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Our beautiful world in textiles
Pride of place this month goes to ‘Art in Textiles’, a beautiful first solo exhibition by Barbara Shaw at the Claydon Estate. Much of the work on display was inspired by our local landscape and countryside themes, providing unique fabric interpretations of familiar subjects.
Barbara tells us: “I use textured, bright and subtle colours, hand-stitching scraps of material together in layers to produce a painterly, distinctive style of artwork. The exhibition will be split into five themes, and will include pictures of creatures where you will get to meet some of my popular sheep, have the opportunity to see some of the work I produced for my artist-in-residency at Claydon House and be inspired by plants and Buckinghamshire landscapes.”
The accomplished textile artist will be demonstrating how her collages are produced and some excellent original work will be for sale together with limited edition prints and cards.
The Claydon Estate itself provides an inspiring day out with its gardens and other art and craft businesses in the courtyard. Enjoy some refreshments in the recently refurbished Phoenix Tea Room and take in the National Trust’s Claydon House. Barbara’s exhibition is in The Stables (adjacent to the Phoenix Tea Room) and runs from 16 to 24 September, 11am-5pm, closed 21st and 22nd. See artintextiles.co.uk and for more on Claydon Estate visithclaydonestate.co.uk and for the National Trust House see nationaltrust.org.uk/claydon.
Lights, camera, action
The Chilterns Vintage Cinema is on a talent search for individuals or groups that can partner with them to bring unusual cinematic experiences to life. Singers, comedians, magicians and anyone else who thinks they have a talent could well find a place on stage in September.
Darren Henderson, founder of Vintage Cinema, says: “We had a great opening night at Holy Trinity church in Prestwood where a screening of Grease (sing-a-long) saw the audience dressed to impress, a compère got the crowd singing along and we saw a special live performance from Jade Cheyenne, from Chesham.
“We also have a brilliant night planned at Kings Chapel, The Kings Arms in Old Amersham on 21 September where we will be showing Brassed Off with a live performance from The Chiltern Hills Brass Band, whilst the audience tuck into their pie, mash and gravy. There are plenty more nights like this in the pipeline, so if anyone or any group is interested in working with us please get in touch.”
The September line-up begins on 11 to 13 September at The Natural History Museum, Tring, with Night At The Museum, The Usual Suspects, The Jungle Book, Fight Club, Mamma Mia (sing-a-long) and Notting Hill. On 16 September it’s on to Holy Trinity Church, Prestwood, for ET The Extra Terrestrial and The Shawshank Redemption.
The Kings Arms in Old Amersham has Brassed Off and then Their Finest on 22 September. Then it’s on to The Hell-Fire Caves, West Wycombe from 25 to 28 September for The Lost Boys, Donnie Darko, Reservoir Dogs and The Goonies. See vintagecinema.co.uk.
In our Hands
Innovative puppetry brings to life the story of Alf, a trawler fisherman having to cope with the changes in his industry. Follow a fish’s journey from sea to plate, watch a seagull’s ridiculous attempt to find food and witness a father and son reunite. In our Hands will transport you out to sea, under the ocean and onto the deck of the catcher’s fortune.
A striking set and an original score accompany Alf’s journey at Stantonbury Theatre on 13 September.
Last chance for Grease
Tom Parker from The Wanted plays Danny and is joined by a great cast including Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy, and EastEnders’ and Strictly Come Dancing’s Louisa Lytton as Rizzo. The show features all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including ‘You’re The One That I Want’ and ‘Summer Nights’. Grease runs through the end of August and 1 and 2 September at Milton Keynes Theatre.
Out and about
• This is the perfect time to make the most of our countryside, and top choice must by The Chilterns Walking Festival which runs from 16 September to 1 October at numerous locations. Find an event to suit you at visitchilterns.co.uk/walkingfest
• 2 September, Open Air Cinema – Labyrinth, Buckinghamshire County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 331441
• 3 September, Lowndesbourne Town Picnic, Lowndes Park, Chesham, HP5 1HU
• 8 September, Open Garden for NGS, Lords Wood, Marlow Common, SL7 2QS
• 9 September, Heritage Open Day, Stowe, tel: 01280 817156
1 September, Chas & Dave; 7-9 September, Tango Moderno; 15 September, John Bishop – Winging It; 19-23 September, Deathtrap; 20 September, ROH – The Magic Flute, Live Screening; 25-26 September, The Tiger who Came to Tea; 28 September, Thank Abba for the Music; 29 September, Joel Demmett: Live
Queens Park Arts Centre and Limelight Theatre, Queens Park, tel: 01296 424332
23 September, John Otway; 29 September, The Askew Sisters; 30 September, Bucks Voices – Male Voice Choir
Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000
2-3 September, Stick Man; 17 September,The Beach Boys Story; 20 September, The Big Chris Barber Band; 23 September, Vera Lynn’s Songs that Won The War; 23 September, The Magic of Motown; 25-30 September, Legally Blonde
1-2 September, Grease; 4-16 September, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; 18-23 September, Bring It On The Musical; 24 September, Chas & Dave; 26-30 September, Cilla – The Musical
The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800
1 September, The Manfreds: Making Tracks Tour; 7 September, Richard Digance; 15 September, The Big Chris Barber Band; 21 September, An Evening With Nik Kershaw; 22 September, The Real Thing; 23 September, Shakatak; 24 September, An Evening with Martin Kemp; 30 September, The Three Degrees