Victoria Roberts takes a look at some of the local events and activities planned to keep you entertained this week…
You’re about to be judged at the Trinity Theater show
Would you like your accusations laid out in front of an audience? Try your luck with the improv show ‘This is Your Trial’, in which a team of comedians play judge, prosecutor and defender, while someone squirms…
Office spoon thief or domestic susher? Arguing about “crimes” like these is one of the joys of life and offices, which has made “This is Your Trial” a comedic, cathartic formula that’s ten years old and still highly successful.
Producer David Allison has worked with hundreds of comedians doing over 500 “trials”, as well as creating a kid-friendly version for CBBC: “Monster Court”.
“Typically, about a third of the audience will turn in an ‘accusation sheet’ before the show, and we’ll pick 4-5,” he explained. “We have the ability to choose those that sound…specific or curious.
“If it’s ‘my husband snores’, we wouldn’t bother with that. Taking the last cookie at the office, is that a crime? The defense attorney could argue that this person is a hero, he joked.
Then the comedians got to work, improvising their cross-examinations of the accused, the accuser, and any “expert witnesses” at hand.
“Comedians love doing the show,” he said. “The configuration is contradictory, but they work together, improvise. They sometimes become absurd – “crimes against fashion!”
A law graduate himself, David said: “Lawyers love it. I made them for a large construction company and for a zoo.
“It has never failed for a corporate booking.”
In fact, he’s so convinced of the business dynamics and his ‘This is Your Trial’ colleagues that he’s offering local businesses up to 10 free tickets to the show. If interested, they can contact him at: [email protected]
“This is Your Trial” is at the Trinity Theater on Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. With Trevor Lock (Star Stories), Daliso Chaponda (Britain’s Got Talent and IQ) and Vix Leyton (The Comedy Arcade).
On stage and on screen
Trinity Theater presents the improv production ‘This is Your Trial’ this Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. [see main feature, above].
A group of ‘Impro Chums’ assembled by comedy circuit star Paul Merton come to The assembly hall this Friday [June 10]. Catch Paul, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike McShane and accompanist Kirsty Newton live at 7:30 p.m. The age guide is 14+, due to possible swearing and adult themes.
Ralph Fiennes plays Robert Moses, New York’s card master, who becomes “Straight Line Crazy” (12A) in this play by David Hare, filmed live at the Bridge Theater in London. EM Forster Theater (Tonbridge School) on Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m.
Groombridge Amateur Dramatic Society presents “Mark Twain: Live”, featuring the life and writings of one of America’s most famous authors, in a one-man show by Joe Mendell. Groombridge Village Hall, Saturday June 11 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but they receive donations for Ukraine through the British Red Cross.
The Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival continues, with an Eco Poetry evening at Trinity Theater this Tuesday [June 14] at 8:15 a.m. Environmental poet Jane Lovell, winner of the 2020 Ginkgo Poetry Prize, joins Poets for the Planet to lead this open-mic event, creating a forum for responses to the climate and ecological emergency.
Dreams come true even for aristos, it seems. The Dowager Countess of Grantham inherits a villa in the south of France, and the family troops to inspect it… ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ (PG) at Trinity Theater Saturday, June 11 at 2 p.m.
The ‘Imaginary Landscapes’ event offers poetry and harp music to Saint Jean Baptist (Penshurst) tonight [Wednesday, June 8] at 7:30 p.m. Poet Chris Tutton will improvise to music by harpist Anne Denholm, who was official harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales from 2015-2019. As part of the Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival.
Cardiff-based band Holding Absence present their second album, ‘The Greatest Mistake of My Life’ at The forum this Sunday (June 12) at 7:30 p.m., in homage to their own past. What doesn’t seem like a mistake is their rendition of the song of the same name, recorded in the 1930s by Gracie Field, and again in the 1950s by band member Lucas Woodfield’s great-uncle. Supported by Superlove and Glass Heart. 16 years and over unless accompanied by an adult.
Up-and-coming bands from Kent and East Sussex travel to The forums as part of the Stable Showcase Summer Session 2022, throughout the season. 16 years and over unless accompanied by an adult. Bands on Monday night (June 13) at 7:30 p.m. are Canterbury indie pop/alternative band Danama, moshing boy band Medway Sheena, London/Kent borders indie rock/alt rock band Something In The Lake, and band alternative garage rock band based in Kent with a steampunk twist Theillusivefish.
The following night (June 14, 7.30pm), The Stable Showcase will host the Disco Drug Store influenced by 1970s Bowie/ Nirvana/ Glam Rock/ Punk Rock from Maidstone and Faversham, alternative rock trio based in Brighton MY-HI, Option B and indie alt folk/rock The Somber Disco.
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra conclude their two-night tour at The assembly hall tonight [June 9] at 7:30 p.m.
Tea-time jazz and swing at Trinity Theater Sunday June 12 at 2 p.m., with singer Lelia di Domenico and Café Society. No tickets or reservations. Tables are allocated in order of arrival. Fresh scones and tea for sale at the bar.
Celebrate the indie era at The forum this Friday (June 10) at 7:30 p.m., with The Total Stone Roses and Oaysis. 16 years and over unless accompanied by an adult.
Blues guitarist Roger Hubbard performs live at The Beehive (Cranbrook) this Sunday (June 12), from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. FREE ENTRANCE. Sharing platters and drinks from the licensed bar available for purchase.
Tunbridge Wells Operatic and Dramatic Society (TWODS) begins its five-night run of the musical ‘Shrek’ this Tuesday [June 14] at The assembly hall. Based on the hit 2001 film, the musical features numerous singers, including “I’m a Believer”, as well as brand new songs. Screenings at 7 p.m. (mornings at 2 p.m. on June 15 and 18).
Story time for preschoolers on Fridays at Trinity 9:30-10-15, with free squash and biscuits for the children, thanks to Kent County Council’s ‘Reconnect’ fund. Performed by Out of the Bag Theatre.
Boost your weekend with the Big 7 Scooter Rally at The hop farm., featuring vintage scooters, parts markets, live music, food and drink. Camping available at the Hop Farm, but no children are allowed in the main hall and the theater’s darkside bar after 10 p.m.
The ‘Bob’s Burgers Movie’ (PG) is at Odeonfollowing the Belcher family as they face a summer of crumbling business thanks to a gigantic sinkhole outside the entrance to Bob’s Burgers.
If you missed the latest Grosvenor & Hilbert Park ID & Craft events, invite your young naturalists to The turntable this Saturday (June 11) at 10:30-12 to see Dr. Ian Beavis identify butterflies caught overnight in the park. Crafts include making seed bombs to encourage pollinators. Free event, suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tonbridge Lions Club presents its community party and fun dog show at Tonbridge Castle this Sunday [June 12] from noon. With music, raffles, a coco shy, “Soak your Dad in the stocks”, a tin pan alley and stalls. The Sunset Twirlers Majorettes of Tunbridge Wells will perform in the main area. Food, drink, ice cream and cream teas available. The dog show begins in the Castle Walk area, with entries £2 per class.
Stagecoach Performing Arts’ summer show ‘RISE UP’ is at The assembly hall celebrating the song, dance and drama of its students, “rising after the disruption of the past two years”. Featuring students aged 6 to 18, the show is suitable for the whole family. Saturday June 11 at 7 p.m.