Past Events

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.

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.

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.

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.

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