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A Heart at Sea by Half a String

November 7 @ 4:30 pm | Free
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Following a tragedy, a young boy bottles up his heart and throws it in the sea. Intricate puppets are swept through a transforming wooden world as our hero tries to recover his heart. A haunting tale of whales, caves, ships and pirates (with phenomenal beards.)
Beautiful live music accompanies this collaboration between folk singer/songwriter Avi Simmons and puppet maker and artist Peter Morton.

Suitable for ages 7+

Sandown School, TN34 2AA

Kala Chethena Kathakali Company

November 8 @ 6:30 pm | Free
Durbar Hall, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, John's Place
Bohemia Rd, Hastings TN34 1ET United Kingdom
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Kala Chethena Kathakali Company
with Delaine Le Bas
and Vocal Explosion

A unique evening tracing Gypsy roots from India across Europe.
The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company are welcomed to Hastings by Juliet Russell’s Vocal Explosion

The Company’s world class artists perform entrancing traditional South Indian storytelling. Delaine Le Bas explores nationhood, race, gender and relationships, domestic claustrophobia, the transience of modern materiality and the tensions that characterise her own Romany heritage (top inset photo).
6.30pm (early arrival advised)
The Durbar Hall, Hastings Museum
and Art Gallery, TN34 1ET


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Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and Emmanuel the Magnificent

November 9 @ 5:00 pm
The White Rock Theatre, White Rock
Hastings, TN34 1JX United Kingdom
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A chance to meet the new Children’s Laureate*, Lauren Child, as she talks about her best-loved characters including Ruby Redfort, Clarice Bean, Huber Horatio, Bartle Bobton-Trent and her latest Charlie and Lola book – A Dog with Nice Ears.

*Find out about Lauren’s new role in a recent piece in the Guardian here.

You’ll find out about how Lauren creates her books and why ‘staring into space’ can be such an inspiration. There’ll be time for questions too!

Lauren’s books will be on sale and there will be a book signing afterwards.

There will be an energetic and captivating short performance by Ghanaian Storyteller, Emmanuel the Magnificent before Lauren’s talk.

Please note, this show is recommended for children over 9 but there will be a FREE workshop in the upstairs café for under 9s whilst the show takes place (all children must be accompanied by an adult).

The White Rock Theatre, TN34 1JX
£10 / £5 (children 9-16 / registered disabled)*
*online booking fee applies, call 01424 462288 to buy fee-free


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Lightweight by Impossible Theatre

November 10 @ 4:00 pm
near Debenhams, Robertson St
Hastings, TN34 1HN United Kingdom
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An outdoor installation in Hastings Town Centre.
A giant inflatable sphere glows with intense colour as video images spin magically across it and the faces of your companions appear in quirky animation on its surface.

Robertson Street
TN34 1HN

Bollywood Dance Workshop

November 11 @ 2:00 pm
Kings Road Studio, 48 Kings Rd
St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6DY United Kingdom
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Come and try your hand (or feet!) at Bollywood dancing. No experience is needed for this fun and informal workshop for all ages.

The Sujata Banerjee Dance Company is committed to promoting South Asian arts and music in the UK and beyond and is at the forefront of South Asian culture in the UK. Two of Sujata Banerjee’s students have won places in the BBC young dancer of the year finals.



Kings Road Studio
48 Kings Road, St Leonards, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN37 6DY

Children’s Storytelling Festival Day and Carnival Parade

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

1pm: Out of the Bag
Workshop for younger children – an interactive tale where nothing is quite what it seems.

1.15pm: Little Ida’s Flowers by Idolrich Puppet Theatre
Theatrerotto brings a Victorian playroom to life with magical puppetry in this enchanting Hans Christian Andersen tale.

2pm: Bollywood and Kathak Storytelling-through-dance Workshop
Why not try Bollywood and Kathak dancing?
Fun for all ages.

2.15pm: Wild Tapestry
A puppet goes on a journey to find the toymaker who created
her. For older children, young people and adults.
After-show storytelling workshop.

2.30pm: Carnival line up

3pm: India Reimagined
Carnival Parade Join our biggest ever carnival parade, with:
– Internationally renowned bhangra drummers, The Dhol Foundation, leading the Parade
– Amazing carnival costumes including guest carnivalists from the Isle of Wight
– Wycombe Steel Orchestra
– Dende Drummers
– Sambalanco
– Pan Up Steel Band
– Plus children from 9 local schools

3.45pm: Drum-off to close the day

Stade Open Space, TN34 3FJ

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