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UK Premiere of Roger Ballen’s New Film – ‘Roger the Rat’

21st Oct, 7PM (Show starts at 7.30)
Roger Ballen’s Roger the Rat UK Premiere.
We proudly present as part of our new season, our first screening and the UK Premiere of world-renowned photographer, Roger Ballen’s latest film ‘Roger The Rat’.
This slightly unsettling yet thoroughly engaging and entertaining piece further explores the dark and sometimes inscrutable spaces of the human psyche and the uncanny which characterises Mr Ballen’s aesthetic.

The film is focused on Roger the Rat, an outcast, living on the margins of society.
“I cannot remember when I put this rat mask on for the first time. Maybe I was born with it. I am not sure what is underneath. I never take it off. I sleep with it, bathe with it. I have heard people call me a rat and others a human with a mask. I am unsure whether I am a rat or human.”

Roger the Rat
At the end of the film, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A with the director / Artist, Roger Ballen via a ZOOM connection to Johannesburg which will be hosted by Philip Ilson, Artistic Director of The London Short Film Festival l, 14-23 January 2022 and Short Film Programmer: BFI London Film Festival, October 2021+ freelance programmer advisor in short film, feature film, multi-media events, music festivals.
At Joining Phil, will be Gemma Marmalade a British artist and Department Lead in Photography at the University of Derby, UK. 2021 titled: In A Manner of Speaking: The Subversive Voice in Performative Art at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.
Gemma’s diverse practice is exhibited widely, including the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Marjorie Barrick Museum, Las Vegas; The Apulia Film Commission, Bari; and the State Museum of Gulag, Moscow. Her work specialises in experimental approaches in photography, video and performance which playfully negotiate the authenticity and conventions of speech acts, history and science with queer politics.

Philip Ilson & Gemma Marmalade

The After Party
Following the programme we will be taken on an upbeat musical Journey with a DJ set from the legendary Rusty Egan (Visage / 80S Blitz Club). Rusty’s in2luence in club music is hugely signi2icant and without his early trips to Germany, we might never have known of Kraftwerk and developed a passion for electronic music that is now shared globally,
He will be supported by Dennis Da Silva who in addition to a Trustee of Chelsea Theatre, is co founder of band STELLE and has deejayed extensively from residencies at Harvey Nichols. EGG, Fashion Shows, National Gallery, ICA along with his own club during the Electroclash period,
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Tickets £25 (Includes After Party with DJ Rusty Egan)



Timberlina’s (BIG) Bingo Show

28th Oct 7.30PM
Timberlina’s (BIG) Bingo Show comes to Chelsea!
The Chelsea Theatre (Cocktail Bar)
Entrance: £10 (Includes Complimentary Dirty Martini)
Second only to Greta Thunberg, the worlds number one environmentally friendly Drag Lady Timberlina will be in residence for her much missed and celebrated, (Big) Bingo Show, supported by the infamous, Marigold wearing theatrical DJ Auntie Maureen.
Deeply alternative, the show is based on the fabled Big Bingo Show, originally conceived by Timberlina and DJ Hey Ballen centuries ago and was staged every Monday night from 2007 – 2020 at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern amongst other illustrious venues including Tate Museums, Latitude and Camp Bestival Festival.
Suitable for audiences 16+, expect the traditional Bingo format reimagined with sing-alongs, spontaneous dance routines and cheesy prizes at this refreshing night out. Timberlina’s (Big) Bingo Show (Chelsea) is a one stop shop of highly tuned, thought-provoking, shambolic hilarity specifically designed to shake your blues away!

Live Wrestling


Join us on Saturday October 23rd at The Chelsea Theatre. Performance starts at 7.00pm. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets: Adults: £20  Children (16 and under) / OAP’s: £15, Family Ticket £65. All seating unallocated first come first serve and all tiered offering an excellent view wherever sat. Save 10% when you book in advance!





Marry Me Now. Love Me Later.

Sat 30th Oct 7pm
Three ‘eager to fall in love’ couples are matched based on psychometric testing. Each couple will meet at the altar and legally become husband and wife. They will compete in a series of hilarious tasks to show their commitment to one another. Will they find true love or are they only interested in the £50,000 cash prize that’s up for grabs? All will be revealed in the new season of “Marry Me Now, Love Me Later!”





Berlin Electric

Sun 21 Nov 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Chelsea Theatre is thrilled to welcome the outrageous talents of BRAD COOPER and CHAD VINDIN as they embark on a wild Weimar fuelled evening of satire, hedonism, innuendo and gay abandon.

Hurtle headfirst into the songs and stories of Weill, Spoliansky, Holländer, Korngold, Eisler, Stolz, Mackeben and more…

From devastation to celebration, BERLIN ELECTRIC is an evening of German Kabarett not to be missed!



A Day in Your Life – Photography Competition

A DAY IN YOUR LIFE Photography Competition, founded by BAFTA and multi award-winning artist Alison Jackson, is a community-minded photography competition for budding talent and aspiring photographers.
The photographs should sum up a day in your life. Jackson’s aim is to celebrate, inspire and nurture talent, and offer an unmissable opportunity for gifted individuals – especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, minority groups and people with disabilities, and any person who hasn’t had a chance to showcase their talent yet.
“Everyone should have a chance to shine. The reason I started this photography competition was for anyone to have the same fantastic opportunities I have had within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, specifically the outstanding education available that can lead to so much more. I have made the prizes primarily educational and vocational. There are many extremely talented people out there and I want to give a chance to those who haven’t had one before. I want to discover new talent and aspiring photographers with fresh ‘ways of seeing.’”
– Alison Jackson, Founder.
A DAY IN YOUR LIFE hopes to open up a world of different photographic ideas, subjects, and styles. This is open to anyone interested in photography, using a phone or camera, from any skill level and any age from 9 years up.
2021 Applications are now open – send a photo of A Day in Your Life! Applicants must live in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, or anyone from anywhere, of any age, can apply if you enter The UAL prize or The Chelsea Society Prize.
The entries will be judged by a prestigious panel of respected individuals in the industry such as Alison Jackson, gallerist Michael Hoppen, Tate Britain artist, Dr. Chila Kumari Singh Burman, one of the famous Young British Artists, Gavin Turk with his Great Imagining young team and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran.
Round 1 a selection of applicants’ works is displayed at The Chelsea Theatre, as part of Kensington and Chelsea Art Week.
Round 2 the submission deadline is the 15th November 2021 – The winners will be exhibited at a major Art Gallery in RBKC to be announced. All applicants will be judged in an official prize-giving ceremony and given further exhibition opportunities. For more information and to find out how to enter go to: