Fun Demental presents - 'Night of the Burning Pessary'

 Night of the Burning Pessary

It was a dark and stormy night when the infamous Dr Verruckter opened the doors of her asylum to Medway's oddest collection of extroverts, misfits and grotesques...

Stare at Hammond Roulade, the struggling thespian clinging to his fading fame.

Gasp at the straight-talking Australian Angels doing God's work on Earth after being fingered by the big man for the job.

Wonder how the hell incompetent magician Doctor Poppycock always ends his tricks covered in blood.

Never before has such a strange parade of weirdos been allowed to share the stage in one night.

It was a night of terror, a night of horror, it was the 'Night of the Burning Pessary'!


Chris Brake
Matthew Fray
Renato Abeydeera
L R Johnson
Richard Harding
Christina Betts 


Chris Brake
Christina Betts
Timothy Cooke
Richard Harding
Sophia Harding
Eliot Harding
Oscar Harding
Cordelia Harding
Steve Perrin


Lighting - Andrew Coulson
Sound - Mike Aldington
Stage Manager - Kerrie Thompson
Projectionist - Derek Thompson
Props & Backstage - Caroline Mills
Films By Tim Cooke
Front Of House - Jayne Friend And R.G.S 6th Formers (Phoebe Snedden, Shreya Patel, Lauryn Anderson, Ellie Kennedy, Emily King        
Refreshments - Felim & Linda Mccarthy


Denise Wilton


Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to our Raffle, including the following companies:
Fleur de the Ltd - Rochester
Hever Castle
Historic Dockyard, Chatham  
Medway Park

A note from Richard Harding

In 2014 whilst walking thru London's underground I saw a poster for a show which I misread - it actually was for a Play Production of 'Knight of the Burning Pestle' by by Francis Beaumont.  I said that I would keep the title and use it if we ever did another Comedy Revue Show.  I didn't think any more about it until after the Summer of 2015, following the unexpected death of my oldest son Sam. 

I was determined that I would not let what would have been his 21st birthday pass without recognition, and so with the help and support of Alternate Shadows and friends the idea of putting together an Original Comedy show to raise monies and awareness of local charities 'North Kent Mind' and `Demelza' came into plan.

King's School in Rochester, were kind enough to allow us to perform our Show on Sat 2nd April - 2 days before Sam's Birthday.  

Sarah Baker a vocal coach and Alan Roots and Calvin Beedle (Rock duo Quirk) said they would support us, and Chris Brake, Tim Cooke, Christina Betts, Steve Perrin, Sophia Harding and myself acted in the show. 

The show was a tremendous success and including donations from GOFUNDME we were able to raise £897.95 for each charity!

'Night of the Burning Pessary' Short Films


Thank you to all of the following for allowing us to film on location:

Medway Libraries - Chatham Library, Community Hub Chatham
Medway Little Theatre, Rochester 
Nucleus Arts, Chatham 
Demelza Shop - 173 High St, Chatham, ME4 4AS
Mind Shop - 65  High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX

Poster by Chris Brake

2 April 2016

Kings Rochester School Hall


Total Raised for 'North Kent Mind' and 'Demelza Hospice'



About the Charities


Mental health is an issue that’s rarely discussed openly and there is still a fair amount of stigma that surrounds someone suffering from mental health problems. Surprisingly 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year1 and between one in 12 and one in 15 children and young people are thought to deliberately self-harm.2. MIND help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues so that people can get the support they need and they won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.


Demelza runs hospices in Sittingbourne, Kent and in Eltham, South East London as well as at-home care in East Sussex. The charity provides vital care and a place to play, relax and recharge, for more than 800 children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families. Demelza relies almost entirely on fundraising, donations and gifts in wills and must raise over £10.5 million a year to operate.