The Year of the Hiker


The Herne Bay Musical Theatre Society, present this play by John B Keane.

Written in 1963, this play tells the story of a man, nicknamed “The Hiker”, who goes out for a pack of cigarettes and disappears for 20 years. His wife has to endure the shame of being left and to bring up their children in difficult times.

The Hiker returns home on the day of his youngest child’s wedding and it soon becomes apparent that he is dying.

Performance on the 8th, 9th and 10th of February 2018, starting at 7:45pm

Book online via TicketSource

2017 Pantomime – Red Riding Hood

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Red Riding Hood by Bob Hammond is the Arden’s Christmas Show this year – join us for all the traditions of pantomine, boo the baddies, cheer the goodies and be dazzled by the Dame’s amazing outfits!


Thursday 7th December – 7.30pm
Friday 8th December – 7.30pm
Saturday 9th December – 2pm
Sunday 10th December – 2pm

Thursday 14th December – 7.30pm
Friday 15th December – 7.30pm
Saturday 16th December – 2pm
Sunday 17th December – 2pm

Tickets priced £5/6 are available to book online at or from Carter’s Newsagents, Market Place, Faversham.




Rising Damp

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12 – 14 October 2017

Student Alan moves into an attic flat, finding he has to share with the mysterious Philip, contend with a hole in the floor, water running down the walls and the sinister landlord, Rigby. Moreover, Rigby has designs on Miss Jones from downstairs, and she has developed a passion for Philip.

Tickets priced £7 Adult and £6 Concessionary are available to book online via Ticketsource or from Carters, Market Place, Faversham.

Murder at the Arden Theatre

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OUR FRIENDS, PURPLE DREAMS, are bringing their Murder Mystery to the Arden! Book your seats from Carters, or just come along on the 26th.

They have forwarded a synopsis of the play as follows, and some interesting snippets about the actors –

The shape of a body can be made out underneath a sheet, blood is seeping through the top.

Someone stands above it, then as they talk they move around the stage, nervously, always glancing at the body .

As they stand over the body again they are joined by others….. THE STORY UNFOLDS !

The Arden Theatre is the scene of a murder as a new play opens there on 26th August . The play from the pen of award winning, critically acclaimed playwright Tobias Nicholls uses the setting of the theatre to create this drama and as the play unfolds and a comedy turns to tragedy as a murderer reveals themselves…but who will be their first victim? Come to the Arden to find out and enjoy the experience of live theatre.

The Arden Theatre, Leslie Smith Drive, Faversham, Kent ME13 8PW  – Saturday 26th August, 7.30 pm, Tickets £10. Tickets available from : Carter’s News Agents ,15 Market Place , Faversham : 01795 590 900 or at the door.

The Cast

Tamsin Stevenson (Penny Marshall)

Tamsin is the newest recruit to Purple Dreams Productions, joining late 2016.  She made quite an impact in the role of Carina Harris in ‘The Empty Stage’ and the role of Penny in ‘Murder at Arden Theatre’ was written especially for her. Previous to joining the group, Tamsin completed her 3 year BA course at East 15 Acting School in 2010 and went on to  take on  such theatre roles as Stella in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (at Madder Market Theatre) as well as TV appearances in BBC’s ‘Partner’s in Crime’ and in ‘Crime Watch’ reconstructions. Tamsin is also an accomplished singer and dancer.


Tobias Nicholls (David Porter)

Tobias is the founder and Creative Director of Purple Dreams.  He founded the group in 1999 and has, to date, written, directed and performed in all seventeen productions for the group, compiling a selection of two-act plays, one-act plays and sketches.  The group regularly enter Drama Festivals and have proved to be a force to be reckoned with.  Over the years Tobias has won numerous Acting and writing awards, and along the way became a published poet.

Away from Purple Dreams, Tobias has professionally toured in a Rollason Entertainments production of Jack & The Beanstalk, and has appeared both on television on film. He appeared in reconstructions for an episode of “Missing Children: Lorraine Kelly Investigates” and two episodes of “Missing Mums: Lorraine Kelly Investigates”; both for Sky. Tobias also appeared as a Devonshire Servant in ‘The Duchess’, starring Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes, directed by Saul Dibb.  Most recently, Tobias has appeared in a number of short films including ‘Something Good.’ (directed by Phillip Rashleigh), ‘Noose’ (directed by Naga Sai Pratish) and ‘Patch’ (directed by Jennifer Borcea), as well as some music videos.


Katharine Levy (Beth Anderson)

Before joining Purple Dreams in 2010, Katharine had appeared on stage in many roles in such productions as ‘The Darling Buds of May’, ‘The Crucible’, ‘The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe’ & ‘Billy Liar’. As well as appearing on stage, Katharine helped backstage as a production assistant for ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾’, ‘The History Boys’, and ‘High School Musical 2’ in local Norfolk productions. Since joining Purple Dreams, Katharine won a ‘Best Actress’ award for her portrayal as Verity in ‘Don’t Tell Jane!’, and has become an integral member of the company, supporting the group behind the scenes as their Senior Production Assistant.  She’s appeared in every touring production to date, taking on starring roles in ‘Shadows in the Snow’ (2012) and ‘The Empty Stage’ (2016). He portrayal of ‘Beth Anderson’ in ‘Murder at Arden Theatre’, marks her twelfth production with the company.


Lawrence Ward (Sam West)

Lawrence joined Purple Dreams last year as Patrick in ‘The Empty Stage’.  He recently filmed at Castle Rising in the film short God Save the King for George Moore Films, as a mercenary warrior, having been working with The RSC Stage Fight Club in Stratford since completing a UK tour of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol as Inspector Lestrade last February (2016). Other recent theatre credits include: Reg in Up’n’Under, Theatre Anonymous; Cambridge Shakespeare Festival as Marcus Andronicus in Titus Andronicus and Corneus in Up Pompeii, Baroque Theatre UK tour. Lawrence also has several film credits and appears as a dodgy Investor in City of Tiny Lights, Ferndean COTL productions; Sirrus in The Silencer Phoenix-i Productions; Dr Phil in

Zombie Undead; Kurtz in The Insiders Phoenix-I and will soon be seen in Sky’s TV Footballers!


The Collector – 23, 24, 25 March 2017

The Collector

THE COLLECTOR, the Arden Theatre Group’s entry in Kent Drama Association Full Length Play Festival, is a tense, powerful drama adapted by Mark Healy from the novel by John Fowles.

An unremarkable office clerk, Clegg, collects butterflies and has become the owner of a remote country house purchased with a lottery win. This house must be furnished with all things beautiful from the butterfly collection, to Miranda, an art student worshipped from afar but scarcely aware of Clegg’s existence. The only solution is to kidnap Miranda, imprisoning her in the cellar, all leading to a startling, dramatic conclusion.

Direction is in the experienced hands of Emma Taylor, and the production is staged at Faversham’s Arden Theatre, Leslie Smith Drive, on 23, 24, 25 March at 8 pm. Tickets costing £7.00 Adults, and £6.00 Concessionary are available on line – or from Carter’s Newsagents,  15 Market Street, Faversham.




This Sunday afternoon’s auditions for The Great Explosion were attended by some very good actors who are all committed to the project, but we do need a larger cast for the production to go ahead.

A second audition will therefore take place on Wednesday this week – 22 February, at 7.30 at The Arden – for those who would like to rally round and ensure we have a worthy production to mark this memorable event.

Do contact the show’s director, Huw Jones, with any queries or comments : 01795 890538 or – or, of course, via FB message.

Audition Notice: The Great Explosion

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The next Arden Theatre Faversham’s production is the world premiere of a new play by BBC journalist Julien Cousins and local theatre director Huw Jones. “The Great Explosion” recounts the story of the devastating munitions factory explosion of April 1916, when over 100 people lost their lives.  This play uses some of the inquest transcript –  kept secret until now.

The play is designed as an ensemble piece for 10-12 performers, who each multi-role a variety of characters.  Each scene flows seamlessly into the next, with minimal use of props and set.  The filmic quality of the piece – with short scenes and a fluid time-line – makes for a fast-paced whole, which both tells the story and explores some of the key characters of this real-life drama.

Rehearsals will begin at the end of February.

Performances are Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 April.

All – whether Arden members or no – are warmly invited to audition to join the cast on


at The Arden Theatre

Lesley Smith Drive, Faversham, ME13 8PW

For more information, feel free to contact director Huw Jones:

01795 890538