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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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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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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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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

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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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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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Oct
28
2:30 PM14:30

SUPER MEGA ROCKIN' ROCK SHOW

By Kid Carpet

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.

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Oct
27
to Oct 28

ROSS & RACHEL

By James Fritz

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.

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Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

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.

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Bucket List
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Bucket List

BY THEATRE AD INFINITUM

Bucket List is the powerful story of one Mexican woman’s fight for justice.

When her mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption, Milagros finds herself with only a bloodstained list of those responsible. Determined to make them pay, Milagros embarks on a passionate quest for justice, no matter the cost.

Using physical storytelling, live instrumental music and song; multi-award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum unfolds a story about love, loss and revenge.

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Neverland
Apr
20
to Apr 22

Neverland

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BY TOM PENN

A Tom Penn and Battersea Arts Centre Co-Production

Let’s go on a journey.

Let’s sail through the sky and dive deep beneath the ocean.

Let’s go together.

Step into a tented den and discover a magical world to explore and play in.

Inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Neverland in Peter Pan, this immersive new show for children aged 1-3 uses beautiful 360 video projections, original music and performance to tell the story of a child’s imagination.

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Reasembled Slightly Askew
Apr
20
to Apr 22

Reasembled Slightly Askew

By Shannon Yee

An autobiographical, audio-based artwork about Shannon’s experience of falling critically ill with a rare brain infection and her journey of rehabilitation with an acquired brain injury.

Audience members (6 per show) experience Reassembled, Slightly Askew individually, listening to the audio via headphones while lying on hospital beds.

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My Beautiful Black Dog
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

My Beautiful Black Dog

BY BRIGITTE APHRODITE

"Black dog is what Winston Churchill used to call his depression... I have a beautiful black dog and I call her Creshendorius." Brigitte Aphrodite

Gig meets theatre meets tidal wave of glitter. 

Billed as part of Paint The Town festival, this is a poetically wild musical exploring the difficult and beauteous complexity of our fragile minds. Depression is at its heart, but it’s not depressing – it’s joyous, funny and hopeful (I hope…) I believe in hope.

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Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Invisible Man

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‘The Invisible Man’ 

Inspired by Ralph Ellison

By Lyrici Arts

“I am an invisible man…because people simply refuse to see me….”

 

A new work in progress theatre performance by Lyrici Arts, commissioned by Black Theatre Live. Featuring actor Wil Johnson (BBC’s Waking the Dead, ITV’s Emmerdale), Director Olusola Oyeleye, and Composer Ayanna Witter-Johnson.’

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8pm-9.30pm
Location: The Brook Theatre
Duration: 90 mins, including an interval and post show industry discussion entitled ‘Black Theatre Matters.’
Suitability: 16+
Tickets: Donations welcome. Pre booking essential.
Warnings: This show contains some content that references violence/assault and could be upsetting to some audiences. It also contains strong language.

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Sep
25
3:00 PM15:00

Comedy Club 4 Kids

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Billed as part of Paint The Town, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families since 2005… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?”

 

“A highlight for children in recent years, giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy… “ – The Guardian

“Absolutely hilarious.” – The Yorkshire Times

“The perfect way to entertain the whole family.” – Three Weeks

 

Time: 3-4pm
Location: The Brook Theatre
Duration: 60 mins no interval
Suitability: 6+
Tickets: Children under 16: £5.50, Adults: £7, Family Ticket (4 tickets, with up to two adults): £22.00. Book via The Brook Theatre here.

You can contact the Box Office by telephone on 01634 338338. You can also email boxoffice@medway.gov.uk. Website: www.medwayticketslive.co.uk

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Sep
24
8:00 PM20:00

Denmarked

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Denmarked

Tales from the council estate of dodgy best friends, that rite of passage; your first arrest, dinner with your social worker and the Christmas dad went prison.

An autobiographical performance told through storytelling, singing, rapping and a loop station.

Created by Conrad Murray and developed with Battersea Arts Centre, DenMarked explores the extent by which we are marked by events.
“Two young theatre-makers are mixing it up” The Guardian
“Raw, punchy R’n’B-infused work that adds a significant voice” ★★★ The Stage
“They bring realism, they bring heart, commitment and powerful poetic words” ★★★★ London Theatre
“Extremely inventive” ★★★ British Theatre
“Mature and relevant, with an impressive amount of soul” ★★★★ The Londonist

 

Location: The Galvanising Workshop, University of Kent at Medway

Time: Doors, 7pm, Show 8pm
Duration: 60 mins no interval.
Suitability: 16+
Tickets: FREE Entry. Donations are welcome.

Denmarked will be followed by an open mic session and DJ afterparty in the venue.

 

Warnings: This show contains content that references sexual violence/assault and could be upsetting to some audiences. It also contains bad language.
COMPANY INFORMATION

DenMarked was commissioned by and developed with Battersea Arts Centre
Conrad Murray: Performer and writer
Ria Parry: Director
Battersea Arts Centre: Producer

Conrad Murray is one half of hip hop theatre company Beats&Elements, and the director of the BAC Beatbox Academy. Recent works include ‘No Milk for the Foxes’ at Camden People’s Theatre, as well as directing the Beatbox Academy at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank centre and Latitude.

@rODIUMrECORDS #DenMarked

Battersea Arts Centre offers opportunities for people of all generations to develop their creativity. DenMarked was created through BAC’s unique Scratch process.

www.bac.org.uk

@battersea_arts

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Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

The Princess and The Frog ballet

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Let’s All Dance

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess. She loved playing with her golden ball but one day she drops it in the pond.

When a very friendly and very bouncy frog offers to retrieve it in exchange for her friendship, she is far from keen.

But in the end the princess must agree to be his friend just to get her ball back. Slowly their friendship grows and the princess is rewarded in true fairytale style.

This beautiful original ballet by professional company Let’s All Dance combines all the ingredients to charm audiences young and old. An original score, gorgeous costumes and crystal clear story-telling draw you into the magical world of classical ballet, and make it accessible to all. A lovely production and a heart-warming tale with the theme of friendship at its core.

‘Absolutely mesmerising and magical’ – mum, Birmingham

‘Incredibly perfect’ – 9 year old, Derby

SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES, especially 2-9 year olds and their families

Billed as part of Paint The Town festival, this show will be performed twice with supporting activity, face-painting and photo opportunities.

Saturday 24 September
Performance Times: 12.15pm and 2pm
Location: Hook Meadow Community Hall
Duration: 2x 60mins (includes 30 minute show, 10 minute showcase and 20 minute movement workshop)
Suitability: All ages, especially 2-9 year olds* and their families.*All children must be accompanied by an adult.Tickets: £4 children, £5 adults, any 4 tickets for £16

Hook Meadow Library will be offering a free crown-making workshop as additional activity for Princess and The Frog ballet. Why not visit the library before the ballet and come to the performance as your very own princess or prince.

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Can I Help You?

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By Rhiannon Armstrong

 

Help is at hand!

I am available to all for FREE help. I come well equipped with sewing kits, philosophical advice, handcream. I am the multitool of helping hands! The performance art version of Handy Andy, use me while you can!

So go on, buy that extra bag of melons, there’s someone here to help you carry them home.

Regards,

Rhiannon Armstrong

STRONG ARMS, HELPING HANDS..

p.s. Tool belt includes: garbage bags, change for a tenner, pens, paper, a hammer, nails, needle and thread, The Little Book of Calm, a fan, mints.

 

Free family event – no booking required.


 

COMPANY INFORMATION

Rhiannon is an interdisciplinary artist known for making emotionally sensitive and critically astute work, often involving the participation of members of the public. She addresses important subjects in an accessible manner, conducting her solo work under the lifelong series title ‘Instructions for Empathetic Living’.

Her critically acclaimed one-to-one performance, archive, and digital project ‘The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid’ has toured throughout the UK and internationally.

Rhiannon is no stranger to collaboration having worked with many respected artists over the last decade, bringing her expertise in collaboration and interaction to projects with Chris Goode & Co, Battersea Arts Centre, Latitude Festival, the Barbican, Camden People’s Theatre. Rhiannon is an associate artist of Coney.

website: http://rhiannonarmstrong.net/

@armstrongtactic #CanIHelpYou

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The 56 (with post show discussion)
Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

The 56 (with post show discussion)

By Lung

‘Nobody dies in football matches in fires. It doesn’t happen’.

At 3.40pm on May 11th 1985, a small fire broke out in the main stand at Valley Parade football ground during the last game of the season. Within four minutes, the wooden structure was ablaze.

 Adapted solely from over sixty real-life testimonies, this bold and pertinent piece of documentary theatre pays homage to the supporters who lost their lives in one of the darkest days in British footballing history.

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