Day 8 of the most successful Fringe yet begins this morning with award-winning shadow puppetry My Shadow & Me at the VUE Cinema & Natalie’s Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals at the Penta, also the venue for  Bubbly Bubbles & Bubbly Maths this afternoon. This evening there’s comedy with Gerard Harris, A Special RelationshipPreet Singh & Lucas Jolson. The Trees Are Out To Get Meoffers a queer dystopian vision of the forests reclaiming the world & Total Eclipsetells a transformative story of love & loss. And Friday night is music night with free shows from Holly Shillito at the Oracle Beach Bar & ‘German Arctic Monkeys’ Parakeets at Purple Turtle – plus Conversations With Trees with folk stars Jackie Oates & Hannah James & jazz drummer Thomas Stronen.

Lucas Jolson: Attitude Adjustment, Tonight, 9pm
Join our After Dark Comedy Competition winner Lucas as he discusses being nice, the housing crisis, marriage and maybe even tells some jokes.

“Upbeat banter” Chortle
“Full of layers” Explore RDG
Book tickets

Helen Jukes in conversation, Tomorrow, 10.30am
Helen’s widely praised book A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings(“a classic of modern nature writing” Countryfile) tells of her first year of beekeeping. She is in conversation at Reading Library with Radio 3’s Fiona Talkington. Book tickets

Friendlinesses, Sunday, 5pm
Henry AKA Childcry is a gifted young musician who will be bringing the 2019 Fringe to a close at the Rising Sun on Sunday afternoon. He persuades you to traverse your emotions, visiting surprise, love, fear, anger & joy. As the show ends, you’re left feeling shamelessly but enviably invigorated. Book tickets


Top theatre with The Mariner’s Song30 Neo-Futurist Plays From Too Much Light Makes The Baby Goes Blind & Educating Georgia; marvellous music from the Tonyx & A Night in the Ruins: Silent Disco; chucklesome comedy from The Zap Show& Der Andre Teatret; And a secular celebration of life with Sunday Assembley Readingplus a handful of tickets left for Yoga ReadingThames Path Walk’n’Talk & the previously sold-out Pilgrimage to Reading Abbey