- Box office 01227 769075
- Website www.thegulbenkian.co.uk
The University of Kent’s Arts Centre offering a diverse and dynamic rage of arts and performances for students and the public. Actively engaging with the local community via projects including Gulbenkian Youth Theatre and ART31 in line with their mission statement: 'Gulbenkian will work with a range of creative partners to become a leading 21st Century international arts centre offering an engaging, innovative and high quality arts programme. We will act as a catalyst developing and curating ideas, spaces and emerging talent. The empowerment of children and young people will be at the core of our activity.'
The closest train station is Canterbury West and local buses go directly to the venue.
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Akram Khan Company And Moko Dance: Chotto Desh
A children-friendly version of Akram Khan's much-loved Desh. Featuring cross-cultural storytelling, Chotto Desh - or little homeland - is about a young man's dreams and his memories of Britain and Bangladesh.
- Directed by: Blanche McIntyre
Tom Stoppard's comedy drama. In 1809 a talented pupil makes a discovery well ahead of her time and present day academics try to put together the pieces of the true story.
Attila The Stockbroker In Conversation With Oliver Double
The poet, musician and political activist talks about his career and performs a selection of his works alongside a reading from his autobiography Arguments Yard.
Mon 19 Oct
£5 / 01227 769075
Beauty Of The Beast
- Written by: Anthony Missen
A funny, moving and subversive look at male group dynamics, a dynamic new full-length work choreographed for Company Chameleon by Artistic Director Anthony Missen.
Cafe Live: Digibury
Meet-up event for digital and creative types.
Cafe Live: Gulb Slam
There are ten slots available, with the highest scoring poet winning a feature set at the next slam. Hosted by Canterbury Laureate Dan Simpson.
Cafe Live: The Fez Comedy Club
The Fez Comedy Club proudly presents a stellar night of star spangled comedy. Come along and witness the best comedy from the UK circuit with comedians Barry Ferns (MC), Steve Bugeja and Chris Martin.
Canterbury Songwriters Circle
A forum for songwriters to share songs and material.
Wed 28 Oct
A Christmas Collection: Fundraiser For Pilgrims Hospices
A performance by local schools, colleges and dance academies.
Sun 29 Nov
£9.50 (Children £6.50; £6.50) / 01227 769075
- 106 min
- Directed by: Jafar Panahi
- Cast: Kambuzia Partovi, Maryam Moqadam, Hadi Saeedi, Jafar Panahi
- UK release: 4 September 2015
An unnamed writer (Partovi) lives in a beach house with a dog when two strangers (Moqadam and Saeedi) turn up. Challenging, Pirandellian but weary and muddled work by Iranian director subjected to a government ban on filmmaking; his subsequent Taxi was far better, suggesting that this film served some positive, purging…
Dan Clark, star of BBC3's How Not To Live Your Life, brings his comedy songs and live band on tour.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
- 102 min
- Directed by: Marielle Heller
- Cast: Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård
- UK release: 7 August 2015
Adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel about Minnie (Powley), an exuberant teen in 1970s San Francisco, who reveals that she lost her virginity to Monroe (Skarsgård), boyfriend of her mother (Wiig). Powley is a real find, with a compelling screen presence; Heller captures the era well, and the cast is never less…
Duck, Death And The Tulip: Little Dog Barking Theatre (Ages 4-8)
A children's show from New Zealand, telling of a heart-warming and whimsical friendship between a playful duck and a character called Death. Adapted from Wolf Erlbruch's book.
Sat 31 Oct
£7.50 / 01227 769075
Earthfall: Stories From A Crowded Room
A fast-moving and highly physical dance performance which encircles the unseated audience with live music, text and film.
Wed 21 Oct
Thu 22 Oct
Fri 23 Oct
Ed Byrne: Outside, Looking In
The Dublin-stand-up and regular guest on Mock The Week returns with a new show of observational humor.
- Directed by: Douglas Rintoul
Douglas Rintoul directs his own multimedia drama, set against the backdrop of concern about climate change and the rising sea level. Presented by Transport Theatre Company.
Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
Trademark mix-ups from the Faulty Towers hotel staff served alongside a three course meal.
Force/Collision: Jarman: All This Maddening Beauty
A piece of performance art by John Moletress with a text by Caridad Svich, inspired by the work of queer artist, filmmaker and gardener Derek Jarman.
Thu 26 Nov
£12 ( £10; £8; Children £8 under 16s) / 01227 769075
Legendary jazz, soul and r'n'b keyboardist who's worked with Muddy Waters, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison.
Glow: Flying Eye (Ages 3 Months-4 Years)
A magical world filled with playful light, interactive performance, live music and dynamic scenery. This sensory experience, inspired by Japanese Haiku poems, is about how we encounter and connect with the environment during the first few years of life.
Tue 27 Oct
The Government Inspector: T24
- Written by: Nikolai Gogol
A surreal take on Nikolai Gogol's classic comedy about a corrupt mayor and his government trying to hide their affairs from an inspector.
Grass: Explore The World Beneath Your Feet: Second Hand Dance
Performance puppetry, projection, dancing and plenty of fun to inspire children to look closely at the world around them, the ground beneath their feet and all its creepy crawly inhabitants.
Sun 18 Oct
£7.50; £1 Baby on lap / 01227 769075
The Gulb Slam
Kent @ 8pm: national headline poets and the opportunity to win a feature set at the next slam.
The Gulb Slam
National headline poets and the opportunity to win a feature set at the next slam.
James Acaster: Represent
As seen appearing on Russell Howard's Good News and Mock the Week so if the bigwigs like him you probably will too.
The singer and guitarist plays an acoustic set.
Jason Byrne: 20 Years a Clown
The immensely popular Fringe fave takes to the stage for an hour of his raucous stand-up, reflecting on 20 years as a comedian.
A Journey Round My Skull
A beautiful and beguiling love story told by a neurosurgeon who casts the audience as her silent patient. Be transported into the story through headphone technology, inspired by the auditory hallucinations experienced by Hungarian satirist Frigyes Karinthy.
Let's All Dance: The Magic Word
A gorgeous, classical ballet with themes of kindness, good manners and friendship this is a heart-warming tale for all ages.
- Written by: William Shakespeare
Pantaloons Theatre Company put a contemporary spin on Shakespeare's play, taking their cues from film noir, gangland Britain and clowning tradition.
Cult singer-songwriter, described as the 'Welsh Springsteen', making social and spiritual comment through his acoustic songs.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
- 104 min
- Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
- Cast: Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Jon Bernthal
- UK release: 11 September 2015
Greg (Mann) is a Pittsburgh teenager who makes terrible films with his friend Earl (Cyler); then he finds out that his former childhood pal Rachel (Cooke) has terminal cancer. Twee, manipulative and self-conscious, it's as if Wes Anderson and John Hughes collaborated on a weepy, and you'll either love it or want to punch…
Mirror Mirror On The Wall
Written and directed by three teenage girls, this new musical set in modern-day England is based loosely on the story of Snow White and features a criminal, a wicked witch & an innocent princess and the rise to fame of one and fall of the others.
Murder Inn: University Of Kent Players
- Written by: Howard Voland
Howard Voland and Keith McGregor's macabre thriller set in a dilapidated 18th-century inn, where an unsuspecting group of tourists make an unscheduled stop.
National Theatre Live: As You Like It
Shakespeare’s comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind.
Theatre company Reckless Sleepers presents a contemporary performance piece built around one chair, one man and one woman.
- Written by: William Shakespeare
The Smooth-faced Gentlemen, an award-winning all-female theatre company, presents Shakespeare's psychological thriller, in which Iago engineers a twisting plot of revenge and jealousy.
Folk singer-songwriter, famed for the Ivor Novello Award winning song The Streets of London.
Sean Hughes: Mumbo Jumbo
Quick-fire wit and darker barbs from Hughes in this new show which is all about trying to evade insanity. Includes name dropping (he was serenade by Robert Smith one time, doncha know?) and the – perhaps relieving – realisation that he and his Mum are never going to have a proper conversation. Hughes should be in your…
Shakespeare Schools Festival
A unique arts-education initiative enabling young people to perform abridged productions of Shakespeare's most famous plays.
Shakespeare's Globe on Screen: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare's perennial comedy, screened live from the Globe in London.
Mon 12 Oct
- 99 min
- Directed by: Gary Rydstrom
- Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, Peter Stormare, Meredith Anne Bull
- UK release: 11 February 2015
When fairy Marianne (Wood) calls off her wedding, her suitor (Palladio) enlists the help of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Chenoweth), who's been captured by the Bog King (Cumming). An indigestible mess: kids' animation meets jukebox musical, with a tendency to define its female characters by their relationships with men.
E4 presenter Rick Edwards hosts a day of events in which young people, rockstar thought leaders and artists tackle five big questions.
The Treacherous Orchestra
Scottish folk maestros who use electric mandolins, flutes, pipes and fiddle to create their huge and undeniably danceable sound.
Yolanda Brown - Reggae Love Songs
Join the double MOBO Award-Winning Saxophonist YolanDa Brown and 10 piece band on an infectious journey of Reggae rhythms from the Caribbean, peppered with supreme Jazz flavoured inflections and sensibilities.