What’s On

The RAP OP productions have been recorded, to view go to: https://rap.org.uk/rap-op/


For your calendar:

RAP Event dates for the Spring of 2022

The HUG*…… 19 MARCH




*The HUG…… 19 MARCH


Long Nose Puppets are proud to announce their brand-new show. A tale of hope, empathy and acceptance. Based on the heart-warming and funny book ‘The Hug’ by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar. Starring a Hedgehog and a Tortoise both in search of a restorative hug. They face many rejections along the way from a rather scary badger, a squirrel (who knows A LOT about nuts), a shy frog, a fabulous fox and an owl who really wants to be wise.  Set to Tom Gray’s beautiful and witty music, the audience are invited on a journey full of fun, laughter and love…and at the end, a very special hug from our puppets.



Set by quizmistress Jenny Barrett

After the sell-out success of our previous Big Arts Quiz(s), we’re bringing it back to delight those of you who love quizzing but have a dislike for science and sport questions.

Get your thinking caps on for a variety of arts and culture-based rounds. Prizes to be won.

Create your own team of 6-8 arts buffs, or come along, join the fun and make up a team on the night.




When Lord God is persuaded by retainer Gabriel to take a holiday in a Devonshire seaside hotel (to get Him out from under His angels’ feet), He looks forward to a fortnight filled with tennis, cream teas and the latest Agatha Christie. But the presence of campaigning atheist Prof. ‘Minty’ Tweddle and her fiancé, caustic drama critic Rex Addison, leads to all manner of supernatural scrapes, japes and narrow escapes and the invention of a hot new global dance craze.


Thank you to Mr. Judd for his very enlightening presentation (Sunday 16 May).  This show was recorded and is now available to view.

Alan Judd

Alan Judd is the author of 15 novels and two biographies. He previously served as a soldier in the British army and as a diplomat in the Foreign Office. Judd is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has won numerous awards including the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Heinemann Award, with three of his novels having been filmed.

Alan’s latest: A Fine Madness, a novel about Christopher Marlowe published last month by Simon & Schuster, chosen as The Sunday Times historical fiction Book of the Month, also one of The Guardian Books of the Month.


Micahel Smith

RAP followers may recall Michael Smith’s recent talk for RAP, the first in our recent series of lockdown specials, which dealt with Captain Crozier and the missing Franklin expedition.

Mick’s new book on the subject will be published shortly. It is also highly topical because of the current BBC series, The Terror, though the TV series is fiction. Mick’s book is factual.

In the interests of supporting our local businesses, Mick asks anyone in the vicinity interested in a copy to deal with Rother Books in Battle if convenient. Local shops need all the help they can get at the moment.  Contact:  rotherbooks@btconnect.com     Icebound in the Arctic – The Mystery of Captain Francis Crozier and the Franklin Expedition  (O’Brien Press).