We bring you the month’s most entertaining events happening this March
CRACK CHRISTIE’S CASE
Trinity Theatre Club
Trinity Theatre Club presents Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution.
This gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal will take you on a journey full of twists and turns as the case plays out in spectacular style in a 1950s courtroom setting. With the battle lines drawn, the audience will be on the edge of their seats as witnesses take the stand to give their shocking testimonies. Tickets cost from £15 and can be booked at www.trinitytheatre.net
EMBRACE YOUR CREATIVE SIDE
EVERY DAY UNTIL MARCH 19
Sissinghurst Castle is currently hosting an exhibition entitled From Little Acorns: Art Inspired by Sissinghurst. It is a collective celebration of the National Trust property’s Gazebo Studio which has inspired many artists over the years, including a cohort of 16 artists who spent time there last summer. Their work, which is inspired by the spectacular setting, includes the mediums of painting, sculpture, poetry and photography. The space was originally designed in 1969 by Nigel and Benedict Nicolson as a memorial to their father Harold, who owned the property with his wife Vita Sackville-West. The exhibition is open from 10am to 3pm and is free to NT members and visitors.
YOU GOTTA HAVE FAITH
The Assembly Hall
Calling all George Michael fans! The Assembly Hall will host the UK’s number one tribute to the late Wham star on Saturday March 4. Rob Lamberti was just 14 years old when he saw George perform Faith on Top of the Pops and he instantly became a super fan. Six years later Rob appeared on TV’s Stars in Their Eyes thanks to his brilliant impression of the late singer, whom he was lucky enough to meet and work with. And thanks to some of George Michael’s personal musicians proudly joining Rob’s band, his performance is guaranteed to do justice to one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time. Tickets cost from £32.18 and are available from www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
JUST FOR LAUGHS
On International Women’s Day, the Amelia Scott centre will host a special evening of giggles and glugging courtesy the event, Naturally Funny. After astounding success at 21Soho and Shoreditch House in London, this sell-out show is coming to Tunbridge Wells. Expert sommelier Ellen Doggett, who holds a coveted spot on the esteemed Harpers ‘30 Under 30’ list, will be your host, guiding visitors through three natural wine tastings from Les Caves de Pyrene. Each wine will be accompanied by a short set from a female stand-up. What could be better than sipping wine and giggling with your girlfriends eh? The fun kicks off at 7.30pm and tickets cost £24 per person. For more information and to book visit www.theamelia.co.uk
The Forum regularly hosts open mic nights for budding musicians and singers aged under 18. This month the popular event takes place on March 9 between 5pm and 7pm. Those wishing to perform are asked to bring their own instruments or they can bring a backing track on a phone/laptop/other device to perform along to. For more info check out The Forum’s social media platforms or their website www.twforum.co.uk
A SWEEPING SUCCESS
MARCH 9 & 10
A live performance of Julia Donaldson’s classic children’s book Room on the Broom files into town this month. On at the Assembly Hall on March 9 and 10 audiences will have the opportunity to jump on board the broom in Tall Stories’ fun-filled adaptation. Like the book, the 60-minute show follows the tale of the witch and her cat who are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers – a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a frantic frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – it snaps in two… just as the hungry dragon appears! Will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Find out in this magical Olivier Award-nominated show for everyone aged 3 and up. Tickets cost £13.50 from www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
DID YOU KNOW?
Author Julia Donaldson originally started out writing songs for BBC TV. She worked on programmes like Play Away and Play School but when one of her songs, ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’, was turned into a children’s book in 1993, she turned to penning stories instead.
SET YOUR ALARM
Popular stand-up Lucy Porter returns to Trinity Theatre on March 18 at 8pm with her new show Wake-Up Call, which she describes as being about ‘revelations, realisations and epiphanies – both large and small’. Subjects covered include: bin collection schedules, the novels of Jean Rhys, cats, school fair booze tombolas, the Scottish Enlightenment, pressure washers and Huel. It’s billed as an ‘exuberant, silly show with some wisdom sprinkled on top’ and is sure to delight Lucy Porter fans and anyone who enjoys a dose of witty, observational banter. Tickets cost £18 per person from www.trinitytheatre.net
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
The Ukranian Opera comes to the Assembly Hall this month with its performance of Bizet’s Carmen – which they describe as ‘the most powerful, enjoyable, and tuneful opera’.
Not familiar with it? Well it tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naive soldier who falls head over heels in love with Carmen, a seductive, free-spirited femme fatale. The infatuated Don José abandons his childhood sweetheart and neglects his military duties, only to lose the fickle Carmen to the glamorous toreador Escamillo. Tickets are priced £36.90 & £21.60 for children and the show starts at 7.30pm. www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
AN ILLUMINATING IDEA
Outdoor Candle Company
Rachel Hunton of the Outdoor Candle Company is hosting a special Mother and Daughter candle making class (with Prosecco and cake) on Saturday March 18 from 12-2pm. “This is a lovely gift experience that mothers and their daughters could do together,” explains Rachel. Prices are usually £50 per person SO readers can benefit from a 10% discount when booking and citing SO10. See www.theoutdoorcandlecompany.co.uk for more details.
CELEBRATE IN STYLE
One Warwick Park Hotel
One Warwick Park Hotel’s new restaurant The Brasserie is hosting a special Mother’s Day lunch on March 19. Guests can choose a two- or three-course Sunday roast lunch (£27.50 and £32.50) and all mothers will receive a complementary bouquet of flowers to mark the special occasion. To book visit www.onewarwickpark.co.uk
DID YOU KNOW?
The American activist Anna Jarvis held the first Mother’s Day in 1908. She had campaigned for a national day to thank mothers after the death of her own mother.