Outing Guide (May 18 – May 24)


Victoria Roberts takes a look at some of the local events and activities planned to keep you entertained soon…

Looking to laugh around Tunbridge Wells?

It’s been a good weekend for comedy, with three days of concerts starting on Friday as the comedy circuit apparently recovers from pandemic restrictions.

Kicking off the series of performances is Tonbridge Comedy Night at the EM Forster Theater (EMFT) on Friday, with magic tricks and verbal gags from Otiz Cannelloni, whose other stage specialty is stupidity.

He is supported by Welsh comedian Matt Rees, while the gossip is quick-witted Ross Smith.

Comedy as a genre has rebounded after pandemic restrictions, according to an EMFT marketing spokesperson.

“Dramatically, there aren’t as many bands on tour, so there’s less venue choice. Meanwhile, the comedians seem to have gone from zero sixty very quickly.

The comedy concerts were moved from their usual space in EMFT’s studio to the main theater as a Covid-19 measure, but she told the Time“It also gives us the possibility to exceed 80 people.”

And she confirmed ticket sales for the Tonbridge school venue were “definitely going in the right direction”.

“Ticket sales are getting back to where they were, but it’s all about keeping your cool,” she added, noting that the public had become accustomed to waiting to buy tickets. tickets out of fear that someone would have to cancel due to Covid-19, but now seemed to be reverting to old spontaneous habits – which can also mean last minute ticket sales.

“Now people think, ‘Do we want to go out? Yes, let’s buy tickets.’ ” She says.

On Saturday night, the spotlight falls on the Trinity Theatre, where award-winning comedian, writer and broadcaster Jarlath Regan is headlining.

He is followed by Anuvab Pal, who has such a reputation as an intelligent and engaging wit that one reviewer said “will leave you leaving feeling much smarter than when you arrived”.

Finally, Sunday evening [May 22]the laughs come from Andrew Bird at Forum Basement (Sussex Arms), on Dark Horse Live Comedy.

Andrew is a headliner in his own right, but has backed the even bigger names of Rhod Gilbert, Rob Brydon and Michael McIntyre – most recently in Michael McIntyre’s appearances at Wembley and the O2.

The show starts at 7.30pm – unless you’re lucky enough to get tickets for the 6pm podcast taping (only 50 tickets).

On stage and on screen

IN ‘The Hanged Man’ at West Theater (Tonbridge), and a sinister stranger enters a pub and provokes an executioner… 21-28 May at 7.30 p.m. (Sunday morning 3 p.m.).

Trinity Theater screens a live performance of the Royal Ballet’s production of ‘Swan Lake’, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on Thursday 19 May at 7.15pm.

‘To Catch a Thief’ is next Monday [May 23] Senior Classic Cinema, at 10:30 a.m. Trinity Theater. As a former cat-burglar, Cary Grant is part of a series of robberies…unless he can find the real criminal.

Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar and BAFTA-winning film ‘Belfast’ is back on screen locally, at Rusthall Community Theater. Saturday May 21. Doors at 7 p.m.

At Odeon, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (12A) continues its rampage, with multiple performances scheduled daily. Meanwhile, “Downton Abbey: A New Era” is holding up well, with plenty of screenings.


Natalie Black brings her Adele impersonation to Trinity Theater Friday [May 20] at 20 hours. Can she make you feel her love?

To The forum, Nancy Boys Don’t Cry pays tribute to Placebo and The Cure, supported by TEDDYYBEARR and Tomm Thomas. Friday [May 20] at 7:30 p.m.

Contemporary folk singer-songwriter Flo Perlin has musical influences from as far away as Iraq, Belarus and the native Colombia of the guitar teacher who introduced him to Bossa Nova. Listen to her sweet voice and her music on Sundays [May 22] at 7 p.m. for Trinity Theater Breathing Room Series.

During this time, at The assembly hall on May 22, tribute duo The Carpenters Story brings Karen and Richard Carpenter to the stage at 7:30 p.m. this Sunday.

It’s launch night at The gray lady on Sunday [May 22], featuring the premiere of Ash Dodd’s “Begin Again” EP. Free copy of the EP included with every ticket. Doors at 7 p.m.

Family fun

Knole Fawns, a monthly craft and games group in Knole Park (Sevenoaks), is this Friday [20 May] from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Booking essential (£5), but if you miss out, Knole Park also hosts free storytime every Monday at 11am-11.30am.

The Spa Valley Railway is running this weekend between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge. Tickets at spavalleyrailway.co.uk.

For adult families (18+ only), the railway’s Kent Whiskey Train leaves Tunbridge Wells West at 2.45pm on Saturdays [May 21]. Tickets (£40) include three whiskeys from Chatham’s Copper Rivet Distillery, with canapes, a mixer and a branded highball glass.

The Tonbridge School gave “Julius Caesar” a modern makeover in the high finance setting of the 1980s, featuring jealous conspirators plotting to prevent Julius Caesar from achieving ultimate power as CEO of Roma Ltd. The race starts on Monday [May 23-26] at the EM Forster Theater (Tonbridge). Performances at 7:30 p.m.


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