Legends from the worlds of music, theatre, art and comedy will enter into our midst from 15th – 30th September for the 2018 Hurst Festival! The brochure is out on July 23rd with full details of how to book or visit the website at www.hurstfestival.org .
Much of the talent is local, including front man for the Levellers, Mark Chadwick, performing his acoustic show. Tim Pope, film and music video director, shares stories of working with Bowie, Neil Young, Fatboy Slim and George Michael. And our Jimmy Hill tribute supper features none other than Bobby Gould.
It is 100 years since Lloyd George signed the armistice to end World War 1 in Hurstpierpoint and so the underlying theme is ‘Peace’. To celebrate this historic centenary everyone is invited to ‘The 1918 Lloyd George Garden Party’ to kick off the festival at Danny House on September 2nd.
Anna Hope joins us to share her novels which bookend the Great War, Stewart Hall will be telling the stories of some of the local men who fell in WW1 and David Roberts asks what can we learn from WW1 for the furthering of peace in the future?
Musically we have something for everyone: there’s Jazz and Blues, Cajun and Classical, Baroque, Baritone and Big Band. Richard Durrant with his guitar made from a 5000 year old English Oak tree and Opera to Opus Kink with Maisy Banks representing the young and up and coming talent in the village.
We have multi-award-winning choreographer, James Wilton’s dance company and multi-award-winning musical comedy ‘The Origin of the Species’! King Lear with Ian McKellan and
Hitchcock’s ‘The Lodger’ with live accompaniment by Cyrus Gabrysch. And we are hugely excited to announce the World Premiere of WW1 drama ‘Winning the Peace’, written by Hurst resident, Kevin Carey to be performed at the Players Theatre.
Out and About
If you want to get out and about, join Hamish to learn about pig husbandry or join the Mid-Sussex Ramblers on their favourite local walks around the area. There’s Bushcraft for kids and a Family, Friendly Forage on Wolstonbury Hill.
There’s both a graffiti and musical theatre workshop for older kids and Short Stories, Tall Tales for the little ones. Nominated for best family show at Brighton Fringe in 2015, SESKA’s crazy performance also joins the festival!
You can paint the unique view of the Downs from the Torch, join Fraser Trainer’s Scratch Band, laugh until your ribs ache at our two comedy nights, sing with Hurstpierpoint’s choir or just relax in an evening of contemplative mindfulness.
How to buy tickets
The online box office opens on July 23rd, so get ready to press the ‘buy tickets now’ button at www.hurstfestival.org before it’s all sold out! #HurstFestFOMO
If you want to get early-bird tickets, become a Friend of the Festival and you can buy from 9th July. Our next Volunteers evening is on 18th July at the New Inn 7pm – do come along, there are so many different ways that you can help – or sign up online.
You can also buy tickets from the Players Theatre from 26th July – 29th September between 9.30 – 1pm Thursday to Saturday or you can telephone 01273 833696.