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... a Chatham Miscellany

In the spirit of the music halls and theatres of Chatham that Charles Dickens would have been very familiar with as a boy - we presented 'Greetings from Mudfog' - a Chatham Miscellany on 22/6/22.


There was poetry, storytelling, comedy and music - sometimes all at the same time! Whether you are a fan of live storytelling and poetry, or of Charles Dickens, this was an evening not to be missed!

7.45pm-10.15pm / Wednesday 22 June 2022 / The Brook Theatre, Chatham


Your host - Barry Fentiman Hall, poems 

Knuckles - poems

Pauline Holmes - the story of the Lion Queen 

Nina Telegina - extract from 'Renegades'

Tendayi Sutherland - modern gospel

Clair Meyrick - poems

Mr Basick - poems

Hags Ahoy - performing 'One Spirit'

Thee Droods - songs from Dickens' time and his poems set to music!

illustration of a black mask with red feathers


Why Mudfog?

Did you know? Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812 (...) After brief stays in London and Sheerness he would spend his formative years between 4 and 11 in Chatham, first at St Mary’s Place, in a house long demolished on the old Brook, and later at 2 Ordnance Terrace close to Chatham railway station which still stands. (...)

... Charles’s early work The Mudfog Papers was based on Chatham (...). The years he spent on the Medway as his father laboured at the dockyard and spent like a king stayed with him and infused his work.

(Reproduced from 'The "legacy" of Medway in the work of Charles Dickens' published on the Chatham Dockyard blog, written by Barry Fentiman Hall.)

Supported by Medway Council's Theatres and Culture Team

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