TNT. An explosive. Dynamite. Invented by Alfred Nobel. So he invented a prize. So that he’d be remembered for peace and not death. Smart plan. It worked. We’ve used a similar thought process in forming ‘Theatre Network Thanet’ (TNT). Actually we haven’t created a weapon of mass destruction. But don’t write us off just yet.
But to get down to brass tacks, TNT is a group that we (writer and performer Tom Adams and writer/actor Chris MacDonald) have set up in collaboration with Looping the Loop. TNT’s aims are simple. We want to get anyone who works in or is interested in live performance in Thanet together for a chat and a glass of something every month.
We had our guinea pig run at the Harbour Arm in Margate and followed it up at the beginning of October with our first official meet-up at Archive in Ramsgate.
Our aims are simple. Meet, chat, put faces to names and maybe exchange numbers and a desire to help each other out. We’re not attempting to form a hugely committed professional theatre company to rival the RSC in Thanet, we merely want to create a space where people can come together and talk. At future meets we’re going to have a little bit of live performance to get things going and we will encourage our people to volunteer themselves for this as we go along.
Both meetings so far have been a lovely way to spend a Thursday evening. I entreat you to come along or tell everyone you know about us. It can be a tough business at times and being able to talk to others in the same boat is incredibly nourishing. Perhaps the Nobel committee will one day give us the ‘Peace Prize’ for services to neurotic thespian souls. Let’s hope that one day, that’s all the world has to worry about.
The next TNT will form part of Looping the Loop Festival's launch event on November 12th at Tom Thumb Theatre. For more details of this event check HERE