Isle of Arts: Eclectic line-up grows

By Jon Moreno

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Isle of Arts: Eclectic line-up grows

Virginia Ironside will be at Isle of Arts on the Isle of Wight.

AN ECLECTIC mix of shows have been added to the line up for this year’s Isle of Arts festival in Ventnor.

Writer, columnist and agony aunt Virginia Ironside will bring her show Growing Old Disgracefully to the main marquee in Salisbury Gardens, at 2pm, on Saturday, May 3.

The show, suitable for people of all ages, evolved from her talks about her books at various literary events — taking a humourous look at how being in your 60s can be the best time of your life.

Shakespeare fans will be able to brush up on the bard’s back catalogue with actor Lance Pierson’s show Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits! at Ventnor Baptist Church Hall, Pier Street, at 3.30pm on Sunday, May 4.

Pierson will perform famous speeches and sonnets, from Hamlet and Henry V to Romeo and Juliet, while soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain perform music inspired by the bard’s work.

With this year being the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Gurnard artist Jamie Vans will give a fascinating talk about the life of his great uncle, Frank Vans Agnew, a tank commander on the Western Front, at Ventnor Library, at 1pm on Monday, May 5.

The story of the Military Cross recipient has now been told in a book, entitled Veteran Volunteer — Memoir of the Trenches, Tanks and Captivity 1914-1919, due to be published in May by Pen and Sword Books.

Janneke Oxley, of Isle of Arts, said she was pleased to get such quality and fascinating shows added to the programme.

This year’s Isle of Arts festival has been extended to run between Friday, May 2, and Monday, May 5,

Headline artists include BBC presenter and gardener Monty Don, the Kyle Eastwood Band, poet Roger McGough and comedian Rich Hall.


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by john jones

6th February 2014, at 07:59:53

weve been living in ventnor for 6 years now and haven't found anything remotely interesting about the arts festival. our kids are 14 and 19 now and over the last 6 years have found it boring. I don't think a talk about people growing old will be anything me or my kids will be running to ( to say its suitable for all ages is misleading ) and though there are some that may be into Shakespeare, my 14 year old is being forced to study it at medina school even though he has no interest in it whatsoever, and that goes for 99% of his class as well. please if there are any arts people out there listening could you bring something that our kids ( of all ages ) would run to see.

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by Keven Ball

5th February 2014, at 16:11:47

This sounds wonderful. I hope there is a good turnout for this event?

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