Outdoor Programme for Brighton Festival – Volunteer Opportunities

Brighton Festival Volunteer Opportunities – WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Please sign up or ask questions by emailing Natasha Padbury: fleeting@brightonfestival.org or call: 07966 880 290

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FLEETING
Company: And Now
Show Date: Evening of Sunday 24th May 2015
Location: The Beach Between the Piers
Website: http://brightonfestival.org/event/5957/fleeting/

And Now: Are looking for a large number of volunteers to take part in the finale installation event for Brighton Festival. Ideally the volunteers would have some dance, movement, performance experience but this is not essential. The participants must be 16 or over. The event is a large scale fire installation with choreographed performed punctuations taking place on the beach near the West Pier.

Rehearsals:
• 4pm – 7pm Sun 17th May in the Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome – workshop for group leaders and volunteer participants in early May
• Saturday 23rd May afternoon and all evening on the beach rehearsals
• Sunday 24th May afternoon rehearsals then the “show’ in the evening on the beach
Date of Performance: Evening of 24th May
• Volunteer participants would need to commit to attending the rehearsals and being there for the ‘show‘

Activity:
The performance elements will be simple and carried out in a ‘follow the leader’ type way. It may involve carrying and manipulating a simple prop. It is outside so performers must be willing to work in all weather, and be physically fit as there will be movement on shingle. It will involve moving as an ensemble, a chorus on the shingle beach, up and down the banks and along paths created within the installation. It may involve making some noise, spoken word, a chatter or murmur rather than clearly spoken narrative. Please note that the performance takes place at outdoors and at night which can be physically demanding.

Contact:
There will be professional performance direction, stage management and experienced show crew and a volunteer coordinator to manage communications and welfare with all performers. What the festival brochure says about the event:

Fleeting: A one-off festival commission
Ever witnessed a murmuration of starlings over the West Pier? Shape-shifting without borders or boundaries as thousands of chattering individuals move as one? Like the precarious pier that’s gradually being reclaimed by the sea, it’s a magnificent expression of the impermanence of our world. Fleeting is a punctuated installation on the beach created by And Now: who specialise in creating unexpected visual experiences. And Now often use fire to connect with people, drawing on its universal cultural presence, symbolic strength and power to focus and inspire. As daylight fades, hundreds of individual points of fire are lit to create swathes of glowing light. Move closer; is that the sound of erosion, of rusting perhaps? Or maybe this is what progression sounds like? Is it the sound of birds in flight, or of time passing? Is it the sound of the shifting, ever-changing population, maybe you can hear memories of migration? Evoking a sense of calm and contemplation, Fleeting is at once a tribute to the West Pier, the people of Brighton and Hove and the transforming power of nature – a fitting finale to Brighton Festival 2015.

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451

Company: Periplum
Show Dates: Saturday 16th May 2015
Preston Barracks
Website: http://brightonfestival.org/event/5863/451/

Periplum: Are looking for 12 local volunteer performers plus 2 volunteer assistants to help assist the pyrotechnicians during the performance (No previous pyrotechnic experience is required and full training will be given) who can be community members and/or student performers of 18 years old and above.

Rehearsals:
Friday 15th May
6pm -Volunteers arrive on site
10pm – Tech dress rehearsal
11.15pm – Vols leave site
Date of Performance:
Saturday 16th May
5pm -Vols arrive on site
10pm-10:45 Show
11.15pm Vols leave site

Activity: Periplum trains the volunteers into the performance/steward role through an on-site briefing and rehearsals.
It is vital that all the volunteers attend the dress rehearsal the night before the first performance in order to learn their role and carry it out safely. All volunteers should wear appropriate footwear and dark trousers made of natural fibres.
Please note that the performance takes place at outdoors and at night which can be physically demanding.What the festival brochure says about the event:

Co-Commissioned by Brighton Festival
Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s visionary novel Fahrenheit 451, this incendiary outdoor performance recounts the story of a society in which books are banned and firemen are employed to burn them. Bradbury’s classic text has proven prophetic, reflected in the rise of the ipad, surveillance, interactive media, the televised pursuit of fugitives, and the continuing radical power of the written word.

451 combines immersive sound and sensory theatre to depict a dystopic society where literature is outlawed and acts of violence are rewarded. As we witness a rise in monitoring and attacks on freedom of expression we might even believe that there could be a future where books may once again hold a secret knowledge…

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The Company of Wolves
Company: Burn the Curtain

Show Dates: Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th May
Location: Stamner Park
Website: http://brightonfestival.org/event/5847/the_company_of_wolves/

Burn the Curtain: Are looking for a 1 stage manager assistant 16 years +
Rehearsals: Afternoons and evening (times TBC) Tues 5th – Thurs 7th May
Date of Performances: 6pm – 11pm 7th – 9th May

Activity: Assist the company stage manager to deliver site, prop and costume tasks. This is an exciting opportunity to get hands on experience with a site specific outdoor show. Please note that the performance takes place at outdoors and at night which can be physically demanding. Working on shows of this nature and role can demanding, challenging yet very rewarding. There will be lifting/shifting/guarding etc so must be physically capable. What the festival brochure says about the event:

Based on stories by Angela Carter
A promenade theatre adventure for walkers and runners. ‘One beast, and only one, howls in the woods at night.’
A young girl puts on her red cloak and heads into the forest, watched by unseen eyes. She begins to run, and so the hunt begins. Run or walk with us, and help to sniff out those who are hairy on the inside…

Burn the Curtain (The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle, Brighton Festival 2013) turns Angela Carter’s macabre imagination into a spine-tingling outdoor experience. The tale unfolds as you progress along the route, which will be between two and five miles long, depending on which path you take. You can choose to be fleet of foot or eagle-eyed; to pick up the pace or tread carefully. But stray from the path for one instant, and the wolves will eat you. Choose to be a Runner or a Walker and remember that some of the action will take place in the dark, so please bring a torch or head torch. Please wear suitable footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. Please note this event is not wheelchair accessible.

Please sign up for all/any of these events or ask questions by emailing Natasha Padbury: fleeting@brightonfestival.org or call: 07966 880 290

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Free tickets to World War I gateway event

If you’d like to attend this event free tomorrow and find out more about local heritage and the WWI Gateway project, then email S.J.Carroll@kent.ac.uk for free tickets.
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Bexhill Museum’s – FIRST WORLD WAR QUESTION TIME

Thursday 19 March 2015
12.30pm – 3pm

Explore the history of the First World War with our panel of experts at Bexhill Museum.

What would you like to know about the war? Are you concerned about how we commemorate?

Send questions and comments to: gateways@kent.ac.uk or via Twitter @GatewaysFWW.

Tickets £2.50 from Bexhill Museum.

Panel:

Chair: Dr Sam Carroll (Community Heritage Researcher, Gateways to the First World War)

Claire Eden (Bexhill Museum) – Bexhill during the First World War and the war memorials.

Dr Lucy Noakes (Reader in History at the University of Brighton and a member of the Gateways team) – Experiences of the home front, women and memory.

Dr Chris Kempshall (First World War Project Officer, East Sussex County Council) – East Sussex in the First World War.

Geoff Bridger (Military Historian and author of “The Great War Handbook”) – Local regiments, etc.

www.bexhillmuseum.co.uk

enquiries@bexhillmuseum.co.uk

01424 787950

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REMEMBERING THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN EAST SUSSEX AND BRIGHTON

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REMEMBERING THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN EAST SUSSEX AND BRIGHTON – Gateways to the First World War

The Gateways team are supporting a number of centenary events taking place in East Sussex and Brighton over the next few weeks.
Bexhill Museum’s First World War Question Time
(organised with Gateways to the First World War)
Thursday 19 March, 12.30pm-3pm

A First World War Q&A session with a panel of experts including Dr Lucy Noakes (University of Brighton), Claire Eden (Bexhill Museum), Dr Chris Kempshall (First World War Project Officer, ESCC) and Geoff Bridger (Military Historian).
Tickets £2.50 from Bexhill Museum. More information here.

Home Fires: A Haunting story of love and loss during the Great War
Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 March

A large scale theatrical experience at Newhaven Fort with music, dance, sound installations, projections, professional performance and mass community participation.
Find out more on the Home Fires Facebook page.

‘Relations between French, British & American Soldiers in WW1’, a talk by Dr Chris Kempshall
Wednesday 8 April, 7.30pm

An illustrated talk by Dr Chris Kempshall at Seaford Martello Tower.
Tickets £2. More information here.

Oh What a Lovely War Family Open Day
(organised with Gateways to the First World War)
Friday 10 April, 11.30am-3pm FREE

Drop in, take a look around Theatre Royal Brighton and find out what was going on there and elsewhere in the City during the First World War. Exhibitions, displays, making and doing activities and more. Suitable for all ages.
More details available on our website soon.

For more information about these and many other events around the country visit www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events.

Soldiers at Cooden Camp – ‘Lowther’s Lambs’. Image reproduced with permission of Bexhill Museum.

Free workshop with The Ragroof Players

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Free workshop – Tomorrow Tuesday 17th March

The Ragroof Players, a fantastic, creative and inspiring group of artists (who Strike a Light has had the pleasure of working with before), are offering free bunting making and reminiscence activities tomorrow in Brighton at the Martlets. The session is for people with lift Ilimiting conditions and carers. The group will spend an hour or so sharing life stories then make some bunting, have tea and cake.

Plus free hand massage for anyone who wants one! Wish I could come too….

Call The Martlets to book on – 01273 -273-400

Further information here:

The Ragroof Players are delighted to announce a collaboration with The Martlets Hospice in Brighton which will include specially themed workshops in a number of arts disciplines and a culminating tea dance in April.

The workshops are for people with life-limiting conditions including: palliative cancer, heart failure, neurological conditions, such as motor-neuron disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, respiratory conditions, and dementia.

Using fabrics, clothing remnants, scraps, buttons, and ribbons that evoke fond memories of past times – some contributed by the workshop participants themselves – the Ragroof Players will work with participants to create beautiful garlands of Memory Bunting, which will ultimately be used to decorate the hall at the Ragroof Tea Dance at the culmination of the project. Everyone welcome – no sewing skills needed!

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