Horsham District Year of Culture bringing you gymnastic mastery, quality drams and Horsham by the seaside

Our Culture Ambassadors have been out in force recently to a number of much-acclaimed events.

Here’s what they have to say:

“Another great triumph for the Year of Culture last week was the near sell-out performance of Charge at The Capitol – a new concept in dance circus by a group of young contemporary dancers called Motionhouse.

“Who would think to combine the scientific workings of the human body and translate them into modern dance?

“It was a mixture of gymnastic hi-jinks, creative athleticism and digital mastery followed by an enlightening question and answer session with the dancers and their talented choreographer.

“I have never seen anything quite like it and was mesmerised for the whole performance. These guys are currently on tour – go and see them if you can.

“Illustrating the sheer depth and breadth of the offerings of the Year of Culture, only a few days later was the amazing performance of Oscar Wilde’s play A Picture of Dorian Gray – real quality drama specially selected for this celebratory year.

“A top draw performance that had me on the edge of my seat until the absolute final stages. I knew the ending already but was still shocked out of my skin when it happened. A quality experience for Year of Culture followers.”

There is a definite whiff of spring in the air, so our Year of Culture thoughts are now turning to the great outdoors.

This weekend (Sunday 12 May) as yet another first for Horsham, flying in the face of being completely landlocked, we are creating “Horsham on Sea” on the town’s Forum area.

We do love to be beside the seaside, so the whole of the Forum will be transformed into a traditional seaside experience as part of Horsham’s Great British Weekend.

There will be dashing donkey rides for the children, the chance to take a giant deckchair selfie and “an infectious mix of mirth and manipulation” from Dan the Hat – juggler, comedian and stuntman who will be performing throughout the afternoon.

The Last Resort street theatre will create a humorous environment where nothing is quite what it seems. The characters you will meet will bring to life a comically eccentric beachfront reminiscent of seaside holidays of old.

A giant beach themed pavement mural that you can all get involved with will be created with chalk painting throughout the day. A Punch and Judy Show and seaside themed carousel will top off the Horsham beach experience of yesteryear.

Come along and join in the fun – best of all, it’s all free.

If you are into contemporary dance and you missed Motionhouse don’t worry, as on 16 July we are set to enjoy another unique modern dance programme with a company called Stopgap Dance.

This is a triple bill reflecting dance, film and immersive digital projection rolled into one. The performances will involve a mixture of professionals, drama students from Collyer’s Sixth Form College and members of the local group The Butterfly Project which support adults with learning difficulties to engage in community events.

For more nostalgia in the great outdoors, join us on Saturday 18 May as the Year of Culture brings the home front to Amberley Museum. You are invited to don your 1940s outfits to enjoy a weekend of Second World War dancing, music, and veteran military vehicles. There will also be dance displays by Eight Beat Jive.

A quick shout out now. Do you know any aspiring playwrights?

Nurturing new talent is a key aim of our Year of Culture celebrations. Pitchy Breath Theatre is running a special playwriting competition for Horsham and Sussex residents to submit short plays for performances at The Capitol and other venues. The theme is “Past. Present, Future” and cash prizes are up for grabs for the winning writers. We are looking for new perspectives on old themes and inspire new thinking around stories that are not yet told.

The deadline for entries is 30 June – so not long to get planning and writing!

Don’t forget! Heat 3 of the Sussex Comedian of the Year competition is coming up on 16 May at the George and Dragon pub in Shipley. The first two Heats have been really well attended and much acclaimed with tickets selling out fast, so don’t forget to book!

So there has been plenty happening and there is plenty coming up from the Year of Culture. We are now delighted to say that there are 500 different events on our website so take a look or keep reading our weekly column for reviews and updates.

You can also follow @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date with all things cultural this year as part of the 2019 Year of Culture.

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