Apr
8
Wed
JAZZ AT THE Tom Thumb
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

JAZZ AT THE TOM THUMB
Wednesday 8th April, 2020. 8-10pm. £10.

Another star line-up for our regular Jazz evenings when we welcome everybody’s favourite vibes player, Dancin’ Dave Robinson together with Tim Vinall on flugelhorn, Tony Hudd on guitar and Maurizio Borgna on double bass.

 

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Maurizo Borgna

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Tony Hudd

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

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One Foot In The Rave.

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

 

 

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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

Reviews:

Sabotage Reviews:

http://sabotagereviews.com/2019/11/06/one-foot-in-the-rave-by-alexander-rhode/ 

Herald – William Telford

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/play-set-union-street-during-3163060 

Radio Interview Short:

https://audioboom.com/posts/7317206-one-foot-in-the-rave 

Radio Interview Long:

An interview with ex Jehovahs Witness covert fade. 

https://jwforwardcast.podbean.com/e/19-one-forwardcast-in-the-rave-with-covert-fade-and-alexander-rhodes/ 

Hashtags to use for community engagement: 

#ExJw – Ex Jehovahs Witnesses in your area. 

#OneFootInTheRave – Ex ravers and Dance music fans. 

Apr
17
Fri
Fran & Flora
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Doors 7.30

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** BBC Radio 4 Music Planet’s Album of the Year 2019**

** Nominated for ‘best group’ in the Songlines Music Awards 2020**
 
‘exquisite album’ – Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 4, Music Planet

‘a string duo bound for glory’ – Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3, Late Junction

the kind of quality that you couldn’t fake or acquire in a hurry’ – Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 Music

‘thrills & chills in equal measure’ – Mojo

‘Organic idyll…Fran & Flora do wordless sorrow especially well’ – Noel Gardner, The Quietus

‘beguiling beauty’ – Clive Bell, The Wire

‘brave & classy’ – Robin Denselow, The Guardian.

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Described as ‘London’s best kept secret’ by Max Reinhardt (BBC Radio 3 Late Junction) and ‘brave & classy’ by Robin Denselow (The Guardian) Fran & Flora are quickly becoming one of the capital’s most sought after live acts. An eastern-European folk music inspired violin and cello duo with a distinctive intimate and improvisatory performance style, they were selected by BBC Music Introducing to perform at Latitude Festival, which was broadcast live across 2018. Nominated for ‘best group’ in the Songlines Magazine 2020 Music awards,  Fran & Flora are releasing a series of remixes across 2020 by known artists and collaborators including Portico Quartet and Deep Throat Choir. The pair have collaborated and toured with groundbreaking and established artists such as Sam Lee & Talvin Singh OBE for several years, where they developed a deep friendship, and from which their duo project began. Their growing reputation has accelerated since the recent release of their debut album unfurl (Feb 2019) which was produced by Sam Beste from Hejira. Unfurl has gained critical acclaim and attention from national radio, magazines, newspapers and online publications. They have appeared live in session on BBC4’s Woman’s Hour, Cerys Matthews’ 6 Music Show and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM. Recent performances include Kings Place, Cafe Oto, Eastbourne Folk Club, Klezmer In The Park, Shambala Festival, Shtetl Neukeulln (Berlin) and the EFG London Jazz Festival.

May
6
Wed
Tongue Punch
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Thanet’s biggest night of spoken word is back: Tongue Punch! Every month, errant host Connor Sansby walks you through a strange journey accompanied by 10 poets taking the stage for 10 minutes at a time.
Whether you’re a first time poet looking for a supportive audience or an experience performer looking to wow a new crowd, slots are open. (Be warned, they move quickly)
Tongue Punch was listed as one of the country’s best spoken word nights in the 2019 Saboteur Awards and has garnered a reputation for representing the eclectic poetry talent of Kent, and attracting poets from further afield..
Tickets costs £5 online or on the door.
May
13
Wed
JAZZ AT THE Tom Thumb
May 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

JAZZ AT THE TOM THUMB
Wednesday 13th May, 2020. 8-10pm. £10.

A real treat when we welcome three terrific guitarists – Stephen Bridgland, Dave Reay and Tony Hudd. They gave us a great evening back in January.

Tony Hudd

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Dave Reay
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Stephen Bridgland

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Jul
24
Fri
John Kearns: Double Take and Fade Away
Jul 24 @ 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.

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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.’

 

https://inews.co.uk/culture/john-kearns-edinburgh-fringe-2019-review-bath-of-bathos-495354

 

**** The List

https://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/article/110954-john-kearns-double-take-and-fade-away/

‘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

Sep
13
Sun
Douglas Dare
Sep 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.

 

Sep
24
Thu
Performance from two authors, Marianne Dissard (‘NOT ME’) Ralph Dartford (‘Recovery songs’)
Sep 24 @ 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
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MARIANNE DISSARD – Not Me by Marianne Dissard. A memoir.
http://www.mariannedissard.comRECOVERY 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?

https://www.valleypressuk.com/author/100/ralph_dartford
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

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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

Oct
28
Wed
Harry Baker, I am 10,000
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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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.