Paint The Town Festival – 14th to 18th March 2018 – Medway

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Ugly Chief

Ugly Chief – 16th March 7:30pm,  Brook Theatre, Chatham

Paint The Town Festival is back for Season 4, running from 14 -18 March 2018. The theatre and arts festival produced by Lyrici Arts in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network, will once again focus on touring brilliant new works, championing local creatives and offering a bit of kindness to the people of Medway. See the full listing of events at

Highlights this season include the 5* sell-out, dark comedy, Ugly Chief by award winning performer Victoria Melody and her real-life dad, celebrity antiques expert Mike Melody (of ‘Dickenson’s Real Deal’ fame). The show explores when Mike was wrongly diagnosed with a terminal illness and how Victoria went about planning for the funeral he would have wanted. With video diaries and open declarations, the show is a snapshot into the relationship between a father and daughter who don’t always see eye-to-eye. 

Paint The Town Festival is always looking for performances that challenge issues and support worthwhile campaigns, and programming Byron Vincent and Dave McGill’s Live Before You Die is no exception. Looking candidly at two friends who are more used to calling each other names than talking about depression, this brilliant touring show highlights men’s mental health and the necessity of breaking down the stigma around the subject.

The festival has loads for the little ones too! Sponge is the squishiest, squashiest show for babies and toddlers taking place during the week at Medway Adult Education. After working with the organisation and using it as the venue for their sell-out babies show Neverland, the festival producers were excited to bring another mesmerising children’s show to Rochester. 

We cannot wait for Season 4! Being able to not only programme brilliant touring shows and place them in local venues like Medway Adult Education and The Brook Theatre, but also to work with talented local creatives and create a platform for their work to be showcased is what makes every festival so very exciting. We have gone another step and made all the festival tickets £5.00 or less, so there really is nothing stopping everyone from engaging with the arts and joining in.”

Other events taking place during Paint The Town include; Festival of Festivals, a glamorous showcase by Chatham based dance school Dance Alley, Beached a uniquely exclusive puppet show for only eight people at a time by StrangeFace Theatre Company, a children’s theatre workshop based on retaining the royal crown by Bindlestick Theatre Company and Shakespeare inspired crafts with Creative Champion of the Year winner Natasha Steer of Creatabot. 

During the festival keep a look out in hidden spaces for eight beautifully hand-crafted flower bouquets by Clara A. Free to whoever finds them first, the bouquets are a gift from the festival team to the residents of Medway as a thank you for their support so far. 

Paint the Town Festival: Season 4 runs from 14 – 18 March and tickets are on sale now. Event information, show trailers and ticket links can be found at

Show Schedule (please check website for full event listings):

Title: Ugly Chief by Victoria Melody

Venue: The Brook Theatre, Chatham, ME4 4SE

Dates: Friday 16th March 2018 – 7.30pm

Title: Sponge by Big Imaginations and Turned on its Head

Venue: Medway Adult Education, Rochester Community Hub, ME1 1EW

Dates: Thursday 15th March – Saturday 17th March 2018 (multiple times)

Title: Festival of Festivals – A Dance Celebration by Dance Alley

Venue: The Brook Theatre, Chatham, ME4 4SE

Dates: Wednesday 14th March 2018 – 7pm

Title: Live Before You Die – by Byron Vincent and Dave McGinn

Venue: Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX

Dates: Saturday 17th March – 5.30pm

Trailers, Information and Ticket Links on

All theatre tickets only £5.00 each this season!



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

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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


Paint The Town Festival Returns For 2017 With Something For Everyone! – Medway

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Paint The Town returns to Medway this year with a selection of performances, experiences and workshops by both local and national creatives.

The festival, organised by Medway based organisation Lyrici Arts, are particularly bringing events centred around mental health and diversity to the Medway towns, including the show “My Beautiful Black Dog” on Wednesday 19th April at The Brook Theatre, Chatham. The show challenges the 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!


Also look out for fun craft workshops, mental health and brain injury support, an inspiring spoken word collaboration with Wordsmithery, interesting panel talks with the stars of the shows and industry professionals, children’s fun time activities and much more.


Creatabot will be running creative workshops at the event “Hip Hip Hooray” on the 22nd of April, at Woodside Community Centre, Rochester.

Hip Hip Hooray will be a children’s party with a difference! Take part in singing workshops with Tom Penn (creator of Neverland), a recycled arts and crafts workshop with Creatabot to celebrate world Earth Day, show us your moves on the dancefloor and then settle in for a surprise show that is out of this world.

Suitable for ages 3-8 years


Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017

Party: 3.30- 5pm

Price: Standard £5 per child. This ticket admits one child – Adults tag along for free!
Purchase tickets here


Carry On Crafting will be happening on 24th April at St Paul’s Church, Parkwood, Gillingham at 10:30-12:30pm places are limited so please book in advance.

There will be events for all ages and interests, so to see the programme visit:


Additional info:

In April 2016, Medway based organisation, Lyrici Arts were awarded a regional place within the Collaborative Touring Network, enabling them to be a National festival partner until 2019, and help to address diversity and arts inclusion aims within the Medway Towns.

The Collaborative Touring Network is supported by Arts Council England , Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Unlimited Impact.