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The Comedy of Babi Babbett Photo Glenn Overington

The Comedy of Babi Babbett

In August the players of The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company bring their seventeenth summer of outdoor theatre, comedy, mayhem and live music to St Leonards. Set in Islington in 1793, The Comedy of Babi Babbett is an out-and-out farce in the classic commedia dell’arte style and, according to The Rudes’ spokesperson, “is probably the funniest of all our plays”.

Still from Dreams, Dreams, Dreams by Nichola Bruce

A Wave of Dreams

The multi-layered piece A Wave of Dreams is a free evening performance of readings, electronic soundscapes, film and music taking place as part of Stade Saturdays, this Saturday – 11 July. Miranda Gavin caught up with journalist and Thin Man Press publisher, Susan de Muth, ahead of the show to find out more.

Where do litle birds go?

Writers in conversation

Local writer John Knowles talks to one of our home grown successes, Camilla Whitehill, whose since flown the coop but, who longs to return.

Posted 12:46 Friday, Jul 3, 2015 In: Performance Tags: , ,
Lee Miller and Picasso after the liberation of Paris, by Lee Miller, Paris, France, 1944 © Lee Miller Archives, England 2015. All rights reserved.

Lee Miller: The Angel and the Fiend

I was terribly, terribly pretty. I looked like an angel, but I was a fiend inside”. This is how Lee Miller described herself in an interview towards the end of her life. ‘A fiend’ she may have been, but the ‘terribly pretty’ was a bit of an understatement; in the 1920s and 30s, she was considered one of the great beauties of  her time. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths, a great admirer ever since she first came across Miller’s photographs many years ago, spoke on the phone to her son, Antony Penrose, about a play based on his mother’s  life and work – The Angel and the Fiend – at St Mary in the Castle.

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Resounding success of The Siege

Billed as “an immersive and jaw dropping theatrical experience”, The Siege – performed by the Jenin Freedom Theatre at St Mary In the Castle – proved to be a huge success. Gill Knight reports.

The Siege - Jenin Freedom Theatre

Palestine play commemorates siege at Bethlehem

The Siege comes to St Mary-in-the-Castle as part of the Jenin Freedom Theatre UK Tour after being invited here by the Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign. It is directed by Nabil Al-Raee and Zoe Lafferty. John Knowles previews the play.

Shaping Sounds Voicemotion

Voice, motion, emotion

Generally the British tend not to explore or display their emotions in any great depth. Anger can seem ugly, love soft, sadness a sense of  disintegration while some feelings are avoided altogether. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went to find out more about exploring the look of love – or hate – in a workshop, Voicemotion. 

Posted 10:23 Monday, Jan 19, 2015 In: Performance Tags: , , , , ,
Treblos Wind Quintet

Three Hastings Composers showcase their work

This Friday, there will be an exciting opportunity to hear the work of three Hastings composers never before heard in their home town! Treblos Wind Quintet play works by Keith Beal, Jonathan Burton and Michael Short, along with pieces by Mozart and Bizet, writes Chris Cormack.

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