Barefoot Opera, Hastings Fringe and the Observer Building need you!

Barefoot Opera’s new ‘people’s opera’ was created through engagement with the people of Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill. The creative team – including composer Orland Gough – met and talked with hundreds of people across a range of ages and backgrounds about what it means to live in a town on the South Coast today. 

The result is Bloom Britannia – a satirical look at what Britain might feel like in the future, centring on a fictional regeneration competition on the South Coast.

Barefoot Opera are now looking for people to take part. Whether you sing a solo part or as part of a chorus, it’s sure to be a dynamic, theatrically and musically interesting experience. 

• Full details on the website: www.barefootopera.com


The Observer Building has recently been purchased by White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures, a community-rooted developer who successfully redeveloped Rock House. After 34 years of dereliction, funds are urgently needed to start the process of resuscitation – starting with waterproofing!

• Check out their crowdfunder. Rewards on offer for pledges range from limited edition art from award winning Becky Beasley to dinner for two at Tommy’s Pizzeria. www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-observer-building


Now in its fifth spectacular year, Hastings Fringe is holding its second call out for artists and performers.

Anyone can register as the festival welcomes performance from every corner, whether monologue, poetry, musical cabaret or performance art, or work by under-represented LGBTQI, BMER or disabled artists.

Whether your voice is that of a talented new playwright or an established artist gearing up to wow audiences in Edinburgh, Hastings Fringe is the place to make your statement.

n Meet the Fringe Team
Saturday 2 March, 11.00am – 1.00pm, 
Stables Theatre, The Bourne.

RSVP via [email protected]co.uk or visit Facebook/hastingsfringe for the latest information.


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