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The Ugly Duckling

Once upon a time…

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…. Who can resist a good story, animatedly told, eyes wide, face expressive, the voice deep and resonant, rising,  then trickling to a whisper? Certainly HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths is happy to imagine snuggling down beside a fire, and being seduced by a tale of fear, fantasy or fun.

Park Beck - a five-storey building is proposed to replace it (photo: Bernard McGinley).

Assault on Conservation Area 13

Does St Leonards need another planning controversy? It looks like it’s getting one anyway as the council considers plans to knock down Park Beck in Upper Maze Hill – part of the Markwick Terrace Conservation Area – and replace it with a bloated Croydonesque mess. Bernard McGinley walks Burton’s turnpike.

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Preview Corner: What’s hot in November

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Dario Fo and the politics of theatre

Dario Fo, the Italian playwright who revolutionised political theatre, died in mid October. HOT’s John Knowles describes the formative – and liberating – effect Fo has had on his own writing and acting career.

Posted 21:32 Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 In: Performance
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The Stranger

Author Bronwen Griffiths was inspired by a recent HOT article to write a short story for us.

Posted 17:18 Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 In: Literature Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
People gathering in town to support those in need

Appeal to Amber to help refugee children

Jamie Osborn of the Hastings Supports Refugees (HSR) Facebook group wrote to HOT’s Zelly Restorick about their campaign “to get Amber Rudd to act immediately on the several hundred children in Calais who have the right to be in the UK.”

Miles Halliwell in the title role. BFI film, Winstanley

Winstanley

HOT’s Zelly Restorick has been speaking to Andrew Mollo, one of the directors – the other being Kevin Brownlow – of the film, Winstanley which is showing tonight (26 October) at the Electric Cinema in the High Street as part of the 5th Black Huts Festival. She has also read Kevin Brownlow’s book of the film, Winstanley, Warts and All and of course watched the film itself. Here she records her encounter – as if via time travel – with Gerrard Winstanley, a peaceful, caring and thoughtful gentle-man, who wanted to live on the Common Land of England – and formed a commune about 300 years ago.

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Cartoon Festival huge success

The first Hastings 1066 and Country Cartoon Festival was a resounding success. Main organisers Erica Smith, Penny Precious and Pete Donohue all gave of their time, energy and talents for free – as so many people in this town do – curating workshops, exhibitions and an inspired Really BIG Cartoon Day, bringing in cartoonists from around Hastings, other parts of the UK and France. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes. 

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