Le Navet Bete’s – Three Musketeers

“It’s like a giant Rubik’s Cube that we have to solve live in front of an audience.”

This is how Nick Bunt from Le Navet Bete describes The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure which the madcap group (whose name translates to The Stupid Turnip) will be bringing to the Corn Exchange, Newbury, from 12th to 14th June.

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Fans of the hilarious West Country troupe will agree that a Rubik’s Cube is a fitting analogy for the colourful and multi-faceted performances that Le Navet Bete are well-known for. Combine all that with clever set design that the actors carry out themselves, along with physical comedy, deliberate errors plus multiple costume changes, and you’ll be excited to see what they’ll do with the Alexandré Dumas classic.

Le Navet Bete comprises four actors – Nick Bunt, Matt Freeman, Al Dunn and Dan Bianchi – plus Alex ‘Wheaty’ Best who is the production manager. The fivesome met at the University of Plymouth on a theatre and performance course ten years ago where they realised they had the same comedic taste and love of physical theatre and clowning. They started working together, took a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and have toured extensively, building up a loyal fanbase along the way.

Since then, they’ve tackled everything from The Jungle Book to Aladdin to Dick Tracy. Two years ago, they set their sights on Alexandre Dumas’ historical adventure story and their intensive writing process has culminated in this show which recently premiered at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter.

Nick Bunt, who plays Cardinal Richelieu, Aramis, and at least seven other parts is excited to be returning to West Berkshire.

He said: “We make shows for literally anyone to come and enjoy from ages 4 to 104. It’s pure escapism, it’s fun, it’s joyous, always a twinkle in our eyes and a strong connection with the audience. Audiences are why we do this job and we want to make them feel comfortable right from the start. It’s two hours of sheer madness and engaging storytelling.

“We have been coming to Newbury for about five years now with various shows, firstly at New Greenham Arts Centre and now at the Corn Exchange. Over this time, we’ve steadily built up a brilliant loyal fan base who keep coming back for more. The audiences in Newbury are always so up for a laugh and this is why we keep coming back!”

“We’ve taken Alexandre Dumas’ classic story – that’s 700 pages of epic adventure – and condensed it into just two hours of high energy, fun and hugely entertaining theatre for absolutely anyone and everyone to enjoy.”

True to form, swords seem to have been replaced with baguettes, horses with bikes and the four actors play a grand total of 41 characters between them. Not only are there 50 outfits and 112 costume changes, but the group has decided for the first time that it might be fun to carry out the costume changes on stage, in front of the audience.

“It’s a story that’s been told a thousand times but we’ve put a fun twist on it, remembering childhood days of playing dress-up in dens and treehouses. It’s a great way to let the story play out and audiences have been loving it,” he adds. “It’s absolutely the most ambitious piece of work we’ve ever made, and we cannot wait to share it!”

Interview first appeared in the Newbury Weekly News..

https://cornexchangenew.com/event/the-three-musketeers-a-comedy-adventure

Double Celebrations as National Fudge Day Takes Place on Father’s Day (Sunday, 16th June)

Dads have double cause to celebrate this year as National Fudge Day this year lands on the same dayas Father’s Day (Sunday, 16th June).

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It makes sense then to reward the special father figure in your life with a lovely gift of Buttermilk’s Cornish Fudge.

For anyone looking for a delicious gift on a pocket money budget, supermarkets across the UK stock Buttermilk sharing boxes in the confectionery aisle in a range of flavours and all under a fiver:

·         Caramel Sea Salt £3.99 (Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Amazon)

Infused with tiny flakes of sea salt, our buttery Caramel Sea Salt fudge crumbles and melts in the mouth, for delicious little bursts of salt and intense caramel sweetness. This award-winning fudge is Buttermilk’s bestseller.

·         Vanilla Fudge £3.99 (Sainsbury’s, Amazon)

Wonderfully moreish and generously flavoured with natural vanilla, our award-winning, all-butter Vanillafudge is the ultimate sweet treat.

·         Pink Gin £3.99 (Waitrose)

Buttermilk has partnered with Pinkster to create a sumptuous crumbly fudge infused with British grown, gin-soaked raspberries.  The founder of Pinkster, Stephen Marsh has fond memories of choosing his favourite fudge at Buttermilk’s Padstow shop as a child in the seventies!

Tracy of Buttermilk, said: “We all want to show our appreciation for our dads but they can be so hard to buy for!  Forget the ties and socks this time around though as it makes even more sense this year to buy fudge for the man in your life as by a happy coincidence, National Fudge Day lands on Father’sDay.

“Not only does everyone love a little sweet treat now again, but we often hear that people love receiving Buttermilk sharing boxes as it reminds them of visiting one of our shops on holiday in Cornwall from the 1960s onwards.

“We’ll also be celebrating with a social media competition celebrating special dads and the adventures we share with them. Tweet your best dad-themed photos using the hashtag #Buttermilkadventures and you could be in with a chance of winning a lovely prize”.

As an artisan producer based in Cornwall, Buttermilk celebrates fudge every day, but as the company uses locally-sourced ingredients where possible and makes fudge by hand using a traditional recipe and methods – it is proud to mark National Fudge Day on 16th June every year.

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Talks at Athena June/July – finance, first aid and more!

 

The Athena Network prepares for the summer season with a series of speakers who will give expert advice on finances, time management and first aid.

The Thatcham meeting takes place at the Regency Park Hotel on Tuesday, 18th June where Fiona Jones of Numberwork Services will be answering on the new requirements for online reporting to HMRC. 

The Newbury Central meeting takes place at Arigato in Northbrook Street on Wednesday, 19th June where Rosie Darbyshire of ISN will be offering advice on time management.

The Newbury West meeting takes place at The Red House, Marsh Benham on Thursday, 11th July where Louise Worsley of Worsley Training who will be teaching basic skills for first aid in the workplace. 

The Hungerford group meeting takes place at Audley Inglewood in Kintbury on Friday, 12th July where the speaker is Virginia Parkes of Hungerford Accounts who will be talking about helping the group make sense of money and tax to ensure maximum profitability.    

Debbie Miles, regional director of the West Berkshire Athena Network said: “Joining an established network of businesses in diverse industries, offers you the opportunity not only to source skills and expertise from a community of familiar, trusted and recommended  professionals, it also enables you to garner support from people who have had similar challenges and experiences.”

All meetings take place from 12pm to 2pm and must be booked in advance.

For more information, click onto www.theathenanetwork.com/debbiemiles/

 

 

 

Hungerford Summer Festival (28th June to 14th July!)

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Back for its 28th year, this year’s programme includes a wide range of live music, rip-roaring comedies, exciting drama, music, art, film and a wide variety of walks, talks and workshops for all ages.

Music includes The Red Stripe Band, The Appel Trio, The Adam Winslet Band, Kennet Opera, Opus2 Choir, Guy Masterson, Uncovered, The Derek Paravicini Quartet, Phoenix Brass, the Kennet Accordion Orchestra and the Hungerford Town Band.

Audiences are invited to make a whole night of it with delicious meals served before performances at The Croft Hall.

There is a fascinating and unique talk by specialist Nigel West about security and intelligence, not to be missed.

There is a variety of workshops which are already booking quickly; art, Qi Gong, tea light making, eco craft, cookery and drumming. There’s a farm visit to Farncombe Farm and a practical guide to honeybees; throughout all the festivities our traditional Summer Festival Art Exhibition will be at Hungerford Hub.

There is lots for children too, especially “Lego, Lego, Lego” for an afternoon of fun. Children aged 8-12 are invited to a ‘kids bake off’ event with Gert Pienaar, head chef at Blandy’s at Inglewood on Saturday, 13th July from 2-4pm at Hungerford Youth and Community Centre while teenagers are invited to a ‘teen cook-off’ with Ollie Hunter, from the Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat on Wednesday, 10th July from 5-8pm, also at the Hungerford Youth and Community Centre. Both cost £5 per head including ingredients and utensils and each will see a winning young chef invited to demonstrate at the Hungerford Food Festival on Sunday, 6th October.

Hungerford Summer Festival chairman Fiona Poole said: “In these uncertain times, we need to able to escape to a happy place. The Hungerford Summer Festival will enable you to do just that – whether a walk on the wild side with our very own Hugh and Lois Pihlens, or perusing the pop-up galleries to feast on amazing artworks or learning a new skill at one of our interactive workshops. We think there’s something for everyone – please come and join us!”

This year all our local organisations are involved; The Football Club, The Rugby Club, The Cricket Club, Hungerford Allotment Association, The Rose of Hungerford, The Brownies, The Bowls Club, The Tennis Club, The Camera Club, The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers(REME), The British Legion, St Lawrence’s Church, John O’Gaunt School, Rock Choir and many  more.

Many thanks for the support of our fabulous venues at The Hub, The Herongate Club, The Croft Hall, John O’Gaunt School, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Hungerford Youth and Community Centre, The Croft Field and Hungerford Corn Exchange.

Book on-line or get your tickets from Newbury Building Society in Hungerford High Street and programmes are available from most Hungerford shops and businesses.

www.hungerfordsummerfestival.com