Dr Phil Hammond

Book now Saturday 1 November 8:00pm
Tickets: £10 advance | £12 door | £8 conc

"Thought provoking, scalpel sharp stand-up" The Independent

"One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet" The Guardian

Over 18s only




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Saturday 8 November 7.30pm
Tickets: Advance £8 | £7 Concessionsin
£10 | £8 on the door

Patrick Keeler (pictured) plays Edward Snowden and many other parts in ‘Leakers’. The rest of the cast play everybody else, so five become thirty but who is counting?

Harry is spying on Tony and Laura. Tony is spying on Laura. She is spying on Tony. They all start leaking. The National Security Agency is spying on them all and you. Everyone is being watched. We know this because of Edward Snowden. Does it matter? Should we give up our privacy easily if it keeps us safe? This provocative new comedy examines the arguments.

You know the old expression, ‘you have to laugh’ and how it implies that otherwise you’d cry or die or maybe feel a tiny bit concerned? Or that other maxim, ‘if you’re not panicking you haven’t understood the situation’. Well there are lots of laughs and misunderstandings in the new play appearing at the Horsebridge, Whitstable on Saturday 8th November 2014. ‘Leakers’ is about arguably (ok, let’s have a row) the most important news story there is at present. Not that it is being reported much, if you don’t count the Guardian. Edward Snowden has revealed that we, (and that includes you) are being spied on. We have all lost all our privacy. And some of us are not laughing. Well, we are, those that have seen the script and rehearsals for ‘Leakers’, we are laughing lots. And you could, if you book tickets now and come along. At times this play is deadly serious and at times hilariously funny, your mission is to realise at any given moment which is what or even what is which. See you there. The PGY Production Company.


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An Evening with Marlene Dietrich

Book now Friday 14 November 8pm
Doors/Bar: 7pm
​Tickets: £8  adv | £10  door
A musical theatre piece about the life and career of an icon who dominated the world stage from 1930-1974.

Born in 1901 Marlene became a Hollywood star in the 1930′s and then sang for the Allies on the front line during World War II. This was followed by a long career as a cabaret artist, touring the world, with her arranger and friend Burt Bacharach.

Working well into her 70′s she then retreated to her apartment in Paris, where she remained for the last 12 years of her life.

Written and performed by Anette Mutton

Suggested age 13+





Wild Willy Barrett: French Connection

Book now Saturday 15 November 8.00pm
Tickets: £12

Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection (UK)

with John Devine, Mary Holland and Aurora Colson

Directed by God Father of Grunge Folk Wild Willy Barrett, this dynamic quartet brings a touch of “oo-la-la” to the UK as French chanteuse extraordinaire Aurora Colson takes centre stage, leaving the musicians to demonstrate their individual talents.

This Francophile adventure was originally inspired by Parisian singer Marie-Laure Hucher, who is regrettably unable to continue to tour in the UK due to her other commitments in France.  As a result, the band is very happy to welcome on board French vocalist Aurora Colson. Originally from Nancy, county of Lorraine in the East of France, Aurora has a foot on both sides of the Channel, for she has been living and singing in London for more than 11 years.

Captivating audiences both English and French alike with her compelling and expressive vocals, she effortlessly tackles a wide range of styles:

From Gypsy jazz to traditional Celtic, with an occasional hint of Piaf thrown into the mix, her natural “pazzaz” and charmingly French personality shine through.

Aurora has a fond love for Jazz and «chansons rétro» and is planning on bringing an even more “Retro French Touch” to the formation:    

"I was always interested in music while I was growing up - singing all the time, playing a little keyboard as a pre-teen, grabbing opportunities to play my Dad’s drum kit when I was a teenager. I also discovered the old songs by Charles Trénet, Yves Montand, Édith Piaf and others that my grandparents were playing on their radios – I just loved these."

If you are looking for a band within a very specific genre, then... forget us! But if you are looking for a truly original show, full of humour and surprises, where violin, banjo, Uilleann pipes and percussion intertwine with powerful vocals, or where cello, guitar and flute compliment the mesmerizing voice of our singer, then we are the ones you were waiting for!

Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection is touring the UK this autumn, with a handful of concerts already programmed for October and November.

More dates to come, so stay tuned!  

Review by Simon Icke:

“What a very special surprise at The Limelight Theatre, Aylesbury  tonight 19 October 2013 to a sell out audience: Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection: a unique mix of British folk with such variety and musical improvisation and multi-talented use of numerous instruments and mix of singing in both English & French, led by the amazing and fun Willy Barrett, his very talented musical wife Mary Holland and the sublime yet incredibly talented musician John Devine ...

this 'folk band' is very different from anything else you will experience in the UK at the moment ...French/ English singing with a superb mix of instruments from banjo to guitar, keyboards, and even Irish pipes and much more to make some incredible sounds and wonderful songs ( even a bit of Edith Piaf thrown in ).

What a wonderful evening of unique and fresh musical entertainment!”



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The Horsebridge Centre

11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AF

01227 281174
01227 281255 (cafe)

Fully accessible
Free Wi-Fi

Open 7 days a week
Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm
Open up to 9pm Monday - Thursday for room bookings
Open from 7pm Friday - Saturday for box office events

Charity Number: 1099570
Company Number: 4727071

The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre is located in the heart of Whitstable on a site which has a long tradition of community and cultural activity. Since its launch in April 2004, the Horsebridge has established itself as a quality venue at the heart of arts, social, learning and leisure activities in Whitstable and the wider north east Kent area.

The Horsebridge Centre has a packed programme of events all year round that includes ground floor galleries, workshops, cafe with balcony and a large performance space for theatre, screenings, talks and live music.

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"I remember the days before Whitstable Horsebridge Centre had been built, so can now fully appreciate what it adds to the town.

The centre has numerous weekly classes such as yoga, mediation and dancing, as well as one-off workshop courses. It always has some kind of art exhibition that is free to go and view, a bar/cafe for food and refreshments, as well as a packed evening entertainment calendar such as live music and comedy nights.

It really gives Whitstable a community feel and I always enjoy my visits there." Via Tripadvisor

"This is what a community centre should be all about. There is art on the ground floor, a nice family friendly cafe with locally made cakes on the first floor and we attended an amazing baby group on the top floor. I can't fault the concept, the staff or the layout. Really nice experience." Via Tripadvisor

"What a gem this place is! It was one of the reasons I moved to Whitstable and I use it every week." Via Tripadvisor

"We find ourselves in there most weeks, all year round. It has been a huge success. The staff are friendly and efficient, they are also truly engaged in the desire to bring art to the community and visitors to the town alike." Via Tripadvisor

We have several rooms of various sizes accommodating small workshops to large conferences, parties and markets. Please see our room hire page for full details.

Become a 'Friend of the Horsebridge' and receive a membership card entitling you to a 15% discount in our cafe and bar, concessionary rates on selected events and quarterly mail out of our printed programme. Please see our page on joining for more details.

If you are interested in the many varied voluntary roles at the Horsebridge Centre please contact Hannah Wenn on 01227 281174 or email hannah@horsebridge-centre.org.uk for more details.

We are a registered charity and rely on the local community to support us.



A History of the Horsebridge

The name itself comes from the jetty used by the horses taking the catch from the boats. Later, the first railway in Kent, the Canterbury & Whitstable (aka Crab and Winkle),took the place of the horses.

The Horsebridge area has played a key part in the varied history of Whitstable.

Whitstable has a long tradition of community and cultural activity including community and arts groups operating on the Horsebridge site itself. Canterbury City Council was committed to a building that reflects this activity and seeking to create a focal point for the town.

The project was a public / private sector partnership between Canterbury City Council, who owned the land, and the local developer Banbury Estates.

Four schemes for the re-development of the Horsebridge site were shortlisted and were featured in a public exhibition in April 2000. Over 600 comments were received from local people with 62% favouring an “upturned boat” design submitted by architects Clague.

The Centre opened to the public on Saturday 10 April 2004, and is run as a Company Limited by Guarantee and with Charitable status.