Join the Theatre31 young cast to work with professional artists and be part of Icon’s latest show

The Ballad of St John’s Car Park is a sticky-floored tribute to the positive power of protest and standing up for what we believe in.

With spectacular projection, joyous dance and uplifting community song, The Ballad of St John’s Car Park tells a unifying story about moments in Medway’s history that have been transformed by activism, from the protested closure of Chatham Dockyard in 1984 to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

In Icon’s signature style this brand-new immersive theatre production features a cast of over 100 local performers alongside a professional company, and young people supported by Icon’s Theatre31 programme.


Over the summer, there will be Theatre31 rehearsals throughout August – more dates to be announced. In September, we will rehearse every Wednesday after school, plus two Saturday rehearsals before the Theatre31 cast join the whole company closer to the performances.

Venue: The Brook Theatre

Thursday 4 – Friday 5 August, 10am–4pm
Wednesday 7, 14, 21, and 28 September, 6pm–8pm
Saturday 10 and 17 September, 10am–3pm

Full Company Rehearsals

The Theatre31 cast will join the rest of the company for rehearsals on Saturday 24th September and Saturday 1st October.

There will also be a dress/tech rehearsal at the St. George Hotel on Tuesday 4 October. To take part in the show, you must attend the dress/tech rehearsal.

More information for all full company rehearsals to be announced.


The Theatre31 cast take part in all five performances – please check you’re available.

Venue: The St. George Hotel, Chatham

Wednesday 5 – Saturday 8 October 2022, 7.30pm
Plus, Saturday 8 October 2022, 2.30pm

How To Take Part

To join the Theatre31 cast of The Ballad of St John’s Car Park, you must be aged 13-18. It’s free to take part – if you would like to know more or let us know you want to get involved, contact Sarah.
Phone: 01634 813179

The Ballad of St John's Car Park Commissioners, Funders & Supporters

'It was the first time I got to see drama as something for myself and something I could actively participate in and enjoy.'
— Tef - Theatre31 Youth Theatre
★★★★ ‘It is easy to take for granted the acting skills of a top theatre company. But when actors embody characters as superbly as this, you can’t help but notice.’
— The New Statesman
‘Icon Theatre has given me new friends, taught me new skills and challenged my lack of self-belief’
— Community Performer
'Theatre31 did a great job of making the children feel comfortable and you could see their confidence grow within the session!'
— Year 5 teacher, Queenborough School and Nursery, Sheppey
78% of the participating young people said they were more confident and had more friends as a result of the project
— Six Ways To Wellbeing, young people's wellbeing project
★★★★ ‘A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre…simply terrific.’
— The Times

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