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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We are a Brighton-based youth theatre group working in professional theatres across the city.
Contact Keith Shepherd
Burgess Hill Theatre Club is a long established part of the local community. We’ve been bringing entertainment through theatre to the people of Mid Sussex since 1935. Most of our productions are staged at the Club ‘Theatre’ (Church Walk, Burgess Hill), whilst the annual Pantomime, our largest production, is performed at the Martlets Hall (Burgess Hill) – performing this year to over 3,000 people. Outside of our annual pantomime we aim to produce at least three other major productions a year. These include all kinds of genre; workshop presentations and 1 Act Plays.
Contact Peter Gooding 01444 244928
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.
Edwin Cowley 01342 715709
Henfield Theatre Company was formed in 1999 by the amalgamation of two drama groups with much earlier origins. It stages four productions each year and five in alternate years, including two plays, a pantomime or family show, and a musical, all staged in The Henfield Hall. The extra production is an outdoor Shakespeare set in one of the lovely local gardens. The company’s ability to attract new, young members in recent years is, perhaps, its proudest achievement.
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We are an amateur dramatic group based in Lancing producing plays regularly since 1945 (not with the same cast members!). We produce two plays and a pantomime each year, performing at Lancing Parish Hall Theatre, and rehearsing in our own purpose built HQ. We welcome interest from new members
Please contact us via our website: www.lancingrep.co.uk
Founded in 1939 they are based at Lewes Little Theatre, Lancaster Street, Lewes, BN7 2PXt, a comfortable 154-seater theatre with foyer and bar facilities for members and their guests. The Club presents six to eight main stage productions every year, between October and July, and additional foyer events give a broad range of theatrical experiences.
Evening performances from Monday to Saturday start at 7.45pm. Saturday matinees start at 2.45pm.
Contact Pat Shrimpton 01273 302905
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’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.
While our chorus-led productions play to capacity houses around Sussex, London’s Cadogan Hall regularly hosts our major productions. 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.
Our studio theatre provides a flexible performance area, with flexible seating for up to 80. The South Hall operates as a licensed bar for members and audiences during productions, social events etc. In addition, the Theatre Upstairs is a traditional theatre format with 75 seats. After a number of years being refurbished it re-opened during our 66th season, with a celebratory evening that included a short extract of the last play performed in the space almost 10 years previously.
Contact Ian Black 01273 746118
Rottingdean Drama Society has been going strong for over half a century, performing plays to entertain not only the people of Rottingdean but ever-widening audiences in Brighton and surrounding areas. The Society’s aim is to present a balanced program each year, including great classics, costume dramas, contemporary plays, comedies and pantomimes. The Society was founded in 1948 and aims to perform three plays and a pantomime each year at the Rottingdean Village Hall.
Contact June Mitchley
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.
Southwick Players won the Brighton & Hove Arts Council’s Challenge Cup for best overall production in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2015. For over 70 years we have produced plays and musicals, and now produce five shows a year ranging from serious drama to musicals and pantomimes at the wonderful Barn Theatre in Southwick.
Contact Diane Tidzer 01273 595637
The Club exists to encourage the writing of plays, especially by local people. These plays are given a staged reading, and then constructively criticised. We meet monthly on Sunday evenings at the New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Brighton.
Honorary President: William Nicholson
Established over 60 years ago, Wick has built a reputation for top-class community theatre. The company stages five or six main productions a year at the excellent Barn Theatre in Southwick. There is also a youth wing and a range of social events throughout the year.
Contact: Peter Joyce