Less than a week to go!

The excitement mounts as we tick the days off until the Camberley International Festival gets under way next week!

The festival comes with the full backing of Surrey Heath Borough Council, with the council’s Chief Executive, Karen Whelan saying:

‘We are proud that Camberley is able to showcase such fantastic internationally renowned talent. The Camberley International Festival promises to be a vibrant celebration throughout the town centre and we would like to thank our local community for their continued support.  The Festival’s varied programme offers something for everyone and reinforces Camberley’s status in the region.’

Surrey Heath’s portfolio holder for business, Cllr Craig Fennell added:

‘The Camberley International Festival is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some of the very best local performers alongside international concerts of the highest standard. It is great to see Camberley Theatre provide such a platform and to be at the hub of this exciting new addition to the arts.’

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The festival opens with a performance from multi-award winning folk band, Lau at Camberley Theatre on June 1st.

Tickets are available here, don’t forget to use the CIF code to get the special festival discount of £5 per ticket.

Support on the evening comes from Richard J. Birkin

We would also like to take the opportunity of thanking our sponsors, The Best Print, who have this to say about the CIF:

‘We are delighted to be sponsoring the Camberley International Festival, which is great for the local community. The Best Print can’t wait to get involved in the events throughout the festival and seeing all of the talents showcased. What a creative and exciting way of celebrating 50 Years of Camberley Theatre.’


The Best Print have provided us with our lovely little festival brochures – if you haven’t been lucky enough to get hold of one for yourself (they are still available from Camberley Theatre box office), here’s an on-line version…

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and hopefully see you at one or two or three or four …..of our wonderful events between  June 1 – 11th! X

Poetry Slam!

#CamberleyInternationalFestival is getting closer!

Hammer and Tongue are hosting the poetry slam at Camberley Theatre café / bar from 2- 4pm on Saturday June 4th. This is a free event.

‘Hammer & Tongue have reinvented the medium for the hip hop generation’ The Guardian

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The slam is open to all. Randomly appointed audiences-judges will decide who will progress towards the National Final at The Royal Albert Hall next year.

Each contestant gets three minutes for their original spoken word or poetry.

Previous participants include the Mercury nominated artists Kate Tempest and Polar Bear, plus John Hegely, Scroobius Pip, Hollie McNish, Mark Grist, Luke Wright, Dizraeli, Simon Munnery have all taken part in Hammer and Tongue poetry slams!

Anyone wishing to take part can email Steve Larkin at admin@hammerandtongue.com

The theatre bar will be open and along with tea and coffee will also be serving cocktails, locally-brewed craft ales, an excellent wine list and a great new menu of contemporary food and snacks. Come along and enjoy the afternoon, or get up and have a go!

Special guests for the afternoon are Steve Larkin, himself a former International Slam Champion and named “the spoken-word guru” by the C.B.C. and Paula Varjack, a multi-media artist whom The List called “punchy & engaging” both will perform and host the afternoon.

Interactive Drama Sessions

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On Thursday June 9th in Studio 1 at Camberley Theatre, there will be two chances to join in with some drama, or if you prefer, simply come and watch.

Liz Lennie

From 7:30 – 8:45pm local playwright Liz Lennie will be performing ‘Not In Our Town’.  This is the world premier of Liz’s latest play, a comedy written for radio.

A debate on terrorism in a Surrey town, not unlike Camberley, culminates in  some surprising multi-cultural bonds.

Scripts will be handed out on the night and small but significant parts will be available.

Anyone willing to give it a go can e mail Jo.Bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk in advance or simply make themselves available on the June 9th.

After this, Frimley’s Brightlight Theatre will be presenting scenes and sketches from their recent performances from 9 – 11pm – again with a chance to join in.


BBC Radio Berks and Guide2Surrey coverage

With only a couple of weeks to go until the festival kicks off on June 1st, we’ve had some great coverage from the Guide2Surrey people here

Plus there will be an interview with Jo, one of the festival organisers on BBC Radio Berkshire on the Introducing show talking about all the free events taking place on Saturday June 4th. Listen here  from 8pm tomorrow (Saturday 21st May)

One of the bands playing on this live extravaganza are the wonderful Sun Circus from Blackwater. Check out this excellent video and song, ‘Got That Feeling’


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Swan Lake performance plus Special Audience


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Swan Lake presented by Vienna Festival Ballet
Saturday 4 June 2016, 7:30pm
Tickets: Full £19, Theatre Club & Under 16’s £17

For tickets click here

(Don’t forget to use the ‘CIF’ code for £5 festival discount per ticket)

(Please note, there is also a chance to attend –  An Audience With Vienna Festival Ballet on Friday June 3rd at 7:30pm tickets are £12 – however there is no festival discount for this performance)


For one night only Vienna Festival Ballet is giving an audience the opportunity to attend an onstage rehearsal on Friday 3 June at Camberley Theatre.  You will be able to ask members of this highly acclaimed ballet company questions, witness how dancers prepare for performance, and watch a rehearsal as a precursor to the following evening’s performance. 

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On Saturday 4 June witness a performance of Swan Lake.  One of the best known love stories with lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and glorious music from Tchaikovsky.  Swan Lake is the most popular ballet in the world. It’s the ballet that captures like no other the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy.

Vienna Festival Ballet was founded by the celebrated Austrian dancer Peter Mallek.  Gill Mallek, Executive Director of Vienna Festival Ballet originates from Camberley and is delighted to bring this show to her hometown.

Gill attended Tomlinscote School and Sixth Form College before going on to attend Elmhurst Ballet School.  Elmhurst Ballet School was originally established in the early 1900’s in Camberley, however, it is now an associate of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.  The productions Ballet Mistress, Emily Hufton also attended this prestigious Camberley ballet school.

Since the company’s first performance over 35 years ago, the company has grown and prospered.  Engaging talented international dancers from all corners of the globe, this dynamic company brings vitality, energy and exuberance and continues to delight audiences throughout Europe with their dazzling yet faithful to tradition productions.

For tickets click here.


Lau share two new remixes

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Exciting news – Lau‘s album ‘The Bell That Never Rang’ has been long listed for the Scottish Album of the Year Award.

To coincide with this news and the live dates they have coming up, (including The Barbican and of course, Camberley Theatre on June 1st), they will be releasing a couple of remixes on May 27th.

Ghosts‘ by acclaimed composer Richard J.Birkin (who will also be supporting them in Camberley) and ‘The Bell That Never Rang’ by Leafcutter John.

You can stream the tracks here


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Free Live Music Across Camberley

A date to write firmly in your diaries is Saturday June 4th. This is going to be one heck of a day, and it’s all free!

Starting at Camberley Theatre café / bar with acoustic music at 1pm and ending up at The Bear with three live bands, you can also take in a poetry slam on the way!

We are encouraging as many people as possible to film these gigs and events on their ‘phones, tweet updates and generally go mad for it on social media using the hashtag  #CamberleyInternationalFestival

We’ll share the best moments on this website when it’s all over. Phew. It’s exciting just writing about it!

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Jazz Archive Playback from 1966

As part of the C.I.F., on Thursday June 2nd, Camberley Theatre are hosting a very exciting playback of a recording of  The New Jazz Orchestra made when they played the Highwayman pub in Camberley in 1966. This is particularly poignant as this is also the year that the theatre opened.

Gearbox Records, in association with The Heritage Lottery Fund, have purchased rare recordings of the London jazz scene from the 1960s – including this one from The Highwayman.

The New Jazz Orchestra featured world famous bass player, Jack Bruce (also of Eric Clapton’s Cream) and Jon Hiseman of Colosseum on drums.

Gearbox Records will be pressing up one acetate of the recording, to be played on a record deck in Camberley Theatre’s café bar and will be giving a talk, including Q&As after the playback.

This is a free event and doors will be open from 7:30pm. The bar will be open, serving cocktails, locally-brewed craft ales, excellent wine list and a great new menu of contemporary food and snacks.



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