What’s On this weekend in Sussex
Fri 28 Feb - Sun 1 Mar
An Inspector Calls, Theatre Royal Brighton, Tues 25 – Sat 29 Feb
When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. This multi-award winning production has already had a sell-out London season and American tour and has been seen by more than 5m people worldwide.
Rufus Wainwright with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, Fri 28 Feb
Highly acclaimed pop singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright stars with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Feb as part of Hastings International Piano Festival.
Park Mill Celebration Day, Bateman’s, Burwash, Sat Feb 29
The historic Park Mill, housed at Rudyard Kipling’s home Bateman’s, re-opens today after a conservation project. There’ll be an introductory talk about the mill followed by a chance to see millers at work, and activities for children.
OperaUpClose – Madam Butterfly, Connaught Theatre Worthing, Sat Feb 29
Puccini’s classic opera is retold from a female East Asian perspective and transposed to 1980s Japan where traditional values collide with the start of a new digital age. The show is a great introduction to opera for a new audience as well as for seasoned fans of the genre. £22-£29.50
Brighton Craft Fair, Friends Meeting House, Sat Feb 29
A monthly chance to buy local handmade arts and crafts from talented artists and makers. 11am – 4pm at the Friends Meeting House on Ship Street.
O’Hooley and Tidow, Gentleman Jack tour, Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton, Sat Feb 29
This loveable Yorkshire folk duo have been propelled into the spotlight after penning the theme tune for BBC1/HBO’s drama Gentleman Jack. Their songwriting has been described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional’ and The Independent as ‘defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the times we live in.’ Radio 6 Music also rates them. Find out what the fuss is about at Brighton’s Sallis Benney Theatre, tickets £20 (£16 concessions).
Children’s chocolate workshop, Charlene’s Chocolate Factory, Worthing, Sat 29 Feb
Take little ones aged five and up along to Charlene’s on Saturday for this delicious-sounding workshop in which they’ll get to meet chocolatier Richard, Worthing’s very own Willy Wonka, and learn how to temper chocolate. They’ll then get to make their own sweet treat, and enjoy lunch while it sets, along with a chocolate tasting quiz.
John Shuttleworth’s Back, The Old Market, Hove, Sat 29 Feb
Fictional singer-songwriter and radio presenter John Shuttleworth, the creation of comedian Graham Fellows, returns to regale audiences with an evening of his classic songs (plus new ones and hilarious ‘back’ stories), pausing only to reapply his deep heat rub. Go along to laugh, not cry, at the fact we’re all now at the age where jokes about bad backs are curiously relatable.
Big Beach Clean, Rye, Sat 29 Feb
Do your bit for nature with this new monthly litter-pick for the family, helping remove harmful plastics from the marine environment. Litter pickers and bags provided but bring gloves. Meet at Rye Harbour Discovery Centre at 10am. Perfect for environmental families and eco-conscious little ones.
Owl Pellet Workshop, Arundel WWT, Sun 1 Mar
This one’s perfect for youngsters who love all things fascinating but slightly gross. Owls eat their food whole, and then regurgitate the undigested bits in the form of pellets. This workshop will allow would-be naturalists to dissect a pellet from one of Arundel WWT’s resident barn owls, to see what woodland creatures have made up lunch! Grim, but curiously compelling.
Brighton Underground Show – Tunnels, The Southern Belle, Sun 1 March
This sounds interesting – a show at the Southern Belle theatre exploring Brighton’s underground world. From the tunnels beneath the Pavilion to the secret entrances and exits, smugglers’ caves and railway disasters. This Sunday is an extra date, previous have sold out.