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Cast members of Carousel (Photo by ZR)

Hastleons to set Carousel spinning

The Hastleons theatre company, which combines the talent of Hastings and St Leonards in both its name and its performances, is currently rehearsing a much-loved show: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. HOT’s Zelly Restorick went along to meet the Hastleons team.

Posted 10:24 Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 In: Performance Tags: , ,
Table Talk III

Table Talk III – Eavesdropping without guilt

Table Talk III: Wednesday 15 October 7.30pm Pomegranate Restaurant, George Street, Hastings Tel: 01424 429221

Posted 15:17 Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 In: Performance Tags: , , ,
'Private Peaceful', written by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful comes to the White Rock

Private Peaceful, written by award-winning author of War Horse and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, tells the story of a young soldier in World War I, who awaits the firing squad at dawn. Coming to the White Rock Theatre this Friday, HOT’s Zelly Restorick asked Andy Daniel, who plays the role of Private Tommo Peaceful, some questions about his experience as sole performer on the stage. 


A Butoh magical night

Last year Yumino Seki performed her exhilarating Butoh show Hyakki Yakou, A Night Walk of a Hundred Demons, to sell-out houses out at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery; loads of people were turned away but HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was lucky enough to see it.

Photo: Alexander Brattell.

Men behaving beautifully

HOT’s Chris Connelley was transfixed by Melt Down, a Coastal Currents installation that was quite literally a walk in the park.

Yumino © Lambie Brothers

Yumino Seki and the world of Butoh

in conversation with Judy Parkinson Yumino Seki sets the scene for her Butoh dance and installation at St Mary in the Castle this week, part of Coastal Currents.

Illustration © Martin Brown

Armada than you! Horrible Histories Part II at De La Warr Pavilion

The De La Warr Pavilion has been lucky enough to play host to The Birmingham Stage Company’s production of Horrible Histories. British history was deftly telescoped into sixty minutes as two quick-change artistes, Neal Foster and Alison Fitzjohn, managed to portray entire armies, Boudicca, Dick Turpin, Esmerelda the traffic warden and many more. “All against a backdrop of more severed heads and loud farting noises than I’ve ever heard in one performance,” reports our shy, retiring Cathy Simpson.

The herring girls came to town, progressing down the east coast

The girls are back in town

How would they look?  Single girls in their dozens arriving at the station with gutting knives hanging from their belts and smelling slightly of fish? Back in 1881, when our drama is set, they are a future anachronism – sassy women of independent means and with, yes, plenty of guts! HOT’s Chris Cormack writes about a musical drama hitting our shores at the Stade next Thursday and Friday.

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