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    Whitstable Biennale Present...
    Rough Cut bbfc-15
    Film screening followed by a Q&A session with artist, Jamie Shovlin

    Saturday 26 April - 2.30pm
    How do you remake a film that never existed?
    Rough Cut, the debut feature from London-based artist Jamie Shovlin, explores the re-making of an exploitation film that never was.  At its dark heart is Hiker Meat, an archetypal 1970s slasher movie imagined by Shovlin, complete with hitchhiking heroine, charismatic commune leader and a group of teens who disappear one by one.  This tantalising film-within-a-film serves to both deconstruct and pay affectionate homage to the often-maligned exploitation style.

    Having created a full screenplay, score and cut-and-paste prototype for Hiker Meat, Shovlin filmed key sections and a full trailer in an intense shoot in the Lake District in summer 2013. Rough Cut contrasts these re-made sequences with on-set footage and insights into the development of Hiker Meat’s script, soundtrack and design, to create a compelling mash-up of self-referencing processes, behind-the-scenes viewpoints and time-honoured slasher tropes.

    Rough Cut is a co-commission between Cornerhouse Artist Film and TIFF: Toronto International Film Festival.


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    Tue 18th- Sat 22ndJanuary - 7:45pm

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    BSS Performing Arts present their 5th Annual Gala...
    More Capers With The Belle Family 
    Saturday 3 May - 6.30pm

    A great show for children performed by children, showing exam pieces displayed in the form of a musical.

    Under 2s go free for this performance.

    Tue 18th- Sat 22ndJanuary - 7:45pm

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    The Whitstable Literary Festival Present...
    Mr Maugham At Home
    Thursday 8 May - 7.45pm

    The WhitLit Festival present Anthony Smee delivering the performance of a lifetime in this hugely entertaining one-man drama of the life of William Somerset Maugham written by Anthony Curtis.

    One of the Twentieth Century's best-selling authors, W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was born in Paris but spent his formative years in Whitstable, which became the 'Blackstable' of two of his most well known novels; Of Human Bondage and Cakes & Ale.

    Playwright Anthony Curtis brings the panorama of Maugham's life to the stage with an extraordinary performance by Smee; the stricken child, the student in Heidelberg, the doctor in Lambeth's slums, the struggling writer in Paris, the stretcher-bearer on the battlefields of World War I and, incredibly, the international spy. Finally, after glittering success, the tragedy of a life ending in misery, paranoia and social opprobrium.

    This highly acclaimed play has received rave reviews across the board from The Times and The Stage, and this one-off performance in Whitstable is not to be missed!


    Tue 18th- Sat 22ndJanuary - 7:45pm

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    Baroque Theatre Company Present...
    Up Pompeii
     by Miles Tredinnick
    Friday 9 May - 7.45pm

    Based on the original characters devised by Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin for the Frankie Howard BBC comedy, this hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all the television favourites in this full-length play.

    As Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, he's quickly caught up in the myriad of liasisons in all quarters of his master's house.

    Why does Luricus not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome? Why does his wife return so quickly from the country? Who will take car of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua, and will Nausius' love poetry improve?

    Whilst growing chaos ensues, and increasing rumbling is heard in the distance - what could that possibly be? A riot from start to finish!

    Directed by Adam Morley
    Produced by Claire Bibby 


    Tue 18th- Sat 22ndJanuary - 7:45pm

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    Neil J Duncan Presents...
    Elvis Is Back In The Building
    Saturday 10 May - 7.45pm

    We are pleased to announce the Neil Duncan is back with his highly acclaimed Elvis show.

    Neil is an award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist and is considered to be one of the finest impersonators in the UK today.

    He will be supported by the hugely talented C. C. Rider Show Band and The Fabulous Heartbeats backing singers.

    After being voted the best Elvis Tribute in the UK in 2005, Neil has performed his show at venues across the UK and abroad. He has even performed his show at The London Palladium.

    This show features on of the most authentic tributes to Elvis Preseley in his concert years touring the UK.

    Tickets for this show always sell out fast, so be sure to book your night with Elvis now! 


    Tue 18th- Sat 22ndJanuary - 7:45pm


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    The Lindley Players Present...
    Oh, What A Lovely War!
    Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 June - 7.45pm
    Satirical musical originally developed for the stage by Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop.

    Summarising and commenting on the story of World War I, strongly using popular songs of the time. Many of these songs are much older, popular songs that have been sarcastically re-worded by the soldiers serving on the front lines.


    Tue 18th- Sat 22ndJanuary - 7:45pm