"Indulge your imagination in every possible flight." -Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Given Tonbridge's close association with Jane Austen and her family, her father being Second Master here from 1754-57, it is a great delight to welcome Dr Lucy Worsley for two nights with At Home with Jane Austen. With the EM Forster Theatre's programme so full of delights for young and old this season, it is to be hoped that the advice in Austen's epigram above will act as a prompt for us all to find time to indulge our sense of wonder and imagination, across all spheres of the Arts.
The Theatre offers a diverse range of shows to enjoy; our increasingly popular NT Live showings continue with Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Peter Pan amongst others, whilst there will be a first outdoor performance come rain or shine in the newly landscaped Smythe Library Garden when As You Like it is performed by The Handlebards, the world's first cycling theatre company. The Lower Sixth will produce 'One Man, Two Governors' for your delectation while the Junior Play, Romeo and Juliet, promises to be innovative and compelling.
The Alan Bunney Concert and the Lower School Concert are two traditional highlights of the school year, where this year arrangements of Beethoven, Brahms and the more modern sounds of 'Jump Swing Fever' and 'Respect' will be performed. There are two Jazz evenings to enjoy, with an evening of International Jazz bringing together local musicians and their French Counterparts to raise money for Macmillan Nurses. The school's senior artists and DT students have one final opportunity to present their pieces before heading to pastures new, so do come along to see their work at the New Generation exhibition, which celebrates their diversity and creative talent.
Children's theatre returns with The War of the Buttons, and Pat-a-cake Baby for our younger audience whereas older children and their parents will surely enjoy the Talentz Musical Theatre's production of Sweeney Todd. Friday Night Comedy Nights, Ballet Central, The Mikado and so much more fill this programme, so please do read on with your calendar and pencil beside you ready to indulge your imagination this season.
John Bleakley, Chair of Tonbridge Arts Committee