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Sir David Hare, Patron of Hastings LitFest

Hastings Literary Festival unveils 2019 programme


Hastings Philharmonic performing Messiah in Christ Church (photo: Peter Mould).

Rethinking Messiah

Easter is a natural time for performing Handel’s oratorio Messiah, with its theme of salvation. But the route from score to performance is not fixed, and HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick takes a look at different approaches to this popular work.

Posted 11:04 In: Music & Sound
21st Century Types ©Grace Lau

Exotic 21st century types

Grace Lau is a well known, highly respected figure around the Old Town, but appreciation spreads further afield when it comes to the photography fraternity. Moving to Hastings, Grace, as a professional photographer and tutor, has been integral to forming a rich photography community in the town. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths talked to her about how she came to be here and her new book, Portraits in a Chinese Studio, a project conceived, born and bred in Hastings.

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The Laughing Stag returns!

Comedy returns to the Stag Inn this Friday, 19 April. Entry is free but capacity limited, so the hosts warn that if you want your chuckle muscles warmed, turn up early to be sure of a comfy seat.

Chorus rehearsal from an earlier stage.

People’s opera rehearsals peak as first performance nears

Rehearsals for Bloom Britannia are reaching a climax, and the cast will be meeting every day in the week before they bring Act 1 to a public audience on Sunday 28 April. Brian Hick dropped in on rehearsals to see how things are progressing.

Posted 13:13 In: Community Arts Tags: ,
Violetta on her death bed, attended by the trusty Dr Grenville ().

La Traviata staged against a background of impending war

HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick reviews Opera South East’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata at White Rock Theatre on Saturday 13 April. Photos from rehearsal by Mark Duncan.

Posted 10:37 Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 In: Music & Sound
Daniel Day Lewis and Gordon Warnecke in The Beautiful Laundrette, 1985

My Beautiful Laundrette screens at The Pigs Palace

Following last month’s screening of Querelle, the Pigs Palace will be showing the 1985 comedy-drama My Beautiful Laundrette on Thursday 18 April. All proceeds will go to local charity Seaview. HOT’s Jordan Dixon writes.

Kristy Swift as Violetta and Harry Kersley as Alfredo.

Opera South East presents Verdi’s popular La Traviata

Opera South East brings Verdi’s immensely popular opera La Traviata to the White Rock Theatre this weekend, in a production set in the run-up to World War One, when the world will be changed for ever. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Mark Duncan.

Posted 19:03 In: Music & Sound
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