Paint The Town
Season Three: 23rd - 29th October 2017

Events 2017

The Admiral's Tea Party: Rehearsal
Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

The Admiral's Tea Party: Rehearsal

  • The Brook Theatre (Basement Drama Room)
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Would you like to be part of Wordsmithery's new show, created for Paint The Town? The Admiral's Tea Party is a site specific performance, history walk and picnic at Gillingham's Lower Lines on 8 July.

Join Wordsmithery at The Brook Theatre on Saturday 24th June for a rehearsal day for The Admirals Tea Party. Take part in a range of writing exercises and activities to make props and costumes for the event.

All welcome, but please email to reserve your place.


EVENT INFORMATION:

Date: Saturday 24th June 2017

Workshop: 10- 4pm  

FREE ENTRY

Age limit: 16+
 


Call out: Performers wanted!

Would you like to join our Community Cast for our outdoor theatre performance exploring the history of Medway's Gillingham Lower Lines Park? The site specific show will be performed on the 8th July 2017.

We currently need actors to help us create this exciting new production. If you are interested, please email wordsmithery.info@gmail.com for further info. 

The Admiral's Tea Party
Jul
8
2:00 pm14:00

The Admiral's Tea Party

  • The Lower Lines Park
 

Wordsmithery & Paint The Town Festival presents:

The Admiral’s Tea Party

A family tea party and interactive walk celebrating Medway’s naval and military history.

Join Wordsmithery for a family friendly tea party and history walk inspired by Medway's naval and military history. Poetry, music, tea and cupcakes!

Commissioned for The Paint The Town Festival. Bring a picnic and join our party! 

The history of The Lower Lines

The Lower Lines in Gillingham was the last section of the Chatham Lines to be constructed. The works were started in 1803 in advance of the Napoleonic Wars. Construction started during the Napoleonic Wars, consisting of a series of deep brick ditches with ramparts. Gun emplacements added later provided places for artillery during WW2. The ditches provided a training ground for the Royal Engineers.

In the 1907 Sir Gerard Noel, the Admiral of the Fleet, took up residence in a grand house overlooking the river in the Lower Lines Park, where he used to host fabulous tea parties on the lawn. The house no longer exists, but Wordsmithery are recreating one of those tea parties, where you can bring a picnic and go on their guided walk through the Lower Lines Park with a cast of characters drawn from history.

So bring a picnic and join us for tea and cakes on the Admiral’s Lawn!


Event Information

Saturday 8 July 2017, 2-4pm

The Lower Lines Park, Gillingham, ME4 4HZ

FREE EVENT

 

TICKET INFORMATION

The tea party event is free of charge but the interactive history walks must be pre-booked. Please bring your ticket to the event for entry. You are welcome to bring along a picnic, but no glass or alcohol is allowed on site. There will be access to toilets and light refreshments on site.

TIMINGS

The Tea Party runs from 2-4pm.

Interactive walks talk place at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm and pre-booking is required. Maximum capacity of 15 people per walk.

 

MEETING POINT

Audiences to gather at The Central Plateau, The Lower Lines Park, Brompton, Gillingham, ME7 5DD at least 10 minutes before their walk start time.

PARKING

Parking can be found at Mid Kent College and in nearby streets.

ACCESSIBILITY

*Please note that the performance will go ahead come rain or shine, so please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. There is uneven ground and slopes on the interactive history walk, so it may not be suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, though the Central Plateau is fully accessible.


The Admiral's Tea Party: Writing Workshops
Apr
26
2:00 pm14:00

The Admiral's Tea Party: Writing Workshops

  • The Brook Theatre (Meeting Room)
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Would you like to be part of Wordsmithery's new show, created for the Paint The Town festival? 

The Admiral's Tea Party is a site specific performance which will take its inspiration from aspects of Chatham's heritage, to be performed in July at the Lower Lines Park in Gillingham. We want your stories and writing to be part of the show!

Come along and be inspired by the location and history of Medway, where playwright Sam Hall will lead you in a series of writing exercises to help create the final piece.


TICKET INFORMATION:

Date: Wednesday 26th April 2017

Workshop: 2- 5pm  

Price: Standard £3.50

Age limit: 16+
 


Call out: Performers wanted!

Would you like to join our Community Cast for our outdoor theatre performance exploring the history of Medway's Gillingham Lower Lines Park? The site specific show will be performed in July 2017.

We currently need actors to help us create this exciting new production. Workshop dates to be confirmed, but if you are interested, please email wordsmithery.info@gmail.com for further info. 

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Headway for Medway
Apr
26
10:00 am10:00

Headway for Medway

  • Headway for Medway

Headway for Medway is a social and information support service for people who have suffered a brain injury. They meet every Wednesday 10.00am to 2.00pm, at the The Sunlight Centre Richmond Road Gillingham ME7 1LX. 

Headway's Gillingham drop-in centre for Medway is a friendly social group for people affected by an acquired brain injury. The group offer advice and support, a place for a cuppa and a chat, and activities and exercises based on the interest of group members.

They also hold a fortnightly music session in the rehearsal room. Please contact Andy Hirons on 07956 307980 or email andyhirons@headwayselnwk.co.uk for further information. Their web site is www.headwayselnwk.co.uk.

Age 18+

Paint The Town are working in partnership with Headway in conjunction with our touring show Reassembled, Slightly Askew.

ABOUT HEADWAY

Headway South East London and North West Kent is a charitable organisation providing support and services to individuals, family members and carers affected by an acquired brain injury across Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark, Bromley, Dartford, Gravesend and Medway. Headway SELNWK operates a person centred service that understands the complexities and problems that may arise after injury particularly with emotions, cognition, memory, communication and behaviour.

Their community support programme provides choice and preference for service users between one to one support in the home environment in addition to or as an alternative to being part of a social rehabilitation centre in the Headway SELNWK region. The organisation also offers early intervention and social rehabilitation.

Useful information

It is now easier than ever to make a donation to Headway SELNWK . Using ‘Just Giving’ Simply text HWLK11 plus £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10 to 70070. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/headwayselnwk

Rethink Medway Hope Project
Apr
25
1:30 pm13:30

Rethink Medway Hope Project

  • Support Net

The Medway Hope Project is a lottery funded project set up to provide peer support and activity groups for local communities in Medway as well as a Volunteer Ambassador scheme to make sure that everyone gets access to the support they need.

 

Medway Area Rethink Social Support (MARSS) 

Mondays - 13.00-15.00

RBLI Chatham
85 High Street
Chatham
Kent

 

Support NET

Tuesdays - 13.30-15.00

70 Silverweed Road,

Weedswood, 

Walderslade 

ME5 0QX

 

Inspire group (students only)

Mondays 17.30-19.00

Rochester Building R2-05

Medway University Campus

 

All groups are open to anyone with experience on Mental Illness and if anyone has any questions, the project leader can be reached on 07484 001974 or samuel.strudwick@rethink.org

If you need crisis support then please visit their main site at www.rethink.org/helpnow


* Visit our billed festival theatre show My Beautiful Black Dog

This electrifying show challenges the urgent stigma around mental health and encourages the audience to take ownership over their own black dogs whilst channeling infectious dance moves, swagger-boss costumes and banging tunes!

Roundabout Nights Presents- Paint It Black
Apr
24
7:30 pm19:30

Roundabout Nights Presents- Paint It Black

  • Poco Loco Cantina

Roundabout Nights is proud to present a night of poetic musings about mental health* as part of the Paint The Town Festival. Headliners already confirmed include Dylan Oscar Rowe and Spreken. It promises to be an intense, educational, and entertaining night. 

For more information visit their Facebook event page here


* Visit our billed festival theatre show My Beautiful Black Dog

This electrifying show challenges the urgent stigma around mental health and encourages the audience to take ownership over their own black dogs whilst channeling infectious dance moves, swagger-boss costumes and banging tunes!

Rethink Medway Hope Project (Student session)
Apr
24
5:30 pm17:30

Rethink Medway Hope Project (Student session)

  • Inspire Group (Students only)

The Medway Hope Project is a lottery funded project set up to provide peer support and activity groups for local communities in Medway as well as a Volunteer Ambassador scheme to make sure that everyone gets access to the support they need.

 

Medway Area Rethink Social Support (MARSS) 

Mondays - 13.00-15.00

RBLI Chatham
85 High Street
Chatham
Kent

 

Support NET

Tuesdays - 13.30-15.00

70 Silverweed Road,

Weedswood, 

Walderslade 

ME5 0QX

 

Inspire group (students only)

Mondays 17.30-19.00

Rochester Building R2-05

Medway University Campus

 

All groups are open to anyone with experience on Mental Illness and if anyone has any questions, the project leader can be reached on 07484 001974 or samuel.strudwick@rethink.org

If you need crisis support then please visit their main site at www.rethink.org/helpnow


* Visit our billed festival theatre show My Beautiful Black Dog

This electrifying show challenges the urgent stigma around mental health and encourages the audience to take ownership over their own black dogs whilst channeling infectious dance moves, swagger-boss costumes and banging tunes!

Rethink Medway Hope Project
Apr
24
1:00 pm13:00

Rethink Medway Hope Project

  • Medway Area Rethink Social Support (MARRS)

The Medway Hope Project is a lottery funded project set up to provide peer support and activity groups for local communities in Medway as well as a Volunteer Ambassador scheme to make sure that everyone gets access to the support they need.

 

Medway Area Rethink Social Support (MARSS) 

Mondays - 13.00-15.00

RBLI Chatham
85 High Street
Chatham
Kent

 

Support NET

Tuesdays - 13.30-15.00

70 Silverweed Road,

Weedswood, 

Walderslade 

ME5 0QX

 

 

Inspire group (students only)

Mondays 17.30-19.00

Rochester Building R2-05

Medway University Campus

 

All groups are open to anyone with experience on Mental Illness and if anyone has any questions, the project leader can be reached on 07484 001974 or samuel.strudwick@rethink.org

If you need crisis support then please visit their main site at www.rethink.org/helpnow


* Visit our billed festival theatre show My Beautiful Black Dog

This electrifying show challenges the urgent stigma around mental health and encourages the audience to take ownership over their own black dogs whilst channeling infectious dance moves, swagger-boss costumes and banging tunes!

Paint The Town festival and The Monday Hub present: Carry On Crafting by Play on Words Theatre
Apr
24
10:30 am10:30

Paint The Town festival and The Monday Hub present: Carry On Crafting by Play on Words Theatre

  • St Paul's Church


Paint The Town and Play On Words Theatre present an one off special of Carry on Crafting.*  

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

Tickets

Please note that places are limited for this event and a small selection of external bookings can be reserved here

Paint The Town Festival in partnership with Dance Alley: Moving Mannequins
Apr
23
12:00 pm12:00

Paint The Town Festival in partnership with Dance Alley: Moving Mannequins

  • Heart

There is something special going on in Chatham- reports of mannequins coming to life inside the Pentagon.

Head upstairs to Heart of the Community (Pentagon Shopping Centre 1st floor) and watch through the glass windows as real life mannequins find their feet and perform exquisite dance routines.

Event details

Sunday 23rd April 

Heart @ The Pentagon 

Times: 12.00 - 12.20 & 13.00 - 13.20 

FREE

"Utter Thanet Medway"
Apr
23
10:00 am10:00

"Utter Thanet Medway"

  • The Brook Theatre

 

"Utter Thanet Medway" 

What is it like living in Medway? Is it great? Or less so? What do you love about it? What do you dislike? How could it be better? Is it changing? What do you think about the changes? We're interested in what you think, so come and have your say!

Mischievous Theatre CIC is interviewing a thousand people on the Isle of Thanet to find their answers to some of these questions and to then create a piece of theatre based on the answers. To test the responses, we want to compare what the people of Thanet say to what you in Medway think about your community. Have we got the same loves, fears, worries and hopes as each other, or are the two areas very different? 

WORKSHOP

Mischievous are running a workshop to explore and experiment with the techniques and strategies they are using to research and create a piece of verbatim/from-real-life-testimony theatre. How do we find the people? How do we conduct our interviews? How do we curate the words of the public in an honourable and honest way to make a piece of theatre that is truthful, insightful, provocative and, ultimately, uplifting? 

Join them at The Brook Theatre for a workshop session from 10-12noon (Activity room) followed by an open interview consultation from 12-4pm (Meeting room).

Tickets

This is a free event but places are limited. To secure your space please book below

 

Supported by Arts Council England, Lung Theatre, Looping The Loop, Paint The Town
 
@MischievousThtr  
 

Paint The Town: Creative Networking Evening
Apr
22
7:00 pm19:00

Paint The Town: Creative Networking Evening

  • Huguenot Museum

This is an opportunity to mingle with the creative teams behind our spring shows and with like-minded creatives from the local area and beyond.

Join us for live music, chilled out drinks and a chance to tell us what you want to see in Medway!

Tickets

This is a free event but places are limited. To secure your space please book below

Panel Discussion: The role of arts in rehabilitation after brain injury and illness
Apr
22
2:00 pm14:00

Panel Discussion: The role of arts in rehabilitation after brain injury and illness

  • The Sunlight Centre

Join us for a panel talk and Q&A opportunity with Shannon Yee, creator of the amazing audio experience Reassembled, Slightly Askew, Andy Hirons from brain injury charity Headway, and Bridget from The Sunlight Centre.


Examine how the arts and creative activities can aid with rehabilitation and coping techniques surrounding brain injury and illness, and discover how Shannon's personal experience was shaped into a piece of performance for all to share. 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Free event but registration is necessary. 

Hip Hip Hooray!
Apr
22
1:30 pm13:30

Hip Hip Hooray!

  • Rochester Library (Children's Library)

A day of free workshops for little hands with big creativity!

Take part in Hip-Hip Hooray- a selection of children's workshops taking place at Rochester library for 3-8 year olds. 

Events include a singing workshop with Tom Penn (creator of Neverland), arts and crafts, and facepainting with local organisation Like A Magpie.

EVENT INFORMATION:

Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017

Facepainting: 1.30- 3.30pm (Drop in event)

Crafts: 1.30- 2.30pm (Drop in event)

Singing workshop: 3- 3.30pm (Pre booking essential via Medway Libraries on 01634 337799 or visit the library and book in person).

* Please Note - This event has now moved to Rochester Library and will run free of charge directly after the Neverland Craft Workshops from 1.30pm - 3.30pm!

Suitable for ages 3-8 years


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 tell the story of a child’s imagination.  Neverland comes to Medway hot off a sell-out run at London's Southbank Centre - so do not miss out on a chance to see this spellbinding work on your doorstep!

 

The Admiral's Tea Party: Writing Workshops
Apr
22
1:00 pm13:00

The Admiral's Tea Party: Writing Workshops

  • Nucleus Arts Centre (Conference Room)

Would you like to be part of Wordsmithery's new show, created for the Paint The Town festival? 

The Admiral's Tea Party is a site specific performance which will take its inspiration from aspects of Chatham's heritage, to be performed in July at the Lower Lines Park in Gillingham. We want your stories and writing to be part of the show!

Come along and be inspired by the location and history of Medway, where playwright Sam Hall will lead you in a series of writing exercises to help create the final piece.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017

Workshop: 1- 3pm  

Price: Standard £3.50

Age limit: 16+
 


Call out: Performers wanted!

Would you like to join our Community Cast for our outdoor theatre performance exploring the history of Medway's Gillingham Lower Lines Park? The site specific show will be performed in July 2017.

We currently need actors to help us create this exciting new production. Workshop dates to be confirmed, but if you are interested, please email wordsmithery.info@gmail.com for further info. 

Nature craft workshop at Rochester Library
Apr
22
10:15 am10:15

Nature craft workshop at Rochester Library

  • Rochester Library

Neverland by Tom Penn is a storytelling interactive show with beautiful projections for 1-3 year olds. It's inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Neverland in Peter Pan where children get to venture into forests and the sea. The show runs three times a day at Rochester Adult Education from the 20th-22nd April at 10am, 11.15am and 1.45pm.  

As part of Paint The Town, Rochester Library will be offering a free craft workshop inspired by nature. Visit the library before the shows at 10.15-11am and 12.45-1.30pm to create your own craft.

Location: Rochester Library, Community Hub Rochester
Duration: Two drop in sessions
Suitability: 3-8 years
Contact details for Medway Libraries: 01634 337799

Bucket List
Apr
21
7:30 pm19:30

Bucket List

  • The Brook Theatre

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.

 

★★★★★ What’s On Stage – “magical theatrical force”
★★★★ The Times – “Powerful”
★★★★ The Stage – “Admirable”
★★★★ The Scotsman – “as ever with this talented company, the delivery is powerful, slick and highly physical”
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide – ‘’It is an epic magical story that makes you care deeply’’
 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Date: Friday 21st April 2017

Time: 7.30pm (with post-show talk)

Prices (incl. concession rate): Standard: £12.50, Students: £10, Groups of 10+: £10 per ticket, Theatre Loyalty member: £10.50

Venue: Brook Theatre, 5 The Brook, Chatham, Kent. ME4 4SE.

Age limit: 14+
Run time 90 mins
Warnings: This show contains some adult content and strong language

Purchase tickets here



COMPANY INFORMATION

Theatre Ad Infinitum is a multi-award-winning international ensemble based in Bristol that develops new and original theatre for multi-cultural audiences.

They all share a passion for innovative theatre making that speaks to a global community, and create performances that harness the universal language of the body. Drawing on their differences in culture, nationality, and language they produce a unique and engaging form of theatre unified by our commitment to the audience.

“That you may be moved, challenged and inspired by our work is our first priority.”

Theatre Ad Infinitum is proud to be associate artist at The Bush Theatre, The Lowry and Redbridge Drama Centre.

Supported by Redbridge Drama Centre, Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre in the Mill, Theatre Bench and Anglo Arts.

 

Tour supported by Battersea Arts Centre
Co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The North Wall
Supported by Redbridge Drama Centre, Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre in the Mill, Theatre Bench and Anglo Arts.

Private event: Storytelling through physical theatre workshop
Apr
20
1:00 pm13:00

Private event: Storytelling through physical theatre workshop

Nir Paldi, the co-artistic director from multi award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum, will lead a college workshop that investigates the extents of our physicality and how it can be used to convey a story.

The workshop explores the physical techniques used in Translunar Paradise – how an actor in an empty space can use their body to create character, spaces, emotions, poetry and atmospheres, and ultimately tell stories without words.

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

Buy a ticket for the theatre performance of Bucket List on 21st April 2017 here

Neverland
Apr
20
Apr 22

Neverland

  • Rochester Adult Education

NEVERLAND
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.
Neverland encourages play and creativity between children and their grown-ups. Join us and let your imagination soar.

The Stage – ‘it is heartening to see baby theatre created with such care, forethought and rigour’★★★★★
Time Out – ‘Charming immersive show for toddlers’
Mummy in the city –‘It was different from anything else we’ve experienced together before’ –or- ‘a unique theatrical experience for toddlers’

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Dates: Thursday 20th- Saturday 22nd April

Time: 10am, 11.15am, 1.45pm daily

Prices: £10*

Venue: Rochester Adult Education centre, Eastgate, Rochester, Kent. ME1 1EW.

*Recommended age: This show has been made for adult/child pairs and each ticket admits one adult and one 1-3 year old.

Run time: 30 -40 mins

 

COMPANY INFORMATION
Directed by Tom Penn
Designed by Rhys Jarman
Associate Designer Verity Sadler
Projection Design by Will Duke
Music by Charlie Penn
Made with and performed by Eugénie Pastor and Sachi Kimura

www.paintthetownfestival.co.uk

Reassembled, Slightly Askew
Apr
20
Apr 22

Reassembled, Slightly Askew

  • The Sunlight Centre

REASSEMBLED, 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.

The audio technology makes the sound three-dimensional, causing listeners to feel they are inside Shannon’s head, viscerally experiencing her descent into coma, brain surgeries, early days in the hospital and reintegration into the world with a hidden disability. A story of terror, discovery, humour, but above all, hope.

“A real-life ordeal, captured by a daring, disorientating artistic collaboration, which works brilliantly on so many levels…It should be available on prescription.” 5 stars— The Stage

‘’A harrowing journey into an artist’s experience of a rare brain infection’’ 4 stars— Evening Standard

“This story – hers – becomes mine because she puts it into my head so directly. She rebuilds herself from nothing and then shares the fall and rise with me alone.”—Exeunt Magazine

“A truly pioneering project from an artist who wants to challenge our perception of disability and conventional notions of drama.” – Gilly Campbell, Drama & Dance Officer, Arts Council NI

TICKET INFORMATION:

Date: Thursday 20th April to Saturday 22nd April 2017

Time: 20th-21st April: 2pm, 4.15pm and 7pm daily. 22nd April: 10am, 12.15pm and 4pm.

Price: £12.50

Venue: The Sunlight Centre, 105 Richmond Road, Gillingham, Kent. ME7 1LX.

Age Recommendation: 16+
Running Time: 90 minutes

*Please note: latecomers cannot be admitted.

 

 

COMPANY INFORMATION
Shannon Yee (Sickels) is a Belfast-based playwright and producer. Reassembled, Slightly Askew is her autobiographical audio-based artwork about her near-death experience and subsequent acquired brain injury, created with an interdisciplinary team of artists, her neurosurgeon and head injury nurse.

Artistic Team:
Shannon Yee (Sickels) Writer
Paul Stapleton Composer/Sonic Artist
Anna Newell Director
Hanna Slättn Dramaturg
Stevie Prickett Choreographer
Matilde Meireles Project Support

Shannon Yee (Sickels) Producer
Andrea Montgomery Project Evaluator
Stephen Beggs Performer/NI Tour Manager
Mary Lindsay Performer (London)
Stevie Prickett Choreographer
Richard Lavery Video Production

Biomedical Advisory Team:
Mr Roy McConnell Consultant Neurosurgeon, Royal Victoria Hospital
Colin Williamson Head Injury Liaison Nurse, Belfast Health & Social
Care Trust

www.paintthetownfestival.co.uk

 

    My Beautiful Black Dog
    Apr
    19
    8:00 pm20:00

    My Beautiful Black Dog

    • The Brook Theatre

    MY BEAUTIFUL BLACK DOG

    A Musical about depression.

    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.

    This electrifying show challenges the urgent stigma around mental health and encourages the audience to take ownership over their own black dogs whilst channeling infectious dance moves, swagger-boss costumes and banging tunes!

    ★★★★★ “You’ll leave the room beaming.” TO DO LIST
     
    “Imagine the Mighty Boosh crossed with the best episode of Girls. Prepare to cry and laugh several times over. You’ll leave a better person” Elle Magazine
     
    ★★★★  “.. obviously there are songs and costumes and everything, but it’s all just trappings, really; I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so emotionally honest on stage before.” Exuent Magazine
     
    ★★★★ “My Beautiful Black Dog is a raw show in more ways than one, but the warmth and good feeling that it generates is kind of glorious” The Stage
     
    ★★★★ “It’s Original, Heart-Wrenching and Warming all at Once” The List
     

    TICKET INFORMATION:

    Date: Wednesday 19th April 2017

    Timings: Doors 7.30pm, Show 8.00pm, Post show discussion 9.30- 10.00pm

    Price: Standard £12.50, Students £10, Groups of 10+ £10 per ticket, Theatre Loyalty member £10.50

    Age limit: 14+
    Run time 70 mins
    Warnings: This show contains some adult content and strong language

    COMPANY INFORMATION

    Writer/Performer: Brigitte Aphrodite

    Director: Laura Keefe

    Musical Director/Composer: Quiet Boy

    Dramaturg/Sound Designer: John Hoggarth

    Producer: Rachel Tyson and Gemma Cairney for Boom Shakalaka Productions

    Assistant Producer: Daniella Isaacs

    Funded by The Arts Council and Wellcome Trust. Supported by and developed in association with Iron Shoes.

    Art workshop at Headway to Medway by Wendy Daws
    Apr
    19
    1:00 pm13:00

    Art workshop at Headway to Medway by Wendy Daws

    • Sunlight Centre

    An inspiring arts workshop led by Wendy Daws for those attending the Headway to Medway event at 10am- 2pm on 19th April 2017.

    Headway for Medway is a social and information support service for people who have suffered a brain injury. They meet every Wednesday 10.00am to 2.00pm, at the The Sunlight Centre Richmond Road Gillingham ME7 1LX. 

    Headway's Gillingham drop-in centre for Medway is a friendly social group for people affected by an acquired brain injury. The group offer advice and support, a place for a cuppa and a chat, and activities and exercises based on the interest of group members.

    They also hold a fortnightly music session in the rehearsal room. Please contact Andy Hirons on 07956 307980 or email andyhirons@headwayselnwk.co.uk for further information. Their web site is www.headwayselnwk.co.uk.

    Paint The Town are working in partnership with Headway in conjunction with our touring show Reassembled, Slightly Askew.

    Headway for Medway
    Apr
    19
    10:00 am10:00

    Headway for Medway

    • Headway for Medway

      Headway for Medway is a social and information support service for people who have suffered a brain injury. They meet every Wednesday 10.00am to 2.00pm, at the The Sunlight Centre Richmond Road Gillingham ME7 1LX. 

      Headway's Gillingham drop-in centre for Medway is a friendly social group for people affected by an acquired brain injury. The group offer advice and support, a place for a cuppa and a chat, and activities and exercises based on the interest of group members.

      They also hold a fortnightly music session in the rehearsal room. Please contact Andy Hirons on 07956 307980 or email andyhirons@headwayselnwk.co.uk for further information. Their web site is www.headwayselnwk.co.uk.

      Age 18+

      Paint The Town are working in partnership with Headway in conjunction with our touring show Reassembled, Slightly Askew.

      ABOUT HEADWAY

      Headway South East London and North West Kent is a charitable organisation providing support and services to individuals, family members and carers affected by an acquired brain injury across Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Lambeth, Southwark, Bromley, Dartford, Gravesend and Medway. Headway SELNWK operates a person centred service that understands the complexities and problems that may arise after injury particularly with emotions, cognition, memory, communication and behaviour.

      Their community support programme provides choice and preference for service users between one to one support in the home environment in addition to or as an alternative to being part of a social rehabilitation centre in the Headway SELNWK region. The organisation also offers early intervention and social rehabilitation.

      Useful information

      It is now easier than ever to make a donation to Headway SELNWK . Using ‘Just Giving’ Simply text HWLK11 plus £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10 to 70070.http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/headwayselnwk

      Sep
      27
      7:00 pm19:00

      Paint The Town festival finale

      • George Vaults

      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.

      Sep
      26
      8:00 pm20:00

      The Invisible Man

      • The Brook Theatre

      ‘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.

      Sep
      25
      3:00 pm15:00

      Comedy Club 4 Kids

      • The Brook Theatre

      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

       

      Sep
      25
      11:00 am11:00

      An Introduction to Verbatim Performance: Workshop 2 of 2

      • Nucleus Arts Centre

      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.

       

      Sep
      24
      8:00 pm20:00

      Denmarked

      • Galvanising Workshop

      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

      LUNG Open Rehearsal
      Sep
      24
      12:00 pm12:00

      LUNG Open Rehearsal

      • Huguenot Museum

      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

      Sep
      24
      12:00 pm12:00

      Music and Beatbox Composition

      • Riverside One Studios

      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

      Sep
      24
      12:00 pm12:00

      The Princess and The Frog ballet

      • Hook Meadow Community Centre

      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.

      Sep
      24
      11:15 am11:15

      Make a crown drop in activity at Hook Meadow Library

      • Hook Meadow Library

      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.