(Talbot Theatre, Whtchurch, Oct 3-5)

Blackberry Fair kicks off to an early start with a showing of 'Funny Cow' (15) at The Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch Leisure Centre, on Wednesday, October 3 at 7.30pm.

As part of the Sugar Fiddle on the Blackberry Fair Fringe programme, Flicks in the Sticks is screening this film starring Maxine Peake. She plays a comedian uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine in Northern England's working clubs in the 70's and 80's. Tickets at £4.50 adults, £4 adult concessions and £3.50 young people are available from the centre on 01948 660660, 07506724572 or on-line at

Also as part of the Sugar Fiddle Fringe there is a special show at the Black Bear, Whitchurch High Street called ‘John Peel’s Shed’ by John Osborne on Friday October 5 at 8pm.

This is in conjunction with Arts Alive’s Inn Crowd events and it is free entry.

In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio 1 show and his prize was a box of records, belonging to Peel which took him eight years to listen to.

The show is an ode to radio and those who have sought solace in the radio. It includes rare recordings by obscure and defunct bands, a must for Peel fans.