniels and Dorit Nitai Neeman.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 2 March 2018 - 11 March 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Piano competitons 2018

    Competitions for pianists of all ages - March 2nd-4th and March 11th.  See website for full timetable.  www,richmondfestival.org.uk


    Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival event

  • Social lunch

    St.Mary's Church Hall, Church Road, Hampton.

    Please meet at 12.30pm for 1pm.

    Lunch followed by a talk.

    Contact details: the Programme Manager on tel: 020 8979 3089; email: b.weisblatt@btinternet.com

    Richmond Association for the National Trust event

  • 3 March 2018Music/Gigs

    Thames Philharmonia

    Thames Philharmonia’s spring gala concert presents a feast of much-loved music from the world of opera. The programme will include Wagner’s rousing overture from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg and the passionate Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, together with famous operatic arias by Mozart, Puccini, Donizetti, Bellini and Richard Strauss, performed by five sparkling young singers. Indulge yourself in an evening of drama, romance and glorious music.

    Tickets: £15 / £12 concs & LAC Members / £5 U16S

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 3 March 2018 - 18 August 2018Music/Gigs

    Unsung Heroes

    Another in our series of events to celebrate talented local musical performers, following last year’s successful concert.
    Acts are currently being confirmed.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 4 March 2018 - 10 March 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals

    After Electra

    After Electra by April de Angelis

    Directed by Muriel Keech

    A black comedy about family and ageing

    I blame the books they learned to read with. Daddy at the office. Mummy looking out of the window while she's washing up. I should have burnt them.

    It's Virgie's birthday and she is bucking convention. Always more committed as an artist than a mother, in old age Virgie has not reckoned on her family and friends' determination to thwart her plans.

    Warning: This play contains strong language.


    Teddington Theatre Club event

  • Borough of Twickenham Local History Society

    Roland Wales illustrates the life and times of playwright and novelist R C Sherriff.

    Twickenham (Borough) Local History Society event

  • Cracking Glass

    Drinks from 7pm. One-hour lecture at 8pm.

    An overview of Britain’s ‘Big Four’ postwar glass companies, comprising Whitefriars, King’s Lynn (Wedgwood), Caithness and Dartington. As well as company and designer histories, special slides examine, compare and contrast ‘Good, Better, Best’ examples from each company. The emergence of these factories is put into context and major influences behind them are discussed. The current glut of Whitefriars fakes is covered, including tips on how to spot them!

    Lecturer's Profile
    Mark Hill studied History of Art & Architecture (BA Hons) and began his career as a porter and Junior Cataloguer at Bonhams, before moving to Sotheby’s where he was a Specialist in the Collectors’ Department. He became a director of an internet company forming and running a ground-breaking deal with eBay. Since 2002 he has been the co-author with Judith Miller of the internationally published Collectables Price Guide, initially with DK and now with Miller’s. He founded his own publishing company in 2005 and has published over books on specialist subjects in 20th century design and decorative arts. He ahs been a Miscellaneous (!) expert on the Antiques Roadshow since 2007 and has co-presented three primetime factual TV series on antiques and collecting for BBC2. He has lectured across the world and has contributed to many newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programmes. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.

    The Arts Society Richmond event

  • 6 March 2018 - 10 March 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Say Something Happened

    The Barnes Community Players try their hand on a triple bill of Alan Bennett one act plays. Say Something Happened will be performed alongside Green Forms and A Visit From Miss Protheroe. Three bitter-sweet comedies which may be taken to the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 7 March 2018Museum/Heritage

    Visit to the Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution

    Faraday Museum, 21 Albermarle Street, London W1S 4BS.

    Please meet at 11am.

    Contact details: the Programme Manager on tel: 020 8979 3089; email: b.weisblatt@btinternet.com

    Richmond Association for the National Trust event

  • 10 March 2018Choral/Choirs

    Spring Serenade: All at Sea!

    A nautical theme means that Cantanti Camerati are “All at Sea!” for their spring serenade at Normansfield Theatre.  Join us for a selection of salty songs, including extracts from “HMS Pinafore”, and songs celebrating the richness and diversity of the oceans.  An informal audience setting awaits you in the fabulous Grade 2* Victorian theatre, for music with audience participation.  Interval refreshments (licensed bar at evening performance). 

    A participating concert in the Richmond-upon-Thames Music and Drama Festival 2018

    Matinee at 2.30pm and evening at 7.30pm

    Tickets £15 (adults) and £8 (under 16s) available from –

    Normansfield Box Office: 0333 1212 300,

    or online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk/events

    or Cantanti Camerati: 020 8898 8020,

    or on the door if available.

    Cantanti Camerati event

  • 10 March 2018Choral/Choirs

    Songs from Earth to Heaven

    Music by:

    Poulenc: Gloria

    Tippett: Spirituals

    Petter: St. Magnus Mass

    Parry: I was glad


    Tickets £12 in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/concordiavoices

    (Tickets £14 on the door)

    Concordia Voices event

  • 10 March 2018Choral/Choirs

    Spring Serenade: All at Sea!

    Saturday, 10 March 2018

    Matinne at 2.30pm and Evening Performance at 7.30pm

    Tickets:  £15 (for adults) a d £8 (for under 16s)

    Cantanti Camerati present a nautical medley of works celebrating the righness and diversity of the ocan waters.  The performance will include extracts from HMS Pinafore and audience participationl

    Tickets can be ordered online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk or by phone to 0333 1212 300.

    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 13 March 2018Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond Film Society – screening of 'Outside the Law' (France)

    PLEASE NOTE OUR CHANGE OF VENUE. From January 2018, we shall be screening all our films at 'The Exchange', a new community facility opposite Twickenham Station. Its address is The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE.

    Its amenites include a very comfortable, tiered 300 seat theatre, an onsite bar and a cafe. Our first screening at our new venue will be on 16 January, 2018.

    In 'Outside the Law', an Algerian family is scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement; Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls. Their interconnecting destinies reunite them in Paris.

    Tickets on the night for non-members are £6 (£4 full-time students) and all are very welcome. Please come along and join us at The Exchange.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • Lecture on the background to the Vanished Royal Buildings in the gardens at Kew

    Lecture on the background to the vanished Royal buildings in the gardens at Kew by Suzanne Groom.

    At the Vestry Hall, 21 Paradise Road, Richmond. Doors open at 2 pm for a 2.30 pm start. Members' tickets cost £3.50 and guests' cost £4.50.

    For further details please contact the Programme Manager on tel. 0208 979 3089 or email: b.weisblatt@btinternet.com.

    Richmond Association for the National Trust event

  • Dr Johnson and Mr Pope: ‘an ornament from an inconvenience’

    A soirée in support of Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust

    When the great poet and satirist Alexander Pope built his iconic villa at Twickenham, he had to overcome a significant inconvenience: his garden lay on the other side of a busy road. Johnson remarked, ‘as some men try to be proud of their defects, he extracted an ornament from an inconvenience, and vanity produced a grotto where necessity enforced a passage.’ Ornamenting his grotto with minerals proved an enduring source of pleasure, while the space also provided Pope an inspiring imaginative resource. The fans of Pope who flocked to visit his house and garden after his death so annoyed the owner, Baroness Howe, that she razed the villa to the ground in 1808. The grotto is the only tangible relic of Pope’s architectural legacy and is designated as a heritage asset ‘at risk’.

    Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust is working to preserve the fabric of the site and increase access for a wider audience.  Supported by Radnor House School, which owns the building which now sits atop the grotto, and by grants from, among others, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ironmongers’ Company and Historic England, the Trust needs to raise matching funds from donors.

    Join us in a venue which embodies Dr Johnson’s personality for an event which celebrates the cultural passions of both writers. Enjoy lavish refreshments, while exploring the house where Johnson wrote his Dictionary. Learn from leading authorities, Philip Smallwood, Emrys Jones and Judith Hawley who will reveal the interconnections between these giants of English literature.

    Professor Philip Smallwood, who has written extensively on Johnson, Pope and criticism, is Emeritus Professor of English at Birmingham City University and currently Visiting Fellow in the School of Humanities, University of Bristol. Dr Emrys Jones, an expert on Pope, on celebrity and social gatherings, is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Kings College London.  Professor Judith Hawley, Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London, is a Trustee of Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust and a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 4.

    Tickets are £60 and include a donation to the Trust, entry to Dr Johnson’s House after hours, talks, light refreshments, wine and other beverages and can be purchased from TicketSource.

    Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust event

  • Dispatches: Scratch Writing at the OSO

    Come and see London’s newest theatrical voices! The OSO is hosting its inaugural scratch writing night, Dispatches, with seven short plays presented over the course of the evening followed by an opportunity to give your feedback and help shape the future of theatre.


    If you would like to submit work, submissions open 10th January and close 10th February. Please visit the OSO website for more information.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • The Script Room

    The Script Room presents three original theatre pieces selected from over 160 scripts submitted  especailly for this event. The plays are performed as rehearsed readings by Optik Theatre's professional cast directed by Barry Edwards. Tickets £5 can be booked in advance at www.thescriptroom.com 

    The programme:

    Contactless by Pete Talman

    The Loaves and the Fishes by Jess Green

    Cherie My Struggle by Lloyd Evans

    Optik event

  • 16 March 2018 - 18 March 2018Visual Arts/Film

    Contemporary Textile Fair

    Our Contemporary Textiles Fair returns with over 70 textile artists & designer makers exhibiting the best in contemporary textiles. This year’s Fair also features a special exhibitions by Debbie Lyddon and the International Feltmakers Association, talks, workshops and ‘Raw Fibres’, a new section showcasing some of the best new textile artists in the UK. 

    Admission: £4 / £3 concessions / LAC members & U18s free


    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 17 March 2018 - 23 March 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals

    A Month of Sundays

    A Month of Sundays by Bob Larbey

    Directed by Steve Taylor

    Laughing in the face of oblivion

    From the same pen as The Good Life and A Fine Romance comes this bittersweet comic gem. We follow the exploits of two care home friends, Cooper and Aylott - from the painful ritual of Sunday family visits and empty condescension, to valiantly flirting with the female staff – and discover that life can only be endured through friendship and laughter.



    Teddington Theatre Club event

  • Now Here's a FUNNY STORY!

    Saturday, 17 March 2018

    Matinee at 3pm and Evening Performance at 7.30pm

    Tickets:  Matinee £12/£10 (£13 on the door) ;  Evening £14/£12 (£15 on the door)

    Writtten by Mitch Feral and starring Miss Airle Scott and Mr Tommy Parsons.  Directed by Jan Hunt

    A jaunty romp through the Golden Age of Music Hall, often delving into its dark underberlly.  Experienced Music Hall artist, Tommy Parsons and Airlie Scott, take you on a journey from its very beginnings, through to its 1890s heyday with the likes of Marie Lloyd and Champagne Charlie, onto wartime jingoism and the cross-dressing Vesta Tilley of the Great War.

    Tickets can be purchased from www.langdondowndowncentre.org.uk or by calling 0333 1212 300.


    Langdon Down Centre event

  • 17 March 2018 - 24 March 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals


    Macbeth  is a play about fear. When first performed in 1606 belief in witches and supernatural intervention in the governance of the realm were a given, and Shakespeare’s tale of political ambition, betrayal, and murder would have held a real sense of immediacy and danger for the audience.  To this day the play retains an aura of superstition, especially in theatrical circles.  At its deeper level Macbeth raises universal existential questions – at its simplest it can be as scary as The Woman in Black





    Richmond Shakespeare Society event

  • 17 March 2018Choral/Choirs

    The Ripieno Choir | Bach Motets

    For the Ripieno Choir, JS Bach is something of a spiritual ‘home’ – we never fail to enjoy performing his music. So, it seems fitting that in one of our last concerts with David Hansell at the helm, we return to the master.

    Bach’s motets are, of course, highlights of the entire choral repertoire, with passionate chromaticism in Fürchte dich nicht and effervescent high spirits in Lobet den Herrn. Jesu meine Freude is an absolute masterpiece, combining variations on a chorale melody with freely composed music to produce perfect musical symmetry and profound spirituality. Similarly, in his seldom performed Kyrie eleison in F, Bach fuses a plainchant melody with lively counterpoint.

    Partnering Bach this time are two other great choral masters who also served in major German courts and/or churches – Lassus and Schütz – demonstrating the musical progression from Renaissance, through early to late Baroque styles.

    Lassus’s motets display the High Renaissance style at its best, with flowing musical lines, colourful touches of harmony, and rich choral textures in six parts. Schütz takes this one stage further with his dramatic psalm setting of Herr unser Herrscher in eight parts. His Passion Motets do not so much tell the Biblical story as meditate upon it, building upon Lassus’s experiments with harmony to create music of great intensity.

    The Ripieno Choir event

  • Arts Richmond's New Plays Festival March 2018

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    An Arts Richmond event

  • 20 March 2018 - 22 March 2018Drama/Dance/Musicals

    Windrush Square

    "Come on and get up and stand up for our rights” in the pursuit of equality in the eyes of the law. Join the Johnson family as we retell an essential part of British history buried in the heart of Brixton, uniting all people in a bid to eradicate the barrier between all races.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 22 March 2018Music/Gigs

    Simply Bowie

    The music of David Bowie as you’ve never heard it before. Following sell out seasons at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, NME Male Vocalist of the Year, Oliver Darley brings his own inimitable style to the music of this iconic artist. With only jazz pianist Chad Lelong for accompaniment, the two strip back Bowie’s most recognisable hits to present a unique interpretation of great British songwriting.  '(Darley is) one of the UK's greatest white voices' (B B King). 'He could sing the angels to sleep and wake the Devil from his bed’ (Ray Charles)

    Tickets: £17 / £16 concs / £15 LAC Members 


    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 23 March 2018Music/Gigs

    Kindred Spirit Band Concert

    Twickenham's beautiful, new Arts Centre, The Exchange presents the Kindred Spirit Band on Friday 23rd March 2018. 

    The Kindred Spirit Band sound is special and distinctive, driven by "haunting and bewitching" female vocals, guitar, two classically trained, virtuoso, lead instrument players (on violin and flute / sax), dynamic drums and bass guitar and laced with jigs, reels and duelling improvisations. The band features Elaine Samuels (guitar and vocals), Catherine Dimmock (flute, sax and vocals) , Martin Ash (electric violin), Mike Hislop (bass) and Aleem Saleh (drums).

    This progressive folk rock band play powerful “perceptive and intriguing” original material which is inclined to the mystical, magical and environmental.

    I have finally found music again…I have not heard such wonderful, uplifting music in ages.” Gene Saul, Alabama

    The band have performed at Theatres, Art Centres, festivals and clubs including the famous Cavern Club, Liverpool, where John Lennon’s sister, Julia, rushed back stage to congratulate them on their set! The band’s singer / song-writer / guitarist, Elaine Samuels, has been featured on TV, radio & Glastonbury Festival as well as tours up and down the UK.

    The day began with Kindred Spirit, whose blending of some electrifying folk rock with a prog sensitivity, ensured the Spitfire stage got off to a good start… they held the crowds attention with some quite delightful music” Laurence Todd, Classic Rock Society

    Since the release of their last album, “Phoenix Rising”, which has been receiving some great reviews, the band have been featured in Prog Magazine and the album is being distributed globally.

    Stunning new album… extraordinarily beautiful songs written for our generation” Neil Mach, AdPontes

    Tickets: Adult – £8/Concessions £6
    Book your ticket now


    Elaine Samuels Events event

  • 24 March 2018Choral/Choirs

    Teddington Choral Society

    Teddington Choral Society invite you to their third Spring Concert at the Landmark conducted by their Musical Director Sam Evans. They will perform two of Haydn’s joyful and uplifting Masses: The Saint Nicholas Mass and the Theresienmesse with professional soloists and chamber ensemble, ensuring a superb and entertaining evening. www.teddingtonchoral.co.uk 

    Tickets: £15 / Under 12’s Free

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 24 March 2018Choral/Choirs

    Spring Concert

    Teddington Choral Society on Saturday 24th March 2018  invites you to their third Spring Concert at The Landmark Arts Centre.

    The evening performance, conducted by their Musical Director Sam Evans, is of two of Haydn’s joyful and uplifting Masses: The  Saint Nicholas Mass and the Theresienmesse Mass.

    Teddington Choral will be joined by four professional Soloists:

    • Fflur Wyn soprano
    • Annie Gill mezzo soprano
    • John-Colyn Gyeantey tenor
    • George von Bergen baritone

    and The Battersea Ensemble

    This will be a superb and entertaining evening.


    For more information:   www.teddingtonchoral.co.uk      

    Tickets: www.landmarkartscentre.org/  Price  £15    Under 12’s Free.

    Teddington Choral Society event

  • 25 March 2018Music/Gigs

    Song-writing Competition

    At Elaine Samuels' March Open Mic Night (last Sundays of the month) on March 25th, from 7pm, there is going to be a song-writing competition, with a cash prize.

    If you would like to enter the competition, you need to write your own song and be prepared to perform it at the competition. The subject for this competition is "change". The requirements for entry are a £5 fee and registration at 6.45pm, just prior to the start of te Open Mic night at 7pm.

    More details 

    Elaine Samuels Events event

  • The 4 Clowns of the Apocolypse

    The end of the world is nigh!
    Well, maybe.
    The Horsemen of The Apocalypse assemble to fulfil their prophesied function and with epic scale incompetence they grapple with universal destruction and deckchairs.
    Comical, magical and visually stunning, The 4 Clowns of The Apocalypse is a sensorial, nonsensical delight for the whole family.
    Teatro do Montemuro from Portugal and the UK-based Absolute Theatre, both with great experience of creating innovative theatre, come together to present this highly entertaining, anti-apocalyptic production.

    OSO Arts Centre event

  • 27 March 2018Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond Film Society – screening of 'Marshland' (Spain)

    PLEASE NOTE OUR CHANGE OF VENUE. From January 2018, we shall be screening all our films at 'The Exchange', a new community facility opposite Twickenham Station. Its address is The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE.

    Its amenites include a very comfortable, tiered 300 seat theatre, an onsite bar and a cafe. Our first screening at our new venue will be on 16 January, 2018.

    'Marshland' is set in the early years of a post-Franco Spain, two detectives with things to hide are assigned to a remote part of Andalusia to investigate the murder of two sisters. Clues are scare, the locals are unwelcoming and the ghosts of the past are everywhere.

    Tickets on the night for non-members are £6 (£4 full-time students) and all are very welcome. Please come along and join us at The Exchange.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 29 March 2018 - 8 April 2018Visual Arts/Film

    Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

    The exhibition will include fine art prints and projected digital images, plus the Royal Photographic Society’s Visual Art Group touring exhibition and work by students of St. Catherine’s Girls School, Twickenham. Books and cards will be for sale in the exhibition shop. www.rtps.org.uk

    Admission:  £2.

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • In The Footsteps of Dr John Langdon Down

    Saturday, 31 March 2018

    11am to 1pm

    Cost:  £10 includes light refreshments

    A talk using maps, architectural drawings and photographs to trace the development of the site.  This is followed by a walk around the original Normansfield grounds locating the position of lost buildings and finding those that remain.  The one hour walk is mostly along pavements but will also include some rougn paths and grased areas.  The total distance is about one mile.

    Places must idealy be pre-booked online at www.langdondowncentre.org.uk or by calling 0333 1212 300

    Langdon Down Centre event

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