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medway-logoThe February half-term holiday is approaching and there are plenty of fun activities on offer in Medway to keep the children entertained.

Fans of pop boyband One Direction will jump at the chance to learn a great dance routine to some of their greatest hits.

Those aged between eight and 16 – who fancy following in the footsteps of their favourite band members – can put on their dancing shoes and take part in a special workshop at The Brook Theatre in Chatham.

The workshop on Tuesday, 18 February is with professional dancer Jay Saunders who will teach the young people a choreographed routine and a variety of dance skills.

There will even be a final performance for family and friends where children can showcase the moves they have learnt at the end of the day.

The workshop takes place from 10am to 3.30pm and costs £14 for each participant.

Children can also get creative and learn some magic with a professional circus company at the Balloon Art and Magic Tricks workshop.

On Monday, 17 February, tutor Mighty Mike of Dizzy O’ Dare Presents will teach those aged between eight and 14 how to make amazing balloon models and perform marvellous magic tricks.

The session will begin with fun warm up games and demonstrations, followed by activities where the children will work in small groups with one-to-one help from the workshop assistants.

Each child will take home some new skills as well as their very own pack of playing cards to try their tricks on family and friends.

The workshop takes place from 10am until noon at The Brook Theatre in Chatham and costs £7.
On another date at the same theatre, youngsters interested in arts and crafts can get messy designing ceramics and printing pictures with artist Friday Caswell.

Using special tile-cutting tools, rollers and inks – those who attend the workshop on Friday 21 February, will get to make unique printed pictures as well as paint designs on mugs, plates and tiles.

Caswell will showcase some examples of her work and talk about the different techniques and equipment the group will be using throughout the day. She will then help the children with their ideas and creation of their artwork.

The workshop runs from 10am to 3.30pm for eight to 14-year-olds of all abilities and costs £14.

All materials – including the china items – are supplied and included in the price of the workshop. Children are asked to wear old clothes and an apron if they have one.

If you would like to book a place for any of these events or find out more information contact 01634 338338 or visit www.enjoymedway.co.uk

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How-To-Catch-a-Star-190A charming show to kick start the Spring break comes to The Brook Theatre, Chatham as part of the Sundays are for Kids programme.
How to Catch a Star is on Sunday, 26 May at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
This is the story of a boy who loved stars very much. Every night he watched stars from his bedroom window and wished he had one of his own. One day he decided he would try to catch a star.
This beautiful show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling.
Tickets are priced at £6 for adults and £5 for children.
To book phone the box office on 01634 338338 or visit http://www.medwayticketslive.co.uk

Two Brook Youth Theatre performers in a previous production.

Two Brook Youth Theatre performers in a previous production.

Wannabe young actors can learn the tricks of the trade and take the first step on the performing arts career ladder thanks to The Brook Youth Theatre. Run by Play on Words theatre company, place are now booking on the new 10-week summer term, which starts on Wednesday 17 April.

Aimed at 13-18 year olds, the workshops will give young people the opportunity to work with industry professionals, develop drama skills and introduce them to important theatrical practitioners, writers and styles of theatre.

The workshops will include improvisation, scripted drama, songs, movement, devising short theatrical pieces, as well as working towards performances at the Dickens Festival and a Young People’s Performing Arts Gala Evening on Saturday, 6 July. The group meets at The Brook Theatre, Chatham, from 17 April to 26 June, from 7-9pm. The course is £44 and places can be booked from 23 March through the theatres box office on 01634 338338. More

Three exciting workshops will keep children and young people entertained during the February school break. Magical puppets and storytelling with Sparkle and Dark Travelling Players is on Monday, 18 February from 10am to 3.30pm. Creative children can work with the creative company to produce their own puppets. One Direction dance workshop is on Wednesday, 20 February from 10am to 3.30pm. Dance Diva dance workshop is on Thursday, 21 February from 10am to 3.30pm. At these dance workshops young people will learn dance moves to some of their favourite songs, and perform the routine in front of friends and family in the showcase at 3.15pm on the same day. All three workshops take place at The Brook Theatre, Chatham. Workshops are priced at £14 and are suitable for eight to 16 year olds. For more details or to book a place, phone the box office on 01634 338338.

Massively popular jive and swing band The Jive Aces will be rolling into town on Tuesday night (27 November). The group are back at The Brook Theatre with fresh arrangements of swing and jive, with some R&B thrown in, and not forgetting a superb selection of their own material. Together for over a decade, this extremely popular six piece group have performed at thousands of festivals, theatres and events throughout the UK, Europe and USA, as well as Japan, Israel and the Caribbean and more. The band, which appeared on Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year, has a new album out in December – King of the Swingers: A Tribute to Louis Prima. Tickets are £13, jazz mailing list members £12. To book tickets phone the box office on 01634 338338

The UK’s No 1 Folk and Hip Hop Dance act is performing in Chatham at the Brook Theatre on Monday, 19 November, 2012.
The groundbreaking show from The Demon Barbers is called The Lock In and puts three forms of folk dancing into a theatre performance.
The Lock In has been described as Morris dancing meets the Irish Riverdance, with hip hop thrown in.
The dancers say they bring some of the UK’s oldest forms of dance bang up to date with some of the youngest in this exciting new show which comes to Chatham as part of it’s UK tour.
The show, the brainchild of award-winning folk band The Demon Barbers, sees a group of street dancers arrive at an apparently deserted pub. Local rumour has it that The Fighting Cocks is the place to be ‘after hours’ but as the regulars arrive, a clash of cultures turns into a dance floor stand-off. More

Young people can learn the art of circus skills at a circus school, which starts later this month.

The Brook Circus School with Dizzy O’Dare Presents is aimed at eight to 16 year olds and runs for 10 weeks from Friday, 28 September to Friday, 7 December from 6.30pm to 8pm (no class during half term) at the Brook Theatre, Chatham.
Young people can learn skills from professional performers using equipment such as juggling balls, hula hoops, tightwire, unicycles and diabolo. More

The much-loved story of The Ugly Duckling comes to The Brook Theatre on Sunday, 24 June as part of the Sundays are for Kids season of shows. Kipper Tale Theatre’s production includes catchy tunes, magical storytelling and a lots of farmyard fun.
This classic story of the duckling who longs to be a beautiful swan is suitable for children aged three and upwards. Tickets are £6 for adults and £5 for children. A family of four is £20. To book tickets or for more details about Sundays are for Kids season at The Brook Theatre phone the box office on 01634 338338 or visit http://www.medwayticketslive.co.uk

A talented jazz pianist who in the past 12 months has played the Royal Albert Hall and performed with Katherine Jenkins and Jools Holland, comes to Chatham next month.
Derek Paravicini & Friends play Jazz on Tuesday, 12 June at 8pm The Brook Theatre, Chatham. More

All things Charles Dickens continues apace next month with a stage adaptation of one of the author’s favourite novels.

As a prelude to the Bicentenary Rochester Dickens Festival, Mad Dogs & Englishmen Theatre Company bring David Copperfield to The Brook Theatre on Friday, 1 June. More

Cha Cha Cha down to The Brook Theatre for a night of Latin rhythms when Coco Xpress salsa into town.

Playing Salsa, Merengue, Bugaloo, bachata, Cha Cha Cha, and more – representing all the popular Latino rhythms and countries, from Cuba to Colombia via Santo Domingo, this band will guarantee an excellent night’s entertainment.

Coco Xpress have travelled all over the world, and are now one of the UK’s favourite Latin bands, performing at many festivals, salsa clubs and other events. More

A night of heart rending acoustic ballads is promised when Medway’s own The Singing Loins take to the stage at The Brook Theatre. More

Three nights of music and comedy are coming to The Brook Theatre, Chatham next week.

Folk at The Brook on Sunday, 5 February welcome Jackie Oates with Karen Tweed.

Singer and fiddle player Jackie will be performing tracks from her new album Saturnine, and will be accompanied by Karen Tweed, whose playing is known for being mercurial, subtle, lyrical and expressive.

Terry Alderton is back on the road and coming to Medway Comedy Club on Monday, 6 February.

As seen on BBC3’s Edinburgh Gala, Comedy Central and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, to name a few, Terry is a unique and unforgettable performer whose popularity is growing day by day. Catch him while you can.

Be inspired by the talented Janette Mason Trio at Jazz at The Brook on Tuesday, 7 February.

Keyboard player and improviser Janette Mason and her trio will perform original pieces and famous covers, including the Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams. This is polished piano at its best.

To book tickets to any of these shows phone the box office on 01634 338338

“…a slow-burning, mesmerising production that drew the audience in before reaching its violent conclusion.” Review of Platform 4 Macbeth in the Daily Echo, Southampton

Shakespeare’s tragedy of ambition and guilt is given a modern makeover when it comes to The Brook Theatre next month.

Touring company Platform 4’s production creates a taut psychodrama that crackles with a wild electricity. Characters appear and disappear from the shadows as part of a nightmarish vision.

Building on the success of their Tempest, this Macbeth employs sparse staging and creates unique atmospheres while keeping the play intact, compelling, and fresh.

Platform 4 has developed a reputation for creating stunning visual theatre; blending text, movement and objects with evocative sound and light, to create unique theatrical gems.

Shakespeare’s tale is brought alive by the sonic experiments of sound designer Jules Bushell collaborating with composer and guitarist Bic Hayes, in his first foray into theatre after working and performing with psychedelic rock band The Cardiacs.

Platform 4 are also delighted to be working with world renowned Robert Bryan, who has been lighting designer for, among others, Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.

Platform 4 presents Macbeth at The Brook Theatre on Saturday, 15 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12, students £8 and senior citizens £10.

To book tickets phone the box office on 01634 338338

The sound of experience and the enthusiasm of youth combine in the Neon Quartet who perform in Medway next week. More

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