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Dinosaur Hunting in Africa (H)

Dinosaur Hunting in Africa

David Martill recounts the experiences of hunting fossils of some of the world's largest dinosaurs in  the Sahara Desert and discusses what it is like to work in the Sahara. In the process we will meet some of the wonderful animals that are found fossilised there, including the spectacular fish eating dinosaur Spinosaurus and the giant pterodactyl, Alanqa (illustrated).


With Dr David M Martill, Reader in Palaeobiology, University of Portsmouth.


For more information and tickets please visit Atom Festival website.

Saturday 25 Mar 201711:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Learning on the Job: Autonomy based on Experience (H)

Learning on the Job: Autonomy based on Experience

The Oxford RobotCar Project aims to provide robust, long-term autonomous driving at a price point suitable for mass-market adoption. At its core, however, lies a philosophy fundamentally different to that fuelling more conventional autonomous driving research: autonomy when offered, as opposed to on demand. In this talk Professor Posner motivates this philosophy and provide an overview of the technology underlying our approach to autonomous driving and beyond.


With Professor Ingmar Posner, Associate Professor in Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Director of  Oxford Robotics Institute.


For more information and tickets please visit the Atom Festival website.

Saturday 25 Mar 201715:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Antarctica: a Treasury of Climate Data (H)

Antarctica: a Treasury of Climate Data

With ten seasons in Antarctica and 30 years with the British Antarctic Survey, Professor John Turner is the perfect guide to reveal the information that is being extracted from Antarctic ice cores relating to past climate events, aerosols and volcanic eruptions. The ice sheet not only yields core samples but is also a potential contributor to sea level rises and therefore of major significance to the future of the planet.


With Professor John Turner MBE of the British Antarctic Survey.


For more information and tickets please visit the Atom Festival website.

Saturday 25 Mar 201716:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Tapping the Fountain of Youth: Stem Cells & Regeneration (H)

Tapping the Fountain of Youth: Stem Cells & Regeneration

Although the dramatic increase in life expectancy we have witnessed over the past century is arguably one of medicine’s greatest successes, it is also responsible for the increasing incidence of chronic and degenerative diseases in developed countries around the world.   Harnessing the properties of stem cells offers an attractive strategy to addressing some of the health-care challenges that lie ahead.  In this lecture, Paul Fairchild will discuss the various types of stem cells and the properties that distinguish them from other cell types of the body, while providing an overview of the likely impact that tapping into this resource will have on modern medicine in the future.


With Professor Paul J Fairchild of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford.


For more information and tickets please visit the Atom Festival website.

Saturday 25 Mar 201718:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Annual Hockey Dinner 2017

Annual Hockey Dinner 2017

We would like to invite all hockey players and parents (from years 3-7) to the annual Hockey Griffens Dinner & Awards on Saturday 25th March.


After playing our final ISHL 2017 matches against Marlborough in the afternoon, the evening will start with a drinks reception in the Charles Maude Room at 7.30pm. A three-course meal, speeches and end of season awards will follow from 8pm. There will be a cash bar and raffle on the night.


Dress code: black tie.


Tickets for the dinner are £35 per parent and £25 per player, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. This event always sells out quickly, so we encourage you to apply early through the school box office.


Bookings are now closed for this event. Please contact the Box Office for more information.

Saturday 25 Mar 201719:30 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

The Birth of Gravitational Wave Astronomy (H)

The Birth of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

On September 14, 2015  the two instruments of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) observed for the very first time a gravitational wave transient. It turned out to be generated by the merger of a binary black hole that took place about a billion years ago. Gravitational waves were observed again on Boxing Day 2015 from other binary black hole. The direct detection of gravitational waves is already considered one of the triumphs of science of this decade. Perhaps more importantly, these observations mark the dawn of a new era in astronomy and new means to unveil some of the Universe’s most well kept secrets.


With Professor Alberto Vecchio, Director of the Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham.


For more information and tickets please visit the Atom Festival website.

Saturday 25 Mar 201720:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Lab-based Activities for all the family (H)

Lab-based Activities for all the family

Family Science Fair: Lab-based science activities for all the family!


Bring the whole family to a fun-filled few hours of hands-on science activities, demonstrations and exhibits in the Yang Science Centre at Abingdon School. Whether you drop in for half an hour or stay right through, there will be plenty to excite and interest all ages at this event. Organisations such as Science Oxford, The Curiosity Box, AstroMedia, the Faulkes Telescope Project and the Abingdon Science Partnership will be doing their best to get everyone involved in doing science for themselves.

Visitors should enter the Yang Science Centre via the main entrance through the Abingdon School coach park on Faringdon Road. Parking will be very limited at this venue.


For more information and tickets please visit the Atom Festival website.



Sunday 26 Mar 201711:00 Book Now (Yang Science Centre)

How to be an Astronaut! (H)

How to be an Astronaut!

Mostly Books present an Author's Book Presentation

Louie Stowell: The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook.


Louie Stowell presents her funny and fascinating how-to guide for budding astronauts, providing a crash course on what it takes to travel into space. Answers all the big questions about space travel, from “How do rockets work?” and “What do astronauts do all day?” to “How do you go to the toilet on a spaceship?” Explores the technology that astronauts use, from space suits to Soyuz spacecraft, and scientific experiments on the International Space Station.


For more information and tickets please visit the Atom Festival website.

Sunday 26 Mar 201714:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Abingdon Prep: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Abingdon Prep: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Abingdon Preparatory School's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat promises to be a magical event. It is a musical based on the "coat of many colours" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis.


With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, it is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.

Thursday 30 Mar 201719:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (H)

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival.

Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.

Exciting events not to be missed with free prize giveaways!
This year there are two evenings that will ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel, Tuesday 21 February (Red Programme) & Wednesday 5 April (Blue Programme). For double the adventure come along both nights for two entirely different film programmes.

Visit the Banff Film Festival Website to book tickets and for more details, and click here to see a trailer!

Photo: Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf

Wednesday 5 Apr 201719:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Twelfth Night

NT Live: Twelfth Night
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux' Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.

Thursday 6 Apr 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

AOS Present: Annie (H)

AOS Present: Annie

Annie is the heartwarming story of a girl, her dog, and their search for a loving home. The show premiered on Broadway in 1977 and ran for a record-breaking six years. In London it opened in 1978 and ran for 1,485 performances. Everyone knows the song Tomorrow from Annie, but it also features fantastic musical numbers such as It’s the Hard Knock Life, Little Girls, Easy Street, and I Don’t Need Anything But You.


We’ve assembled a fantastically talented cast of adults and children for this show, along with the renowned AOS company, all directed by Rob Bertwistle, with Musical Director Mark Denton and choreography by Kerry Callaghan. Book your tickets today to be sure not to miss this toe-tapping, heartwarming and funny musical comedy for all ages.


Tickets can be bought from the AOS website.

Tuesday 18 Apr 201719:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
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Friday 21 Apr 201719:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Saturday 22 Apr 201714:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Saturday 22 Apr 201719:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live Julius Caesar

RSC Live Julius Caesar
Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare's epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.

Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power.

The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith's Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton's adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action.

For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.

Wednesday 26 Apr 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Obsession (15)

NT Live: Obsession

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.


Gino is a drifter, down-at- heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.


The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


This performance may contain nudity.


Running Time: 120 minutes - no interval


For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.


Thursday 11 May 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Singing for Performance with Lin Marsh (H)

Singing for Performance with Lin Marsh

Internationally renowned singing teacher Lin Marsh will be visiting the Amey Theatre on Saturday 13th May to give a workshop on Singing for Performance. Participants will be taught techniques to make the most of their singing voices, including physical and vocal warm-ups, movement and projection, as well as being taught a number of songs which will be performed as part of the Resonate performance taking place in the Theatre that evening.


The workshop is suitable for anyone aged 14 or above. Places are strictly limited and prices, which include lunch and other refreshments, are £45 per participant (or £80 for two), although participants booking before 6pm on Sunday 19th March will receive an Early Bird discount of £40 per participant (£75 for two).


For tickets and more details about the workshop please visit their website.

Saturday 13 May 201710:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Resonate

Resonate

Some of Oxfordshire’s finest entertainers come together for this unique, one-off event. Confirmed acts include Out of the Blue, The Lin Marsh Singers, The Marsh Tompsett School of Dance, The Oxford Drum Troupe and Richard Soames.

For more information about this event and future Arts and Sports events please visit their website.

Saturday 13 May 201719:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

NT Live: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, broadcast live to cinemas from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.


In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.


For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.

Thursday 18 May 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Antony and Cleopatra

RSC Live: Antony and Cleopatra
Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare's tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.

Following Caesar's assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony's military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).

For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.

Wednesday 24 May 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

NT Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50 th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

Please note that this is an Encore Screening of the Live Performance on 20 April 2017.

For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.

Thursday 25 May 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre (Encore Screening))

NT Live: Peter Pan (PG)

NT Live: Peter Pan

'Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.' Radio Times

All children, except one, grow up.

Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie's much-loved tale screens in cinemas this summer.

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.

For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.

Saturday 10 Jun 201714:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Horizon Lectures: Sean Conway (H)

Horizon Lectures: Sean Conway

Sean Conway is an endurance adventurer and triathlete who became the first, and only, person to swim all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.  It was almost unbelievable feat that included 135 days swimming at sea battling the weather, currents and a remarkably large amount of jellyfish!

Sean's talks are well-known for being memorable and entertaining with a mix of tales from his life on the edge and his quirky take on adventure!  Sean encourages audiences to live life more adventurously, be courageous and 'find your beard' no matter what that challenge may be...


Tickets available on the Horizon Lectures website.

Thursday 15 Jun 201719:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Salomé (15)

NT Live: Salomé

The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.

This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production which will be broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. 'Epic. A near-perfect production.' Guardian (on Les Blancs )

For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.

Thursday 22 Jun 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ASPA Mid Summer Magic Event (H)

ASPA Mid Summer Magic Event

We are sorry to have to tell you that we have had to cancel the event at The Perch for reasons that are out of our control.    


We will plan a new end of year event with a similar theme for next year and in the meantime we know that various Year Reps are looking at organising something for their own year groups.    


This year ASPA would like to invite all parents to celebrate the end of the 2016/2017 school year at our Mid Summer Magic Event taking place at the The Perch, Binsey in their Summer Marquee.


Come and enjoy drinks in the garden, a summer feast with wine followed by some barn dancing 'marquee style' with a Ceilidh Band.    


Tickets are £35 per head and include welcome drinks, a 2 course dinner with a 1/3 bottle of wine per head followed by dancing to a Ceilidh Band. Please click here to see the menu


Please make your booking online and then complete the attached Google form which ASPA needs in order to ensure we have your dietary requirements and know who you are booking your tickets for and would like to sit with.


We look forward to seeing you there!


Any questions, please contact us on aspa@abingdon.org.uk

Friday 23 Jun 201719:30 Book Now (The Perch, Binsey)

ASPA L6 Supper

ASPA L6 Supper

Come and celebrate the end of Lower 6th and the impending summer with other L6 parents in the Abingdon School Café.  The intimate atmosphere of the Café by night is very different to other Abingdon School venues and is just right for an L6 reunion. There will be a cash bar as usual and some surprises too!


Tickets are £20 each to include starter, main and pudding.


Dress: summer casual


Please don’t forget to  complete the attached Google Form as ASPA needs this information to plan the occasion.

Friday 23 Jun 201720:00 Book Now (Abingdon School Cafe)

NT Live: Angels In America Part One - Millennium Approaches (15)

NT Live: Angels In America Part One - Millennium Approaches

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse).

Part Two: Perestroika, will also be broadcast live on 27 July 2017.

For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.

Thursday 20 Jul 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Angels in America Part 2 - Perestroika (15)

NT Live: Angels in America Part 2 - Perestroika
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

This new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year.

Part One: Millennium Approaches will be broadcast live on 20 July 2017.

For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.

Thursday 27 Jul 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Titus Andronicus

RSC Live: Titus Andronicus
The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare's most bloody play.

Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Shakespeare's gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare's brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.

Wednesday 9 Aug 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Yerma (15)

NT Live: Yerma

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone's radical production of Lorca's achingly powerful masterpiece.

The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it 'an extraordinary theatrical triumph' (The Times) and 'stunning, searing, unmissable' (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper's lead performance is described as 'spellbinding' (The Evening Standard), 'astonishing' (iNews) and 'devastatingly powerful' (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper's portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.

For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.

Thursday 31 Aug 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2017 (H)

Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2017

Calling all ocean lovers! The annual Ocean Film Festival is sweeping towards Edinburgh with a brand new selection of the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface.


Brought to you by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. Be wowed at the mind blowing marine life; exhilarated by the power of the waves, and inspired by the characters who dedicate their lives to answering the call of the ocean.


Visit Ocean Film Festival Website for more information and tickets.


Photo credit: Perrin James

Tuesday 19 Sep 201719:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Coriolanus

RSC Live: Coriolanus

A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.


Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.


Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.


For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.

Wednesday 11 Oct 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Twelfth Night

RSC Live: Twelfth Night

'I am all the daughters of my father's house,

And all the brothers too.'


Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".


For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.

Wednesday 14 Feb 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)