Henley Life January 2019 - page 6

Thursday 10th to
Tuesday 22nd
Ceramics by Sally
Dorrity and
photographs by
Tracy Florance, Old
Fire Station Gallery
Ceramicist Sally Dorrity
and photographer Tracy
Florance are teaming up
for “Curvilinear” — the first
art show of the year at the
Market Place exhibition
space. Sally said: “I work
in stoneware to hand-build
my pots, using either crank
or black clays to create
small, medium and large
pieces, both functional and
sculptural. These are then
fired in an electric kiln. My
work is frost-resistant and
is therefore suitable for
use both indoors and
outside. In my studio in
Oxford, I am constantly
experimenting with
different shapes, new glazes and glaze combinations,
taking my inspiration from traditional classic forms as
well as from the lines, tones and textures of nature. My
ceramics and my skills are continually evolving and
progressing, as I pursue my fascination with form and
texture.” Tracy said: “My interest in photography began
many years ago, when my husband bought me a
darkroom kit for Christmas. I took evening classes in
basic black and white photography and darkroom
techniques at my local college, where I worked on
three City and Guilds modules — all of which were
awarded distinctions. While I still use film occasionally,
most of my images are taken on a digital SLR. I try to
take the camera with me wherever I go, hoping to
capture the essence of the places I visit. I am drawn to
interior and external architecture, in which I try to
capture patterns and shapes that others might miss.”
For more information, visit
Saturday 12th
Michael Portillo,
Life: A Game of
Two Halves,
Kenton Theatre
It took Michael
Portillo little more
than 10 years to get
a seat in the House
of Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a
point where he was a favoured leader of his party and
possible future PM. Although his political career then
came to a humiliating end, memorably losing his seat
in May 1997, Michael has since reinvented and
endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for
the solid workmanship found in the great railways of
the world, the effect of the railways on the history of
countries, and the daily lives of their people. Listen to
his story, told with a “parliamentary stand-up” wit, and
then feel free to question him about it. Followed by a
book signing. Tickets are £18.50. To book, call (01491)
575698 or visit
Sunday 13th January
Henley and District
Theatre Organ Trust
concert, Town Hall
Phil Kelsall, right, the resident
organist from Blackpool’s
world-famous Tower Ballroom,
will be getting to grips with Henley’s Allen Digital
Theatre Organ. Noted for his distinctive style of playing
inspired by Reginald Dixon, one of his predecessors in
the Blackpool role, Kelsall has appeared numerous
times on TV and radio and was awarded the MBE in
2010. Doors open at 2.30pm for a 3pm start.
Refreshments will be available and a raffle held. Entry
is £8 with concessions £7. For more information, call
Susan Rusman on 0118 972 4988 or visit
Friday 18th and
Saturday 19th January
Maddi Sharkey presents
This Show Does Not
Contain Nuts, Kenton
A new wave of exciting female
comedians has been playing to
sell out audiences across the
UK, and the show, now in its third season, showcases
the talent of these exciting and critically acclaimed
artists. Live at the Apollo Star, Jen Brister (pictured) —
dubbed “outrageously funny” by Metro and “gorgeously
talented” by Time Out — will be delivering slick
sketches and side-splitting routines. Rising comedy
star, Sarah Keyworth, hailed as “top notch” by the
Guardian, is a deadpan storyteller whose anecdotes
will leave the audience begging for more. Fresh from
the Edinburgh fringe, Gabby Killick will be bringing her
award-winning show Girlfriend from Hell to the stage,
having been acclaimed as “one of the most authentic
voices of her generation” by the Edinburgh Evening
News. Alongside this incredible comedy line-up,
audiences will be spoilt with a burlesque bonanza, old
school Ibiza tunes, thought-provoking graphics, gigantic
gold glitter cannons and all opened in a unique eclectic
fashion by host Maddi Sharkey, who makes the
warm-up almost instantaneous. Tickets are £21 and
the show has a running time of 110 minutes, including
a 20-minute interval. To book, call (01491) 575698 or
Thursday 24th to Tuesday 29th January
Transition, Old Fire Station Gallery
“Transition” showcases recent work by alumni of the
University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. Expressive
and innovative, these established makers come from
diverse discipilines, including ceramics, glass, jewellery,
metal textiles and product design. Textiles which test
our conventional ideas of cloth and basketry, wrapped
pieces articulating messages of ethnic unity, stitching
which marks an exploration of place and, in a third
instance, an expression of the hidden anguish of mental
illness, are just part of what is on offer. The makers
have drawn inspiration from walking ancient paths,
Scandinavian “Krokbroad”, optical illusions, the
experience of macular degeneration and the life of the
sea bed, the response to which is vibrant glass and
metal sea-slug jewellery. They have used painted
metals, natural fibre and plant material. For more
information, visit
Saturday 26th January
Henley Choir Festival,
St Mary’s Church
Starting at 7pm, the programme
includes Handel’s Messiah Part
I and the Hallelujah chorus and
will feature contributions from
soloists Rebecca Bell (pictured),
Stephanie Franklyn, Tom Emlyn Williams and James
Stickings (the Rector of All Saints, Peppard). Entry is
£5 and the event, which is now in its 10th year, is once
again being held for charity. For more information and
to book tickets, call organisers David Butler on 0118
972 4065 or Elizabeth Hodgkin on (01491) 573192.
Sunday 27th January
The Rat Pack featuring
special guest Kenny
Lynch, Kenton Theatre
The Rat Pack is Britain’s
longest-running tribute to
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin
and Sammy Davis Jr. This hit
show perfectly captures not
only the wonderful music and
comedy of these musical legends, but also offers the
remarkable personalities of the stars who truly ruled
the entertainment world with such timeless hit songs
as The Lady is a Tramp, My Way and New York, New
York. For this performance, they are set to be joined by
Kenny Lynch (pictured) who had two top 10 singles,
Up On The Roof and You Can Never Stop Me Loving
You, and six other hits including Mountain of Love and
Stand by Me. Tickets are £21. To book, call (01491)
575698 or visit
Until Saturday
23rd February
Guys and Dolls,
Mill at Sonning
Based on short
stories by Damon
Runyon and hailed
as one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time,
Guys and Dolls is a timeless New York tale of
gamblers, petty crooks, nightclub singers, as well as
strait-laced missionaries, that will delight and beguile
you. Sky Masterson is the cool doyen of gamblers. His
friend, the not quite down and out Nathan Detroit, bets
him that he can’t get the pious and beautiful
mission-doll Sarah Brown to go on a date with him to
disreputable Havana. The dice are rolled as these
colourful characters pursue love and luck from the
heart of Times Square to the sizzling clubs of Cuba.
Will Lady Luck be on their side? For tickets and times,
call 0118 969 8000 or visit
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