Dec
18
Tue
Brite Theatre presents: Hamlet (an experience)
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Hamlet (an experience)

 

After breaking new ground with their award-winning Richard III (A One Woman Show), Brite Theater are once again reinventing Shakespearean performance with their new adaptation of Hamlet directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir. Emily Carding plays Hamlet and you, the audience, are the players arriving at Elsinore. Hamlet needs your help to take on the roles of his friends and family and resolve the great questions of life. Journey through the play together and become immersed in the story like never before. Hamlet has the questions. Do you have the answers?

“Sigfusdottir’s adaptation and Carding’s sensitive interpretation provide a shortcut to the empathy that many Hamlets crave but seldom achieve.” **** The Stage

“Encounter Shakespeare’s most iconic story from the inside” **** Fringe Guru

“It’s an extraordinary feat, a tour de force. Shakespeare doesn’t get more up close and personal than this” ***** UK Theatre Network

 

Nominated for Infallibles Award at Edinburgh and for the Creative, Performance and Inspiration awards at Prague Fringe. Winner of Fringe Encore award 2018

WINNER OF:

Creative Award (Artist or Company whose worked is deemed as being creatively exceptional) PRAGUE FRINGE 2015

Inspiration Award (New piece of work staged no more than twice previously) PRAGUE FRINGE 2015

Performance Award (Artist who has excelled in their performance at the festival) Emily Carding – Richard III, Brite Theater

Bobby Award Edinburgh Fringe 2015

www.onewomanrichard.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Dec
19
Wed
Brite Theatre presents: Richard III ( a one woman show)
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Richard III ( a one woman show)

 

Richard III.
An audience.
All the world is a stage.
What part will you play?

Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean Performance, Brite Theater have re-imagined Richard III as a one- woman show. The fourth wall has been utterly obliterated as you the audience takes on the roles of all the other characters at Richard’s party in this intimate, exciting and moving production. Let Richard entertain you…but will you survive?

Adaptation by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir and Emily Carding
Direction by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir
Performance, props and poster by Emily Carding
A Brite Theater Production

 

‘Emily Carding and Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir’s adaptation of Richard III is a smart, sparse, stripped back version of the text built around Carding’s utterly compelling performance.’ **** The Stage

 

“…an extraordinary performance from Emily Carding, a female Richard as bitter, damaged, ingenious and irresistible as any I’ve ever seen.” -Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman.

WINNER OF:

Creative Award (Artist or Company whose worked is deemed as being creatively exceptional) PRAGUE FRINGE 2015

Inspiration Award (New piece of work staged no more than twice previously) PRAGUE FRINGE 2015

Performance Award (Artist who has excelled in their performance at the festival) Emily Carding – Richard III, Brite Theater

Bobby Award Edinburgh Fringe 2015

www.onewomanrichard.co.uk

 

Dec
21
Fri
‘Yulatraktors’ with the Lunatraktors
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm

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Before Christmas was invented there was Yule – an ancient Germanic festival of death, rebirth and the Wild Hunt, culminating in Mōdraniht or ‘Mothers Night’ on December 24th. Come celebrate the start of Yuletide with the LUNATRAKTORS. Tis the season to be merry, and bare your horns and hooves to the darkness.

Fancy dress, glad rags and Krampus costumes welcomed.

£10 includes  festive Hot cider

Dec
22
Sat
Christmas at the Tom Thumb
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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Join us for a night of festive fun!

Songs from some of Margate’s best!!

‘The Social Singing Choir’ is joining us and we have guests including JAKL, Rondo Mo, Barbarossa……+ DJ

They will all get us in the mood for Christmas.

£10

Profits goes to ‘Thanet winter shelter’

Jan
9
Wed
JAZZ AT THE Tom Thumb
Jan 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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Another great evening of Jazz in prospect when Tony Hudd is joined by two other guitarists –  Gypsy Jazz maestro, Tom Abrahams and Jazz Fusion star, Jeff Butt. The quartet will be completed by Clive Fletcher on double bass. The theatre and bar will be open from 7pm and the music starts at 8 pm. Last time these four played here they took the place apart!

Jan
19
Sat
Mrs H and the Sing-along band
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Mrs H and the Sing-along band bring their unique and infectious blend of family music to Margate for the first ever time!

Their aim is provide quality music for children, that adults will love too. Bringing together elements of Folk, Soul, Afro, Latin, Dub, comedy and theatre this unique band present the ‘sing-along’ with a new lease of life for all the family to join in with.

Headed up by Mrs H on lead vocals and guitar, the all star band includes members of Red snapper, Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo, Beth Orton’s band and The Leisure Society, on an array of instruments including guitars, banjos, double bass, accordion and trumpet.

Bring your voices, silly dances, a sprinkling of mischief and don’t hold back from joining in the fun!

 

 

“Sing along is always a powerful reminder that life can be full of joy even in the hardest of times”  The Royal Court

 

“With her unique spirit she can woo capacity audiences to sing, dance and forget the world outside” Camp Bestival

Mrs H and the Sing-along band
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Mrs H and the Sing-along band bring their unique and infectious blend of family music to Margate for the first ever time!

Their aim is provide quality music for children, that adults will love too. Bringing together elements of Folk, Soul, Afro, Latin, Dub, comedy and theatre this unique band present the ‘sing-along’ with a new lease of life for all the family to join in with.

Headed up by Mrs H on lead vocals and guitar, the all star band includes members of Red snapper, Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo, Beth Orton’s band and The Leisure Society, on an array of instruments including guitars, banjos, double bass, accordion and trumpet.

Bring your voices, silly dances, a sprinkling of mischief and don’t hold back from joining in the fun!

 

 

 

“Sing along is always a powerful reminder that life can be full of joy even in the hardest of times”  The Royal Court

 

“With her unique spirit she can woo capacity audiences to sing, dance and forget the world outside” Camp Bestival

 

 

 

Feb
1
Fri
North Thanet Labour Party Fundraiser presents: Phil “Swill” Odgers + Bobby Valentino with support from Slick Pixie.
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

 

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Phil “Swill” Odgers + Bobby Valentino

 

Phil “Swill” Odgersis well known as one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of UK folk rebel rockers The Men They Couldn’t Hang. He is also a formidable solo artist in his own right. Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Tokyo and Berlin to London have submitted to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style in stadium, theatre, hall and after hours lock in!

 

Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed ‘partial’ autobiography “Tales from the Tracks” and knock-out album “Roll to the Left” and sold out UK tour – Phil “Swill” Odgers rides into Margate town accompanied by the larger than life Bobby Valentino(playing some mean violin). They’re “off the wagon again” playing their first gig of 2019 and the venue is the wonderful Tom Thumb Theatre.

 

As well as being a founder member and singing with the inimitable The Men They Couldn’t Hang he is a well-loved and prolific solo artist in his own right. He has appeared as a special guest to Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, David Bowie and Van Morrison.

 

A fine acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter, his influences are far-reaching, ranging from his Scottish roots, through 50’s/60’s rock ‘n roll, punk, folk and country.

 

Billy Braggrefers to him as “a natural born troubadour”.

 

Elvis Costellohas described him as “an undervalued national treasure, his writing style is a combination of Scottish roots, Irish roll and Anglicana”

 

DJ Liz Kershaw, in her radio show, said that “Swill has a voice like honey and an extraordinary way of writing a song that tells a story we can all relate to but no one’s told before”.

 

Swill has the ability to tell unique tales with cinematic imagery from kitchen sink realism and social commentary to technicolor splendour.

 

Swill has recently launched a new pledge campaign which is set to produce another excellent volume of songs (with some surprising guests).

 

At this special performance at The Tom Thumb, you have the opportunity to hear songs from this album, along with favourites from Swill’s back catalogue and even some classics from The Men They Couldn’t Hang!

 

To make this gig even more special Phil will be accompanied by renegade virtuoso Bobby Valentinoon fiddle.

 

Bobby Valentino comes with an outstanding pedigree of his own. He co-wrote and played violin on The Bluebells smash hit “Young at Heart”. Bobby has played on records by Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Alabama 3 and Paul Weller to name but a few! He has also contributed to many recordings by The Men They Couldn’t Hang as well as frequently appearing with them on stage.

 

Bobby’s vocal talents are demonstrated on his solo albums “This is Murder” and “Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake” both of which will be on sale on the night along with an array of Swill’s vast collection of material.

 

Phil “Swill” Odgers and Bobby Valentino – a combination not to be missed!

 

Website – www.swillodgers.co.uk

 

 

 

Support comes in the form of Slick Pixie.

 

Playing acoustic versions of Americana, folk, modern Irish mixed in with a couple of pop covers, this small but perfectly formed 4 piece band Slick Pixieare proud to have a multi-instrumentalist line-up including guitars, mandolin, banjo, double bass, U-bass and accordion to make up their sound. They then add to this mix some high quality lead and harmony vocals.

 

Slick Pixie expect to have the Tom Thumb jumping for the get go!

Mar
20
Wed
‘Wacky Wednesday’ Present: Sarah Keyworth
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

‘Wacky Wednesday’  is a comedy night at The Tom Thumb, it happens every third wednesday of the month.

We invite diffrent comedians to perform for you, this month we have….

 

Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse

 

You’ve seen her on Comedy Central, you’ve seen her on the BBC. Now see 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and Nottingham-born rising star Sarah Keyworth’s debut hour. Join Sarah as she tells you about her life with an important little girl and her battle against every expectation of what being a girl means. Think Girls Just Wanna Have Fun but British, deadpan and in no way similar.

 

Tour support for Dane Baptiste, Stewart Francis and Kerry Godliman. Funny Women runner-up.

 

‘Charming’ Independent

‘Excellently deadpan’ Huffington Post

‘I liked that joke about her fanny’ Sarah Millican

‘A complete breath of fresh air’ EdFest

 

Mar
28
Thu
Circled in the Radio Times & John Peel’s Shed (double bill) By: John Osborne
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Writer and theatre maker John Osborne returns to the Tom Thumb, this time with a double bill of two storytelling shows. Cult Edinburgh sellout show John Peel’s Shed – a show about radio, music and a box of records that once belonged to Radio 1 DJ John Peel is performed alongside Circled in the Radio Times, a show about a collection of old magazines and the changing ways all of us watch television.

“I could have listened for hours” ***** (The Independent)
“One of the loveliest things you’ll see all year” (The Herald)
Apr
5
Fri
The Man with the Golden Pen a one man show written by Mark Burgess
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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A one-man show about the man who created James Bond
Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, Secret Agent 007, stands before the audience, a Martini in hand, a terrified look in his eyes… At 42 he is about to do the thing he most fears; he is getting married!
It is 1952 and Fleming is putting the finishing touches to the first Bond book, Casino Royale and Bond is with us; the alter ego, an icon of class and everything Fleming aspired to…
“An extremely stylish and entertaining piece, capturing the essence and spirit of Ian Fleming… The play succeeds admirably both as entertainment and as an insight into an extraordinary man” (Ajay Chowdhury – the Ian Fleming Foundation)
Performed by Michael Chance, it is written by Mark Burgess & directed by Louise Jameson.
Mark Burgess’s first play Casting Shadows appeared on both the Brighton & London Fringe before he was commissioned to adapt it for BBC Radio 4. He has since written many short stories & plays for R4 including Einstein In Cromer for David Suchet & A King’s Speech for Alex Jennings which was subsequently released by the BBC as an AudioCD.
Two Halves of Guinness, with Trevor Littledale as Sir Alec Guinness, premiered in 2010 & continues to tour the UK. Mark has recently been commissioned by one of the UK’s largest charities, The Harpur Trust, to write a play dramatising the history of Bedford.
Louise Jameson has most recently appeared in the BAFTA-nominated series TOAST OF LONDON playing a prostitute and is about to appear as a nun in an episode of DOCTORS.  Her next fringe venture is a play she co-wrote with Nigel Fairs called DRIVING ME ROUND THE BEND at The Space this coming April.