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Jo Brand

Jo Brand stands up for the pier

Jo Brand, one of the UK’s most highly regarded comedians and ex local resident, is coming to Hastings to help save the pier.  She’ll be performing at The White Rock Theatre on March 30th with support from fellow comedians, Doon Mackichan, Angela Barnes and Quincy.  HOT’s Zelly Restorick asked Jo some questions.

Posted 10:42 Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 In: Performance Tags: Doon Mackichan Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust Jo Brand Quincy stand up
Calendar Girls header

The cast of a production of Calendar Girls that will be shown at The Stables Theatre in Hastings, have posed for a calendar to coincide with the play and to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice. And HOT is looking for a qualified theatre critic to write on local drama productions (including Calendar Girls!), writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 16:52 Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 In: Performance Tags: Calendar Girls Nicky Harris St Michael’s Hospice Stables Theatre
The Maniac - a bravura performance by Rick Baker. (Photo: Peter Mould)

History as farce – or tragic-comedy

Guest reviewer Stuart Christie attended the opening night of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of An Anarchist at the Stables Theatre.

Posted 12:31 Monday, Nov 19, 2012 In: Performance Tags: Hastings Italy Stables Theatre Stuart Christie

Pinelli – victim of right-wing terrorism

Giuseppe Pinelli, the anarchist railway worker on the circumstances of whose death Dario Fo’s play is based, was far from being a passive victim of events as might be inferred from some of the dialogue, and that may have contributed to his demise, writes Stuart Christie. A youthful anarchist partisan during the war and active in the post-war Italian anarchist and labour union (anarcho-syndicalist) movement, Pinelli was secretary of the Milan Anarchist Black Cross (ABC), set up the previous year.

Eugenio Catone, Front Row Fashion and Billy Childish: all on offer in the area on Saturday 17 November

Spoiled for choice!

For a small town, Hastings certainly punches above its weight for entertainment. Take this Saturday for example… our What’s On guide has 18 events listed, and they cover everything from high fashion to The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, from old punk Billy Childish telling stories to an international piano concerto and Haydn’s Creation.

Posted 10:36 Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 In: Performance Tags: Billy Childish Hastings St Leonards What's On
Billy Childish

The Hastings Storytelling Festival runs from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 November. Nearly all the events are child-friendly, but not Billy Childish who performs at St Mary in the Castle on Saturday 17 November. This is a rare spoken word gig from the Bard of the Medway – but don’t make the mistake of labelling him a ‘Poet’.

Posted 18:25 Friday, Nov 9, 2012 In: Performance Tags: Billy Childish Hastings IdolRich Theatre Jean Shrimpton Spartan Dreggs st mary in the castle
The Rude Mechanical

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company returns

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company comes to The Masonic Hall in St Leonards later this month with a show called The Dressing Book, their first winter season performance, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick.

Posted 13:01 Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 In: Performance Tags: comedia dell'arte The Dressing Book The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company
Alan Davies Life Is Pain tour

Alan Davies, star of Jonathon Creek and amiable sidekick to Stephen Fry on QI, comes to the White Rock Theatre later this month.  HOT’s Zelly Restorick spoke to him about his return to the stand-up comedy circuit with his tour, ‘Life Is Pain’.

Posted 12:28 In: Performance Tags: Alan Davies children fame family life Life Is Pain stand-up comedy White Rock Theatre
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