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The Crucible, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Tues 14 – Sat 18 Mar

Wow, this production looks goooood. The cast is superb for a start – it stars Charlie Condou (Coronation Street), as the witch hunter, Reverend Hale, and Victoria Yeates (Call the Midwife), as the falsely accused Elizabeth Proctor. Gripping, chilling, powerful, intense…if you like those things, you’re in for a treat. Did you read the play at school? I did… When a group of young girls are discovered dancing in the woods trying to conjure spirits, the God-fearing people of a small New England town are told the devil and witchcraft is in their midst and must be rooted out at all costs. This retelling of a classic serves as a timely and chilling reminder of the frailty of reason in the face of hysteria, fanaticism and the terrifying power of false accusations. Do not miss this!

orchardtheatre.co.uk

Street food from around the world course, Bore Place, Thurs 16 Mar

I don’t know about you, but I often get stuck in a dinner rut. (Spag bol again anyone?) So I very much like the idea of delving into a gastronomic round-the-world trip… Learn how to make some of the tastiest street food from around the globe at this informative and extra delicious workshop at Bore Place near Sevenoaks – see you there!

9:30am – 4:00pm, course fee includes ingredients, lunch and refreshments. Book your place here: boreplace.org

Vintage Fair, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 18 Mar

Like a bit of vintage fashion? With 25 stalls of the finest local and affordable vintage fashion, home-ware, costume jewellery, french brocante and original records you could unearth some real treasures at this fair and get a serious hit of nostalgia.

10:30 – 16:00, Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells, facebook.com/events

Rachel Parris, Hazlitt Theatre, Friday 17 Mar

Comedian Rachel Parris, star of Austentatious, The IT Crowd and BBC 2’s Murder In Successville, presents her award-nominated show. Reviews of this have been very strong – including phrases like, ‘uplifting’ and ‘life-affirming’ as well as ‘tears of laughter…’ She got nominated for Best Show 2016 by Funny Women and Best Musical Comedy Show 2016 from Whats On London. Sounds like pretty good endorsement to me.

Kelly Oliver, The Marlowe Theatre, 20:00, Sat 18 Mar

Very much a rising star, Kelly Oliver mixes folk sound with bold indie-pop and has started to get a decent amount of radio airplay. She’s also appeared at festivals like the Cambridge Folk Festival, and was thrilled to be awarded Best Female Solo Artist in the 2015 NMG Awards.

Canterbury Ghost Tour, Sat 18 Mar

If you want History, Humour and Haunting there is only one place to be… Canterbury Ghost Tours offer a spooky night time tour (starts at 8pm). Boo!

canterburyghosttour.com

Audience With Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe, 17 Mar


If I had to have a favourite female Strictly dancer it would be Natalie Lowe, she seems like a bit more of a girl’s girl to me than some of the others, which might explain her popularity with both men and women. Here she is back with dance partner, Ian Waite, touring again after the success of their first country-wide Cha-cha-cha. There’s a whole load of newly choreographed routines of their favourite Ballroom and Latin dances to be enjoyed here.

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Beauty And The Beast, Moonlight Drive In Cinema, The Hop Farm, Fri 31 Mar

If you have an Emma Watson-mad mudlet like me then you are probably planning on taking them to watch the new re-make of this Disney classic. Why not try something a bit different and enjoy the action from the comfort of your own car? You’ll come fully prepared with a hip-flask of Prosecco (just the one – you’re driving of course) and popcorn…

Use discount code: INDX20MAR to get 20% of any purchase in March, moonlightcinema.com

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My First Ballet, Cinderella, Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Thurs 6 – Sat 8 Apr

If you have a budding dancer in your family and you only take them to one show this year – make it this. The My First Ballet series is a touring performance put on by second year students at the English National Ballet – so basically the rising stars. It’s also totally adapted to suit 3 – 7 year olds, both in price and also length (there’s even a narrator to explain the story). It’s aimed to inspire young ballerinas – and five years ago I took my ballet-mad daughter to Coppélia when that toured (and she was lucky enough to get a space on the workshop beforehand too) – it was amazing. She’s nearly 10 now and prefers dabbing to demi-pliés, but *sigh* no one can take away the memories…

Times: 11am. 2pm, 5.30pm, Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford DA1 1ED, orchardtheatre.co.uk

Naomi’s Wild & Scary, Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Sun 9 Apr

Oh, my kids love Naomi’s show on TV and now she’s following up on her success with a nation-wide tour. I’ve heard great things about this stage show – not least that it’s packed full of fun and surprises, live on stage, some really scary creatures, including a Carpet Python, Alligator Snapping Turtle, a giant centipede… and a tarantula! If your minis love nature, creepy crawlies and all creatures cool and scary (or not, depending on your viewpoint) then they will NOT want to miss this!

orchardtheatre.co.uk

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