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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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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.


Anything Other are a professional theatre company creating a new play exploring the history and changing identity of North Kent. Join this fun afternoon of workshops with the director and writer, exploring how they are making the play from local stories.

People from all walks of life are invited to take part. There is no requirement to act or have any prior knowledge of drama to participate.

The workshops are free and takes place onboard LV21.

Young People Session (age 8-17) – 1pm-2.30pm
Adults/Parents Session – 3.30pm-5pm

Refreshments are provided.

To book please email or speak to the crew onboard.


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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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

Half Moon presents Map Of Me

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Map of Me explores how a displaced child finds a sense of self and belonging in a moving and uplifting show, written from real-life experiences of young asylum seekers. It tells the story of a young girl fleeing war in her homeland as she tries to find safety, identity and a place to belong. Read more

Machine Women

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Everyone has a story to tell, would you like to tell us yours? Did you work, or know someone who worked, at Chatham Dockyard? Do you know about the Women of the Ropery or the Ladies of the Flag? Theatre practitioners Luan Blake, Lisa Wolfe and Tara Gould, are researching a new performance based on women’s experiences of factory life, with a special interest in women who have worked for British Industries. We would love to meet you and hear your stories, experiences and memories to build an accurate picture of what life was like for women who worked in industrial/factory environments. Read more