A Short History of Drunkenness Talk

Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there’s drink there’s drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different.

It can be religious, it can beDrunkenness - book cover sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day’s work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind’s love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies. This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.

The author will be talking about his book at 7:30pm in Hungerford Town Hall (Magistrate’s Room)

Tickets £6 (entitles you to purchase the book for £10 on the night)

Call the bookshop 01488 683480 or buy here


Sat Sept 16 – Life & Art – 2 Operas in English- “aching cheeks after hilarious and entertaining night…”

Mozart’s The Impresario & Edward Lambert’s The Oval Portrait 

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A professional troupe of 5 young talented singers take part in this double bill of short operas at the Croft Hall, Hungerford.

The manager wrestles with the Arts Council’s funding cuts. Two sopranos battle it out for top billing – and the highest notes. All seems lost until The Impresario comes to the rescue.  Mozart’s sparkling chamber opera is an hilarious take on the dilemmas that face theatre companies when putting on a show. Set in the present day, Mark Burns’ new English version shows us just how much things have not changed in the 230 years since this piece was first performed.

 The Oval Portrait  is a new semi-opera by Edward Lambert based on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story which tells of a visitor at a remote castle who is disturbed by the portrait of a young woman: he learns that as her husband painted her, the picture came alive, while she lived on only in his art… A short story told through the medium of song.

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featuring rising young professional singers

Jennifer Witton & Elizabeth Karani (sopranos), Daniel Joy (tenor),
Samuel Pantcheff & James Schouten (baritones)

Director – Mark Burns
Musical Director – Edward Lambert
Lighting Designer – Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson
produced by
musictroupe.co.uk     theoperabox.co.uk

running time about 1 hour 40 minutes including interval

pre-show meal at 7pm can be ordered online in advance

Sat 16 Sep – Life and Art – A Night of Opera

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Following the success of their 2016 production at The Totally Thames Festival, The Opera Box have teamed up with The Music Troupe to bring you The Oval Portrait a new semi-opera by Edward Lambert and a new English translation of Mozart’s The Impresario by Mark Burns. 

Croft Hall Hungerford 8.00 pm Tickets £15 on-line or at the Hungerford Bookshop

Pre-Show food at 7.00pm must be ordered by Thur 14 Sep

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