The Mill At Sonning Love Is In The Air

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THE MILL AT SONNING - Love is in the Air

Date: 3rd February 2011

My sister isn’t a great theatre goer so I was a trifle surprised when she asked if I’d go with her to The Mill. I used to live not far from there and went often. It’s a lovely venue - a restored 18th Century Flour Mill on the banks of the Thames and works as a Dinner Theatre.

(I’m surprised that there aren’t more Dinner Theatres (many in my beloved Cape Town) because they answer the vexed question of dining and attending the theatre. In the Uk when most performances commence at 7.30 - do you eat ridiculously early or suffer indigestion and a sleepless night by dining after the show. Gillian and I used to regularly take our Mother to The Mill on Birthdays and Mothers Day)

So the two of us are going to ‘Love is in the Air’ - a Gala Performance embracing Love Songs, Theatrical love scenes, Love Letters and Poetry. The show is being staged to benefit two Charities - Alexandra Bastedo’s Champions Animal Sanctuary and Peter Egan’s All Dogs Matter. The combination of Love (I’m an incurable Romantic) and supporting Animal Charities is a potent combination for me. There will be numerous luminaries in attendance - Lorraine Chase (who has dined at my home when I lived in Bucks and is a great, warm character), Jenny Seagrove,  Anthony Valentine(who my sister knew decades ago)  and the absolutely lovely Virginia McKenna to mention but a few. Have always been an admirer of Virginia and the work she and her later husband, Bill Travers, did for Conservation.  Don't know if it's still up there on the Internet but if it is  - tune in to Natural World - BBC 2 Tuesday 1st February - the story of Born Free and the invaluable work of George and Joy Adamson.  NOT TO BE MISSED.

Being a Gala Charity, the tickets are more pricey than normal but you will get the show and a meal (and they used to include a glass of wine! Maybe in today’s economic climate, you’ll have to fork out for your own wine) and, I’m sure, an evening to remember.

Oh, I nearly did what I once did for one of the Birthday parties I had as a child - was so excited, I forgot to put the date and from who was the invite. Love is in the Air is on Sunday, 6th March - just for the one performance. 

THE MILL AT SONNING - Love is in the Air

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