Mar
14
Sun
Tom Thumb Theatre & POW fringe Presents ‘A month of Sunday’s’ with ‘Femme Fantastic’ hosted by: Megan Garrett-Jones
Mar 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
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WATCH LIVE FROM YOUR HOME 7.30pm ON OUR YouTube Channel: Tom Thumb Theatre Margate 
Femme Fantastic
An International Women’s Day special live screened evening of spoken word, in association with POW! Thanet
The ladies are loose in the theatre. Hosted by Things with Words’ Megan Garrett-Jones, five of Thanet’s wildest wordsmiths wax lyrical on the ‘female experience’. They’ve got poetry, props, a ukulele and anything could happen.
Don’t call me a lady, she says.
Featuring Sophie Cameron, Ellie Ward, Megan Garrett-Jones and more to be announced.
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This event coincides with a residency in which Megan Garrett-Jones is developing a new piece of theatre interrogating contemporary feminisms, supported by Tom Thumb. Megan has hosted or produced poetry events for POW! at two previous festivals and is passionate about showcasing spoken word from local women poets. Megan also hosts a Things with Words show for Margate Radio and her March show will air recordings from the event alongside a broader look at women in poetry and spoken word.
photo credit Dik Ng
Mar
28
Sun
Tom Thumb Theatre & POW fringe Presents ‘A month of Sunday’s’ with ‘Claire Pitt Wigmore’
Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm

As part of our live stream series ‘A Month of Sunday’s’ we are super excited to team up with ‘POW Fringe Festival’ to Present this stream

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Claire Pitt Wigmore is a multi-instrumentalist from Margate who performs ambient, blues styled riffs using her electric guitar and loop pedal. Accompanied by mellow vocals, Claire has created an interesting fusion of trip-hop and bluesy guitar solos in her music. Claire takes influences from Massive Attack, Deftones, Incubus etc. Claire has also appeared on platforms such as BBC Introducing in Kent and in magazines such as The Margate Mercury and Cene Magazine.

She also plays lead guitar in Margate based band, Squangey Bobbins.

WATCH LIVE FROM YOUR HOME 8pm ON OUR YouTube Channel: Tom Thumb Theatre Margate 

 

 

Jun
25
Fri
Harry Baker, I am 10,000
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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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.

Feb
13
Sun
Douglas Dare
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Douglas Dare

Milkteeth

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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.