What’s on with the Times – 6th of April 2016

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The Angel Centre in Tonbridge’s A Team holiday club finishes this week. The afternoon drop-in sessions offer children a wide array of activities including trampolining, gymnastics, golf, rollerblading and so much more. The afternoon club runs until this Friday April 8.

Giselle will be broadcast live from the Royal Opera House this evening at 7.15pm to three different venues in the area – The Kino in Hawkhurst, the Uckfield Picture House and the Odeon cinema in Tunbridge Wells. So if you’re a fan of romantic ballet make sure you have your seat booked! Over at the Trinity Theatre at 7.30pm there will be a performance by the Tap Factory. Audiences can expect plenty of energetic dance routines and inspiring visual theatricals.

Zee Bar in Tunbridge Wells will also be hosting its weekly Learn to Salsa classes from 8.30-9.30pm.

If you’re stuck for something to do with your little ones over the Easter holidays then take them along to see Rapunzel Rocks at Trinity. This fun production of the classic fairytale has a rock and roll soundtrack and plenty of visual delights for children and adults alike. It kicked off yesterday and runs until Saturday April 9. Performance times vary so please check Trinity’s website for further details.

Mayfield school starts its run of the classic Anton Chekhov play The Seagull tonight. In this particular interpretation, written by Tom Stoppard, the drama focuses on the four central characters, writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son, the symbolist playwright Konstantin Tréplev. Performances start at 7.30pm in the school’s concert hall.

This is the last day to participate in the Holiday Happenings at the Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery. Running from 10.30-12.30 and 2-4pm these free sessions provide lots of Easter egg-themed crafting tasks for children of all ages.

This evening at 7.30pm there will be a production of Puccini’s Tosca performed by Ellen Kent productions at the Assembly Hall in Tunbridge Wells. Boasting a stunning set and impressive cast, which includes international soloists and a boys’ choir, this infamous tale of love and betrayal is a must for any opera fans. On a different musical note, jazz pianist Ed Watts will be tinkling the ivories at the Scallywag Café from 8pm.

The special Easter-themed events around the area come to an end this week. At Penshurst Place you can enjoy the final two days of its Big Easter Break where there are fun trails to follow and children can learn about the lives of animals who live underground. Over at Groombridge Place, kids will love the Alice In Wonderland adventures on offer which include favourite scenes from the much loved Lewis Carroll classic being performed as well as crafting and face-painting sessions. If you’re a fan of classical music don’t miss Handel’s Messiah being interpreted by The Merry Opera Company at King Charles the Martyr Church in Tunbridge Wells, tonight at 7.30pm.

The Odeon cinema hosts another of its live streaming cultural events today at 4pm. This time it’s Bolshoi’s Don Quixote. This timeless ballet is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ famous novel of the same name which is widely considered to be one of the greatest works of fiction. If you’re not already familiar, this is a tale of a Spanish nobleman who reads so many chivalric novels that he goes insane and decides to become a knight.

Madama Butterfly

This is the last week to catch Rich Clark’s exhibition: Landscape and Coastal Photography on display at Javabean café on Tunbridge Wells High Street. The local photographer is showcasing his wealth of scenic and seascape photographs which will also be available to buy until April 14.

Tonight at 7pm the Uckfield Picture House will be broadcasting a live screening of another famous opera. This time it’s the Met’s interpretation of Puccinni’s Madama Butterfly. Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna star in this epic tale of unrequited love.

As the weather improves it’s time to start getting out and about with your little ones. Bedgebury Pinetum is hosting its popular Stick Man interactive trail inspired by Julia McDonald’s book of the same name. The activity encourages children to hunt for sticks and pine cones in order to make their very own Stick Man. The trail is free but you can buy a special supporting activity pack which costs £3. Today the Odeon cinema in Tunbridge Wells will be screening an exhibition entitled Painting The Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. This innovative idea enables audiences to appreciate the works of the great impressionists from the comfort of their cinema seat, without having to travel to London or queue up in a gallery.

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