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Events 4 July 2019
JAM on the Marsh
JAM on the Marsh is an annual multi-arts festival built around Kent’s magnificent Romney Marsh and its famous medieval churches. Each year JAM on the Marsh crosses the Romney Marsh from Dungeness to Hythe and Lympne to New Romney. The Marsh churches are true beacons of culture and history; they are the heart of the festival.
See below for the details of all the events
Time: 11 days
Live within the Scenery, Amos Miller
Amos Miller is best known as a trombone player; he’s a founder member of JAM regulars, Onyx Brass and Principal Trombone of Birmingham Royal Ballet. He is also an extraordinary photographer!
In his first solo exhibition, he brings his unique eye to Dungeness, with a set of utterly beautiful images that take the area and very slightly turn it on its head. His images are both striking and challenging, though never alienating, whilst capturing the beauty of this unique shore in a spectacular and usual way.
He comments “I’ve always been struck by the beauty within the bleakness of Romney Marsh and the way human landmarks seem to have “osmosed” into the landscape. Human landmarks, from the medieval churches to the acoustic mirrors to the nuclear power station seem to live within the scenery rather than trespass upon it.”
Time: 11 days
Romney Marsh Students' Photography
Last year, JAM on the Marsh and the Romney Resource Centre began an exciting new photography collaboration, leading to an exhibition in the 2018 festival. Led by Susan Pilcher, with additional mentorship from Justin Sutcliffe and Tristan Fewings, we have continued our weekly club for the local young people, with the end goal being this exhibition and an Arts Award for the participants. These young photographers have worked hard to create this very public exhibition, along with the world famous Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, from Hythe Station to The End of the Line Restaurant, Dungeness, gaining skills all the while.
The festival and Romney Resource Centre have a reputation for delivering high-quality training, with a wealth of experience in supporting individuals and the wider community. Our aim is to improve the lives of local residents on Romney Marsh by providing education and helping people close skills gaps.
Time: 11 days
Sculpt the World, Jon Foreman
Jon Foreman’s beach sculpture is one of the most exciting exhibitions that has ever come to the festival. Daily, from 4th – 14th July, Jon will create breath-taking works of art on the sands at Dymchurch. These will be seen from the seawall at the Hythe end of Dymchurch beach, opposite Sycamore Gardens. Like a giant Etch A Sketch, the sea will come in and rub away each piece of art, ready for the next day’s piece.
Traditionally, the view of art is of something permanent, of a piece to be kept, dusted and passed on. Jon’s work challenges this perception, producing staggering, ephemeral designs that are lost with the next tide.
Jon Foreman will be the first Artist in Residence at JAM on the Marsh.
Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Romney Marshes Churches Tour
The fourteen medieval churches of Romney Marsh are at the very centre of JAM on the Marsh, housing most of the festival’s events.Every year we host a Churches Tour to four iconic buildings, led by guides from the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust. This year we visit the churches of New Romney, Old Romney, Brenzett and Fairfield.
You will be greeted at the Rose and Crown in Old Romney at 10am, with morning coffee, before joining your guides on the Festival Bus for your visit to the first two churches. You will return to the Rose and Crown for lunch between 1 and 2pm. You will then enjoy the second half of the tour in the afternoon, returning in time for tea at 4pm. The ticket price includes morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and festival bus travel around the Marsh.
Please note that we will be visiting St Thomas a Becket in Fairfield, the most isolated of Marsh churches, which lies in the middle of a field of sheep, and their droppings! ‘Sensible shoes‘ are recommended for this reason, and to enable a safe crossing of the uneven field.
Due to the popularity of this event, please book by 17th June so that culinary requirements can be dealt with.
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Changeling Theatre - Nell Gywnn by Jessica Swale
Following Changeling’s brilliant Blithe Spirit last year, they return with one of The Globe’s most recent triumphs, Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale, winner of the 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
“They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They put a woman on the stage!”
It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching.
Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the king. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court? And at what cost?
The British playwright Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015 and was nominated for five awards, winning a 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Similarly to Gwynn’s controversy within the plot, the play’s premiere created debate for drama-lovers due to the casting of Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the protagonist Nell Gwynn. The actor’s remarkable performance led to her nomination for Best Actress at the 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, quelling all such questions.