Margate NOW: Making Waves festival reveals stellar line-up of shows

Julie's World

High-octane performances from a maths whizz turned poetry slam champ and rip-roaring improvisation inspired by Enid Blyton are just some of the eclectic shows taking place as part of arts festival, Making Waves.

Performed in three of the town’s best-loved venues Theatre Royal, Tom Thumb and Olby’s Soul Café the mini-festival showcases the best of Thanet talent while also presenting top performers from around the UK.

Coinciding with the start of the Turner Prize exhibition at Turner Contemporary and Margate NOW festival there will also be a puppet show for children and music from broken-folk Thanet duo, Lunatraktors.

The festival funs from Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29.


Roots, By 1927

Stories from a simpler time. A medley of rarely told folktales of tyrannical ogres, magic bird’s hearts and very, very fat cats.

27 September, 7.30pm, Theatre Royal Margate, Addington Street, CT9 1PW

Making Waves Showcase

An exciting evening of short performances of  new work from Sharon Byrne Productions (Battered), Marianne Dissard (Not Me), Tiny Circus Tent (Half Heard), Tom Adams and Co (The Essay Show), Sid Productions (Palais de Dance), Cohesion Plus (Afro Bangra Fusion).

27 September,  9pm.  Olby’s Soul Cafe, 3 – 5 King Street, CT9 1DD

Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland. Pic: Robert Day

Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland, By UK Arts International 

Building on John Retallack’s award-winning earlier play, Hanna returns to Margate in search of a Syrian girl she befriended in Kosovo, turning Hannah’s life upside down, as together they take a journey to the Calais jungle.

28 September,  2.30pm.  Theatre Royal Margate, Addington Street, CT9 1PW

Bumper Blyton – The Improvised Adventure, By Make Em Ups 

A riotous parody, chock full of innuendo and lashings of puns, where the cast invent an hilarious, improvised adventure live and on the hoof, inspired by audience suggestions.

Performed in vintage costume with music and songs, the show offers a ripping and hilarious tongue-in-cheek homage to Miss Blyton.

28 September, 5pm,  Theatre Royal Margate, Addington Street, CT9 1PW

Lunatraktors. Pic: Sam Grady

This is Broken Folk, By Lunatraktors

Using techniques from body percussion, tap dance, overtone singing and physical theatre, performance duo Lunatraktors explore a set of British, Irish and Australian ballads to rediscover folk music as a queer space of personal and political transformation.

28 September, 7.30pm.  Theatre Royal Margate

Harry Baker, I am 10,000

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. He’s got 99 problems but maths ain’t one.

28 September, 10pm.  Tom Thumb Theatre, 2A Eastern Esplanade, CT9 2LB

Harry Baker. Pic: Jordan Mary

Lady Bracknell’s Confinement,  By Good Stuff Theatre

The extraordinary revelations of one of theatre’s most pulverising snobs.  What is the truth about Lady Augusta Bracknell’s unlikely origins – and what, most importantly, is the grotesquely astonishing secret that she has kept so carefully hidden for so many years?

29 September, 10.15am. Tom Thumb Theatre, 2A Eastern Esplanade, CT9 2LB

Lady Bracknell’s Confinement. Pic: Ben McLoughlin

Reynard the Fox, By Theatre of the Small

Meet Reynard, the devious fox of medieval legend. His world is brought to life in a family show inspired by itinerant folk theatre, using hand-crafted puppets and live music.

29 September,  11.45am.  Tom Thumb Theatre, 2A Eastern Esplanade, CT9 2LB

Land of Lost Content – By Henry Maddicott 

An autobiographical spoken word show that explores the grittier side of life in the country. It follows the lives of a group of friends fighting, loving, and smoking their way through adolescence into young adulthood.

29 September,  2.15pm. Olbys, 3-5 King Street, CT9 1DD

Land of Lost Content by Henry Maddicott. Pic: Georgie Oliver

Julie’s World –  By Trudi Jackson

Welcome to Julie’s World. The fabulously bonkers stay-at-home-mum will teach you everything you need to know about the crazy world of being a social media influencer.

29 September, 3.30pm. Olbys, 3-5 King Street, CT9 1DD

Julie’s World

Making Waves is produced by UK Arts International and Looping the Loop and supported by Arts Council England, Margate NOW and SECCADS.

For more information and to book visit Making Waves