Shoreham's Live and Local festival is back in business

The lifting of lockdown means a restart for Shoreham’s Local and Live festival.

Monday, 30th November 2020, 10:00 am
Janet Behan
Janet Behan

It clears the way for events on December 4 and 5 at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, followed by plenty more in January.

Shoreham Wordfest programme director Rosalind Turner said: “On Friday evening, December 4, Three Penny Piece bring some glamour to vintage jazz, reviving old-time favourites from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Songstresses Antonia Hyatt, Hannah Summers and Hilary Andrews perform honey-toned tight trio jazz harmonies. Influenced by the Andrews Sisters, the girls re-work well-known swing, big band and boogie-woogie songs of the past and modern pop songs of recent decades with their unique trio take on songs of a bygone era.

“On Saturday afternoon, December 5, audiences are invited to celebrate the festive season as This Is My Theatre brings Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol, to life in a stunning one-act adaptation. With traditional carols throughout, this will definitely get all of the family in the mood for Christmas.

“On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean-spirited and miserly old man, is visited by the ghost of his business partner Jacob Marley. Shown Christmas’ Past, Present and Future he is offered the chance of redemption...but will he take it?”

Rosalind added: “We were very disappointed to press pause on our Local and Live festival, due to the recent lockdown. We are delighted that we can go ahead with Threepenny Piece and A Christmas Carol, which were meant to be the culmination of our festival. All the other festival events have been rescheduled to take place in January and February, starting with Geoff Mead’s talk, Viscounts and Chicken Stubbers on Friday, January 22 and Janet Behan’s original theatre piece Kathleen and Me on Saturday, January 23.”

Coming up:

Friday, December 4, 7.30pm: Three Penny Piece vintage jazz singers

Saturday, December 5, 2pm: A Christmas Carol by This is My Theatre

Friday, January 22, 7.30pm: Geoff Mead, Viscounts and Chicken Stubbers

Saturday, January 23, 7.30pm: Amaryllis Crooke: Ah Yes I Remember It Well: songs and stories from the golden age of Musicals

Sunday, January 24, 7pm: Louise Peskett: Notorious Women of Brighton

Thursday, January 28, 7.30pm: Colin Grant – The Homecoming, Voices of the Windrush Generation with Amy Zamarripa Solis and Akila Richards.

Friday, January 29, 7.30pm: Janet Behan: Kathleen and Me also featuring second-half entertainment with actress and poet Nora Connolly

Saturday, January 30, 2pm: Janet Pressley: W H Auden, his Life and Poetry

Saturday, January 30, 7.30pm: Musa Mboob and Xam Xam: An Africa Night Fever music event

Weds, February 3, 7.30pm: Chris Hare with the Duck Pond Sailors: Haul Away Joe!

Friday, February 5, 7.30pm: Joshua Crisp: Tales of Hercules

Sunday, February 21,, 7pm: New Generation Jazz: Bjorn Dahlberg and Paul Richards

All events will take place at Ropetackle Arts Centre. Tickets are £8, except Christmas Carol which are £10. Tickets are available from or call Ropetackle box office 01273 464440.