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Bavarding with HIP

A rather special Barvard Bar event took place at St Leonards’ Regency Rooms - aka Crown House - earlier this month. Tim ‘Bavard’ Crook generously loaned his concept and his skills as a compere and stand-up comic to the Hastings…
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Beastly Dark Heart

Kent Barker reviews the latest work from Hastings playwright and director John Knowles. I’ll tell you something for nothing: the three people I would least like to be stuck in a small boat with, were all assembled on the stage…
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ARTS DIARY

Beginning Again The Wealden Consort choral singers are preparing for an ‘uplifting’ choral and classical music concert in Christ Church, Silchester Road, St Leonards on Saturday 30th October. The concert, From Darkness into Light, celebrates of the easing of Covid…
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ARTS DIARY

Black Magik  Black Magik Fest is a new arts festival in St Leonards celebrating what it means to be Black and British. It’s devised and curated by resident Jack Kennedy who says: “Alongside an amazing line-up of artists we will…
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Ready for the Next Act

Someone who has worked hard to keep theatre living and breathing is local writer, producer, performer and theatre-maker, John Knowles. Fiona McGarry spoke to him about what’s in store for 2021 in the world of live theatre. According to John…
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HIP YOUNG WRITING

Get Hastings Reading Our passion for words goes viral By Stephen Ratcliffe Culture Shift, a key partner in the Get Hastings Reading campaign, has launched a series of short films to encourage young people to take up the art of…
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Everyman or No Man

Gareth Stevens speaks with theatre producer, writer, director and actor John Knowles. John and I meet on an under-promenade bench framed by a white arch that somehow seems perfectly designed for risk-assessed social distancing. You may not be aware of…
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