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Coming up at the Assembly Hall

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MELKSHAM Assembly Hall has once again packed its schedule with new films and huge live acts for the coming weeks and months.

Upcoming films at the hall include Friday 1st May, Testament of Youth, 7.30pm, (12A); Saturday 2nd May, Shaun the Sheep, 10.30am, (U). There will also be theatre on offer, with Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem being screened at 7pm on Thursday 30th April.

For all film showings  morning tickets are £3 for under 15s and £4 for adults. All tickets from 5.00pm onwards are £6 each. Tickets for The Hard Problem are £10 each. Doors open 30 minutes before each show and there is a licensed bar, tea and coffees.

Melksham’s popular live comedy nights will also be continuing, with Mock the Week star Andy Parsons performing on Friday 15th May (8pm, £15), and legendary entertainer Des O’Connor visiting on Friday 19th June (7.30pm, £24, conc. £22).

Synopsis:

Testament of Youth (12A): A powerful coming-of-age story which tackles love, war, loss and remembrance. Based on Vera Brittain’s WW1 memoir, it has become the classic testimony of the war from a woman’s point of view. Vera’s story encompasses vast themes – youth, hope, dreams, love, war, futility, and how to make sense of the darkest times. It’s a key witness account of WW1, which continues to resonate because it is above all a personal story of how one person faces war and tragedy, and rises above them.

Shaun the Sheep (U): From the creators of Wallace & Gromit. When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

The Hard Problem: A screening of playwright Tom Stoppard’s new show from the National Theatre. Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask?

Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

For more information about these events go to www.melkshamtown.co.uk or call 01225 709887.