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Music, Morris and More at Boutique Hotel

Cutting edge music, contemporary art, and morris dance – that's what's on offer in a new programme of events at the Beechwood Hall in Worthing. Artist Debbie Zoutewelle is the hotel's new manager, and she is planning a range of arts and music events for spring and summer.

To launch the season, Debbie has invited Sompting Village Morris to a special breakfast as part of their May Day celebrations. The traditional procession starts on May 1st at 6.30am in Worthing town centre, and members of the Morris side will stop at Beechwood Hall at 8.30am for breakfast. The public are welcome to turn up and join the dancers – who may be persuaded to perform in the hotel gardens.

From Monday 19th-Wednesday 21st May, photography students from Northbrook College use The Cellar to exhibit photography, film and installation work. Students are producing artwork inspired by the venue and its history, and the exhibition will be designed to fit the unusual space with its corners, cubby-holes and corridors.
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Music Outside The Box

Music played on unlikely instruments, performances in beach-huts and on station platforms, and shows that mix music, poetry and dance are all promised in the Soundwaves Festival 2008.

Reflecting the diversity of its home city of Brighton, events in the second year of the festival go beyond music to explore connections with the visual and other performing arts.

Sarah Nicolls’ performance of works for piano and live electronics at the Pavilion Theatre on Sunday 22 June gives a flavour of the festival. It combines cutting-edge technology, the use of sensors, on-stage electronics, moving images, and live performance art by dance artist Augusto Corriere. And to add another unknown element, composer Christopher Fox will be on hand to make 'noise interventions'!

This experimental and audio-visual theme continues in three free-to-visit installations at the Sallis Benney Theatre. Open daytimes on Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th and Friday 27 June, the creations by artists and musicians will blur the boundaries between the two disciplines
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The City Reads...

Imagine sharing a book with your neighbour, with your hairdresser; with your bus driver, and with your friends. Having one book for one city brings readers together.

Brighton & Hove City Reads 2008 invites you to join in the three-month city-wide read of Val McDermid’s best-selling crime thriller A Place of Execution. From 13 March to 23 May, there’s a huge range of special events, workshops, reading groups, and film showings devoted to A Place of Execution and crime writing in general - including an exclusive City Reads visit to Brighton Festival by Val McDermid

To join in, simply pick up a copy from Brighton & Hove libraries, participating bookshops and book drop points around the city, and start reading. Also look out for the special City Reads reader's guide in bookshops and libraries.

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Fragments of Ice - The Hyperliterature Exchange, March 2008

New on The Hyperliterature Exchange for March 2008 is a review of 'The Way North' by Joel Weishaus.

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The Road To Mecca

This wonderful, intense play by South African playwright Athol Fugard is being staged at the Woodlands Centre in Rustington from March 12th-15th.

Based on the life of the extraordinary naive artist Helen Martins, the play captures the struggle in South Africa between authoritarianism and freedom, rigid religion and wild creativity. It is also a very moving love story.
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Around The World With Worthing Film Club

Organisers of Worthing Film Club are bringing great films from around the world to the town's Dome Cinema .

Worthing Film Club was founded in November 2007, by a group of film fans keen to see a wider range of films on show in Worthing.

Worthing Film Club's debut screening was of Indian film The Chess Players. This was followed by an early film by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. Heading across the Atlantic, last month's film was Harvey Pekar's autobiographical American Splendor.

For the next meeting of the club on 18th March, organisers have booked a film set in Edinburgh. It's the tale of a Scottish astronomer, caught up in experiments to break down the barriers between space and time, while enjoying an obsessive love affair with enigmatic French Photographer Caroline
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Telling Tales in Horsham, Steyning and Pulborough

Whether you simply have a passion for writing and want to learn more, or have a specific interest, two-day workshops as part of the new Telling Tales project will give you a chance to experiment and take risks within a supportive and creative environment.

The groups will be led by professional writers who will offer support and advice on technique. As part of the project, a collection of the ‘tales’ will go on public display in The Capitol and in libraries throughout the Horsham district.

The Telling Tales project will be led by Claudia Gold and Caterine Smith
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The Death of Nelson by Robert Cohen

thinktanktheatre and The Methvens Studio, Methvens Bookshop, Worthing play host to Monkeydog Productions’ The Death of Nelson.

The Death of Nelson is not a biography of Britain’s favourite monocular naval hero but rather a tragicomical one-man show about people and politics; about friendship and betrayal; about love and regret; and about growing up and growing old (or not, as the case may be).

Set over 18 years between the high tide of Thatcherism and the hopeful dawn of the New Labour ‘project’, the play charts the often turbulent relationship between Richie, his godson Nelson, and Nelson’s parents – student radicals who named their son for Nelson Mandela, but whose radicalism is eroded on the long journey to government. Meanwhile, as Nelson’s parents are losing their idealism, the once apolitical Richie is busy acquiring – and trying to hold onto – some idealism of his own.
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Paul Brown's Old Red Reunion

May 2008 will see the 10th anniversary of the death of popular Worthing actor and drama teacher Paul Brown. 

Local writer Wendy Greene, has teamed up with actors David and Shirley Norton to organise a reunion for friends, students and actors involved in Brown's work
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From Worthing With Love

A Worthing night that mixes live music, performance poetry, comedy and the pub quiz takes a sideways look at love this month. Eclectric Ballroom will feature singer-songwriters, poets and storytellers alongside an off-the-wall quiz - and it's all themed around Valentine's Day.

Singer-songwriters Pete Fijalkowski and Kieran Garland will make appearances. And the popular Ross Absel Maurice, inspired by artists as diverse as Jeff Buckley and Radiohead, will make a return to Eclectric Ballroom. Each performer will play one of their own compositions and a cover version, and talk about their choices. Of course, they will all be playing love songs