A new play by Suzi Hopkins
Its 1933 and even a small seaside town like Bexhill feels the wind of change. Earl De La Warr wants to build a People's Palace on the sea-front - what does that mean for the future of Bexhill and its residents?
Mr Punch's Pleasure Palace is a professional production featuring over 40 members of the Bexhill community.
The play is an outdoor promenade production starting on the beach in front of the new Bexhill Rowing Club. The audience will be standing throughout, gradually walking from the lower Colonnade to the DLWP terrace. The performance will last approximately 1 3/4 hours, with an interval. Please wear warm and waterproof clothing, appropriate to the weather!
What the audience said about The Jigsaw Puzzle, another community play presented by The Company in West Hoathly, last Summer :
"Very moving and magical" "A triumph for all concerned."
The Company was formed in 2006, as a non-profit making organisation, with the aim of bringing accessible, quality theatre into the heart of rural communities in Sussex and Kent.
An initial tour of 22 Village Halls and Arts Centres has been followed by 12 commissions of new site-specific plays that reflect the history, landscape and culture of each site. In the last year they have performed plays on a steam train, in a forest, and in an historic manor house, but with the De La Warr Pavilion they have one of the most iconic backdrops in the whole of the South East.
They are a local company, working alongside local people, tapping into the huge pool of talent in Kent and Sussex, employing actors, musicians, writers, directors and designers.
Patrons: Hamish Black, Raymond Briggs and Teresa Wells