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Wednesday 25th July - Cinema
7.30pm Film Festival
Join us for a great cinematic evening showing the results of our international short film competition and the Fringe 48 hour Film Challenge.
Thursday 26th July - Comedy Cave
7.30-8.30pm Lolita paints her toenails
Spoken word - Three Reading-based, published poets on gender: its complexity, perplexity, its poetry.
9-9.45pm Zahra Barri is Zahra Warrior not Princess
Comedy - Zahra has never stood in front of a mirror & taken a Selfie. She's more likely to stand in front of the mirror and ask herself to make a change. Society is a constant mix of War and Priss and Zahra really wants to be a Warrior, not a Princess. After all, Mohammed Ali arguably the greatest warrior in the world said 'My way of joking is to tell the truth, that's the funniest joke in the world.' Don't be Kim Kardahsian's career be Kim Jung On's Korea.
10.15-10.45pm Anything for a Quiet Life
Comedy - Sally Firth is the mother of a stand up comedian who pulls out of his gig at the last minute, so Sally steps in. Will she bite the bullet and deliver his dodgy material, or will she use her temporary platform to subject her audience to something else?
Friday 27th July - Cinema and Comedy Cave
2.30-4.05pm Family film - Mary Poppins (1964) (U)
Featuring well-loved hits such as "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", "Just a Spoonful of Sugar" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee", this classic family musical stars Julie Andrews as the magical nanny sent to brigten up the lives of two young children, helped by Cockney chimney sweep Bert (Dick Van Dyke).
4.30-6.15pm Film - The Greatest Showman (2017) (PG)
American hit musical. Featuring catchy tunes and spectacular set-pieces, this original musical celebrates the birth of show business, telling of visionary P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Zan Efron and Zendaya.
7.30-8.20pm Nick Hall: Peninsula
Comedy - "No man is an island. But Nick Hall might be a peninsula. Hilarious and inventive stand-up, as seen and heard on BBC2, BBC3, and BBC Radio4.
'Brilliant' (The Times). ‘Crackingly original’ **** (The List). ‘One not to
miss’ **** (The Skinny)."
9-9.50pm The Committee
Improv - London’s hottest new improvised comedy group, The Committee, bring their hilarious long form improv show to the Reading Fringe. Everything made up on the spot by performers as seen on BBC 1, Channel 4 and BBC Radio 4. All they need to start is just one single word from you, the audience.
10.30pm-12.15am Late night film - Dawn of the Dead (2004) (18)
American action horror. When her husband is attacked by a zombified neighbour, Ana (Sarah Polley) manages to escape, only to realise her entire Milwaukee neighbourhood has been overrun by the walking dead. After being questioned by cautious policeman Kenneth (Ving Rhames), Ana joins him and a small group that gravitates to the local shopping mall as a bastion of safety. Once they convince suspicious security guards that they are not contaminated, the group bands together to fight the undead hordes. Directed by Zack Snyder.
Saturday 28th July - Cinema and Comedy Cave
2.30-4.30pm Family film - The Goonies (1985) (12)
American adventure comedy. Steven Spielberg's nostalgic story plunges a band of young heroes (including Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, and Josh Brolin) into a swashbuckling, surprise-around-every corner quest beyond their wildest dreams – featuring pirates, lost treasure, and plenty of dangerous obstacles along the way.
6.30-7.30pm The Zap Comedy Club
Comedy - The Zap Project was started in 2009 by a group of people with learning disabilities to write and perform original comedy. The group performs regularly at the ‘Here Comes The Sun’ festival, organises an annual panto, performs stand up, slapstick, radio shows, comedy magic.
8-9pm Nine Ig Fails - Fixed
Comedy - Turning tragedy into comedy… and potentially into tragedy again. Spanish/Welsh comedian Ignacio Lopez tackles personal failures and mishaps the only way he knows how: with sarcasm, silliness and songs. Discover Ignacio’s worst gigs, biggest nightmares becoming reality and the hilarious consequences of his actions on a 5,307 mile journey.
9.30-11.05pm Late night film - Ghostbusters (1984) (PG)
American comedy classic. A team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) become "ghostbusters", waging a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. Joining forces with a new recruit (Ernie Hudson), the foursome stumble upon a gateway to another dimension: a doorway unleashing evil. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from total destruction...
Sunday 29th July - Cinema
11.30am-1.15pm Family film - Pete’s Dragon (2016) (PG)
American fantasy adventure. Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford), a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie (Oona Laurence), Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true. Directed by David Lowery
2-3.45pm Vintage film - Casablanca (1942) (U)
An American classic. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), nightclub owner in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.