Looping the Loop, Thanet’s very own twice-yearly performance festival is back in full force from 11th - 19th November with a feast of theatre, performance, workshops and social events happening in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. This inclusive festival brings nationally-touring theatre companies to East Kent and platforms some of the best local work happening in and around Thanet.
This season you can get creative with your kids and build the landscape for a puppet show at Turner Contemporary, revel in Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet’s ode to outsider artists and their eccentric structures at the Theatre Royal Margate and attend ‘Ross & Rachel’, the acclaimed play written by award-winning playwright James Fitz at St George’s Hall in Ramsgate.
This season, Looping the Loop is proud to introduce a new giving scheme which reaches out to local children, young and isolated people by providing free tickets to shows and events. ‘Theatre For All’ enables businesses and individuals to give a local person the chance to experience the magic of theatre. Just £5 provides a free visit to the theatre for someone from your community. You can donate a ticket online at the same time that you are buying your ticket for any of the shows below.
The below highlights are just the tip of the iceberg, with 9 days of events in total make sure you take a good look through the Festival programme
and get scheduling!
Season 9’s accidental (but very welcome) theme is unusual collaborations. The Festival Sundowner Launch Event will explore and celebrate partnerships with a workshop from local performance couple Ray Prendergast and Lennie and an evening event with performances from Ray and Lennie and other local artistic partnerships. ‘Curious Couples’ will take place at Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate. Workshop 1pm - 5pm, Festival Sundowner 7pm - 10pm.
Almost Always Muddy
Hazel Anderson, actor and theatre maker teams up with artist/maker Kirsty Harris to bring you Almost Always Muddy, a show where decision-making, creativity and adventure are all at your children’s fingertips. For ages 5-12 and their not-so-grown-ups! Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November, Turner Contemporary, Margate. Saturday: 10:30am, 1:30pm & 4:30pm. Sunday: 10:30am & 1:30pm.
The Castle Builder
The Castle Builder is an emotional and hard-rocking exploration into the hearts and souls that exist on the outer limits of creativity and building regulations created by actor/comedian Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet, musician. 7:30pm, Saturday 18 November, Theatre Royal Margate.
Ross & Rachel
James Fritz’s hard-hitting & critically-acclaimed play Ross and Rachel examines the pressures of forming and maintaining romantic relationships with both people being played by a single actor. 8pm, Thursday 16 & Friday 17 November, St Georges Hall, Ramsgate. Looping the Loop Salon Event, Making it Happen, Funding and Touring New Work (with Ross and Rachel Producer), 5pm - 7:30pm, Friday 17 November, Archive Home Store, Ramsgate. Loop and Learn Workshop - Writing for Performance with James Fitz.
Semele Mash-Up with Garsington Opera For All
The climax of Garsington’s Opera For All programme of working with 8 Thanet secondary and primary schools, students come together with professional composers, directors and opera singers for a work based on Handel's Semele, with extra scenes and new music and lyrics created by students. 6pm - 8:30pm, Wednesday 15 November, St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate.