Haddenham's festival coup
A Feast Festival’s opening day brings London’s West End into the heart of Haddenham.
The day (14 September) starts with something of a coup for the Feast Festival and for Haddenham – a star of the West End hit musical ‘Wicked’, Alice Fearn (pictured), will lead a free singing and theatrical workshop for any Haddenham area child aged six-16. The workshop is limited to 30 spaces, so people are asked to register their child early.
Children attending the workshop will work with Alice on a song they will perform with her at the ‘Beyond The Greatest Shows’, a concert later Saturday afternoon in St Mary’s Church. Any child going to the concert will need to be accompanied by a ticketed adult.
The ‘Beyond The Greatest Shows’ concert is a unique collaboration between Alice and Haddenham-based Masquerade, one of the country’s leading string quartets. It will be a celebration of some of the greatest songs from the biggest musicals of stage and the silver screen and a unmissable show for fans of theatrical and movie musicals, contemporary classical music, or those who simply love the acoustics in St Mary’s Church.
It promises to be an event to entertain all ages. People can now book tickets online.
The West End theme continues into Saturday evening, with the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’, followed by an after-show party.
For those who do not know, the Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult movie extraordinaire, in which the whole audience becomes involved. You don’t just watch this movie, you become it; dancing, singing, booing, laughing and using an array of props. No prior experience is required. There are short videos on a Facebook page to explain what they call ‘the joyous mayhem’.
A bar and food are available after the show – a great way to end the opening day. Tickets may be booked through Haddenham Screen, which is organising the event for villagers.