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Behind the Scenes of Television’s Golden Years with Wilf Lower
Aug
17
10:30 AM10:30

Behind the Scenes of Television’s Golden Years with Wilf Lower

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Behind the Scenes of Television’s Golden Years with Wilf Lower 

Friday 17th August, 10.30am-12.30pm

 

Professional lecturer Wilf Lower will give an entertaining talk about popular shows and dramas such as Morecambe & Wise, the Two Ronnies, Terry & June, Till Death Do Us Part, The Good Life, Forsyte Saga, Pennies from Heaven and When the Boat Comes In. It will also focus on music from Top of the Pops to the Last Night of the Proms; and pageantry of Royal events.   


These were truly television’s ‘Golden Years.’ Find out how many great programmes were made, the situations and ‘characters’ involved, and the astounding and hilarious hidden stories. Never has ‘you wouldn’t believe it’ been more appropriate!  This talk includes video clips.
 

 
Suitable for ages 50+


 
 

All Art Of Conversation events are free in 2018 but booking in advance is advised. For more information on this project please click here.


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Fashion
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

Fashion

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Fashion - Talk and Demonstration by a Medway Adult Education Tutor

Friday 21st September, 10.30am - 12.30pm

The fashion tutor will talk through and demonstrate some fun activities which explore contemporary and historic fashions. You'll also be guided through the fashion industry, with the chance to share and explain your own unique fashion choices over the years.

 
Suitable for ages 50+


 
 

All Art Of Conversation events are free in 2018 but booking in advance is advised. For more information on this project please click here.


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BRING YOUR OWN BABY COMEDY
Sep
26
11:30 AM11:30

BRING YOUR OWN BABY COMEDY

BRING YOUR OWN BABY COMEDY

a funny, friendly morning of top comedy, and…

you can bring your baby!

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Bring Your Own Baby Comedy is the UKs premier baby friendly comedy club with the funniest comedy stars from the circuit and TV. Their events are all about you, the parents! But dont worry  they also take great care of younger guests.

They provide soft flooring and toys so that your baby is happy and you can relax and be entertained!

If you need to whip out a bum (the babies please!) a boob or a bottle please feel free and the comics wont mind being heckled by their younger guests!



SHOW INFORMATION


Dates: Wed 26 September |  11.30am

Price: Adults £7.50 | Babies under 12 months (only) are completely FREE!

Age Recommendation: Audience members must be over 18 years or under 12 months old due to adult themes. This venue has limited buggy storage and lift access.


Running Time: 75 mins with an interval

COMPANY INFORMATION

Bring Your Own Baby Comedy was ‘conceived’ over a glass of wine, as best buddies and professional comedians Carly Smallman (star of ITV and BBC) and Alyssa Kyria (comedy actress extraordinaire) were discussing the world of comedy, motherhood.

Mum of one, Alyssa, who suffered with post natal depression after the birth of her daughter, was recounting how nervous she felt about going out with her baby and how she really needed a good old laugh! Would there be good facilities for a little one? Would people judge her for whipping out a boob… or a bum? (Her baby’s thankfully!).

So these two funny ladies got together and created Bring Your Own Baby Comedy! An afternoon of amazing comedy, where men, women and babies can relax and have a good laugh at the best comedians on the UK comedy circuit, without paying for childcare!

This show is billed as part of Paint The Town Festival in conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring Network.


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GROUND CONTROL
Sep
27
to Sep 29

GROUND CONTROL

GROUND CONTROL

BY NON ZERO ONE
 

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You are Ground Control, and Futuretron is asking for your help to decide the future of a new planet. Here's the situation: in 1974, a manned mission was sent into space to look for inhabitable planets. 

Now, in present day, the sensors aboard Shuttle X27-40 indicate that it may have found just such a planet. The three astronauts on board are about to be woken from their hypersleep... they need your help. 

Using a giant project screen and a live, highly intelligent computer (well, Futuretron), you will be part of a team deciding on an identity for the planet, its laws and values.  

Ground Control is a unique interactive performance for up to forty 8 - 11 year olds. No Adults Allowed!


Intelligently crafted and totally engaging
— EVENING STANDARD
Their work isn’t just promising, it verges - judging by what I’ve seen - on being totally ground-breaking
— TELEGRAPH

SHOW INFORMATION


Dates: 

Thu 27 September |  1.30pm
Fri 28 September | 10:00am. 1.30pm & 4.30pm   
Sat 29 September | 10:00am, 1.30pm & 4.30pm

Price: All individual tickets this season £5.00. Buy 9 tickets for Ground Control and get the 10th free.

Age Recommendation: 8 -11 years old, parents and guardians are invited to enjoy a hot beverage in the theatre cafe or waiting areas during the show. Don't worry our stewards and performers will take great care of your child. 
Running Time: 60 mins with no interval

COMPANY INFORMATION

Credits

For non zero one: Sarah Butcher, Cat Harrison, John Hunter, Fran Miller, Alex Turner

Ground Control is a Hijack Festival commission.

Developed with support from the Unicorn Theatre.


non zero one is made up of four artists, who came together in 2009 at Royal Holloway, University of London. A prominent voice in interactive theatre making in the UK, the group makes interactive performances where you, the participant, are active and important. At a non zero one show, you have the chance to make a choice, and you’re asked to think in the moment about the question the work poses.

The group has made work for theatres, gallery spaces, public places and museums, and continues to explore new places and ways of working with interactivity as a focus. As a participant, you might be sat around a large table on a roof, amongst many others in an auditorium or on your own in a public space.

With a consistently creative approach to technology, non zero one have become known for making use of multi-channel wireless headphones, live sound mixing and sampling, projection and the occasional treadmill to create opportunities for choice and interaction.

twitter: @nonzeroone

facebook: non zero one

web: www.nonzeroone.com

@turnedonitshead /@Bimaginations #spongetheshow

 

This show is billed as part of Paint The Town Festival in conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring Network.


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Hansel & Gretal
Sep
28
11:30 AM11:30

Hansel & Gretal

HANSEL & GRETEL

BY THE WHEELS ON DEBUSSY

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A magical musical adventure. 

Written and performed by extraordinary cellist, virile baritone, compelling actor, Matthew Sharp (The Daily Telegraph).

Join us for beloved stories, bewitching music and the once in a lifetime chance to help our heroes and heroines along the way to come together in one unforgettable, epic and intimate show.

"My children have literally not stopped singing the songs all day - brilliant concert"

The show will consist of one fairytale followed by a live music concert. Especially made for children and families - little ones can eat snacks, mums can breastfeed and everyone can sing and dance along!
 


SHOW INFORMATION


Dates: 


Fri 28 September | 11:30am

Price: Adults £7.50, Children £5.00

Age Recommendation: 1 year + and their families. This venue has limited buggy storage and lift access.


Running Time: 60 mins with no interval

COMPANY INFORMATION

THE WHEELS ON DEBUSSY

devises and presents concerts, trains musicians and commissions writers to make and tour exceptional, interactive and transformative work for children.  The Wheels on Debussy is the brainchild of full time mums Louise Knight and Fiona Sharp.  Realising the lack of high quality live music for the children they strove to create a concert series that is accessible for children that brings the wonder of music alive.   The concerts provide a high-quality music experience performed by exceptionally talented world-class musicians, for parents and children in a relaxed environment.


 

This show is billed as part of Paint The Town Festival in conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring Network.


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FOREIGN RADICAL
Sep
28
to Sep 29

FOREIGN RADICAL

FOREIGN RADICAL

BY THEATRE CONSPIRACY
 

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Foreign Radical by Theatre Conspiracy

An international smash hit from Canada

Foreign Radical invites 30 participants into an intriguing theatrical game that explores security, profiling, freedom of expression, and privacy in the age of cyber-surveillance. Mobile throughout the performance, the participants collaborate, compete, investigate, debate, and spy on each other.

Depending on personal and group responses to various questions posed by the game’s ‘host’, participants witness different perspectives on the action, gathering evidence from dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour their views and how they play the game. Each performance is unique in that the audience dynamic influences the outcome.

A recipient of a Jessie Award for Critics’ Choice Innovation, Foreign Radical is an interactive, multimedia experience with multilingual elements in Farsi and Arabic. 


Foreign Radical is a must-see: The line between security and tyranny has rarely been so stimulatingly debated.
— The Guardian #security #profiling #privacy
A multimedia tour de force in English, Farsi and Arabic, this radical game of secrets is “a show that gets under your skin.
— The Scotsman
...privacy, security, and government surveillance are important things to think about, and Foreign Radical provides a very cool format in which to do that thinking...This level of personal engagement is unusual in theatre, and it’s stimulating, as is the fluidity of the event.
— Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

SHOW INFORMATION


Dates: 


Fri 28 September | 7pm   
Sat 29 September | 2.30pm & 7pm

Price: £7.50

Age Recommendation: 14+; language, and mature content. Contains nudity.
Running Time: 75 minutes without an interval

COMPANY INFORMATION

Credits

Foreign Radical was co-created by Tim Carlson, Jeremy Waller, David Mesiha, Kathleen Flaherty, Milton Lim, Aryo Khakpour, Florence Barrett and Cande Andrade. It was developed with the assistance of Playwrights Theatre Centre, The Cultch and Banff Centre, and premiered at The Cultch in 2015.

Direction by Jeremy P. Waller & Tim Carlson
Script by Tim Carlson
Sound & Music by David Mesiha
Video by Cande Andrade
Lighting design by Kyla Gardiner
Dramaturgy by Kathleen Flaherty (Playwrights Theatre Centre)
Early dramaturgy by Bruce Barton (Centre for Drama, University of Toronto)

twitter: @Conspiracy_Now

facebook: theatreconspiracy

web: www.conspiracy.ca

 

This show is billed as part of Paint The Town Festival in conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring Network.


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EAGLE HEIGHTS EXPERIENCE
Sep
30
11:00 AM11:00

EAGLE HEIGHTS EXPERIENCE

EAGLE HEIGHTS EXPERIENCE

BY EAGLE HEIGHTS
 

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SHOW INFORMATION

Date: Sun 30 September 2018

A free wildlife spectacle for all the family. Watch some of nature’s most beautiful feathered friends in an exciting flying display and have a chance to meet them up close.

 

Flying Display

Time: 12-1pm

Watch in awe as Kayla, the famous Bald Eagle, soars above the crowd, then get ready to chuckle at Becks the White-backed Vulture as he gallops across the arena, whilst Honey the Tawny Eagle swoops in to steal his dinner.

Basil and Sybil are a pair of Harris Hawks that will hunt a dummy bunny lure being pulled by a member of the public trying to outrun the hawks. Then get ready to duck as Jeffy the 120mph Falcon hurtles across the heads of the crowd, and lastly, look out for the little Barn Owl floating above heads.

Price: FREE

 

Static Display

Times: 11am- 12noon and 1-2pm

An opportunity to meet the birds up close and take a picture with them.

Price: Please note that additional costs of £2 per person apply for this part of the event (cash only).

 

Age Recommendation: Family event, all ages welcome



COMPANY INFORMATION

Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation is one of the UK's largest Bird of Prey Centres. Wildlife includes over 50 species, many of which are now breeding at the centre or can be seen flying in their daily demonstrations. They have also become a wildlife sanctuary and house a variety of animals including, Meerkats, African Servals, Farm Animals, Reptiles, Huskies and more!

Eagle Heights started in 1996 as a philanthropic family and friends’ organisation. It gained foundation status in 2014. Eagle Heights was founded by Alan & Sally Ames. 

web: http://www.eagleheights.co.uk/

 

This show is billed as part of Paint The Town Festival in conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring Network.


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ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Sep
30
3:30 PM15:30

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

By Let’s All Dance

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Don’t be late for this very important date!

A fantastical new ballet for the whole family!  

Let’s All Dance returns to Paint The Town Festival with this fabulous family favourite. Stunning dancing, much loved characters and super costumes bring the famous tale to life in this magical ballet production.  

Come and join Alice as she enters the curiouser and curiouser world of the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and Mad Hatter.  

Take part in a photo opportunity with dancers after the show.



SHOW INFORMATION


Date: Sunday 30th September, 3.30pm

Price: Adults £7.50, Children £5.00

Suitable for ages 2-11 years, families, and children with additional needs. Children under 18 months do not require a ticket.

Running time: 40 mins

Free parking within Midkent College.

This show is billed as part of Paint The Town Festival in conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring Network.


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WW1 Soldier and his war equipment with John Short
Oct
19
10:30 AM10:30

WW1 Soldier and his war equipment with John Short

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WW1 Soldier and his war equipment with John Short 

Friday 19th October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Professional lecturer John Short will give an entertaining talk about the British, French and German soldiers of the First World War and their equipment.

This talk will give you an insight to the life of a soldier at war and will include short extracts of songs, poems and original items to see and touch. 

 
Suitable for ages 50+


 
 

All Art Of Conversation events are free in 2018 but booking in advance is advised. For more information on this project please click here.


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Creative writing workshop with author Phil Kane
Nov
16
10:30 AM10:30

Creative writing workshop with author Phil Kane

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Creative Writing - Talk and Demonstration by a Medway Adult Education Tutor

Friday 16th November, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Creative writer, Phil Kane, will help people unlock their writing skills and transfer their ideas onto paper. Share and explore your own story ideas, in a fun and uplifting session

 
Suitable for ages 50+


 
 

All Art Of Conversation events are free in 2018 but booking in advance is advised. For more information on this project please click here.


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Project Finale: The Art of Conversation
Dec
14
10:30 AM10:30

Project Finale: The Art of Conversation

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Project Finale: The Art of Conversation

Friday 14th December, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Join us for the project finale in December. We will be ending the project on a high with music, cake, tea, good friends and lots of smiles.

 
Suitable for ages 50+


 
 

All Art Of Conversation events are free in 2018 but booking in advance is advised. For more information on this project please click here.


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Step by Step sketching for all abilities
Jul
20
10:30 AM10:30

Step by Step sketching for all abilities

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Step by Step sketching for all abilities - Talk and Demonstration by a Medway Adult Education Tutor

Friday 20th July, 10.30am - 12.30pm

 

The art tutor will be showing people how to achieve a sketch with step by step instructions for all abilities. Whether you already draw, or always wanted to, you’ll leave with improved drawing skills, a piece of your art and hopefully inspiration to continue to be creative. Great fun for all.

 
Suitable for ages 50+


 
 

All Art Of Conversation events are free in 2018 but booking in advance is advised. For more information on this project please click here.


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Jam Jar Flowers
Jun
15
10:30 AM10:30

Jam Jar Flowers

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Jam Jar Flowers  - Talk and Demonstration by a Medway Adult Education Tutor

Friday 15th June, 10.30am -12.30pm

 

Arrange a small arrangement in a decorated jam jar, using seasonal flowers and foliage to create a natural display to enjoy. This session is led by a Medway Adult Education tutor.

 
Suitable for ages 50+


 
 

All Art Of Conversation events are free in 2018 but booking in advance is advised. For more information on this project please click here.


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Ceramics
May
18
10:30 AM10:30

Ceramics

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Ceramics - Talk and Demonstration by a Medway Adult Education Tutor

Friday 18th May, 10.30am -12.30pm

 

Popular ceramics tutor Clover Li, who was on the BBC Two’s pottery programme The Great Pottery Showdown, will talk about her experience on the show.

Clover will look at some interesting and fun pottery techniques. You’ll also learn more about various methods from around the world, with the opportunity to get creative with air-drying clay.

 
Suitable for ages 50+


 
 

All Art Of Conversation events are free in 2018 but booking in advance is advised. For more information on this project please click here.


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Baby Boomers with Andrew Theobald
Apr
20
10:30 AM10:30

Baby Boomers with Andrew Theobald

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Baby Boomers with Andrew Theobald

Friday 20th April, 10.30am-12.30pm

 

Professional lecturer Andrew Theobald will give an entertaining talk the baby boom years from 1946 to 1955 in the UK.  Experience the post war years through the eyes of families of that era. 


What was it like to grow up in the post war years? With relative poverty due to the austerity created by national debt from defending the nation, how did we cope? Well we just did! And there was much to be joyful, as you will discover from this talk, which includes popular music from the era.

 
Suitable for ages 50+


 
 

All Art Of Conversation events are free in 2018 but booking in advance is advised. For more information on this project please click here.


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Mar
18
10:30 AM10:30

BEACHED

BEACHED

BY STRANGEFACE THEATRE COMPANY

 Photography by Hope Fitzgerald

Photography by Hope Fitzgerald


Beached is a tiny tale is all about Arnold whose walk becomes an adventure....

The miniature “set” is a box with StrangeFace's trademark puppets. A soundtrack is played on headphones for each audience member, creating a world to share round the table. 
   
The beauty of this little piece is you can watch it again! From the outside too – there’s fun to be had working out what the people next to you are hearing….

One table, one puppet, one big adventure!

A 15 minute performances for only 8 people at a time. Drop into the show at any time but be aware you may have to wait for the next show due to capacity- don't worry it is worth the wait! Shows take place every 15 minutes.
 


Spellbinding and magical!” … “Go and see it!!!”… “Excellent. Long live the power of the imagination” …“I’m speechless.! I want to see it again now!
— Audience comments

SHOW INFORMATION


Date: Sunday 18th March 2018
Timings: 10.30 - 11.30am (first block), 12.15 - 1.15pm (second block), 2.00 - 3.00pm (third block)

Price: Pay-whatever-you-can! We work hard to provide opportunities for the arts to be accessed by everyone. Pay-whatever-you-can means just that, enjoy the show and if you can please show your appreciation in our buckets.

Age Recommendation: For all the family
Running Time: 15 mins
 


COMPANY INFORMATION

Strangeface brings mask and puppet theatre to audiences in Kent, regionally, nationally and internationally. They aim to make their work as accessible as possible by offering work that appeals across generations and travelling to venues across the UK from grand old theatres to tiny village halls.

www.strangeface.co.uk


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LIVE BEFORE YOU DIE
Mar
17
5:30 PM17:30

LIVE BEFORE YOU DIE

LIVE BEFORE YOU DIE

BY BYRON VINCENT AND DAVE MCGINN 

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What do you do when you have a best mate who is so sad he might die?

Especially considering up until now your friendship has mostly consisted of a mutual appreciation of 90s hip hop, borderline alcoholism and finding creative ways to call each other d*ckhead.

Byron is a bipolar performance artist, Dave only communicates in insults. Together they must find a way to fix Byron's broken soul before it's too late. Funny, tragic and shockingly honest, this is a true story of hopelessness and friendship told by two men on a desperate quest for happiness.

Join us directly after the show for a relaxed Q&A with the cast.



SHOW INFORMATION


Date: Saturday 17th March 2018
Timings: Doors 5.00pm, Show 5.30pm

All tickets this season are only £5.00!

Price: £5.00 

Age Recommendation: 15+
Running Time: 70 mins

Warnings: This show contains some adult content and strong language

 

This show is billed as part of Paint The Town festival in conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring Network:  www.lyriciarts.com


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 Magical Creatures Craft Workshop
Mar
17
12:00 PM12:00

Magical Creatures Craft Workshop

Magical Creatures Craft Workshop

By Creatabot

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Join Natasha from Creatabot in making fairies and mystical forest creatures inspired by Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Nights Dream.'

This event is run as part of National Shakespeare Week and the Get Creative Festival 2018.

Time: 12noon- 2pm

Ages: 5+

Free entry but advanced booking is advised..


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Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

Shakespeare's Royal Company - The Original Game of Thrones

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Shakespeare's Royal Company - The Original Game of Thrones

Children's drama workshop

BY BINDLESTICK THEATRE COMPANY

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Did you know that Shakespeare's Week falls between the 12-18th March 2018?

Ever wondered what it might be like to be a King or Queen? Dreamt about sitting on the Royal Throne?


Well dream no more! Come and explore Shakespeare's royal characters and delve into the world of what it takes to keep your crown in this highly energetic and interactive 45-minute workshop.


Who will be Crowned at the end? Who will conquer? What kind of ruler will you be? Will your subjects bend the knee? Are there even any dragons?


WORKSHOP INFORMATION


Date: Saturday 17th March 2018
Timings: 11am

Price: FREE

Age Recommendation: Ages 5 -11 yrs
Running Time: 45 mins

This is a free event but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit any Medway library. 


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Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

UGLY CHIEF

UGLY CHIEF 

A Eulogy for a Living Soul

BY VICTORIA MELODY

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This spring, artist and performer Victoria Melody teams up with her dad, celebrity TV antique dealer Mike Melody, for her most ambitious show yet. Ugly Chief is a comedy based on true-life events, performed by a real-life father and daughter.

In 2013, Mike Melody was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Victoria was put in charge of planning the funeral her Dad would want – complete with eulogies, a congregation dressed in Blackpool FC’s tangerine colour and a New Orleans jazz procession. A year later the doctors realised they had misdiagnosed Mike. But they are going ahead with the funeral anyway…

Using Victoria’s training as a funeral director and a huge amount of research Ugly Chief looks at the British Funeral Industry and how we deal with death in modern society. It explores the taboos around death and its practicalities, and the fractious relationship with a parent whose opinions you don’t always agree with.

Musicians James Gow, Steve Pretty (Hackney Colliery Band), Kieran Rafferty and
Gemma Storr provide the appropriate live accompaniment for the funeral – including
Soul classics and more. They will be joined on stage for the show’s finale by a group of local brass musicians from Medway.

Mike will also be running his own version of the Antiques Roadshow during the show. The
audience are invited to bring along their heirlooms, curiosities and collectables for
him to value. No promises but if he likes it, he might even buy it!


Messy, moving and funny. Exposes the fractures in families we often avoid addressing while we’re alive.
— ★★★★ The Times
A ridiculously enjoyable show… Of course we love it.
— ★★★★ The Guardian
Fascinating, beautiful and utterly human.
— ★★★★ Time Out
An off-piste comic treat.
— ★★★★ What’s On Stage
Extremely funny and wonderfully strange.
— ★★★★ The Stage

SHOW INFORMATION


Date: Friday 16th March 2018
Timings: Doors 7.00pm, Show 7.30pm

All tickets this season are only £5.00!

Price: £5.00 

Age Recommendation: 12+
Running Time: 90 mins + interval

Warnings: This show contains some adult content and strong language

No latecomers admitted

COMPANY INFORMATION

Performers – Victoria Melody and Mike Melody

Musicians – Gemma Storr, Kieran Rafferty, Steve Pretty and James Gow

Written and Conceived – Victoria Melody

Writing Credits – Mike Melody and John Gordillo

Director – John Gordillo

Set and Costume Designer – Lucy Bradridge

Musical Director and Original Music – Tom Parkinson

Lighting Designer and Production Manager – Sean Phillips

Photographer – Hugo Glendinning

Producers – Fiona Baxter, Laura Woodward

Outreach Producer and Tour Booker – Janice Brittain

With thanks to: The Albany, Rebecca Hitchcox, Paul Hodson, Rosie Powell, Martha Oakes

 

By Victoria Melody. Produced by Farnham Maltings.

Originally commissioned and developed at New Wolsey Theatre, Farnham Maltings, Battersea Arts Centre and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.  Supported by The Point Eastleigh, The Spire, The Marlborough, National Performance Network, and Unity Theatre Trust. 

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.  Originally seeded by house with The Old Market.

This show is billed as part of Paint The Town festival in conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring Network:  www.lyriciarts.com


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Mar
15
to Mar 17

SPONGE

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SPONGE

BY BIG IMAGINATIONS AND TURNED ON IT'S HEAD
 

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Roll, squeeze and pop yourself through the squishiest, squashiest show for babies, young children and their grown-ups!

Sponge is a soft, bouncy adventure through playtime and dreamtime set to a funky 1970s soundtrack, including disco favourites The Hustle and Car Wash. Follow a dad and daughter as they take you on a journey through springy environments, fascinating in shape, texture and touch. You also get to meet the leggy character Splegs, who needs a bit of help walking. Have a boogie at the baby disco and enjoy playtime at the end!

Dance company Turned On Its Head makes exciting participatory theatre for early years, taking children on a creative journey, engaging audiences throughout its performances and encouraging lots of family interaction.

Everything in Sponge can be made with simple materials at home so there’s plenty more fun to be had after leaving the theatre.

Performances for ages 4 months – under 4s and their grown-ups


Children are like sponges. They absorb all your strength and leave you limp, but give them a squeeze and you get everything back.
— Jane Geldart
I was almost as excited as my son.
— ★★★★★ Time Out London
Imaginative, suggestive and open-ended visual and material play that really gets toddlers going – the best kind of theatrical play session.
— Exeunt Magazine
Fabulous show! Wonderful to see the delight on the children’s face!
— Stratford Circus, London
Amazing how you introduced real theatre to babies in such an accessible way. Loved it! So did my 10 month old.
— artsdepot
It was amazing. We have had so many families comment on how much they enjoyed it and it was so lovely to see the parents involved with their children, and the children just blossomed. We would recommend it and would love you to come back again if ever you can!
— Vienna. Early Years Practitioner, Penn Green Children’s Centre.
Utterly charming, delightful and captivated the children and families. So deceptively simple and beautifully crafted!
— Polka Theatre

SHOW INFORMATION


Dates: 

Thu 15 March | 10:30am & 1pm
Fri 16 March | 10:30am & 1pm   
Sat 17 March | 10:30am*, 1pm & 3pm (*Baby show for babies/toddlers up to 14 months)


 All tickets this season are only £5.00! 

Price: £5.00 : Please note adults and children, including babes in arms will each require a paid tickets.

Age Recommendation: Ages 4 months – 4 years and their not-so-grown-ups
Running Time: 40 mins plus 10 mins playtime 

You will need to take off your shoes for this performance so make sure you’re wearing some cosy socks!
We know how difficult it is to get little ones ready. As we’re running 2-3 shows a day it’s really important that we start on time. We’d really appreciate it if you could try and arrive in plenty of time and we’ll have a space for early birds to sit in the cafe beforehand.

COMPANY INFORMATION

Supported by The Spark Arts
With thanks to Curve and Z-arts
All Sponges provided by Sydney Heath

Hodson, Rosie Powell, Martha Oakes

Turned on Its Head is based in the East Midlands and was created to push the boundaries of performance for children under 5 and their families. The company’s work is co-created with audiences with the moment of performance fused with the spontaneous reaction of the children (and parents).  In the work children become immersed in the theatrical experience on their own terms; and the performance gives space for engaging and respecting each child’s response. Performances are characterised by high and inclusive levels of authentic participation, incorporating improvisation with the children and their families as active participants in telling the story whilst also telling their story in that moment. As a result, audiences have a strong sense of ownership and belonging in the performance space, are actively involved and can continue with aspects of the performance at home.

@turnedonitshead /@Bimaginations #spongetheshow

This show is billed as part of Paint The Town festival in conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring Network:  www.lyriciarts.com


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Welcome to The Art of Conversation
Mar
15
10:30 AM10:30

Welcome to The Art of Conversation

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Welcome to The Art of Conversation

Thursday 15th March, 10.30am-12.30pm

 

Join us, and artist Wendy Daws, at the launch of this project. We'll be armed with tea, cakes and plenty of smiles, as we start on this road to beat loneliness in our community. 

 
Suitable for ages 50+


 
 

All Art Of Conversation events are free in 2018 but booking in advance is advised. For more information on this project please click here.


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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Festival of Festivals

Festival of Festivals – A Dance Celebration 

Presented by Dance Alley and Paint the Town Festival

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Medway is known for its many community celebrations and festivals - Paint the Town included. What better way to shout about our brilliant history with festivals than with an unique dance showcase by the incredible performers from Dance Alley!


After partnering with Dance Alley in Spring 2017, Paint The Town Festival is excited to be working once again with this brilliant local dance school. Expect a showcase paying homage to local festivals such as Sweeps and Dickens Festival and cultural celebrations like Chinese New Year.

 


SHOW INFORMATION


Date: Wednesday 14th March 2018
Timings: 7.00 pm

All tickets this season are only £5.00!
Price: £5.00 

Age Recommendation: Family Show
Running Time: 90 mins + interval

Babies under 18 months will need a 'babes in arms' free ticket.

COMPANY INFORMATION

Dance Alley School has been open for 23 years and pupils have achieved 100% pass rate in all examinations including Vocational Teaching Qualifications.  Pupils are actively encouraged to take part in auditions and shows and are frequently called upon to perform in Cabarets, Festivals and Displays around the Country.  Dance Alley pupils have also performed on Kut-O Island, Hong Kong and  visited Foshan, China in 2014 where they performed on Live Chinese TV and locally for Government Officials and Schools.

Website: http://dancealley.co.uk/


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The Art Of Dying
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

The Art Of Dying

THE ART OF DYING

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A discussion about how to confront death and its practicalities through creative methods. With special guest Victoria Melody, writer and performer in Ugly Chief, a 5* theatre piece looking at the UK funeral industry and how to prepare for the death of a loved one. 

This private talk and discussion is aimed at groups and individuals working in end of life and funeral industries, social care and support, and creative groups or individuals who may wish to use their art to engage in discussion about traumatic events.


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Mar
14
to Mar 18

A Bunch of Kindness

A Bunch of Kindness

Floristry presented by Clara A

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For Paint the Town Festival: Season four, eight specially made little bouquets of flowers will be dotted around Medway as an act of kindness.

These bouquets will be hidden in the towns as a free gift for you to take home and enjoy, if you are lucky enough to find them!

Flowers are a wonderful way to cheer people up, so this is our little act of kindness and wellbeing for the people of Medway, and to say thankyou for all your support so far. 

Please get in touch if you find one of the lucky eight bouquets to let us know how they make you feel.

All the details of how you can get in touch will be on the tags. 


Happy Hunting!

Taking place during the festival week in hidden spaces across Medway
 


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Paint The Town Festival: Season Four 14-18 March 2018
Mar
14
to Mar 18

Paint The Town Festival: Season Four 14-18 March 2018

Welcome to the fouth season of Paint The Town festival, brought to Medway by Lyrici Arts and Battersea Arts Centre. 

We're back for SPRING and focused on spreading a little bit of kindness, celebrating great local and national theatre, and getting all of Medway involved!

Highlights include:

Ugly Chief- a comedy based on true events performed by a real-life father and daughter. It explores the taboos around death and its practicalities, and the fractious relationship with a parent whose opinions you don’t always agree with.

Festival of Festival - A Showcase like no other from the talented Dance Alley, looking at Medway's history of festivals and community events. 

Sponge - Roll, squeeze and pop yourself through a new, squishy kind of family show for 0-4 yr olds with a funky 1970s soundtrack including disco favourites The Hustle and Car Wash!

Shakespeares Royal Company - As part of National Shakespeare week, the larger-than-life Bindlestick Theatre Company are back with a fun theatre workshop on the real Game of Thrones!

Beached - The most perfect little puppetry show you ever did see! Take 10 minutes out of your day and immerse yourself in this beautiful show by local company StrangeFace!

Loads more still to announce, so keep your eyes peeled!

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THE NUTCRACKER
Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

THE NUTCRACKER

THE NUTCRACKER

By Let’s All Dance

The classic Christmas ballet adapted for children and families.

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After sellout tours, Let’s All Dance is delighted to be presenting this much-loved Christmas classic for the festive season once again. With dazzling ballet dancing, all the famous characters and sumptuous music, this shortened version is a perfect treat for children and the whole family.

Let’s All Dance makes high-quality ballet accessible and fun for children. Fantastic dancers, crystal-clear storytelling and stunning visuals enchant audiences of all ages, immersing them in the spectacular world of professional dance.

Journey through the magical night with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, meet the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy in the beautiful Land of Sweets.

Take part in a photo opportunity with dancers after the show.


 
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Brilliant. Made the stage magical. My child was mesmerised!
— Heidi Rawbone, Canterbury
What a brilliant event! At just 10 months old my little girl jumped and clapped. It proves it’s never too early for little ones to get into ballet. Keep up the amazing work!
— Elizabeth Mundora, London

SHOW INFORMATION


Date: Saturday 2nd December 2017, 2pm

Price: Adults £12.50 (£13.73 w/service fee), Children £9.00 (£10.11 w/service fee), Children under 18 months do not require a ticket.

Suitable for ages 2+ years and families.

Running time: 50 mins (no interval)

Free parking within Midkent College.

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Oct
29
2:30 PM14:30

THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT

THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT

By Let’s All Dance

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They danced by the light of the moon, the moon….

After a sell-out tour last year, Let’s All Dance is delighted to present this gorgeous original ballet, which takes a fresh and humorous look at the famous Lear poem.

Once again, the company combines fantastic dancing, beautiful costumes and crystal-clear storytelling to engage and delight young audiences.

Take part in a photo opportunity with dancers after the show.


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The performance was truly magnificent, wonderful! Enjoyed by all, especially my 6 year old granddaughter
— Kristina Attwood, Oxford
I thought it was amazing... It made me feel happy, I want to come again
— Florence, age 4, Guildford

SHOW INFORMATION


Date: Sunday 29th October, 2.30pm

Price: Adults £7.00, Children £5.50

Suitable for ages 2-11 years, families, and children with additional needs

Running time: 40 mins

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Oct
29
12:30 PM12:30

Like A Magpie Face Painting and Paint The Town present: Animal Instincts!

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Allow Like A Magpie Face Painting to transform you into into the animal of your choice in a matter of minutes, using safe, non-toxic, hypo-allergenic face paint that can be washed off easily with water.

Price : £2.00 per face.

Have you seen our other facepainting sessions for the week? Click here.

Age 4+

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Oct
28
2:30 PM14:30

SUPER MEGA ROCKIN' ROCK SHOW

SUPER MEGA ROCKIN' ROCK SHOW

By Kid Carpet

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A fun packed interactive rock show suitable for small kids, big kids and animals!

Come and rock out with Kid Carpet!

Kid Carpet performs songs from his hit family theatre shows while inviting the audience to play ping pong, help catch a lost sandwich in space and take part in a grand dance contest.


Kid Carpet will teach you how to rock out at a rock show, fly like a Golden Eagle, win a penguin race anddo a little poo in the forest.

In this 45 minute show Kid Carpet will guide you through everything you need to know to be able to rock out big time. Even if it’s your first gig! Join in with stories, games and songs. Audience participation is encouraged with parents and children both onstage and in the seats.

Kid Carpet began making music with old toys and a punk rock DIY attitude and has played hundreds of gigs nationally and internationally as headline and support to acts like Arcade Fire, Fat Boy Slim, Dangermouse, Art Brut, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip, Electric 6, Willy Mason, The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players and Presidents of The United States of America.

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Anarchy, irreverence and belly laughs for adults and children alike.
— Theatre Bristol
A fresh, funny and engaging show that is quite unlike anything I have seen before.
— Tobacco Factory Theatres
The Mighty Boosh for kids!
— Strike A Light
If you’ve got kids you must take them to see Kid Carpet if you haven’t got kids borrow some & go anyway.
— @olderThanevil

SHOW INFORMATION


Date: Saturday 28th October, 2.30pm
Price: Adults £7.00, Children £5.50
Suitable for ages 3-8 years and families
Running time: 45mins

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Oct
28
1:30 PM13:30

Like A Magpie Face Painting and Paint The Town present: A Spooky Surprise!

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Allow Like A Magpie Face Painting to transform you into the spooky monster of your choice in a matter of minutes, using safe, non-toxic, hypo-allergenic face paint that can be washed off easily with water.

Price : £2.00 per face

Have you seen our other facepainting sessions for the week? Click here.

Age 4+

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Oct
27
to Oct 28

ROSS & RACHEL

ROSS & RACHEL 

By James Fritz 

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★★★★ The Independent    ★★★★ What's On Stage      ★★★★ TimeOut      
★★★★ The Stage              ★★★★ Exeunt               ★★★★ The Scotsman   
★★★★  A Younger Theatre

Look at all those couples. Which one will leave. Which one will run. Which one is cheating on the other. Which one will die first. Him. Him. Her. Him.


Ross & Rachel tells the mind-bending, heart-breaking story of what happens when a couple that was always meant to be together, gets together. And stays together.


In this disquieting duologue for one performer, Olivier-nominee and Critics Circle Most Promising Playwright winner James Fritz (Four Minutes, Twelve Seconds, Hampstead Theatre/West End) takes an unflinching look at the myths of modern love.


Fritz’s script has a streak of mischief a mile wide...a virtuosic piece of writing, playful, post-modern and devastatingly serious, all at once
— Time Out
A startling piece of new writing
— The Stage
A fiercely sharp yet tender anatomy of the lie of love
— Exeunt
Quite a thing of brilliance
— Andrew Haydon, Postcards from the Gods

SHOW INFORMATION


Date: Friday 27th October, 8.30pm
Date: Saturday 28th October, 7.45pm, with a post show talk with the creatives.
Price: £9.50

Age Recommendation: 16+
Running Time: 60 mins

No latecomers admitted

ROSS & RACHEL: 
By James Fritz
Produced by MOTOR

Directed by Thomas Martin

Performed by Mona Goodwin

Stage Manager Ruth Blakey

Design by Alison Neighbour
Sound Design by Jon McLeod
Lighting by Douglas Green

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Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

THE CASTLE BUILDER

THE CASTLE BUILDER

By Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet

The Castle Builder is an emotional and hard rocking journey into the hearts and souls that exist on the outer limits of creativity and building regulations.


Kid Carpet and Vic Llewellyn take you on a musical, magical, moving and comic journey through the minds of some of our planet’s most eccentric and creative individuals. A smash hit success at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe.


It tells the true story of an inmate in a Norwegian psychiatric institute who over 5 years built a castle on a remote headland. But ...where was he getting his bricks from? 


The show spirals outwards from personal accounts into tales of other outsider artists who’ve been inspired to build gigantic extraordinary structures, alone, in secret, and without artistic validation from the real world.


Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet re-imagine these stories and tell them with visceral live music, dancing, projection and heart felt storytelling and chewed bread sculptures.


The show also includes the presence of an invited maker/artisan who constructs during the duration of the piece and presents something unique to the audience at the climax of the show.


It holds its audience, tenderly, in the palm of its hand, lifts us to the stars, then places us gently back down on earth, with a reminder that there’s always time to live better.
— Exeunt (Maddy Costa)
**** Funny, educational and most importantly, inspiring.
— The Fix
***** Boisterous and innovative.
— The British Theatre Guide
**** Hilarious, touching and poignant
— Across the Arts
Joyful, messy and exuberant
— Total Theatre Magazine
 


SHOW INFORMATION


Date: Friday 27th October, 7pm
Price: £9.50
Age Recommendation: 12+
Running Time: 55 mins no interval


THE CASTLE BUILDER Funded by Arts Council England Supported by Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factories Bristol And Pilot Nights.


Kid Carpet/Ed Patrick: Music, Lyrics & Performer
Vic Llewellyn: Text and Performer
Harvey Williams: Video operator
Bryn Thomas: Choreography
Directed by: Richie Smith & Emma Williams
Produced by: Bristol Ferment

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ALMOST ALWAYS MUDDY
Oct
27
to Oct 29

ALMOST ALWAYS MUDDY

ALMOST ALWAYS MUDDY

By Likely Story Theatre and Kirsty Harris

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Where do all the children play? Where have all the playgrounds gone? 

 

Join the team of Almost Always Muddy in their Junk Yard playground of treasures and build them a place to tell their story. 

 

Almost Always Muddy is an immersive storytelling experience.

 

In the first part you are in a junkyard: pallets, tubes, ropes, nets, fabric. You are invited to use all the materials to build the places stories can happen. The Junkyard will morph into a magical place for adventure. 

 

In the second part, the Almost Always Muddy team of improvisers transform your creation into a theatrical storytelling Adventure, with live music, live making and special effects. 

 

Almost Always Muddy is the story of a Hero's Quest for courage, improvised by the Almost Always Muddy team and led by the world you have built and the suggestions you give. 

 

This an interactive piece so expect to get building and use your imagination.



SHOW INFORMATION


Date: Friday 27th October, 2.30pm
Date: Saturday 28th October, 11.30am & 4pm
Date: Sunday 29th October, 11.30am

Price: Adults £7.00, Children £5.50
Ages: 5+
Running Time: 1hr 30


ALMOST ALWAYS MUDDY is supported by: 
Arts Council England, Wales Lab, Battersea Arts Centre, Likely Story.

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Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

“Be reasonable demand the impossible”- an interactive talk and demonstration about music and theatre

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Join us for Talk of the Town- a series of professional creative presentations, workshops and talks by the touring artists staying in residence for Paint The Town.

Join Vic Llewellyn & Kid Carpet (creators of The Castle Builder) in this exciting interactive talk and demonstration to describe how to begin making your own theatre show and how to incorporate music into your work.

Vic Llewellyn is a Phillippe Gaulier trained actor with 25 years’ experience of making shows in theatres, opera houses and streets around the world. Kid Carpet has been makes his own music and shows for children. He has released 8 albums and made 5 shows for children. 

Age: 12 +

Duration: 60mins

Tickets: £3

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Oct
27
10:30 AM10:30

Get In The Pool: A Directing Workshop with the team behind Ross & Rachel

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Join us for Talk of the Town- a series of professional creative presentations, workshops and talks by the touring artists staying in residence for Paint The Town.

In this practical workshop for all abilities, Thomas Martin (director of Ross & Rachel) explores how bold staging decisions and simple space work can bring life to plays, accelerate rehearsals, and level up acting work.

Thomas Martin primarily develops, dramaturgs and directs new plays by exciting young writers.

Suitable for anyone interested in performing, directing, making or studying theatre.

Age 16+

Tickets £3

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Oct
26
5:00 PM17:00

CPD creative Q&A with the cast of Almost Always Muddy

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Join us for Talk of the Town- a series of professional creative presentations, workshops and talks by the touring artists staying in residence for Paint The Town.

This creative professional development event is a casual Q&A with the cast of Almost Always Muddy for local creatives and/or those interested in creating theatrical works for children and young people. See a demonstration of puppet making from recycled materials and discuss ideas and best practice with the experts. 

Age 16+

Price: FREE

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Oct
26
2:15 PM14:15

Creative Taster Workshops: Mixed media Art with Checiegirl Creations

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Try your hand at something new with taster workshops and demos from talented local creatives. Discover a new passion, learn a new skill or just give it a go for the price of a coffee. 

This is a taster workshop for the person interested in exploring mixed media art. Participants will have the opportunity to create one or two mixed media backgrounds alongside Checiegirl Creations using the materials supplied, and you will take away a useful skill which can be applied to your own mixed media creations.

Time: 2.15 - 3.45pm

Age 16+

Ticket £3


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Oct
26
12:30 PM12:30

PRIVATE Music Workshop “Be reasonable demand the impossible”

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Join Vic Llewellyn & Kid Carpet (creators of The Castle Builder) in this workshop on how to begin making your own theatre show. Explore the individual building blocks that go into a show – structure, narrative, the use of music and where can we perform it.

Vic Llewellyn is a Phillippe Gaulier trained actor with 25 years’ experience of making shows in theatres, opera houses and streets around the world. Kid Carpet has been makes his own music and shows for children. He has released 8 albums and made 5 shows for children. 

Age: 12 +

Duration: 60 minutes

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Oct
26
11:00 AM11:00

Access For All Commission Workshop: Tactile Art

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Join artists Wendy Daws and Christopher Sacre to create your own tactile art to take home, all materials supplied. You just bring your imagination. This workshop is open to all and is also accessible to people with sight loss and/or are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Free entry

Suitable for ages 5+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 


This workshop is part of the Access For All Commission, in partnership with Medway Council Arts Development Team. It is a collaboration between:


• Fat Lady Opera (opera company)
• Sparked Echo (producing agent)
• Mess Room (accessible arts venue)


It is led by artists: Tania Holland Williams, Wendy Daws, Liz Hayward and Christopher Sacre.

We are committed to ensuring that Paint the Town Festival provides performance and workshop opportunities that are accessible to as many people as possible. Our partnership with the Arts Team and The Brook Theatre, Chatham allows us to use a venue which is accessible for those with physical disabilities, and we hope that our programming helps to ensure that everyone is catered for. 

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Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Puppet Making Workshop with the team of Almost Always Muddy

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Join us for Talk of the Town- a series of professional creative presentations, workshops and talks by the touring artists staying in residence for Paint The Town.

Join the cast of Almost Always Muddy to create your own puppet creature, then work with a talented puppeteer to bring your creation to life. 


Age: 7 – 12


Duration: 50 minutes *Some items and equipment will be provided, but please bring along clean recyclable materials to use in the making of your puppet. 


Price: £3

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