The Laughing Stag Returns!
On Friday 19th April, the Stag Inn, Hastings, is proud to present comics William Stone, Mel Byron, John Rands and Emily Kennedy-Barnes, compered by Mistress of Ceremonies Juliet Brando. The event begins at 8pm. Entry is free but capacity is limited, so get in early for a comfy seat.

William Stone has been a finalist for both BBC New Comedy Award 2018 and Leicester Square Theatre New Act of the Year 2018, and has recently appeared on BBC Radio4 and BBC3. “William Stone cracks me up, he’s
got some belting gags that I wish I’d thought of. Highly recommended” Angela Barnes (Radio4 Newsjack, Live at the Apollo.)

Mel Byron “May just make your day.” – the Scotsman. Delightful, incisive, hilarious, Mel Byron takes a skewed view on the absurdities of the world.

John Rands likes to think you’re never too old to be a new face of comedy. Since John’s stand-up debut in 2018 he’s played gigs around the UK, including Leicester, Lancaster, London and the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as becoming a regular on the Brighton circuit.

Emily Kennedy-Barnes has been on the production side of comedy for the last few years and founded the Funny For A Woman events and podcast. This year she is giving standup a go herself. Emily shares the extremities of what it is to be a Brighton born and bred lass and how conventionality is an abstract concept to her. Be prepared to have your chuckle muscles tickled.

Wallpaper Printing Workshops 
Local wallpaper artist and textile designer Louise Body has a studio in St Leonards On Sea. She has worked with various national brands such as Laura Ashley, Dr Martens, Paul Smith and the V&A Museum, and is currently collaborating with Osborne & Little for their SS/19 collection.

For the past year she has been teaching wallpaper printing workshops from her studio in St Leonards and has had about 70 students, some from the local area and some from as far as Estonia and Switzerland. She’s also taught wallpaper printing at the Jerwood in Hastings and the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. 

• You can see more about her work and workshops here:

A Smaller Picture 
SoCo (South Coast Artists) have chosen to respond to Hastings Arts Forum’s recent show “The Bigger Picture” with their own exhibition entitled ‘A Smaller Picture’.

The exhibition will include paintings, prints, photography and three dimensional work.

SoCo is a large group of professional artists, based in East Sussex who exhibit regularly at The Arts Forum and other venues.

• The show will be running from 2nd April to 14th April, with an open evening on 5th April, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. To find out more about the group, visit

A Sussex Spring
People, places, plants. Local artists and artisans inspired by the spirit of nature and our exuberant Spring celebrations will be on show at the Stables Theatre’s gallery space from 1st April to 1st June. Space open from Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 1pm, then from 6pm to 8pm. Also Saturday 10.30am to 1pm, and prior to performances.  

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