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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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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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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!

 


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

Magical Creatures Craft Workshop

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Mar
18
10:30 AM10:30

BEACHED

BEACHED

BY STRANGEFACE THEATRE COMPANY

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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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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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Oct
25
2:00 PM14:00

Creative Taster Workshop - The Magic of your Second Circle Voice, with Paul Doust

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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.  

Join established local theatre practitioner Paul Doust for an introductory workshop on 'The Magic of Your Second Circle Voice.' 

'Second Circle' speaking has the most remarkable impact - both on your audience and your fellow actors.  Learn how to fill any space effortlessly - with intimacy and power. It also works wonders for your confidence - both on stage and in life.

Paul Doust is a trained theatre professional, a produced/published playwright, and TV scriptwriter (BBC's Eastenders). He is also a qualified adult tutor and workshop leader with a PTLLS and Certificate in Training Practice.

Age 19+

Price: £3

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Oct
25
10:00 AM10:00

Like A Magpie Face Painting and Paint The Town present: Superheroes to the rescue!

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Allow Like A Magpie Face Painting to transform you into the superhero 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.

Age: 4+

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

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Oct
25
10:00 AM10:00

Super Duper Superheroes by Bindlestick Theatre Company

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EVER WANTED TO BE A SUPER HERO?

Well, hold on to your capes, we have an adventure just for you.

Get ready to solve riddles, meet super characters, fight crime and help restore order at The Brook Theatre. Who knows, you might even find your inner superhero too!

Bindlestick Theatre Company in conjunction with Paint the Town Festival and The Brook Theatre present this mini adventure for your mini super humans.

Age Range: 5 - 11yrs

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Event times: 
10am - 10.30am
10.30am - 11am
11am - 11.30am
11.45am - 12.15pm
12.15pm - 12.45pm
12 45pm - 1.15pm
 

Tickets: £5. All superheroes welcome in your best costumes! 


Superhero face painting

Superhero Cuffs

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Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

Access For All Commission: The Opera House Next Door

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You sent in an array of exciting entries and we selected a local Access For All commission to programme within the festival.                          

Fat Lady Opera, Sparked Echo and The Mess Room presents The Opera House Next Door, led by artists: Tania Holland Williams, Wendy Daws, Liz Hayward and Christopher Sacre.

Heralding a new approach to staging contemporary opera, it is a part artist-designed interactive archaeological dig complete with tactile props, clues to discover and puzzles to solve. Expect a professional and exciting performance, complete with a voyage of operatic discovery. The production has a specific mandate to cater for people with visual impairment.

We are committed to ensuring that Paint the Town Festival provides performance and workshop opportunities that are accessible to as many people as possible. Medway Arts Development Team have kindly partnered with the Paint The Town Festival to co-commission this event.

Performance: 7.30- 9pm

Tickets: £5

Ages 14+


This production 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.

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Oct
24
to Oct 28

Get Creative with Creatabot

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Try your hand at something new with creative workshops by Creatabot.  Discover a new passion, learn a new skill or just give it a go for the price of a coffee. 

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Tues 24th Oct, 2-3pm:

Fabric Covered Button Jewellery

Make and Do! : Learn how to make fabric covered buttons using fabric scraps and design unique jewellery from your creations!

Suggested themed event: A Touch Of Vintage: Carry On Crafting by Play On Words Theatre Company

Suitable for Age 4+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

£3

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Wed 25th Oct, 11am-12noon: 

Superhero Cuffs 

Superhero Arms! : Everyone can be a superhero but do you have the superhero arm cuffs to match? Come join in with this workshop and design personalised cuffs to wear whenever you may need them!

Suggested themed event: Super Duper Superheroes

Suitable for Ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

£3

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Thurs 26th Oct, 11am-12noon: 

Minecraft Torches

The nightime is coming and so are the creepers! You are going to need a torch! Join Creatabot and make your very own Minecraft torch to take home to keep the mobs away!

Suitable for Ages 4+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

£3

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Fri 27th Oct, 11am-12noon: 

Candle Making

Have a go at making candles the easy way using soft mouldable wax! They make the perfect gifts and we will have gift wrap ready just in case you want to give your creation to someone you love! 

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

£3

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Sat 28th Oct, 2.30-6pm: 

Spooky Crafts (Drop in session)

Make fluffy pumpkin garlands to hang up in your home as well as other various spooky crafts! Will there be googley eyes? Very likely!

Suitable for Ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

*This event is BSL interpreted by Christopher Sacre of See & Create *

£1.50

 
 

 

 

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Oct
24
2:00 PM14:00

Creative Taster Workshops: Screen Printing with Rachel Moore

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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 an exciting workshop for children and adults who would like to learn the basic principles of screen printing using leaves to create the design and act as the resist (the bit that covers parts of the fabric to prevent the ink from getting through). You will produce a printed square of fabric that can be embellished or turned into a keepsake at home.

NB. Leaves used at the workshop may differ from those shown in the photo.

Double session including 2 x40 minute workshops. 

Age: 12+  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please bring a painting shirt or apron.

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Find out more:


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Website: www.iprintedthat.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/iprintedthat

Twitter: @iprintedthat

Instagram: @iprintedthat

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Lyrical Lunch
Oct
24
to Oct 28

Lyrical Lunch

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Making lunch the best time of the day! Join us in the Brook foyer and enjoy some live music during your lunch break.

Free entry.

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

*Please note that times vary during the week*

Tuesday 24th- Thurs 26th October: 12.30-1.30pm

Friday 27th October: 12noon- 1pm

Saturday 28th October: 1-2pm


Wed 25th October: 12.30-1.30pm

More Than Echoes are an acoustic duo from Medway, Kent. They perform primarily original material with a pop/folk vibe and the occasional cover, and have gigged at the likes of Pizza Express Live Music Lounge, Kent Life, The Flippin’ Frog, Frederics Bistro, Demelza House Children’s Hospice, Rochester Christmas Market and many more.

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Thurs 26th October: 12.30-1.30pm

Clea Llewellyn is a rootsy soul veteran. Discovered by former Public Image Limited bassist and world-music aficionado Jah Wobble, she toured the USA, Canada and Europe (including big name festivals such as Bestival and WOMAD) and wrote with him from 2005 until 2011. Clea has spent years honing her craft as a singer and guitarist, touring, recording and writing.

Website: http://cleallewellyn.com/

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Lisa Vigour

Friday 27th October: 12noon- 1pm

Lisa Vigour has been writing her own songs since 2013, mainly with piano and vocals.

Recently she has teamed up with drummer Emitt Kyle to collaborate with some of his drum samples to produce backing tracks which feature  a trip hop style beat.

Lisa's music is can be described as 'lounge style', and chilled with a distinctive voice.

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Ragstone Riffs

Saturday 28th October: 1-2pm

Ragstone Riffs are a 3 piece band playing swing, jazz, funk and modern covers. They turn modern songs and swing em...

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Handmade Craft and Gift Fair
Oct
24
to Oct 25

Handmade Craft and Gift Fair

Treat yourself or a loved one with wonderful gifts and unique craft items handmade by local sellers. Find something for everyone here at the Brook and get your Christmas & birthday shopping done early. 

Tuesday 24th October and Wednesday 25th October: 11.30am to 4pm

Free entry

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

Stall holders to be announced soon.There are a few pitches available – contact info@lyriciarts.com for more information


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Checiegirl Creations

Checiegirl Creations is a mixed media artist, creating a wide range of artwork and art related products.Mixed Media creations, with many differing mediums, such as crochet, felting and polymer clay.


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Beautiful Silver Jewellery designed and handmade in a small home studio in Kent. 


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Stellen: jewellery to make you smile

Handmade jewellery using recycled and upcycled materials, such as Tshirt yarn, vintage beads and vintage model railway figures cast in resin. Based in Rochester.

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A Touch Of Vintage: Carry On Crafting by Play On Words Theatre Company
Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

A Touch Of Vintage: Carry On Crafting by Play On Words Theatre Company

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The fabulous team from Play on Words Theatre serenade us with some vintage classics.

Bring along your crafts, sing along to amazing performances of classic songs from the 1930s to 1950s, have a laugh with the Play On Words, Paint The Town and Brook team, and make great new friends. Step back in time- all without leaving Medway.

Tickets: £4.50*

* Ticket price  includes a free hot drink and tea cake

Age: 18+


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Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

Writing for lit mags: A practical creative writing workshop by Wordsmithery

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Sam Hall, managing editor of Confluence, a Medway-based literary magazine, will run a creative writing workshop to help spark your creativity and share some tips for getting published in literary magazines.

The workshop will cover poetry and prose and attendees are welcome to come for as much of the session as you like.

Age 16+

Free entry

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Wordsmithery are a literary consultancy specialising in live literature and publications production: www.wordsmithery.info

 

Literature Award Winner, Medway Culture, Design and Tourism Awards 2015

Finalist for Publishing, Kent Creative Awards 2016

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Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Community Launch Commission: #thisisme by Look Kloser

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Join us as the Community Launch performance takes to the Brook Theatre stage! Look Kloser presents #thisisme, an exciting showcase to celebrate the launch of the Autumn festival at this Chatham treasure.


#thisisme is a 40 minute performance by four dancers, one professional (Laura King) and three grassroots dance artists that attend Look Kloser sessions; that happen to also have a learning disability. The dancers will rehearse for 6 weeks, exploring the self and identity through movement.

Inspiration for this piece comes from a short art project that Look Kloser runs called “about me”, where small groups of artists explore the self, identity and what makes them who they are through a variety of art techniques. Expect a moving and inspirational piece of performance with symbolic group choreography and devised motifs that are personal to the performers.

Performance: 7.30- 8.15pm

Networking: 8.30- 9.30pm

Age 14+

Tickets: £5


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About Look Kloser

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With a love of the arts and a passion for people; Look Kloser: Creative and Performing Arts aims to give people opportunities to explore their creative talents and interests. Led by Laura King, and as a company with a person centred approach, individuals and groups are mentored through a variety of creative processes.

Look Kloser, not only strives to provide a stimulating environment for individuals and groups to explore the arts; the focus is also on integrating the film/art/ performance produced within the wider community; most importantly; on the same platform as other professional artists. 
 

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Launch night music feat Jayne Snow
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Launch night music feat Jayne Snow

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Join us for a 30 minute music set with Jayne Snow before staying for the Community Launch Commission.

Jayne Snow is a U.K award winning singer/songwriter from Rochester, Kent. Her soulful vocal, along with electro-acoustic guitar playing, puts a unique twist on any cover/original set she chooses to perform.

Free Entry

Age: 14+

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Legacy Closing Weekend: Exploring Shakespeare in Black Theatre
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Legacy Closing Weekend: Exploring Shakespeare in Black Theatre

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Legacy Closing Weekend: Exploring Shakespeare in Black Theatre

Join Lyrici Arts and Medway Libraries at the closing of the ten-month ‘Legacy’ project!

2016 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare so in celebration of this the Legacy closing weekend features national actor Wil Johnson, and Royal Shakespeare Company Assistant Director, Anthony Ekundayo Lennon, as they give an insight into their BME acting and directing careers inspired by productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Children's activities are also available.

In the morning take part in an acting workshop with Anthony, as he demonstrates some of the direction techniques he used during the RSC’s 2015 production of Othello. Children can take part in an arts craft session to make and decorate a King Lear crown, and take part in a drama workshop.

During the afternoon experience an intimate talk and Q+A session with Wil Johnson and Anthony Ekundayo Lennon about Shakespeare in Black Theatre.  Wil will give a live performance from his role as the Earl of Kent in Talawa Theatre’s production of King Lear.

To end the day and conclude the Legacy project, join us to look back at some of the highlights of the programme and ask any burning questions to the key project leaders, then groove to a live reggae set by The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate with a selection of Caribbean canapes and drinks.

For session timings please see below.

* This event is BSL interpreted *

Ages: All ages welcome


Timetable:

 
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Shakespeare's Royal Company - The Original Game of Thrones

Children's drama workshop by Bindlestick Theatre Company.

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?

Timings:

10- 10.20am: Crafts: Make A Crown crafts

10.20- 11.05am: Drama workshop

11.05- 11.30: Crafts: Make A Crown crafts

Ages 5 -11yrs.

*This event is BSL interpreted by Christopher Sacre of See & Create *


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Talk and Q+A session about Shakespeare in Black Theatre

Wil will give a live performance from his role as the Earl of Kent in Talawa Theatre’s production of King Lear. Anthony will also speak about his experience of being the assistant and resident director on the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Othello working with director Iqbal Khan and actors Joanna Vanderham, Hugh Quarshie and Lucian Msamati.

11.45am- 12.45pm

All ages

*This event is BSL interpreted by Esther Rose Thomas and Karen Newby*

 
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Othello- Adult's workshop with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

After a moment of warming up consisting of a selection of exercises and games we will be introduced to two pieces of text. A scene from Sir Thomas More which scholars agree Shakespeare had some involvement with creating, and a scene from Othello.

Anthony will work on one specific moment from Othello. The words of Desdemona while confiding in Iago about her plight; expressing her love for a man that she feels she has ‘lost’. A totally committed attempt at expressing her feelings to the very same man that is destroying her relationship.

The aim of the session will be to play, enjoy exploration and gain a sense of ownership of so-called ‘classic’ writing in a way that will hopefully lead to participants going on to seek out similar writing and also think about doing some writing themselves.

10- 11.30am

Age 16+

*This event is BSL interpreted by Esther Rose Thomas and Karen Newby*


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Music and Food

A live reggae set by The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate with a selection of Caribbean canapes and drinks by The Sundial Spice Cafe.

1-2pm

All ages


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799, email chatham.library@medway.gov.uk , or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl: Play text analysis and drama workshop with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon
Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl: Play text analysis and drama workshop with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl: Play text analysis and drama workshop with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

‘Moon on a Rainbow Shawl’ is a play originally written in 1921 by Trinidadian Errol John. It looks at themes of immigration, the struggles faced by the African Diaspora, faded dreams, and the sacrifices and aspirations of a post-war community living in poverty. The script includes multiple stories, diverse characters, calypso songs, children’s rhymes, and West Indian patois.

In 2014, established UK theatre director Anthony Ekundayo Lennon worked as Assistant Director on the Talawa Theatre and National Theatre’s UK tour of ‘Moon on a Rainbow Shawl’.

This three-hour session offers the unique opportunity to work with Anthony examining sections of the text to break down characters and themes, then to partake in a fun drama workshop where you can bring these ideas to life.

* This event is BSL interpreted *

Ages: 16+


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799, email rochester.library@medway.gov.uk , or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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How Music Came to the World, feat Olusola Oyeleye
Aug
9
2:00 PM14:00

How Music Came to the World, feat Olusola Oyeleye

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How music came to the world: African Storytelling feat Olusola Oyeleye

‘How Music Came to the World’ is a 45-minute interactive storytelling experience for children aged between 3-12, created to ignite children’s imaginations.

Award winning director and experienced workshop leader Olusola explains the African story of how music came to the world, followed by a playful exploration where children and adults can dress up in traditional African clothes, dance and play traditional musical instruments.

* This event is BSL interpreted *

 

Ages: 3-12


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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