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Events

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Paint The Town festival finale

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A night celebrating community, music and the beauty of improvisation. Sing, hum, whisper, beatbox or even just stay silent and enjoy a completely improvised soundscape by you the audience.

 

Watch as two professional dancers respond to the changes in tempo and tone in a dance piece dictated completely by the sounds and silences created. Open equally to the musically gifted and the tone-deaf; join us in a live experiment to create a performance out of thin air.

 

Tuesday 27 September
7pm- 10pm
Location: George Vaults
Suitability: 18+
Tickets: Free event: Pre booking essential.

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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
25
11:00 AM11:00

An Introduction to Verbatim Performance: Workshop 2 of 2

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Join Wordsmithery and Paint The Town on a two-day introductory workshop led by Lung Theatre Company, creatives of the verbatim theatre show ‘The 56’. The workshops will support a future project with Wordsmithery in spring 2017.

 

Workshop One: Thursday 22 September
10am- 1pm
Introduces you to documentary theatre, examining how to find and collate stories and the legal aspects of these stories in verbatim works.

Workshop Two: Sunday 25 September
11am- 2pm
Offers a chance to get feedback on your personal written accounts, and discuss the next steps in turning a true story into a full creative performance.

 
Suitability: 18+
Tickets: £10 for both session – book online here.



Wordsmithery is an independent literary arts organisation and publisher who specialise in managing literature events and projects, Development, and publishing. They have managed over 100 literary events and projects since they began.
Wordsmithery believe that literature development is about identifying and nurturing writers; and helping to give everyone the chance to get writing. They run literary Projects and Showcase events, and also offer dramaturgy and script editing services to writers, who are looking to develop their manuscripts and plays. In addition to this they a wide range of editorial and Publishing Services.

LUNG is dedicated to making work by communities, for communities, with communities. Touring work from Bradford to Battersea, they are committed to crafting political verbatim theatre, platforming innovative new writing and facilitating high-quality engagement & participation programmes. LUNG are Associate Artists at The Lowry. They are also working with the kind support of the National Theatre Studio, Battersea Arts Centre and Barnsley Civic.

 

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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

LUNG Open Rehearsal

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If you saw Lung’s verbatim theatre production of The 56 or attended one of their workshops during the week, watch them in action during a development rehearsal where they will explore and begin to create a new show around the subject of young carers.

This rehearsal is free to attend. Drop in for a short time or for the full four hours. All are welcome.

Duration: 240mins
Suitability: All ages
Tickets: Free family event- no booking required

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Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

Music and Beatbox Composition

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With Conrad Murray

Join Conrad Murray’s (performer) workshop for beatboxers, singers and MCs. No experience necessary! Create a song in this one hour session. Be taken through the basics of how to beatbox, play with foundation sounds, rhythms and a loop station, then in small groups write lyrics and perfect your performance technique.


Duration: 60mins
Suitability: 14+
Tickets: £5

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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
11:15 AM11:15

Make a crown drop in activity at Hook Meadow Library

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As part of Paint The Town, Hook Meadow Library will be offering a free crown-making workshop to support the ballet performance of the  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?

Location: Walderslade Hook Meadow Library
Duration: 45 mins
Suitability: 2-9 years
Tickets: Free family craft event: Pre booking essential via Medway Libraries on 01634 337799 or visit the library and book in person.

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Sep
24
10:45 AM10:45

Intro to Beatbox Workshop

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Join our beginner’s workshops for beatboxers, singers and MCs. No experience necessary and all skill levels welcome! Learn to beatbox and jam with other young musicians and make your own music. In this one hour workshop, Conrad Murray (creator of Denmarked) will take you through the basics of beatboxing and then in pairs help you create your own compositions to share.

Suitability: This event is suitable for ages 6+.*  

*All children must be accompanied by an adult. Places only need to be booked for participating children (accompanying adults need not book a place for themselves).

Tickets: Pre booking essential.

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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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Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

The 56

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By Lung

The 56 was developed with The Lowry and The Civic in Barnsley
Written by Matt Woodhead and Gemma Wilson

 

‘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.

 
On the 31st anniversary of the disaster, ‘The 56’ examines the solidarity, strength and community in the face of overwhelming tragedy.

 

 

‘The 56 packs raw emotional power’ – Sunday Times
‘A young and remarkable company’ – Independent
‘’There’s a refreshing simplicity to the show, fittingly respectful and dramatically effective.’’ Three Weeks
“A sensitively-handled piece of verbatim theatre from a young company of skill and ambition” The Stage
“The 56 was proof that the fringe is often at its best when stripped bare, shorn of any sound effects or gimmicky costumes, telling a true story of human tragedy.” The Guardian

 

INFORMATION

Thursday 22 & Friday 23 September (Post show talk 22 September)

Doors: 7pm. Show: 7.30pm
Location: Priestfields Football Stadium
Duration: 75mins
Suitability: 13+
Tickets: £10 – book online

 

Join us for a postshow discussion on sport and art in the Medway community.

The 22nd September will also feature an industry post show discussion based on sport and art within the Medway community, debating how we can effectively use sport and art as a cross platform to attract audiences, engage communities and fulfil organisational aims. Panellists include LUNG company and local influential sports and arts advocates.

 
Making theatre by communities, for communities and with communities, LUNG is a national touring theatre company, developing innovative and politically driven work that broadens horizons and investigates modern Britain.

Founded in Barnsley in 2016, LUNG frequently performs and develops new work with The Lowry, Battersea Arts Centre and The Civic in Barnsley. We are dedicated to producing new verbatim theatre as well as collaborating with new writers. Back home up north, LUNG also pursues an extensive education programme which specialises in bringing theatre into new communities across South Yorkshire.

 
Matt Woodhead – Artistic Director
Sarah Georgeson – Producer
Christabel Holmes – Assistant Producer
Helen Monks – Associate Artist
Will Monks – Resident Lighting Designer
Joseph Priestley – Resident Publicist & Designer

 

COMPANY AWARDS
Winner of:
Directors’ Guild Award Best Newcomer
Spotlight Award for Most Promising Actress
Judges Award for Best Ensemble (NSDF)
Shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award

‘Definitely a company to watch’ – The Stage
‘A Young and Remarkable Company’ – The Independent
‎@LungTheatre #The56
Website: http://lungtheatre.co.uk/
Facebook: fb.com/lungtheatre

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Sep
23
10:45 AM10:45

Baby Beatbox

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With Conrad Murray

Using basic beatbox techniques, playful clapping, and rhythm, performer and creative genius Conrad Murray, will lead a gentle workshop for babies, toddlers and their carers to create music together using their mouths, hands and microphones.


Location: Gillingham Library, Community Hub Gillingham
Duration: 30mins
Suitability: 0-3 years
Tickets: Free family event: Pre booking essential via Medway Libraries on 01634 337799 or visit the library and book in person.

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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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Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

An introduction to verbatim performance: Workshop 1 of 2

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Join Wordsmithery and Paint The Town on a two-day introductory workshop led by Lung Theatre Company, creatives of the verbatim theatre show ‘The 56’.  The workshops will support a future project with Wordsmithery in spring 2017.

Workshop One: Thursday 22 September
10am- 1pm
Introduces you to documentary theatre, examining how to find and collate stories and the legal aspects of these stories in verbatim works.

 

Workshop Two: Sunday 25 September
11am- 2pm
Offers a chance to get feedback on your personal written accounts, and discuss the next steps in turning a true story into a full creative performance
Suitability: 18+
Tickets: £10 for both sessions – book online

Wordsmithery is an independent literary arts organisation and publisher who specialise in managing literature events and projects, Literature Development, and publishing. They have managed over 100 literary events and projects since they began.
Wordsmithery believe that literature development is about identifying and nurturing writers; and helping to give everyone the chance to get writing. They run literary Projects and Showcase events, and also offer dramaturgy and script editing services to writers, who are looking to develop their manuscripts and plays. In addition to this they a wide range of editorial and Publishing Services.

 

LUNG is dedicated to making work by communities, for communities, with communities. Touring work from Bradford to Battersea, they are committed to crafting political verbatim theatre, platforming innovative new writing and facilitating high-quality engagement & participation programmes. LUNG are Associate Artists at The Lowry. They are also working with the kind support of the National Theatre Studio, Battersea Arts Centre and Barnsley Civic.

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Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Private event: Denmarked at Midkent College and postshow discussion

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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

 

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.

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

*Please note that this college performance is a private closed session.

Buy a ticket for the theatre performance of Denmarked on 24th September 2016 here

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Sep
21
2:30 PM14:30

Paint in the Community

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Create a giant community painting with local artist and curator Matt Bray using imagery from comic books, TV and movies. All the materials will be ready and waiting and Matt will be your guide.

This event is suitable for ages 5+.*  The main goal here is to get involved and have fun!

*All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets: Free family event – Pre booking essential.

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Sep
21
2:30 PM14:30

Private event: Hip Hop Theatre workshop

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DenMarked is an autobiographical piece told through story-telling, singing and rapping, it deals with growing up, rite of passage and the marks that are made on us through these events.
In this workshop session, Conrad Murray (performer) will share his own performance practice with the group, exploring story-telling, poetry and performance, and how to create theatre with a hip-hop soul. The participants will have the opportunity to compose a short autobiographical tale and experiment laying it over a beat, building a rhythm or a soundtrack to accompany their story.
Conrad, along with the participants will investigate story ownership and how being yourself when telling your own story is a powerful expression of who you are. The group will share their pieces at the end of the session.

 

*Please note that this college workshop is a private closed session.

Buy a ticket for the theatre performance of Denmarked on 24th September 2016 here

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Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Paint The Town festival launch: Pop Up Performance

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Paint The Town is a new festival – a call to action for all the community to take over their towns and use the arts to paint it in a fun and inspiring light.

This launch ‘performance’ will take place twice on Tuesday 20th September. Expect surprising moments and comedic exploits in this pop-up for all ages.

 

Free – no need to book!

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