Behind The Lines

Behind The Lines was set up in 2014 to tell the stories of forgotten lesbians through theatre and song.  We were nominated in the Outstanding Local Talent category at the Brighton Fringe 2014 for our first show ‘All The Nice Girls’.  We subsequently toured to Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and the King’s Head Theatre, London.  We are based in Hove.


Contact: Alison Child 07908 155000

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Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Sussex, The

The Society was launched as the “Mid Sussex Gilbert and Sullivan Society” in May 2011 from a nucleus of enthusiasts brought together by Melvyn Tarran, curator of “The World of Gilbert and Sullivan Museum” then at Oak Hall Sheffield Park. We are affiliated to the London G & S Society. The name was changed to “The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Sussex” in 2012.


LOS Musical Theatre (formerly Lewes Operatic Society)

LOS has been bringing high quality musical theatre to Lewes since 1911.  Staging our productions involves a lot of hard work for a cast and crew of about 80.  In fact, LOS is made up of about 200 members of all ages and from all walks of life.  We stage two productions each year, usually at Lewes Town Hall.  In the past we have also toured local villages and have even taken shows to our twin towns of Blois in France and Waldshut in Germany.  The society often puts on concerts and performs at functions, too.

Besides performing, there’s lots to do behind the scenes and loads of social events throughout the year – trips to see West End shows, country walks with pub lunches, stoolball and dwyle-flunking matches, summer garden parties, a Christmas dinner-dance, quiz nights etc.. There is a cheap members’ bar (or even a members’ cheap bar), a quarterly newsletter (The Tower Times) and priority booking on tickets.

Colin Reynolds 01273 474979


New Sussex Opera

New Sussex Opera’s aims are:

  • to stage brilliant performances of hidden gems
  • to bring the delight and excitement of opera to new audiences
  • to create opportunities for performers and back-stage specialists to hone their talents and advance their careers
  • to nurture new creative talent of any age.

Our in-house chorus-led productions each Spring tour Sussex, while our main autumn/ winter production tours further afield, including a London performance at Cadogan Hall, the Bloomsbury Theatre or the Britten Theatre.  We also arrange workshops for schools and other organisations to give young and not-so-young people their first real taste of opera; depending on the opera itself, taking part in a workshop can lead to performing on stage in an actual production.

We are a CIO registered charity, number 1185087


Southwick Opera

Southwick Opera was founded in 1965 and performs two shows a year, usually in May and November, from grand opera to musicals.  Membership is by audition only.  If you enjoy singing and acting, or like sewing, building scenery or working backstage, contact Hon Sec Lydia Dove for further details.  New members always welcome.  Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 pm at Southwick Community Centre.