School of Music and Fine Art – Little Big Band Lunchtime Gig on 15th December


The School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, Medway is delighted to present the Little Big Band Lunchtime Gig on Friday 15th December 12noon -1.30pm at the Deep End on the Medway Universities campus at Chatham Maritime.

Music will include a funk set, from 1970’s Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars, and well-known, popular jazz standards.

FREE – book via Eventbrite.


image credit Stacey Cooper

‘We are Here’ – Private View Friday 8th December in Rochester

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Experience a diverse range of artworks in the show 51°23’00.2″N, 0°30’56.0″E  from ‘We are Here’ collective – featuring the work of 21 graduating BA and MA Fine Art students in the School of Music and Fine Art at the University of Kent (Medway). The exhibition takes place at Chatham House, 351 Rochester High Street, a beautiful historic Georgian building.

The Private View is Friday 8th December, 6-8pm. Guests meet at Chatham House to view the artworks before gathering at the Northern Seaman pub across the road for food + drink.

Book for the Private View via the Eventbrite link.

The Show will be open to the public as follows:

Saturday 9 December – Wednesday 13 December, 11am-4pm. It is FREE to attend.

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NEW Centre for Music and Audio Technology: At Kent Taster Day Saturday 11 November

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Located in the University’s Medway campus in Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, the University of Kent’s new Centre for Music and Audio Technology has a free At Kent Taster Day on Saturday 11 November from 10am-3pm.   These sessions are aimed at Year 12 and 13 students (or those returning to learning) who have applied or are considering applying to university to study in a related area.

The centre will offer three contemporary undergraduate courses from September 2018:

  • Music Business and Production
  • Music, Performance and Production
  • Music Technology and Audio Production

The Centre offers award-winning facilities, excellent teaching and superb industry links, with equipment and software including Pro Tools, and a new state of the art Neve Genesys Black Recording Console.

To find out more and book for the Taster Day go to or email

Twitter: @UniKentCMAT

Facebook: @KentCMAT

Instagram: @unikentcmat





School of Music and Fine Art Visiting Artist Talk with Samson Kambalu on 28th November

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On Tuesday 28th November in the Galvanising Workshop, Historic Dockyard Chatham from 5.15pm – 6.45pm,  the next School of Music and Fine Art Visiting Artist Talk of the Autumn term will be  Malawi born London based artist and author Samson Kambalu.  Working in a variety of media, including site-specific installation, video, performance and literature, he has shown his work around the world and won research fellowships with Yale University and Smithsonian Institution, and is Associate Professor of Fine Art at Ruskin College and fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford University.

Previous speakers  in this exciting programme of talks from visiting artists, writers, filmmakers, curators and performers, with national and international profiles.  have included Lindsay Seers, Jeremy Deller, Oreet Ashery, Sonia Boyce, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt and John Russell.

More info here    and here:  

FREE to attend but booking via Eventbrite.

image courtesy of the artist

School of Music and Fine Art: Free Autumn Concert series in Medway


The Autumn SMFA concert series, featuring talented students performing a range of musical styles, continues on Wednesday 29th November at 11am. Taking place in the Galvanising Shop Performance space at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, all these concerts are free to attend but please book via Eventbrite.

The next concerts are:

Weds 29th November and 6th December, 11am-2pm, Undergraduate Lunchtime Concert

Tues 12th December, SMFA Ensembles, 3-5pm

And don’t miss the Popular Music Gig at Cargo Bar, Liberty Quays on Thursday 14th December, 8pm until late.

Photo credit: Stacey Cooper


School of Music and Fine Art Winter Concert, Wednesday 13th December


The beautiful Royal Dockyard Church (Chatham Historic Dockyard) provides the stunning seasonal setting for a feast of musical offerings from University of Kent (School of Music and Fine Art, Medway) ensembles.

The concert, which starts at 7.30pm, features the University choir and band, University chamber orchestra and other ensembles, and the varied programme includes items by Tavener, Schubert and Queen.  These popular events always sell out fast – book now!

Tickets £5 from

 Image credit Stacey Cooper

Paint The Town Festival is Back! – 23rd to 29th October 2017 – Chatham


Paint the Town Festival is back for Season Three – and this time it’s all at The Brook Theatre, Chatham during the October Half Term!

This theatre and arts festival, produced by Lyrici Arts in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring Network, features a week of brilliant touring theatre shows, public workshops, kids activities, showcase opportunities, pop-up surprises and much more in a packed programme of events running from the 23-29 October. The Brook Theatre café will be open every day for refreshments with a tasty lunch menu on offer.

It kicks off on Monday 23rd with a live music reception from the award-winning Jayne Snow, and then the Community launch commission which will take to the stage at 7.30pm; a brilliant new dance piece #ThisIsMe by local organisation Look Kloser.

The festival continues with brand new shows and reworked performances from London’s Battersea Arts Centre including  Almost Always Muddy By Likely Story Theatre and Kirsty Harris – an interactive puppet and building adventure for little ones and their families; the sell-out show Ross & Rachel By James Fritz – a one woman performance that dispels the ‘Friends’ myth and takes an unflinching look at the myths of modern love; and The Castle Builder By Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet – an entertaining musical journey about the creativity of famous architects and local makers, performed by internationally renowned performer Kid Carpet and Vic Llewellyn.

The Castle Builder
The Castle Builder

For music lovers -Fat Lady Opera, Sparked Echo and The Mess Room present The Opera House Next Door on Tuesday 24th– an exciting cross between The Crystal Maze and a grand opera. There are also daily lyrical lunch performances in the foyer space, and Play On Words Theatre Company takes us back in time to the 1940s & 50s.

Paint the Town Festival also has additional shows and events for family audiences to cater for October Half Term. Kid Carpet will perform his children’s show Super Mega Rockin’ Rock Show on Saturday 28th – a fun packed interactive rock show suitable for small kids, big kids and animals! They are joined by Bindlestick Theatre Company on Wednesday 25th with a hands on interactive mini adventure of Super Duper Superheroes for all those mini super humans in your lives. Let’s All Dance will also join us on the 29th October with The Owl and the Pussycat – a gorgeous original family ballet, which takes a fresh and humorous look at the famous Lear poem.

There will be plenty to offer with daily craft workshops by Creatabot, professional creative demos & workshops for all ages by local creatives and the touring artists staying in residence for Paint The Town. Also look out for the luxurious handmade craft and gift fair running from 24-25th selling the best in unique local creations, performances and workshops specifically for kids, themed face painting and much much more. Paint the Town @ The Brook is the place to be this Half Term!

 “We are really excited about this season and can’t wait to present the work this October says Keely Augustus, Director of Lyrici Arts. “It’s fantastic to be partnering with The Brook Theatre and to have the opportunity to place the festival under the roof of this historical building. We are delighted to be able to work with local artists and new audiences, and that we’re able to bring high quality shows and activities to everyone close to their home.  We’d like to extend a big thank you to Medway Council Theatre Team, and Medway Council Arts Team for all of their support this season. “

Cllr Howard Doe, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at Medway Council, said: “We are delighted that the Paint the Town Festival will be held at The Brook Theatre. The theatre, which has just had a £415,000 facelift, is a vital venue in the heart of Medway and we are pleased is it being used to host a week of touring theatre shows, public workshops, kids activities and showcase opportunities. There will be lots of fun activities for children and families to take part in during the half term week.”

Paint the Town Festival runs from the 23rd – 29th October at The Brook Theatre, Chatham, ME4 4SE.

Tickets for all activities are on sale now – book online via via The Brook Theatre box office by telephone on 01634 338338/ email

For full listings and trailers for all events visit


Launch of Cinderella Pantomime – Maidstone – By Molly Treves



I recently got offered an opportunity to go to a press launch event for a Christmas Pantomime.   When I was offered the chance I was delighted, and couldn’t refuse such an amazing opportunity.

The event was being held for one of my local Theatre’s version of the classic tale,  Cinderella. It is this years Christmas Pantomime, where the cast interact with the audience and talk A LOT about Christmas. I mean who doesn’t love a Christmas Pantomime? Filled with Christmas cheer, holiday spirits and an indoor fireworks finale.

When I arrived at the venue, I was greeted by lovely staff and cast characters. It was a friendly and  warm welcome, which is what I needed as I was feeling a bit anxious. The cast were dressed in full costume and they all looked lovely.                                                       I bet you’re wondering where the event was held? Amazingly the event was held on a boat! How cool is that?!


The boat was called ‘The Kentish Lady’. It has an outside decking area and a large indoor room. The boat is a canal boat and is used for short hour long trips along the river, it also runs longer round trips of the local river. I have been on the boat before, but I don’t remember much of the trip as it was a few years ago.

On board the boat, Wagamamas served food and a local gin distillery was serving gin and tonics. The food was lovely and tasted amazing! By the way I didn’t drink the gin as I’m too young!

There were many cast members who are well known and friendly Celebrities. The cast members are Stefan Booth (Prince Charming), Rustie Lee (The Fairy Godmother), Adam Borzone  and Stephen Richards (The Ugly Sister Of No Mercy), Craig Anderson (Buttons) and Elizabeth Bright (Cinderella). All the Actors and Actresses were so lovely and  kind to me, and loved hearing about what I want to pursue as my future career. They all wished me well in my future, and they also let me ask them a few questions about their career.


At the very beginning of the event, there was a small Q&A for the cast members. Someone asked how they felt about Theatres not getting much funding any more. The cast replied by saying that they want children to be able to experience the magic of the Pantomime as it is often their first introduction to Shows. It can also encourage them to get involved with performing themselves. The Cast said that they love seeing the audience interact with them. They also said it means a lot to them how people are still coming to the theatre, to watch pantomimes and plays. I thought this was a lovely thing for the cast to say. For them to care about the audience is just a lovely thing to do.

Rustie was telling us about the first time she was in a Pantomime on stage. She said her three year old son was in the audience, and loved seeing his mum on stage. Just before she was about to sing, her son yelled “That’s my mummy!”. This made us all laugh, and smile.

The views and scenery on the boat were very beautiful, and it was such a lovely sunny day. I think we all felt in the Christmas spirit, as the cast yelled “Merry Christmas!” when the boat docked in.

The characters that Adam Borzone and Stephen Richards play are called the Sisters of No Mercy. They wore colourful dresses, and very tall hats. They also wore very bright and colourful wigs, which they adjusted from time to time. Whilst on the boat, the boys struggled to walk around as the boat had a low ceiling. Luckily the boat did have small raised windows in the ceilings, so the boys were able to stand under them without having to bend their backs awkwardly.

An interesting thing that I found out, was that some of the cast hand-make their costumes. They also re-use old costumes instead of buying or remaking new one’s. I found it really interesting and useful to know, that they care about reusing and recycling. There are up to ten costume changes per show which one of the Ugly sisters of No Mercy said is tiring but great fun as they all represent a different part of Christmas.

One of the other things that I found interesting, is that some of the cast wanted to be Actors and Actresses since they were little. When I was talking to Craig, he was saying he started acting lessons when he was five and continued until the age of sixteen.

I asked Elizabeth when do they start rehearsals? She told me they only start rehearsing one week before the actual show! I got a bit shocked as I thought they would start very soon. She did say that the children who star in the show as well, start rehearsals in a few week’s. There are eight teams of Children as they can only work restricted hours. I told her I remember going to acting lessons, and remember the stress of rehearsals. I even asked her ‘if she had a Fairy Godmother, what would be her wish?’. She replied with “I will have to go with world peace. As it’s something that can help everyone.”.


The whole day was amazing and I can’t wait for more opportunities like this. Thank you to the Hazlitt Theatre for letting me come to your amazing event! Also thank you to Natasha for giving me your space, I loved it!

Well that’s it for now, thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it.

Bye for now!