The RaTS Revellers
In addition to the usual dramatic output that is staged in the theatre, the Society has an active Concert Party.
This section goes out into the community and provides entertainment for various groups including those who are not able, under normal circumstances, to go to a theatre (for example, Women's Institute, disabled groups or the elderly in residential homes). The entire show comprises a mixture of songs from the shows and old time music hall performed by the entire company, together with solos, sketches and monologues.
The Revellers group was originally formed in the early 1980s (as The RoAsTerS - the name incorporating both RaTS and Oast) and proved a very popular draw. However, changes in personnel and a decline in interest caused the original group to disband after several years. The Concert Party was reformed in April 1998 and goes from strength to strength. Since reforming, the group has performed many concerts at various venues and have raised several thousand pounds. In addition, occasional shows have been staged at the Theatre. The group is not confined to the Medway Towns though and have performed all over Kent, from Folkestone and Romney Marsh in the East to Gravesend and Dartford in the West. They even performed their 'VE Day 60th Anniversary' concert in 2005 for the Chelsea Pensioners on the lawns of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
The Revellers comprises any member of the Society who feels that they can contribute - whether by singing, playing a musical instrument, appearing in short comedy sketches or monologues, or by displaying some other hidden talent. They meet most Monday evenings in the Green Room and new members are always welcome to come along and join the fun.
Anyone wishing to book the Revellers should contact Dean Caston on 01634 374183 for further details.