Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Join the margate pride crew as they celebrate LGBTQ+ History month in style, singing the hits of queer icons, in QUEEREOKE!  Hosted by Janet District Council and Bettany Bay, expect heart felt sing-a-longs, high pitched sing-offs and arms in the air euphoria!
Friday Feb 21st
£2 on the door
Time Show (Rob Auton)
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Time Show

Rob Auton: The Time Show


Rob Auton brings his Edinburgh sell out show to the Tom Thumb. ‘The Time Show’ is the latest comedy/theatre/spoken word show by writer and performer of some of what he writes Rob Auton.  Following on from his critically acclaimed shows about talking, hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, Rob now turns his attention to time. He will be asking questions such as “What time is it?” and “What is it time?”


“a tender and twinkling hour”  The Guardian

“an unexpected delight…makes laughter out of wonder”  The Scotsman

“Funny, moving and relentlessly uplifting” The Herald

“Another funny, beautiful show from the Fringe’s comedian laureate” British Comedy Guide


“Just sad.” Vanessa Feltz


‘Thought-provoking, heart-warming and heart-breaking.’ Three Weeks


‘Funny, poetic, observant and wholly original. Auton’s brilliant use of language and perfect comic timing throws up laugh after laugh.’ Beyond the Joke

‘A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot.’

The Guardian

‘Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch.’

The Independent


‘One of my absolute favourites.

Daniel Kitson

Photo: Julian Ward



Jeremy Tuplin With support from Sam Nicholson
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:45 pm

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Jeremy Tuplin, a Somerset-raised, London-living musician, is a singer-songwriter in the essence of the term, incorporating intricate lyricism and storytelling within a soundscape ranging from indie to psychedelic to “space”-folk. In 2019 he released ‘Pink Mirror’ on Trapped Animal Records to widespread acclaim, and a new record is rumoured to be out in 2020. Although still playing the occasional stripped-back solo show, these days he mostly fronts his own band called The Ultimate Power Assembly.

Loud and Quiet Magazine – “9/10 – The craftsmanship is self-effacingly brilliant… some of the year’s most poignant songwriting”

The Line Of Best Fit – “8/10 – An intoxicating, enthralling mix.”

Folk Radio UK – “an idiosyncratic, fiercely independent singer-songwriter with a knack for melodic hooks, wryly observant lyrics and a unique sonic vision”

Sam is an Edinburgh-born, London-based Indie Rock singer-songwriter. His first album “If You Be My” was released in 2015 and offered reflection on masculine vulnerability and love in modern times. His debut single, “Ballroom”, enjoyed attention from numerous playlists online and gained the attention of KCRW’s Jason Kramer on his weekly radio show in the US. The follow up, “Worry All The Time!” is due for release later in 2020 and promises to be a more character-driven analysis of worry and anxiety in his recent years. He is a regular on the London music scene and has enjoyed performances around the UK, notably performing at Edinburgh Summerhall in October 2019.
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tom Thumb March gig

Our favourite sing along crew ‘MRS H’ returm to the theatre!

An hour long show for he whole family


under 18 month go free, on an adults lap

Mar 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Wednesday 11th March, 2020. Doors open at 7.30pm. Music starts at 8pm. £10.

Another superb evening of Jazz in prospect when we welcome Tom Abrahams on guitar, Paul Cheneour on flutes, Tony Hudd on guitar and Maurizio Borgna on double bass.
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Catherine Bohart: Lemon
Mar 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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Join the star of BBC2’s The Mash Report as she smashes stereotypes around sex, sexuality and relationships.


As seen and heard on Roast Battle, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and The Guilty Feminist Podcast.


‘Destined for stardom’ (Evening Standard)


‘The laughs keep coming and, finally, so does a tear or two. Marvellous’ **** (Times)


‘A beautifully-delivered hour’ **** (Skinny)


‘Packed full of laughs’ **** (Herald)


‘A winning mixture of self-deprecation and confidence’ **** (Beyond The Joke)


‘A fully developed comic voice’ **** (Fest)


‘Truly special’ **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)


John Kearns: Double Take and Fade Away
Mar 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm


John Kearns: Double Take and Fade Away

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Two Time Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner


Four Time Chortle Award Nominee


John Kearns returns!


Still a slave to dairy, the Gregorian calendar and Greenwich Mean Time, he is flesh and blood after all. A funny man, not for everyone of course, but remember this mustn’t be mistaken as an invite rather a heads up. Based on the theory that the most interesting places on maps are the empty spaces, John has booked a tour, stopping by at some places that look like people share hot water bottles with their landlords. The show implores you to learn lessons from your ceiling and realise Fred Astaire actually knew very well what he was doing. Directed by Olivier winner, Jon Brittain.


Past Reviews


“He has forged comedy gold” ★★★★★ Chortle


“A supreme stand up – richly idiosynchratic comedy” ★★★★ The Guardian


“A true comedy original” ★★★★★ Time Out

“A distant, absurdist cousin of Tony Hancock… one of the oddest and most original comic performers on the Fringe.” ★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

“Kearns could be your new King of Comedy” ★★★★★ The Evening Standard




***** The Skinny https://www.theskinny.co.uk/festivals/edinburgh-fringe/comedy/john-kearns-monkey-barrel

‘Kearns’ feat of making the surreal seem so accessible is terrifyingly brilliant, in an hour of magnificent bafflement.’


**** ½ Shortcom http://www.shortcom.co.uk/comedy/comedy-reviews/edinburgh-fringe-2019/john-kearns-double-take-and-fade-away/

‘A rip roaring raucous affair that’ll leave you with a smile and a feeling of the world that we might be alright.’




**** The List


‘Poetic hour of image-laden stand-up and unique observations’

**** The Scotsman https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/edinburgh-festivals/comedy-review-john-kearns-double-take-and-fade-away-monkey-barrel-edinburgh-1-4987608

‘Kearns’ poised, poetic stream of consciousness is the whirring logic of a very funny man with a profound understanding of the human condition.’

**** Fest Mag https://www.fest-mag.com/edinburgh/comedy/john-kearns-double-take-and-fade-away

Douglas Dare
Mar 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Douglas Dare



DOORS 7.30

Gig 8pm

English songsmith Douglas Dare returns with his third and most stripped back studio album to date, Milkteeth, released on 21 February 2020 with Erased Tapes. Produced by Mike Lindsay — founding member of Tunng and one half of LUMP with Laura Marling — in his studio in Margate in just twelve days, Milkteeth sees Douglas become confident and comfortable enough with his own identity to reflect on both the joys and pains of youth. In doing so, he has established himself as a serious 21st century singer-songwriter with an enduring lyrical poise and elegant minimalist sound.


Douglas Dare grew up on a farm as the youngest member of a large extended family, where he was often found in his own private world, dancing in his mother’s pink ballet dress. “Only now do I feel free to express my inner child again, and am giving myself permission to play dress up,” says Dare of Milkteeth’s cover shot, in which he wears soft makeup and is draped with layers of white linen, acting the part of a Greek muse. “I never felt like I fit in. I was different, odd. I wanted to dance and sing and dress up and on a small farm in rural Dorset that really stuck out.”


Where previously he has been known as a piano player, for Milkteeth Dare picked up a new instrument, the autoharp, and as soon as he sat down with it, songs poured out – he wrote the album’s first single Silly Games, in under an hour. “Instinctual feelings about childhood and innocence were the catalyst,” he explains. “Then with the autoharp, it all just clicked – I could see the album laid out ahead of me.”


Milkteeth opens with I Am Free, which loops piano and lyrics in an intimate dance, comparing the seemingly inexorable freedom of childhood to flying. The Playground is a song Dare says he’s wanted to write for years, about a yearning for childhood innocence and simplicity. WhileRed Arrows tells a story of vulnerability, of craving parental comfort, The Joy In Sarah’s Eyes is a Jeff Buckley-esque ballad for a new generation. In Heavenly Bodies there is an unhurried darkness that nods to Leonard Cohen’s songwriting, and is also the first time Dare has played the guitar on record. The melodies on Milkteeth are deliberately simple; Dare wanted it to feel familiar right from the first listen. In between these songs sit instrumental pieces – The Piano Room, The Stairwell, The Window – named for the spots they were recorded in, moments for stillness and reflection.


Marking his arrival in 2014 with the release of his acclaimed debut Whelm and establishing his musical dexterity on the much darker follow up Aforger in 2016, Dare’s star keeps growing. In 2017 he was asked to contribute a re-interpretation of Dance Me to the End of Love to the Leonard Cohen exhibition A Crack in Everything at the Contemporary Art Museum of Montréal, currently showing at The Jewish Museum in New York before opening at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco in September 2020. He was invited by Robert Smith to perform at his Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre in 2018, followed by the David Lynch-curated Manchester International Festival alongside Anna Calvi in 2019.


Dare’s music speaks of his own experiences of universal themes like love, loss, and childhood. Perhaps most importantly, his music gives a voice and a sanctuary to anyone who’s ever felt unusual or out of place. Whether he’s singing of the pain of those in the Magdalene Laundries as on Whelm, describing coming out to his parents on Aforger, or processing his own childhood isolation on Milkteeth, Dare has a graceful honesty and an abiding clarity of vision in his simple and distinctive sound.


One Foot In The Rave. By: Alexander Rhodes
Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm


One Foot In The Rave.

Age guide 16+ Contains Drug and Alcohol References and adult themes. 




In 1976 Sean’s world changes for ever. Dragged into a doomsday cult, by parents who are struggling to find their own identities, the family are brainwashed into believing the end of the world is nigh. 

But the route to salvation is not as it seems…

This debut verse play from performance poet Alexander Rhodes, is an energetic mix of agony and total Ecstasy.  Set to a backdrop of club classics,  Alexander moves effortlessly between the characters and scenes to deliver the chemical highs and pitiful lows.

Expect wry observations, chemically induced inspirations and twisted logic.

***** (5) Witty, Sharp & at times, heartbreaking. Unforgettable. The Herald – William Telford

**** (4) Immersive, emotional & eye opening – Lancashire Evening Post

What audiences are saying:

Went to see #OneFootInTheRave by @joineduppoetry yesterday and it was so brilliant! A witty, warm, moving and hilariously self-aware roller-coaster of a story – go & check it out! 

Dr Rosie Carrick 

One of the best spoken word shows I have seen.

Tim King 

Incredible night seeing @joineduppoetry’s first night of #onefootintherave @thehutongcafe. What an evening – just go and see it.

Hayley King (twitter)

Still thinking about this story of survival, Very poignant 

Pschedelicsprite: (Instagram)

“A sharp, confident performer with excellent material”

Attila The Stockbroker

“Alexander Rhodes done the business supporting me on tour. He belongs on the stage”

Luke Wright

“Alexander Rhodes managed the stage with an intense and captivating style. Almost hypnotic with perfectly placed pauses moving it from spoken word to (Almost) musical lyrics”

Made In Plymouth Magazine


Sabotage Reviews:


Herald – William Telford


Radio Interview Short:


Radio Interview Long:

An interview with ex Jehovahs Witness covert fade. 


Hashtags to use for community engagement: 

#ExJw – Ex Jehovahs Witnesses in your area. 

#OneFootInTheRave – Ex ravers and Dance music fans. 

Performance from two authors, Marianne Dissard (‘NOT ME’) Ralph Dartford (‘Recovery songs’)
Apr 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
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Ralph Dartford and Marianne Dissard met at the Louder Than Words Festival in Manchester in the spring. They now bring their acts to Margate’s littlest lit’ theatre.RALPH DARTFORD – Recovery Songs
MARIANNE DISSARD – Not Me by Marianne Dissard. A memoir.

RECOVERY SONGS by Ralph Dartford is a cycle of narrative poems that focuses on the fall and rise of the human condition. These are stories of love, abandonment, abuse, addiction, loss, and by the end, a redemption earned. Unflinching and funny at times, this collection takes its reader through a life lived in the margins, and asks: how do we recover when everything appears lost?

Buy a copy : https://www.paypal.me/RecoverySongs

Ralph Dartford hails from Basildon in Essex, and now lives in West Yorkshire, having got there via Australia, Barcelona and Los Angeles. He was the founding member of influential spoken word collective ‘A Firm of Poets’, and his first collection of poetry, Cigarettes, Beer and Love was published by Ossett Observer Presents in 2013. A new collection, Recovery Songs – also touring as a spoken word show – is now available from Valley Press.

“Searingly honest, Dartford takes you with him into some of the darkest corners of humanity and inhumanity … he leaves everything on the page.” Nick Ahad

“Dartford’s power comes from his unflinching, forensic attention to the big things that can destroy a life, and to the small details that can save one. There is wit here, but also a serious meditation on the courage it takes to survive childhood and become an (almost) fully-functioning adult.” Stephen May

“A beautiful and heart-breaking collection. Dartford pulls no punches on his painful personal journey of a life forsaken, reconstructed and renewed. It reveals as much about the fractures in our society as it does his own life. Read it and read it again (when you’re feeling strong enough).” Christopher Ian Smith

“Brilliant. Brutal, honest, beautiful and warm. This is poetry that takes hold of your heart and refuses to let go.” Pete Mckee

“Leads you through the vagaries and despair of addiction – but gently and delicately; allowing us to stop at every ladderstep of the descent to take full stock of the depths below. This is as full of love as it is full of warning.” Sadie Davidson

“A brilliant, brave, humorous and bold collection that asks not what if, but what now?” Toria Garbutt


NOT ME by Marianne Dissard is not your typical recovery memoir. By far.

A stunning and searing tale from eccentric musician and artistic powerhouse Marianne Dissard, this debut book is a beautiful and deeply affecting piece of literature.

The book tackles eating disorders and the mental health of a touring musician but, “disguised as a contemporary take on one woman’s attempt to regain life balance through yoga and self-awareness, the text is actually an existential howl on the order of Duras, Daumal, Bataille.” (Kurt Voss).

The confetti-loaded stage adaptation of Not Me premiered at Tom Thumb Theatre in 2018 and was performed in the fall 2019 throughout East Kent during an eleven-day walking tour. The performance will tour theatres across the UK from April to October 2020, including a stint at Brighton Fringe.

£13 including shipping for your paperback copy : http://www.paypal.me/mariannedissardNOW

“Good grief, this is amazing! I am offered a lot of stories of ‘survival’ and ‘recovery’, which tend to be messianic and, frankly, tedious, so I was at best open-minded, perhaps a little dubious, but your book is a knock-out. So frank and fluent and funny. Who else evokes a meditation retreat as pure purgatory? I was mentally climbing the walls.” Rose Shepherd / Saga Magazine, Simon And Schuster author.

“Often improbably funny, too, Not Me is without doubt one of the best books I’ve read this year.” Andrew Smith / author, Moondust and Totally Wired

“Wow. What a book. I had no idea who Marianne was before Not Me but I’m sure I will never forget her. Not just because of the hardship she went through but the beautifully poetic prose.” Joy Corkery / Joyful Antidotes UK

“Marianne Dissard is that rare sort of talent: a literary chanteuse who renders the whole world with keen observations, wit, and pathos.” Mitch Cullin / author, A Slight Trick of the Mind and Tideland

“Not just painfully honest, but viscerally, brutally honest – a struggle for survival, and ultimately self-acceptance.” John Parish / producer, Let England Shake and How Animals Move

“Survival has always been billed as heroic, but you show us that survival – the difficult and secret task – is in how one faces the mundane: eating alone, living alone, talking to one’s self. That’s the power here.” Chris Rush / author, The Light Years

Harry Baker, I am 10,000
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Image credit Jordan Mary

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. From winning his school’s Battle of the Bands competition with a Jay-Z maths homage, to his prime number poetry TED talk being watched by millions online, Harry’s love of language and logic has got him through literal marathons, seen him rap battle in front of Ice Cube, and now has him analysing the technical accuracy of So Solid Crew’s 21 seconds. He’s got 99 problems but maths ain’t one.