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Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. ― Anaïs Nin LUCID DREAMING with The Explorers Club at The Beacon 7pm, 2nd October, 2013

Company Willi Dorner, Hastings 21 September 2013

Bodies in urban spaces

Chris Connelley happily joins in a walk on the weird side, courtesy of Coastal Currents.

Posted 11:28 Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 In: Performance Tags: , ,
St Mary In The Castle

Come early and stay late!

On Saturday, 21 September, St Mary in the Castle are celebrating their newly acquired status as a Charitable Trust with a day of FREE entertainment. Performers from all over the South Coast are giving their time free to promote this wonderful and iconic arts venue. The show will be a real Hullabaloo, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

As the World Tipped © Jim Boweller

As the world tipped

Stade Saturdays has entertained the Hastings audience over the summer Saturdays – circus, acrobatics, dance, music, physical theatre, visual extravaganza. This Saturday, at the opening of the Coastal Currents, HOT reporter,


The Arrival

The Arrival is a new work by local theatre company, NuNah, who continue to develop highly creative, physical performances, full of dynamic movement and emotive music, writes HOT’s John Knowles. Directed by Vicky Heath, who recently appeared as Puck in Mercatoria’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, this is a welcome return and a boost to Hastings performing arts.

Posted 07:50 Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 In: Performance Tags: , ,
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Interactive currents

Coastal Currents is back and celebrating its fourteenth year. Hastings and St Leonards is hardly known for hiding its creative light under a bushel, and in this edition all that artistic talent is positively invited to floodlight the town.  HOT reporter


Magic in the gardens

Last year, we decided not to perform our usual outdoor theatre show in St Leonard’s Gardens, writes HOT’s John Knowles and it paid off, returning this year, renewed and invigorated with many of the original cast (in new roles) and new blood. We are proud to say that the show was a triumph. With sell out performances, amazing reviews and a wealth of positive comments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream proved to be our most successful show to date.


Mercatoria Theatre do it again!

Every year for the last five years, the Mercatoria Company re-form to transform St Leonards Gardens into a leafy theatre and bring Shakespeare back to life. HOT’s journalists, Cathy Simpson (well-versed in Shakespeare) and Erica Smith (a rather reluctant first-timer) joined the promenade around the park.

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