Viva Lewes Issue #158 November 2019

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‘You can see Lewes lying like a box of toys under a great amphitheatre of

chalk hills’. So wrote William Morris, a quote I think captures what has

always, for me, been the best thing about the town: its setting.

And it seems a fitting moment to share his image, at the start of our

‘Theatre’ issue – which we’ve interpreted quite broadly as dramatic, from

Michael Munday’s nostalgic, (also Victorian), cover, which cleverly incorporates

stage and that most costumed of Lewes nights, Bonfire.

We visit Paul Pyant, maestro of stage lighting, who tells me nothing excites him more

than a dark stage, then one light, one actor…

Which, in turn, puts me in mind of the Lewes Festival of Solo Theatre showing this month in

what was Lewes New School: a feast of single-actor shows over one weekend.

We also have an interview with Lewes Prison Governor Hannah Lane, who’s appearing in the

Homelink Gala at Glyndebourne – in aid of the charity which helps, among others, prison

leavers find a home. And the New Note Orchestra, the inspiring orchestra of recovering

addicts who are performing their Kind Rebellion at the Attenborough Centre.

Speaking of which, do you, like me, still hark back to the Gardner Arts Centre? You might

enjoy our look at its history. Or our visit to Glyndebourne’s exciting Production Hub. Or

how about some ‘real’ Punch and Judy: David Wilde is bringing this to Lewes Little Theatre,

along with his traditional puppets, hand-carved and, (once again), Victorian.



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Bits and bobs.

10-29. Michael Munday draws back

the curtain on his cover; Paul Pyant

lights the stage; Photo of the month,

the scene from Cliffe Bridge; Five

minutes with Priory Drama teacher

Amy Marsh; Friends for life in Pets

of Lewes; Zero Waste Cupboard at

Lewes Food Market; Charity box

on Chestnut Tree House; Christmas

lights campaign for Lewes; a scheme

to get us all shopping locally; Lewes

Living Wage visits the town’s three

food banks; Carlotta Luke’s photos

from Brighton Corn Exchange; and

Craig runs auditions.


31-35. John Henty on the living

theatre of Lewes; David Jarman

discovers Liverpool; and Eleanor

Knight on Auntie Brenda’s drama.

On this month.

36-55. JJ Waller after Bonfire;

Cinecity, world cinema across

the South East; the Homelink

Glyndebourne Gala; Something

Underground presents the Lewes

Festival of Solo Theatre; Jacqueline

Wilson is guest speaker at The Lewes

Lit; New Sussex Opera’s La belle

Hélène; Film ’19 from Dexter Lee;

New Note Orchestra and their Kind

Rebellion; David Wilde brings Punch

and Judy to the Lewes Little Theatre;

Citizens UK’s Frida Gustafsson

speaks power at the U3A’s Public



57-65. Brighton Art Fair at Lewes

Town Hall, including Simone Riley;

Martin Gayford’s cityscape; and Art

and about featuring Chalk Gallery,

the Nevill Collective, Paddock

Studios and many more.


67-87. Diary dates including The

Lewes Ripple, The Winter Garden,

Bargain Book Sale, and others; Gig

of the month is The Captain’s Beard,

plus others; Brighton Philharmonic

Photo by JJ Waller




launches its new season; and

Classical roundup pick of the month

is the Corelli Ensemble, plus Coffee

Concerts, Seaford Music Society

and others; Freetime listings,

including (Newhaven) Fort Fright

Week, and Christmas at Nymans;

plus book review for Chris Riddell’s

Guardians of Magic.


89-95. An evening out in Chaula’s;

The Pelham Arms serves up a

Bonfire special; a lunchtime spread

from Beckworths; plus, food news

from The Seasons, the Vegan

Festival and Rathfinny.


The way we work.

96-99. Photographer Benjamin Youd

visits four production professionals,

and asks who’s your favourite

theatrical character?


101-108. Gardner Arts Centre,

and how and when it became the

Attenborough Centre for the Creative

Arts; Alex Leith sees behind the

scenes of Glyndebourne’s Production

Hub; Michael Blencowe accounts for

Shakespeare’s US starlings; Business

news from the streets of Lewes; and

Annie Timoney on her return to


96 80

Photo by Benjamin Youd

Inside left.

122. The Smugglers take a bow,

November 1911.


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Michael Munday’s wonderful

theatrical cover, featuring Guy

Fawkes centre stage, was inspired

by Pollock’s Toy Theatres,

he tells me – the kind you

can see in the Pollock’s Toy

Museum of Victorian toys (or

on their website). Indeed. We

love it.

Michael seems to have a mind

that darts back and forth,

visiting and revisiting ideas.

The works-in-progress he

shows me in his studio (in

the Star Brewery, where he’s

been based for 30 years) are

more than six feet high, and

are life drawings that depict

figures twisting and dancing.

He works over and over them

until he’s satisfied, he tells me.

Or he may find one part of

the piece catches his eye until

he makes that the painting or

drawing’s focus. His drawings

in Artwave this August were

very popular with visitors – it

was the movement in them that

people loved.

(I smile at his lengths of blank,

waiting paper hanging in the

studio: weighed down to lose

their curl with chunky metal

paper clips, a length of stick, an

arbitrary hammer – my kind of


Our cover he made by drawing

by hand first: as he always does.

“I couldn’t

not draw on

paper”, he says,

showing me one

of the Moleskinestyle


sketchbooks he

favours, and his

“scratchy” calligraphic

pen. The line work he

then imported into Photoshop

to fill in the colour. “I

like the bright, Victorian colours”,

he smiles. “My wife Gill

sometimes makes me elaborate

cut-out birthday cards”, he

says – and this too is a seed for

our cover. “I thought about actually

making it in cardboard,”

he says, “but then I drew and

Photoshopped it instead (lazy).

But I like the fake 3D, and the




We do too.

He had planned, for a time,

Boris Johnson in place of Guy,

his doublet smouldering…

he shows me his roughs, and

we touch briefly on the state

of the country, the world, the

climate. (He remembers 1962,

and being a boy in a classroom

at the time of the Cuban Missile

Crisis, and “expecting any

moment to see a flash in the

sky…”) Details capture him,

of course, and he has fun with

them: “I liked the idea of Guy

Fawkes looking bored…”

He’s infectiously cheerful

company. Also, a musician

(“guitar/vocals”) in three

bands – Ska Toons, Joko and,

most recently – “we’ve got

our first gig in November!”

– Hope Street. What a lovely

name. This new incarnation is

a three-piece band – “It’s me,

my son Max on bass, and Lisa,

a great sax player from Ska


And he discovered he loves

contemporary dance.

A devoted member for the last

eight years of the Brighton

contemporary dance company,

Three Score Dance, he’s excited

about their first mini-tour

coming up. (As an aside, I try

to encourage him to blog from

it, having loved his ‘Seasoned

illustrator nervously circumnavigates

globe’ blog; “I get

anxious even going to Lyme

Regis”, he tells me…) “I’ve

finally found something really

expressive. We have visiting

choreographers who come and

make performances with us –

recently, Ben Duke, who’s just

fantastic. And it feeds into my

drawing.” This makes sense,

too, of the six-foot pictures:

they are, we agree, like dance


Which brings us, too, full

circle. Charlotte Gann

michaelmunday2.com – occasional

but recent blog;


– travel blog; michaelmunday.

com; threescoredance.co.uk;



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What brought you to Lewes, and when? I

studied Theatre at RADA and, when I emerged,

got my first job by utter happenstance at

Glyndebourne. So I moved to Lewes in 1974 –

and here I still am.

You’re a giant among stage lighting designers.

What, for you, makes great lighting? The way

I think about it is often mundanely practical!

It’s my job to shine a light on what the director

and designer have in mind – and to achieve that

in reality, within budget, and so on. Partly, it’s a

question of managing expectations. And for each

production, it’s a long process. The work’s also

changed beyond recognition – it used to be, as

someone said to me the other day, lightbulbs in

tin cans. Today most lighting equipment is highly

technical or ‘intelligent’ – although I prefer to

think of it as ‘obedient’; I’d worry if they were up

there thinking what on earth was I up to...

Presumably it’s as much about what isn’t lit as

what is? Absolutely. I’m never afraid of darkness.

In fact, for me, there’s nothing as exciting as a dark

stage. With a bit of mist. One actor, one light...

You spent many years at Glyndebourne. Does

that feel like home? It’s my spiritual home. I

grew up there, working with the most incredible

people – Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn. I didn’t know

anything about opera. It was an epiphany for

me. The sheer beauty of it – and on such a grand

scale. It’s a wonderfully unique place to have here,

I think, on our doorstep.

What for you, is ‘theatre’? It’s that thing: a

rainy Monday morning turning up to some grotty

rehearsal room for a run through – and ending

up transported all because of the skill of the

actor, writer or director without any help from

scenery, costume, lighting. If the chemistry works,

theatre’s magnificent. Like our 1993 opening

production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia at the

National – with Bill Nighy, Samuel West, Felicity

Kendal – which won ALL the awards that year.

It all came together – it doesn’t always! But when

it does… I felt like this too, finding myself in a

room with Maggie Smith and Alan Bennett doing

his Talking Heads. There’s a thing called ferocious

perfectionism; Maggie Smith has it.

What do you like about Lewes? (Bonfire?) I

think the town’s filled with quirky, interesting,

fairly mad characters. I do think it’s lost its

connection with its surroundings, over the years;

and miss some of the old independent shops like

Elphicks and Lucy of Lewes. But I love gardening

– I have what was three gardens behind my

house in Friars Walk. Living there, I’m obliged

to embrace Bonfire: three of the societies process

past my door. So I have an open house. And I like

the creaky buildings. I used to work in your old

offices, in Pipe Passage, alongside David Jarman.

Working late I might look out of the terrace door

and be aware of eyes on me in the dark: the eyes

of the hundreds of frogs that congregated to mate

in our pond. Interview by Charlotte Gann


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Blanaid Mason took this picture on Cliffe Bridge. She wrote ‘I took this photo at about midday on

a beautiful bright sunny day in June. I was standing on Cliffe Bridge, listening to some buskers,

chatting to a nice lady from Switzerland and generally soaking up and enjoying the unique Lewes


I glanced over the bridge, down the river and was struck by the contrast and clarity of the reflection

of the buildings in the water. As a keen amateur photographer, I was so pleased to have my camera

with me, a Canon 80D, and couldn’t resist taking the shot. I am personally drawn to black and white,

and felt it would be perfect for this image, to focus attention on the light and lines and, generally,

enhance the dramatic effect of the scene.’

Please send your pictures, taken in and around Lewes, to photos@vivamagazines.com, or tweet

@VivaLewes. We’ll choose one, which wins the photographer £20, to be picked up from our office after

publication. Unless previously arranged, we reserve the right to use all pictures in future issues of Viva

magazines or online.




Amy Marsh started as

subject leader for Drama

at Priory School in

2013. She’s responsible

for planning the KS3

curriculum, delivering

GCSE lessons and

running extra-curricular

activities. ‘I really

enjoy those’, she said, ‘as I get to see students

out of context. We have some amazingly talented

and hard-working students, I always feel

so proud of them. I also really enjoy directing

as a creative part of my job.’

Amy used to work in HR for fashion company

AllSaints, at their head office in Spitalfields.

But her degree was in the Arts in education

and she studied at Bretton Hall. ‘I always

intended to become a teacher’, she says.


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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I read it

for English A Level and revisit every few years.

I also love a crime novel (or a Harry Potter).


2012 with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.

So chilling and original, and I’m quite partial

to a good musical!


live in Hove so don’t socialise a lot in Lewes,

but Bill’s is always a favourite and I like visiting

the Depot: so different today from the

vast warehouse space where we once staged

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…

Nordman fir (non-drop)

Traditional Norway Spruce

Best prices & varying heights

Logs and mistletoe also available

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Meet Kipling, a lurcher, approximately six years old,

adopted from All Sorts Rescue. Kipling was originally

found as a stray in Ireland, starving and suffering with

mange (a parasitic skin disease which can cause intense

itching resulting in open sores, scabs and hair loss). He

settled into his new home well, despite being half bald

and having just had a toe amputated. He’s a good boy and,

what’s more, is insured to drive any car.

Loves: science, cola cubes, Hackney

Hates: souvlaki, sparrows, those speeded-up YouTube

videos where someone makes a hideous table out of epoxy

resin, some coat hangers and the bones of aggressive

hamsters: you hate it but you can’t stop watching…

He’s pictured here with his big pal Quincy, rescue cat, age unknown. The expression ‘fighting like

cats and dogs’, is something of a misnomer – cats and dogs can and often do form lasting friendships.

Granted, their body language is open to misinterpretation – to a dog, an upright waggy tail means

‘play’; to a cat, ‘get the hell away!’ – which can result in misunderstandings. But, if early introductions

are monitored carefully, Fido and Dido can be BFFs, regardless of species. @dogsoflewes



The Friday Food

Market are rightly

proud of their

new ‘Zero-Waste

Cupboard’. “If

you remember


Cupboard, it was

a van that came

to the market and

offered the same

sort of stock”, says

Market Manager

Lucie Inns. “Now

we’ve absorbed

that idea into the

market itself.”

And just look at that lovely dresser they’ve found –

in Furniture Now, the Lewes based community-led

charity helping people escape poverty.

So, shop here for any of the pictured organic

dried goods, packaging free. You bring your own

container, or the market will give or lend you a

jam jar or similar. They’re also selling washing

up liquid, laundry liquid and bicarbonate of soda

‘loose’ – you bring your own container.

The items currently available in those jars on

the shelves include sunflower seeds, banana

chips, couscous, fusilli, muesli, nuts, sugar, rice,

lentils… and plenty more. To an extent, the stock

is, and will be, customer-driven, Lucie tells me;

“come and say what you want, and we’ll certainly

consider stocking it, space allowing.”

There’s also a loyalty scheme: every £5 you spend

in the ‘Cupboard’, you get a stamp; 10 stamps,

and you get £5 back to spend there again.

Here is shopping of the future. Time we all built

a trip to the Zero-Waste Cupboard into our

weekly routine? Charlotte Gann

The Cupboard is open every Friday at the Lewes

Food Market in Market Street clock tower,

9.30am-1.30pm, lewesfoodmarket.co.uk

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What is Chestnut

Tree House? A children’s

hospice which

cares for around 300

children and young

people across Sussex

and South East

Hampshire, all of

whom are unlikely to

reach adulthood. We

offer care and support

in families’ own homes, and in Chestnut Tree

House, and are caring for local families, right

now, in Lewes and surrounding areas.

It’s such delicate, incredible work you do:

what is your aim, for each family? Our goal is

to provide the best quality of life for children,

young people and their families, and to offer a

total package of practical, social and spiritual

support throughout each child’s life, however

short it may be. We help local families live For

the Now, and offer a hug and a hand to hold.

We’re a safe port in a sea of life-changing diagnoses

and need for round-the-clock care. We

aim to give the children and their families care,

support, quality time and, most importantly, fun.

Where are you physically based? And the

area you cover? Our purpose-built house is

situated off Dover Lane near Arundel. We work

there, and in the community. On visits, kids can

be astronauts for the day in the multi-sensory

room, discover creepy crawlies on a woodland

walk, or form their very own pop group in the

music room. It’s a place where parents can just

be parents, and not carers, and where siblings

have people to talk to who understand.

And what is the kind of care that you offer?

Every family has a key worker, who will help

them access the care and support they need.

As well as care provided at the house there is a

Community Nursing Team who visit families

at home across Sussex

and South East

Hampshire, taking

children out to explore

their local community

or simply giving tired

families and carers the

chance to take a wellearned

break. Then,

when the time comes,

Chestnut Tree House

help families say goodbye, in whatever way feels

right for them, either at home or in the hospice

itself. We offer ongoing bereavement support

for the whole family.

No family pays for their care…? Can you

explain a little more how this works? It costs

over £4 million every year to provide these specialist

care services and less than six per cent of

that comes from central Government. We have

a team of about 75 nurses, care workers, activity

co-ordinators and counsellors, and two GPs and

a consultant paediatrician. All care is offered to

families free of charge, so Chestnut Tree House

relies heavily on the generosity of the public.

How can people HELP? Whether it’s baking

a cake or dreaming up funky fundraising

fun, making new friends and learning new

skills through volunteering (we have over 100

volunteers), taking on a challenge in one of

our events, or shopping in one of our retail

outlets, there’s loads you can do to support local

families. Everything helps, so head over to our

website to get involved!

Charlotte Gann interviewed Susan Freeman,

Community Care Support Worker


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Simulation and pic by Gala Lights Limited

‘Ever felt that, as the County Town, Lewes lacks that

magical sparkle at Christmas?’ That’s a question posed

by the Lewes High Street Traders’ Association, of which

Tom Reeves is Chair. “The Association”, he tells me, “was

formed less than a year ago to make Late Night Shopping

happen last year. Over subsequent meetings, it became

clear Christmas lights were an issue.”

All the shops are struggling, Tom tells me. “We need

something to get people out, and into the town. We believe Christmas lights will help.”

The coordinated plan covers the length of the High Street, Cliffe High Street, Market Street and

Station Street. In the years to come, they hope to add a special “ceiling of lights” feature above the

War Memorial. “But that’s not on the cards this year,” Tom says, “because scaffolding’s about to go

up round The Crown… This year, a conservation officer will liaise with the lighting company (Gala,

who provided this simulation pic), to devise a scheme for this Christmas. It will be as spectacular as

possible and will be a taster for the full scheme which we are intent on delivering for 2020.”

Lewes retailers, local authorities and the Chalk Cliff Trust have already contributed towards the cost.

Now, the association is appealing for any local residents who’d like to chip in. “Every little counts,”

says Tom. “We think Christmas lights could help bring our community together…”

Interested? Check out the appeal. Charlotte Gann

leweshighstreettraders.co.uk, leweschristmaslights.co.uk, gofundme.com/f/lewes-christmas-lights,

Instagram @leweshighstreet

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This Christmas, Visit Lewes wants

to celebrate the town’s independents.

“I’ve approached 97 shops”, says

Helen Browning-Smith, Tourism

& Arts Manager of Lewes District

Council, “including Kings Framers,

the 15th Century Bookshop, Union

Music, Wear 2, Mays Butchers, Bake

Out… so a really eclectic mix, which is the

hallmark of our High Street.” (If you run an indie

and would like to join in, she adds, please email


From 1st November, shoppers are invited to

pick up a Visit Lewes tote bag from the Tourist

Information Centre. “There’s a stamp card in the

bag. Each time you buy an item from one of the

participating indies, ask them to stamp it. Once

you’ve collected 10 stamps, return the card to

Tourist Information to be entered into

a prize draw.” The prize? “A hamper of

quirky delights donated by the shops.

We believe our unique range of

independents is worth shouting about,

and a huge attraction to visitors”, says

Helen. “We’re also painfully aware

that many of our valued local shops

are facing great challenges, and struggling in a

crowded market of chain stores. If we can persuade

a handful of people to think twice before

shopping online, and go out and support the local

economy instead, this will have been worth it.”

The hamper winner will be announced on the

Visit Lewes website and through social media on

Friday 20th December. Charlotte Gann

visitlewes.co.uk, Twitter @enjoylewes,

Instagram @Visit.Lewes


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Why do they do it?

Managers say: “There

is a clear need”….

“People need help

and I like helping”….

“The vast difference

between the haves and

the have nots”…. “My

own experience of being

very poor with a child to

look after” .... “We do not all have the same life


Lewes is shamed by needing three food banks in

our small and apparently prosperous town. But

we should be proud of the many dedicated people

who give huge amounts of energy and dedication

to running them. The one or two hours

on a Monday when the food banks actually

provide essential supplies of food and so much

more to people who desperately need support,

is only the tip of the iceberg. I have seen for

myself the hours of preparation and planning by

managers that go into the operation.

Running a food bank takes a wide range of

skills: people and team management, administration

and public relations, fundraising and diplomacy,

sometimes even moving the furniture.

Sensitive relationships with clients are key; so is

recruiting, enthusing and managing volunteers,

sometimes clients themselves. Keeping the

books involves recording clients’ referrals and

collection of their small weekly payments, as

well as the ordering and checking of supplies.

Most supplies come from the Fair Shares operation

and cost each food bank upwards of £1,000

a year. There is a constant need to raise the

profile and funding of food banks.

Monday mornings are busy and cheerful as volunteers

bustle round sorting through the stores

and filling bags. Dry goods and perishables

are separated; fresh fruit and vegetables are an

important but sometimes

scarce commodity.

Donated items with

sell-by dates like bread

and cakes are laid out on

tables. Sanitary products

are a more recent addition.

When the doors

open, families, couples

and individual clients are

already waiting and are greeted warmly.

During their six to seven years in the job the

managers say they have seen the numbers of clients

and their difficulties increase. The average

number of food bank clients in Lewes fluctuates

but has risen from around 200 people a week

to an average of more than 275. High rents and

lack of affordable housing are severe problems.

“We’ve got more money going out than coming

in” is a typical comment. Clients reveal multiple

reasons for needing help. A lost job or home;

parents caring for a disabled child; illness, an

accident or a series of misfortunes can strike a

family or individual. It can – and does – happen

to people from all backgrounds. The past year

has seen “the advent of Universal Credit and its

delays in processing payments”…. and “benefit

cuts biting hard”.

We began our campaign to make Lewes a (real)

Living Wage town because we were appalled

that people working on low or unreliable pay

could not earn enough to feed their families.

Our three food banks have become a fixture. We

rely on people like these managers to plug the

gaps in the system on our behalf. We are lucky

to have them.

Linda Lamont, Lewes Living Wage

leweslivingwage@gmail.com or 01273 470940.

Landport food bank: debbie.twitchen@gmail.com;

Fitzjohns: helen.chiasson@btinternet.com; Malling:

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and restoration of its heritage features.

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Exchange roof showing the stripped back timber

beams; the beautiful original windows in the

Studio Theatre; close up of the building’s wooden

frame taken from the new viewing balcony; the

ornate Church Street facade with the scaffolding

finally removed; and the 1930s bi-fold entrance

doors waiting to be renovated.

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Lewes Out Loud

Plenty more Henty

At this year’s Lewes Societies Fair in the Town

Hall, the oft quoted words of William Shakespeare

came instantly to mind as I toured the

multiple stalls: ‘All the world’s a stage, and all the

men and women merely players’.

Lewes itself is surely an open stage, a living theatre

of a town I conjectured, and all these well-meaning

and welcoming folk are the participating players.

Some of the dynamic women I met on the Lewes

FC stall, for example, were indeed players in the

footballing sense. Rhian3, Jess10, Katie22 and

I got on famously and this despite the fact that

I was wearing the colours of a rival championship

team who they were about to play the next

afternoon at the Pan.

The fair was once again a life enhancing occasion

and it was good to mingle with the likes of

Landport gardeners, Pells Pond people and a

costumed team of Tudor dancers. As I left, Sally,

from the Flower Club, chased after me with a

single stem rose bearing the message ‘Please take

me home and smile’. I did both.

Sadly, when it comes to live theatres which I have

been associated with over the years, I am more

likely to frown than smile. This is mainly because

many of them are no longer standing and others

are at risk of demolition or mindless redevelopment

like the Hippodrome in Brighton (home to

cheeky chappie Max Miller, pictured).

I was vice-chair of the ‘Save the Grand Theatre’

in Croydon, having appeared there as the third

pirate on the left in an amateur production of The

Pirates of Penzance previously. It became a soulless

car showroom. When the theatre on Brighton’s

Palace Pier was ‘painstakingly’ dismantled by

the Nobles organisation for ‘temporary’ removal

to Hastings, we were assured it would return. It


Thank goodness then for the thriving Royal Hippodrome

theatre in Eastbourne where the British

Music Hall Society is promising another ‘Day By

The Seaside’ early next summer. The only way

to ensure that theatres keep going in this age of

virtual reality and box sets is literally keep going!

A mention now for the final international antiques

and collectors fair at Ardingly this year at

the South of England showground on November

5 and 6. If you are planning to attend from

Lewes by car on the Tuesday, do remember that

an early return home would be wise as the town

will be in ‘shut-down’ mode mid-afternoon

onwards for Bonfire.

Talking of antiques, we have been watching

episodes of The Repair Shop on BBC2 of late and

what a delightful programme it is. No competitiveness,

talk of money or pointless applause

(currently spoiling Antiques Roadshow). It’s a

pleasure to watch people’s joyous reaction when a

much loved object is revealed to them following

meticulous restoration. By the way, I did enquire

as to whether the shop, in its West Sussex rural

setting, is open to visitors. Apparently not. It’s

created solely for filming. A shame. John Henty






Your future.





David Jarman

My back pages

Three days in Liverpool. First night I’ve been

away from King Henry’s Road since July, 2017.

And that was only Islington. Colin Brent has

been extolling the virtues of Liverpool to me

for over twenty years, so it was no surprise to

discover that, architecturally, it’s a magnificent

city. The extraordinary vista of St. George’s

Hall, as the traveller emerges from Lime Street

Station, the ‘Three Graces’, especially the 1910

Liver Building, alongside the river front, the

Georgian glory of Rodney Street; they are all

just breathtaking.

Shipbuilding was, of course, the thing in Liverpool.

Look at E. Chambré Hardman’s famous

photograph across Liverpool towards The Ark

Royal. Its passing much lamented, though not by

Elvis Costello in his wonderful song Shipbuilding.

Writing in 1964, Ian Nairn wondered whether

the city was always going to be ‘hopelessly sunk

in the past, still mourning the day that the liners

went to Southampton’. And yet today, as Viva

publisher, Becky Ramsden told me, the city is

‘vibrant’. It just worries me that so much of that

vibrancy seems to be dependent on not shipbuilding

but the Beatles. There’s no escape. Bars

(Harrison’s, McCartney’s), museums, The Cavern

Quarter, the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, a rather

poignant statue of Eleanor Rigby (‘All the Lonely

People’). On Hanover Street there’s the Epstein

Theatre. Could this be, just perhaps, named

after Jacob Epstein, whose sculpture adorns a

nearby building? Alas the theatre’s ‘Brian’s Bar’

disabused me. Only Billy Fury seems to get a

look-in. There’s a statue of him outside Tate

Liverpool. He was born, one Ronald Wycherley.

Any relation?

Leaving the Philharmonic Dining Hall in Hope

Street (one of several gorgeous Victorian pub interiors

in the city) I turned into Hardman Street

(remember Adrian Henri’s haiku ‘For Elizabeth’

– ‘Morning / your red nylon mac / blown like a

poppy across Hardman Street’) which I assumed

was named after E. Chambré Hardman, whose

photographic studio in nearby Rodney Street is

now a museum, run by the National Trust. But

no, it’s the Hardman family of Allerton Hall.

A visit to the museum was the highlight of my

Liverpool trip. Guided tours take you through

the studio as well as the Hardmans’ living

quarters. Stone me, as Tony Hancock used to

say, WHAT CLUTTER! They’re preserved as

the affectionate couple left them. (He called his

wife, Margaret, ‘Pearl’, she called him ‘Gobbles’).

Margaret once asked: “Why is our kitchen like

the West Coast of Scotland?” Answer: “Because

they both have Isles of Muck”.

And the lowpoint? That must be the less than

happy inspiration of installing one of Tracey

Emin’s neonlight fatuities (‘I felt you and I

knew you loved me’) beneath the stunning

stained glass in the west front of

the Anglican Cathedral.

Back to the Beatles. And King Henry’s

Road. It was there, at my friend

Barry O’Connell’s house, that I once

met a man who had been in the same

class at school as George Harrison.

What was George, famous as the

real sweetie of the Fab Four, actually

like, I asked

him. His

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So, no improvement in ‘things’ then since last

issue. In fact, given the current fluctuations in

political leadership there is every chance that

by the time you read this my Auntie Brenda,

exasperated beyond all reasonable endurance, will

have risen up and assumed supreme command of

our crazed United Kingdom. She will of course

have put the hoover round and left a casserole in

the slow-cooker before leaving for Whitehall.

Under my redoubtable aunt’s benign dictatorship,

Vitamin C tablets will be mandatory at

breakfast, ironing will replace football as the

national sport and we will all be in bed by nine

o’clock. Because Auntie Brenda knows that without

a healthy routine and clear boundaries we are

asking for trouble.

Admit it, it’s an attractive prospect.

But moan all we like, we Brits have never quite

managed to go the full Auntie Brenda – and for

this there are two main reasons. Firstly, because

we believe that dictators are, well, just a bit silly

and secondly, because of something we’re really

rather good at. Satire.

In the run-up to this year’s Bonfire, I’ve been

thinking a lot about those laudable individuals

who tirelessly devote themselves and their

considerable artistic talents to fashioning the

effigies, which are paraded through the streets

of Lewes only to be swiftly and comprehensively

obliterated for our entertainment. But how to

choose? There’s never a shortage of candidates

for the PM treatment – and for the sake of

argument please understand that I refer here

not to the current leader of the Conservatives,

or any other party, but to the sticky amalgam

of discarded newsprint and cheap glue known

universally as papier mâché. This year there are

more potential PMs than the Bullingdon Club

has had hot boars’ heads. In the words of Ferrero

Rocher’s ambassadorial guest: 2019, you are really

spoiling us.

Who could resist filling a supine Rees-Mogg

replica with sufficient explosive to see him sit up

from that infamous recline? How many rockets

would it take to blow effigy Jeremy off the fence?

Could there be anything, at this moment, more

satisfying than watching a carefully constructed,

lovingly hand-painted Boris bus make a rapid

one-way trip upwards?

Bonfire has always had its detractors. And

this year, with the language of civic life barely

hovering above the level of pavement fouling,

there will be those who fear that offence may be

caused, tempers frayed and – a very real concern

– public representatives targeted as they go about

their ordinary, real lives.

Lewes, hold your nerve. Our annual spell of

anarchy and arson is short-lived and lovingly

cleared away. We blow up our papier mâché

politicians to take the edge off wanting to do it

for real, something James I knew when he passed

the Thanksgiving Act in 1606, giving the people

what they really wanted – the epic inferno they

missed out on when Parliament was spared.

Because we all like to know what’s

what. But now and again even

Auntie Brenda likes a

good explosive.


Lewes Bonfire

The morning after...

Do you visit one of the Bonfire sites on the 5th? Photographer and Viva Brighton regular

JJ Waller sent us these pictures which he took last year on the evening of Bonfire Night

and the morning of the 6th. He wrote:

‘I see an intrinsic sculptural beauty in these bonfires. I am fascinated by their transient

nature, a form of unremarked folk art. The structures are simple but skilfully assembled.

I have great respect for the altruistic efforts of the bonfire captains who make them:

creations whose sole destinies are to be reduced to ash. Very often it is the fireworks and

the effigies that take the public gaze but the bonfire is at the core of the event…These

pictures’, says JJ, ‘are a testament to their art.’

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The Juniper Tree, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Berlin – Symphony of a Great City


Around the world in 90 minutes

Cinecity, which bills itself as ‘the South-east’s

biggest film festival’, has been going for 16 years

now, and with screenings on offer in seven different

venues, including the Depot in Lewes and ACCA

in Falmer, it’s never been bigger.

But it’s the geographical range of the films on offer

that’s really striking. Because, once again, the festival’s

strapline is ‘Adventures in World Cinema’ and

it offers the chance to watch a carefully curated collection

of fine movies from all over the world, from

Palestine to Georgia, via Afghanistan and Australia.

As well as the best of British, of course.

One highlight – timed to coincide with the 30th

anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall – is a

remastered version of Walter Ruttmann’s influential

1927 documentary Berlin – Symphony of a Great

City, a contemporary box-office success despite

its avant-garde nature, which compresses a day in

the life of the German capital into a beautifully

composed hour. The film will be accompanied by

a new score, performed by musicians Simon Fisher

Turner, Klara Lewis and Rainier Lericlorais.

East Side Story gives an interesting glimpse at pre-

1989 Eastern Bloc culture, examining the world

of big-budget Soviet musicals, with extracts from

classics such as Tractor Drivers (USSR), Holidays

on the Black Sea (Romania) and Stalin’s favourite

movie, which he is said to have watched over 100

times – Volga, Volga.

Rather more enigmatic and serious is The Juniper

Tree, based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, a little

known but highly rated 1990 movie by the late

American director Nietzchka Keene. This slowpaced

black-and-white tale was shot in Iceland and

features the screen debut of a 23-year-old Björk

(pictured above).

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, meanwhile, is a rich

2019 period piece by Céline Sciamma, set in the

18th Century, with an all-female cast, that won

the Queer Palm and the Best Screenplay at this

year’s Cannes Festival. It stars Noémie Merlant

as a young artist commissioned to secretly paint

a portrait of an increasingly reluctant bride-to-be

(Adèle Haenel).

The festival is topped and tailed with local premieres

of much-anticipated American films, which

have made an impact at Cannes and other festivals,

which you would otherwise have to wait till 2020

to watch. The festival opener is Robert Eggers’ The

Lighthouse, a black-and-white psychological drama

starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as

two men who get to know each other rather too

well while manning a lighthouse on a remote rock

off New England. And the closing feature is Taika

Waititi’s dark offbeat comedy Jojo Rabbit, about a

lonely Hitler Youth cadet, whose best friend is an

imaginary version of his Führer; the lad is faced

with a number of choices when he discovers his

mother is hiding a Jewish girl in the attic. Think

The Producers meets Moonrise Kingdom.

Dexter Lee

For full schedule see cine-city.co.uk



The singing prison governor

Homelink Gala at Glyndebourne

What do comedians Eddie

Izzard, Steve Coogan

and Zoe Lyons, presenter

Katie Derham, writer Simon

Fanshawe, and actors Toby

Stephens, Nimmy March

and Sophie Okonedo have in

common with the governor

of HMP Lewes? The answer

is they’re all appearing at Glyndebourne this

month to help raise money for local charity


The charity, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary

this year, works to provide permanent

housing for those who are homeless or at risk of

losing their homes. Liaising with Lewes District

& Eastbourne Borough Councils – as well as with

other organisations, such as job centres, women’s

refuges, children’s services, the Sussex Rough

Sleeper Prevention Project, and Southdown

Housing in Lewes Prison – Homelink provides

interest-free loans to hundreds of people

each year who are homeless or facing eviction,

enabling them to move into private rented accommodation

in the Sussex area.

The Homelink #homes4homeless Anniversary

Gala takes place at Glyndebourne on Sunday

17th November and will feature a host of homegrown

talents, including the aforementioned

celebrities (all of whom have links to the area)

and Lewes Prison Governor Hannah Lane (pictured).

She and a group of her colleagues have

formed a choir, and, under the tutelage of local

musical director and conductor John Hancorn

(also pictured), are preparing to perform at the


“When we were approached to get involved, I

thought it was a great idea,” she says. “We’ve got

strong connections with

Homelink, as it’s a local

charity and helps many of

our residents who don’t

have anywhere to go when

they are released. Around

30 per cent of our men are

officially ‘of no fixed abode’

when they leave here, and

many end up staying with friends or family and

‘sofa surfing’, so the service Homelink provides

is vital. We wanted to support that – and I also

thought it would be a good opportunity to

mythbust what prison staff are like, as we’re all

different and from different backgrounds. Then

I got roped in to take part myself!”

The Lewes Prison Staff Choir is made up of

staff from a range of positions, Hannah adds,

including officers, teachers, admin staff and

chaplains. “We haven’t decided what to wear yet,

but the consensus is it would be nice to wear our

belts and chains, so that there’s the identification

with the prison.”

There’s something else unusual about the group.

The members’ differing shift patterns mean that

the choir won’t have the opportunity to sing together

as a whole until the Gala itself, making the

Glyndebourne performance truly a one-off.

“Before this, I hadn’t sung since primary school!

It’s a great opportunity – to be able to sing at

Glyndebourne and to raise money for a really

good cause. We’ve got our slot, plus the Grand

Finale, when everyone will be on stage together.

It’s going to be amazing. I just hope we don’t

let anyone down, as the standard will be very

high...” Anita Hall

Glyndebourne, 17 November, 3pm. For tickets,

see glyndebourne.com. leweshomelink.org.uk

Photo by Sam Stephenson




Without the fireworks

Living in Sussex few of us are likely to forget

Bonfire Night; the Lewes celebrations are


Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

the Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason should

ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent to blow up King and


A penny loaf to feed the Pope

A farthing o’ cheese to choke him.

A pint of beer to rinse it down.

A faggot of sticks to burn him.

Burn him in a tub of tar.

Burn him like a blazing star.

Burn his body from his head.

Then we’ll say ol’ Pope is dead.

Despite the gruesome nature of November

5th’s origins reflected in the poem/nursery

rhyme – and some of the Lewes Bonfire Night

effigies – it is a happy occasion that brings

parents and children closer together. Most

of us will marvel at the lit-up sky, eating

autumnal comfort food and enjoying the

warmth from a roaring bonfire.

For separated families it can be another

calendar date marred by sadness, where

children celebrate with one parent or where

the only fireworks are those between warring

parents – who in Guy Fawkes-like fashion –

plot and scheme.

As a Collaborative Family Lawyer and

Mediator I help separating couples see that if

you are prepared to put the work in you can do

things differently… divorce doesn’t have to be

about fireworks.

Collaborative practice is a way of doing things

differently. Each partner has their own lawyer,

we all sit down together to work out a way


As a mediator I help couples negotiate some

of the practicalities of parenting after parting.

Once the parents I work with understand that

the process is open and built on trust then

things become easier, they can start seeing

that with some work their relationship with

the other parent can be more like a business

arrangement that needs to be maintained so

that their children can still benefit from having

two parents involved in their life.

I help couples work together to find new

solutions and move on from the oftenexplosive

past of an unhappy relationship.

Therefore, in time, the only fireworks are

the ones that light up the sky on a chilly

November night.

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Lewes Festival of Solo Theatre

Curator/writer/actor Jonathan Brown

A solo show, I think,

can be a very accessible

entry-level introduction

to theatre. I

mean, everyone knows

a good comedian can

easily captivate an

audience for a couple

of hours, and it’s no

different when it

comes to drama. Also,

I find that once people

experience one solo show, they become complete

converts to the genre.

Some shows involve the performer playing many

different characters. In Happy Hour, I play 14

named characters, culminating later in portraying

a large crowd and a full-blown pub fight.

There’s no time for changes of costume! It has

to be conveyed by the acting.

That doesn’t mean to say it’s all about the actor.

Yes, a little bit of flair is useful, but that flair

shouldn’t upstage the story. The actor has to

be the mediator between the audience and the

narrative, rather like a Bunraku puppeteer: even

though they’re standing above the puppet, if

they do it well, they become invisible.

The audience will not be expected to get up on

the stage – with perhaps one exception, anyway

– but using their imagination to fill in the gaps

in the narrative enables an internal type of

audience participation, a much more rewarding

experience than being spoon-fed everything.

The more they get involved, the more they own

the performance. It’s democratic theatre.

A solo show is a very intimate experience,

especially in a small venue like the Lewes New

School hall. The seats, set out in a ‘thrust’ formation,

will be no more

than three rows deep,

creating a connection

between the performer

and every member of the

audience. The performer

speaks to, and responds

to, the audience far more

than in a multi-actor show,

thus breaking down the

fourth wall.

This festival gives audiences

the chance to sample up to 17 shows over

a single weekend, featuring 14 different performers.

I’m performing four of them, and there

are several well-established, award-winning

shows, by the likes of Kate Darach, Pip Utton,

Daniel Finlay and Ross Gurney-Randall. The

rest are by the very best actors who have come

out of the ‘Grow Your Own Solo Show’ course

that I’ve been teaching in London and Lewes for

seven years.

People ask me how I can keep all the lines in my

head for so many shows. Well one of my performances

is entirely improvised, so that solves that

one! The others are shows I’ve done before, and

remembering the lines is like remembering the

words to a song, albeit a very long song.

People tell me they’re surprised, after a show,

when only one person takes a bow, as they feel

they’ve been watching a host of characters. Is

it exhausting? It’s a good work-out, you could

say, but after every performance I feel entirely

energised. As told to Alex Leith

Lewes New School, Friday 8th November-Sunday

10th November. Public can buy single tickets,

whole weekend tickets, or anything in between

from somethingunderground.co.uk

Jonathan Brown in Large Print Trash. Photo by Pete Gioconda



Jacqueline Wilson

On lacking a mother

Lewes is one of my favourite places, there are

always so many things to do”, says Jacqueline

Wilson, when I ring about her upcoming talk at

The Lewes Lit (Lewes Literary Society as was)

in November. She’s looking forward to coming.

Her talk is billed for over 16s, so I ask what it

will be about. Author of 111 children’s novels,

Dame Jacqueline has been thinking about

“mothers and the lack of a mother”, a powerful

theme in her books. She tells me she’s looking

forward to answering lots of questions


We chat about her character, Tracy Beaker, who

grew up in care and who’s now, she says, a lovely

mum to a girl called Jess, although she still has

anger issues. There’s a new Tracy Beaker story

coming out in October, We are the Beaker Girls,

and Jacqueline tells me that Tracy is thinking

about fostering a child. The question is

asked – how will daughter Jess react? While she

was writing We are the Beaker Girls, Jacqueline

was in touch with many girls in care, through

The Fostering Network, for whom she’s an

ambassador. The book is dedicated to a group

of care leavers Jacqueline met through another

organisation, Who Cares Scotland, who told her

that they wanted Tracy Beaker to achieve more,

they wanted Tracy to be aspirational to care

leavers and to help reduce the stigma associated

with care. “I try to make the books as realistic as

possible, as positive as possible, without turning

lives into a fairy tale. I hope they will be pleased

with the book”, she says.

Your books don’t shy away from difficulty, I say,

and Jacqueline agrees: “Children like to know

about the hard stuff; trusted adults might let

them down, but things can still work out. This

can work positively for children who have had a

rough time and for those who, through stories,

gain an awareness of what others go through”.

Children send her emails and tell her that

her books have made them feel better about

themselves. “The lovely thing about reading”,

she says, “is that through books you can be

not so alone in your emotions and that can be


Our conversation turns to illustration. Jacqueline’s

books are lovingly illustrated by Nick

Sharratt. As a child, Jacqueline always loved

black-and-white illustrations and grieved that,

once past the picture book stage, they disappeared.

So, when she started writing the first

Tracy Beaker, she asked her editor for illustrations

to help break up the text and was introduced

to Nick. “He’s the first person I send a

finished book to”, she says, and she suspects, “he

can see inside my head!” Jacqueline tells me she

writes her first drafts in PJs, in bed. 1,000 or so

words a day, seven days a week and she can’t stop

writing because it is, and has been, her life since

she was 17. Generations of children are thankful.

Janet Sutherland

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La belle Hélène

Outrageous operetta

It’s been a good year for New Sussex Opera.

September saw the release of their world

premiere recording of Charles Villiers Stanford’s

opera, The Travelling Companion. The final

performance was recorded live in Saffron Hall,

with the Telegraph describing the production as

an ‘accomplished revival of a little-known gem,

greatly to the credit of the ever-enterprising

New Sussex Opera.’

I meet NSO’s Artistic Director David James in

his Lewes home, where he further explains how

they are ‘enterprising’. When selecting which

opera to perform, the NSO aim to strike a balance

between the obscure and the mainstream:

great news for opera fans who might want a

change from the ever-presents in the repertoire.

“On the one hand we want to do something people

want to come and see, but on the other hand,

if we do something really obscure, are we going

to get an audience?”

Offenbach’s comic operetta La belle Hélène

sits happily in the middle. The operetta form

includes spoken dialogue and songs, so any fans

of musical theatre might well have fun here.

David is excited about this “very funny”, rarely

performed, farcical parody of the story of Helen

of Troy.

The NSO stages at least two shows a year. The

first is an in-house production, which provides

opportunities for individual chorus members

to take their first steps as soloists. The second

show each year is a fully professional production,

which is what’s coming to Lewes Town Hall

this month. The two forms of production are

symbiotic: Jennifer Clark’s work in an in-house

production has led to her performing as Bacchis,

as a professional soloist in La belle Hélène.

The calibre of soloists appearing with the chorus

is a source of pride; Katie Bray, for example,

played Lazuli in their production of L’Etoile in

2013, and won the Joan Sutherland audience

prize in the Cardiff Singer of the World competition

this June (representing England). Soloists

in La belle Hélène include mezzo-soprano Hannah

Pedley (Helen, pictured), tenor Anthony

Flaum (Paris), tenor Paul Featherstone (Menelaus),

all of whom have worked at the Royal

Opera House, and mezzo Catherine Backhouse

in the trouser role of Orestes.

La belle Hélène is the first co-production in

NSO’s history. Opera della Luna’s 2003 production

of the opera was directed and translated by

Jeff Clarke; he returns for this adapted version

and the NSO will be reusing “a fair bit of the

set and the soloists’ costumes”. David shows

me some photos of the original costumes: he

doesn’t want to give away any surprises but it’s

safe to say that the production will be bold and


“Jeff’s version is different”, says David. “It’s

slimmed down. Offenbach turned it into a farce,

and Jeff turns it into even more of a farce. It’s

quite a rude version. He is bringing references

and jokes up to date but it’s still just as outrageous,

not for young children!” Joe Fuller

Lewes Town Hall, 13th, 7pm, newsussexopera.org


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The Miseducation of Cameron Post, If Beale Street Could Talk, So Long My Son

Film ’19

Dexter Lee’s cinema round-up

Depot has become a major venue for the Cinecity

Film Festival, an annual chance to indulge

in a fortnight’s ‘Adventures in World Cinema’

(see page 39). There are some UK-based movies

to enjoy too, though. Documentary Outside the

City (9th, plus Q&A with Director Nick Hamer)

charts the lives of a group of East-Midland Cistercian

monks as they convert their monastery

land from a farm to a brewery. London is practically

a protagonist in Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s

Here for Life (12th), a grainy docu-style drama

featuring ten Londoners and a dog, scraping

a living as best they can on the streets of the

capital. Portsmouth is the setting for Aki Omoshaybi’s

drama Real (11th), charting the budding

relationship of a young black couple, brought

together by a shared loneliness. And there’s a

collection of early Victorian short films, set to

live music, on the 16th.

Otherwise, settle down for some stationary air

miles. Sons of Denmark (9th) is a political thriller,

directed by debutant Ulaa Salim, set in a near

future in which the far right threatens to take

control. So Long My Son (10th) is a generationspanning

drama looking at the long-term effect

of the one-child policy on a closely-knit group

of Chinese friends; Variety magazine deems it

‘utterly wrenching’. The elegant noirish thriller

The Whistlers (13th, preceded by Romanian

‘supper club dinner’ if booked) takes us from

Bucharest to the Canary island of La Gomera,

following a corrupt Romanian cop who hopes

to profit from a multi-national drug deal he’s

investigating. Elia Suleiman’s latest feature, It

Must be Heaven (15th), transports us from his native

Palestine to Paris, via New York, following

the director’s whimsical journeys as he toys with

references that may or may not be metaphorical.

Finally, System Crasher (16th), a stunning drama

about a nine-year-old girl with such vicious psychotic

episodes she’s become unplaceable in any

care facility, is set in director Nora Fingscheidt’s

native Germany.

Depot are also screening a French Film Festival,

largely in December, which starts off on November

30th with Michel Ocelot’s children’s animation,

Dilili in Paris. More on the rest next month.

Also worth a mention is this month’s Book-to-

Film slot, which features The Miseducation of

Cameron Post (Nov 7th). Emily M Danforth’s 2012

novel, about an orphaned teenage girl forced into

a gay conversion therapy centre, was made into

a 2018 movie by director Desiree Akhavan: read,

then watch, then discuss the differences.

There’s a fine crop of films in November from the

Lewes Film Club. Wanuri Kahiyu’s Rafiki (1st)

was banned in its native country for portraying

homosexuality positively, then became the first

Nigerian film to be screened in the Cannes Film

Festival. Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx (3rd) depicts a

solo sailor’s dilemma as she encounters a stranded

boat full of dying refugees off Cape Verde; If Beale

Street Could Talk (15th) is a dramatic interpretation,

by Barry Jenkins, of James Baldwin’s 1974

novel, and Capernaum (19th) is a multi-awardwinning

drama about a Beirut street kid who finds

himself looking after an Ethiopian baby, having

run away from his abusive family.



Kind Rebellion

New Note Orchestra

“Kindness is so important

in terms of recovery

from addiction,” Molly

Mathieson says. “Addicts

have to consider what it is

that made them spiral out

of control and what they

need to do to stay sober.

Often a big part of that is

being kind to themselves

and to others.” We’re

talking about Kind Rebellion, the latest work by

Brighton’s New Note Orchestra, which was

founded by Mathieson in 2015 to help people

recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

The music, composed by artistic director Conall

Gleeson in tandem with the 22-strong orchestra,

is set to be performed at ACCA on November

13 as part of a collaboration with the University

of Sussex, which has an entire research

department dedicated to the study of kindness.

Playing live is a big deal for the orchestra, which

rehearses every Tuesday at St Luke’s Church on

the Old Shoreham Road. “It’s the thing we all

work towards,” explains Mathieson.

The former TV producer founded New Note

on the back of her 2014 Channel 4 TV show

Addicts’ Symphony, which followed a group of

addicts as they were invited to perform with

the London Symphony Orchestra. “As I was

watching the show unfold, I was so moved by

the process,” she says. “It was clear that music

really helped people with addiction issues. That

was it really. We had just moved to Brighton and

I decided to set up an orchestra.”

After taking a course with the School of Social

Entrepreneurs, she held a one-day pilot in

Brighton. “I expected about four people to show

up but there were 20.

So there was obviously

a need for it. Then I did

an extended pilot to look

at whether people would

commit to coming every

week and whether the

music we created would

be good enough to put on

a performance. It was yes,

yes, to all those things.

There are three core orchestra members who

were there at the very first session back in 2015

and they’re still with me today. It’s felt like this

thing we’ve built together.”

Members come to the orchestra in a number of

ways: “Sometimes a support worker will recommend

us; sometimes people find out about us

through someone already in the orchestra. But

a lot of our members have just walked in one

evening.” Members are not required to have

any prior musical training. “The only criterion

for joining is being in recovery and wanting to

stay in recovery. Hardly anyone in the orchestra

reads music when they come to us. But there’s

a high aspiration and commitment is important

– it’s something to turn up for every week,

and people will expect you to be there.” The

group does not talk about addiction or recovery.

“But you’re with people who have all been

through the same things as you. That peer-topeer

support is very powerful. Then there’s the

confidence boost that comes with learning and

playing music; everyone is given the chance to

shine. People come in feeling like addicts and

leave feeling like musicians.”

Nione Meakin

ACCA 13 Nov, 1pm, free. newnote.co.uk



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David Wilde

Punch and Judy man

Punch and Judy shows may be thought of as

an English seaside tradition, but the puppet

character of Punch is known to originate

from the Italian Punchinello of the Commedia

dell’arte. Samuel Pepys recorded Punch and

Judy performances in London as far back as

1662. The cast of characters are no longer marionettes

but glove puppets, though in other ways,

the show has endured unchanged over time in a

way which might seem surprising, given modern

sensibilities. There are estimated to be between

100 and 150 Punch and Judy performers in

England currently appearing at fêtes, festivals

and other venues.

One such is David Wilde, who will be giving a

talk and performing his traditional Punch and

Judy show at Lewes Little Theatre this month.

We met and talked about Punch, past and


David saw his first Punch and Judy show on a

childhood holiday in Weston-super-Mare and

was captivated. Now he’s a master of this very

particular art form. His show is performed with

genuine Victorian puppets hand carved in 1890,

in a nine-foot-high theatre, which is over 120

years old. David tells me there are lots of shows

out there but many of them are not the real

thing. “There are a lot of skills involved and you

have to learn how to do it”, he says. “You have to

work the puppets properly. It gets passed down.

I like to think I am carrying on a tradition at a

high level rather than diluting it by just waving a

puppet around.”

The real thing means real puppets, real puppetry,

and the particular voice of Punch – as rendered

through a swazzle, which is a kind of reed

put in the puppeteer’s mouth to project Punch’s

uniquely mad voice. These elements come

together in a performance which is intended

to be fast-paced and knockabout. Punch is the

ultimate maverick – he is anti-authority and he

hits everything in his path with a slapstick (this,

I learn, is where the term ‘slapstick’ originates).

For 20 minutes, the audience will see Punch

take everyone on. They’ll also be able to see

puppets close up, including those from the Tony

Hancock film The Punch and Judy Man.

When I ask David about objections that might

be levelled at a show where violence may seem

casual and pervasive, he tells me that Punch and

Judy has been subject to accusations of immorality

going back to Dickensian times. “It’s always

had its critics”, he says. “But it’s not real, people

know it’s not real. You don’t have a puppet man

with a reedy voice taking on a clown or a devil

or a crocodile in real life, it’s like a dream, a

fantasy. It’s not violent in the way many modern

computer games are. Most audiences understand

this perfectly well.”

The enduring appeal of Punch and Judy may

be hard to explain, but David asserts that, above

all, the show is funny. It may just be as simple as

that. Julie Bull

That’s the Way to Do It is at Lewes Little Theatre

on November 17th at 2.30 pm. lewestheatre.org

Photo by Julie Bull


Sacha Allistone MBACP

‘A burden once lifted is lighter than air.’

— Ioannis Georgiadis

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Frida Gustafsson

Power in less traditional robes

Frida Gustafsson is fascinated

by power – who has it, why,

what it’s for, and how to change

that order. Frida grew up in

Sweden. “I remember I was

always interested in why some

people had power,” she says,

“and why didn’t we?” So she

came to the University of

Sussex to study Politics, “to try

to figure out how to fix it”, she

told me. Then, she says she realised

“I wasn’t figuring it out!”

Frida got involved in the Student Union – she was

President from June 2017 to June 2019. Here, she

says, she learnt about “alternative power. And the

place of grassroots movements.”

She hasn’t looked back. This month she’s coming

to speak at the U3A’s public meeting in Lewes as

the Associate Community Organiser for Citizens

UK in Brighton and Hove, an alliance of community

groups of faith institutions, schools, universities,

unions and sports clubs which was set up in

September 2018.

“Citizens UK has been around since the late 80s,”

she tells me. “It’s responsible for creating the Living

Wage, and the campaign that ended the detention

of child refugees in this country. And today

there’s never been a greater need for grassroots

movements. If not now, when?”

She remains fascinated by the mechanics of power.

“Power is a neutral word”, she says. “It means the

ability to achieve change. But we’ve built so many

structures and systems around the word, forgetting

its key purpose: to achieve change. We have a duty

now to build power within our communities, and

make the world of power more inclusive.”

Listening seems key to Frida. Developing our ability

to do this effectively: to really

listen. “Local community groups

have significant powers, powers

we unlock by building meaningful

relationships across groups.

This work is all about how we

speak to each other and how we

listen. We’re also interested in

hope. Hopelessness is feeling

you can’t achieve change. It’s so

powerful to begin with things we

might be able to change.”

Brighton and Hove Citizens is

currently working on four campaigns, she tells me,

voted for by its members. The first, “to reinstate

an accessible toilet in Hove Cemetery – it sounds

like such a small thing, but it’s not. To the powers

that be, this is not a priority. To the communities

affected, it really is…”

Another priority is working towards a local ‘mental

health pledge for young people’. This Frida

explains as “a promise” – between Brighton and

Hove’s young people, the city in which they live,

and its council. The plan is to all agree between

them, led by listening to the young people, what

is missing and wrong with current provision, and

what can and will be delivered as a better alternative,

and when.

So what, I ask her, does she make of fellow-Swede

Greta Thunberg? “Oh, she’s fantastic!” says Frida.

“It’s incredibly unfair that it’s falling to her to

have to carry this burden and do this work, but it’s

fantastic to see that power isn’t always dressed in

traditional robes…”

Charlotte Gann

Frida Gustafsson is speaking at U3A’s public meeting

in the Town Hall, November 6th, 6.30 for 7pm.


Photo by Becky Doran



Simone Riley

Digital photomontage artist

I understand you’ve recently appeared in the

Royal Academy Summer Show? In 2018 I put

an artwork in for the first time, because Grayson

Perry was the head curator, and I love Grayson

Perry. I entered Innocence, a digital collage depicting

a Victorian girl (a photo of my grandmother)

standing in a school milk bottle, on a multilayered

background. It was chosen, and it sold on

the first day! This time I entered Time Passes By

(pictured), and while I was disappointed not to be

chosen, I was delighted to have made the shortlist.

Another print, The Golden Bough was chosen for

this year’s National Original Print Exhibition at

the Bankside Gallery, though.

It looks rather darker than your still lives,

which we’ve previously featured in Viva

(including on our cover)? The techniques I’ve

employed haven’t changed, but the subject matter

in this landscape composition series has. And

yes, it’s a little darker in mood.

Can you explain your technique? I use my

own digital photos to create digital montages.

I’m often out ‘fishing’, looking for old and

decayed surfaces to photograph, and these form

the basis for the many layers I lay down to form

the ‘texture’ of the print. I always use my own

photographs, and have taken many landscapes

over the years, parts of which are incorporated

in this series.

So it’s all done on the computer? Yes, all the

composition I do is on Photoshop. I can play

with the opacity of the images and often create

ten or 12 layers in any image. Then I produce

a limited number (usually 15) of professionally

printed high-quality digital prints.

Has any one artist influenced your style? No,

I think that any influences have been indirect,

which is for the best as I believe my work is quite

original. I love artists who use a lot of texture,

though. One of my favourites at the moment is

Sam Lock.

You were, until recently, with Chalk Gallery? I

would really recommend it. It was a great launch

pad for me, helping me to understand how the art

world works and offering support and encouragement.

It’s time-consuming being part of a

collective, though, and I felt it was time to spread

my wings.

And you’re exhibiting in the 2019 Brighton

Art Fair? I did so at the last one, in 2016, with

the Chalk Gallery, and this time I’ve got a solo

stand, which is exciting. It’s a curated show, in

the Town Hall in Lewes, as the Corn Exchange

in Brighton is still being renovated. I’ll be there

throughout, happy to tell anyone more about my

work. Interview by Alex Leith

Brighton Art Fair, Lewes Town Hall,

30th Nov-1st Dec


Martyrs’ Gallery Winter Exhibition:

Art Posters from the 20th Century

16 November –15 December 2019 · Private View 15 November 6pm

www.martyrs.gallery in association with


I Finished It and Now I Want Some Praise for It

by Martin Gayford, 2019, pencil on A3 paper

The title of the drawing

suggests you appreciate

feedback… Definitely. Other

people sometimes see things

in my work that I haven’t even

thought about. It’s one of the

best reasons for having a show.

Where is this cityscape? This

isn’t a view that really exists. I

like starting with a figurative

source and working with it to

make something with abstract


So where do you ‘source’

the buildings? The central

building was an image I found

online, that I made a drawing of

and deleted. I’m not interested

in where it was, just in its shape

and reflective quality. Other

buildings are from a photograph

that my friend Gabs took

from Blackfriars Bridge.

Why are there no people in

your drawings? Somebody

else pointed that out recently…

it also means there is

no clutter, no cars or pollution.

I find the deserted spaces very


You’re better known for your

paintings… I’m using the drawings

to inform a series of larger

abstract paintings, two of which

will be in this show. There’ll be

more in a larger show I’m curating

in London in December.

Both forms are equally important

to me though.

Who have you been influenced

by? For an influence

to be positive it needs to

be something that I’ve half

forgotten, not something I’ve

recently studied. There’s definitely

something of Georgia

O’Keeffe’s city paintings in

these, as well as the paintings

of Zaha Hadid.

Do you work in silence? All

these drawings were made in

my Star Brewery space, where

I usually listen to music or chat

with studio mates. I can chat

and draw at the same time.

Interview by Alex Leith

A Year of Drawings, Stable Gallery,

Paddock Lane, 9th & 10th

November, 10am-5pm (Private

View Friday, 6.30-9pm)


Towner Art Gallery

David Nash 200 Seasons

29 September 2019 – 2 February 2020

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

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#200Seasons #EastbourneAlive

David Nash, Nature to Nature, 1985. © Jonty Wilde, courtesy David Nash. Tate Collection

exhibition 2019

1st november - 8th december

© Roger Dean, 1974

concerts & events throughout the exhibition

including steve hackett & focus

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In town this month

Chalk Gallery will be closed all day on the 5th for

Bonfire celebrations and a new exhibition begins on

the 6th, featuring Emily Stevens’ paintings, sketches

and drawings inspired by her time as Artist in Residence

at the Pells Pool. The gallery’s Christmas window

is revealed on 25th and the artists warmly invite

you to join them for an end of year party with an Advent

theme on Saturday 30th (2-4pm).

Cecile Gilbert

While refurbishments continue at Brighton Dome’s Corn

Exchange, Tutton & Young’s long-running Brighton Art

Fair decamps to Lewes this year. On 30th of November

(10.30am-6pm) and 1st of December (10.30-5pm), upwards

of 60 local and national artists will exhibit their

work at Lewes Town Hall (see pg 57). Join them for a

private view on Friday 29th Nov at 6pm (£20) or buy

general admission tickets for £5 until Nov 14th (£7.50

after). Purchase a Sussex Saver for £8.50

and gain entry to both days plus their

MADE Brighton makers’ fair at St

Bartholomew’s Church in Brighton

on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of November. Visit brightonartfair.

co.uk for details and to see the full list of exhibiting artists.

Jana Nicole

Seven Sisters’ Spices

Also, on Saturday


Lewes Women

in Business

hold their Pop

Up Christmas


More than 20

local female-run

independent businesses will be selling

their wares – from jewellery to spices,

ceramics to art prints and much more

besides – with a café run by Caccia

& Tails. (10.30am-5pm, All Saints


The same weekend,

the Nevill

Collective Christmas

Event is at

St. Mary’s Church

Hall. Eight local

artists and makers show quilts, textiles,

prints, tea towels, cards, pottery, clothing,

Christmas wreaths and more. Mulled wine,

tea, coffee, cake. (Saturday 30th 1-9pm

and Sunday 1st 11am-5pm) Contact Kate

on 07828 221796 to book a place on the

wreath-making workshop and Ruby at nativehands.co.uk

to join the workshop making

festive decorations from rushes.


A R T 7 P R E S E N T S

20th Anniversary art exhibition in Lewes

An exhibition/sale of works by Russian and Ukrainian artists:

Yuri Matushevski (1930-1999), Viktor Templin (1920-1994), Viktor Koshevoi (1924-2006),

Anna Cherednichenko (1917-2003), Vitaly Baranenko (1965), Yuri Kuchinov (1951) and others.

Viktor Templin (Russian, 1920-1994) “Autumn Day”

1960-s, oil on board, 50cmx70cm

Viktor Koshevoi (Ukrainian, 1924-2006)

”Winter Forest” 1987, oil on board, 45cmx50cm

Yuri Matushevski (Russian, 1930-1999) “Last days of Summer”

1960, oil on board, 49cm x 69cm

Lewes House, 32 High Street, Lewes, BN7 2LX

Friday 15 th - Saturday 23 rd November

Open daily from Saturday 16 th - Saturday 23 rd , 10am - 6pm

Private viewing Friday 15 th November, 6pm - 9pm

Art-7 Art Gallery | www.art-7.com | mail@art-7.com

N O V E M B E R :

Sat 2nd, 7-9pm

Open mic night.

Book tickets on website

Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th, 11am-4pm

Multi-media installation Dave Stephens

Thursday 21st November, 7.30 -9pm

Julian of Norwich talk with Simon Parke

Book tickets on website

Crypt Gallery, 23 Church Street, Seaford, BN25 1HD | www.thecryptgallery.com


In town (cont)

This month Art 7 are celebrating 20 years of promoting and

selling Russian and Ukrainian paintings with an exhibition at

Lewes House from the 15th-23rd. Since perestroika raised the

curtain on the Art scene in the USSR, the gallery has represented

close to 200 artists, many of whom will be included in this

exhibition. Private view Friday 15th (6-9pm), then open daily

(10am-6pm) until the 23rd. art-7.com

Yuri Matushevski, Still life with bread, 1966

Paddock Studios have a busy November. Martin

Gayford’s A Year of Drawings is on the 9th & 10th

(see pg 59). Inner Pieces, on the 17th (11am-4pm),

is an exhibition of mixed media collage using found

objects and drawings reminiscent of aboriginal

art and mandalas, by Rebecca Wells and Alison

Briggs. The magical Wunderkammer pop up shop

arrives on Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st December

(11am-5pm), with handmade festive curiosities

and oddities by

Samantha Stas, Emily Warren (The Stealthy Rabbit) and

Chiara Bianchi (Use and Take Care).

From 16th till 1st December, Depot are hosting Women X

Football = Art, a solo exhibition by Jill Iliffe. Her paintings and

drawings celebrate women with a passion for football, women

Jill met through Lewes FC. (Weekends, 10am-6pm.)

Out of town

Experience a walk-through installation

by multi-media artist

Dave Stephens at the Crypt

Gallery in Seaford on Saturday

9th and Sunday 10th (11am-

4pm). Remains includes hundreds

of tiny sculptures and features the

film Moth on Mouth (directed by

Matt Page and Dave Stephens);

a reflection on how we perceive war and disaster from

our living rooms. Plus, the gallery hosts an open mic

poetry night on Saturday 2nd (7-9pm) and a talk about

Julian of Norwich by Simon Parke on Thursday 21st

(7.30-9pm). thecryptgallery.com

Dave Stephens

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local charity supporting families and

children. studioplusgallery.com

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The Nevill Collective


8 local artists and

makers, showing cards,

quilts, textiles, prints,

tea towels, pottery,

clothing, Christmas wreaths,

basketry and more!

Mulled wine, tea, coffee, cake.

St Mary’s Church Hall

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Sat, 30th November


Sun, 1st December


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Out of town (cont)

Deborah Manson

Charleston hold a Designer

& Maker Fair on

Saturday 23rd and Sunday

24th November (11am-

5pm): 30 carefully curated

stands will be selling a wide

variety of goods from local

and regional makers. Enjoy

a warming winter lunch,

boozy hot chocolate, hot

toddies and mince pies at

the café. (£4 in advance, £5

on the day.)

Laila Smith

On the 2nd and 3rd of

November (10am-5pm) Six

Sussex Artists & Craftsmen is

at Selmeston Village Hall

featuring new work by local

makers: ceramics by Jonathan

Chiswell Jones &

Kerry Bosworth, furniture

by Chris Alley, quilts by Louise Bell, knitwear

by Alison Ellen, wood engravings by Sue Scullard

and jewellery by Amanda Zoe.

Roger Dean’s 2019 exhibition, The Gates of Delirium,

is at Trading Boundaries in Sheffield

Park from the 1st of November until the 8th of

December. The internationally acclaimed artist

and designer is responsible for some of the most

iconic album covers over the past five decades.

The exhibition features prints and original paintings

from across his career, including Inland Sea

II used on the latest Yes album cover.

tradingboundaries.com, rogerdean.com

Alison Ellen

At Ditchling Museum of Art +

Craft you’ll find Disruption, Devotion

and Distributism: an exhibition

drawn from a major acquisition of

over 400 St Dominic’s Press pamphlets

and posters. The private press

published a wide range of material

including books and pamphlets

for The Guild of St Joseph and

St Dominic and other artists and

thinkers sharing their philosophy

of craftsmanship and life. Over 100

objects have been brought together,

including never-before-seen pieces,

that illustrate the underlying ideas

and beliefs which led artists like

Edward Johnston, Hilary Pepler

and Eric Gill to Ditchling.

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Enjoy and stay safe.


Rathfinny Estate tours. A behind-the-scenes

look at the wine production process at the

award-winning Winery. See rathfinnyestate.



Mind, Body, Spirit Sussex Festival. Psychic

readers, healing therapies, group healing workshops,

sacred art, artisan crafts and more. Lewes

Town Hall, 10am-4pm, free.


The Lewes Ripple Live Broadcast. The

Ripple hosts a live broadcast on Rocket Radio

FM from the Lamb of Lewes. All are invited to

attend, 7pm-11pm.

Film: Migrant Voices in London (12A).

Short film sharing the stories of four migrants

living in London, with introduction and Q&A

discussion by Ahmed Sinno. All Saints, 4pm,


Film: Styx (12A).

Doctor Rieke’s dream

solo sailing trip

changes completely

when she comes

across a boatload of

stricken migrants and is forced to make life or

death decisions. All Saints, 4.30pm, £5/£2.50.


Building Power with Local Communities.

U3A public lecture with Frida Gustafsson of

Brighton and Hove Citizens. Council Chamber,

Lewes Town Hall, 7pm, free (entry on a

first come, first serve basis). See page 55.

The Winter Garden. Lewes & District Garden

Society talk. David Fitton trained at Wisley

and was Head of Horticulture at Plumpton

College, he is Garden Advisor to Paradise

Park. He will be talking about how to enhance

your winter garden. St Thomas Church Hall,

7.30pm, £3 for visitors.


An evening with Lynne Truss. Best-selling

author Lynne Truss will be talking about her

comic crime mysteries A Shot in the Dark and

The Man That Got Away with local novelist and

Viva Brighton columnist Lizzie Enfield. The

Keep, 7pm, £10 (includes a drink).


Lewes Festival of

Solo Theatre. A

weekend of oneperson

shows, with

a host of award

winners. Lewes New

School, see somethingunderground.

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such as Grange Road, Wallands and the Pells.

Risky and rarely profitable, they helped Lewes

to prosper and shaped a substantial part of

today’s townscape. King’s Church, 7pm for

7.30pm, £1/£3.


The Snobbery of Paint. Simon March of

Marchand Sons in Station Street talks about

his life in paints. Paddock Art Studios, 3pm, £5

(free to members of LADVAA).


The Rise of Victorian & Edwardian Suburbs

in Lewes. Lewes History Group talk

with Sue Berry, exploring the development of

Victorian and Edwardian suburban projects

Art of flower photography. Talk by Celia

Henderson LRPS. St Mary’s Supporters Club,

Christie Road, 7.30pm for 7.45pm, £5 guest



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Jacqueline Wilson at The Lewes Lit. All

Saints, 8pm, £10/£5 for under 25s, see page 45.




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New Sussex Opera present La belle Hélène.

Lewes Town Hall, 7pm, see page 47.


Vegan Festival

Lewes. Speakers,



samples of

vegan food from


businesses and a range of vegan products and

food to purchase. East Sussex College, Mountfield

Road, 11.30am-7pm, free.

Palestine home rebuild 2019. Lewes Amnesty

members Adrian Briggs and Linda Calvert

give an illustrated talk on their trip to Palestine

in April 2019 to help rebuild a family’s home

demolished by the Israeli army. Lecture Room,

Lewes Town Hall, 7pm, free.

The Darker Shades of Sun Street. Combining

Lewes street history with music and song,

this show is based on stories of petty crime

and scandal in late 19th century Sun Street,

researched by Frances Stenlake and read by

Lewes Little Theatre actors. The speciallycomposed

songs are performed by leading

members of the Lewes Saturday Folk Club.

The Keep, 7pm, £7.

Comedy at the Con. With Stephen Grant,

Charmian Hughes, Dinesh Nathan and Jake

Baker. Con Club, 7.30pm, £8-£12.


Lee Miller and Picasso. Illustrated talk by

Antony Penrose. Iford Village Hall, 7.30pm for

8pm, £15 (includes a glass of wine).

1264: The Battle of Lewes, a military perspective.

Lewes Archaeological Group talk by

Joe Gazeley. Lecture Room, Lewes Town Hall,

7.30pm, £4/£3), free entry for 25 and under.

Film: If Beale Street Could Talk (15). Barry

Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1970s

novel. All Saints, 8pm, £5/£2.50.


Bargain Book Sale. Range of nearly new

books, ideal for Christmas presents. All proceeds

to LIA (Life in Abundance) and Open

Hands. Next to St Thomas’ Church off Cliffe

High Street, 9am-1pm.

Repair Café. Take along damaged clothes,

broken electrical appliances, bicycles, china,

jewellery and more. Tea, coffee and cake will

be available. Landport Community Hub, BN7

2SU, 2pm-5pm, no charge is made but donations

are welcome.

Winter Stargazing. Learn to navigate the

stars with a talk and viewing from experienced

astronomers. Includes warm supper and a hot

drink. Sheffield Park & Garden, 6.30pm-10am,



Lewes HempEvent. Plastic Free Lewes hosts

an afternoon of talks, film, debate and stalls

exploring the many roles that hemp can play in

helping to mitigate climate change – and how

we can create a sensible policy in the UK for

its large-scale production. Lewes Town Hall,

1.30pm-5pm, £5/£3, tickets from ticketsource.

co.uk or on the door.

That’s the Way to Do It! David Wilde, one

of Britain’s leading authorities on the history of

the art of Punch and Judy, talks about the genre

and performs his show. Lewes Little Theatre,

2.30pm, £5, see page 53.

Nov listings (cont.)


Forced Entertainment: Out of Order. ‘A

kind of poetic State of the Nation rendered as

clown act gone wrong’. Attenborough Centre,

8pm, £12/£10.


Parenting Teens Talk. Designed to give

parents a better understanding of teenagers;

the tools and skills for a smooth ride through

adolescence and a forum to exchange ideas and

thoughts with other parents. Teen Tips, East

Chiltington, 9am-1pm, see teentips.co.uk.

Charity Christmas Open Evening. Competitions

to win treatments and products, discounts

on Christmas stock showcasing brands and

festive nibbles and drinks. Raising money for

local charity Chestnut Tree House. Reading

Room Day Spa, Iford, 5pm-8pm, free.


Julian of Norwich

Uncovered. Talk with

Simon Parke reflecting

on her life and times, and

her unique voice in English

history. The Crypt

Gallery, Seaford, 7.30pm, £6.


Fundraising event. In aid of Breast Cancer

Now. Lewes Dance Club perform 12.30pm-

1pm, handmade photo greeting cards for sale

and Leslie Norah Hills RA will display her

portraits for commissions. Refreshments available.

All Saints, 12pm-3pm, free.

Barn Dance. Bar, snacks, raffle and The

Sussex Pistols play. Raising funds for FoCK

(building schools in Africa, protecting the local

wildlife and environment whilst preventing

Female Genital Mutilation) All Saints, 7.30pm,

£15 (two for £25), see chemakizzi.com.


Designer & Maker

Fair. Unique wares from

designers and makers in

the South. 30 carefully

curated stands will sell

crafted goods, including

homeware, textiles,

ceramics, jewellery and more. Charleston,

11am-5pm, £5 (£4 adv).

SAT 23 – MON 25 & FRI 29

Lewes Passion Play castings. Open casting

events for people to try out for various roles in

the April 2020 Passion Play. Chapter House,

Southover Church, contact thelewespassionplay@gmail.com.


Headstrong Club. Talk followed by discussion

with Catherine Pope on the Victorian

commodification of the female body. Elephant

& Castle, 8pm, £3.


Christmas and Thanksgiving shopping at

Farleys. The gift shop offers a range of items

related to Roland Penrose and Lee Miller and

their circle of friends. Prints of Lee Miller’s

photographs, first edition books and a range of

small gifts available. Farleys House & Gallery,



Lewes Women in Business Pop Up Christmas

Emporium. 20+ local independent businesses

sell their wares, with Caccia & Tails running

the café. All Saints, 10.30am-5pm, free.


Brighton Art Fair. Lewes Town Hall, see

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band (live or otherwise), but this month the opportunity

arises for an evening of swashbuckling fun at the

Con Club with Brighton band The Captain’s Beard.

The merry gang of travelling troubadours play a mix of

Irish folk, rocked-up maritime and raucous folk-rock

Photo by Elliot Tatler

and this year has seen them supporting the likes of

Professor Elemental and on the same line up as Richard Thompson. We can highly recommend

checking out their debut album Same Ship Different Day, a rollickingly good listen from start to

finish (highlights include I’ve Got a Beard and Pirates Don’t Fall in Love). If you miss them this

time, check their website for future dates of rum-driven merriment with the pirate minstrels.

Friday 8, Con Club, 8pm, free, thecaptainsbeard.co.uk


David Mbilou in fusion with Katatsitsi

Drummers. African. Con Club, 7pm, £8/10

(members free)

C Ciders. Lively covers. Lamb, 8pm, free

Stevie Watts Trio. Hammond grooves, funk &

blues. Upstairs at the Oak, 8pm, free


Guana Batz. Psychobilly. Con Club, 7.30pm,


Halloween; open mic night with fire, candles

& soul cakes. Folk. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £4

Hoofish Live, plus DJs Ben & Shaz. Upstairs

at Royal Oak, 8pm, free

Specs Appeal. Shadows tribute band. Lamb,

8pm, free


The Captain’s Beard. See Gig of the Month.

The Informers. Blues, rock, funk & soul. Upstairs

at Royal Oak, 8pm, free

Ska Toons. Lewes’ 8-piece jazz-ska outfit.

Lamb, 8.30pm, free


Bad Bad Whisky. Skiffle, rockabilly and RnB.

Lansdown, 8pm, free

Boogie Troupe. Lamb, 8pm, free

Riley Baugus. US old-time with banjo, fiddle,

voice. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £10


The Woodentops. Alternative. Con Club,

7.30pm, £15


Jam night. Free drink for all participants. Lansdown,

8pm, free


Andy Urquart, Darren Beckett &Terry Seabrook.

Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


Karen Sharpe, Darren Beckett & Terry Seabrook.

Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


Black Market lll. San Diego blues. Lansdown,

8pm, free





The Elevators. Blues. Con Club, 8pm, free

Pretty Little Dogs. Lamb, 8pm, free


Dichotics. Psych, garage and beyond. Lamb,

8pm, free

Iris Bishop, Marilyn Bennett, Sue Gates.

Folk, voices, concertina, mouth organ, accordion.

Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £7

The Men They Couldn’t Hang. Folk rock.

Con Club, 7.30pm, £20


Hope Street. Depot Sunday Brunch with bluesgospel-jazz

trio (see page 10). Depot, 11am-1pm,



Safehouse Improvised Music Session. Noise

makers, performers and musicians all welcome.

The Lewes Arms, 7.30pm, £2

Mark Bassey, Marianne Wyndham, Alex

Eberhard & Terry Seabrook. Jazz. Snowdrop,

8pm, free


Bus Monkeys. Indie rock covers. Lamb, 8pm,


Fat Freddie & The Queens. Tribute. Con

Club, 8pm, free


Loose Caboose. DJ night. Con Club, 7.30pm, £6

The Don Bradmans. Lamb, 8pm, free

Fish Brothers. Victorian music hall/punk rock.

Lansdown, 8pm, free

Original 45ers. DJ Set. Royal Oak, 8pm, free

Simon Mayor & Hilary James. Folk, mandolin,

fiddle, voices. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £12


Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons. ‘Sundays in the Bar’

session. Con Club, 3.30m, free

UK Subs. Night of punk with Peter and the

Test Tube Babies with Nuffin’ supporting.

Con Club, 7pm, £16


Nicolas Meier Standards Trio with Ken Ford

and Jakub Cwynski. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


The Curst Sons. Americana Hillbilly Blues.

Con Club, 8pm, free

Monster Groove Night. With special guests

The Soul Steppers. Lamb, 8pm, free


Bob Lewis. Folk, Sussex trad songs. Elephant &

Castle, 8pm, £7

King Kurt + Snakerattlers. Psychobilly &

garage trash. Con Club, 7.30pm, £18

The Informers. Funk covers. Lamb, 8pm, free

Soul Brother, Soul Sister. Soul classics. Royal

Oak. 9pm, free

Simon Mayor & Hilary James


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Brighton Philharmonic

An interesting opener…

For an orchestra to be approaching its centenary

in these days of cuts to the arts is quite some

achievement. And yet the Brighton Philharmonic

Orchestra is doing just that. Founded 95 years ago,

Brighton’s professional orchestra has been based

for all but two of those in the Dome.

As the 2019-2020 season begins, Chairman

Nicolas Chisholm is coming to the end of his

five-year tenure, but it’s clear that optimism

is high at the BPO. He admits their concerts

regularly attract over 1000 people, but the aim is

to “improve on that and be even more exciting

and innovative. Brighton is vibrant and diverse.

We want to present programmes that appeal to a

wide audience.”

This month’s concert, featuring jazz violinist

Christian Garrick and Friends with the Brighton

Philharmonic Strings, promises to be an interesting

opener to the season. It’s a programme of

tango, jazz and gypsy-folk music and includes

Astor Piazzolla’s ‘sizzling’ Four Seasons of Buenos

Aires (billed as ‘Four Seasons of Brighton

Aires’). It’s exciting stuff. But does that mean

the orchestra is moving away from its classical

roots? Chisholm says not at all. For example in

December the programme includes two Haydn

symphonies, Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik and

Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending – “very

much our core repertoire,” he explains, “and

our New Year’s Eve Gala concert is practically

a Brighton institution, pretty much selling out

each year.”

But alongside this there are distinct signs

that the BPO is determined to stay ahead of

the game. “We want to do unusual things.”

Chisholm is enthusiastic about a new initiative

to showcase the different sections of the

orchestra. February’s concert is given over to

Brighton Philharmonic Brass with music from

the sixteenth century to the present, including

Chris Hazell’s Four Cats Suite.

Chisholm acknowledges that today’s audiences

often appreciate, even expect a visual element

to complement what they’re hearing, so that it

becomes not unlike theatre. “We want people to

go away thinking ‘wow, that was a real musical

experience.’ Later in the season we have virtuoso

piano duo Worbey and Farrell returning with

one of their own programmes, Rhapsody, which

they’ve performed all over the world. They’re

showmen as well as fantastic musicians. Many

audience members will have seen nothing like

it.” This is true – look them up on YouTube!

Things are looking good for a bumper centenary

celebration in five years’ time. It’s clear that

Chisholm is immensely proud of the BPO’s

achievements and the quality of its programmes.

“People often don’t realise this is the city’s

professional orchestra – all the members play in

other orchestras and come together as the BPO.

It’s a real jewel in the crown for Brighton.”

Robin Houghton

Christian Garrick & Friends, Sunday 10th Nov,

2.45pm. brightonphil.org.uk




Christmas Concert celebrating

6th December 7:30pm

St John sub Castro Church, Lewes





String Quartet Op.132

String Quintet Op.29

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Corelli Ensemble

The 2019-2020 season is a special one for

the Corelli Ensemble which is celebrating its

30th anniversary. Guest soloist this month is

prizewinning oboist, Owen Dennis, who’ll be

performing Bach’s Concerto for Oboe D’Amore

in A – a rare treat for all Bach lovers. The

concert also features Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two

Violins in D minor, with Music Director Maeve

Jenkinson and Kate Comberti playing the solos. Corelli Ensemble concerts are known for their

fine, uplifting music – and they’re friendly affairs too. No need to rush off at the end – stay for

refreshments and the opportunity to meet the players.

St Pancras Church, tickets £12 in advance, £14 on the door. Children free. corelliensemble.co.uk




Photo by Owen Dennis


St Michael’s Recitals. Malcolm Warnes,

trumpet & Nick Houghton, organ.The last

of the 2019 First Sunday recitals is a Trumpet

Special featuring duets & solos. Including

works by Handel, Frank Bridge and Lefébure-

Wély. St Michael’s, free with retiring collection,



Musicians of All Saints. This month’s concert

showcases new and 20th century music alongside

Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.9 in F major.

Ellie Blackshaw and Shereen Godber are the

soloists in Peter Copley’s Double Violin Concerto

(second performance), and John Hawkins’s

Grounds for Oboe and String Orchestra receives its

first performance with soloist Clare Worth.

Directed by Andrew Sherwood, with a preconcert

talk by Peter Copley at 7.10pm.

All Saints Centre, tickets on the door only: £12/£9

concessions, children free. mas-lewes.co.uk

SUNDAY 10, 2.45PM

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra. Christian

Garrick & Friends with the Brighton Philharmonic

Strings. Jazz violinist extraordinaire

Christian Garrick plus guests join the BPO

Strings for a South America-influenced programme.

See page 79.

Brighton Dome, £14.50-£42.50 (50% student/U18

discount), brightondome.org


New Note Orchestra, Kind Rebellion. A performance

of newly-composed music in celebration

of World Kindness Day. Created by the New

Note Orchestra musicians and Artistic Director

Conall Gleeson, a panel discussion will follow

the performance. See page 50. Attenborough

Centre for the Creative Arts, free entry, donations

welcome. attenboroughcentre.com


New Sussex Opera, La belle Hélène. NSO

begins its autumn tour of Offenbach’s sparkling

La belle Hélène in collaboration with Opera

della Luna, to celebrate the composer’s 200th

anniversary. NSO Chorus, St Paul’s Sinfonia,

conductor Toby Purser, director Jeff Clarke,

designer Gabriella Csanyi-Wills. See page 47.

Lewes Town Hall, £28-£34 (students & children

50% reduction), ticketsource.co.uk/nso or 0333

666 3366. newsussexopera.org












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Director -

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Offenbach’s favourite, sung in English

La Belle Hélène


The Fitzwilliam Quartet, photo by Peter Searle

Live opera fully staged: French fizz and foolery

set to deliciously immortal music: outrageous fun

NSO Chorus, St Paul’s Sinfonia, c.Toby Purser,

d. Jeff Clark, with Hannah Pedley & Anthony Flaum

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Coffee Concerts: Endymion Horn Trio. A

programme of Beethoven and Brahms from the

acclaimed Endymion Horn Trio, celebrating its

40th anniversary this year. Attenborough Centre,

£18.50, £16 concessions, attenboroughcentre.com


Seaford Music Society, Capriccio Ensemble.

Piano quintet the Capriccio Ensemble perform

music by Mozart and Brahms. In addition there’ll

be the chance to meet Seaford’s Kenneth V Jones,

composer of numerous film scores, and hear some

of his music. St. Leonard’s Church, Seaford, £15,

under 26s free, seafordmusicsociety.com


Esterhazy Chamber Choir. New Director of

Music Richard Stafford conducts the Esterhazy in

a concert of 20th century works including Duruflé

Requiem, Vierne Messe Solennelle and motets by

Messiaen, Villette and de Sévérac. St Michael’s

Church, £15, under 16s free. esterhazychoir.org

Fun & informative, illustrated garden workshops

at fabulous Sussex garden venues.

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garden beginners & enthusiasts

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FRIDAY 29, 7.45PM

Nicholas Yonge Society. The Fitzwilliam Quartet

are this month’s guests, together with Nancy

Cooley who joins them for Elgar’s Piano Quintet.

The all-English programme also features music

by Purcell, Barcham Stevens, Delius and Vaughan

Williams, and a work by Uckfield-based Julian

Broughton. Cliffe Building, East Sussex College,

Mountfield Road. £16, free for 8-25 year olds.


Robin Houghton





Fort Fright Week. Arts & crafts, quizzes,

tunnel walks and other Halloween activities.

Newhaven Fort, see newhavenfort.org.uk.

‘Spook-tacular’ Halloween Fun. Pumpkin

carving, craft sessions, story time, face

painting and more. Blackberry Farm Park, see


Witches and Wizards. Bluebell Railway

invites you to a spooky gathering this half

term. Head to Horsted Keynes Station for

Halloween fun and games, including a fancy

dress competition, crafty fun, and more. Prices

vary, see bluebell-railway.com.


SAT 23 – TUES 24 DEC

food and drink

will be available

both outside in the

Carriage Ring and

in the Seed Café and

Stables restaurant.


Santa’s Toy Factory. Visit Santa and receive

a gift. Meet some of his new helpers in

the factory. South Downs Nurseries, see



Christmas at Nymans. Inspired by Quentin

Blake’s The Story of the Dancing Frog, a sculpture

trail of froggy dancers comes to Nymans this

Christmas. See nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans for

details and related events.


Halloween Fun Dog Show. Raystede Centre

for Animal Welfare, see www.raystede.org.


Look Think Make. Drop-in family-friendly

creative activities, with support from DLWP

staff and volunteers. De La Warr, 2pm-4pm, £1.


Glow Wild. Winter lantern trail in the grounds

of Wakehurst. Trees, ponds and landscapes

are brought to life with hundreds of glowing

lanterns, torches of fire and projections. Festive

CBeebies Hansel and Gretel. CBeebies

Christmas Show once again comes to the big

screen from the theatre stage, with plenty of

Christmas fun. Includes interactive content

exclusively created for cinemas, alongside the

Hansel & Gretel stage performance recorded

at Edinburgh Festival theatre. Depot, 11am &

1pm, £10/£8.


Santa Specials. Enjoy a journey through

the Sussex countryside in all its winter

splendour. Santa and his elves will

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Guardians of Magic

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Guardians of Magic kicks off a brand new fantasy series for nine to

12 year old readers by much-loved author and illustrator Chris


The Kingdom of Thrynne is a place where fairy tales don’t behave,

and magic can be found in unexpected places. But magic brings

danger to Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba, because it is forbidden.

Now, the future of magic itself is under threat from powerful enemies:

those who fear it and, worse, those who want to use it for their own ends. What can three

ordinary children do to protect it?

Destined to fight back and keep the Forever Tree’s magic alive, the three children leave their

homes and, armed with their magical objects (a runcible spoon that creates living gingerbread

creatures, a cello that speaks and dreams and a glowing worpel sword), they come together to

fight the villains who threaten the tree’s sacred magic. With help from the beautiful cloud horses,

the children use their courage and wit to embark upon a unique magical quest.

The stunning illustrations throughout the book are what make this really special, with character

sketches, maps and building cross-sections that both delight and inform. Anna, Bags of Books

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The food of India

Chaula’s is, and long has been, a complete

one-off, for Lewes. Billed ‘The food of India,

not just Indian food’, everything about it has an

authenticity and its own character. The curry is

delicious, traditional and has a lovely homemade

look and flavour. Chaula has been cooking it for

the town for years.

I really like the setting – just outside Waitrose,

standing in its own square. The room we sit in

(the downstairs restaurant) has a special atmosphere.

You step through the door, and feel you are

in India – even as darkness falls, and the blinds

remain open, with Lewes bus station opposite!

When we went, the place filled nicely, even for

early evening, and felt very relaxed, everyone

leaning forward, chatting. I’m partial to the

lunchtime buffet – all you want for £9 a head. It

being evening, we got a menu and waiter service,

sitting at a table surrounded by colourful murals.

(There’s also a lovely cocktail lounge upstairs;

open, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.)

The food is described as ‘originating from

Gujarat’, though the menu also offers ‘all-time

favourites’ from all over India. ‘The décor’, the

website says, ‘provides you with the complete

Indian experience.’ So it does.

After two nice large poppadoms washed down

with raitu, mango chutney, Cobra and Kingfisher,

we shared the Chaula’s Vegetarian Mix

Platter (the small was plenty for two, at £6.99).

The Bhajias were light and crunchy, the Samosa

a lovely filo pastry parcel bulging with hot spicy

filling. We couldn’t guess what the Patra was, but

the waiter enlightened us: “elephant bay leaves

packed together and baked”.

For mains we shared a pilau rice £3.25 – different,

with vegetables in it – and two mains –

Hydrabadi Chicken (£8.50) and Shaami Prawns

(£9.50) – plus a Bombay Aloo (£6.99), and Naan

(£2.50). “The potatoes are a lovely colour,” Pete

said; plus, they were delicious. All the dishes

came in lovely beaten-silver looking bowls. The

portions did not look dauntingly large but these

bowls had a Mary Poppins’ carpet-bag magic: we

never reached their bottoms. Deceptively generous,

and satisfying.

The naan I liked more than standard naans: it

was soft and lighter somehow, a bit oily (in a

good way). Perfect accompaniment to the curries

and rice. The chicken – Pete’s favourite – was

“incredibly tender”: generous chunks that just

melted in the mouth served in a flavour-packed

sauce with a stew-like consistency. The prawn

was spicier without in any way overwhelming

the strong prawn flavour. I enjoyed both enormously,

and a good combination. Really different

from standard curry. Very fresh, authentic home

cooking: lovely, and super filling. CG

6 Eastgate Street. chaulas.co.uk




Pulled Pork Bun with Red Apple Slaw

& Headbangers BBQ Sauce

Andrew Mellor of the Pelham Arms introduces a Bonfire special

We’ve been serving a version of this pulled

pork bun for over five years. It’s perfect for

feeding a crowd, and is great for Bonfire gatherings.

We love food you prepare in advance so

you can spend time with your guests instead of

in the kitchen. This dish always elicits greedy

gasps of delight, despite being really simple to


Our food is constantly evolving as Head Chef

Matt Marten and I share inspiration for new

dishes and ideas for tweaking old favourites. For

this dish we took a recipe for Asian pulled pork

by American chef David Chang and gave it a

BBQ/Americana twist. We love smoking meats

but for this recipe we’ve kept things simple and

let the flavour of the pork take centre stage. Our

pork comes from Holmansbridge Farm and

we serve it with vegan demi-brioche rolls from

Flint Owl. The rolls are key – they need to be

soft, yet strong enough to hold their shape and

keep the meat in place. Serve the buns with a

homemade slaw and tangy sauce for the perfect

crowd-pleasing meal.

Recipe: Serves 12-15. Pulled Pork

1 medium sized free-range pork shoulder/butt;

½ cup salt & sugar 50/50; 100 ml cider vinegar

The day before cooking remove the pork

shoulder skin, leaving a layer of about 1cm of

fat over the whole shoulder. Rub with the salt

and sugar mix, place on a non-metallic tray or

large bowl, cover with cling film or a tea towel

and refrigerate overnight.

On the day, nice and early, preheat the oven

to 130C, place the pork on a deep roasting

tray, cover it with a layer of baking parchment

and then cover the whole tray with foil. Roast

in the low oven for 10 hours – or overnight.

Allow plenty of time for the pork to rest before

serving. When you open it up, it should pull

apart easily. Shred using two forks and sprinkle

with cider vinegar to season.

Red apple slaw

½ medium red cabbage; 5 red apples; 4 red

onions; 1 bunch parsley, chopped; 1 large tbs

wholegrain mustard; ½ cup cider vinegar; 2 tsp

salt; 1 tsp ground pepper

Prepare at least an hour before serving for

maximum flavour. Finely shred the veg and apples,

then add to the rest of the ingredients in a

large bowl and combine. Don’t add mayo!

Headbangers Barbeque Sauce

1 medium onion; 1 tin chopped tomatoes; ½

cup cider vinegar; ½ cup cola; 125g dark brown

sugar; 1 tsp cayenne pepper; 1 tsp allspice; 2 tsp

smoked paprika

Sweat the onions in some oil, then add the spices

and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the cola and

sugar and reduce by ¼, then add the chopped

tomatoes and vinegar and simmer, reducing

until it reaches a thick sticky consistency. Purée

or leave coarse, and eat warm or cold.

To serve, dish the food up for your bonfire

guests to build their own messy pulled pork

buns. As told to Lulah Ellender

Try the pulled pork buns at the Pelham Arms on

5th November from around 5pm




Where treats abound

I love a good sandwich shop. They offer comfort and variety, a chance to

browse and then construct something fun, and they can be a convenient

way to grab food in a hurry. I’ve been working in Lewes for ten months,

and have enjoyed exploring the range of lunch options we have here.

Beckworths is new to me however. It’s an appealing cavern, overflowing

with treats. Ice cream, pies, soft drinks and yogurts are stacked in the

fridge. The counter’s packed with meat, olives, cheese, eggs and sausage

rolls. Thankfully, the staff are patient with me while I ponderously attempt

to take it all in.

I choose a Mortadella filling (pork with pistachios) in one of their focaccia

rolls (£3.75): the meat is thinly sliced but tastes delicious. The focaccia

is soft and generously herby, and the fresh salad makes for a beautifully balanced sandwich: the nicest

I’ve had in a long time.

There’s a wide range of Brown Bag branded crisps available (£1): the tiger prawn flavour tastes like

actual prawns, rather than the lurid pink blaze of prawn cocktail. I’m drawn to some attractive curios

on top of the counter: Italian pastry bites known as cannoli at 90p a go. We try each filling: a rich

chocolate, and tasty, sugary, pistachio and vanilla flavours. A yogurt and raspberry flapjack is in fact

more cake and crumble in texture: a fruity hit with the Viva team (£1.90). Joe Fuller

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From November 4th through to

December 12th The Jolly

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price of 1 from their à la carte


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Lewes bites

The Seasons have various tastings in November.

On Friday 8th, it’s ‘all things plantbased / Vegan’,

a chance to sample cheese, milks and cookies. On

15th, the founder and Head Baker of The Sussex

Kitchen will be sharing breads and cakes. Finally,

on 22nd, a festive tasting of ‘fine Italian foods’,

from chutneys

to cakes. Tastings

run from

11am to 4pm.

All welcome.

16-17 Cliffe

High Street

Vegan Festival Lewes is on Thursday 14th

November from 11.30am till 7pm in East Sussex

College (Cliffe Building, 1 Mountfield Road).

This free event welcomes anyone interested in

exploring the alternative lifestyle of veganism

– which encompasses much more than simply

eating vegan food: ‘veganism’,

says the website,

‘can reduce your

carbon footprint by

nearly three-quarters!’




Rathfinny’s Tasting Room restaurant will

be open seven days a week for lunch from

November, offering an ever-changing menu of

seasonal, modern, British cuisine to accompany

Rathfinny’s Sparkling Sussex

and Cradle Valley wines.

It will also be hosting a

series of evening events

throughout the winter

season, such as a Game

Night Feast on the

8th and 9th November.




Photographer Benjamin Youd visited a range of theatre or production

professionals, and asked each: Who’s your favourite theatrical character?


Pete & Tom East

Set builders and joint directors of East Productions

‘Tim Walker, theatrical fashion photographer. Without having worked with

Tim on his set builds, we wouldn’t be where we are now!’


Judy Neame

Principal of Centre Stage Makeup and Hair training studio

‘Sir Laurence Olivier, an amazing actor with an amazing voice.

Also a dear friend and a compassionate person. Dearly missed.’


Trevor Morgan, Head of Lighting at Lewes Little Theatre

‘Julia, from Alan Ayckbourn’s Haunting Julia, our last production. A tortured soul

whose ghostly apparitions gave plenty of opportunity for special effects.’


James Garnon, Actor

‘Oddly it may be the innocent Bergetto in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore.

Lying, dying in a puddle of blood by candlelight and hearing someone

in the audience say, ‘Oh! But he can’t die! He’s lovely!’’


Gardner Arts to ACCA

Looking back with an eye on the future

Fifty years ago this month,

Britain’s first campusbased

university arts

centre opened its doors at

the University of Sussex.

From the outset the

Gardner Arts Centre –

now the Attenborough

Centre for the Creative

Arts – was intended to

provide a more avant

garde experience for audiences.

Contemporary dance, edgy and political dramas,

experimental music, international and arthouse

film and other events that defy boundaries

continue to inhabit the brick towers of the Basil

Spence-designed building at Falmer.

Laura McDermott, the centre’s creative director,

was well aware of this history when she took on

the job in 2016. The centre, which closed in 2008

when it lost regular funding from the local authority

and from Arts Council England, had undergone

a £8m refurbishment and was reopened and

renamed in honour of film director Sir Richard

Attenborough, the university’s former chancellor.

“So many of the university’s founding principles

were about trying to do things differently,”

she says. “From the bold architecture, to the

interdisciplinarity of the curriculum; it was about

providing an alternative to the traditional forms

of higher education.

“The arts centre was fundamental to this experience.

It recognised the arts as a key component in a

rounded educational experience – nourishing your

soul and developing your personal creativity. It was

described as ‘the yeast in life’s solid dough’.”

While it has certainly enhanced campus life,

the centre has also been a boon to the wider

community, not just as a

venue for annual events

such as Brighton Festival,

Cinecity and Brighton

Digital Festival, but as a

space for local artists and

musicians to rehearse and

develop new work.

One of the towers that

once housed an electronic

music studio has been

given a 21st century makeover to become a new

digital recording studio. Named after the late

Professor of Music, Jonathan Harvey, the facility

is for students during term time, but will be used

for other projects out of hours.

To celebrate the centre’s half century, Laura

and her colleagues are devising a 50-day advent

calendar featuring treasures from the archive

– counting down from 12 November to 31 December.

“We’ll have photos of people who have

appeared here, such as Doris Lessing, recordings

of past gigs (like Animal Collective in Brighton

Festival), and pictures of the space in its various

states of construction and renovation.”

They are also recreating the first concert given by

the university Symphony Orchestra in 1969. The

event features novelist and former student Ian

McEwan reading from his original programme

notes, and international pianist and composer

Shin Suzuma (also an ex-student) playing Beethoven’s

Piano Concerto No 3 on the Steinway

grand piano donated by Tony Banks (the keyboard

player from Genesis – a third alumnus).

“Bringing current students together with illustrious

alumni feels like the perfect way to celebrate

– looking back but with an eye on the future,”

says Laura. Jacqui Bealing

Photo courtesy of the University of Sussex



Paul Brown

Head of Props and Scenic Workshop, Glyndebourne

I’ve been Head of Props

for 15 years. It’s a position

you keep hold of – there have

only been six of us since the

Glyndebourne Festival started

in 1934. But until this year,

there was a big problem we

had to deal with: there wasn’t

enough space to do all the

things we needed to do.

That’s not an issue anymore,

because the company has just

had a state-of-the-art production

hub built on site, and the

whole of the bottom floor is

dedicated to our department.

We now have more than three

times the space we used to

have and the whole process has

become much more efficient.

We make stuff. Or rather we

make, source, adapt and buy in

all the stage props and scenery

needed for the shows. And

with all the Tour shows as well

as the six Festival operas every

season, that’s up to nine a year.

And it’s not just the current

season we’re thinking of.

As well as working on repairs

and maintenance for current

shows, we’re planning two

years in advance for future

events. Each one has a different

director and different

designers, and we have to

adapt to their different ways of

working. It’s a good challenge

to have.

There’s no end to the

variety of props we deal

with, from huge things like

giant chandeliers, period cars

or three-metre-high peacocks,

to tiny details like sugar-tongs

and plastic ice cubes. The main

eye-catcher in the assembly

room as we speak is a 1940s

Photo by Alex Leith



Photo by Graham Carlow

Photo by Sam Stephenson

MG 1500 sports car which has been converted

into an electric vehicle. That’s for Rigoletto.

The assembly room is the central hub

around which all the other studios radiate.

There is a mould-making room, a fabric space,

a woodwork studio for small-sized items, a

wood workshop for bigger-sized items, a paint

shop, a room for fibre-glass work and a metal

workshop. Before, we had to perform most of

these activities in the same space, which wasn’t

ideal: sawdust flying into newly-painted props,

and that sort of thing.

It was important to choose a good, flexible

architect to build the new hub. What we

do here is very odd, when you think about it,

so the process was extremely consultative: we

all had a say in how it would look and work.

Nicholas Hare Architects did a great job. The

old building was demolished in December

2017, and we were back here in February of

this year.

Upstairs there are different departments,

like the costume department and the wig

department. It’s good to have them so close,

as there’s a lot of crossover. For example, we

recently had to make 400 rubber fish for the

sleeves of a costume for Mozart’s Magic Flute.

Including the dress rehearsals, I get to see

each opera that’s performed four or five times.

My favourite Glyndebourne Festival show, over

the years? It’s got to be The Turn of the Screw.

As told to Alex Leith

Photo by Sam Stephenson

Photo by Graham Carlow


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Shakespeare’s Starlings

Three act tragedy

Hey y’all, I’m mailing in this month’s Viva article

from my vacation at Bodega Bay on the foggy

Pacific coast of California. It may be all organic

coffee, art galleries, surfer dudes and flip-flops but

this quaint coastal community is notorious for being

the location for a most sinister film: The Birds

(1963). Alfred Hitchcock has long gone, but flocks

of the film’s stars still sit ominously perched on telegraph

wires as if unaware that the portly director

yelled “cut” 56 years ago. But unlike the local hummingbirds,

phoebes and chickadees these particular

birds look reassuringly familiar to me. They are

Sturnus vulgaris, the European Starling, the same

species we see wheeling around Brighton’s West

Pier in their dramatic amoeboid murmurations.

And, like me, they don’t really belong here. The

Starlings are here thanks to Henry IV. Well, Henry

IV Part 1 to be precise.

Act I: London, 1597. William Shakespeare scribbles

the word ‘starling’ in his epic tale of power

and treachery. With that feathered flourish of

his quill Shakespeare would unknowingly be the

author of an ecological catastrophe that would play

out until the present day.

Act II: New York, 1877. Enter stage right Eugene

Schieffelin, a socialite who would later be remembered

as ‘an eccentric at best, a lunatic at worst’.

He chaired the American Acclimatization Society,

a group which, despite their nationalistic sounding

name, were very keen to welcome foreigners. In

fact their aim was to import animals of economic

or cultural interest from the Old World to the

New. Schieffelin, a big fan of Shakespeare, had

a dream: to populate America with every bird

mentioned in Shakespeare’s writings. And so the

bard’s birds were boxed up in England and brought

to New York where Skylarks, Pied Wagtails, Bullfinches,

Nightingales, Chaffinches and many more

were ‘liberated’ into Central Park. The majority of

them died. But on March 6, 1890, 60 Starlings (a

bird mentioned only once by Shakespeare) were

released in Central Park and they fared better.

Much better. Today there are around 200 million

of them across the United States.

Act III: US, present day. The story of Schieffelin’s

Shakespearian motivation may just be an urban

legend but the legacy of his misguided American

Acclimatization Society is very real. Today European

Starlings are widely vilified by Americans

as aggressive pests that have destroyed precious

ecosystems and turfed out native species. Which is

pretty rich coming from a bunch of invasive Europeans

who have been doing just that for the past

few centuries. And don’t start me on their current

leader – a lunatic at best – who is busy dismantling

environmental regulations that protect wildlife,

the landscape and our planet. But sure, let’s blame

the birds. As Mr Shakespeare (almost) once wrote,

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our Starlings, /

But in ourselves”.

Michael Blencowe, Senior Learning & Engagement

Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust




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First up, there’s some news about The Crown.

The Grade-II-listed building is being redeveloped

by Crown Development. The refurb work

is to be done by Cheesmur Building Contractors,

the company recently responsible for the

extensive works on the old Post Office. In early

November they are to begin converting the

former pub and hotel into three retail units, and

nine apartments. You can check out their progress

on social media #thecrownlewes.

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed a

planning permission notice in the whitewashed

windows of what used to be Aqua. It announces

that Hixon Green are applying for an alcohol

licence, Monday-Sunday, 9am-10.30pm. You

might have visited this establishment at their

smart base on Church Road, in Hove: they’re a

New York-style bar/eatery/cafe, equally happy

serving you scrambled eggs on toast, or a Guava

Mule cocktail.

It’s all change on the north side of Cliffe High

Street. The Seasons is up and running in the

space formerly known as Bunce’s, of course,

selling organic, healthy food, from artisan bread

to fresh turmeric: bring your own container if

you’re after split peas or coriander seeds. And the

family team at Lumen – until recently Simon

David – has been busy giving a clean sweep and

lick of paint to the 15th-century space from

where they’re selling their lighting and other

interior items; it’s worth popping in just to see the

inglenook fireplace they’ve uncovered at the back

of the shop.

Next door, at number 11, it’s a warm welcome to

Nørd, who have moved from the big groundfloor

corner shop in the Needlemakers: expect

bespoke no-ethanol fireplaces, Scandi interior

furnishings, sustainable-fabric clothing and

natural toiletries.

Watch this space to see who moves into the one

that Nørd vacate; while we’re in the Needlemakers,

let’s welcome Alice Ashton, a jeweller who

has beamed down into the store formerly known

as Jewel Purpose, now ‘Jewel Makers: jewellery

creations and the unusual’. She will share her

workbench with the original manager; the little

room has had a beautiful makeover, courtesy of

Anna Hayman.

We were sad to hear that Twinkle Twinkle, the

boutique that’s been brightening up School Hill

for the last 12 years, is to close, at the end of December.

Good luck to Lucy and Susannah. And

the best of luck, too, to Fran, who has re-opened

Cheese Please near the War Memorial. Lovers

of good cheese – both local and continental –

will be delighted it’s back. It’s had a fine new

refurb, too.

The District Council are offering businesses a

publicity opportunity: from £75 +VAT you can

book a space in their Visit Lewes website [visitlewes.co.uk],

aimed at the tourist market.

Finally, make a note of Thursday 5th December,

Late Night Shopping in Lewes. Road closure

of the High Street, School Hill and Cliffe High

Street has been ensured: expect horses and carts,

Morris dancers, choirs of all shapes and sizes, and,

of course, mince pies and mulled wine.

Alex Leith



Annie Timoney

Sub-lieutenant wing-back

“When I signed up, I

signed up for life,” says

Annie Timoney, Lewes FC’s

tenacious 22-year-old Irish

wing-back, sitting in the

Rook Inn before an early-

October training session. “I

was fully committed.”

Annie’s talking about when,

at the age of just 18, she

made the decision to quit

playing football, and join the

Royal Navy.

It was a tough call: she’d been excelling at the

sport since the age of three. A natural athlete,

she’d chosen it over her other loves of Hurling

and Gaelic football, and reached the top of the

game on the island of Ireland.

“I played four full internationals for Northern

Ireland, when I was still 18,” she tells me. She

represented Shelbourne, in the Republic, and

Glentoran of Belfast against the likes of PAOK

Athens and Glasgow City in the European

Champions League.

“But I’m the sort of person who needs to make

progress in life. I couldn’t see a way forward. I’d

fallen out of love with football.”

During her four years in the Navy, she was posted

to the Middle East. She saw plenty of action

on HMS Dragon, hunting drug smugglers in the

Arabian Ocean. “I learnt a lot,” she says, “about

expanding my limits, mentally and emotionally.

I learnt social skills. I learnt how to lead.” She

came to a point where she was a month away

from graduating to drive a warship.

“But there was always something niggling away,”

she continues. “I was worried about feeling

regret, when I got older, that I hadn’t fulfilled

my childhood dream of

reaching the very top as a


Aged 22, she quit the Navy,

and started the search for

a new club, that eventually

took her to Lewes FC. “I

met Fran [Alonso, Lewes

manager], and saw the

set-up, and was genuinely

impressed. The Equality FC

was important: it’s amazing

to be at the forefront of such

an important movement in the women’s game.”

Realising her years in the sporting wilderness

would count against her, Annie was preparing

herself to learn more off the pitch than on it, this

season. “I earmarked this year for getting up to

speed,” she says. “Watching, learning, developing

the mental side of my game.”

She was delighted, therefore, to be called up to

start in the FA Cup game against Crystal Palace

on September 23rd. Sadly, she didn’t last the

full 90. A clumsy Crystal Palace boot stomped

on her ankle in the last ten minutes: she was

carried off and, as I write, is still recovering

from what turned out, mercifully, just to be a

soft tissue injury.

Don’t bet against her making it back into the

starting line-up soon, though. Considering the

twists and turns in her career so far, the injury

looks like a minor blip. And I wouldn’t bet, either,

against her fulfilling her ultimate ambition,

of ‘playing in the WSL’, the top tier of women’s

football. But would that be in the red and black

of Lewes FC?

“That would be the dream,” she says.

Alex Leith

Photo by James Boyes



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It’s November 29th, 1911, and the curtain is

about to fall on the one and only performance

of the ballad operetta The Smugglers.

The show was performed on the occasion of

the annual prize distribution and concert of

the Lewes company of the Territorial Army,

at the Assembly Room of the Town Hall.

The performers in the show were current and

former volunteers in the D Company of the 5th

(Cinque Ports) Royal Sussex Regiment.

There’s a report on the concert in the Sussex

Agricultural Times, which gives a brief precis

of the plot (spoiler alert!): ‘The smugglers’ den

is visited by preventivemen [customs officers]

and an excise officer on the very night a lugger

arrives laden with smuggled goods. The preventivemen

are on the track of the smugglers

but the incompetent excise official interferes

and the smugglers succeed in outwitting their


The journalist passes positive judgement on the

performance: ‘It was arranged and presented

by ex. Col-Sgt Edgar Flint, and the production

certainly did him the greatest credit… the

acting of every individual calls for the greatest


Edgar Flint, I’m told by his grandson Nick

(now the Vicar of Rusper), was a member of

D Company from 1895 to 1905. He was a

keen bonfire boy, and a member of the Lewes

Fire Brigade, which had been founded by his

grandfather. Flint was later presented with a

pair of golden cufflinks to thank him for stage

managing the show.

The picture, I’m told by Tom Reeves, was

taken by his grandfather, Benjamin Reeves, as

an experiment in the use of ‘flashlight’ photography,

using flash powder. This method was, he

reveals, very spectacular and potentially quite

dangerous. The newspaper doesn’t report any


At the time of this annual get together, according

to the same newspaper report, D Company

numbered 126 volunteers. Most of these chaps,

we can assume, would have also volunteered

in 1914, to fight in the regular army after the

outbreak of war. Alex Leith

Reeves, 159 High St, 01273 473274.


Come and support your

wonderful Rooks!

Next up at the Dripping Pan:

Sat 2 Nov, 2pm: Chelsea

Sat 9 Nov, 3pm: Hornchurch

Sun 17 Nov, 1pm: Sheffield United

Sat 30 Nov, 3pm: Folkestone Invicta

And remember that anyone under 16

gets free entry to all Lewes FC matches.




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