Category Archives: Plays and musicals

Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today Conference

We’ll have a stall at this event next month. Come along and join us!
 
The inspiring international project “Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today” (RYCT) celebrates its 20th year of delivering Reminiscence in Dementia Care at a conference in Greenwich, London on 16th & 17th November 2017.
 
This tried and tested project has demonstrated across 16 countries a unique and creative way to bring together, as equals, people with dementia and their carers to share memories and celebrate long-term relationships.
 
This conference, hosted by the University of Greenwich and the European Reminiscence Network, will include presentations from guest speakers from many countries, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and reflections from participating families and the project’s graduate apprentices.
 
This conference aims to:
• Reflect on the work of the European Reminiscence Network to date
• Re-position reminiscence from an optional activity to a central platform in person-centred and relationship-centred dementia care
• See creative reminiscence in the broader context of the arts and dementia
• Plan for a positive future in which families can live well with dementia.
Who should attend the conference?
• Voluntary organizations
• Arts organisations and freelance arts workers
• Health and social care staff
• Care commissioners and service providers
• Cultural organisations
• Students and researchers
• Anyone interested in positive dementia care and living well with dementia
 
What is on offer?
Thursday 16th November – 10.00 to 18.00
 
University of Greenwich, Queen Anne Court, Room 063, Maritime Campus, SE10
 
Friday 17th November – 10.00 to 17.00
University of Greenwich at The Old Baths, Bathway, Woolwich, London SE18 6QX
 
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Affordable space to run your workshop!

Smiling directors 2017Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has affordable space available to rent in its’ Brighton’s Open Market based studio (mezzanine level) between 9-6pm throughout the year.
 
If you’d like central Brighton space to try out a new workshop activity, run training sessions, access hot desk space space, or to run a regular creative session for up to eight people each time, then get in touch!
 
The space is currently available for the affordable price of £6 per hour for a minimum of two hours per session.
 
The studio offers broadband, a disability access lift, WC, heating, tables and chairs as well as a kitchen area with microwave, sink with running hot and cold water, and kettle etc for refreshments. Refreshments can also be provided as an extra cost.
If you would like to find out more about this facility or view the space, please contact the Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage: strikealight@rocketmail.com / 07727006538
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Create your own puppet show!

Are you puppet curious? Come and learn some secrets of puppet making!

Bring some ideas and Fran Malone of award – winning company Herringbone Arts will show you how to make your own beautiful minature puppets and help and guide you through making your own short show – with a special showing at the end for friends and family.. Expect doors to be opened into the world of puppetry!

puppetThis course will run for four/five weeks on the following dates and times:

Sunday 13th August
Sunday 20th August
Sunday 27th August
Sunday 3rd September

Each session is two hours long – from 1.30 – 3.30.

There will be an extra session for a special showing of work at the end. This session will be at an agreed time and venue.

The cost of these five sessions is £90.00 including materials.

Fran will provide puppet making materials – sculpting medium, tools and adhesives etc. If you would like to make your puppet show in a self – contained box, vintage hat box, suitcase or trunk then please provide one and Fran can show you how to convert it- but this is not essential- 

Tea, coffee and snacks provided by Fran – who will also be available for advice in – between the sessions.

Please note: On this course there will be some working at home needed in – between the sessions!

BOOKING!

Ticket link here- Early bird and student discount available!
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/your-own-short-puppet-show-tickets-36106148462

Get in touch!

To keep up to date with Strike a Light’s free activities and projects, you can:
 
Twitter: @strikerlight
Email: strikealight@rocketmail.com
 
or drop in to our venue – Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Free Half Term Diwali Celebration – Brighton & Hove

dr-blighty-poster-for-eventsJoin Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage in the market square at Brighton’s Open Market –  Free Half Term Diwali Celebrations this October (part of Nutkhut’s Dr Blighty project).

Drop in activities, no need to book!

10am-4pm Friday 28th October

Come along and join in the Diwali festival of light celebration fun over Brighton and Hove half term week with free workshops – artists, food, Kathak and Bollywood dance and more.

Diwali is a Hindu festival with lights, held in the period from October to November.

It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the financial year in India.

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Free workshops and activities run by professional artists include:

* Make colourful Kandil lanterns
* Make clay diya lights
* Create Diwali character puppets
* Listen to Indian music
* Watch a Bollywood Dance display:11.30pm, 12.30pm and 2pm
* Join a Indian Kathak dance workshop at 10.45am and 3.15pm with Eve Zandi
* Watch a Kathak dance performance 2.30pm

 

Other activities include :

Priya Henna tattoos stall
Firefly face painting
Indian Food stall
Activities free and suitable for children ages 5 and upwards

https://strikealight.org/2016/10/05/free-half-term-diwali-event-day/

Our Brighton and Hove based organisation Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage (www.strikealight.org) is pleased to be delivering these activities on behalf of the company Nukhut as part of the celebrated Dr Blighty project exploring Indian soldiers in Brighton during WWI.

 

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Heritage Open Days – Brighton

Find out more about our series of free Heritage Open Days events in Brighton from 8th-11th September:

Heritage Open Days – Brighton (Free)

Thursday 8th September: 
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A creatively curated daytime event, with  workshops, exhibitions, talks, and a free cafe.

The event taking place on Thursday 8th September 1-5pm 2016 is part of national Heritage Open Days events. During this special drop-in event, Fabrica opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits. This free event includes creative workshops, heritage activities and screenings.

Book your free place here

Friday 9th September:  


Dr Geoffrey Mead will lead an early evening tour for The Boys on the Plaque project, looking at the stories from soldiers on a WWI memorial plaque (based at Fabrica gallery), who with connections to this area of the city.

 The tour runs from 6-7.30pm and starts from Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG. The event is free but booking is necessary here.

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Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:

Ale and Hearty – brewing & ale exhibition

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm    

An exhibition specially for Heritage Open Days which focuses on the history of brewing in Lewes, East Sussex and its related industrial and agricultural links from the 18th Century to the present day, a period of some 200 years. The exhibition looks at working life in relation to Breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades.

Find out more here

A project in partnership with Harveys Brewery.

The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme

Strike a Light, in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, and Fabrica showcases its WWI themed project The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme.

The project focuses the city’s legacy of the Somme and a significant event on the eve of this (where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell), The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died), as a key part of WWI, and its subsequent impact on Brighton and Hove.

Come along and find out more about this epic piece of local history, and find out ways to get involved with the project, learn about film making and gain research skills.

These are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dr Blighty event at Jubilee Library

IMG_2859 (2)Strike a Light in partnership with Nutkhut and Brighton and Hove Libraries Service hosted a lunchtime event today at Jubilee Library.

We were pleased to invite Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra of Nutkhut and author Umi Sinha to discuss the Dr Blighty project currently taking place in the city during Brighton Festival, alongside the novel Belonging, both of which explore the theme of Indian Soldiers in Brighton during WWI and colonialism during that time and beyond. It was an interesting and rich experience with in-depth historical information and thoughts on this period of Britain and India’s past.

We had a full house, followed up the event with an audience Q+A and followed this with chai from the library cafe and a book signing!

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Heritage Open Days free Brighton film showing

oh what a lovely WarFabrica Film Club free event as part of Heritage Open Days

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969, 144mins, PG)Fablogo

Fabrica Film Club is marking the Centenary of the First World War with this classic musical, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and partly filmed on our very own West Pier of Brighton.

Based on Joan Littlewood’s 1963 stage musical, Oh, What a Lovely War! this adaptation is packed with British stars (Olivier, Gielgud, Redgraves’) follows some of the most noted stages of the war, and revolves around the marching songs of the soldiers. Filled with satire, this daring anti-war film reflects Britains experience of losing an entire generation to the conflict.

 “Oh! What a Lovely War” does recreate this time, in a bitter mixture of history, satire, detail, panorama and music. Especially music. There is something paradoxical in the thought of singing about a war, and yet cheap popular songs often capture the spirit of a time better than any collection of speeches and histories. Miss Littlewood, and Attenborough after her, present the war as a British music hall review; there’s a lot of smiling up front, but backstage you can see the greasepaint and smell the sweat, and the smiles become desperate, and there begins to be blood. – Roger Ebert

 Comfy chairs, bean bags, blankets and free nibbles. Low-cost pay bar. Doors open 6pm, film starts promptly at 6.30pm.

Film Club is free to book, but please ensure if you have booked that you come, or if you find you can’t attend, let us know so someone on the waiting list can attend instead – we hate wasted seats!

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Strike a Light – 2013 in review

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,400 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Our Dancing Feet: Memories of the Regent Dancehall

Our Dancing Feet: Memories of the Regent Dancehall

The Ragroof Players are delighted to have been invited to collaborate with Zap Arts/ Inroad Productions in a fantastic new project exploring the histories of the Regent Dancehall in Brighton and the Winter Garden in Eastbourne.

So far, theye have been interviewing people and running community and outreach workshops with many different groups, including older people at Patching Lodge, performing arts students at City College, and members of Blind Veterans UK.

The Brighton show, Our Dancing Feet, a site-specific promenade adventure, will take place in November.

Looking forward to it!