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Published: 5 Apr 2012 10:300 comments

SHIVER me timbers, swashbuckling female pirates will say ahoy to audiences at Corn Exchange, Newbury.

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Three female artists will portray 17th and 18th century famous pirate faces, such as Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and share everything from their tales of bravery and daring days at sea to the performers' personal stories when they ask 'do we just need to be more like pirates to succeed?'

See a pirate's life for yourself on Wednesday and Thursday, 2-3 May, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14 from www.cornexchangenew.com or call 01635 582666.

A MUSICAL marathon has been organised by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

The Great British Singalong is asking choirs across the country to sign up and sing for between five and 20 minutes as part of its six-hour singing relay.

It will take place in seven towns across the country and Reading is one of the lucky destinations, so visit www.roycastle.org/greatbritishsingalong or call 0151 2547200 to sign up and flex your vocal chords on Saturday, July 7, at The Oracle Riverside.

ICONS of the comedy circuit are heading up a night of music, conversation and storytelling at Norden Farm Centre For The Arts.

John Moloney has more then 20 years of international stand-up experience and won Best Live Performer at the London Comedy Festival two years running. The raconteur's act includes satire, wit and a wander into a world of humour.

BBC Radio Five Live's Fighting Talk pundit and star of cult TV classic Bed With Medinner, Bob Mills, will bring his writing experience to the table and create what promises to be a night of comedy gold. The duo will light up the stage on Sunday, April 22, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 from www.nordenfarm.org or by calling 01628 788997.

SOUTH Hill Park is calling all budding actors to audition for their exciting community production of Calendar Girls.

A read-through will take place on Sunday, April 15, at 11.30am, with a chance for performers to meet the director, ask any questions and find out more about the production, and anyone is invited to try out. The play will be directed by award-winning actress Lin Blakley, who performed with Dame Judi Dench at The Haymarket theatre, and the production will take place from Thursday 18 to Sunday 19 October with donations made to Leukaemia Research. For more information or to register your interest email joe.humphrey@southhillpark.org.uk

ROLL over Beethoven, The Southern Sinfonia, led by Austrian konzertmeister Alexander Hohenthal, will celebrate the last concert of the 2011/12 season with The Genius That Is Beethoven.

Including the 7th Symphony and Violin Concerto In D Major, the April 18 concert from 7.30pm at St Nicolas Church, Newbury, promises to be unmissable.

Tickets are £14 from www.cornexchangenew.com or by calling 01635 522733. For more information visit www.southernsinfonia.co.uk

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