Arts4All festival is back in Henley with something to suit all tastes - The Solihull Observer

Arts4All festival is back in Henley with something to suit all tastes

Solihull Editorial 24th Oct, 2021   0

HENLEY in Arden’s Arts4All Festival returns over the weekend of October 29 with a mini festival that will serve to ‘springboard’ the event back on to the calendar with a full, seven-day event in Spring 2022.

At 8pm on Friday the 29, following a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Carole King and James Taylor Story kicks off the weekend with a journey through the careers of these two incredible music legends.

Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm brings the multi-talented Mark Farrelly to Henley in Arden’s Guild Hall with his performance of Quentin Crisp – Naked Hope.

Quentin Crisp was one of the most memorable public figures of the 20th Century.

Flamboyantly gay as early as the 1930s, he spent decades being beaten up on the streets of London, but stayed resolute to his determination to be himself.

After achieving fame when portrayed by John Hurt in The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin became an international treasure.

Naked Hope depicts Quentin at two phases of his extraordinary life: alone in his Cheese flat in the 1930s, stoically certain that life has passed him by, and 30 years later, giving a performance of his legendary one-man show, An Evening with Quentin Crisp, in New York.

Debbie Bird’s Buzzing follows at 4.30pm where newly divorced Julie is searching for the sex life she once had, declaring: “I’m not ready to be put out to pasture yet!” she hurls herself into the modern dating scene.

Saturday closes with an evening performance by Bookends who make a return trip to the Guild Hall to perform their outstanding Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years.

Sunday sees the end of the ‘Covid comeback’ weekend with the Dolly Parton Story, telling the incredible tale of the ‘Queen of Country’ who currently holds an astonishing 153 major awards including nine Grammys.

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