Friends of Age Exchange events

Book Sales

Our Book Sale will return on Saturday 3 September.

We have a very large collection of books for sale including fiction, children’s, history, gardening, art, classics, biography and much, much more. We also have classical CDs for £1 each. Hope you can join us.

Note that the café will remain open from 10am-3pm.

Our popular second-hand Book Shop which opened 9 years ago continues to offer an excellent range of titles at superb prices. Please come along to the Bakehouse on Saturday 5 February to browse and take home a pile of bargains.

Very many thanks to all the Friends and volunteers who continue to work tirelessly in organising the Book Sales and to all those who have bought or donated books. Since it opened the Book Shop has raised over £54,000, an amazing amount!

As always, the stock is constantly refreshed and, should you have any books that you wish to donate, Gillian Gadsby is always glad to have them. You can bring them to the Library or the Information Desk at The Exchange or contact Gillian on 0208 852 4032 if you need them to be collected.


Concerts from Trinity Laban

Bakehouse Theatre
Friday 30 September
12-1pm

As Covid restrictions are now easing we are pleased to welcome back Trinity Laban students who will be performing in the Bakehouse on the last Friday of each month during term time. Their talent continues to amaze and uplift so please come along to enjoy their varied repertoire.

To be confirmed soon

These concerts are free to Friends of Age Exchange or £5 

The False Servant by Pierre Marivaux

2.30pm, Saturday 9 July at The  Orange Tree  Theatre, Richmond
Tickets £28

An exciting new theatre for the theatre group - The Orange Tree in Richmond, an intimate, award-winning theatre in-the-round. We offer the option to meet at Waterloo station and travel down together for lunch before the play. Richmond has a bustling but still leafy town centre next to the river Thames making for an enjoyable afternoon out. Richmond is inside the Freedom Pass zone so for many travel is free. The after-play discussion will be in The Orange Tree Hotel, next to the theatre. And the play?

“Thrills, chills and belly laughs - this addictive adult comedy has the lot." That was one critic’s view of The False Servant, a little known 300-year-old French play when it was produced at The National Theatre in 2004. Now you can share that critic's joy.

Since both theatres chose the same translation (by Martin Crimp) there is a chance that jollity will win. But be warned - when the same version of the play was produced in Los Angeles the American verdict was harsh: "a bleak comedy with a heart of cold hard cash."

The original plot, written 300 years ago by Pierre Marivaux, deals with a man trying, with hilarious complications, to marry Money. A lot of Money.

You should know that this is no ordinary slapstick romp. The themes of the play are listed as "seduction, money, power and cross- dressing." And inevitably, a world of darker meaning is said to lie beneath all the wit and verbal exuberance.

But the key to the play is undoubtedly the mind of the playwright Pierre Marivaux. The critic Michael Billington once said, "In Marivaux's hands, comedy with its seamless blend of sunshine and shadow seems the very highest of theatrical forms.”

What will you make of it? Tell us after the show when we will meet for a drink and a friendly discussion.

To apply for your £28 tickets please send your order to aefriends.theatre@gmail.com
Or pay by cheque and leave it at the café at Age Exchange. Please write Theatre Event : ‘The False Servant’ on the back of your cheque.

Please note you need to be a Friend of Age Exchange to take advantage of this offer

New theatre trips to be announced soon