Monday, 10 October 2011


A brand new play about extraordinary goings-on in Thanet, involving gangsters, arson and a dead body, opens in Broadstairs October 19th.

“Gangsters In Thanet”, a black comedy, tells the story of two people down from London who open their dream restaurant in the locality only to find two gangsters booked in for dinner and a dead body in their fridge.

Written by local film-maker Norman Thomas, the play contains lots of local references including hints of scandalous links between local politicians and corrupt property developers.

“It’s all purely in fun of course,” Mr Thomas said, “It’s a wild, farcical, piece –
 a bit like Arsenic and Old Lace meets Fawlty Towers.”

The play is stuffed full of well-known local talent from all over the isle, including Steven Todd from Broadstairs, Lisa Payne, as well as impressive newcomer Katharine Elvin from Margate.

The play came out of a piece of long-term research Mr Thomas has been doing into Thanet’s “gangster” past.

“Over the years many people have told me stories about the darker side of life in Thanet, with stories of concrete overcoats, corruption and arson,” he said, “I’ve taken some of the juiciest bits from the stories and put them all together in the new play.”

“So there is a lot of truth in there, too, along with the laughs.”

“But it’s not all about the gangsters,” said Mr Thomas, “It also features a woman who turns into a dog, songs and one of the most extraordinary stripteases ever performed.”
Mr Thomas added: “Anyone who comes will hopefully enjoy a bizarre, scandalous and laugh-a-second night. But seating is limited so it’s a good idea to book early.”

The play will be performed from Wednesday to Sunday, 19th to the 23rd October at 7.30pm every night at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs. All tickets are £6. To book ring 01843 604 253.   

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