History

In 1984, husband and wife team Roy and Jenny Etherton founded the Tonbridge Christian Arts Group (TCAG). Over the first five years, the group performed several well-known Christian musicals including ‘The Witness’ and ‘Come Together’.

In 1989, Roy and Jenny began composing original musicals for TCAG, the first being ‘The Lamb’ and the tenth ‘Jerusalem’, first performed in Tonbridge in September 1998. Seven more followed, culminating in 2008 with ‘Yeshua Messiah’. For a full list of productions, see The Musicals.

Approaching the end of the millennium, Roy felt called to take ‘Jerusalem’ to Israel itself. So, at the end of October 2000, a group of 31 from TCAG presented the musical at Christ Church, the oldest Protestant church in the Old City of Jerusalem. It was then performed to a Messianic congregation in Haifa and finally at the Galilee Experience in Tiberias.

Contacts made at Tiberias led to four presentations of ‘Jerusalem’ in the Eastern USA during August 2002: At the West End Assemblies of God Church in Richmond, Virginia; at Bishop Cummins Church, Catonsville, Baltimore, Maryland; at Ruggles Baptist Church in Boston, Mass. and finally an open-air performance in Salem, Mass.

In September 2005, the group returned to Israel, to perform ‘The Olive Tree’ in Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva, Tiberias and Haifa.

Roy and Jenny completed the writing of their latest musical, ‘Yeshua Messiah’, early in 2008. Initially it was performed in six churches in and around Tonbridge and one in South Normanton (Derbyshire).

In October 2009, the team travelled once again to Israel, to perform ‘Yeshua Messiah’, in Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva, and Karmiel.

In 2010, Tonbridge Christian Arts Group became The Absolute Gospel Company, adopting the motto: “Taking the Word to the World”.

In 2013 Roy and Jenny produced the musical Majesty to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth the Second on 2nd June 1953.