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It’s not broken and it’s not a biscuit

HOT’s John Knowles takes a moment out from producing his own events to highlight an up and coming event he introduced to Hastings.

If you throw a brick in Hastings and St Leonards, you’ll probably hit a creative, they probably won’t be happy, but they probably shouldn’t have allowed themselves to be used as some sort of symbol of creative growth in the first place.
Before closing down The Observer Theatre (and don’t get me started on that!), I had the pleasure of hosting a number of events including amongst them, ‘Broken Biscuits’ (BB), the brainchild of Douglas John Thorp, who is slowly being tempted to move from London to these shores. BB has spread all over the South of England and each event is unique, as it uses local talent. BB is an eclectic mix of poetry, spoken word, film, magic, animation and comedy and will appeal to the creative mixers and shakers, even the ones who have had metaphorical bricks thrown at them.
Broken Biscuits is a collaborative event hosted by Idle Eye, a disgruntled blogger and author who couldn’t get his book into the shops. Since its inception in April 2016, BB has toured extensively, using local acts and collecting a few along the way. To date, Flameproof Moth, Helen Thorn, David Quantick, Jenny Vegas, Jules Oliver, James Cook, Jenny Lockyer, Fireflies, Ingrid Pitt Orchestra, Marijne & Paul (from Salad) and Joe Duggan have all had a turn (amongst others), and further shows are being lined up for 2017.
BB7 returns to Hastings on 20 November at the newly-restored Palace with a spectacular line-up:
Jenny Vegas  The inimitable standard bearer of celebrity culture gone very, very wrong, Jenny has survived the mire of her dysfunctional childhood to become the Face of Dave’s Tyres, a recorded songstress (Only If You Care/Ooh Baby) and author of the bestselling novel, Love and Nuts. There is no one quite like her, except off of the telly.
David Quantick is an Emmy-winning comedy writer (Veep, The Thick Of It, Harry Hill’s TV Burp) and his recent novel, The Mule was described by The Independent as “The Da Vinci Code with better jokes.” We are reliably informed that David will be performing a new piece called 20 Joan of Arcs By Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark.
The Magic Wizard is Dan Laidler’s first musical outing since 2009. The former frontman of 90s indie mavericks, Tiger, creator of the Windy’s Farm animations and illustrator of the Idle Eye logo has a brand new trick up his sleeve, and this one is seriously pop! He may or may not be assisted by Donald Ross Skinner and Douglas John Thorp but whatever happens, expect the unexpected.
Idle Eye Douglas John Thorp and Donald Ross Skinner will perform several posts from failed art book, Amateur of Life and Death with the help of some very special guests. However, all the spot fx, samples and fancy musical interludes in the world cannot disguise the basic fact that they’re a bit shit. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Kate Tym, leading light of the St Leonards’ literati, has kindly agreed to compere the evening, and Dan Laidler’s Windy’s Farm animations will be shown once again. It’s going to be quite a night: pack a brush.
BROKEN BISCUIT 7: 20 November at the newly restored Palace, White Rock. 

Posted 07:34 Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 In: Performance

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