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Theatre & Dance coming up in 2023/24

19 Jun 2023

Our 2023/24 season line up incorporates a range of world-class artists working in theatre, dance and music who will bring an unparalleled and unmissable list of new and original work to the Arts Centre.

Renowned UK theatre companies Improbable and 1927 are joined by our first international Associate Artists, legendary Italian performance company Societas (formerly Societas Raffaello Sanzio) in an exclusive series of performances over the coming seasons and from the world of dance, street dance superstar Julia Cheng, most recently responsible for the lauded choreography for the West End revival of Cabaret.

Dewey Dell Deriva Traversa // Le Sacre du PrintempsThu 28 & Fri 29 Sep, 7.30pm

Dewey Dell is an extraordinary contemporary dance company founded by Italian siblings Teodora, Demetrio and Agata Castellucci, renowned internationally for their experimental and interdisciplinary approach, combining dance with visual arts, music, and technology.

Mark Thomas in England & SonWed 20 Sep, 7.30pm

England and Son is a one-man play written specifically for the award winning political comedian Mark Thomas by award winning playwright Ed Edwards.

John Hegley and Friend: National Poetry DayThu 5 Oct, 7.30pm

John Hegley and chums celebrate National Poetry day with rhyme and music

Shôn Dale-Jones: CRACKINGFri 20 & Sat 21 Oct, 7.30pm

After cracking an egg on his mother’s forehead, Shôn opens his door to find real life Internet trolls on his doorstep threatening to turn his world upside down.

UK premiere of new work by Julia ChengThu 20 – Sat 22 Jun 2024, 7.30pm (plus 2pm Sat)

Julia combines contemporary dance with street dance and martial arts to create a unique movement language. She has performed in venues such as Sadler’s Wells, Royal Opera House, and the Southbank Centre, and has received critical acclaim for her innovative work.

The Actor’s Lounge: Things I Know to be TrueTues 31st Oct – Sat 4th Nov, 7.30pm (plus 2pm Tues, Wed & Fri)

Uncover the complexities of life and the powers that bind or break a family in The Actor’s Lounge company’s exquisitely poignant, humorous, and daring production of Things I Know to Be True by Andrew Bovell

John-Paul Zaccarini: The MixRace MixTapeFri 10 Nov, 7.30pm

A stand-up, hip-hop and spoken word odyssey of passion, hope and humour – taking you on a poetic journey through everyday racism, homophobia and classism, John-Paul Zaccarini explores the political and emotional minefield of intersectionality with poignancy in this highly personal and provocative performance.

The Paper Birds: Feel MeThu 23 Nov, 7.30pm

Feel Me is an interactive theatre show by leading devisied theatre company, The Paper Birds, which asks you who and what you care about, via your own mobile phone.

1927 Please Right Back Wed 24 to Sat 27 Jul 2024, times vary

UK Premiere of a new show from Margate based theatre company 1927, one of our Associate Artists. Part social realism, part science fiction with a healthy dose of mischief and a dash of dystopia, Please right back is a eulogy to the power of the imagination, storytelling and make believe


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