5 things to do in and around the Buckingham area

Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express

Here is our guide to some of the events coming up in and around Buckingham this week.

1 Auditions
The Cripple of Innishmaan, The Mill Arts Centre, 7.30pm Thursday March 22
Banbury Cross Players announce open auditions for Martin McDonagh’s wickedly funny and poignant play set in 1934 on a small island off the west coast of Ireland. The arrival of a Hollywood film crew on a neighbouring island sets the youngsters’ hearts racing with the prospect of escape and a new life in the USA. Roles available are for men and women aged from 16 through to 80. The character parts are raw, hilarious and challenging and require a creative approach and an Irish accent. Production dates are July 11 - 14 but cast and crew need to be available from Sunday July 8 for technical and dress rehearsals. Rehearsals (24 in all) will be on Mondays and Thursdays, 7.30 - 9.30pm starting after Easter. You do not need to be a member of BCP to audition, but will be required to join if cast. For further information and details of audition pieces contact director Chrissie Garrett on 01295 810412 or 07557 023144 or email:
chrissiegarrett@btinternet.com
2 St Patrick’s Day music
A Taste of Ireland, Croughton Village Hall near Brackley, 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday); and Banbury Folk Club, Banbury Cross Inn, Butchers Row, Banbury, 8pm Wednesday March 21
The Kevin O’Regan Band (pictured above by Fiona Kingdon) will bring a taste of Ireland to the area in two gigs around St Patrick’s Day. The first, on the day itself, will see the band perform with their own Irish dancer, Nicola Anderson, and two guest award winning dancers, Shannon Wigram and Ben Lally who will perform a rumba. Tickets £10 (£7.50 for students in full-time education.) Tickets can be booked via email at kevinoregan54@btinternet.com The second date will see Nicola joined by fellow dancer Lauren Hutton. Both girls have reached the World Irish Dancing Championships when dancing competitively so a spectacular show is assured. Tickets £8 on the door and an extra £4 if you want Irish stew and soda bread in the interval. Details can be found on the club’s website:
www.banburyfolkclub.co.uk
3 Art
Alexandra Buckle Solo Printmaking Exhibition, The Stables, Claydon Estate Courtyard, Middle Claydon, 11am -5pm now through to Sunday March 15 (closed Thursdays and Fridays)
Bucks based artist print maker Alexandra Buckle is displaying over 100 prints at her first solo exhibition, including 50 artworks created within last year as part of her #50prints2017 challenge. The prints are mainly reduction linocuts of various scenes from around England, often depicting woodlands or reflective water scenes, with an emphasis on light and colour.
www.alexandrabuckle.co.uk
4 Film
Murder on the Orient Express (12A), The Film Place, Buckingham, 7.30pm tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday)
A star studded cast fills the screen in this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel. Tickets £5.50 adults, £5 concessions, £3 students/children. Available on the door or from The Old Gaol or:
www.thefilmplace.org.uk
5 Theatre
Shrek The Musical, Royal and Derngate, Northampton, now through to Sunday March 25
Turning the world of fairy tales upside down. Tickets from £16. Box office 01604 624811
www.royalandderngate.co.uk