Viva Lewes Issue #158 November 2019

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VIVALEWES

EDITORIAL

‘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.

THE TEAM

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EDITOR: Charlotte Gann charlotte@vivamagazines.com

SUB-EDITOR: David Jarman

PRODUCTION EDITOR: Joe Fuller joe@vivamagazines.com

ART DIRECTOR: Katie Moorman katie@vivamagazines.com

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CONTRIBUTORS: Jacqui Bealing, Michael Blencowe, Julie Bull, Hasia Curtis, Lulah Ellender, Mark Greco, Anita Hall,

John Henty, Robin Houghton, Eleanor Knight, Linda Lamont, Dexter Lee, Alex Leith, Lizzie Lower, Carlotta Luke,

Nione Meakin, Anna Morgan, Michael Munday, Galia Pike, Janet Sutherland and JJ Waller.

PUBLISHER: Becky Ramsden becky@vivamagazines.com

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