What’s on in Slough Libraries
Black History Month
This October we are working with local people to celebrate the history and culture of African and Caribbean people in the UK and worldwide. Not only will there be a variety of events in libraries and The Curve, but you can also look out for a special booklet with information about other events happening around town.
We will be theming all of our regular events for children throughout the month, plus there will be some special storytelling workshops with Freshwater Theatre in the October half term. You can also look out for animation workshops with local artist Shannel during the half term holiday.
The Curve will also be hosting two exciting shows for adults as part of the celebrations.
For more information keep an eye on The Curve website.
From the creator of the hit show ‘Black Is the Color of My Voice’ comes a new story about the 20th-century African-American experience. Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart become involved in the struggle for civil rights. One, a notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, a present-day university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin. Both challenge the American justice system, become criminalised through political activism, and ultimately are faced with the same choice: stay and fight, or flee? See the show at The Curve on Saturday 20 October at 7pm. Early bird tickets: single £10, group (4) £35. Standard tickets: single £12, group (4) £40.
For a Black Girl
For a Black Girl is a bold new play which talks unflinchingly about issues facing our country today. With six actors and more than 60 characters, the show fuses spoken word, interviews and movement to tell the stories of BAME citizens within the UK.
This semi-autobiographical piece of new writing explores female sexuality, violence towards women and the staggering effect of everyday racism. Writer Nicole Acquah also performs in the play, sharing her stories and the stories of others onstage. See the show at The Curve on Tuesday 16 October at 7pm. Early bird tickets: single £10, group (4) £35. Standard tickets: single £12, group (4) £40.
Libraries Week 8-13 October
Libraries Week celebrates the nation’s much-loved libraries. This year, with a focus on wellbeing, libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health. Look out for performances from local choirs and fun special events for children and adults in all our libraries.
The Great Austerity Debate
The Great Austerity Debate is an interactive forum theatre play, exploring the effects of austerity measures at the human level. First half: Watch a performed play, ‘A Life in the Week of Megan K.’ Its central character is a young mother struggling with a low-wage job, debt, and a complete sense of powerlessness in a world that seems to have it in for her. Second half: Help re-write the story of the play by suggesting different courses of action for the characters, and even playing them out. The forum is a way of imagining different futures for the characters and – perhaps – for ourselves.
Come see the play at The Venue in The Curve on Tuesday 30 October at 7pm. Tickets £5.
What is the true cost of social care? When Alyssa returns home from prison she’s devastated to find her aunt has put her beloved grandmother Betty in a care home. Determined to give Betty one last jolly, jingle filled holiday and recapture happy childhood memories, Alyssa kidnaps Betty and the pair embark on a campervan road trip to the seaside. But soon Betty’s dementia and Alyssa’s troubled past catch up with them. Watch the play on Friday 9 November at 7pm and Saturday 10 November at 7pm at The Curve. Early bird tickets: single £8, group (4) £30. Standard tickets: single £10, group (4) £35.
The Big Draw Festival
The Big Draw Festival is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can't! It's an opportunity to join a global community in celebration of the universal language of drawing. See below for three different events linked into the celebrations in October, all in the October half term.
Nick Sharratt’s Big Draw-a-Long at The Curve
Join this much-loved children's writer and illustrator in a family-friendly, fun filled draw-along for all ages. Nick's best-selling picture books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants. He's also the illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson's phenomenally popular children's novels. He'll be showing you how he creates characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways to invent your own crazy creatures and giving loads of top tips as your draw along with him. Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on. This event includes the opportunity for book signing after the show
Suitable for children aged 6+. Wednesday 24 October at 3pm. Tickets £5.
The Bi-Racial Butterfly with Lennox Benson
Join children’s author Lennox Benson for a reading from his latest book, The Bi-Racial Butterfly, followed by a drawing workshop. You’ll be challenged to see yourself as a hero and imagine what you would look like. Lennox will teach you how to bring your imagination to life by putting pen to paper. It’s another great way to participate in the Big Draw Festival. Friday 26 October at The Curve and Langley Library. This free event is suitable for children aged 5+.
Build the Change with LEGO® @ The Curve
Use your imagination to create a whole new world! Using LEGO® bricks and a bit of your artistic ability you will help build a brand new city - put your drawing and building skills to the test in this year’s Build the Change. Saturday 20 – Tuesday 23 October, with various free sessions available.
Suitable for children aged 5+.
Find out more about all these activities, and book your place, on The Curve website or the library website.