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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.


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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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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.


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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


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A new play exploring the links between homelessness issues and prison. Pay whatever you can afford to enjoy the performance and meet the writer, visual artist and activist for prison reform - as well as a former prisoner himself - Dean Stalham to find out more about his work exploring the question of ‘can the arts prevent ex-prisoners from re-offending?' Read more

Kevin, King of Egypt

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Kevin, King of Egypt by Rob Gee | Oct 5th | £7.50

Comic, poet and ex-psychiatric nurse Rob Gee presents a fifty-minute solo show, followed by either a Q and A and/or a performance of poems, the selection of which is requested by the audience.

Escaped psychiatric patient Kevin Haggerty is not pleased about his diagnosis, even less pleased about being on a section of the Mental Health Act and distinctly upset about being told he is not the reincarnation of the pharaoh Ramses II. On his way to Egypt, via the Tesco Express, he stumbles across the nemesis to all his plans: Millie – a lost six-year-old. Together they embark on a journey that will change both their lives forever.

The poems chosen in the second half all have a theme of mental health.

Strong language. Recommended age 16+


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Written and performed by comic, poet and psychiatric nurse Rob Gee (“Seriously funny – Sunday Mirror), fresh from a sold out run across North America.

★★★★★ “Uproarious… hilarious… liberating!” London Pub Theatres

★★★★½ “Super-energetic, uber-likeable, highly gifted… a moving, funny, deeply human show not to be missed” Victoria Times

★★★★ “A master storyteller… moving, funny and engrossing” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

★★★★ “Hilarious… bound to simultaneously break hearts and lift spirits” Vue Weekly, Alberta

“A quite marvellous adventure… essentially a fairy tale… a story littered with the grit of harsh reality, but sprinkled with stardust.” The Swindoneon

“Delightful… Gee finds humor and heart in the humanity.” Orlando Sentinel

“Obsessively-compulsively watchable… crammed with Gee’s trademark mixture of killer wit and medical commentary.” Orlando Weekly

Winner: Best Solo Show – Victoria Fringe
Winner: Best Comedy – Swindon Fringe
Winner: Best Solo Comedy – Orlando Fringe

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Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Tom Crean | Antarctic Explorer

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Tom Crean (1877-1938) the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes is brought to life aboard LV21 in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. Read more


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A six-mile walk along the foreshore and into the picturesque town centre through the old, newly restored covered market and a visit to the truly spectacular Sikh temple, before boarding LV21, the lightship moored at the riverfront for an early evening spoken word performance. Read more


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Join the crew aboard historic lightship LV21 for the long-anticipated re-opening at her new moorings. Celebrate with family-friendly maritime merriment aboard the ship, explore the decks and make your own souvenir travel patch to mark the occasion. Read more