Looping The Loop returns for its ninth season of live art performances in Thanet next month (November).
The touring festival creates productions from Battersea Arts Centre, in London and locally produced shows. Ramsgate Arts is the lead promoter in Thanet working with the Tom Thumb Theatre and freelance director Ellie Jones.
The festival will launch with We Are Nearly Normal, Are You? At Westwood Cross on Saturday, November 11 between 11am and 3pm.
There will be a Bottle Dog Agility Team,Eccentric Explorers and The Flight Crew from Kent’s premier perambulatory airline.
Also premiering will be the crews’ Mad Venture Van.
The Looping The Loop team have recently adopted an elderly caravan which will be transformed into its future ‘mobile arts space.’
Looping the Loop, with support from Ramsgate Town Council and Thanet District Council, put a call out to the arty folk of Thanet offering a commission to an artist or group of artists to come up with a design for the 1970/80s caravan as it prepares to embark on its new life in the arts.
The commission has gone to Margate-based signwriter and graphic artist, Andrew Hudson of the Hermetic Sign Co, who will undertake the design and painting of the wagon/caravan.
He plans to transpose a very traditional Victorian show-man caravan design on the vehicle.
A Looping The Loop spokesman said: “Looping the Loop is super excited about this choice and look forward to launching our newly pimped out caravan on November 11 at Westwood Cross with mad-cap walkabout performances from our in-house theatre troupe - ‘We Are Nearly Normal’.”
We Are Nearly Normal
11am – 3pm, Westwood Cross Shopping Centre. FREE. Age: 5+
The Hartlepool Monkey
7,30pm, Theatre Royal Margate, Addington Street
Only a cabin girl and ship’s mascot, a chimpanzee, survive ship wreck and make it to shore. The townsfolk mistake the monkey for a spy, and condemn him to a life-or- death trial.
Tickets: £15 / £13 / £12
Box office: 01843 292795
Tom Thumb Theatre, 2 Eastern Esplanade, Margate,
1pm – 5pm Workshop | 7pm – 10pm Ages: 16+
A workshop and Sundowner event investigating and celebrating partnerships in all their curious forms. The workshop is open to all visual artists and performers, led by Ray Prendergast and Lennie. They will explore the pressures and frustrations around gender roles we are all expected to play within partnerships, and how to resist them. For the Sundowner, Ray and Lennie will be joined on stage by other curious couples. Open to all!
Writing for Performance
With James Fritz award winning writer of Ross & Rachel
2pm, The Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs. Ages: 16+
A session for writers and would-be writers, to explore the unique demands of writing words to be spoken, not read. Festival Deal: Buy a ticket to Ross & Rachel for half price.
Coastal Culture Network Event
4pm – 7pm, Ramsgate Yacht Club, 6, Westcliff Mansions, Ramsgate
The Coastal Culture Network, Garsington Opera for All and Ramsgate Arts offer an open invite to a networking event about sharing experiences and discussing how the cultural offer on the coast can be strengthened, in the particular context of Thanet.
Register your interest by emailing: email@example.com.
Semele Mash Up
With Garsington Opera for All and Thanet Schools
6pm – 8.30pm, St. Lawrence College, College Road, Ramsgate. Ages: 5+
At the end of Garsington’s Opera For All two week school programme the students come together with the soloist singers, director and musical director for a performance based on Handel’s Semele, with new work created by the students.
Tickets are free and should be booked
Friday November 17
5pm, Archive Homestore, Ramsgate
East Kent theatre practitioners and enthusiasts are invited to a pre-show (Ross & Rachel) networking/information sharing Salon.
The event will include a talk and Q&A with visiting and local producers. You can also expect drinks, snacks and excellent tunes from local D.Js.
Tickets: £5 or £10 for Salon + Ross & Rachel
Ross and Rachel
16 – 17 November
8pm – 9pm, St. George’s Hall, Broad Street, Ramsgate. Ages: 16+
This is a mind-bending heart-breaking examination of the ‘Ross and Rachel’ syndrome – what happens when best friends get together and stay together? This disquieting duologue is performed solo and written by Olivier-nominee and Critics Circle ‘Most Promising Playwright’ winner James Fritz. Post show discussion 16 November with Margate Theatre Club. Festival deals available.
Almost Always Muddy
Saturday November 18,
10.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm
Sunday November 19,
10.30am & 1.30pm
Foyle Room, Turner Contemporary, Ages 5+
Join the team of Almost Always Muddy in their junk yard playground of treasures and build them a place to tell their story. Almost Always Muddy is an immersive story-telling experience. The Foyle Room at Turner Contemporary will be filled with pallets, tubes, ropes, nets, fabric, materials with which you can build the places stories can happen. The Almost Always Muddy team of improvisers will then transform your creation into a theatrical storytelling adventure, with live music, live making and special effects.
Tickets: Adult and 1 Child £10
Family Ticket: £20 for 5 people (up to 2 Adults)
Extra Child £5
The Castle Builder
7.30pm – 9pm, Theatre Royal Margate, Addington Street. Ages: 12+
Includes pre-show by local performance group Filigree Mask!
Kid Carpet and Vic Llewellyn’s musical, magical, moving and comic journey through the minds of some of our planet’s most eccentric and creative individuals. From personal accounts into tales of outsider artists who have been inspired to build extraordinary structures, in secret and without artistic validation from the real world. A smash-hit success of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. Includes an invited local maker who constructs an object on stage for presentation at the climax of the show. Festival deals available.
Festival detail: Loopingtheloopfestival.org.uk