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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.

Paul Carrying Robin Huss Accompanied by His Dog Saxon 1979/80 in the Towner collection © Laetitia Yhap

A fishy tale

Laetitia Yhap is very well known among Hastings townsfolk as a chronicler in pictures of Hastings fisherfolk, but anyone who has ever sung in a choir here is likely to know her for her predilection to sing. Her latest project to sing with the Herring Girls choir in a drama with music called Get Up And Tie Your Fingers is another way to chronicle the lives of fisherfolk and has caused her to reflect on the part sea fishing has played in her life.

Posted 19:31 Monday, Jul 21, 2014 In: Performance Tags: , ,
The Rude maechanical Theatre play 'the Wife'

Rude awakening

Last night two old friends came down from Birmingham and, on the suggestion of a neighbour, we went to see the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company in their open-air performance of ‘The Wife’, on Crowhurst Recreation Ground. Hastings Battleaxe, aka Stephanie Gaunt, recommends. 

La Ballade de Bergerac Lost in Translation

Stade Saturdays are back!

In spite of rumours to the contrary, Stade Saturdays are back this summer, starting this Saturday with the Hastings Midsummer Fish Festival.  Lauris Morgan-Griffiths talked to council leader Jeremy Birch about what exactly is the state of Hastings’ summer Saturdays.

Folkfest art work by Cathy Simpson

Hastings Folk Festival

Put off those end of Jack in the Green blues! Following on from the May Day festivities, from 6 to 10 May, venues across Hastings Old Town will be participating in Folkfest, hosting four nights of Folk music performances. Grace Vogiatzis reports.

Amy Mason in The Islanders, live at the Electric Palace

Electric turns indie and folk!

The Electric Palace cinema continues its successful

Alasdair Beckett-King

Madcap mayhem at the Electric Palace

Multiple award-winning comedian Phil Kay will unleash his unique, madcap comedy this May at the Electric Palace, writes Annie Waite.

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