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COOK-UP CABARET

Part of LewesOctoberFeast

Date: Sunday 24 September 

Time: 4:00pm 

Venue: All Saints Centre, Lewes

All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

Tickets: £8.00 advance / £10 door

Intercultural performing arts company Crosspath presents an evening of Caribbean / South American themed words and music flavoured with Guyanese cuisine cooked up by chef and writer, Nathalie Mulvan, born to Guyanese parents and now living near Lewes.

The cabaret entertainment includes Guyana-born poet John Agard with the first performance of his specially composed calypso for Mrs Beeton; actress Leann O’Kasi (pictured right) performing a few earthy extracts from Isabel Allende’s Aphrodite; chanteuse Pam Hewitt and her uke knocking out a few Latin and calypso classics and Nathalie Mulvan, interviewed with her daughter Jade, talking about Guyana, food and their appearance together on Channel 4’s 'My Kitchen Rules'. 

(Food will be separately priced at less than a fiver!)

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If you were to imagine rice and a variety of meats, including salted beef, chicken and dried shrimp, simmering with black-eye or split-peas in a pot of rich coconut milk flavoured with fresh herbs, you would just have imagined Cook-Up Rice, a much loved Guyana one-pot dish. This iconic meal, known for its culinary mix, provides us with a handy metaphor for cultural diversity – a cook-up society!

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HALF HOUR HITS

Date: Saturday 30 September 

Times: 2:00pm / 3:00pm / 4:00pm / 6:00pm / 7:00pm / 8:00pm

Venue: All Saints Centre, Lewes

All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

Tickets (for each performance): £7.00 advance / £9.00 door. Tickets for any second or third event can be bought for £5 on the day, so hang on to your original!

Half Hour Hits is a day of performances all no longer than 30 minutes duration. Many of these are previews of new works in progress, presented for the first time at this event, with multiple showings so there's a few times during the day when you can get to see it. Details on all of these productions below.

2pm: Sweeney Agonistes by T.S. Eliot

3pm: This is always the result by Gus Watcham

4pm: Sweeney Agonistes by T.S. Eliot

6pm: Songs of the Chambermaids by Mark C. Hewitt & Thomas Strønen

7pm: Sweeney Agonistes by T.S. Eliot

8pm: Songs of the Chambermaids by Mark C. Hewitt & Thomas Strønen

The booking system requires you select a preferred performance time, but if you miss the start and there's another to follow, you can come to that instead if you prefer.

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Half Hour Hit #1: Sweeney Agonistes

Performance times: 2pm, 4pm, 7pm

Seven actors perform Sweeney Agonistes, a surreal and rarely seen work by the great modernist writer, T.S. Eliot (pictured). Written in the mid-1920s, this was a first experiment with verse drama that explored the rhythms of jazz, music hall patter and the colloquial speech of 1920s London. Only two scenes survived Eliot's final edit, Fragment of a Prologue and Fragment of an Agon, published in 1932 as Sweeney Agonistes: Fragments of an Aristophanic Melodrama and first performed in 1933. The work notably provised inspiration for a series of triptychs by the painter Francis Bacon. LLL's work-in-progress version shows it has lost none of its power to surprise, amuse or disturb.

Cast

Dusty - Gala Orsborn

Doris - Martina Moss-Clarke

Sam Wauchope / Swarts - Peter Faulkner

Captain Horsfall / Snow - Lucas Augustine

Klipstein - Daniel Cox

Krumpacker - Jeremy Ridley

Sweeney - George Dillon

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Half Hour Hit #2: This is always the result

Performance time: 3pm

Developed in association with LLL Productions, This is always the result is the performance version of a story written by Gus Watcham and narrated live over a film sequence created by Lewes artist Abigail Norris. The work received a 4 star review (Broadway Baby) during Brighton Fringe 2016:

"Directed by Mark C. Hewitt, this is a disturbing exploration into the frailty of the human mind and all its imperfections. If you ever feel like your world is falling down around you, then at least meeting Kathy and Sarah might make you feel better about yourself."

In the story, chaotic violence and human frailty crash in on a woman's ordinary life in a seaside town. The film is shot mainly in Kemp Town and on Brighton seafront. In the performance, the story is spoken into a microphone by one figure (Gus Watcham) silhouetted against a screen. It is a simple and elegant work that is exquisitely delivered.

More about the production here »

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Half Hour Hit #3: Songs of the Chambermaids

Performances times: 6pm, 8pm

Songs of the Chambermaids is a 30 minute section of a new play by LLL's Artistic Director, Mark C. HewittCivilization (and its discontents) - 11 Movements for Theatre. It is a full length work that features around an hour's worth of music by Norwegian sampling percussionist and composer, Thomas Strønen, probably best known in the UK for his work with contemporary jazz ensemble, Food. In this extract, three chambermaids deliver their lines over exhilarating music recorded in Oslo by Strønen's undergraduate drum ensemble at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The words spoken by the chorus of chambermaids follow the narrative arc of Sigmund Freud's essay, Civilization and its Discontents. Because of the rhythmic complexity of the music it is fiendishly difficult to get right. Apocalyptic karaoke for the 21st century.

Cast

Ana - Marta Carvalho

Bo - (tbc)

Cressida - Melissa Sirol

Song 1: The boundaries of the ego are not constant

Song 2: The non-satisfaction of powerful instincts  

Song 3: Men are not gentle creatures

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Hear some of Thomas Strønen's music for percussion ensemble »

Right: detail of a specially commissioned poster image for the play by artist Andrzej Klimowski

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