Full Programme of Events

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Wednesday 20th June The Carpenters Arms, Park Street.

The 2018 Camberley International Festival launch party!

FREE event, 7:30pm.


Featuring live music from The Mysteries and Kodiak Island. Come and join in the fun with these two brilliant bands as we kick start the 2018 C.I.F.!


Thursday 21st June The Cabin, London Road.

FREE event, 7:30pm.

Joe England and John King in conversation.

Local author Joe England, who has previously published his fabulous PUSH fanzine series, and who has his debut novel is due out this summer, in conversation with John King, author of ‘The Football Factory’.



Both authors will discuss each other’s work and welcome questions from the audience.


‘PUSH is great. Excellent reading’ Irvine Welsh

Music on the evening will be provided by Will Whisson.


Thursday 21st June Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road.

FREE event, 6 – 8pm for Masterclasses

8 – 9:30pm for Short Film Competition Winners

Film Festival and Masterclasses.

Come and join us, whether you are a student wanting to get some great tips on how to progress in the modern film and animation industry or if you have an interest in films and would like a chance to see work by up and coming directors and animators.


Thursday 21st June Camberley Theatre, small studio.

FREE event, 8 – 8:45pm Poetry.

Poetry readings from Daniel Jeffery and Echoes Poetry group.

Echoes is an award-winning writing group for people who find it hard to socialise, this includes mental health, autism, learning disabilities and loneliness.They are known for raising acceptance and awareness of the above issue through their words.To find out more about Echoes, who are part of AISBreakingbarriers, please go to http://www.aisbreakingbarriers.com.

FREE event, 8:45 – 9:45pm Literature

Gregory Norminton will discuss his new book ‘The Devil’s Highway’ published by HarperCollins earlier this year. Gregory will be interviewed by Murray Rowlands and they will invite questions from the audience.


Gregory Norminton is also the author of four widely-praised novels including ‘Serious Things’ and ‘The Ship of Fools’ (‘A glorious, ribald chunk of wit and erudition, sparkling with creativity and bursting with rude life’ – The Times). His work is primarily concerned with conservation and ecology and ‘The Devil’s Highway is no exception. For Gregory’s first novel in ten years, he has returned to the edge of Bagshot Heath – the landscape of his youth. Although little remains of heathland amid the motorways and housing estates, patches of a Neolithic landscape have still survived – and Gregory has incorporated the importance of this forgotten land into a sweeping story of three interconnected generations spanning centuries that challenges our dearest assumptions about civilisation.

Read the 4 star Guardian review for ‘The Devil’s Highway’ here.

‘‘A big, ambitious, beautifully written book that examines, with immense sympathy and generosity, one of the greatest of all themes, place, and our complex, fraught relationship with it.’ Neel Mukherjee.

Murray Rowlands will also be talking about his new book, ‘Hampshire at War 1939–45’ – which looks at the pivotal role Hampshire played during the Second World War, including principal details of the genesis for D-Day and how the Battle for Britain happened on a day by day basis. The author highlights the people’s experience of total war from the blitz in Portsmouth, Gosport and Southampton, along with raids throughout the county, not to mention the role played by the Royal Navy at sea and in the dockyards. As well as saluting the role of civilians who created and built Spitfires and Hurricanes, the book places a rightful spotlight on the role Hampshire’s women played in the final victory.

Murray will be interviewed by Phil Stevens. Phil is Chairman of Surrey Heath History Club, Manager of the Heritage Gallery and trustee of SH Archaeological Museum. Once again, questions will be invited from the audience.

Murray's book


Friday 22nd June The Cabin, London Road.

FREE event, 7pm

Comedy! Two brilliant comedians –

Mark Simmons: One-Linererer


As heard on BBC Radio 4, Mark Simmons is a one-liner comedian. In fact, a “master of one liners” one4review ★★★★★. It won him a place in Dave’s prestigious Best Joke of The Fringe in Edinburgh 2017. And now brings you his newest show ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe. Mark co-hosts with Seann Walsh the Newish show as well as the Filmish show on Fubar Radio and starred in the hit BBC3 documentary One for The Road, where a film crew followed him alongside Seann Walsh on tour in the Scottish Highlands.

On the live comedy scene, Mark closes all the top UK comedy clubs and has also been busy recently supporting Seann Walsh, Rob Beckett and Rob Brydon on their national tours, as well as previously, supporting Michael McIntyre and Jack Dee.

“Absolutely hilarious.” The Scotsman ★★★★

A talented comic with an artisan’s grasp of joke-writing” Chortle ★★★★

Matt Rees: Happy Hour

Multi-award-winning Welsh comedian, Matt Rees, has generated a huge buzz on the circuit over the past few years with his unique brand of well-crafted gags and acerbic delivery earning him high praise from audiences and critics alike.

The rising star has won a whole host of awards including Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Leicester Square Comedian of The Year, Welsh Unsigned Act of The Year and Loaded LAFTAs, as well as being nominated for Chortle Best Newcomer.

Having also proved himself with some of the leading names in comedy, such as Joe Lycett, John Robins, Elis James, Patrick Kielty as well as Tig Notaro where he’s been on the road with them as tour support, Matt is now taking on the world of TV, making guest appearances on the likes of BBCs Edinburgh Fringe Highlights and the hugely successful, This Country (also BBC). This summer will mark Matt’s debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at such a young age and with a wealth of comedic talent, it’s exciting to see exactly what the Maesteg-born comedian will do next!

“A properly original comedy mind” Guardian


Friday 22nd June The Carpenters Arms, Park Street.

FREE event, 7pm.

Recently on The X Factor, local singing hero Jack Mason performs his favourite songs. Plus support.

CIF Live 22nd March -29


Friday 22nd June Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road. 7:30pm

We are very excited to welcome folk legends, The Unthanks to Camberley Theatre. This is a ticketed concert, please click here to purchase tickets.

The Unthanks


Saturday 23rd June Camberley Town Centre and then the London Road Recreation Ground (behind The Arena)

The Camberley Carnival!

After the Carnival has made it’s colourful journey through town, there will be a fun filled afternoon of wonderful entertainment taking place at The London Road Rec. Including an arts tent, Indian Circus, retro computer games tent, bar, food stalls, an acoustic tent and loads more! Click here for more details.




Saturday 23rd June Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road.

And it’s back to the theatre for our last night of #CIFestival18.

7:30 – 9:30pm

We have script reading and drama in the upstairs studio, which is free to attend  –

First up – ‘Tinkler!’ A spirited elderly mother is faced with leaving home for ‘a home’. Disparate daughters disagree and a grandchild gets an unusual inheritance….

Local playwright Liz Lennie invites you to scriptread in small groups (a part for anyone who wants one) before staging a repeat performance by volunteers as if on the radio. The play itself lasts approx. 20 minutes and this script reading event will last about an hour.

Please e mail jo.bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk if you are interested in taking part.

Liz Lennie

There will be an interval in which the downstairs bar will be open, followed by:

Brightlight Theatre Company present The Fire Stack, a new play by award-winning local playwright Jamie Lakritz. A barman, a man drinking away his sorrows and a woman on a blind date are in a bar… But that’s where the joke stops. An explosive drama about secrets and lies and who we become when consumed by guilt. Nominated for Best New Play at Woking Drama Festival 2017. Running time 50 minutes.

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In the main auditorium of Camberley Theatre, also on Saturday 23 June.

7:30pm Brilliant comedy and impressions from Jon Culshaw ‘The Great British Take Off’. This is a ticketed event, please click here to purchase tickets.

Hopefully we’ll see you at as many of these events as you can manage!