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Spun Glass Theatre’s new production – The Lovers is a fresh, queer look at Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Demetrius becomes Elizabeth and Hermia becomes Theodore in a fast-paced, lyrical and inventive world of same-sex marriage and bewitchment, confronting the under representation of Black and Ethnic Minority groups in queer arts.

Cuckfield Dramatic Society (CDS) is an established amateur theatre group in Mid-Sussex. Their next show will be the award winning Racing Demon by Sir David Hare.
Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield 12-15 November 7:30pm £10
Racing Demon is a story of clerical conscience and conflict that is simultaneously gripping, moving and funny! The play explores the tension between pastoral care and preaching in the Church of England. Topics include female clergy, homosexuality, falling attendances and the lack of relevance of the Church to ordinary people. It is also a story about people in their workplace, arguing with each other and their managers (the bishops) over their role and their job security. Recognised as David Hare’s masterpiece it won three best play awards in its initial run in 1990. It will have added poignancy by being performed in Cuckfield’s beautiful and historically important 13th century Holy Trinity church.

Brighton based Jump Start Productions specialises in making low budget independent films with new and emerging talent. Their repertoire has grown to include a number of award winning films and continues to test the boundaries of indie filmmaking. Home For Christmas is their latest offering and is touring the country in December…
‘Beth Prince has always loved fairytales and now she feels like she’s finally on the verge of her own happily ever after; a dream job in a charming independent cinema by the seaside and a gorgeous boyfriend. There’s just one problem – no man has ever told her they love her. Desperate to hear their crucial three little words for the first time Beth takes matters into her own hands – and wishes she hasn’t.’

Exploring the epic and the banal, Action Hero create performance that is intimate, distinctive and invigorating. Their ongoing interests lie in the iconography of popular culture and its use; both as a weapon and as a shared cultural memory and their latest offering is ‘Hoke’s Bluff’.

Corn Exchange, Brighton 15 November 7:30pm £14/£12

‘With a wistful yearning for a world that never really existed, Hoke’s Bluff uses high school storylines, inspiring locker room speeches and sentimentality to tell an underdog story that’s been told a million times before. Hoke’s Bluff navigates the curious territory in which our emotional responses to American dreams outweigh our rational understanding of what America (and the Western world) really stands for. By attempting a heartfelt and sincere rendition of schmaltzy, hackneyed underdog sports movies we gently reveal both the ambient violence and the genuine beauty that hide within these seemingly innocuous cornball stories.’

Posted in podcast by Paul Stones on November 16th, 2014 at 9:10 pm.

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