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BROOK PUMPHand of Stabs, a quirky three-man band known for their improvised shows in unusual settings, will be performing a one-off gig at the Old Brook Pumping Station in Chatham on Saturday, 28 September.

The Royal Albert Hall may have fine acoustics and the O2 Greenwich a show-stopping all round view but neither has a belt driven Blackstone 14 inch Unchokeable Pump on hand to wow the audience.

The 84-year-old water pumping device at The Old Brook Pumping Station, off Solomons Road, Chatham will be getting a new lease of life but this time as a musical instrument. Read More

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Keep children entertained this summer holiday with some creative fun and activities thanks to Medway Council Arts Team.

Heatwave summer activities programme is designed for children aged eight to 16. More

Alex Hutton Piano Trio featuring Asaf Sirkis on drums. Tuesday 14 May, 8.00pm at The Brook Theatre Chatham. Alex Hutton, brings his fine piano trio with Yuri Goloubev on double bass and the amazing drummer Asaf Sirkis, to play music with the joy and optimism found in big film scores, combined with folky nuances and a sense of space and stillness. “inventive … cinematic, folksong-like melodies.” The Guardian. Tickets: £11.00. Jazz Mailing List members and members of the Theatres Loyalty Scheme receive a discount of £1.00 per ticket. 01634 338338

Billy Ocean is back in Medway.

The chart-topping soul singer will be at The Central Theatre on Friday, 17 May and tickets to see the popular, global superstar – who was a hit at last year’s castle concerts – are sold out.

WOMANBilly will be supported by WOMAN when he appears at Chatham. Three world-class singers – Mazz Murray, Gina Murray and Emma Kershaw – perform their own arrangements of typically male songs to surprising effect. The uniqueness of WOMAN lies in the awesome vocal talents of these three formidable singers

BROOK PUMPThe Old Brook Pumping Station in Solomons Road, Chatham has been completely refurbished.

The station has undergone extensive structural repairs, after a structural survery reveals subsidence was causing the front porch to lean forward and large cracks to appear in the walls. The survey revealed the combination of inadequate foundations and poor soil was the cause. The front porch has now been underpinned. Work during the six-year project included temporary support for the building, new foundations with reinforced concrete, plus replacement doors and ceiling, new signage, landscaping and decorative mouldings. More

LD Frazier - Gospel SingerLD Frazier will be giving a concert on Tuesday 16th April 2013 at 7.45 at the Brook Theatre, Chatham. Tickets £11 and £10 from the theatre Box Office 01634 338338

L D Frazier was born in Cleveland and grew up in Buffalo and Los Angeles. He later moved to Detroit and sang with the harmony group Richard Green’s Acapells. In 1974 Frazier decided to devote his life to full-time gospel singing and from New York he has taken his gospel songs all around the world, performing in countries including Brazil, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Egypt and Europe as well as making regular visits to the United Kingdom. More

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales
The Central Theatre, Chatham
Sunday, 7 April at 3pm

For a non-chocolate treat this Easter take the children to the theatre.
Award-winning children’s author Julia Donaldson’s fantastically funny stories – Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales – are bought to life at The Central Theatre, Chatham on Sunday, 7 April at 3pm.

Under the sea, on the farm, and in the jungle, these popular stories have been woven together with music and colourful puppets. Aimed at children aged three and upwards, the show is part of the Sundays are for Kids programme at Medway’s two theatres.
An absolute treat for children this Easter holiday – one not to miss.

Tickets, priced at £12, are available from the box office on 01634 338338 or online at http://www.medwayticketslive.co.uk

A look ahead to April at The Central Theatre and The Brook Theatre, Chatham.

Tiddler and other terrific tales
Sunday, 7 April 3pm
The Central Theatre
Tickets £12
Julia Donaldson’s most popular books are bought to life on the stage.

Joe Brown in concert
Friday, 12 April 7.30pm
The Central Theatre
Tickets £26
If you haven’t seen Joe’s talent already, here’s your chance.

Feast of Fiddles
Sunday, 14 April 7.30pm
The Brook Theatre
Tickets £16.50
Celebrating its 20th year, some of the UK’s finest fiddlers bring their own style together.

Comedy Club
Monday, 15 April 8pm
The Brook Theatre
Tickets £10
An evening with some of the best stand-up on the UK circuit.

Screen Classic: Brief Encounter
Monday, 15 April 7.30pm
The Central Theatre
Tickets £7

Let’s Talk Bike
Tuesday, 16 April 7.30pm
The Central Theatre
Tickets £15
TT Champions Ian Hutchinson and Nick Jefferies have won the Isle of Man TT eight times. In this unique show the riders give the inside track on what it’s like to race this exciting and dangerous circuit.

Jazz at The Brook – LD Frazier, New York Gospel singer
Tuesday, 16 April 8pm
The Brook Theatre
Tickets £11

The Girl with No Heart
Wednesday, 17 April 7.45pm
The Brook Theatre
Tickets £7
A delicate, provocative and haunting production bought to life with puppetry and music.

Folk at The Brook – John Kirkpatrick
Thursday, 18 April 8pm
The Brook Theatre
Tickets £10

Sean Lock
Thursday, 18 April 8pm
The Central Theatre
Tickets £21
A hilarious new stand-up show from this popular entertainer.

Cabaret of Curiosities
Friday, 19 April 8pm
The Brook Theatre
Tickets £11

Equator presents South Indian Bharatnatyam Dance
Saturday, 20 April
The Brook Theatre
Tickets £12, concessions available
Dancers bring to life the changing spectacle of traditional Bharatnatyam.

Chas & Dave
Friday, 26 April 7.30pm
The Central Theatre
Tickets £24

To book tickets to any of the shows, phone the box office on 01634 338338 or visit http://www.medwayticketslive.co.uk

The Little Lost Frog and the Christmas Wish: The Brook Theatre, Chatham, Saturday, 15 December to Saturday, 5 January 2013
The Little Lost Frog and the Christmas Wish is this year’s Christmas show at the Brook Theatre, Chatham.
Designed specifically for three to six year olds, the promenade performance takes the audience on an interactive journey through magical lands as the audience help the Little Lost Frog find his way back home.
Featuring large scale interactive sets, a multisensory tunnel, puppetry, new music, animation, contemporary dance and smell design, the show is the third annual joint Christmas production by three resident creative companies at the Brook Theatre – Icon Theatre, Loop Dance and Play on Words Theatre.
Previous years have been very successful, and with annual audiences figures of more than 4,000, it’s becoming something of a festive must-do for families with 3-6 year old children.
‘Lovely theatre… No wonder the children were so entranced. If I see a children’s Christmas show this year with more charm and originality, I shall be very surprised.’
The Stage review of The Mouse Who Saved Christmas (Christmas 2010).

Cast

The Christmas Wish: Nina Atkinson
Cookie & ensemble: Natalie Bond
The Little Lost Frog: Mark Conway
Mrs Cupcake, the Christmas Sprite & ensemble: Miriam Cooper
Miriam Cooper has just finished in Bravo 22’s award winning production of The Two Worlds of Charlie F (‘Stark and powerfully affecting’ – Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph) and work has also included Playing with Fire (Young Vic), The Ghost Train (Bristol Old Vic). Mark Conway recently starred in the Southwark Playhouse’s Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World – Time Out Critic’s Choice.

Creative team

Animations: Reza Ben Gajra (Barbican, Framed Film Festival).
Set design: Irina Borisova (The Doll’s House, Arcola Theatre & The Space. ‘Beautiful spatial awareness… with dream-like signs and symbols’ – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian).
Costume design: Emma Thatcher
Composer & arranger: Darren Clark (Jackson’s Lane, The Pegasus Theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall, Royal National Theatre and BBC)
Director: Nancy Hirst (Release, Pleasance Edinburgh & UK Tour, Fringe First Winner 2011. ‘A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre… simply terrific’ – The Times)

Production companies

Icon Theatre is an award winning, national touring company producing innovative visual and physical theatre. Working with diverse collaborators from different backgrounds, each of their shows generates a unique combination of theatrical techniques, blurring the boundaries between movement, text, film, dance, mask, mime, music and puppetry. Their most recent show ‘Release’ won a Fringe First Award 2011 and was shortlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award and the Brighton Festival Fringe Emerging Talent Awards. Reviews of their work include:

‘Icon Theatre has created one of the most compelling and theatrically effective pieces of storytelling on the Fringe’ The Scotsman
‘Icon has achieved something remarkable… this is a theatrical treat.’ The Stage
‘Stellar high energy, gritty performances, strikingly staged… a moving, forceful production’ **** British Theatre Guide

Play on Words formed in 1990 and has produced: Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer (2001-12), touring Ireland, UK, Australia, USA, and winner of a Fringe First Award, Pick of the Fringe – Best Solo Show Award (Sunday Times), Best Solo Performance Award (New York International Fringe Festival), and Best Theatre Work by Established Artiste Award (Adelaide Fringe). Other productions include Galway Girl and Melody for Medway Fuse Festival 2009 and O’Sullivan Beara – The Last Gaelic Chieftain, which toured extensively in Ireland in 2010 & 2011. Its most recent production Prostitutes Only Marry in May toured N. Ireland and Scotland (2008 -11) ending at Waterloo East Theatre, London, where it received a nomination in the Off West-End Awards for Best Female Performance. Reviews include:
‘This is a genuine small pleasure, the kind of piece that gives you an insight into unseen and unsung lives.’ The Guardian
‘An unparalleled portrayal.’ New York Times
‘Spirited, highly-intelligent, powerful’ The Stage
‘No less than a triumph.’ Sunday Tribune Dublin
‘Miriam Cooper is a talent we’ll surely be hearing more of’ WhatsOnStage
Loop Dance is an exciting and accessible award winning dance company based in the south east, performing work by Nina Atkinson (Artistic Director) and international choreographers. Formed in 1992, they have an impressive history of creating large scale site specific dance events for camera and installation works gaining a reputation for ambitious, imaginative and compulsive work created by high profile, cutting edge national choreographers, while their touring programme aims to benefit the regional dance ecology and foster national appeal for the art form of dance and dance education. More

Two fabulous shows are coming to The Brook Theatre this Autumn as part of the Sundays are for Kids season of shows.

First up is a heart-warming and funny tale about the unlikeliest of friendships. Blunderbus present The Selfish Croc on Sunday, 14 October at 11am and again at 2pm.
By the banks of a great river, lived a large crocodile. He was a very selfish crocodile and he wouldn’t share this river with any of the other creatures. So, the animals stayed away. More

Medway theatre’s technical crew will take centre stage for a change when they host an exciting summer workshop that promises to reveal the tricks of their trade. More

Children will be making a right royal exhibition of themselves at a free workshop next month (April). To mark the countdown to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, children will be making crowns and dressing up, before posing for professional Medway artist Wendy Daws as she draws their silhouettes. More

BROOK THEATRE Spring Jazz 2012 Tuesday 3 April £13 , £ 12

One of the world’s greatest jive swing bands, King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys have been on the road for two decades, while releasing 10 albums and clocking up over 125 TV and radio appearances. A night of high-energy fun and fantastic musicianship.
“To those who say that jive swing is a musical form best left to Americans, prepare to be proven wrong. This British combo is bullet-proof!” Atomic Magazine, New York
“Behind the fun and rollicking good times lies an outfit skilled enough for the horns to come on with the bite and precision of the Basie Band.” The Guardian

Want to occupy stir-crazy children during the Easter holidays? Then send them for some creative fun thanks to Medway Council Arts Team.

Two one-day workshops have been organised for young people aged from eight to 16 years old. More

Treat mum to something different this Mothering Sunday, with a trip to the theatre to see the Kids’ Cabaret of Curiosities. The dazzling show comes to The Brook Theatre, Chatham on Sunday, 18 March at 1pm and 3pm. Compared by Mighty Mike, and hosted by Dizzy O’Dare Presents, a local circus, theatre and street entertainment company, the show features an array of dazzling cabaret acts, from magnificent magicians to cracking circus artists, will take to the stage to leave young eyes wide with wonder. 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

Prepare to be amazed by the outstanding physical and creative show that is Wake by Acrojou. Wake is a dark, humorous and uplifting study of one man’s DIY relationship with his own existence. In an hour of visceral storytelling, Wake features the stunning physicality of German and Cyr wheels, strikingly choreographed acrobatics, and the absorbing visuals for which Acrojou are becoming renowned.

Acrojou Circus Theatre is the UK’s leading German wheel duo, producing highly skilled physical performance with original design. The show is difficult to put into words and is best seen in the flesh, so why not come and enjoy it. Wake by Acrojou is at The Brook Theatre on Friday, 27 January at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12, £10 concessions, and £8 for students. Recommended for 12 years plus.

To book tickets phone the box office on 01634 338338

Sundays are for Kids at The Brook Theatre and this year’s line up promises to be as exciting and entertaining as ever. More

Enjoy the uplifting sounds of African drums when Kasai Masai bring their rhythmic music, deep from the heart of Congo mixed with their own urban twist, to The Brook Theatre, Chatham. More

Young dancers are invited to come along to a community dance event and develop their skills with dance professionals. More

Friday 28th October at 7.45pm COMEDIAN HARMONISTS Dir: Joseph Vilsmaier , Germany, 1997, 126 mins. Cast: Ben Becker, Heino Ferch, Katja Riemann. More

A dance event is taking place this weekend and talented movers and shakers are needed to take part. More

A second circus skills workshop will be bought to Medway by African artist Emmanuel Okine. More

Sundays are for Kids at The Brook Theatre this autumn with a varied programme of shows to keep them entertained.

Crunch! combines stories and images of apples through the ages, from Adam and Eve to Snow White to Apple Macs. The show mixes songs, juggling, masks and traditional story-telling to tell the tale of the humble apple. Crunch! Sunday, 30 October 2pm Tickets £5 children. £6 adults.

Dazzling cabaret acts and magnificent magicians will delight the whole family when the Kids’ Cabaret of Curiosities rolls into town. Cracking circus acts will leave young theatregoers eyes-wide with wonder. Kids’ Cabaret of Curiosities Sunday, 13 November 1pm and 3pm Tickets £5 children, £6 adults

Sundays are for Kids at The Brook Theatre – Phone the box office on 01634 338338.

September – November 2011
We’re pleased to remind you that our autumn season starts early this year More

The summer film season at The Central Theatre, Chatham promises to keep the kids entertained this school holiday. More

One of The Brook Theatre’s in-house production companies is taking its show on the road and heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. More

The Brook Theatre will host a series of creative workshops throughout July and August. More

Here’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for young actors and dancers to perform alongside international pop star Vanilla Ice in this year’s pantomime, Peter Pan. More

Fans of stand up comedy are in for a treat next month when two comedians trial their Edinburgh Comedy Festival routines on Medway audiences. More

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