• Date: 2nd June 2018 - 3rd June 2018
  • Every day
  • Location: Rochester
  • Cost: TBC

Come along to one of our theatre and performance events.

Alternate Shadows

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June from 11am outside Guildhall and 2pm and 3pm outside Oliver's wine bar

Some colourful characters can be found this weekend in and around the High Street in a Dickensian time bubble.

From out of nowhere you will find yourself amongst a motley gathering of individuals - you will meet Eliza and her unsavoury pies - sample them if you dare, maybe you will feel the need to spread the word if so Sidney Rolfe, local hack will be pounding the streets looking for a juicy story to sell. Maybe you will bump into George and Georgina Frightful the Victorian bathing darlings - come on in the water is lovely! But watch out for the mischievous street urchins - who love a hanky or two, providing they don't get cornered by the ever watchful eye of Agatha Froggerty school mistress. Finally there's Annie, who for a small charge would absolutely love the opportunity to know you and your purse strings just that little bit better - nudge! nudge! wink! wink! 

Pretending People Theatre

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

An American country singer lands in Rochester looking for inspiration, having never heard of Charles Dickens or indeed Dickens Festival, he finds himself en-tangled in an immersive story telling experience that highlights Rochester’s Dickensian features.

Cosson’s School of Performing Arts

The Cosson’s World Premiere, Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June from 5pm at Boley Hill Stage

A good ol' knees up with music hall favourites, designed to get you singing along and having a great time, Victorian style! Provided by Cosson's School of Performing Arts, based at the beautiful Brook Theatre in Chatham

Play on Words Theatre Company – performing exerts from Oliver Twist

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June 2018, opposite Crow Lane

Play on Words Theatre presents a bitesized version done at a whirlwind pace and full of fun.

In 20 minutes flat this action packed, madcap street theatre features the characters and themes of one of Dickens' most loved stories.

Allow this award winning Medway based theatre company to share with you the very core, the very essence of this classic tale.

You’ll be left wanting ‘MORE’!

Gerald Dickens - Performing Doctor Marigold 

Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June

Doctor Marigold was one of Charles Dickens most popular readings. The Doctor of the title is a market Cheap Jack, named in honour of a doctor who assisted at his birth. On the surface he is a trader with a rapid sales-patter, but underneath there lays a story both moving and heartbreaking. Although little known today, Dr Marigold still moves audiences as it did in Charles’ day.