It’s Karaoke Night in The St. George. Andrea, Eddie, Asha and Kyle are ready to take a stand.   

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’s 2020 campaign to rename a local car park that commemorated a prominent slave trader.

This brand-new immersive theatre production is created and performed by a company of professional performers alongside 200 people from local communities, and young people supported by our Theatre31 programme.

After the show, the bar and karaoke will stay open for an inclusive community party where the audience can perform their own karaoke songs.

Cast and Creative Team

Director Nancy Hirst and the community ensemble
Composer & Sound Designer Jonathan Vincent
Set & Costume Designer Sarah Booth
Theatre31 Young Cast Director Lilly Vincent-Frankland
Lighting Designer Dan Terry
Music Director Tania Holland Williams
Costume Supervisor Evelien Coleman
Cast: PK Taylor and David King-Yombo.
Photos: Manuel Vason
Further cast and creative team to be announced

The script was devised through collaboration with the ensemble, with research and development support from Tabby Lamb, Harveen Mann ARAM and Ravneet Sehra.

An Icon Theatre Production co-commissioned by Creative Estuary and Medway Council and supported by Arts Council England. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funds the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England. Icon Theatre’s young people’s programme Theatre31 is funded by Arts Council England in partnership with Medway Council, Kent County Council & ROH Bridge.


£5-10 (no booking fee)
As part of our commitment to making theatre as accessible as possible, a limited number of £5 tickets are available for each performance on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The St George Hotel, 7-8 New Rd Ave, Chatham ME4 6BB. The entrance to the show is at the rear of the hotel in Gundulph Road.

Access Information

The venue is fully accessible. Wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility are requested to enter via the main reception of the hotel.

BSL-Interpreted Performances

Saturday 8 October, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
BSL-interpreted performances, delivered by an interpreter, give a sign interpretation of the text spoken and/or sung by artists in the production. If you wish to reserve a seat near the interpreter, please email or call 01634 813179.

Touch Tour

Saturday 8 October, 1.30pm (free)
For blind or partially sighted theatre-goers, a touch tour will give you access to the stage and set before the performance and is a way of offering extra detail about the production. Patrons will explore the space, and are invited to handle selected props, costumes and furniture. This Tour Touch will be approximately 30 minutes long. To book please book you ticket for the production and then email or call 01634 813179


What is the running time of the show?
It will be approximately 90-minutes.

What time should I arrive?
The shows begins at 7.30pm and 2.30pm (matinee). Doors open 30 minutes before the performance begins, please do not arrive before the time the doors open.

Who do I ask if I have a question about my booking/tickets?
Please contact / 01634 813179 (please note: we are small company and it may take up to 48 hours to get back to you).

Is there a bar and refreshments available?
A bar serving alcoholic and soft drinks and snacks will be open throughout the production. You can use the bar throughout the show but we ask that at you are respectful during the quieter moments.

Will I have to join in?
No, you will not need to join in but you will be sat amongst the production.

Will I be sitting down? 
The audience will be seated throughout the performance.

Is seating reserved?
Seating is unreserved.

What will happen after the show?
The show is set at a karaoke night and we want the party to continue after the show. The bar and karaoke will stay open, so come prepared with you friends and song choices and get ready to take the mic.

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

★★★★ ‘A sharp, impeccably performed and blazingly impassioned piece of theatre…simply terrific.’
— The Times
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
‘It has been lifechanging. Lady Unchained has helped get my life changed, I’ve started to look for opportunities on the outside, and see that there is life after prison.’
— Young Artist, Cookham Wood Young People’s Theatre Programme
‘Icon Theatre has given me new friends, taught me new skills and challenged my lack of self-belief’
— Community Performer
★★★★ ‘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 has been ahead of the curve in understanding that the arts have a role to play in bringing people together, helping them be heard by telling their own stories in their own way, and in the process creating a sense of pride in place and space.'
— Lyn Gardner, Theatre Journalist

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