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  • 1 December 2020Literature/Talks/Walks

    Talk on The Magic of Pantomime

    £5 payable on the door. No ticket needed.  Drinks from 7pm, one-hour lecture at 8pm. Free Christmas drinks and mince pies after the lecture

    Lecture outline
    The history of this enduring and peculiarly British institution, from its origins in 16th century Italian commedia dell’arte, through the influence of 19th century music hall, to the family shows that are still much loved today. On the way we examine the origins of some of the stories used in pantomime as well as such traditions as the (female) principal boy and the (male) pantomime dame. The talk is interspersed with personal anecdotes from the speaker’s years of working (and appearing) professionally in pantomime.

    Speaker's Profile
    Ian Gledhill has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary.  In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and especially the theatre where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator. His main interests include architecture, history, transport and classical music, especially opera and operetta. He began giving lectures in 1997 and now gives on average around 140 a year. 

    The Arts Society Richmond event

  • 4 December 2020 - 10 December 2020Visual Arts/Film

    This Week’s Recommendation: The Visitor

    This week's recommendation

    The Visitor


    2007, 104 mins. English language

    Directed by Tom McCarthy

    The Visitor was the 676th film screened by RFS on 29th March 2011. It  was the fourth ranked film of Season 48, with an audience rating of 87%. 

    Director Tom McCarthy's debut was the much-loved 2004 release The Station Agent, previously shown by RFS, in which Peter Dinklage starred as the title character coming to terms with his solitude. Solitude also plays a part in The Visitor, which boasts an impressive central performance from Richard Jenkins. 

    Jenkins - a character actor probably best known over here for his role as the deceased father in the TV series Six Feet Under - plays Walter, a widowed professor of globalisation based in Connecticut, whose job and indeed life offer him very few challenges.  On a trip to his apartment in New York (where he is to give a paper) he discovers a young couple staying in his flat: he has been away for so long that it has been illegally sublet.

    After some initial misunderstandings, Walter makes friends with the visitors - a Syrian man and his Senegalese girlfriend.  Soon Walter is learning to play the drums with his new flatmates and his lonely life is beginning to turn around.  But when the authorities intervene to question the residential status of the two foreigners, Walter's new-found happiness is threatened. 

    Although this may sound bleak, it isn't. McCarthy, who also authored the script, injects plenty of charm and black humour and the talented cast make it easy to watch.

    (With acknowledgements to Tiscali.com0.

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -

    The Visitor does not appear to be available to be streamed but the disc is available from Amazon and others.

    Presented by Richmond Film Society



    Richmond Film Society event

  • 5 December 2020Drama/Dance/Musicals

    TTC Open Morning

    Hampton Hill Theatre throws its doors open from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm for members of the public to have a tour of the building and find out more about Teddington Theatre Club.  Come and have a look behind the scenes and after we show you round, have a cup of tea or coffee with members of the Club, who will be on hand to answer all your questions about the theatre and the Club - whether you want to find out more about taking part in our productions or attending our shows as a member of the audience. 

    Teddington Theatre Club event

  • 8 December 2020 - 23 December 2020Visual Arts/Film

    Jim Woodman

    Vibrant oil paintings capturing moods of wet city streets and landscape from South East England to the North West of Scotland.

    Fountain Gallery event

  • 9 December 2020Literature/Talks/Walks

    Bitcoin and the Blockchain

    By Keith Bear, Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

    Zoom meeting. Members will automatically receive a link to this, but others can email for a free link.

    Lectures are about 1 hour long, with opportunities for questions.

    Richmond Scientific Society event

  • 11 December 2020Visual Arts/Film

    This Week’s Recommendation: The Commune

    The Commune


    2016, 111 mins, Danish language

    Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

    The Commune was 758th film screened by RFS on 1st November 2016.  It was the equal third ranked film of Season 54, with an approval rating of 89%.

    The setting is a commune in bohemian 1970s Copenhagen. Anna, a local television newsreader, is married to a university lecturer Erik. When Erik inherits his father’s large family home, Anna suggests they invite various friends and professional acquaintances to move in with them to try and stave off middle-aged, middle-class tedium with an experiment in collective living. What follows is a clash between their personal desires and the dream of communal solidarity, as their ideal of tolerant socialist living is shattered by a love affair that puts their relationship, their community and the commune to their greatest test.

    The strengths of the film can be seen as its attention to period detail, in particular the clothes and décor and the powerful portrayal of Anna by Trine Dyrhrolm, who won the Silver Bear award for Best Actress at the 2016 Berlinale.

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -

    The Commune can be streamed from Mubi, Amazon Prime and Curzon Home Cinema and the discs are available from Amazon and others.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 12 December 2020Music/Gigs

    Katey Brooks and Friends

    We are excited to announce Katey Brooks will give a concert in aid of the Save The Landmark Appeal in December. 

    Katey last performed at the Landmark in February 2019, giving a mesmerising performance to a packed audience. Social distancing means that for this concert there will be a maximum of 70 seats, arranged at tables of 4 or 2 people who must be either from the same household or in a social bubble together. 

    Defying easy classification, Katey Brooks' sound blends folk, soul, blues and country. Over a career spanning four continents, she has journeyed from intimate living rooms to opulent concert halls; recorded with Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and Paloma Faith at Abbey Road for BBC Radio 2’s Children in Need single and shared bills with a host of big names including Ghostpoet, Martin Simpson, Deaf Havana, Mike and the Mechanics and Mystery Jets.
    'not to be missed’ (Time Out) - ‘powerful’ (Evening Standard)

    Ticket Price:  £25

    Tickets are now on sale  direct from the Landmark on 020 8977 7558. 

    Landmark Arts Centre event

  • 13 December 2020 - 8 December 2019Music/Gigs

    Middlesex Yeomanry Christmas Concert

    Due to partly to lockdown please note change of both date and venue.

    The Middlesex Yeomanry Christmas Band Concert will include seasonal favourites

    and much loved bandstand compilations.    We are hugely grateful to St.James's

    Church for providing a wonderful setting for our first concert this year.

    Covid precautions will be in place - please contact

    or phone 07854 022 426 to reserve a place.

    Middlesex Yeomanry Concert Band event

  • 18 December 2020Visual Arts/Film

    This Week’s Recommendation: A Very Long Engagement

    A Very Long Engagement 


    2004, 127 mins, French language

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

    A Very Long Engagement was the 696th film screened by RFS on 16th October 2012. It was the fourth ranked film of Season 50, with an approval rating of 93%.

    It is a French romantic war film, co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou. Mathilde, a young woman, embarks on a journey to look for her fiance Manech, who is soldier stationed at Somme during World War I and is said to be dead, along with four other soldiers. 

    A visually beguiling and imaginative film and one that does not shirk in its depiction of the horror of the trenches.

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -

    The film can be streamed from Amazon Prime and discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 24 December 2020Visual Arts/Film

    This Week’s Recommendation: Still Life

    Still Life


    2013, 92 mins, English language

    Directed by Uberto Pasolini    

    Any film starring Eddie Marsan is usually well worth viewing and this is certainly no exception.  Uberto Pasolini’s very sparse and precise direction, won him best director and best film at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

    Mark Kermode in the Observer describes the film thus:

    “There are few faces more forlorn than that of Eddie Marsan in this painfully melancholic tale of half-lives and lonely deaths. He plays John May, a civil servant whose thankless job is to locate relatives of the recently deceased and perpetually unloved. To his superiors (and indeed everyone else), these poor unfortunates are just numbers, but John takes an all-too-personal interest in their passing – lovingly pasting their photos into his own family albums, while eating tuna and toast at home alone. Facing his final case, John embarks on an odyssey through the land of the living that brings him into contact with the fractured friends and acquaintances of a previously unnoticed neighbour. It’s touching stuff, Rachel Portman’s plaintive score plucking endearingly at our heartstrings, Marsan’s worried demeanor dripping with an almost Chaplinesque sense of pathos. For a while, it seems as though we’re heading toward cliched resolution in the form of Joanne Froggatt’s angel of grace. But I was unprepared for the transcendent final moments, which left me suddenly and unexpectedly in tears.”

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -

     Still Life can be streamed from Amazon Prime and Curzon Home Cinema plus the discs are available from Amazon and others.

    Richmond Film Society event

  • 31 December 2020Visual Arts/Film

    This Week’s Recommendation: Slow West

    Slow West


    2015, 83 mins, English language

    Directed by John Maclean

    Slow West was 750th film screened by RFS on 15th November 2016. It was the third equal ranked film of Season 54, with an approval mark of 89%   

    Jay Cavendish, a rather callow Scotsman of 16decides to travel across the 19th century American West in search of his lost love, Rose, whom he once tried, but failed, to marry. He encounters a bounty hunter, Silas Sellick (Michael Fassbender), whom he decides to take with him for protection. However, Silas has seen a wanted poster at a trading post offering a $2,000 reward for Rose and her father. Silas plots to use Jay to get to Rose and thus collect the bounty. 

    This is a remarkably stylish and assured debut film from John Maclean, who wrote, edited and directed it. With perhaps more than a nod to the Coen Brothers, Maclean creates a tense, twisted and black tale of trust, fear, revenge and love. The pair encounter a series of startling characters who create a series of mini-episodes that move the story forward towards its cataclysmic – but strangely satisfying and appropriate – climax. 

    “The movie starts out drenched in cynicism and nihilism, but gradually moves forward towards something else: not exactly love or good fellowship, but a feeling that the continuous paranoid suspicion needed for survival at all costs may not be worth it. It’s a love story of a very disturbing sort” (The Guardian).

    Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -

    Slow West can be streamed from Amazon Prime and is on BFI Player plus the discs are available from Amazon and others.

    Richmond Film Society event

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Wednesday 2 December 2020, 19:30
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Young Writers Festival Competition

Young Writers Festival Competition

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The Roger McGough Annual Poetry Prize 2020

Roger McGough

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