What’s on this week
Mon 2 Mar - Sun 8 Mar
Beacons, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 2 – Wed 4 Mar
Billed as the highlight of the spring drama season at Eastbourne and fresh from a run at The Park in London, Beacons has been produced especially for the Devonshire Park and is set under the starlit South Downs. It follows the lives of Beachy Head ice-cream seller Julie, restless regular customer Bernard and 16-year-old summer girl Skye, all three of whom become unexpectedly entangled. Previous performances at Eastbourne in 2016 drew rave reviews, this production has an updated cast including Steven Pinder (the iconic Max from Brookie) and Moira Brooker (As Time Goes By) and a new team behind it. Set to be a magical local look at universal themes of friendship, human connections, and midnight ice cream, we’re welling up in anticipation.
Reigning Woman season, The Old Market, Hove, various March dates
The Old Market’s fab annual celebration of women in the arts is back, drawing kick-ass female performers of music, comedy, theatre, dance and film to Hove. It really kicks off in March and on into April with the likes of wacky hit Fringe show Witch Hunt; a performance based on breast cancer recovery interviews called Rebel Boob; comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean; campaigner and Invisible Woman author Caroline Criado Perez in conversation and films from female directors over 50. Book ahead, some events have already sold out.
World Book Day at Fishers Farm Park, Wisborough Green, Thu 5 Mar
Fishers is going storytelling crazy for World Book Day. There’ll be short storytelling sessions throughout the day in the cosy Barn Theatre, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. After school, entry to the farm is reduced (on the door only) for adults and children and there’s the usual brilliant soft play areas (with cafe and wifi, just sayin), rides, activities, animal encounters and much more. Everybody is encouraged to dress up as their favourite character and bring their favourite book along.
World Book Day weekend, National Trust properties across Sussex, Sat 7 Mar & Sun 8 Mar
Celebrate World Book Day with your little bookworms at any one of the themed events at Sussex National Trust properties. Petworth House will welcome local authors and illustrators Jane Porter (King Otter, The Boy Who Loved Everyone) and Helen Peters (Anna At War, the Jasmine Green series). Meanwhile Bateman’s at Burwash, Bodiam Castle and Uckfield’s Sheffield Park will all host events and activities including storytelling, quizzes and a children’s trail.
Jane Eyre, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Wed 5 – Sat 7 Mar
Gothic masterpiece Jane Eyre is back on stage in Sussex. This spring the innovative Blackeyed Theatre company will be performing the rise of the spirited orphan to adulthood and her relationship with the mysterious Mr Rochester. A good one to book ahead. Recommended for ages 11+, it’s also coming up at the Capitol in Horsham next week, then stopping by Worthing’s Connaught before heading over to Portsmouth.
The Maker’s Fair, St Augustine Arts and Events Cafe, Brighton, Sat 7 Mar
Browse more than 45 stalls for locally-made, one of a kind gifts, jewellery, homewares and art. This pop-up event has a really lovely atmosphere and family feel, so take the kids along too. Founder Lauren Hayes has rounded up some of the most talented artists and makers around, ad will be selling her own stunning paper artwork.
International Women’s Day, Sat 7/Sun 8 Mar
Celebrate the sisterhood around Sussex this weekend. This year’s theme is Women and the Climate Emergency. Brighton Women’s Centre will host the city’s biggest annual IWD celebration on Saturday along with Brighton Dome and Brighton Museums, with a full day of inclusive and free events featuring a panel with Green MP Caroline Lucas along with games, fashion, dance, yoga and of course, lunch. Over in Worthing on Sunday, the Women’s Hub community group will host dance performances, talks, poetry, a swap shop and more at Maybride Keystone Centre on Raleigh Way.
Clinton Baptiste: The Paranormalist Returns! The Capitol, Horsham Sun 8 Mar
If you liked Phoenix Nights, you’ll love this. Clinton Baptiste is the comical ‘paranormalist’ from Peter Kay’s smash hit show. He’s back, 18 years later, to give readings from beyond the grave, predict the future, and analyse the past. Funny and touching Mystic Meggery.