10 things to see and do in Thanet, February 4-5

Thanet Big Sing Community Choir

Howerd’s End

February 4, Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs, 7.30pm

Frankie Howerd was one of Britain’s most loved comedians for half a century. But he had a secret. And the secret’s name was Dennis.

This much-acclaimed play by Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope) takes you to the heart of Frankie and Dennis’ clandestine relationship, which lasted from the 1950s until Frankie’s death in 1992. It also affords a glorious opportunity to encounter Frankie in full-flight stand up mode.

Pack with laughter, but unafraid of truth, Howerd’s End portrays two humans’ journey through closeness, love and grief, and all the other things that make life worth living.

Tickets in advance £16.00 / Doors £18.00 Book now

The Bangers Comedy team

February 4, Olby’s Margate, doors open 7pm, show at 8pm.

Line up:

Curtis Walker – BBC Real McCoy

Victor Daniels – BBC Laughter Shock

Darran Griffiths – BBC New Comedy winner

Toju – Britain’s Got Talent Golden buzzer winner

Tickets – £18.00 Book now


February 4, Tom Thumb Theatre in Cliftonville, 8pm.

An electronic dance odyssey with live percussion (tabla, cajon, Latin percussion, soundscaping percussion) and live electronics]

Tickets from £10 Book now

Thanet Big Sing Community Choir’s Winter Concert

February 4, Birchington Village Centre, 2:30pm

Refreshments included

Tickets in advance from Lorna 01843 290513 or on the door £6 / Under 12’s £3

The Bradstow Symphony Orchestra

February 5, Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs, 3pm

Pergolesi – Stabat Mater

Barber – Adagio for Strings

Warlock – Capriol Suite

Bride – Rhapsody on Ukrainian Folk Songs

John Williams – String Suite

Conductor – Steph Godwin

Musical Director – Jacob Bride

Orchestra Leader – Floriane Peycelon

Adult advance:£12 / On the door:£15, Under 18’s: £5 Book now

Babylon (18)

Palace cinema Broadstairs

A tale of dazzling ambition and outrageous excess, Babylon traces the rise and fall of a multitude of characters during an era of unbridled decadence in the beginnings of Hollywood.

Friday 3 February to Thursday 9 February

More details here

Sonia Boyce: Feeling Her Way

February 4-May 8, Turner Contemporary, open Wednesday – Sunday 10am -5pm (last entry 4pm)

An ambitious installation combining acapella singing, mounted video screens, and wallpaper devoted to hundreds of black British female singers.

In the first UK venue for this exhibition (organised by the British Council), Boyce’s ambitious installation will immerse visitors in the sound of acapella singing by five pioneering black female singers.

Boyce came to prominence in the early 1980s as a key figure in the burgeoning Black-British art scene, actively participating in critical discussions and exhibitions for racial equality.


February 4-May 8, Turner Contemporary Clore Learning Studio

Banned. is part of a two-year project led by Sabina Desir, Artistic Director and Creative Producer of the Ramsgate-based Freedom Road Project.

Prompted by a 1957 archived newspaper article in the East Kent Times, Sabina was compelled to look at the issues of place, belonging and identity that remain prominent in all aspects of contemporary life.

Between 1951 and 1958, there were 2,500 United States (US) Air Force servicemen and servicewomen stationed at RAF Manston, located outside Ramsgate. Of these, 200 were African American, and there were also non-white American personnel from indigenous and other ethnic groups.

US airmen abroad still had to obey stateside legislation, including observance of Jim Crow laws, which were statutes enforcing segregation and marginalisation of non-whites by denying suffrage, education, freedom of movement, employment, and other basic rights. Defiance of Jim Crow laws commonly resulted in verbal abuse, fines, arrests, jail sentences, physical violence, and death.

On 7 August 1957, the East Kent Times reported that Ramsgate’s Mayor, Alderman Rev. Harcourt-Samuels, sought an ‘out of bounds’ order banning all American servicemen stationed at RAF Manston, from Ramsgate. The newspaper downplayed this and concluded that there was no ‘colour bar’. Numerous Ramsgate residents wrote to the paper disagreeing with the paper’s dismissive assessment. They suggested that the order was in fact intended to restrict movement of all non-white airmen to RAF Manston. The unprompted advocacy of these Ramsgate residents ensured that news of the ban continued to travel far beyond their area.

Sabina Desir discovered the story, and sought to bring it to the fore, in Banned: Place, Belonging, Identity with artist Charlie Evaristo-Boyce and photographer Richard Birch.

Try a little Tenderness

Liminal Gallery in Margate.

‘Try a little Tenderness’ brings together the works of three artists whose practice is unified in the attempt to capture fleeting moments. -Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Flora Bradwell and Damien Flood

All are welcome to join the opening on Saturday 4th February 5pm-8pm. The event is sponsored by Old Dairy Brewery. The exhibition runs until February 23.

Liminal Gallery, 34 Fort Hill, Margate.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (PG)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Key Cast: Antonio Banderas, Chris Miller, Miguel Gabriel

Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: He has burned through eight of his nine lives, leaving him with only one life left. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.

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