10 DAYS OF FRINGE FUN START TOMORROW

After months of preparation we are so excited to be bringing 10 days of comedy, music, theatre, family shows, walks, talks and more to Reading!

HIGHLGHTS FOR READING FRINGE DAY 1: FRIDAY 19 JULY

SMALL SILENCE: From 10am tomorrow to 4pm on Sunday 28 July head to the Broad Street Mall for an immersive sound installation from Richard Bentley and other local artists. Free, no booking required. Find out more.
MARVELO’S CIRCUS: Hop aboard the UK’s only puppet bus in Broad Street. Showtime 4.15pm and tickets are £5, free for under-2s. Find out more.
FESTIVAL LAUNCH: From 7pm, music from Arturo Castro Nogueras, the Flamenco Thief & Ma Bessie, plus Britain’s Got Talent star Magic Mandy. A few tickets just released for this sold-event and some available on the door
SPACE EXPLORERS: A hands-on interactive sound installation at Reading Minster, tomorrow at 7pm and Saturday from 11am. Find out more.

THIS WEEKEND AT READING FRINGE FESTIVAL

Family-friendly magic & comedy combine in Seska: Quack Quack Bang! while South Street is the venue for Wellbeing with Yoga Reading. Enjoy an Afternoon of Irish Dance, Into The Wild family workshops in Lavender Place, a history of our town through songs, films & poems in Reading Rdg! or try Murder for Beginners with comedian Dan Collins.

Diagnosed – Saturday, 4pm
After a sell-out run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe (“compelling writing and impeccable delivery” **** Fringe Guru) MA Productions bring their acclaimed play – which they describe as “the romantic comedy that’s not that romantic or particularly funny” – to the Penta Hotel. It’s the middle of the night and Ryan has been alone for hours. He is bored and miserable, until Ellen, a brash stranger, arrives. As the night goes on they learn everything about each other, except what they are doing there in the first place. Book tickets

Ben Van der Velde: Fablemaker – Saturday, 9pm
Join Comedy Store & Edinburgh regular Ben at the Purple Turtle for an improvised comedy adventure as he raids the library of his fantastical imagination to create thrillers, romances, ghost stories and more. He’s performed everywhere from Bestival to the FIFA Museum in Zurich – now he is ready for Reading!
“A master of audience interaction” Huffington Post
“Whipsharp, with an air of mischevious mayhem” Chortle
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Mixtape Rock’n’Roll: Before We Go Dark, Sunday, 7pm
Famous for compressing power ballads and rock anthems for intimate venues, RISC regulars Nicole & Dan bring their gorgeous harmonies – and the Global Cafe hula hoop – over to After Dark for one night only as they offer a swan song before extinction. Book tickets