Upcoming Events


Private view & talk by artist Siobhan Stanley

6pm, Thursday 6 December 2018 

blackShed Gallery, Redlands Lane, Robertsbridge

This is exclusive event is for RAP Members only!

Classically trained dancer-turned-artist Siobhan Stanley will give an exclusive talk for RAP members and their guests, allowing us a glimpse into her personal journey from from classically trained dancer with the Royal Ballet through to atelier arts schooling in both Florence and London.

Always a perfectionist, her critical eye casts outwards, challenging contemporary mores and identity politics through the medium of the Old Masters.

She examines ‘otherness’, intimacy and indeed masculinity via the tropes of the Elizabethan court; a metaphor for our own times swathed in a rich aesthetic that not only encourages examination of contemporary norms but also our collective past.

Her paintings provoke us to reflect on our position relative to them, to unravel our biases and reach a place free from jaundice. It is an inward journey that will be as revealing as the paintings themselves.

Our thanks to Kenton, owner of the blackShed Gallery for organising this exclusive event for RAP members.

Tickets available now for RAP members only. Tickets £5 to include drinks & nibbles.



Seasonal Tales for Children with Kevin Graal, Storyteller

The Festive Tent, Eggs to Apples Farm Shop, London Road, Hurst Green

Sunday 9 December 2018

10.45am to 11.45 am

Suitable for ages 5 – 11, £6 per child, must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry by pre-booked tickets only.

Tickets available here and now through jane.tritton@btinternet.com 01580 200953.



The Last Baguette: The Little Match Girl

Robertsbridge Village Hall

Thursday 27 December


A family show for Christmas inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s traditional tale. London. Christmas Eve. The snow is falling. A little girl struggles fiercely through the cold. We follow her throughout the day as she encounters the funny and zany characters of the vibrant city streets. In an attempt to stay warm she strikes a match, then a second and third. In the cold the flames blaze to life and the flickering fire illuminates her fantastic Christmas visions. With each strike we enter the tumultuous world of her imagination, meeting talking turkeys, dancing rats, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their chattering Christmas tree. The company use their signature style of visual storytelling, live music and puppetry to present this touching, madcap and heart-warming classic Christmas tale.

Such a great show…expert physical comedy and storytelling … the live music and song was a real treat too. Stunning costumes, men playing women, puppets, bags of humour for young (and old) it really surpassed all my expectations and was a beautiful way to finish our programme for Christmas.

Programme Manager, Bridport Arts Centre


Tickets £10 | £5 for U16s suitable for ages 4+

Tickets available now for members only. On sale to general public 4-6 weeks prior to the event. NB this event is likely to sell out, so do use your member priority booking.


Tea/coffee/soft drinks/cake included for RAP members

Doors 4.30pm, bar available

Approx end time 6.30pm, including interval



Franz Liszt: The First Celebrity

A Talk by Paul Roberts

The George Inn, Robertsbridge 

Wednesday 6 February 2019

7pm reception, 7.30pm talk, 8.20pm 2-course supper

Between 1830 and 1847 pianist and composer Franz Liszt gave piano recitals in every city across the length and breath of Europe and into the outer reaches of Russia. He became as famous as monarchs and popes. Queen Victoria was entranced when she met him in London, Pope Pius IX left him a visiting card in Rome. Not until Beatle mania in the 20th century would such a phenomenon be repeated.

In this pre-supper talk, pianist, writer and Robertsbridge resident Paul Roberts – much admired and with considerable experience of performing on a concert platform – will reflect upon Liszt’s fame in an age before recorded sound.

“Paul Roberts’ excellence as a writer on music is matched by his superb talents as a pianist. I know of no other figure in the musical world who combines so impressively the roles of scholar and performer.”  Richard Goode

Tickets £17.50 – to include supper (more details soon)  |  Priority booking for RAP members.



Big Arts Quiz 2019

Question Mistress: Jenny Barrett

Saturday 30 March 2019, Robertsbridge Village Hall, Station Road

Doors open 7.30pm | Quiz starts 8pm | Bar & snacks available

After the sell-out success of the inaugural Big Arts Quiz, we’re bringing it back to delight those of you who love quizzing but positively hate science and sport questions.

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

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

The best team name wins a prize. Last year’s winners: The Prerotherlites.

Will they be returning to try and hold onto their crown or will they be trumped by FFS (For Fauve’s Sake), In it for the Monet or Dada wouldn’t buy me a Bauhaus (that was way too clever for us)?

Suitability 16+ | Finishes approximately 10.30pm

Tickets will be on sale 6-4 weeks before the quiz. Priority booking for RAP members.


Hold the dates! Robertsbridge Literary Festival 2019

Local authors | Local themes

15-18 May 2019

At various venues around the village. We’re working on it! Details to be announced nearer the time.