Autumn Highlights for the Year of Culture

Bringing you culture in the form of woodland spectaculars, comedy competitions, football drama and tea shops in a field.

Horsham District Council’s Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 is now hurtling into the autumn bringing with it one of our major highlights for the year of celebrations.

Tree and Wood – sound, light and song at Leonardslee

Tree and Wood, a magical night-time show, is coming to the beautiful surroundings of Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens in Lower Beeding, Horsham just in time for the half-term holidays this autumn.

Set in the forest at the onset of darkness, audiences are invited to enjoy a fascinating and memorable event exploring the magic of our relationship with trees – smell, touch, sights and sounds. It will include physical drama, traditional song and electro-acoustic music, not to mention the magical light installations. Listen out too for the remarkable vocal talents of Emily Williams – she has toured internationally as half of the acclaimed Welsh/American duo ‘Ember,’ releasing six albums.

The show is produced by Jony Easterby, creator of ‘For the Birds’ (Brighton Festival) and artistic contributor to the hugely popular Glow Wild at Wakehurst Place.

“A spectacle to behold… A breath taking sight and an extraordinary achievement.” THE GUARDIAN

With tickets from just £15 this one is not to be missed. 24 to 27 October and 29 October to 2 November.

Bookings through The Capitol Theatre: 01403 750220.

Sussex Comedian of the Year – The Grand Final

Only in connection with the Horsham District Year of Culture could you get a local funeral company sponsoring a comedy competition!

The Sussex Comedian of the Year, sponsored by Freeman Brothers, is in its first year and has been a hotly contested competition over four locally based heats.

The Grand Final is now upon us at Horsham’s Rec Rooms on 4 October. Come along and laugh your socks off for just £4.

This competition has proved so popular it is set to be a legacy far beyond 2019.

Football drama coming to a club near you

The Red Lion, a Horsham District Year of Culture sponsored production, made its debut at Horsham’s Capitol on Friday 16 August and is now set to tour football clubs and community centres throughout the District.

Our Year of Culture ambassador went along to see the opening night and here’s what she had to say.

I’m not a big football fan, but I loved this play.

Set in a typical non- league football club changing room, the play features just three characters: the hot headed ambitious manager (think Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho), the kit man and former club legend and the gifted young player.

In a nutshell, the player just wants to enjoy playing, the manager is over hungry for money and success and the kit man has the Red Lion mascot running through his veins and wants to do everything for the good of the club and players he loves.

Full of sharp witted football humour – it’s all in here, the ripe language, moans about a dandelion covered pitch and the ref needing glasses.

It was great to view it up close in the smaller setting of the Capitol’s Studio – you could almost smell the cheesy socks and liniment. And it is ideal to be enjoyed in the local clubs and village halls it is now going to tour.

If we’d had a few oranges at half- time it would have been perfect.

A quick shout out for Thakeham Village Hall, Ashington Centre and The Weald School in Billingshurst who will be hosting productions of The Red Lion in the coming weeks.

Tweethearts – Pulborough Harvest Fair

Rural touring events in quirky venues have been particularly well received as part of the Year of Culture celebrations and we are sure you will enjoy this one.

When Miss Maisie and Miss Daisie have to close the Sweetheart Tea Shop, the birds who live in the eaves and feed on leftover cake decide to open for business as usual. Mayhem ensues as Wren and Sparrow battle baking, fight with flour and tinker with tea leaves – and deal with some very cross customers!

A heart-warming interactive adventure, with live music, beautiful puppets and an enchanting tea shop setting. Tweethearts is a perfect relaxed introduction for young children to the magic of theatre.

Rust & Stardust is a Sussex-based puppet theatre company. They are passionate about stories, folklore and mythology, and inspired by the natural world, unconventional performance spaces and all things homegrown and handmade. This event takes place at the Pulborough Harvest Fair on Saturday 28th September, and is organised for the Year of Culture as part of the 52 project.

Come and help us pour when the clock strikes four – everything stops for tea!

Check it out at East Glebe Field in Pulborough.

Over 600 events are taking place in this Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 so don’t forget to see what else catches your eye in this special year of creative events to enjoy and take part in. Follow us @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitte

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