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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Until You Hear That Bell

Until You Hear That Bell
Sean Mahoney

Thursday 28th April, 2pm
Hornets Boxing Club, Ramsgate 
Friday 29th April, 7.30pm
Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate

Friday Theatre Club Post-Show upstairs in the Finn Bar.

Told through spoken word and within timed boxing rounds, 'Until You Hear That Bell' is a story about amateur boxing and family. It's about doing something for ten years, and slowly getting good at it. Written and performed by Sean Mahoney, commissioned by and developed with Battersea Arts Centre.

Three minutes. Bell. One minute break.
Three minutes. Bell. Try to impress dad.
Three minutes. Bell. Play Sega Dreamcast.
Three minutes. Bell. Parents break up.
Three minutes. Bell. Fail your GCSEs.
Three minutes. Bell. Sing in a car.
Three minutes. Bell. Break.

“A winning performance from a skilled storyteller.” ★★★★ The Stage

“ extraordinary piece of work; funny, tragic and poignant, it turns an hour of monologue into an evening of poetic revelation.” ★★★★ Everything Theatre

A mention of this show also popped up in the email I get from Daniel Kitson - an incredibly good storyteller/comedian who was on at the Theatre Royal last winter.

"There is a show on tour at the moment that I saw last year at the Battersea Arts Centre and absolutely bloody loved. It’s by a man called Sean Mahoney and it was one of those things that I was so keen to tell people about. It’s really impressive and funny and moving and fascinating. I really liked it. I had so much time for it in more than a few ways."

The Joke

 The Joke

Theatre Club Post-Show in The London Tavern on the 21st April (Thursday)

Call box office for tickets 01843 292795

Three men are trapped in a joke. But they don’t know how it goes...

This show - some kind of absurdist escape movie - is based on an Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman joke gone wrong and explores our fascination with jokes; their structures, their prejudices and why we tell them in the first place. 

Will Adamsdale won the perrier award for comedy, and has had very successful and funny shows at the Edinburgh fringe. Stewart Lee is a big fan of his, and comedy fans will know what a big deal that is! This is the first run of his new show, The Joke. 

We'd love to see you there, and for Theatre Club afterwards, come and join us in the bar!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

I Am Not Myself These Days - Fuel and Tom Stuart

I Am Not Myself These Days - Fuel and Tom Stuart
Written by Anna Bod
This was written in August/September 2015, after I went to Edinburgh as part of the Fuel, New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood project. This was one of the plays we were taken to see. Margate Theatre Club would love other people to write about what they thought. 
Last month I was swamped by fabulous theatre and fascinating discussions. It is hard to pinpoint exactly what I love about theatre but a big part of it is the transportation to other worlds, other ways of being and perspectives.
I Am Not Myself These Days showed me a world very different from my own, with the glamorous and fragile Aqua taking us on a tour through the world of a successful drag queen in New York, with all the booze, drugs and hogtied businessmen that that entails.
Despite how alien it was from my own experience, I was struck by the universality of love and relationships. The triangle of Josh (who works as Aqua at nights, whilst working in an office by day), Aqua  and Jack (their partner) was shown to us in heartbreaking detail with all its messiness. As Josh navigates his, and Aqua’s, places in the world and in love, I was captivated and moved by their story, and laughed and cried (well, wept, if I’m honest) along with it.
I could see devastating  similarities between Aqua’s spiral into despair and alcohol and that of friends, family and people I have worked with as a psychologist. At times I just wanted to give her a hug, and protect her from the world.
In our discussion group afterwards, it made us think about what we have to leave behind of ourselves in order to grow up, to be safe, to be happy. We talked about vulnerability and making mistakes, we talked about what mistakes shape us, and we wondered whether experiences that we don’t regret can even be counted as mistakes.

Monday, 1 February 2016

The Sissy's Progress

The Sissy's Progress

The Sissy's Progress is on the 20th of Febuary at The Tom Thumb Theatre
Nando Messias was beaten up on the street in an act of homophobic hatred. After years of dreaming up his response, he presents The Sissy’s Progress, a spectacle of provocation, celebration and hyperflamboyance.
Part dance-theatre, part walking performance, The Sissy’s Progress leads its audience out onto the streets with a live marching band playing original music composed by Jordan Hunt. The Sissy’s Progress confronts the harsh contradictions of gender and violence of city life, standing up for sissies everywhere.
 ‘Queer promenade brilliance’
Ben Walters,

‘A brave and brilliantly performed meditation on identity politics and the dynamics of power’
La JohnJoseph,
Nando Messias is a Dance Art Foundation Associate Artist: Choreography. The Sissy’s Progress is produced by Dance Art Foundation and funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council England, developed with the support of Movingeast and Artsadmin.
‘Full of powerful ambiguities, The Sissy’s Progress will always be remembered and treasured’
Phil Smith, Associate Professor, Plymouth University

‘Stylish subversive… winning over the audience with his dangerous and dandy sketches’
Simon Casson, Duckie 
Nando Messias’ work straddles performance art, dance and theatre. Informed by queer ideology, his performances combine beautiful images with a fierce critique of gender, visibility and violence. He has performed at V&A, Hayward Gallery, Tate Tanks, Gate Theatre, Toynbee Studios, Riverside Studios, Roundhouse, Royal Vauxhall Tavern and ICA, among other spaces in Britain. He has worked internationally in France, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, the United States and Japan.
With BiƱo Sauitzvy, his long-term collaborator, Nando has developed critically acclaimed dance-theatre pieces (Grand Genet: Our Lady of the Flowers, Sissy! and OH!). Nando’s solo work has been curated by the Live Art Development Agency as part of the programme Just Like a Woman (Ljubljana, New York and London). He has appeared numerous times at Duckie, having had a whole evening dedicated to his work in 2012. Nando performed in Bruce LaBruce’s theatrical production, The Bad Breast. As well as a practitioner, Nando is a movement director, choreographer and an academic of queer theory and performance.

I Am Not Myself These Days

 At the Theatre Royal on the 12 of February with a Theatre Club after
Fuel presents
I Am Not Myself These Days
Written and performed by Tom Stuart
Adapted from the autobiography by Josh Kilmer-Purcell 
Directed by Nick Bagnall
Designed by Ti Green 
Lighting Design by Guy Hoare.
A shockingly direct and heartbreakingly funny new play about love and self-discovery in the flashy, trashy New York of the 1990s.
Tom Stuart delivers a tour-de-force performance in this mesmerising one man show. Ad man by day and drag queen by night, Josh battles his own alcoholism while desperately trying to make his relationship work with Jack, a high-class rent boy addicted to crack. 
I Am Not Myself These Days is the story of one man's unconventional journey to self-acceptance that resonates far beyond the confines of the story. 
Funded by Arts Council England. Supported by Shoreditch Town Hall
Reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe 2015
"A brutal story told with energy and compassion." THE STAGE ☆☆☆☆
"A mesmerising show which will smack you in the face and demand your attention." MUMBLE THEATRE ☆☆☆☆☆
"an astonishing, all-consuming performance." FEST
"Stuart is a charismatic presence and a fine actor and storyteller" THE SCOTSMAN

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Margate Theatre Club @ Journey Round My Skull

Margate Theatre Club @ Journey Round My Skull

We would like you to join us at the The Theatre Royal, Margate, on the 19th November.
A tale of a passionate and painful love affair told by a neurosurgeon.
A Journey Round My Skull is a beguiling and beautiful love story put under the surgeon’s knife. Told by a neurosurgeon who casts the audience as her silent patient, this show gently and playfully transports you to the streets of continental Europe, to a scrap over profiteroles, into neurosurgery and onto the tracks of a ghost train. With poetic storytelling and an extraordinary binaural sound design, A Journey Round My Skull operates on the ears as well as the heart to dissect our most intimate relationships.

Inspired by the auditory hallucinations experienced by satirist Frigyes Karinthy as described in his extraordinary 1938 medical memoir.
We will be meeting after the show for another Margate Theatre Club. If you came last time, please bring a friend along! 

Come as you are, with your thoughts on the show, to meet with other friendly and interested people for a post-show discussion group with a difference. 

Come if you hated it, come if you loved it, come if you know what it meant,come if it made no sense at all, come with hundreds of opinions, come if you have no idea what you think. Whatever you think about theatre, we'd love to have you.

Snacks and nibbles provided.

The show is £10, the Theatre Club afterwards is free, details and booking:

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