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Gareth E. Rees’s Car Park Life

November 5 @ 7:00 pm | Free
University of Brighton, Hastings, Priory Square
Hastings, TN34 1EA United Kingdom
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Celebrating an uncelebrated local landscape

“It was Morrisons that lit the fire of my obsession. Not the supermarket itself but the space outside the place: the car park.”

Author Gareth E. Rees believes that car parks can be as interesting as meadows, botanical gardens or marshlands. They are full of intriguing detritus. Mysterious markings. Unexplained sounds and strange characters.

These urban landscapes are little-explored, yet they shape the aesthetics of our towns. They’re places to meet friends and strangers. They are hotspots for crime, rage and deviancy.  Blind spots in which activities go unnoticed. History, culture and topography leach into car parks. Secret narratives emerge when you take time to look closely.

In preparation for his third book, out next year with Influx Press, author Gareth E. Rees has been walking the superstore car parks of Britain, from Plymouth to Edinburgh, taking notes and pictures.

In this exclusive event for the Hastings storytelling festival, Gareth will use film, photography, music and storytelling to share his car park adventures, including an investigation into Hastings & St Leonards’ car parks – revealing how Morrisons is a cornerstone of the town’s radical history and why Asda is full of dinosaurs

Gareth E. Rees is author of the occult Hastings novel The Stone Tide (Influx Press, 2018), the acclaimed psyhogeographical work Marshland (Influx Press 2013), and an album of spoken word and chamber music, A Dream life of Hackney Marshes (Clay Pipe Music 2013). He is also editor of the website Unofficial Britain www.unofficialbritain.com. His next book, Car Park Life, is a troubling vision of Britain, seen through a common space we know less about than we think.

[1 hr running time, with 15 minutes Q&A and book signing].

Featuring music by Simon & The Pope

Out of the Hat by Long Nose Puppets

November 6 @ 4:30 pm | Free
Sandown School, The Ridge TN34 2AA United Kingdom
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A free puppet show for children aged 2-8.

When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and
sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world’s greatest magic show! But HOW do you make real magic happen? With lively songs by Tom Gray of Gomez.

A spectacular theatre experience for all ages, especially 2-8 year olds.

Meet the puppets after the show!

Gender Stories with Mel Elliott

November 7 @ 4:00 pm | Free
I Love Mel, 19 Grand Parade
St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN37 6DN United Kingdom
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A workshop of activities, stories and picture books with 18 Hours to support discussion of gender stereotypes with children.

Author and illustrator, Mel Elliott will also share the background and ideas behind her character ‘Pearl Power’, a feisty five-year-old who believes very strongly in gender equality.

There’s a free copy of Mel’s book ‘The Girl with Two Dads’ for all participants.

4pm
I Love Mel, 19 Grand Parade,
Saint Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6DN

Everything Stops for Tea by Secret Platform Theatre (Thur 8 Nov, 12.30pm – Drop in event)

November 8 @ 12:30 pm | Free
Hastings Library, Brassey Institute, 13, Claremont
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1HE United Kingdom
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Come to  Everything Stops for Tea – It’s a celebration of the Great British love of tea and the art of conversation.

Blurring the boundary between theatre and real life, think of it as an immersive, theatrical housewarming party hosted by Phyllis and Daphne who have tales to tell, tea and biscuits for everyone and can’t wait to meet you!

Do come…it’s free!This is a rolling event – drop in and enjoy.

Hastings Library
12.30pm–2pm & 3pm–4.30pm
(Also at Borough Wines on Sat 10 November, 4.30pm)

Everything Stops for Tea by Secret Platform Theatre (Thur 8 Nov, 3pm – Drop in event)

November 8 @ 3:00 pm | Free
Hastings Library, Brassey Institute, 13, Claremont
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1HE United Kingdom
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Come to  Everything Stops for Tea – It’s a celebration of the Great British love of tea and the art of conversation.

Blurring the boundary between theatre and real life, think of it as an immersive, theatrical housewarming party hosted by Phyllis and Daphne who have tales to tell, tea and biscuits for everyone and can’t wait to meet you!

Do come…it’s free!

This is a rolling event – drop in and enjoy.

Hastings Library
12.30pm–2pm & 3pm–4.30pm
(Also at Borough Wines on Sat 10 November, 4.30pm)

A November Day by Thingumajig Theatre

November 8 @ 6:00 pm
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, John's Place
Bohemia Rd, Hastings TN34 1ET United Kingdom
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In forgotten boxes in an attic, a woman discovers the story of her grandfather, a survivor of the First World War, and his unexpected encounter with a stray dog.

This fable on war and friendship features evocative puppet characters, live music and an ever-changing set.

Suitable for children 10+

Mother’s Ruin, hosted by Timberlina

November 8 @ 7:30 pm | £7
Cactus Hound, 33-35 Western Road,
St Leonards on Sea, Hastings TN37 6DJ United Kingdom
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A new show comes to St Leonards’ newest bar, Cactus Hound.

Created by the very successful team behind Mother’s Ruin (Manchester), who provide a platform to nurture regional, new and emerging talent and for existing and established LGBTQ artists to perform in Hastings.
Over 18’s

Cactus Hound, 33-35 Western Road, St Leonards TN37 6DJ

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Otherworld by Magik Door: Explore the Installations

November 9 @ 1:30 pm | Free
Alexandra Park, Greenhouse Entrance
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2EL United Kingdom
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Northern Ireland’s Magik Door create alternative realities using emerging technologies. The company specialises in immersive 3D audio environments, augmented reality, interactive hybrid art exhibitions and performance.

Magik Door create a portal to the Otherworld in the heart of Hastings’ Alexandra Park which turns an area of the park into an interactive hypnagogic dreamscape.

Marrying the ancient and the cutting edge, Otherworld is a mischievously surreal hybrid art installation consisting of interactive audio holograms, 3D

Whilst the evening’s full show  may be a little too dark and edgy for young children, the afternoon session is a chance for them to enjoy the installation in the daylight.

Hastings Midnight Run

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - November 10 @ 12:00 am | £10
The Stade, The Stade
Hastings, TN34 3FJ United Kingdom
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Devised by artist, Inua Ellams, the Midnight Run has taken place in many towns, including Paris, Madrid, Berlin, London and Hastings Storytelling Festival 2016.

The Midnight Run is a walking, arts-filled, night-time cultural journey through urban spaces. It gathers strangers and local artists together to explore, play and create, whilst the city sleeps. The MNR aims to break down social barriers and provide a platform for established and emerging creatives, bringing moments of genuine interactive creativity.

Back for its second year, the Hastings Midnight Run will celebrate the town and it’s hidden, waterside spaces. Beginning at a secret location, Kit Caless will take you on a journey, guiding you through the lesser-known nooks and crannies of the town before ending in a hidden location at midnight. Come ready to explore, play and create. As always, in typical Midnight Run fashion, expect the unexpected and come to have fun.

Expect art, outdoor games, friendly strangers and a new perspective.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and come dressed for the weather. No latecomers please, we will leave at 6pm sharp.

6pm – Midnight
Starts at The Stade Open Space TN34 3FJ
End location tbc

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Otherworld by Majik Door: Full Show

November 9 @ 7:30 pm | Free
Alexandra Park, Greenhouse Entrance
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2EL United Kingdom
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Northern Ireland’s Magik Door creates alternative realities using emerging technologies. The company specialises in immersive 3D audio environments, augmented reality, interactive hybrid art exhibitions and performance.

Magik Door create a portal to the Otherworld in the heart of Hastings’ Alexandra Park which turns an area of the park into an
interactive hypnagogic dreamscape.

Marrying the ancient and the cutting edge, Otherworld is a mischievously surreal hybrid art installation consisting of interactive audio holograms, 3D immersive soundscapes, theatre and storytelling informed by local stories.

The public can wander through the installation, playing with some of the interactive exhibits, bathing in hypnagogic holophonic soundworlds and, in the evening, hear some immersive stories.

Whilst Otherworld is suitable for children, the full show in the evening will be dark and scary, so 12+ advised (unless you have very brave and open minded children). However, during the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions, children can engage with the installation.

Otherworld by Majik Door: Explore the Installations

November 10 @ 1:30 pm | Free
Alexandra Park, Greenhouse Entrance
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2EL United Kingdom
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Northern Ireland’s Magik Door create alternative realities using emerging technologies. The company specialises in immersive 3D audio environments, augmented reality, interactive hybrid art exhibitions and performance.

Magik Door create a portal to the Otherworld in the heart of Hastings’ Alexandra Park which turns an area of the park into an interactive hypnagogic dreamscape.

Marrying the ancient and the cutting edge, Otherworld is a mischievously surreal hybrid art installation consisting of interactive audio holograms, 3D

Whilst the evening’s full show  may be a little too dark and edgy for young children, the afternoon session is a chance for them to enjoy the installation in the daylight.

Axel Scheffler: Author and illustrator (Gruffalo Illustrator)

November 10 @ 2:00 pm | £5 – £10
White Rock Theatre, Sussex Hall, White Rock
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1JX United Kingdom
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Axel is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed author and illustrator of some of the most well-loved children’s books, including Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo.

His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world.

Axel will read stories, draw and talk about his work.

2pm
White Rock Theatre, Sussex Hall, White Rock TN34 1JX
ADULT aged 17+ (comes with one free child aged 0–10, on request) £10
CHILDREN aged 11–16 and/or additional children aged 0–10 £5
Tickets: whiterocktheatre.org.uk

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Everything Stops for Tea by Secret Platform Theatre (Sat 10 Nov, 4.30pm – Drop in event)

November 10 @ 4:30 pm | Free
Borough Wines, Borough Wines, Robertson Street,
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1HT United Kingdom
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Come to  Everything Stops for Tea – It’s a celebration of the Great British love of tea and the art of conversation.

Blurring the boundary between theatre and real life, think of it as an immersive, theatrical housewarming party hosted by Phyllis and Daphne who have tales to tell, tea and biscuits for everyone and can’t wait to meet you!

Do come…it’s free!

This is a rolling event – drop in and enjoy.

Borough Wines
Sat 10 November, 4.30pm
(Also on Thu 8 November, 12.30pm–2pm & 3pm–4.30pm at Hastings Library)

Otherworld by Majik Door: Full show

November 10 @ 7:30 pm | Free
Alexandra Park, Greenhouse Entrance
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2EL United Kingdom
Event Categories:
Event Tags:
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Northern Ireland’s Magik Door creates alternative realities using emerging technologies. The company specialises in immersive 3D audio environments, augmented reality, interactive hybrid art exhibitions and performance.

Magik Door create a portal to the Otherworld in the heart of Hastings’ Alexandra Park which turns an area of the park into an
interactive hypnagogic dreamscape.

Marrying the ancient and the cutting edge, Otherworld is a mischievously surreal hybrid art installation consisting of interactive audio holograms, 3D immersive soundscapes, theatre and storytelling informed by local stories.

The public can wander through the installation, playing with some of the interactive exhibits, bathing in hypnagogic holophonic soundworlds and, in the evening, hear some immersive stories.

Whilst Otherworld is suitable for children, the full show in the evening will be dark and scary, so 12+ advised (unless you have very brave and open minded children). However, during the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions, children can engage with the installation.

Children’s Storytelling Carnival Day

November 11 @ 12:00 pm | Free
The Stade, The Stade
Hastings, TN34 3FJ United Kingdom
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FREE stories, activities and workshops a-plenty on the Stade.

If it’s wet, don’t fret! All our stories are under cover:

Programme (subject to change)
12 & 1.30pm: Out of the Hat by Long Nose Puppets
When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world’s greatest magic show! But HOW do you make real magic happen?

2.15 & 3.25pm: Jan Blake
Leading storyteller, Jan Blake, has been performing worldwide for over twenty five years. Specialising in diverse stories, she has a well-earned reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling.

12.45 & 2.20pm: Kevin Graal
Highly skilled local storyteller, Kevin Graal, has a repertoire of
interactive stories, riddles, songs and rhymes from around the world.

12 & 1.45pm: Spud and Yam
A new commission by Storytellers in Residence, Kate Corkery and Winston Nzinga, aka Spud & Yam. They have been bringing their unique Irish/Jamaican mix of educational and entertaining stories
of plastic waste to local schools throughout the week.

12 & 3.15pm: Xanthe Gresham
A Sussex based storyteller whose highly energetic and distinctive
style has captivated audiences all over the world.

All afternoon: Richard Storybeard
Another local gem of a storyteller. Snuggle down and soak up magical tales told in a cosy yurt.

12 & 1.45pm: Circo Rum Ba Ba, L’Hotel
The loopy hosts of L’Hotel make Basil Fawlty look positively in control. One of the funniest pieces of live street performance you’ll ever see!

12.45 & 3.15pm: Snow Globe
Wave to the Snow Queen, as she drifts through the festival in her miniature world of sparkling snow and ice.

3pm: Children’s Parade
Join the parade through the Old Town with hats, drums, banners and whistles!

All afternoon: Cart of Wonders
Radiator Arts bring us folklore stories on wheels.

ILLUSTRATION: © SARAH EVANS

FREE
Stade Open Space, TN34 3FJ
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