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Peril at Sea

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7th Mar | Doors: 7.30pm | Performance 2 hours with an interval | £10

Up The Road Theatre, in association with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, supported by LV21, The Seagull and Wells Maltings, present

Peril at Sea

New Touring Theatre Production Exploring Maritime History and Heritage

“On stormy nights when wild north-westers rave,
How proud a thing to fight with wind and wave!”
Arthur Hugh Clough

Join us in the intimate setting aboard the historic lightship LV21 for an evocative evening of live theatre.

The greatest storm in living memory blasts the English coast. Striving against the howling winds and pounding waves, a lonely boat struggles on. Those left behind wait impatiently, huddled together, isolated and unfamiliar.

As the storm rages and they wait, stories tumble out of the night – tales, memories, myths, legends and songs – all told by a multitude of characters. Amongst others, audiences will hear from sailors, submariners, smugglers and survivors.

The production is an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate those who have risked and lost their lives to save others, and the communities in which they lived. For the past year, the theatre company have been visiting sites and museums all over the country, gathering material used in the creation of the play: characters, anecdotes, events, songs and images. The stories also come from those who live by the sea, and their memories of life on the coast.


Buy Now£10 | Limited capacity


Supported by Arts Council England, The Leche Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Running time: approx. 2 hours with an interval
Suitable for age 12 and up

About Up The Road Theatre

Based in Kent, Up The Road Theatre create new work for remote or rural audiences, especially those with little or limited access to the arts. Heavily audience-focused, and with a desire to create work with literary and historical relevance, Peril at Sea is their second production.

Ghost Stories

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Thursday 31 January | 7.30pm | Licensed bar *** SOLD OUT ***

Ghost Stories – Tales of the supernatural
By The Paper Cinema

‘Bound to delight’ The Telegraph

LV21 is pleased to host this magical performance in Gravesend. Join the crew aboard for a wintry show for long, dark nights of ghostly tales brought to life through hand-drawn illustrations, masterful puppetry, cinematic projection and live music.

Discover what happened when the Devil came to Cornwall, strange happenings in a bewitched house in Devon, ghostly apparitions in Shropshire and a headless rider in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire. Plus, more ghostly tales…

Fascinating and imaginative storytellers, The Paper Cinema, create unique magical performances. For Ghost Stories, vivid pen and ink drawings capture these stories of the supernatural, accompanied by an eerily atmospheric soundtrack of violin, guitar, musical saw and live looping.

***** ‘Any production by this small British company is bound to be something special’
The Times

***** ‘The pleasure here is not just that the animations are both sinister and enchanting, or that the wonderful music gives the whole thing the feel of a quirky silent movie, but also that you can see how the show is being made right before your eyes. The mechanics are fully revealed, and being able to observe the process in no way diminishes what you see but rather enhances it.’
The Guardian

Produced by Sound UK Arts with funding from Arts Council England



About The Paper Cinema

Founded in 2004 by Nicholas Rawling, with Imogen Charleston and Christopher Reed, The Paper Cinema tour bespoke pieces around Britain and internationally.  The company’s previous work has included critically acclaimed, Total  Theatre  Award  nominated Night  Flyer & King  Pest, staged  at BAC in 2008, and The  Rock Charmer,  an  extraordinary  work  projected  on  to  the  cliffs  above Winspit as part of Inside Out Dorset Festival. The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey premiered in the spring of 2012, Odyssey has gone on to tour internationally after being selected as part of the British Council Showcase at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Paper Cinema’s most recent work is Macbeth, which premiered at Battersea Arts Centre and toured in 2018.

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About SoundUK

Sound UK produces and commissions extraordinary musical encounters in venues from national concert halls to village greens. We work with the world’s most creative artists to create memorable performances that excite and move audiences across the country and beyond.

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SEAson’s Greetings

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Sat 8th December | Open Day | 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4.30pm

Please note that access to the ship is closed during high tide (approx. 12.30-2pm, dependant on weather conditions)
FREE | Family-friendly | Suitable for all ages | Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult | Licensed bar
No need to book, just step aboard!

Yuletide ashore is a jolly time of the year for families and friends to get together. But how about those working at sea, spending the festive season far away from home, apart from their loved ones? Join the crew and artists aboard LV21 to spare a moment to think about these salty seafarers, of past and present, and find out how they brought some traditional festive cheer to their Christmas Day at sea. Explore the decks and immerse yourself in the mesmerising story of HMS Wakeful, make your own nautical Christmas decoration to take home or enjoy a festive hot toddy with a ship’s biscuit in the Galley Bar.

And if you look very carefully you might even find Benny The Beluga aboard, joining in the festivities somewhere below decks…


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Fri 7th December | 7-10pm | Tickets £5 | Licensed bar

Special Screening of Wakeful by artist Anne Robinson with live score performed by Breathing Space Collective | Running time 45 min

Come aboard to a unique Christmas Party at Sea! Enjoy a special site-specific film screening of Wakeful, a new film accompanied by a live score from the fabulous Breathing Space sound collective with special guest Richard Wilson of the legendary Bow Gamelan and one of the creators of 1513: A Ships Opera Meet the artist Anne Robinson after the performance to find out more about the story behind her personal project.

If I Sleep, I May be Caught: motto of HMS Wakeful, a WW1 destroyer, built on ‘Red’ Clydeside in 1917 on which the artist’s father was the ship’s cook. Drawing on a fragmented childhood memory and a ‘hidden history’ from a century ago, Wakeful is a project about listening to the past: a new film work with percussive sound constructed with international collaborators and considering the ‘peace’ one hundred years on.

HMS Wakeful was sent just a few days after the declaration of ‘peace’ at the November 11th Armistice in 1918, on what was later called the ‘Baltic Cruise’ heading through mine-infested waters, for the Gulf of Finland and Estonia: an illegal war on Bolshevism and a government that feared international solidarity of workers. Traumatised, but largely silent about his war, the artist’s father shared one single, stark memory of ‘Russian sailors in the ice’, waking her one night as a child to listen to an account of horror, ice and death. This experience shapes the film work: its dreamlike sense of temporality and remembered voices. Engaged in research decades later, she finds Wakeful and accounts of the voyage in two archived journals from sailors on the same ship, one a wireless telegraph officer, the other a signalman. One contemporary account of bombardments by Wakeful during this conflict describes ‘human debris in the snow’… ‘Russian sailors in the ice’.

One hundred years on, Wakeful uses film technologies to record the passing of time strangely as performers re-inhabit the past, the landscapes of war give up their dead and soundscapes of the past seep into the present. We listen to the past, cross borderlines.


Book NowLimited capacity. Please book early.


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Anne Robinson is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in east London. Her experimental practice is concerned with the perception and politics of time passing and she works with painting, film, sound and curating. She holds a practice-led PhD in time, film and painting and currently teaches at Middlesex University. Recent works include: Thrashing in the Static (2015) and Over Time (2014) as well as curating at Supernormal Festival.
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Breathing Space Collective are a London based five piece collective, who fuse voice and experimental instrumentation with techniques of improvisation, deep listening, assemblage and field recordings. They create site-specific performances exploring architectural acoustics, uncovering the social and physical resonances to shape content and form – working outside the traditional performance space they re-imagine place, adding new memory to sites.

This project has been supported by Arts Council England, Middlesex University and The David Family Foundation

Waterfront Weekend

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Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 August  | Waterfront Weekend

12-3pm | Free creative activity on shore

3-5pm | Tickets £5.50 for live performances aboard the ship

Daisy Farris Dance Collective presents

A glorious day trip ends in tragedy. The story of The Great Thames Disaster unfolds through dance and physical theatre as the audience is taken on the final voyage of The SS Princess Alice in 1878.

The fate of the passengers is revealed in this bold, immersive production, capturing the moment the jovial atmosphere descends into chaos. An emotive tale of disaster, tragedy and the power of community spirit, guaranteed to capture the hearts and minds of audiences.

An immersive, site-specic performance on board LV21. Audiences will board the ship and be guided through the decks and cabins as this historical story unfolds. Performances will be followed by a movement workshop with Daisy Farris and an art installation by Nicola Flower in the hull of the ship.


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Want to join in? It’s Free!

Daisy Farris Dance Collective are recruiting young people age 13-18 to be part of this exciting performance project. The project is FREE to participate in and is an opportunity to develop your skills in the performing arts sector.
Rehearsal: Monday 23rd- Friday 27th July | 10am-4pm | The Woodville Theatre
Performance: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August on board LV21

To take part email: with your name, age and interest in the project.
No prior experience required!

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Gravesham Riverside Festival Fringe

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Saturday 14 July | 12-5pm | FREE

Join artists and performers for the 1st ever Fringe Festival aboard and around LV21.

Enjoy a range of Circus themed creative and participatory workshops and performances. Encounter curious street artists, try out tightwire walking and aerial acrobatics, join in song and dance, and build your very own Flea Circus.

Fringe line-up 12pm-5pm

‘Have a Go’ drop-in workshops

(limited places for scheduled sessions allocated on first come first served basis | please check the schedule on arrival)

Trapeze & Hammock with Airhedz:
– aboard LV21 12-2pm & 3.30-5pm
– 25 min sessions
– Suitable for ages 8+
– trapeze max. 6 participants/session
– hammock max. 8 participants/session

Tightwire Walking with Dizzy O’Dare:
– ashore 12-2.30pm
– check scheduled session times on arrival

Dance & Movement with Daisy Farris Dance Collective:
– ashore 12-2.30pm & 3.30-5pm
– check scheduled session times on arrival

Build a Flea Circus with LV21 ShipMates:
– aboard LV21 12-2pm & 3.30-5pm
– drop-in anytime


1pm, 2pm & 4.15pm
Elves performances

1.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm
Daisy Farris Dance Collective
perform extracts of The Great Thames Disaster

The Giant Balloon Show by Dizzy O’Dare

The Greatest Showman sing-along with the Make A Noise Choir


Schedule subject to change

Please note that there is no public access aboard LV21 during predicted high tide between 2-3.30pm.
All activities aboard LV21 break for this period but recommence at 3.30pm. Workshops and performances at St Andrew’s Quay are continuous throughout the day.


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ONE DAY – a creative ‘day-off’ for women

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One Day is a free day-long workshop for women of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Join artist Alinah Azadeh onboard LV21 to uncover and celebrate the talents and stories of local women. Read more

Night Walking North Kent | Art Festival 2018

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Saturday 21 April 11am-4.30pm | Unexpected Encounters | FREE | Suitable for all ages | Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and adult

Explore the decks onboard LV21 and encounter hidden video and art installations by participating Inspiral artists Richard Couzins, Sarah Sparkes, Anne Robinson and counterproductions, alongside Caroline Gregory’s Talismans, a collection of lucky charms and artefacts that evoke protective deities, souvenirs of the sea that offer protection from the darkness. While onboard you can also make your own mask to take home for an imaginary animal menagerie inspired by the 19th Century Rosherville Pleasure Gardens in Northfleet. You might also meet some of the Gravesend Hospital Radio DJs broadcasting live from the Radio Room.

Saturday 21 April 4.30-6.30pm | The North Kent Marshlands: Walking the Hoo and its unique Soundscapes

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After a day of artistic interventions and installations join local nature writer and conservationist Carol Donaldson and sound artist Grant Smith on LV21 for a marshland inspired talk, introducing you to the richness and diversity of the North Kent Marshes as a place of otherness, refuge and rare beauty. The event will allow time for discussion with other Inspiral Associate Artists and includes refreshments.

This is an ideal way to share our experiences of exploring other places and night walking, but also as a way to prepare for Inspiral Long Hoo Night Walk  – this epic walk will leave from LV21 after the talk finishes. See here for details and book your place.

About the speakers: Carol Donaldson originally from Essex, moved to Kent in 2004 to work for the RSPB. In 2014 she set up an environmental consultancy advising farmers, charities and government bodies on improving the countryside for wildlife. She has written for The Guardian, Wanderlust and BBC Wildlife Magazine. She was BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Travel Writer of the Year in 2011. Her first book, On the Marshes was published by Little Toller in 2017 and follows a journey across the North Kent Marshes meeting people who have chosen to live in unconventional ways.

Grant Smith is a writer and artist at and with soundCamp at

About the Festival

Night Walking North Kent is an inclusive, fun way to explore our urban/semi-urban lives as we range across Gravesham, the Hoo Peninsula and Northfleet, knocking on the night ground, turning up the unexpected, the uncommon and uncanny. Come and join us as amateur naturalist, expert historian, pleasure-seeker, archaeologist or simple nightwalker, to scour the night time, and prepare to be enlightened, amazed, challenged, as we explore together the rich and overlapping natural and cultural histories of North Kent.

This unique festival of nocturnal walking, offers 4 nightdays of curated walking art events: a collection of informative and entertaining public walks, with artistic workshops or talks and an exhibition display at Gravesend Library (26 March – 30 April). The display reveals the ongoing mapping of the InspiralLondon Metropolitan Trail while celebrating the themes of night walking. Across the whole festival associate artists will be presenting unique responses to the metropolitan trail experience, in being a part of and observing the city by night.

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This Festival and Artistic Commissions are generously supported financially by ACE (Grants for the Arts), KCC, Metropolitan Trails and counterproductions. With additional support of LV21, GAC, CGP London, soundcamp, Deveron Arts, CoolWalks & WAN

The Art of Autism 2

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LV21 is supporting the National Autistic Society Dartford & Gravesham branch to kick off the World Autism Awareness Week with the Art of Autism 2, an exhibition featuring artworks by local children and young people on the autistic spectrum. Read more