Twyford panto will fol­low Dick’s quest for streets of gold

Mill up for another award – and needs digs

The Wokingham Paper - - LEISURE - GEMMA DAVID­SON

ATHEATRE in Son­ning has been short­listed for a na­tional sus­tain­abil­ity award for its work in gen­er­at­ing its own power.

The Mill at Son­ning, which draws the elec­tric­ity for its light­ing in the the­atre, restau­rant, bar, re­cep­tion and back­stage ar­eas from a hy­dro­elec­tric scheme har­ness­ing the power of the River Thames, has been short­listed for the prize at The Stage Awards 2018.

The Sus­tain­abil­ity Award recog­nises the­atres or com­pa­nies that have im­ple­mented sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal initiatives.

The Mill’s hy­dro­elec­tric scheme, which was launched in July

2005, means that the the­atre has dra­mat­i­cally re­duced its en­ergy bills, and saves ap­prox­i­mately 75 tonnes of car­bon diox­ide an­nu­ally.

The Mill has been short­listed along­side Ar­cola The­atre and The At­tic.

Alis­tair Smith, ed­i­tor of The Stage and chair of the judg­ing panel, said: “I’m de­lighted The Stage Awards once again cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of the­atres from across the UK, many of which aren’t recog­nised at other cer­e­monies.

“This year’s short­list high­lights the the­atri­cal tal­ent among or­gan­i­sa­tions of all sizes, right across the UK.”

The win­ner will be an­nounced at The Stage Awards on Jan­uary 26 at the The­atre Royal, in Lon­don.

Can you put up an ac­tor?

THE MILL at Son­ning is look­ing for ac­com­mo­da­tion for its vis­it­ing ac­tors, and is calling on mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity to help.

Ac­tors from all over the coun­try per­form at the the­atre and are in need of some­where to stay dur­ing that time.

The the­atre is calling on lo­cal res­i­dents who have a com­fort­able, spare bed­room which they are happy to rent out to be added to its ‘Digs List’ for 2018.

Ac­tors may re­quest to stay for a cou­ple of nights or for the full du­ra­tion of a show, which is usu­ally around eight weeks, but res­i­dents are not re­quired to take book­ings that are not con­ve­nient.

The price charged is up to the res­i­dent, but as a guide ac­tors will ex­pect to pay be­tween £65-£85 per week. The res­i­dent will also be of­fered a pair of free tick­ets to the open­ing night of the show their ten­ant is ap­pear­ing in.

A spokesper­son for The Mill said: “We are very grate­ful to peo­ple who open their homes to our ac­tors, so as a thank you

The Mill at Son­ning will also of­fer a pair of com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to any­one who is pro­vid­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion to our ac­tors on the Open­ing Nights of our shows.

“We find that peo­ple stay on our Digs List for many years and en­joy be­ing linked with the the­atre, but you are wel­come to come off the Digs List at any time.”

To join the Digs List or for more in­for­ma­tion, email vanessa@ mil­lat­son­, or call 0118 969 8000. You will be asked to com­plete a short form pro­vid­ing a few de­tails e.g. dis­tance from the the­atre, ameni­ties you pro­vide, Wi-Fi ac­cess, any pets etc. THE TALE of a man and his tal­ented cat will be per­formed as a late panto treat by a the­atre group in Twyford next month.

The Twyford and Rus­combe The­atre

Group will present the hi­lar­i­ous story of Dick Whit­ting­ton and his Cat to au­di­ences at Lod­don Hall be­tween Jan­uary 11 and 13.

The lively show, which fea­tures mu­sic, danc­ing and plenty of corny jokes, tells the tale of Dick and his cat, who ar­rive in Lon­don to try to rid the city of the dreaded King Rat and his en­tourage.

Even­tu­ally, af­ter a voy­age on the high seas to Morocco, a ship­wreck and a whole host of other ad­ven­tures, Dick re­turns to Lon­don vic­to­ri­ous.

Fea­tur­ing a full cast of love­able char­ac­ters, the group has pulled out all the stops to give the­atre­go­ers a real post-Christ­mas treat which will see them through the New Year.

Dick Whit­ting­ton and his Cat is per­formed at Lod­don Hall on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 11 and Fri­day, Jan­uary 12 at 7.45pm, and Satur­day, Jan­uary 13 at 2pm and 7pm.

Tick­ets start from £7 and are avail­able by calling the Box Of­fice on 07378 163771 or vis­it­ing www.twyrus­

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