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Explore The Arch round off the season with magical celebration of English culture and literature

Following on from the huge success of their created houses for Burns Night, St Patrick’s Day and St David’s Day, the Explore the Arch team end their current season applying their own brand of celebration to St George’s Day.

Posted 16:27 Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 In: Performance

Dr David Bramwell gets tricky

In mythology the trickster is a fascinating and often misunderstood archetype. Mercurial, cunning and amoral, his sole purpose seems to be to spread mischief and deceit. Newly returned from flaneuring en France, Dr David Bramwell comes to the Explorers Club in St Leonards to celebrate the prankster. Erica Smith volunteers for the 3-card Monte…

Posted 13:14 Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 In: Performance

Be Part of It! Final call for Hastings Fringe Festival 2016

Heather Alexander – Founder and Artistic Director invites you to the final call-out for potential performers to be part of this exciting celebration of culture and talent. Join her on Saturday 23 April at 2pm in The Hastings Observer Building.

Posted 11:16 Monday, Apr 4, 2016 In: Performance

‘Coldstream’ at the O.B. Theatre

The Observer Building Theatre opened on the 19th of March with ‘Ruff’ by leading feminist theatre company Split Britches. The play dealt with the after effects of a stroke and the loss of identity on their lead actor Peggy Shaw. ‘Ruff’ continues it’s run at the Barbican Theatre London. Now, hot on it’s tail comes a play dealing with the very male dominated world of the war on terror, Coldstream.

Posted 17:14 Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 In: Performance Tags: Barbican Theatre Coldstream Coldstream Guards John Berry Observer Building Ruff Printers Playhouse Simon Jessops Split Britches

Five shamrocks and a host of delights

Did you know that a shamrock exists in five forms as well as not existing at all? Those were the findings of a study conducted twenty years ago in which members of the public submitted the plant they considered to be a shamrock. Not found in botanical listings, the name shamrock is synonymous with the celebration of Irish culture. Five clover type plants were identified as popularly considered a shamrock.

Posted 16:06 Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 In: Performance Tags: Chan Reid Maria MacAteer

Ruff by Split Britches a Peggy Shaw solo performance

This week sees the re-opening of the Observer Building space, which less than two weeks ago left the splendid hands of Erika Holland and Dawn Dublin. A new collective has been formed and launches itself back into the community with the hope of maintaining the energy that was so much a part of this space.

Posted 13:59 Monday, Mar 14, 2016 In: Performance Tags: gender politics live art Osberver Building stroke theatre

Guys and Dolls in aid of St Michael’s Hospice

Renaissance Theatre Company has been performing as a group since 2009 when they came together in memory of two very special friends, Sandra Woodhams and Sharon Guy Waller, who sadly passed away that year. Since then they have performed two concerts at The Phoenix Venue and a further three musicals. Their aim is to continue with a production every year and to support the chosen charities, St Michael’s Hospice, in memory of Sandra, and the Shazzie Sparkle Trust, in memory of Sharon. Tuula Ward writes.

Posted 09:09 Wednesday, Mar 2, 2016 In: Performance Tags: Guys and Dolls Sandra Woodhams Sharon Guy Waller st mary in the castle St Michael’s Hospice The Shazzie Sparkle Trust

Love letters and closet seagulls

Following on from the very successful Burns Night, the motto for next Monday and Tuesday’s feast in The House of St David is ‘Feed me til I want no more’. A ticket includes a fab dinner of tarts with Welsh flavours and clever evocations of Welsh rarebit and cake as well as cultural slap-up nourishment with Welsh performance ingredients.

Posted 16:14 Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016 In: Performance Tags: Charlotte Snook DJ Brass Explore the Arches Fiona Hardy Francis Maxey Gail Borrow Harry Snook John Knowles. Kate Tym Megan Lloyd
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