Paint The Town: Season Two
An exciting theatre and arts festival taking place twice a year in Medway, produced by Lyrici Arts in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring network. The festival runs from 2016 to 2019.
Spring '17 Overview
19-26th April 2017
Welcome to the second season of Paint The Town festival, brought to Medway by Lyrici Arts and Battersea Arts Centre. We are proud to present another inspiring programme of exciting performances here in Medway. Our show venue partners include The Brook Theatre, Rochester Adult Education and The Sunlight Centre in conjunction with Headway. This season’s festival has 3 main focuses; Corruption and Community, Early Years and Children, Mental health and Invisible Illnesses.
Multi-award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum bring their latest work BUCKET LIST to the Brook Theatre, Chatham on the 21st April. This powerful show tells the story of one Mexican woman’s fight for justice against corporate and governmental corruption. Winner of the Spirit of Fringe festival and up for Best Ensemble at the offwestend.com awards, Bucket List launched its London premiere with a run at Battersea Arts Centre before embarking on a UK wide tour.
Other shows coming to Medway include My Beautiful Black Dog by Brigitte Aphrodite on the 19th April. Described as a ‘gig meets theatre meets tidal wave of glitter’, this personal story of the battle with depression is as heartwarming and raw as it is fun and exemplary.
Reassembled, Slightly Askew by Shannon Yee is an immersive audio experience, where 6 audience members at a time are laid on hospital beds, blindfolded and given headphones where they are then transported into the head of a brain trauma victim. Based on Shannon’s personal experience with a near fatal brain infection and created with support from her actual neurologists and NHS support teams, this unique event is supported by The Sunlight Centre and brain injury charity ‘Headway’ who will join Yee on Saturday 22nd April to discuss the work in more detail.
Paint the Town Festival also has shows and events for younger audiences. Tom Penn’s sell-out show NEVERLAND will come to the Adult Education Centre, Rochester for 3 days. A specially created piece for 1-3year olds and their parent/guardian, this beautiful piece within a padded white tent uses 360-degree projections and original music to unfold the story of a child’s imagination.
Also look out for fun craft workshops, mental health and brain injury support, an inspiring spoken word collaboration with Wordsmithery, interesting panel talks with the stars of our shows and industry professionals, children’s fun time activities and much more.
For more information, trailers from the shows, and details about additional festival activity browse our listed events below.
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.
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.
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.
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.