Past Events

Robertsbridge Literary Festival          
15-18 May 2019

This is our third festival and we are keeping it local again. Featuring Sussex authors, storytellers, writers and actors, we have nine very different events over the four days.

Hopefully there’s something for everyone!

See below for full information.

Sponsors

Thanks to our local sponsor heroes:

No Agenda Healthstyles |  Salehurst Halt |  Eggs to Apples
Moat Osteopaths |  Hush Beauty |  The George Inn, Robertsbridge


A Writers’ Conversation: Terry Newman & Isabel Lloyd

Wednesday 15 May

8pm Upstairs @ The Ostrich 
doors 7.30pm, talk 1 hr incl Q&A
Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery & the Village Store and online

Author of the #1 USA Kindle Epic Fantasy Bestseller ‘Detective Strongoak and the Case of the Dead Elf’ Terry Newman (aka Dr Tel) in conversation with Brightling journalist-turned-author and gardener Isabel Lloyd.
Robertsbridge’s Terry is an award winning writer for film, animation, stage, musicals, comedy, TV and radio, working with top comedy people such as Rory Bremner and producers of The Office.

He’ll be in conversation with Isabel Lloyd, fellow local writer and editor who has worked for most major British news titles including The Economist, FT and The Independent. A lifelong garden enthusiast and sci-fi nerd, she is co-author of Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse (Anima, 3 Oct). Who knows where this conversation will end up…!

https://nicelystrongoak.com/
https://www.drtel.co.uk/

Sponsored by No Agenda

https://www.facebook.com/singlearts/
https://www.noagenda.org.uk/


The Rat in the Cellar: A radio play reading

Thursday 16 May

8 pm Upstairs @ The Ostrich
doors 7.30pm, talk 1 hr including Q&A’s
Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery, the Village Store and online.

A darkly comic radio play, written by local performer, writer, poet and former Random House editor Kate Tym.

Marilyn is frustrated by her loveless marriage. It was all right whilst her husband Alan was at work, but now he’s retired…

So, the ever innovative Marilyn takes matters into her own hands, locks husband Alan in the cellar and cheerfully gets on with her life of trash TV and M&S ready meals, all the while blithely planning Alan’s ultimate, untimely demise.

I love, love, love your play! – Miriam Margolyes

Reminiscent of some of the funniest and best of Alan Bennett’s monologues – Marilyn Imrie, Literary Agent

Written by Kate Tym and performed by Kate and John Knowles of http://itsnotus.co.uk/

Come and join us for something a bit different, and chat to Kate afterwards about her writing and inspiration for the play

Sponsored by HealthStyles Skin Care

HealthStyles Skin Care

With thanks to The Ostrich for the use of their upstairs room.


Illustrated Talk with Sarah Massini

Friday 17 May

Robertsbridge Village Hall
8pm, doors & bar 7.30pm
Talk lasts approx 1 hour incl Q&A.   Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery, the Village Store and online.

Robertsbridge based children’s book illustrator Sarah Massini in conversation with RAP’s Jenny Barrett, talking about her journey from first scribbles to where she is today, with several lessons learned along the way! Now in the enviable position of being extremely choosy about what she works on, Sarah will explain what appeals and why. Her numerous books include The Velveteen Rabbit, The Boy and The Bear, Star in the Jar, Little Cloud and, due out later this year, The Girl and the Dinosaur.

Our thanks to John Powell for the photograph.

Sponsored by The Salehurst Halt


Talk: For the Love of The Archers
(An Unofficial Companion)

Saturday 18 May

The George Inn, Robertsbridge
10.15 am doors open to order tea/coffee/cake

10.45 am talk starts followed by Q&A
11.45 am ends (approx.) Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery, the Village Store and online

Join Sussex based author Beth Miller for a chat about what it’s like to write about the world’s longest running drama, the havoc she would wreak on Ambridge if only she was allowed anywhere near a script, and a good moan about our least favourite characters!

Beth has published three novels, the most recent of which is The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom (March 2019)

Photo credit Katie Vandyck

https://www.bethmiller.co.uk/for-the-love-of-the-archers

Sponsored by The George Inn, Robertsbridge

www.thegeorgerobertsbridge.co.uk


Tales for Children Under 5 & Storytelling for 5-11 year olds

With Kevin Graal

Saturday 18 May

Upstairs @ The Ostrich, Station Road

Under 5s: 11am – 11.45am
Doors open 10.45am

5-11 year olds: 12.30pm – 1.15pm
Doors open 12.15pm

Tickets £3 per child

Kevin Graal’s innate way with words will have your children spellbound and transported to a different world.

A highly regarded and experienced storyteller, Kevin is also an inspiring educator, working with an impressive range of partners from schools and community groups to leading arts and educational organisations such as Tate Modern, the British Library and the British Council. His finely tuned storytelling combines careful planning with playful improvisation and is always filled with laughter, music and imagination.

http://www.talkingtales.org/

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Sponsored by The Moat Practice


Talk: The Sussex Trug

With Sarah Page

Saturday, 18th May

Venue: Robertsbridge Village Hall

4.30pm Doors open & bar
5.00pm Talk (approx 1 hr inc. Q&A)
Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery, the Village Store and online.

Discover the history of the much-loved Sussex Trug, a survivor from the Weald’s industrial past. Sarah Page, author of the charming book The Sussex Trug, has for the last 24 years lived and worked in a house that has been home to Sussex trugmakers since 1899.

Keeping alive the culture and the art of the trug, Sarah will share with us stories of the trugmakers and their families, take an in depth look at the history of this enduring basket, and guide us through a step by step guide to making a trug.

Sponsored by Eggs to Apples Farm Shop

http://eggstoapples.co.uk/


Talk: Alan Judd – Truth & Fiction in Spy Literature

Saturday, 18th May

Robertsbridge Village Hall
7.30pm Doors open & bar
8.00pm Talk (approx 1 hr inc. Q&A’s) Tickets £5 from Judges Bakery, the Village Store and online.

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From Mata Hari to Bond to Smiley, eminent Sussex author Alan Judd gives an insight into the world of spy literature. How much is based on truth? And how much total fiction?! The winner of numerous awards including the Guardian fiction, Royal Society of Literature and the Heinemann, Alan has written two biographies and thirteen novels. Two of his novels have been filmed by the BBC, with a third, The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, a feature film (The Exception) starring Christopher Plummer and Lily James. Alan will also be speaking about his two most recent works: Shakespeare’s Sword (set in Rye and Winchelsea) and Accidental Agent.

Before becoming a writer, Alan served in the army and the Foreign Office.

With our thanks to Hush for kindly sponsoring this event.

NB you’ll find Alan’s books on sale in Rother Books.


The Pile By My Bed 

Saturday, 18th May.  11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.  Free Event.  49 High Street, Robertsbridge

‘The Pile by my Bed’ is back as part of RAP’s Robertsbridge Literary Festival 2019!

Once again it’s being held at 49 High Street, Robertsbridge from 11-4 on Saturday, May 18th.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come and browse local readers’ book choices, talk about books, find inspiration for your next read and enjoy free tea and cake!

This is a completely free, open house event as part of the RAP Literary Festival. Drop in any time between 11-4 and enjoy what we have on offer:

1. ‘The Pile by my Bed’ — Browse piles of books from local readers’ bedside tables. These may be favourite novels, books they aspire to read soon, or volumes they frequently dip in and out of. (Scroll down for details of how you can join in).

2. ‘Inheritance Tree’ — Add your own leaf to the inheritance tree of books to bequeath to the future.

3. ‘Connections’ — Participate in (or simply observe) our new interactive feature exploring the connections between our own reading choices and those of the wider Robertsbridge reading community.

4. ‘Book Swap’ — bring a used book to the bookshelf outside the house and swap it for a different one (there will also be a book swap for children’s books!)

5. Enjoy free tea and cake!

6. Receive a free raffle ticket — the prize is a free book (there will be separate adult and children’s raffles).

7. Pick up a free bookmark (on which you can write down all your new reading ideas)!

JOIN IN?
If you’d like to join in and have your own pile on display at 49 High Street, please message or email us rap.org.uk@gmail.com or jane.tritton@btinternet.com.

Alternatively, take a photo of the pile by your bed and post it on the RAP Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RobertsbridgeArtsPartnership.

Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing your pile!!!


I’m A Soul Man

Tribute to The Blues Brothers

Friday 12 April 2019, The Robertsbridge Club, Station Road

Don your shades, dress up if you want and join us for the ultimate tribute to The Blues Brothers. Yes! You have the authority to Soul and RocknRoll…
Cult classic, The Blues Brothers, began as a sketch starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as brothers Jake and Elwood Blues on Saturday Night Live in the late 1970s. By 1980 the sketch had become a hit musical comedy film directed by John Landis.
With their black hats, sunglasses and skinny ties, the Blues Brothers were easily recognisable and performed a wide range of Soul, Blues and RocknRoll in their distinctive style.

This fantastic tribute act, starring L.J. Urbani and Clayton Schlimper, bring the iconic characters back to life. Complete with costumes and signature dance moves they perform the much-loved songs from the film including ‘Everybody’, ‘Soul Man’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’.
Clayton and L.J. are two accomplished actors, singers and musicians. Both are from Tunbridge Wells and together front the party band Mangetout Recovery. They have starred as the Blue Brothers all around the world, from South Africa to Thailand.
L.J. has starred as Buddy Holly in the Buddy Holly Story on the West End. He has also been the leading actor in the Little Shop of Horrors, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Life of Brian.
Clayton is an award-winning actor, for his portrayal of Elwood Blues. He has also starred in Grease, Return to The Forbidden Planet and The Buddy Holly Story.
This show is jam-packed with No. 1 chart-topping hits and loads of audience participation, so what are you waiting for?


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 £8 includes nibbles. Priority booking for RAP members.


TOBY BELCH IS UNWELL
A dark comedy monologue by John Knowles

Upstairs at The Ostrich

Friday 21 September

8:00 pm

The life of one of Shakespeare’s better known, but still, minor characters.
Toby Belch is unwell: the years of drinking, late nights and debauchery have taken their toll and now he faces his end with the knowledge that he is seen as a buffoon, a drunken sot and a bully.
He could have been Hamlet, he could have been Macbeth….. Is this his epitaph?


Latchepen: A night of gypsy jazz & swing

Friday 8 June 2018

Robertsbridge Club 

7:30 doors & bar open, 8:00 music to begin

A night of gypsy jazz and swing by four of London’s top young musicians. Between them they have played all over the world, ticking off nearly every major gypsy jazz festival and venue. They have come together to create a set of spellbinding music for your ears. This will be a charismatic performance that takes the listener on a journey through the world of manouche music and shows its fusion with jazz and swing. Acoustic by nature, but with a projection and a heart beat that can rival any amp or drum, this is jazz on a string, with influences ranging from Romani music to bebop. Formerly performing as the band Daj Dook, they have recently change their name to Latchepen, an exclamation of happiness and contentment in the Romani language.

http://www.latchepen.com


The Franklin Expedition Disaster– Lost and Found

Thursday 24 May 2018

Robertsbridge Village Hall

7:30 doors open, 8:00 talk will begin

The Franklin expedition, which was sent to the Arctic in 1845 to find the fabled North West Passage, was the biggest disaster in the history of Polar exploration. Two well-stocked ships, 129 men and the hopes of the Empire disappeared in the Arctic ice and were never seen again. The mystery has intrigued people for 170 years and there is now hope of solving the mystery following the discovery of the two lost ships high above the Arctic Circle. Michael Smith, Robertsbridge resident and Polar historian, charts the background to the disaster, pieces together the tragic events and discusses what the shipwrecks may reveal.  Illustrated talk.  Approximately one hour talk with Q & A after.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is an authority on Polar exploration whose nine books have sold over 250,000 copies worldwide and been translated into various languages including Chinese, Korean and Italian. He has appeared in TV and radio documentaries and lectured at many prestigious venues, including:  The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Royal Geographical Society, National Maritime Museum, National Museum of Ireland, Princess Grace Memorial Library Monaco, Queen’s University Belfast, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge. Michael is a former award-winning journalist with The Guardian and The Observer.


Lee Miller’s The Angel and the Fiend

21 April 2018

Robertsbridge Village Hall

7:00 doors and bar open

7:30 show begins

“I was terribly, terribly pretty.

I looked like an angel but I was a fiend inside.”

Lee Miller (1907-1977) American model, photographer and acclaimed war correspondent for Vogue. Under her brave and beautiful exterior there lay a hidden torment.

This award-winning drama has been performed widely in Britain and the US. It is a dramatised reading of words taken from original text or dialogue by the characters and set to images edited and written by Lee Miller’s son Antony Penrose.

Antony Penrose appears as himself, Lee Miller is played by her granddaughter Ami Bouhassane. The role of the Surrealist photographer Man Ray is played by James Leighton. Miller’s wartime buddy David E. Scherman is played by Jonathan Bailey and her husband Roland Penrose by David Burrough, who also directs the production. 2 hours with interval.


Scary Little Sisters: The Full Bronte

Friday 23 March 2018

The Ostrich, upstairs

7:00 showroom doors to open

Roll up, roll up for a cabaret celebration of your favourite literary sisters, their lives and times!

Brought to you by Scary Little Girls, who’ve enjoyed sell-out successes at Edinburgh and Brighton festivals, toured nationally and run regular comedy and cabaret night in central London and at Glastonbury Festival.

This affectionate tribute is a performative romp conducted with tongues firmly in cheeks! Hosts Maria (glamour puss, academic, thespian) and her assistant Brannie (ensemble cast, backstage crew, musician, general dog’s body) try their best to pay homage to Charlotte, Emily, Anne and their family – but best laid plans quickly go hysterically awry!

Story-telling, music, audience games and sketches create wuthering delights in a show that has been hailed as the anarchic love child of French and Saunders and Hinge and Brackett!

Show time approximately 90 minutes with a 15 minute interval.

Under 16’s must be accompanied by adult; suggested age 12+.


The Big Arts Quiz

Saturday 3 February 2018

Robertsbridge Village Hall

7:30 doors and bar open

8:00 quiz begins

Prizes to be won

Positively no sports questions!

Create your own team of 6 – 8 or come on night and join one.


Box Tale Soup ‘The Wind in the Willows’

Thursday 28 December 2017

Robertsbridge Village Hall

Show time 5:00

Doors open and bar available from 4:30

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

From the peaceful pleasures of Ratty’s beloved River Bank, to the fearful frights and wicked weasels of the Wild Wood, join Ratty and Mole on their marvellous adventures, along with gruff old Badger and magnificent Mr. Toad.

A beautiful new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s much loved classic, The Wind in the Willows features unique handmade fabric puppets and a charming original score.

http://www.boxtalesoup.co.uk/Willows.html


Farnham Maltings ‘Brilliance’

Friday 27 October 2017

Robertsbridge Village Hall

Show time 7:30

Doors open and bar available from 7:00

1963, winter. Everyone is gathering in the village hall.

Daisy places her hand on the switch, presses it down, and life is never the same again.

Long after its arrival in the city, the slow process of rural electrification is starting to illuminate every corner and crevice of village life. As the dark evenings hold us in, 240 volts of alternating current and the humble electric light bulb allows us to gather and sing long into the night.

Brilliance is a 90-minute theatrical event that celebrates progress and change in a bright new world.

From the company that brought you It’s A Wonderful LifeThe Iranian Feast and Yørgjin Oxo, we now bring you Brilliance a show with music made especially for village halls.

http://theatre.farnhammaltings.com/po


George…Don’t Do That’

Friday 8 September 2017

7:30 Robertsbridge Village Hall

“George, don’t do that” an entertainment of monologues and songs, celebrating the wit and wisdom of one of Britain’s best loved comediennes, written by Catherine Flye and Ian Clarke.

Their tribute to Joyce Grenfell has been described by Sir Derek Jacobi as, “such a delightful concoction that I have seen it twice. A glorious mixture of frivolity and seriousness, food for the spirit and the mind. A lovely, warm, amusing and touching evening”.

Catherine Flye has written and produced over 50 commissioned plays and entertainments, integrating the performing arts, for such organizations as The Smithsonian Institution; The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington’s National Cathedral and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Acting credits include principal roles in Washington DC at The Folger Theatre, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre, and The Kennedy Center, among others. She has been nominated for Washington’s prestigious Helen Hayes Award thirteen times for acting and directing, including her performances as Shirley in Shirley Valentine, Mrs. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice and as Joyce Grenfell in George – don’t do that!

During the past seventeen years she Catherine Flye has toured the UK with her tribute to the beloved entertainer accompanied her dear friend Tony Davies.


Son Yambu Quintet

Friday 16 June 2017

7:30 Robertsbridge Club

With red hot rhythms straight from the streets of Eastern Cuba, Son Yambu play authentic Cuban son, the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African rhythms that gave rise to salsa.

The band features a new generation of Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre and continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997.

They give this irresistible music a contemporary edge, bringing their audiences a truly sensational, authentic, Latin music experience. N.B Band line-up may vary depending on the availability of musicians.


Archaeus Quartet

Saturday 27 May 2017

7:30 St Mary’s Church, Salehurst

Complete Cycle of Beethoven String Quartets

The Archaeus Quartet continues their performance of the complete quartets of Beethoven with their second programme at St Mary’s Church, Salehurst. The programme includes an early, a middle and a late work: Op.18/2, Op.59/3 “Razumovsky” and Op.127.

This is a rare opportunity to hear these great works played in the familiar surroundings of your own environment. During the concert there will be short introductions to each work, placing the quartet in the context of Beethoven’s life and that of musical Europe at the time.

The Archaeus Quartet, formed in 1990, are no strangers to the major concert venues in the UK, and have enjoyed a busy performing schedule since their inception. In addition to the Beethoven cycle, they are currently pursuing a programme of commercial recordings, as well as their regular concerts.

“Indeed from the first note they fairly explode with feeling and energy, turning each phrase into a gleaming gem. This is quartet playing on an extraordinarily high level.” Fanfare Magazine. USA

www.archaeusquartet.com