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Moyet’s journey continues
Having reached the age when women seem to become ‘invisible’ to some people, Alison Moyet is definitely not disappearing: she’s released an album and a lengthy worldwide tour brings her to Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre.
Pop legend and relentless explorer Alison Moyet now finds herself in her mid-50s but remains thoroughly intrigued by what’s happening around her, as evidenced by Other, her remarkable album released in the summer.
“The invisibility of middle aged woman rather thrills me and instead I watch,” she says. “Some of us have always felt ‘Other’. I no longer wish it were otherwise.” The album explores topics from dyslexia and locked-out syndrome to diversity, doggedness and even the internet. When asked to explain lyrics she says her best attempt is to simply explain that the meaning is hers, which comes from what she sees and that she hopes other people will find their own landscape, or indeed none.
She sees a lot: a worldwide tour took in the US and Canada in September, moved on to Australia and New Zealand through October and she’s now in the middle of a UK and Ireland section which includes her coming to Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre on 27 November. December will see her perform across Europe, taking in Scandinavia, Belgium and the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and, finally, France. Not that invisible, then!
Family days out
You can’t go wrong with a pre-Christmas trip to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton, near Aylesbury when the Festive Days Out With Thomas and Father Christmas take place. We’re publishing all the dates in this issue because booking is essential and popular dates tend to sell out. So all aboard and book at www.bucksrailcentre.org.
Receive a present from Father Christmas whilst travelling on a train being pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine. Inside the Visitor Centre you can meet the Fat Controller, enjoy free refreshments and watch a live kids’ show. Also included is free face painting, 18ft Christmas tree, colouring and badge-making. Tickets: Standard £15/First Class £16.50/Babies £4.
Wednesday, 20; Friday 22 and Saturday, 23 December - 10am to 5pm
Meet Father Christmas on a Steam Train and receive a present. Free refreshment and show in the Visitor Centre, plus face painting, Christmas tree, colouring and badge-making. Tickets: Standard £13.50/First Class £15/Babies £4.
Magical time at Waddesdon
The theme for this year’s decorations at Waddesdon is Enchanted Menagerie, celebrating the weird and wonderful animals that can be seen throughout the collections, from an elephant parade inspired by the 18th-century musical automaton to a life-sized zebra and trees decked with colourful birds and mythical beasts.
From dusk, an extraordinary new light and sound show Waddesdon Imaginarium, created by video design students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, will be projected onto the Manor’s ornate façade and you can discover light art by American artist Lauren Booth.
Waddesdon’s Christmas Fair, 15 November-10 December, will see 80 decorated wooden chalets set against the enchanting backdrop of the floodlit Manor.
1-5 November, The Railway Children; 6-11 November, Hairspray; 13 November, The Glenn Miller Orchestra; 16 November, NT – Follies; 16 November, Jon Richardson: Old Man; 18-19 November, Peppa Pig’s Adventure; 20-25 November, Flashdance; 26 November, Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band; 27 November, Alison Moyet; 28 November, Roy Chubby Brown; 29 November, That’ll Be the Day Christmas Show; 30 November, The Carpenters Story
Queens Park Arts Centre and Limelight Theatre, Queens Park, tel: 01296 424332
3 November, The Boodlum Band; 4 November, Crazy Diamond; 17 November, Sinnerboy; 18 November, Book of Genesis; 19 November, Inspector Murder Inspects & Everything Wrong with Politics; 24 November, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow
Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000
1-4 November, A Murder is Announced; 5 November, Faith – The George Michael Legacy; 7 November, The Summer of Love; 8 November, The Magic Flute; 9 November, TRextasy; 11-12 November, Peppe Pig’s Adventure; 16 November, John Mayall; 17 November, That’ll be the Day Christmas Show; 18 November, Alexander O’Neal; 18 November, Jersey Boys Dinner Dance; 19 November, Marlow Choral Society & Princes Risborough Music Society; 24 November, Tropicana Nights; 25 November, Big Fish Little Fish; 26 November, The King is Back, Ben Portsmouth is Elvis; 20-25 November, Our House; 28 November, Music Memory Cafe
1-4 November, Cabaret; 6 November, That’ll Be the Day; 8-12 November, Awful Auntie; 13 November, Elaine Paige; 14-18 November, Tango Moderno; 19 November, Brahms Requiem; 21 & 23 November, Glyndebourne’s Cosi Fan Tutte; 22 & 25 November, Glyndebourne’s Barber of Seville; 24 November, Glyndebourne’s Hamlet; 26 November, The Illegal Eagles; 28 November – 2 December, Sunset Boulevard
The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800
6 November, Pam Ayres; 8 November, Phill Jupitus: Juplicity; 11 November, Simon Amstell: What Is This?; 14 November, Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert; 18 November, Judie Tzuke: Songs & Stories, Back on the Road; 23 November, Roxy Magic; 24 November, Mark Thomas: A Show That Gambles on The Future; 26 November, The Air Ambulance Service presents Sensational Chocolate; 30 November, Buddy Holly & the Cricketers: Holly At Christmas