Outing guide June 15 – June 21


Victoria Roberts takes a look at some of the local events and activities planned to keep you entertained…

“Oh, carry on” and treat yourself to comedy for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, so why not celebrate in style with one of TV’s most famous comic dads.

Welcome to Craggy Island and the society of Father Ted and his fellow exiled priests in ‘A Celebration of Father Ted’ starring Joe Rooney, who was on the original show alongside the late, great Dermot Morgan and played a cynical , ‘super cool’ priest.

Sunday’s Hever Festival performance begins with a screening of the episode ‘The Old Gray Whistle Theft’, in which Father Damien struts about in exile society, calling himself ‘Damo’, smoking cigarettes, mocking the Catholicism and tempting Father Dougal. .

However, by tempting already venal and selfish priests, the character of Father Damo is far from being a mere extra: he is part of their Purgatory and is therefore essential to the comedy.

But Father Ted isn’t the only one upset and frustrated. Damo has his own ambitions – and they are foiled.

According to Joe: “Father Damo is always thwarted.

“He wants to live an irresponsible life playing football and video games, smoking and stealing whistles, but adults always spoil things for him.

“He stole a whistle, but so what? It’s just a bleeding whistle. Anyway, as Father Dougal used to say, ‘Father Damo is cool!’ »

And Joe added: “Damo can’t wait to tempt the good people of Hever.”

A Celebration of Father Ted with Joe Rooney is at the Hever Festival this Sunday, June 19 at 8 p.m. (Two Sisters’ Theatre).

On stage and on screen

BAFTA winner, poet, writer, film and television producer Henry Normal honors Trinity Theater for an evening of stories, jokes and poems this Sunday [June 19] at 7:30 p.m. Will this be your ‘Escape Place’ before the start of the working week?

Thursday [June 16] Trinity Theater features a performance of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” with Rebecca Vaughan. Dyad Productions presents this 21st century take on Woolf’s exploration of the impact of poverty and gender inequality in the 20th century.

The beloved Crawley family from the hit British series Downton Abbey embark on a grand journey in ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’. Trinity Theater screen the film at 8 p.m. next Tuesday [21 June] with tickets from £9.

Have fun at one of the popular comedy nights held at the EM Forster Theater (Tonbridge) this Friday [June 17] with tickets at £13, ages 16 and up. Performances from headliner Mark Simmons, supporting Rich Wilson and bandmate Russell Hicks. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.


Mick Hucknall painted The hop farm Simply red this Friday [17 June]. Formed in 1985 in Manchester, the band have enjoyed great live success over the years. The show starts at 5 p.m. and will include special guests Lisa Stansfield and Yolanda Brown.

Also at hop farm, East Sussex alternative rock band Keane make a long-awaited return after a six-year hiatus this Sunday, performing with their album ‘Cause and Effect’. Doors open at 5.30pm and Keane will be joined by special guests Flyte and Michael Conryan.

This Saturday, Daft Funk pays tribute to the famous electronic music duo Daft Punk at The forum. Daft Funk Live is open to everyone from 16 years old, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets start at £17.50.

The forums The 2022 stable showcase events continue, Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The showcase aims to help small bands and artists grow their following and keep playing regular shows.

Monday’s lineup includes Crushed by Pimps from London offering a mix of post-punk, progressive rock and electronic music, the post-hardcore music of Dead Deer, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton based band Fourth Grade and new band Hot Smoothie.

Tuesday’s featured bands included Molly Fletcher Hebden, Martha Lily. These Guilty Men, originally from Rochester, carry their influences from Richmond Fontaine, New Order and Echo and the Bunnymen. The independent sound of The Volunteered mixes folk, rock, pop and psych.

Down for the Count Swing Orchestra brings the sound of the big band to Trinity Theater this Friday [June 17]screaming and booming like Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Glenn Miller, and vocal classics from singers such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat ‘King’ Cole.

Folk duo Spiers & Boden are back on the circuit, having released a new album in October 2021. Find them on Trinity Theater Saturday [June 18] at 20 hours.

Family fun

Tunbridge Wells Operatic and Dramatic Society (TWODS) presents ‘Shrek the Musical’ with performances daily until Saturday [June 18]. come to The assembly hall and enjoy a family favorite with well-known songs like “I’m a Believer”. Based on the DreamWorks film, evening shows begin at 7 p.m. with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.

The Tunbridge Wells Forum is hosting an Open Mic event for under 18s this Thursday the 16th from 5-7pm. Everyone is welcome to bring their own instruments or backing track. Sing along in a 10-minute time slot. Admission for under 18s is £3 and £5 for adults.

Give your dad a free beer with a roast dinner this Sunday, Father’s Day [June 19]at A Warwick Park STEAK restaurant. Book at OneWarwickPark.co.uk or on 01892 520 587.

Domain of the Solomons also offers a free beer to dads during Father’s Day Sunday lunch. Book by calling 01892 51 51 52 or by email [email protected] Dog friendly too, with 36 acres of land to explore.

Treasure your way through L’Amelie with the Family Trail this weekend, following the Henry Moore “thread” and making your own designs. There are coloring sheets inspired by local history for younger children. Tag @theamelia_tw on social media, with your drawings or photos from your visit, for a chance to win a family theater ticket to The Assembly Hall.


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