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Quarterhouse Autumn 2018 Contents 4 Theatre / Circus 7 Children & Families 11 Block 67 13 Music 15 Music / Book Festival 16 Talks / SALT Festival 18 Film 20 Live Screening 22 Comedy / Magic 23 Get Involved 25 Booking Tickets 26 How to find Quarterhouse 27 What’s On 28 Christmas @ Creative Quarter

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Welcome to Quarterhouse Autumn 2018 at Quarterhouse begins with SALT Festival of the Sea and Environment, co-curated with Folkestone Fringe and local eco-poetry organisation Go to the Pine. This year we are delighted to be working in association with The Ash Project celebrating 50 years of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Join us for swimming, eating, walking, knitting, stone skimming and tree-listening in the amazing environment that surrounds us from The Downs to the sea. Themes of water, movement and displacement trickle through the programme from Three Acres & A Cow’s history of land rights and protest in folk song and story, to Dr. David Bramwell’s search for lost rivers and The Duke’s meditation on the world migration crisis. We are delighted to be part of a national partnership of venues supporting the development of LGBTQ+ artists and audiences across the UK. New Queers on the Block is led by The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton, working in association with Quarterhouse and ]performance s p a c e[ in Folkestone. The project kicks off on 20 October with an extraordinary line-up of artists, plus a specially selected local guest performer. Looking forward to Christmas in the Creative Quarter with the illumination of the Christmas lights on The Old High Street coinciding with the opening of Folkestone Book Festival and our third Secret Postcard Show. This year’s Christmas show is devised by the multi-talented Tom Penn from Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol. Expect scrooginess, three ghosts, lots of songs and a story of redemption through generosity and kindness. We are looking forward to seeing you at Quarterhouse this autumn. Cheryl Pierce Quarterhouse Director

Cover: New Queers on the Block This page: No Show



The Cult of Water Sunday 9 September, 7.30pm Tickets £8 / £6 concession Fresh from sell-out shows at the Brighton Festival, join a masterful storyteller (Radio Times) for a candle-lit journey in search of the supernatural secrets of our waterways. Aided by a witch, Jarvis Cocker, and magicianauthor Alan Moore, David Bramwell battles his own thalassophobia (the fear of what lurks beneath) to unearth little-known stories and myths that surround our rivers. The River Don is the focal point for this psychogeographical journey that blends music, animation and film with captivating monologue. You’ll also learn about Folkestone’s lost rivers in a post-show Q&A. Bramwell clearly has an eye for the oddball and arcane. The Guardian

Hannah & Hanna in Dreamland Written and directed by John Retallack


Friday 12 October, 7.30pm Pay What You Decide A story of friendship and hatred, migration and identity, played against the everchanging tapestry we call England. It’s summer 1999. Hannah is from Margate and bored with life in the rundown seaside town. Hanna is an asylum-seeker from Kosovo. The only things they share are their names and a passion for pop music. Sixteen years later and life has moved on. Hanna is back in Kosovo and Hannah is surfing Margate’s gentrification wave. Then a Syrian girl living in the Calais “jungle” pulls them back together. Couldn’t be more topical… The Guardian



No Show

The Duke

Friday 19 October, 7.30pm

Friday 5 October, 7.30pm

Tickets £10 / £8 concession

Tickets £10 / £5 concession

What do you expect when you go to the circus?

All proceeds to Save the Children Emergency Fund

The greatest show on earth?

A new solo show from the multi awardwinning writer/performer behind the much-loved Hugh Hughes, exploring kindness, generosity and the value of what we do. Funny and poignant, The Duke weaves together the tragi-comic fate of a family heirloom – a porcelain figure of The Duke of Wellington; the quandary of a scriptwriter stretching his integrity; and an unfolding disaster as thousands of children flee their homes. Blending fantasy and reality, this playful show gently challenges our priorities in a world full of crisis.

The glitzy smiles, the glitter of sequins, the drumrolls as performers who seem superhuman effortlessly perform death-defying acts?

You won’t find a show with a bigger, What’s On Stage better heart.

A show for anyone who has tried, failed and failed better.

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No Show joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship. There will be desperate attempts and heroic failures, glorious achievements, bruised bodies and egos as the performers push themselves to their physical and mental limit. Behind the flawless smiles and perfect execution of the traditional circus performance, see the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.





New Queers on the Block


Saturday 20 October, 7.30pm

Me & My Bee

Pay What You Decide

Friday 7 September, 1.30pm

A fresh night of exciting performance showcasing some of the finest international queer work from Rachael Young, Hester Chillingworth, Stacy Makishi and Malik Nashad Sharpe, hosted by Ophelia Bitz.

Saturday 8 September, 11am Tickets Adult £6, Children £5, Family £20 (2 adults, 2 children), Schools £5 Age 5+

Expect shows about being a queer black woman channelling the power of Grace Jones; memories of a queer childhood; reclaiming your faith with the help of George Michael; and black melancholy through the legacy of Tupac. A local guest performer will join the line-up, so keep an eye on social media for announcements.

Climate change is massive. Bees Aren’t. Our fuzzy little friends need our help, so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Multi award-winning ThisEgg invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. A new comedy for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late…

Rachael Young is an uncompromising original tornado. The Stage New Queers on the Block is a scheme supporting the development of LGBTQ+ artists and audiences, developed by The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton in association with Folkestone Quarterhouse and ]performance s p a c e[.


A riotous, cleverly constructed and hilarious family show. The Stage The Scotsman The Stage The List Three Weeks A Younger Theatre Edinburgh Festival For Kids



Friday 30 November, 7.30pm

Sunday 9 September, 11am, midday & 2pm


Animal Den

Tickets £10 / £8 concession


Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France.

Age 6-10 years

It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, whose drug-fuelled race in 2000 was the greatest cycling has ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions.

From the smallest beetle to the polar bear, what do animals mean to you? We’ll tell some of our real-life animal stories, sing some songs and invite you to share your own animal encounters – from unexpected wildlife sightings, to daily dog walks.

Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using breath-taking video footage and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed?

Animal Den is a mini-performance and story-sharing experience for children and families lasting around 40 minutes.

Not a pedestrian moment. The Independent

Brilliant and really interactive. Audience member

Touching and elegantly controlled. The Scotsman Box Office 01303 760750





Mrs H and the Sing-along Band


Yana & The Yeti Wednesday 24 October, 11am & 2pm

Fridays 21 September & 9 November, 10.30am

Tickets Adult £6, Children £5, Family £20 (2 adults, 2 children)

Tickets £3 / £1 unwaged

Age 5+

Age 0–5 years

Imagine being far, far from home and all alone, arriving in a remote snow-bound village, surrounded by dense forest and strange noises. This is how Yana’s story begins. She can’t understand a word anyone says and the other children tease her with tales of mythical mountain monsters. Then things start to get really hairy!

Led by the charming and passionate Mrs H, the Sing-along Band bring their unique family music back to Folkestone, with a line-up of musicians including members of Red Snapper, Beth Orton and The Leisure Society. Their aim is to provide quality music for children, that adults will love too.

Featuring exquisite music, Arctic landscapes and a cast of extraordinary puppets, Yana & the Yeti is a dark, funny and poignant tale of a small child’s determination to be understood and her discovery that friends can come in the most unexpected shapes and sizes.

Bringing together elements of folk, soul, afro, latin, dub, comedy and theatre the Sing-along Band have been wooing audiences across the land. Bring your voices, silly dances, a sprinkling of mischief and don’t hold back from joining in the fun!

Neon After School


Three Little Pig Tails

Theatre, dance, art, music, technology with Sadie Hurley & James Middleton

Saturday 22 September, 2.30pm Tickets Adult £6, Children £5, Family £20 (2 adults, 2 children)

11 September – 4 December (half term 22 October) £48 for 12 week term

Age 3–7 years

3.45pm–4.30pm, Reception & Year 1

Let me in little piggie it’s blowing a gale Not by the hairs on my little pink tail

4.45pm–5.45pm, Years 2, 3 & 4 6pm–7pm, Years 5 & 6

A brand new version of the classic story of the three little pigs, set in Paris. A grumpy old wolf is a chef who wants some pigs’ tails for his soup. Will the little pigs outwit the wolf and what kind of house will they build? A funny, warm-hearted and interactive rustic tale to make you squeal with laughter, bristling with puppets, live music and lots of joining in.

7.15pm–8.30pm, Years 7 to 11 Our popular Neon After School workshops explore a variety of art forms, techniques and styles for children and young people who are interested in visual and performing arts. Over each term young people explore, create and develop original work from scratch, around a theme agreed by the group, culminating in a performance showcasing the term’s work.

Garlic Theatre entertain the whole family with beautifully crafted puppets, music and a garlicky French twist to the tale.

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A delightfully designed family show. The Stage

Alongside weekly sessions with our in-house practitioners, we invite artists working in spoken word, visual arts, puppetry, costume, special FX and digital arts to offer a chance to learn new skills, develop in confidence and imagination and have fun! 8




A Christmas Carol Devised & directed by Tom Penn Fri 14 Dec, 10am & 2pm / Sat 15 Dec, 11am & 2pm / Sun 16 Dec, 11am & 2pm / Tue 18 Dec, 10am / Wed 19 Dec, 10am & 2pm / Thu 20 Dec, 11am / Fri 21 Dec, 11am / Sat 22 Dec, 11am & 2pm / Sun 23 Dec, 11am & 2pm / Mon 24 Dec, 11am & 2pm Early Bird to Sunday 30 September: Adults £7, Children £6, Family £25 (2 adults, 2 children) / From Monday 1 October: Adult £8, Children £7, Family £27 (2 adults, 2 children) / Schools £5, 1 free teacher every 10 tickets This Christmas, join the multi-talented theatre-maker Tom Penn and friends, as they bring Charles Dickens’s classic Christmas tale to Folkestone. It’s Christmas Eve, and with only the spirits for company, Scrooge must revisit the past, learn from the present and finally, face up to the future. Expect songs, silliness and a whole lot of festive cheer in this brand-new, thrilling production for all the family. A source of joy and wonder. The Stage on Neverland (Tom Penn and Battersea Arts Centre)

Free drop in family workshops at Block 67

The Big Print


With Dream Safari Saturday 8 September, 11am–3pm


Block 67 is the Creative Foundation’s dedicated art studio for families and young people. Drop into the studio at 67 Tontine Street this autumn for fun-filled creative workshops with our visiting artists. Workshops are free and open to all ages.

Let’s Talk Emoji! With Wordplay Saturday 11 August, 11am–3pm

Free screen-printing workshop at SALT Festival! No previous experience needed. Be part of the circular economy! Bring your old t-shirts or trousers and up-cycle them for free!

Disco Life Drawing

With Georgie McAusland Saturday 22 September, 11am–3pm

Design your own emoji font and create your own secret language! Draw a picture representing each letter of the alphabet and communicate with your friends using your new designs via a super hi-tech emoji translation system! 

Miniature Chandeliers With Amber Dodds Saturday 25 August, 11am–3pm Amber’s work consists of chandelier pieces that playfully substitute antique crystals for alternative objects. Using transparent materials, you will create your own hanging parts for a chandelier. Box Office 01303 760750


A sensory-overload life drawing class with illustrator Georgie McAusland. We will be dancing and drawing in and around a set, which will be added to over the course of the workshop. Anything goes!





With Petra Matthews Crow Saturday 6 October, 11am–3pm Who would have thought that the humble matchbox could be capable of so much! Bring along your imagination, nimble fingers and get ready to create your own matchbox-inspired miniature art work!

PLAY Big Draw

With The Dirty Pen Saturday 20 October, 11am–3pm

Three Acres & A Cow

My Folk Story

With Gwen Ramsay Saturday 24 November, 11am–3pm

A History of Land Rights & Protest in Folk Song & Story Thursday 6 September, doors 7pm / on stage 7.30pm Using old books, screen prints and spray paint, we will make and illustrate our own stories. Experiment with blow pens, spray paint machines and stencils, to create book covers that tell your stories.

Jam-jar Snowglobes

With Astrid Goldsmith Saturday 8 December, 11am–3pm

The Dirty Pen returns! Don’t miss another chance to create huge drawings on the walls and floor of Block 67.

Tickets £10 / £8 concession advance / £12 door Over 14s welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult Connecting the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like fracking, our housing crisis and Brexit via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, Three Acres and a Cow draw a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of England in folk song, stories and poems. Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.

Flotsam and Jetsam Art Lab

With Marcia Teusink Saturday 3 November, 11am–3pm

Carmen Souza Friday 14 September, 8pm Tickets £10 / £8 concession An Afro-Jazz pioneer in the Cape Verdean culture, Carmen Souza fuses her forebear’s musical traditions with contemporary jazz, Latin and European music. Virtuosic yet warm, stunning and welcoming, Souza, with support from long-time musical collaborator Theo Pascal, captures all the possibilities of her Cape Verdean roots with earthy wisdom and cerebral swing.

Explore organic forms washed up along the Kent coast through paint, printmaking, tracing, drawing, rubbing and mixing-up materials.


With Emily Martin Saturday 17 November, 12pm–3.30pm

Make your own festive, water-free snow globe in a jar. Create a miniature snowy landscape or a wintry home for your favourite tiny toy or model!

Ranging from feathery to earthy Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Peggy Lee come variously to mind – but no comparison does Souza justice. FROOTS – UK

Stamping stories! Make your stories and narratives For more information visit: come to life by creating your own stamps from polytiles and plasticine. Box Office 01303 760750





Laura Veirs + Led to Sea

Viv Albertine

Wednesday 17 October, doors 8pm / on stage 8.30pm

In conversation with Melita Dennett

Tickets £17.50 advance / £21.50 door

Thursday 22 November, 7.30pm

Over 14s welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult

Tickets £10 Over 14s welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult

A prolific songwriter for nearly twenty years, BBC 6 Music’s much-loved Laura Veirs proves the depth of her musical skill on her tenth solo album, The Lookout, produced by Grammynominated Tucker Martine and released on Bella Union.

To Throw Away Unopened is the follow up to the best-selling Clothes, Music, Boys by punk pioneer (of The Slits), artist and writer Viv Albertine, in which she has reinvented the memoir genre with her unflinching honesty. A fearless dissection of one woman’s obsession with the truth about family, power and her identity as a rebel and outsider. With the inimitable blend of humour, vulnerability, and intelligence that makes Viv Albertine one of our finest authors working today,To Throw Away Unopened smashes through layers of propriety and leads us into a new place of savage self-discovery. 

Here is a bundle of exquisite folk-pop songs; a concept album about the fragility of precious things, waging a solitary songwriter’s war of creating. Don’t miss what will be a sublime show. Fluent melodies, nature metaphors, and expressive settings are the robust ties that bind these reveries. The Independent

Crackling with anger and brimming with insight into the dirty business of art, family and being a woman in a hostile world. Eimear McBride

Gruff Rhys + special guests Saturday 10 November, doors 7pm / on stage 8pm Tickets £18 advance / £22 door Over 14s welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult Mercury-nominated Welsh singer-songwriter Gruff Rhys has a career spanning twenty years of top selling albums with the band Super Furry Animals and sold out solo tours. A BBC 6 Music favourite, Gruff returns with his new album Babelsberg, released on Rough Trade records. Over the course of Babelsberg, Gruff manages to perfectly document our troubled and troubling times with humour, grace and addictive melody. In a career that’s spanned three decades, two languages, multiple bands, offshoots, collaborations and one boundless imagination, this is arguably his finest set of songs to date. Full of wit, originality and indelible tunes. The Guardian Box Office 01303 760750


16 – 25 November A book festival is a wonderful place to try to make sense of the changing world around us, reflect on the past and ponder about the future. It is also where you can meet old friends and make new ones, engage in thought-provoking discussions and look at things from a different perspective. This year there will be talks, music, debates, poetry, films, discussions and comedy. We will celebrate creativity, art and design; explore the human brain; tell stories of the heart; and learn how to protect our environment. With topics ranging from food and astronomy, to travel and world history, Folkestone Book Festival is an opportunity to learn and be inspired.

Kit de Waal

Bettany Hughes

Lucy Siegle

Robin Ince

This year’s speakers include Kit de Waal, Robin Ince, Chetna Makan, Alison Weir, Viv Albertine, Posy Simmonds, Nick Hayes, Jenni Murray, Hannah Fry, Lucy Siegle, Bettany Hughes and Adam Rutherford. 15



Caspar Henderson: Wonder and the Sea

Raoul Martinez: The Lottery of Birth

Friday 7 September, 7pm

Saturday 27 October, 7.30pm

Tickets £8 / £6 concession

Tickets £8 / £6 concession

What is the cosmic origin of the world ocean? What is the role of its waters in the origin of life? How do the seas shape our deepest wonders and fears today? Join Caspar Henderson for an exploration of the marvels of the waters that surround us.

Do you shape the world or does the world shape you? From birth onwards, our minds are a battleground of competing forces – familial, educational, cultural, professional and political – and the outcome of this battle not only determines who we become, but the society we create. The Lottery of Birth was nominated for Best Documentary at Raindance Film Festival and won the Spirit Award at Hollywood’s Artivist Festival.

Caspar is the author of A New Map of Wonders: A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels, which The Wall Street Journal describes as “surprising, moving and memorable” and The Guardian calls “lucid, elegant and wide-ranging. A love letter to, and product of, the extraordinary, irreducible abundance of the human mind.” His Book of Barely Imagined Beings: a 21st Century Bestiary was shortlisted for the Royal Society science book prize in 2013.

Patrick Barkham: Islander – A Journey Around Our Archipelago

The screening will be followed by a conversation between writer and director Raoul Martinez and his sister, comedian and writer, Francesca Martinez. They will discuss the film and Raoul’s compelling new book Creating Freedom which expands on themes of identity formation, power, control, enhancing our freedom, and the fight for our future. Creating Freedom is quite magnificent in its intelligence, acuity, scope, human warmth and – most importantly – hope! My book of the year. Stephen Fry

SALT Festival of the Sea & Environment Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 September Returning for its third year, SALT Festival will take you on a creative and inspiring journey through landscape and culture. Over four days there will be opportunities to walk, talk, make, write, observe, swim, have fun and share ideas over good food. Co-curated by Quarterhouse, Folkestone Fringe and Go to the Pine, SALT explores the way coastal environments shape who we are, how we think and asks what the future might hold for the creatures and places that exist on the edge.

Saturday 8 September, 7.30pm Tickets £8 / £6 concession Patrick Barkham takes us on a journey around some of Britain’s most intriguing small islands, meeting their residents – from puffins to party animals, Orkney voles to nuns. In this illustrated talk, he travels from small to ever tinier islands in search of the essence of island life. Do small islands have big lessons for us on the mainland? Patrick is the award-winning author of The Butterfly Isles and Badgerlands and The Guardian’s natural history writer. Critics have called Islander, “charming and attractive”, “a complete delight” and “vibrant and full of fascinating detail”. The Financial Times said: “It’s rare to read a book as good-spirited as this, where the narrative voice is so eager, inquisitive but non-judgemental, the worldview so benevolent and open-hearted.” Box Office 01303 760750

Film screening & discussion with Francesca Martinez


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The Quarterhouse film programme offers a diverse range of popular independent releases shown on the big screen. Tickets are just £5 / £4 concession. I, Tonya (15)

You Were Never Really Here (15)

Thursday 13 September, 7.30pm

Thursday 11 October, 7.30pm

Based on unbelievable but true events, a darkly comic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. An absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all its unchecked and checkered glory.

A traumatized veteran (Joaquin Phoenix), unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Margot Robbie’s performance in this satirical, postmodern tale of the disgraced star is a tour-de-force tornado that balances finely nuanced character development with impressively punchy physicality. The Guardian

120 BPM (15)

McQueen (15)

Thursday 20 September, 7.30pm

Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm

The lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris are re-imagined in bold and vivid detail in this stunning and heart-wrenching film. As the AIDS epidemic tears through their community, the members of ACT UP Paris are fighting for survival. Battling against government apathy, pharmaceutical greed and public ignorance, they also go out partying, debate politics and, occasionally, fall in love.

Mirroring the savage beauty, maverick originality and vivacity of his design, this is an intimate revelation of Alexander [Lee] McQueen’s own personal and professional world, both tortured and inspired. A film which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence and shows his rags-to-riches story as a modernday fairy tale laced with the gothic.

Fly on the wall filmmaking at its best, this is pure cinema – an enthralling, enveloping experience that seizes you fully, effortlessly mixing politics, sex, life, death and art. Empire

“McQueen” works both as a spectacular visual album of his work and an achingly moving account of the incomplete life behind it. Variety

The Square (15)

On Chesil Beach (15)

Friday 28 September, 7.30pm

Thursday 29 November, 7.30pm

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show, The Square, is an installation which invites passers-by to examine altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals.

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his best-selling novel, the drama centres on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

A provocative art-world satire full of anxious laughs and honest gasps. The Telegraph

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Dark, disturbing and difficult, this is a deep dive into a troubled headspace and never lets you leave. Empire


On Chesil Beach has both a rich sense of how much more there is to life than sex and also an acute awareness of how sex can overwhelm everything else. The New York Times 19



National Theatre and Royal Opera House events screened live or as encore performances re-broadcast via satellite (ROH) or on BluRay (NT Encore). NT LIVE

Die Walküre Sunday 28 October, 5pm

Contains strobe lighting Cert 15

Julie (NT Encore)

Tickets £14 / £12 concession Antonio Pappano conducts an international cast in the second opera of Richard Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen. Die Walkure has become the most performed opera of the cycle, loved and admired for its nuanced and intelligent exploration of complex family entanglements, expressed through music of astonishing power.

Friday 21 September, 7pm / Tickets £12 / £10 concession Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (The Deep Blue Sea). Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. This new version of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London. NT LIVE


Thursday 27 September, 7pm / Tickets £14 / £12 concession

Thursday 6 December, 7pm

Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production. Daily Telegraph

Tickets £14 / £12 concession

King Lear

Antony & Cleopatra

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this nuanced and powerful (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.



Mayerling (Sunday Encore)

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The Nutcracker

Sunday 21 October, 2pm

(Sunday Encore)

Ticket £12 / £10 concession

Sunday 9 December, 2pm

Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues twist through every moment of daring choreography in this ballet inspired by true events. Created for The Royal Ballet in 1978 Mayerling is regarded by many as among Kenneth MacMillan’s finest works.

Tickets £12 / £10 concession A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world. Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker. 21



Seann Walsh: After This One, I’m Going Home

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Qi Gong

Sunday 4 November, 8pm

Mondays from 3 September, 11.30am–12.30pm

Tickets £15 / Age 14 + (parental guidance)

Tickets £60 for 10 week term Bookings / 07982 014005

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and the self-dubbed “Lie-In King”, Seann Walsh is unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation. (The Guardian). Returning from his run in America, where he made his USA television debut appearance on Conan, Seann Walsh is back on tour in the UK. This disheveled, fiery, animated, fiercely idle, millennial man-child is one of best live comedians to have come out of the UK.

Qi Gong is one of the four pillars of Tai Chi. Its exercises are aimed at enhancing our bodies’ capacities for energy – our vitality. These classes aim to improve strength and flexibility, learning techniques for relaxation and natural breathing to stimulate the vital organs and enhance circulation. This popular course is open to new beginners each new term.

Tai Chi Mondays from 3 September, 12.35pm–1.35pm

A cracking good show. The Telegraph

Tickets £60 for 10 week term Bookings / 07982 014005

One of comedy’s hottest properties... very talented, very funny. London Evening Standard

A traditional Chinese physical art aimed at cultivating life energy. Regular practice brings better health, increased energy levels and a greater ability to deal with stress and pressure. This is an on-going class and we welcome new beginners at the start of each new term.

He remains one of the most entertaining observational comics on the block. The Independent

Ali Cook: Principles of Deception

Two Tone Yoga

Friday 9 November, 8pm

Tuesdays from 4 September, 12.30pm–1.30pm

Tickets £14 / £12 concession / Age 8+

Tickets £8 Drop In or 6 classes for £45

This autumn, star of the West End magic spectacular Impossible, Penn & Teller: Fool Us (ITV) and Dirty Tricks (Ch4) brings his new show to Quarterhouse.

Based on the Swasthya technique this style of yoga works on the core, stamina, flexibility and muscle tone. Aimed at increasing energy levels while also calming the mind it can help to attain balance in everyday life. For booking contact

Principles of Deception takes its name from Arthur Buckley’s 1948 text, Principles and Deceptions – the first book to categorize every style of magic. Using his own brand of awe-inspiring magic and offbeat comedy, Ali breaks the magician code by performing cross-genre; literally performing every type of magic categorized in the book, from regurgitating goldfish, to levitating an audience member, to Derren Brown style mind-reading. A hugely impressive show that’s never short on spectacle… Genuinely astounding. Mail on Sunday The show is perfection.

Broadway Baby

Mondays from 3 September, 6pm–7pm

Folkestone Women’s Forum Mondays 10 September, 1 October, 5 November & 3 December, 7.30pm–9pm A free monthly event for women to speak together about their interests, work, passions or campaigns. Each forum features a mini-talk followed by a main speaker with opportunities to share ideas about positive action. Join us on Facebook for regular updates

Supremely talented. Time Out Box Office 01303 760750




Write like a Grrrl: The Next Step Mondays from 3 September, 7pm–9pm Tickets £60 / £42 concession Written a short story or had a go at a novel and want constructive feedback in a supportive group of like-minded women? Then The Next Step is for you. This six-week women-only intensive course offers weekly critique workshops as well as sessions on advanced writing techniques, such as modes of narration, pace, plotting a novel, editing how to strengthen your regular writing practice and how to read like a writer. You’ll also be provided with sure-fire strategies on how to maintain motivation once the course is over. Come along and join us!

Improv Gym – Drop In with Jason Delplanque & Sarah Davies Tuesdays 11 Sept to 16 Oct, 7pm–9pm Tickets £10 / £8 if you bring a friend, Age 18+ An evening of improv comedy fun! This class is suitable for all levels of experience – whether you’re trying improvisation for the first time or an experienced performer wanting to brush up on your skills. The environment is fun-filled, nonjudgemental and very supportive. No booking required, just turn up improvgymteam@gmail. com / / @ImprovGym

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We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or money refunded, except in the case of a cancelled event.


We are a fully accessible venue – please let Box Office know if you have requirements.




Payment Cheques made payable to Creative Foundation, can only be used in person at the Box Office.

A brand new monthly meeting of reading enthusiasts run by the Friends of the Folkestone Book Festival. We share our thoughts and feelings about a wide variety of books that are suggested by the group and selected by majority vote over the year. Contact Stuart Sheach for further details and a book list:


Opening times Monday to Saturday – 10:00 to 17:00 Sunday – Closed (except on event days) Box Office reopens at 6pm on event nights

If the line is busy, please leave a message with your name and number and our Box Office Team will contact you as soon as possible.

Wednesdays 12 Sept, 10 Oct, 14 Nov & 12 Dec, 7.30pm–9pm

Gift vouchers are available to purchase from the Box Office. Please be aware that vouchers will expire 12 months from date of purchase.

Concessionary rates apply (where stated) to under 16s, full time students, senior citizens (age 65+), registered unemployed, registered disabled plus companion, Equity members, Kent Dance Network and Creative Quarter tenants. Proof of status will be required.

01303 760 750

Quarterhouse Book Group

Gift Vouchers

Ticket Collection Tickets that are paid for in advance can be collected on the day, up to 30 minutes prior to the event. Tickets can also be posted to you for an additional charge of 60p. Please check your tickets on receipt.

All details are correct at time of going to print. Quarterhouse reserves the right to change the programme and introduce special offers and discounts without prior notice. These will not apply to tickets already purchased before the announcement. Updates will be available on the website and at the Box Office. Latecomers will not be allowed their seats until a suitable break in the performance. Audio recorders, cameras and mobile phones may not be used in the venue. The management reserves the right to refuse admission. All tickets are non-transferable and will be void if re-sold. Events marked 16+ No ID, No Entry are strictly for people aged over 16 and you may be asked to prove your age. You will not be permitted access to the venue if you are unable to produce photographic identification. Accepted forms of identification include a valid UK passport, UK driving licence, or an accredited pass card, e.g. Validate UK. Forms for a Validate UK card are available from the Box Office or by visiting We do not accept photocopies or out of date identification. On all other events under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Quarterhouse would like to thank

Granny Drops a Clanger Wednesdays 8 Aug, 12 Sept, 10 Oct, 14 Nov & 12 Dec, 6pm–8pm A community knitting and crochet group; just bring yourselves, a smile, some wool and needles and we will happily teach you how to knit, or help you to get better! We are free, inclusive and the Folkestone branch of the UK’s Knitting and Crochet Guild. Box Office 01303 760750


The Creative Foundation is a registered charity no 1105174 25

How to find Quarterhouse

What’s On

By Train


High speed trains run regularly from London St Pancras International (journey time 57 minutes). The last return train from Folkestone to London is at 22:56.

Parking is available at Quarterhouse (50 Spaces). Parking permits can be purchased from the pay and display machine located in the Quarterhouse car park. Prices are £1 per hour, up to £5 for the day. Parking is free after 6pm. For more Folkestone Central Station is a short walk from the information please call Quarterhouse Box Office. centre of town and approximately 15 minutes from Other parking includes, Tram Road (2mins), Quarterhouse. Payers Park (2mins) and the Harbour car park (5mins). All council car parks charge daily fees For full details go to our travel partner’s website starting from £1 per hour.

By Bus or Coach

By Car

A direct National Express coach service runs from London Victoria Coach Station to the main bus station in Bouverie Square, Folkestone. Stagecoach operates a network of routes linking local towns and villages to Folkestone.

From the M20, turn off at junction 13 and follow signs to the Harbour. (SAT NAV USERS: CT20 1BN)

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SALT Festival 2018

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6 Sep


Three Acres & A Cow SALT Festival

Music page 13


7 Sep


Me & My Bee SALT Festival

Children & Families page 7


7 Sep


Caspar Henderson SALT Festival

Talks page 16


8 Sep


Me & My Bee SALT Festival

Children & Families page 7


8 Sep


Patrick Barkham SALT Festival

Talks page 16


9 Sep

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Animal Den SALT Festival

Children & Families page 7


9 Sep


The Cult of Water SALT Festival

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13 Sep


I, Tonya (15)


14 Sep


Carmen Souza

Music page 13


20 Sep


120 BPM (15)

Film page 18


21 Sep


Mrs H & the Sing-along Band

Children & Families page 8


21 Sep


Julie (NT Encore) (15)

Live Screening page 20


22 Sep


Three Little Pig Tails

Children & Families page 8


27 Sep


King Lear

Live Screening page 20


28 Sep


The Square (15)

Film page 18


5 Oct


The Duke

Theatre page 4


11 Oct


You Were Never Really Here (15)

Film page 19


12 Oct


Hannah & Hanna in Dreamland

Theatre page 5


Laura Veirs

Music page 14


No Show

Circus page 5



New Queers on the Block

Theatre page 6



Mayerling (Sunday Encore)

Live Screening page 20

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Yana & The Yeti

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McQueen (15)

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27 Oct


Raoul Martinez

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28 Oct


Die Walküre

Live Screening page 21


4 Nov


Seann Walsh

Comedy page 22


9 Nov


Mrs H & the Sing-along Band

Children & Families page 8


9 Nov


Ali Cook

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10 Nov


Gruff Rhys

Music page 14

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Folkestone Book Festival 2018

Festival page 15

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Viv Albertine In conversation with Melita Dennett Folkestone Book Festival

Music/Talk page 14


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On Chesil Beach (15)

Film page 19


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6 Dec


Antony & Cleopatra

Live Screening page 21


9 Dec


The Nutcracker (Sunday Encore)

Live Screening page 21

A Christmas Carol

Children & Families page 10

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Christmas @ Creative Quarter Creative Quarter Christmas lights switch-on! The Old High Street, Folkestone Friday 16 November, 5.30pm Dig out your festive jumper, get Bublé back on your playlist and join us for the Creative Quarter Christmas lights switch-on! What better way to kick off the festive season in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter, than with an evening of light, song and cheer. This year we are delighted to welcome author of My Name is Leon, Kit de Waal, who will be counting us down to the big switch-on and launching Folkestone Book Festival 2018. To get you in the festive spirit, local choirs will be bringing the streets to life with song, our creative businesses will be stunning crowds with their Christmas window displays and shops will have extended opening hours – perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping!

The Secret Postcard Show Friday 16 – Sunday 25 November, 12–5pm Launch: Thursday 15 November, 5–7pm Location to be revealed The Creative Quarter’s Secret Postcard Show returns for its third year. Inspired by the long-established RCA show, artists, designers and makers are invited to create new, thoughtprovoking work in the form of a postcard! Every original artwork will be available to purchase for £30 each, with money raised donated to a local charity. All of the artworks are anonymously displayed, but expect to see lots of familiar artists. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Creative Quarter Carol Service St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church Wednesday 12 December, 7pm / Free and open to all Don’t miss the Creative Quarter’s third carol service in partnership with St Mary and St Eanswythe’s Church. This special evening is the perfect opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the festive season over a mince pie and a warming glass of mulled wine. As well as traditional Christmas carols, the service also features a programme of live music, readings and performances by members of the creative community.

Folkestone Quarterhouse Autumn 2018 Brochure  
Folkestone Quarterhouse Autumn 2018 Brochure