Standing on the very edge of insanity

6:18pm Thursday 14th August 2014

YOU may think the Silly Season is a myth; it’s not! The Silly Season is a curse for you, the reader and viewer; but for us, the poor saps who have to do it, it’s more of a jail sentence. I mean who ever heard of an owl that plays football? More on that later.

Which interview won me the greatest respect?

Herald Series:

6:17pm Thursday 14th August 2014

My career will forever be defined by my encounter with Kermit the Frog — an inanimate construction of green textile, foam and buttons.

Diva tells how she will keep following her dream

Herald Series:

6:14pm Thursday 14th August 2014

HENLEY'S Naomi Vallance has been widely acclaimed for her “strong bluesy voice” with its “rich undertones” and “impressive range”. Having trained for four years in the performing arts — though as an actor rather than a singer — Naomi, originally from Cornwall, won the national heat of the UK Open Mic competition earlier in her career.

Music festival set to mark its golden year

Herald Series:

6:50pm Friday 8th August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE'S Towersey Festival will be celebrating its golden anniversary later this month with a special five-day event in its stunning rural setting near Thame.

Brakspear challenge is not a pint-sized affair

Herald Series:

8:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

BRAKSPEAR has thrown down the gauntlet and is challenging us all to walk or cycle to the ten south Oxfordshire pubs featured on their latest ale trail covering the countryside between Kingston Blount and Middle Assendon.

It's back to the day job for stand-up comedian Charlie

Herald Series:

8:20am Thursday 24th July 2014

CHARLIE Baker is very relaxed for a man whose first stint in the West End closed after just six weeks. But then the Wallingford comedian was quite happy as a stand-up thank you very much when he was swooped on by Harry Hill and his merry men for a high-fallutin’ stint in I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical. A bit of a whirlwind then?

When the legendary Hank Marvin was my backing band. . .

Herald Series:

11:57am Sunday 20th July 2014

Most of the time as reporters we describe and witness greatness, but just occasionally we might get closer than we expected. . . that’s how Hank Marvin became my backing band.

Production of Love's Labour's Lost marks 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth

Herald Series:

4:16pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth is being celebrated by an amateur theatre club with a production of one of his earliest plays, Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Thousands to attend CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace

Herald Series:

1:37pm Thursday 10th July 2014

ONLY halfway through sawing the log, I’m exhausted. Needless to say, it’s the first time I’ve ever been handed a 5ft saw and asked to cut off the end of a small poplar tree stump.

Grease is the word for show-stopping youth

Herald Series:

2:51pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

BRACE yourself to be transported back in time to 1950s America for Wantage Junior Showstoppers’ annual summer show.

Dual-stage fun for Players in House and Garden dramas

Herald Series:

2:10pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

FANS of Alan Ayckbourn’s plays are being offered the chance to see one of his more unusual and less-performed productions.

Real-life Dubai deaths inspire writer's novel

Herald Series: Creative mind . . . Mike Rowbottom at work on his novels

11:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

FORMER television reporter Mike Rowbottom has published his first novel on Kindle.

Drama club stages UK premiere of new play

Herald Series: Dilemma . . . Diana (Hayley Jones) with, from left, Tom (Terry Atkinson), Geoff (Lee Orchard) and Jamie (Ashley Curran)

10:53am Thursday 19th June 2014

Terry Atkinson), Geoff (Lee Orchard

Musical to mark 100 years since the Great War began

Herald Series: Talented cast . . . The performers behind the production of Oh, What a Lovely War! coming to the stage in Grove

3:24pm Friday 13th June 2014

TWO theatre groups have joined forces to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with the production of a classic musical.

There's Hue and Cry about Rugfest

Herald Series: Headline act . . . Eighties’ favourites Hue and Cry — brothers Pat and Greg Kane

3:20pm Friday 13th June 2014

EIGHTIES’ favourites Hue and Cry and alternative rock band Will and the People will be heading the bill at Wallingford’s summer music festival Rugfest.

Sinodun Players take the crown in annual pantomime contest

8:19am Friday 6th June 2014

MEMBERS of the Wallingford-based Sinodun Players are celebrating after winning this year’s Oxfordshire Drama Network’s competition for the best amateur pantomime.

Secrets, fears and love shared at beauty salon

Herald Series: Parlour drama . . . Cast members, rear from left, Joan Lee, Jo Webster and Helen Thrower, front, Amanda Linstead and Yvonne Kelly

8:17am Friday 6th June 2014

WHEN six very different women meet at a beauty parlour they share their secrets, fears and love for one another.

Pick of the week: Make tracks for show

3:25pm Thursday 5th June 2014

A TREAT is in store for car enthusiasts on Sunday, when the village of Churchill stages its 13th bi-annual Vintage and Classic Car Show.

Am-dram groups to tread boards for annual festival

Herald Series: Festival play . . . Julie Utley,  Sue Brown, Sarah Enticknap in Sinodun Players’ production of After The Flags and Bands

11:54am Sunday 1st June 2014

AMATEUR thespians have had to reschedule their festival gala night in Abingdon after it clashed with the town’s Fun in the Park event.

Church wedding boom inspires concert theme

Herald Series: 'Bride' Ellie Godfrey, 17, brushes up on her knowledge of The Whitsun Weddings

11:47am Sunday 1st June 2014

A BUMPER year for weddings at Wantage Parish Church has inspired its choice of summer concert.

Performers line up for popular music festival

Herald Series: Performers line up for popular music festival

11:13am Wednesday 21st May 2014

FANS of a popular village music festival had better make the most of this year’s event as it will be the last one in its present form.

Sisters' desires are laid bare in Chekhov play

Herald Series: Sisters Irina (Kat Steiner), Olga (Kath Leighton) and Masha (Anna Griffith

8:31am Thursday 15th May 2014

THE lives, loves and secret desires of three sisters are laid bare in a classic play coming to the stage in Abingdon.

Blurred lines between stage role and real life

Herald Series: Tap class . . . The cast of Stepping Out

5:25pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

DANCING has become a way of life for three members of the cast of Sinodun Players’ latest production.

Pub's roast beef meal at £5 was ‘simply delicious’

Herald Series: Pub's roast beef meal at £5 was ‘simply delicious’

10:00am Wednesday 30th April 2014

Helen Peacocke and her dog Barnaby try out our hostelries - today it's The Black Horse at Standlake

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: Father’s fight to keep his family in Jewish tradition

Herald Series: The Fiddler on the Roof cast

10:00am Wednesday 30th April 2014

DIRECTING a production of the legendary musical Fiddler on the Roof has revived treasured childhood memories for Debbie Ruth.

Story of theatre producer's get-rich-quick plot

Herald Series: Musical show . . . The cast of The Producers

3:08pm Sunday 27th April 2014

A THEATRE producer’s aim to get rich quick by staging the world’s worst musical is told in a show coming to Wantage.

Rural craftsman's work captured through lens

Herald Series: Exhibition . . . Matthew Wright with some of his pictures

2:52pm Sunday 27th April 2014

THE work of a farrier in and around the Lambourn Downs is captured in a new exhibition coming to Didcot as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks.

New acts revealed for Truck and Wilderness festivals

Herald Series: Festival act . . . Joan as Policewoman

10:06am Wednesday 9th April 2014

ORGANISERS of two Oxfordshire music festivals have unveiled dozens of new acts, saying they have their best line-ups to date.

Will rookie actress save musical from disaster?

Herald Series: Ryan Stevens takes the role of Billy Lawlor while Kate Wilkins plays Peggy

10:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

MEMBERS of Abingdon Operatic Society will be setting the toes of their audience tapping with their latest production.

Legendary fiddle player 'came back from the dead'

Herald Series: Fiddle player Dave Swarbrick

11:11am Wednesday 12th February 2014

LEGENDARY folk musician Dave Swarbrick once famously came back from the ‘dead’ to the relief of his fans.

Small-town Millie seeks an eligible man

Herald Series: Millie Dillmount, played by Helena Kerswell, left, with Jimmy Smith (Josh Kerr) and Miss Dorothy (Jules Roberts)

11:03am Wednesday 12th February 2014

A small-town Kansas girl aims to marry for money instead of love when she hits the bright lights of New York in the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Journey through heart turns up Spanish heat

Herald Series: The players: Nicola Harrison, Guy Newbury, Olivier Bonnici, Keith Fairbairn

8:59pm Saturday 1st February 2014

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us (groan) and the cold, dreary grey days of January continue to scrape by.

Two hit shows coming to Corn Exchange, Wallingford

Herald Series: Two hit shows coming to Corn Exchange, Wallingford

8:55pm Saturday 1st February 2014

TWO smash-hit shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are en route to Wallingford after entertaining audiences in the West End.

Babes in the Wood - Hanney Drama Group

Herald Series: Double act . . . Lynne Cox, left, as Tackle, and Sue Wise as Block

6:11pm Friday 24th January 2014

VIILLAGERS in the Hanneys are gearing up for their annual dose of pantomime fun.

Whodunnit told as a play within a play

Herald Series: At gunpoint . . . Tim Fermor and Ginette Vincent played by Richard Browning and Suzi Hanks

11:54am Saturday 18th January 2014

MULTIPLE personalities abound in Stagelights’ winter production Murder in Play.

Pantomime parody of classic adventure story

Herald Series: Period costumes . . . Starring in The Scarlet Pumpernickel are, from left , Fiona Merrick, Laura Coleman, Yvonne Kelly and Debbie Lock  Picture: Bethia Thomas

11:45am Saturday 18th January 2014

WE seek him here, we seek him there . . . but for Faringdon Dramatic Society the subject of the hunt is The Scarlet Pumpernickel rather than Pimpernel as in the classic adventure novel.

Peacocke's Pubs: Oil was only blemish on superb experience

Herald Series: The White Hart at Fyfield has a top rating

9:00pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

Tempestuous storms dominated the day, sweeping across the countryside, taking down power lines and causing rivers to break their banks.

Set sail with Sinodun for adventures with Robinson Crusoe

Herald Series: Panto fun . . . Front, from left, Lydia Jones playing Junita, John Cornelius (Cut-Throat), at the ship’s wheel Sarah Stephenson playing Robinson Crusoe, and Nutty Nick (Fiona Prince), with in the background the pirates played by, from left, Graham Watt,

1:03pm Sunday 5th January 2014

YOU’RE being offered the chance to swap our dark, dank days for the sunny climes of a desert island — all with the help of a little imagination, of course.

Didcot Phoenix aims to make 30th anniversary pantomime one to remember

Herald Series: Father and daughter . . . Vaughn and Corin Lawfull play Friar Tuck and Maid Marion

1:00pm Sunday 5th January 2014

MEMBERS of a South Oxfordshire dramatic society will be pulling out all the stops to make their 30th anniversary pantomime one to remember.

Cinderella story given a 21st-century makeover

Herald Series: Magic afoot . . . Cinderella, played by Amber Wyatt, with The Fairy Godmother (Maria Crocker)

12:50pm Sunday 5th January 2014

THE traditional tale of Cinderella is given a 21st-century makeover in Abingdon Drama Club’s annual pantomime.

‘Magical walk’ ends in visit to a friendly pub

Herald Series: ‘Magical walk’ ends in visit to a friendly pub

11:03am Friday 6th December 2013

The Maltsters Arms stands in the centre of the picturesque little village of Rotherfield Greys at the southern end of the Chiltern Hills just three miles from Henley.

Rising folk performer Blair Dunlop in Wallingford concert

Herald Series: Blair Dunlop coming to the Corn Exchange

3:58pm Thursday 21st November 2013

TEN days before his father brings his festive band to town, folk performer Blair Dunlop will take to the stage in Wallingford for a gig with his new trio.

Albion Christmas Band to play Wallingford gig

Herald Series: The Albion Christmas Band

3:54pm Thursday 21st November 2013

FESTIVE celebrations for music fans will get off to an early start at Wallingford with a gig by the Albion Christmas Band.

Crispy beef salad didn't compare to the roast

Herald Series: The Greyhound at Besselsleigh

11:08am Monday 18th November 2013

The air was filled with that unmistakable earthy aroma created by decaying leaves and autumn fungi pushing its way through the ground, which is why I had planned a mushroom foray for Barnaby and I before enjoying lunch together at a south Oxfordshire pub.

Reunion with classmate changes lives forever

Herald Series: Performing the comedy, My Own Show, from left to right, will be Lucie Hall, who plays TV host Fay, Christine Jones (Gillian), Carol-Anne Tilley (Jude), Sue Kitson plays Bollards, and Mark Johnson as Alan

10:50am Monday 18th November 2013

LIVES are changed forever after a daytime TV host appears on the programme This Is Your Life.

Double serving of fun panto-style at Kenton

3:07pm Monday 11th November 2013

FANS of that seasonal treat, the traditional pantomime, are being handed a double header this year at Henley. The Kenton Theatre is staging two of the festive shows over the Christmas and New Year period, one a professional production and the other an amateur show featuring talented local children.

Musicians’ mission to revive forgotten gems

Herald Series: Boldwood

12:10pm Friday 25th October 2013

FOLK group Boldwood turned to Oxford’s world-famous Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum in their hunt for new music to perform.

‘Pubby feel’ and its food punches above its weight

Herald Series: The James Figg in Thame's High Street

8:00am Friday 25th October 2013

Thame’s 27-acre award-winning Cuttle Brook Reserve is just five minutes walk from the High Street, via Spring Street and seven minutes from The James Figg pub.

Hanging out in Sixties London

Herald Series: Accomplished musician . . . Chris Jagger on guitar

8:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013

HIS sibling might be the one that’s world famous but Chris Jagger, younger brother of Rolling Stone Sir Mick, has pursued his own musical career for many years.

Society marks 100th with G & S operetta

Herald Series: ‘Brothers’ in arms . . .  Iain Launchbury, left, and Duncan Blagrove, right, play gondoliers Marco and Giuseppe, with Sarah Forrest, second left, as Gianetta. and Jenna Elliott as Tessa

11:21am Tuesday 22nd October 2013

MEMBERS of Abingdon Operatic Society are preparing to celebrate their 100th production later this month.



Your townYourOxfordshire

News from your area






click2find


About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree