Press Releases week beginning 26 September 2016
Feuds, betrayals and deceit at the Stables Theatre
1066: Three Kings is a brand new telling of the famous 1066 story by playwright Michael Punter, unravelling the mysteries, rivalries and bitter conflicts that led to a final battle that would change our history forever.
"This play explores the backstory of the Battle of Hastings - the feuds, betrayal and deceit that led up to it and the personalities of those involved," said Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council. "It showcases our fantastic local talent while bringing a new angle to our shared history."
King Harold came from a family called the Godwins, who had slowly been grabbing land and titles over the previous three decades by helping the Viking King Canute to control England. So, for many English people, the Godwins were traitors who had sold the country out. When Canute died, and feuding broke out between his sons, Prince Edward (later called the Confessor) was recalled from Normandy to be King of England. The head of the Godwin clan was implicated in the death of Edward's brother, so there was no love lost between them. When Edward died, Harold claimed the throne, but Edward's friends in Normandy had other ideas. The rest, as they say, is history.
Community actors and musicians weave a story that will surprise and astonish in equal measure. Expect a visceral, engaging performance, with original music commissioned from internationally renowned composer Gary Ryan and magical effects by West End theatrical illusion designer Darren Lang.
1066: Three Kings is showing Friday 7 October to Friday 14 October, 7.30pm and Sunday matinee 3pm, at The Stables theatre. Adults £13, under 18s and groups £10, members £8. For tickets, go to stablestheatre.co.uk.
On the Saturday and Sunday showings, the show will be preceded by the premiere of 'The Hastings Carol', performed by 20 visiting students from the University of Minnesota.
Looking To Help Your Community? Grant-ed!
Hastings Borough Council is looking for volunteers to sit on its grants advisory panel. This gives advice to the council's charity committee on how surplus income from the Foreshore Trust should be distributed.
Cllr Colin Fitzgerald, who chairs the charity committee, explained :- "As a charity, the Foreshore Trust wants to help the local community, and giving grants to local groups is one way we can do this.
"We are looking for more volunteers to join our existing panel. It meets around four times a year, and other meetings may be called. We are particularly looking for people with a knowledge of the local voluntary and charitable sector.
"Anyone interested should contact our chief legal officer Chris Barkshire-Jones on Hastings (01424) 451751, email email@example.com"
All at Sea - a boat-sized piece of one man's inner ocean...
Acrojou present All at Sea as part of the free Stade Saturdays programme of events in Hastings.
All at Sea is a piece of theatre set in a small boat, which rows gently through the tides of the world in and around us. In limbo between life and death, a lone boatman traverses a vast ocean of memories and past hopes, accompanied by his own personal storm.
"Acrojou's work is non - verbal and tells stories through movement and visual design. All at Sea combines melancholic humour and visual poetry, for which Acrojou is well known, in a small moving rowing boat" said Cllr Dawn Poole Hastings Borough Council's lead member for regeneration.
"They seamlessly blend theatre, acrobatics, bespoke structures and sublime visuals creating contemporary circus productions. The company's work has been seen live by hundreds of thousands of people across 14 countries and now we are very pleased to welcome them to Hastings" added Cllr Poole.
There will be two free performances of All at Sea at the Stade Open Spade on Saturday 01 October at 5pm and 7.30pm.
Drawing on backgrounds in circus, visual art, theatre, dance and engineering, Acrojou was founded in 2006 at the National Centre for Circus Arts, London
"One of the finest short dance pieces I have seen for some time... an intensely moving experience" - Arts Council England
"One of Britain's most exciting dance and circus companies...Stunningly inventive"
- Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, 2013
Movement - Groups unite around ROOT 1066 project
This Sunday and Monday sees the culmination of a large scale community arts project for ROOT 1066. Developed by the Craftivist Network and artist Caroline Le Breton, and coordinated by Culture Shift, the project has involved many different organisations working towards a big event at the Stade Open Space, Hastings and an art installation of 500 arrows in the Stade Hall.
Each organisation has been working on arrows, spear heads, placards and banners to form part of the 'Movement'. The arrows reference the things people value most or the direction people want in their lives.
Groups involved include Autism Sussex, Active Arts and Open Door at Hastings and Bexhill Mencap, Hastings Furniture Service, Beeching Park and Conquest Day Centres, Greenwood Respite Hotel, Little Gate Farm, Seaview, Parchment Trust, Glyne Gap Faculty.
The event on Sunday 2 October will start with a procession from the pier at 1pm with the Stade event starting at 2pm. There will be performances from Open Door drummers, Seaview Choir, Hastings Voice Squad and Delta 7. The performance area is being managed by Rhythmix, who will also be offering short taster workshops at the end of the afternoon. In addition Autism Sussex will be selling cakes and hot drinks and there will be a chance to make your own arrow or flying bird.
The installation will remain open on Monday 3 October from 10.30-4.00pm
Craftivist group are a network of organisations working across Hastings and Rother, who have been working together to promote the value of arts and crafts with vulnerable people and finding opportunities to sell work and set up small micro enterprises, such as Go Pots at Autism Sussex.