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Thame Arts & Literature Festival

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11th to 15th October 2017

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Thame Cinema 4 All : A Monster Calls

Sat. 14th 10.30am : Players Theatre : Adult £6.00 Children £3.50

A Monster Calls is a fantasy drama directed by J.A. Bayona and based on a novel by Patrick Ness. With an all-star cast including Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson, it is the multi-layered tale of Conor, a boy who is visited by a giant tree-like monster (Neeson) who tells him three stories which help him to face personal tragedy in his own life.

Released earlier this year, A Monster Calls has received universal praise.

“There’s a Spielbergian showmanship to Bayona’s films, wedded to an unabashed emotionalism, and this one reaches for you down in the gut.”   Daily Telegraph

A Quiet Passion

Sat. 14th 8.00pm : Players Theatre : Adult £6.00 Children over 12 £3.50

A Quiet Passion is the story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a prolific poet whose work only becomes recognised after her death in 1886. Written and directed by Terence Davies (The House of Mirth, Sunset Song), it stars Cynthia Nixon as Dickinson, a woman who overcomes the challenge of her closed, interior life and close-knit family but whose sparky contrariness calcifies into bitterness, with the sharpness of her prose lacerating her romantic prospects.

“Cynthia Nixon is simply magnificent as Dickinson, finding the sharp wit and searching mind of a woman out of step with the codes and         formalities of her time.”    Rolling Stone

And Now for Something       Completely Different :

The 1st and original 70s Disco

Fri. 13th 9.00pm - Midnight : Stables, James Figg : £3.00

Join ace DJ Mark Fellowesand his friends in an evening of reminiscence and sheer fun! out your platforms, flares and Simon Shirts (if you don’t know what these are, then ask your parents) and come to TAL’s very first and original 70s Disco.

Featuring some very special “guests” who will be making surprise appearances on the night, the disco is the fantastic finale to Friday at TAL.

Join the fun and boogie to the music of your youth and seize the chance to let your hair down (if you have any left!).

There will be prizes for the Best Dressed 70s outfits, so bring out your psychedelic gear, disco shirts, bellbottoms and hippie dresses!

“Do you remember when rock was young - when you and Susie had so much fun - Holding hands and skipping stones - with your old gold chevy and a place of your own………..” you see, you’re already humming along!


With Sue Boyle

7.30pm : Barns Centre :

£5.00 per person (Teams of 6-8)

Get a team together and put your knowledge to the test to win, win, win - or at least have some fun while you try!!!

Lots of fun with a quiz from the excellent Sue Boyle and her lovely team.

Having finally wrested the crown from the Oxfam Bookshop last year (amidst considerable jerrymandering!!), The TAL Admin team are happy to throw down the challenge to everyone.

2.30pm : Starts at Thame Museum : Sat & Sun £7.50

Is Thame (aka Causton) the murder capital of ‘Midsomer County’? , so it would seem! Could you identify the offices of Midsomer Life or find Causton Library or Causton Arts Centre? Which Thame pub did the new DCI Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) visit to meet the locals? And where can you buy a Barnaby Bun?

Thame’s expert tour guides will take you on a walk round Thame’s Midsomer Murders filming locations. You will visit some 20 places where filming took place for episodes of one of the UK’s most popular TV  series.

The tour starts at the Museum, before proceeding up and downtown centre, finishing outside the Town Hall.You will also learn historical facts about Thame, shedding light on the Civil War and much more besides.      Each tour lasts about an hour

The maximum number per tour is 15