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Events

The Classics presents: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Faversham Library
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

The Classics presents: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Faversham Library

Sat, 30 March, from 10am – 4pm

10am -1pm: The Mad Hatter’s Colourful Crockery: Explore Alice’s Adventures with creative practitioner, Natasha Steer from Creatabot. £4.00 plus booking fee.

11.15am- 1.15pm: Wonderful Wonderland Faces by Like A Magpie Face Painting. £2.00 cash on the day

1.30- 2.30pm: Alice in Wonderland by Let’s All Dance. A family friendly Alice ballet plus photo opportunity. £8.00 plus booking fee. Ticket includes one cake and drink at the tea party.

2.40-3pm: A ballet movement workshop by Let’s All Dance £2.00 plus booking fee.

3-4pm: The Mad Hatters Tea Party: A life sized installation and community party with cake and tea.

Ages: All ages welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Faversham Library, Newton Road, Faversham ME13 8DY

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COAT
May
1
2:00 PM14:00

COAT

Picture this: Nigeria. A grandmother passes. London, a son cooks a pot of stew for his mother hoping to uncover hidden stories and unanswered questions.

‘Home is no stranger, you are an African man and you have responsibilities as the eldest grandchild.’

Yomi Sode’s sell-out show tackles immigration, identity and displacement. COAT is a humorous and moving response to the mistakes made by elders that leave the next generation uncertain of what is expected of them.

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KALEIDOSCOPE
May
2
to May 4

KALEIDOSCOPE

Blink. Blink again. What do you see?

Day by day your world is filling up with colour, little one.

Reds and blues, yellows and greens. Twinkling lights that glisten and gleam.

Your reflection is staring back at you. Wide eyed and full of hope. Mirrors, lights, colours and sounds. The world is your Kaleidoscope.

Kaleidoscope is a brand new piece of theatre for babies aged 6 - 18 months inspired by research into how a baby's sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour.

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JULIET AND ROMEO
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

JULIET AND ROMEO

Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after.

Well they lived at least.

Now they are 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance – about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea.

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NOW IS THE TIME TO SAY NOTHING
May
4
10:30 AM10:30

NOW IS THE TIME TO SAY NOTHING

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an interactive sound and video installation exploring the role of screens in observing global conflicts.

The show is a provocation against armchair passivity.

Using stunning video and immersive sound, it follows the real story of Syrian artist Reem Karssli as she captures her daily experience of the Syrian conflict on camera.

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THE UGLY DUCKLING
May
5
3:30 PM15:30

THE UGLY DUCKLING

A fantastical new ballet for the whole family!

Let’s All Dance returns to Paint The Town Festival with this classic tale.

Feeling different, teased by his friends and not accepted by his family, the Ugly Duckling is sad and lonely. Through a series of adventures he soon learns who he really is and his family realises it doesn’t matter what you look like but how good your heart is.

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The Classics presents: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Dartford Library
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

The Classics presents: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Dartford Library

  • Dartford Central Library & Museum, (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sat, 16 March, from 10am – 3pm

10am -1pm: The Many Different Faces of Alice: Explore Alice’s Adventures through masks with creative practitioners, StrangeFace. £4.00 plus booking fee.

11.15am- 1.15pm: Wonderful Wonderland Faces by Like A Magpie Face Painting. £2.00 cash on the day

1.30- 2.30pm: Alice in Wonderland by Let’s All Dance. A family friendly Alice ballet plus photo opportunity £7.00 plus booking fee.

2.40-3pm: A ballet movement workshop by Let’s All Dance £2.00 plus booking fee.

Ages: All ages welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dartford Central Library & Museum, Market Street, Dartford. DA1 1EU

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The Classics presents: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Gravesend Library
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

The Classics presents: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Gravesend Library

Sat, 9 March, from 10am – 3pm

10am -1pm: The Mad Hatter’s Tactile Tablecloth: Explore Alice’s Adventures with visual artist Wendy Daws. £4.00 plus booking fee.

11.15am- 1.15pm: Wonderful Wonderland Faces by Like A Magpie Face Painting. £2.00 cash on the day.

1.30- 2.30pm: Alice in Wonderland by Let’s All Dance. A family friendly Alice ballet plus photo opportunity £7.00 plus booking fee.

2.40-3pm: A ballet movement workshop by Let’s All Dance £2.00 plus booking fee.

Ages: All ages welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Gravesend Library, Windmill Street, Gravesend. DA12 1BE

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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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Lost Empires: The Last Days of Music Hall & Variety with Wilf Lower
Nov
16
10:30 AM10:30

Lost Empires: The Last Days of Music Hall & Variety with Wilf Lower

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Lost Empires: The Last Days of Music Hall & Variety with Wilf Lower

Friday 16th November, 10.30am - 12.30pm

From pubs’ to ‘palaces’, music hall provided popular entertainment for all, surviving both cinema and radio, but television proved too much and it died – although variety struggled on, and its traditions continue.

Join professional lecturer Wilf Lower as he gives a light-hearted look at the theatres, the performers (in front and behind the curtains!) from Marie Lloyd to Max Miller, Gracie Fields to Ken Dodd; and the very British ‘French Revues’ of the fifties: all from an unusual and unique perspective that’s revealed during the talk. Features film 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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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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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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FOREIGN RADICAL
Sep
28
to Sep 29

FOREIGN RADICAL

BY THEATRE CONSPIRACY

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.

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HANSEL & GRETEL AND OTHER STORIES
Sep
28
11:30 AM11:30

HANSEL & GRETEL AND OTHER STORIES

BY THE WHEELS ON DEBUSSY

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.

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GROUND CONTROL
Sep
27
to Sep 29

GROUND CONTROL

BY NON ZERO ONE

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.

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

BRING YOUR OWN BABY COMEDY

BY BRING YOUR OWN BABY COMEDY

a funny, friendly morning of top comedy, and…you can bring your baby!

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 don’t worry they also take great care of younger guests.

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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

A Medway Adult Education tutor, Nadja Yeates, will demonstrate how to make fabric brooches, corsages, badges or medals out of fabric.

 
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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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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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

BY STRANGEFACE THEATRE COMPANY

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.

One table, one puppet, one big adventure!

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

LIVE BEFORE YOU DIE

BY BYRON VINCENT AND DAVE MCGINN

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.

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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

  • Chatham Library, Community Hub Chatham (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

A Eulogy for a Living Soul

BY VICTORIA MELODY

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…

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Mar
15
to Mar 17

SPONGE

  • Medway Adult Education (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

BY BIG IMAGINATIONS AND TURNED ON IT'S HEAD

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!

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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

By Let’s All Dance

The classic Christmas ballet adapted for children and families.

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.

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.

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