Former Loose Woman brings her music to the stage in Wycombe

Bucks Free Press:

10:30am Tuesday 16th September 2014

MOST recently known for her friendly and chatty ways on ITV's Loose Women, Jane McDonald has returned to what she loves best- performing- and she will be bringing her show to the Wycombe Swan this month.

His Dark Materials author talks to Freetime

Bucks Free Press:

11:30am Saturday 13th September 2014

WINDSOR Festival starts on Monday and runs for two weeks. There are a host of events taking place throughout the town including a special evening of music with the author of His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman. Here, he talks to Freetime.

Working on the Waddesdon standard- CEO aims to bring the best of nature and culture

Bucks Free Press:

10:30am Friday 5th September 2014

STEPPING into the grounds at Waddesdon Manor, CEO Sarah Weir wants visitors to feel they are stepping into another world to see the best of culture and nature.

Game of Thrones star talks about upcoming Aylesbury play

Bucks Free Press:

11:51am Friday 29th August 2014

GAME of Thrones Star Ian McElhinney has never had so many selfies taken with him since being in the incredibly popular show. This autumn in between filming for the HBO series and starring again in Ripper Street, he is directing Stones In His Pockets, which is touring the country and coming to Aylesbury next month.

Dad creates app to help out new fathers

Bucks Free Press:

10:20am Wednesday 6th August 2014

A DAD who felt thrown in the deep end after his first baby was born gave up his job and created an app to offer tips and advice to new dads.

Opera singer revels in second season at Garsington

Bucks Free Press: Jessica is the tall girl at the back in Vert-Vert. Photo by Mike Hoban

2:50pm Friday 20th June 2014

HAVING six brothers has helped Jessica Costelloe get to where she is today. The mezzo-soprano is enjoying her second season at Garsington Opera and she talked to Freetime about where it all began.

The Overtones talk to Freetime ahead of the Henley Festival

Bucks Free Press: The Overtones

10:50am Friday 13th June 2014

THE Overtones are feeling pretty happy at the moment. Having just toured with Sir Cliff Richard and now recording a new album, they are also preparing for a few summer shows, including The Henley Festival. Lachie Chapman from the upbeat band talked to Freetime.

Violinist Nigel Kennedy to play Aylesbury tonight

Bucks Free Press: Nigel Kennedy. Photo by Brendon Fraser.

7:30am Friday 30th May 2014

THE world's best-selling classical violinist, Nigel Kennedy, will be playing in Aylesbury tonight with Oxford Philomusica. Here he gives advice to budding violinists and explains what influences him.

Former RGS pupil brings his beatboxing talent to his home town

Bucks Free Press: Shlomo

11:30am Saturday 24th May 2014

A FORMER Royal Grammar School pupil who has performed all over the world is returning to High Wycombe to bring his beat boxing to his home town.

Removal man pens a novel

Bucks Free Press: Edward Davie

10:40am Tuesday 20th May 2014

A RETIRED removal man has written a fictional book about the highs and lows of helping people move house.

Beatles' brother looks back on his years in showbiz

Bucks Free Press: Mike McGear McCartney

10:50am Friday 2nd May 2014

MIKE McGear McCartney never meant to go into the music world- his brother Paul had that covered- being one fourth of the Beatles.

Introducing children to ballet in Aylesbury

Bucks Free Press: Introducing children to ballet in Aylesbury

5:05pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

BALLET isn't just for adults, as a touring company hopes to prove with their own version of Coppélia. Aimed at ages three plus the set is colourful, the costumes sumptuous and the story is squeezed into two 30 minute acts.

Britain's Got Talent ventriloquist comes to High Wycombe

Bucks Free Press: Britain's Got Talent ventriloquist comes to High Wycombe

10:20am Saturday 26th April 2014

BRITAIN'S Got Talent is back on our screens and this time last year ventriloquist, Steve Hewlett, was on the show as he started his journey in the competition.

Chesham rapper hopes to raise his profile

Bucks Free Press: Mikar and Eazy B

2:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A CHESHAM rapper's début single peaked at number 11 in the world songs section chart on iTunes.

'Jonny Creek' actor brings his stand-up to Aylesbury

Bucks Free Press: Alan Davies. Photo by Tony Briggs.

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

THE POPULAR series of Jonathan Creek returned to our screens this year with three hour long specials for BBC1. Alan Davies has played the popular sleuth since 1997 but in a different role he will bringing his new stand-up tour to Aylesbury this month, which is a lot more personal than his last tour, he said.

Cast of four bring Kipling's stories to life on stage

Bucks Free Press: The cast creating one of the stories

4:15pm Friday 11th April 2014

INSPIRING children across the country to turn household objects into all sorts of animals, Red Table Theatre is touring with a show about Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories.

Duty Free cast return to the stage with a new addition

Bucks Free Press: Carol Royle

2:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

AN experienced actress is joining the original cast of an 80s TV series, Duty Free, which has been turned into a play.

Film star brings his magic to the stage

Bucks Free Press: Ali Cook

1:30pm Saturday 5th April 2014

FOUR magicians will be bringing their own unique sets to the Wycombe Swan this month, including Ali Cook, who has also starred on the big screen.

Doctors' actor investigates murder in his latest show

Bucks Free Press: Doctors' actor investigates murder in his latest show

1:20pm Friday 28th March 2014

DIAL M for Murder is coming to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Actor Christopher Timothy talks about the joy of being in a good show, which is not always the case for an actor.

Warwick Davis on why he set up his Reduced Height Theatre Company

Bucks Free Press: Warwick Davis

10:30am Saturday 22nd March 2014

WARWICK Davis has played a plethora of roles in his career from being an Ewok in Star Wars to a professor in the Harry Potter film series, but he still longed to do a play. As a 3ft6 actor he found the opportunities weren't there for him, so he set up his own theatre company for actors under 4ft tall. Their first show is coming to the Swan this month.

Comedian brings cake and hugs to Bucks

Bucks Free Press: Patrick Monahan. Photo by Steve Ullathorne

10:50am Saturday 15th March 2014

GIVING up sweet things for Lent, training for a London Marathon and putting on a UK wide tour- Patrick Monahan is on a mission... to make people happy. The loveable comedian has named his latest tour, The Cake Charmer, which shows his love for the tea time treat.

Les Dennis talks about his play at The Swan and his new role in Corrie

Bucks Free Press: Claire Goose and Les Dennis in the play

10:30am Sunday 9th March 2014

AS Les Dennis planned "The Perfect Murder" on stage, he found out back stage that he had bagged a regular role on one of the most famous streets in the UK- Coronation Street.

Impractical Jokers' star brings his show to Norden Farm

Bucks Free Press: Joel Dommett

2:30pm Sunday 2nd March 2014

STAR of BBC3's Impractical Jokers and also a successful actor, Joel Dommett is bringing his latest stand up show to Maidenhead. He has been performing comedy since 2007, after his first gig in LA and was a regular face on MTV- presenting their news bulletins. He performed his first solo Edinburgh Fringe show in 2011 and is brimming with excitement for his first tour. 

Film maker's experience of depression inspires thriller

Bucks Free Press: Luke Mordue

10:50am Sunday 16th February 2014

A FILM maker from Bucks is using his experience of depression and anxiety to create what he calls a 'Post Apocalyptic drama/thriller'.

Denise Van Outen talks about her one woman show coming to Bucks

Bucks Free Press: Denise Van Outen

12:20pm Friday 14th February 2014

DENISE Van Outen had already opened her new one woman show when I spoke to her and she was feeling a bit exhausted. I'm not surprised. This is her first play she has starred in and she co-wrote and performs in it throughout.

Theatre group tells the story of Englishman part of slave abolition

Bucks Free Press: Theatre group tells the story of Englishman part of slave abolition

5:10pm Sunday 2nd February 2014

A THEATRE company is telling the story of the author of the famous hymn, Amazing Grace.

West End star talks about her work with Queen guitarist and upcoming tour

Bucks Free Press: Kerry Ellis

2:10pm Friday 24th January 2014

KERRY Ellis is a leading West End lady. Having performed in some iconic shows and sung alongside Brian May, she is appearing in a smaller scale show of Rent in Concert during a 15 date tour, where she will also be taking along her three-month-old son.

Retired detective brings serial killer show to The Elgiva

Bucks Free Press: The group on stage

11:30am Tuesday 21st January 2014

A RETIRED murder squad detective will explore the motives and horrors of 20 of the world's worst serial killers.

Movie to be planned and filmed in 28 days

Bucks Free Press: Gemma Nichols and Phil Matthews

11:30am Saturday 18th January 2014

MOST movies are filmed over many months after careful planning - but a Marlow actress will plan, shoot and premiere a short film in 28 days.

Starsky star talks to Freetime about his children's book and Craig Revel Horwood

Bucks Free Press: Paul Michael Glaser

2:10pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

SPORTING a rather impressive beard Paul Michael Glaser has been recognised less frequently for his most famous role as Starsky while he has been touring the UK with Fiddler on the Roof. But London cabbies have clocked on and spoken to him about the hit American TV series.

Rabbi pens book about Jewish life in Bucks

Bucks Free Press: Bucks Free Press in 1940

2:40pm Sunday 8th December 2013

A RABBI has written a book about Jewish life in Bucks and Berks, and was surprised to discover how deeply rooted the faith was in the area.

Beaconsfield poet listed for top literary award

Bucks Free Press: Claire Trevien

10:50am Sunday 1st December 2013

FOR a poet, it can be notoriously difficult to prise open the door to success, recognition and fame.

Cerys Matthews on a mission to demystify music

Bucks Free Press: Cerys Matthews

1:50pm Friday 29th November 2013

CHART music does not warm the heart of Cerys Matthews - so she is on a mission to reclaim music from record label bosses and wants you to join you to join her crusade this Christmas.

High Wycombe graduate exhibits popular denim art in London

Bucks Free Press: Ian in his studio

2:30pm Sunday 24th November 2013

A FORMER Bucks New Uni artist whose pieces sell for thousands said he was first inspired to work with denim after he made a collage out of newspaper cuttings from the Bucks Free Press.

Jason Donovan: 'Being on stage is like being an athlete"

Bucks Free Press: Jason Donovan, centre, in Priscilla

3:12pm Friday 15th November 2013

JASON Donovan is very much a family man these days. The actor is currently working hard touring the country with Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which is coming to Aylesbury next week.

Aylesbury panto stars prepare for the festive season

Bucks Free Press: Holly Brewer and Anita Dobson

10:50am Friday 8th November 2013

PANTO season is very nearly upon on us and in Aylesbury festive audiences will see former Eastenders star and all rounder, Anita Dobson, take to the stage as The Wicked Fairy, Carabosse. Aylesbury's Andy Collins is back as Chester the Jester as is Milton Keynes singer, Holly Brewer. Here we chat to the cast.

Interview: The wonderful world of Ellen Kent

Bucks Free Press: Aida

10:20am Saturday 2nd November 2013

IN Ellen Kent's latest production there is a wall of fire- and not just a scenic background- but real fire raging across the stage.

Wycombe duo proud of Gromit design

Bucks Free Press: Catherine McDaid with the Gromit they painted

10:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

A HUSBAND and wife illustrating team from Wycombe got the chance of a lifetime after being asked to exhibit alongside their artistic heroes on a charity project involving one of the nation’s best-loved dogs.

Loudwater man hopes to help job searchers

Bucks Free Press: Daniel Walker

4:30pm Sunday 13th October 2013

A PAIR of award winning careers advisers have published an e-book to help anyone struggling in the current recession to manage a widening career gap.

Getting back to nature with Ray Mears

Bucks Free Press: Ray Mears

4:10pm Friday 11th October 2013

RAY Mears would be the perfect man to sit around the camp fire with. Having become a household name for his survivalist skills in the wild you would feel in safe hands if you found yourself against the elements on a camping trip.

Father Ted actor: 'Comedy is my first love'

Bucks Free Press: Ardal O'Hanlon

11:00am Saturday 5th October 2013

ARDAL O’Hanlon’s parents wanted him to pick a ‘credible career’ - a politician or a lawyer - but he chose comedy and argues it is now more credible than either of the aforementioned professions.

Claire Sweeney talks marriage, panto and her new show

Bucks Free Press: John Thomson and Claire Sweeney

1:30pm Friday 4th October 2013

CLAIRE Sweeney has had a long and varied stage career, playing some of the most coveted roles in the West End.

New head chef at Tree hotel

Bucks Free Press: Anurag Sharma

1:10pm Sunday 29th September 2013

THE Tree Hotel in Cadmore End is excited to welcome a new chef to its kitchen.

Screenwriter who prompted the dig for Richard III to talk at Henley Festival

Bucks Free Press: Screenwriter who prompted the dig for Richard III to talk at Henley

1:30pm Friday 27th September 2013

DISCOVERING the remains of Richard III- a medieval King- in a car park in Leicester captured the imagination of the country.

Former Les Mis lead to sing at Arts4Every1 tomorrow

Bucks Free Press: Damian Wilson

3:10pm Thursday 26th September 2013

DAMIAN Wilson is coming to High Wycombe tomorrow night as part of his tour, where he will be playing songs from his solo albums. He is a singer-songwriter who has performed as the lead singer in Threshold, Headspace and Landmarq. He has also worked on projects with many other bands and played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on their UK national tour.

Brian Conley: 'It’s just you and me and we’re going to have a laugh'

Bucks Free Press: Brian Conley

12:50pm Sunday 22nd September 2013

AFTER 40 years in the industry, you would imagine Brian Conley would be winding down, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The 52-year-old is as hungry as ever to perform on stage.

Stripper to spice up village's ladies' night

Bucks Free Press: Richard Kane

10:50am Sunday 22nd September 2013

A STRIPPER is coming to Lane End as part of a fundraising ladies' night to help a struggling community centre.

'Saxon warrior burial is grave discovery in sinister surroundings'

Bucks Free Press: Geoffrey

10:10am Tuesday 17th September 2013

A BEACONSFIELD man has had his début novel published about a Saxon grave found on the edge of an English village.

Mum helps children choose the right food

Bucks Free Press: Michelle and Zoe

11:10am Saturday 7th September 2013

A MUM has written a nutrition book for children so they are able to make good food choices throughout their life- and includes characters such as Carlos the clever cauliflower and Pablo the perfect pea.

The Urban Rajah talks curry, family and his love of spice

Bucks Free Press: Urban Rajah

3:40pm Friday 6th September 2013

THE Urban Rajah is coming to Beaconsfield with stories of his family's journey across three continents and the food they brought with them to England. The food writer, cook and traveller will be talking about his new cook book at a lunch raising money for the South Bucks Hospice.



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