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Live at Five – Taking theatre online

Today, host John Luther, Artistic Director of South Street Arts will be joined by 

Doug Kirby (Stage D’Or Productions)

Doug is Principal of PQA Reading, Performing Arts Academy. He has directed award winning plays and short films (Edge-Amazon Prime).  His company Stage D’Or Productions is presenting two shows at this year’s festival:  The Legacy of William Ireland, the darkly witty real-life story of the fraudster behind a ‘lost’ work of Shakespeare; Hitman and Her, a darkly funny, sometimes tense thriller with a twist.

Doug will be joined by actor Charlie Jack and writer Tim Connery.

Adrian Tang (Exit Pursued by Panda)

Adrian is the Artistic Director of Exit Pursued By Panda and Producer of From The Rooftops. As an independent theatre maker, he directed Unburied by Jimin Suh at the Bunker Theatre in February 2020 as part of the The Upsetters Takeover Festival.

Exit Pursued by Panda is presenting From The Rooftops, a series of authentic stories from under-represented voices providing funny, insightful and frank commentary of the East Asian experience in the UK today. From the Rooftops: A Showcase of East Asian Talent is available to view throughout the Festival. 

Ian Renshaw and Helen Manners (The Culture Conspiracy) 

The Culture Conspiracy is Ian Renshaw and Helen Manners.

In the mists of the 1990s, Ian auditioned at RADA; choosing to perform the “Now is the winter..” speech. This turned out to be a terrible mistake: he was asked, “Are you sure you want to be an actor..?” He’s been exorcising the demons of Richard III ever since.

Helen Manners is a writer, performer, director, arts teacher and specialist in making the arts accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Loves: taking apart Shakespeare and putting it back together. Hates: Tofu.

The Culture Conspiracy present their entertaining rendition of The Travesty of Richard III at this year’s Festival.

About the host

John Luther has been the Artistic Director of South Street Arts Centre since 2003. Alongside bringing many artists to Reading who have become household names, he has produced a string of site-specific theatre shows responding to Reading’s history and landscape, notably Jackson’s Corner (2013), The Final Whistle at Madejski Stadium (2016), Being Gordon Greenidge (2017), In Ruins (2018) & Amelia (2019). In 2016 he secured £500,000 of investment from Arts Council England for South Street to undergo a major refurbishment and since the centre has won three Reading Culture Awards.

This event was live on 18th July 2020.

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