© 2019 Swindon Spring Festival


HEATHER WIDDOWS – on the demands to be perfect and beautiful.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
12.30pm ~ 14th May ~ £9 (£8) 

What do we understand by the opposing terms ‘to make the best of yourself’ or ‘to let yourself go’? 
Is the demand to be beautiful increasingly important in today’s visual and virtual culture? Has ‘being perfect’ become an ethical ideal by which to live and according to which we judge ourselves?  What can the gym and cosmetics really do for our identity and true sense of well being? 
Member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Professor of Global Ethics in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, Heather Widdows is the author of Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal.

FORGET ME NOT The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit – a hilarious and heart-warming murder mystery, on a dementia ward, performed by ROB GEE.

Presented in association with Swindon Fringe.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
6.30pm ~ 14th May ~ £10 (£9)

Jim’s wife, a patient, has died from what appears to be natural causes. Jim is a retired police detective and he smells a rat. He’s determined to solve one last murder. The problem is he has dementia. It’s a case worthy of the greatest detective mind. But his will have to do.
Written and performed by comic, poet and psychiatric nurse, the ‘seriously funny’ Rob Gee Forget Me Not comes to Swindon fresh from a sold out run across the States.

DOUBLE TICKET for Rob Gee and Emily Carding ~ £17

EMILY CARDING – presents HAMLET (An Experience) with YOU!

Presented in association with Swindon Fringe.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
8pm ~ 14th May ~ £10 (£9) 

Hamlet has questions, the great questions of life. Might you have answers?
Hamlet needs your help. Could you be his family and friends arriving at Elsinore? 
Would you like to join Hamlet on his intellectual and emotional journey and become immersed in his story like never before? 
Yes! In which case, it promises to be quite a night!
An experienced Shakespearean actor, both on stage and screen, Emily Carding has, together with Brite Theater, created a number of challenging, innovative, and award-winning shows.   

The Swindon Fringe, aka The Swinge, is thriving. It welcomes local and international acts and performers and has grown phenomenally in both talent and vision since it started in 2012.
Now, it even has a festival of its own, from 5th to 14th April, with acts from America, Brazil, Europe, and Swindon! For details, see www.swindonfringefestival.com

OUR BOYS – a Swindon Family’s War.

Central Library, Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QG
Tel: 01793 466454
7pm ~ 14th May ~ £3 (£2) 


Three men linked by blood and marriage, fighting a war this country dare not lose. Harold Starr was one of the ‘few’, flying in the greatest air battle of all time, the Battle of Britain. Ken Rees flew over 50 bombing missions before being taken prisoner and becoming part of one of the most incredible stories of the war. John Starr was on the frontline against Hitler’s last attempt to defeat Britain, the terrifying V1 Flying Bomb.
Three incredible men. Three incredible stories. The true, personal story of one Swindon family’s war.

NICOLA CORNICK – on The Woman in the Lake.

Lydiard House, Lydiard Park, West Swindon SN5 3PA
Tel: 01793 524481
7.30pm ~ 14th May ~ £7 (£6) 


What link might there be between the history of the Old Town area of Swindon and the magnificent listed house in lovely Lydiard Park?
Clue: it’s an eighteenth century link and involves a tempestuous relationship. 
All is revealed in the latest novel The Woman in the Lake, by best-selling author Nicola Cornick, whose books are translated into numerous languages and are read worldwide.

The arts are admired insurrection . . .