Deliciously weird, wonderfully camp, dark and outrageous. Here are this month’s “must see” events in Rye. Get a drink, get a ticket and get along.
BRING THE KIDS: The Pocket Oxford Theatre Company Presents: Hamlet. the Marquee, Lamb House, 5:30pm Saturday September 19 Tickets: Adults £11 kids £7.70 Buy Here
Like an obsessive collector at a boot fair, Artistic Director Teds Walker has hoarded previously unrelated references: a Queen Song, The Lion King, drag, death, streetwear and human ventriloquism and thrown the lot into this chaotic, colourful adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is sure to be a head spinning experience. We very rarely see performances like this in Rye, so don’t miss it.
“Everybody is beginning to talk. They say that you, my angel… are losing your mind”
GROWN UPS: Cabaret Evening Hosted By Timberlina, The Marquee, Lamb House Saturday September 26 7:30pm Over 16s only. Tickets £10 on the door or from Grammar School Records.
This spangling, camp, autumnal event includes Punch and Jude: A Puppet Show For Grown Ups, Absurd Operetta, Alt-Folk Raconteurs and and Tom Marshman’s All Inclusive Holiday Experience. Curated by bearded drag hostess, my girl Timberlina, the show includes some of Tim’s glittering co- performers: Vauxhall Tavern star Nathan Evans plus Tom Marshman who has the most amazing sin-related-travel-story sharing page: A Place In The Sun Pick a place on the map, share your story and admit your sin. Plus read everyone else’s (warning: explicit).
Face The Front, Rye Art Gallery FREE open everyday until October 25
FTF is what I’m calling the best show I’ve seen at RAG. I’ve been a fan of artists Lucy Sedgwick, Robert Sample, Paul Alexander Thornton and Matt Hardman since starting college as a weird sixteen year old. We share a love of dark imagery and the bizarre and we all studied at Hastings College of Art in the good ol’ days of the St Leonards campus, which now sadly sits derelict, surrounded by piles of rubble. Lucy Sedgwick’s installation piece is a first in Rye for me, as is Kate Crook’s Japanese erotic illustration piece, a tribute to Hokusai imagery, of which I am also a fan
Director Jane Fenn describes the show: “I think its dramatic, clean contemporary and exciting. It’s art for now. It appeals to a younger audience. Teachers are bringing pupils to see the show, which is the result I wanted”.
Also worth a mention is “Connect The Threads” upstairs at RAG, a collection of textile art including Madeline Day and Josephine Ho and Heather Collins.