Archive for January 6th, 2011

2010 – The Hawth did it again

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The Hawth Crawley enjoyed another great year offering fantastic entertainment to over 160,000 people not only at the theatre but also across the area at Tilgate Park, Goffs Park, Worth Park Gardens, Crawley Library and even Crawley Amateur Boxing Club.

There were certainly laughs aplenty as over 4000 people enjoyed hilarious comedy in both the Theatre and the Studio throughout the year from the likes of Bradley Walsh, Jimmy Carr and Joe Pasquale. Another well known name who wowed sell-out audiences for a whole week was illusionist Derren Brown, with his mind bending show, Enigma.

Other sell out performances for 2010 included Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, A Tribute to Tommy Dorsey, Essence of Ireland, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Jane McDonald, Charlie and Lola and Peppa Pig and when The Proclaimers performed for a packed house in June The Hawth was even host to a marriage proposal during the concert.

Under 26s got to enjoy many of these shows and more for free as The Hawth successfully completed its second and final year of the Arts Council’s free ticket scheme, A Night Less Ordinary. In 2010 over 2000 young people were able to try out new theatrical experiences as part of the initiative and with the scheme running until February there is still a little time to take advantage and plans are already underway for the theatre to continue offering great offers and discounts to under 26s this year.

Further success with Arts Council England came last year when the Theatre secured a grant of £99,999 supported by the National Lottery to develop and promote Going Global, an audience development programme designed to offer audiences culturally diverse and international work in Crawley over the next two years. Audiences can already look forward to dance from Stepping Out East, clowning fun for all the family in Plastic Fantastic, The Shaolin Warriors and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

In May, The Hawth and the South Asian Arts Ambassadors put on Crawley’s first ever Asian Film Festival, with hundreds of people enjoying free screenings of three films at venues across Crawley. After the success in 2010 watch this space for news on the next film festival.

The year was brought to the perfect close by The Hawth’s FAB-U-LOUS pantomime, Snow White starring Craig Revel Horwood. Over 25,000 people were enchanted by the

‘fantast-maglorious show’(The Stage) leaving everyone very excited to see what next year brings when Peter Pan flies into action.

Lee Mead

Thank you to everyone who visited in 2010 and made the year such a great one, we hope you enjoyed it and here’s to bringing you lots more great live entertainment, exhibitions, talks, fairs and films this year! It looks like the next year is set to impress audiences once again, as Jimmy Carr and Milton Jones have already sold out and tickets are selling fast for Lee Mead, Flawless, Calendar Girls and Dom Joly – book now!

Video interviews challenge Cabinet Members

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Video interviews challenge Cabinet Members

Tough decisions taken by West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Members are being challenged in a no holds-barred collection of video interviews now available for viewing on the County website.

The Digital Democracy series asks blunt questions of top politicians, and demands they justify their decisions and proposals. Four interviews have so far been recorded by the Communications Unit, and more are planned.

“Digital Democracy is about good and bad news, and digging out the truth,” said County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith. “We’re planning one the most difficult budgets ever, against a background of spending cuts and no increase in council tax this year. People have a right to know, and to see, who is taking the decisions and why.”

Louise herself was questioned by interviewer Chris Rider on whether West Sussex could really save £75m over three years. Was the Big Society nothing more than an urban myth, and why had the county given more than two-and-a-half million pounds to Chichester Festival Theatre over 10 years?

Children and Families Cabinet Member Pete Bradbury was asked if he would resign following the Ofsted ruling that child safeguarding was inadequate. How did it happen, who was to blame and what was he personally doing about it?

In another interview, Peter Catchpole, Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, was challenged on whether proposals to close some day centres were just about saving money. He was also asked to explain why there were proposals to cut adult social care and limit it to people with substantial or critical needs.

Peter Evans, Cabinet Member for Public Protection was asked to justify why he approved Fire and Rescue Service changes that will include the closure of three retained fire stations.

“The Digital Democracy series is a success because literally no question is taboo,” explained Louise. “It asks exactly what the person in the street would ask, given the chance.”

Future interviews in the video series include Michael Brown, Cabinet Member for Finance, and Peter Griffiths, Cabinet Member for Education and Schools. Anyone can submit a question which could be included in future interviews. Just e-mail:

To watch the Digital Democracy series, visit and click on ‘Your Council.’


Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Get ready to Spring into Dance with The Hawth’s programme of world-class companies presenting some truly exciting work. Whether you are a fan of hip hop, ballet, contemporary or classical you will find something you’ll love.

On Thursay 3 February, 7.45pm Step Out Arts will be presenting a showcase of British East Asian choreographers and dancers in Stepping Out East. The show includes four works, exploring memory and forgetting, the Morecambe Bay tragedy and different cultures. All performed by East Asian dancers including former member of CandoCo Chisato Minamimura.

For those with a preference for more classical dance, renowned Hawth regulars Moscow City Ballet will be presenting two stunning pieces in February. Victor Smirnov Golovanov’s Swan Lake (Mon 14 Feb), is a stunning demonstration of precision and sheer grace, the perfect Valentine’s treat. The enchanting story of Sleeping Beauty (Tue 15 & Wed 16 Feb) is set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and will captivate audiences as it has done for well over a century.


Another welcome return for this season is from Michael Nunn and William Trevitt’s Balletboyz on Friday 4 March at 7.30pm. The Talent is an explosive feast of exhilarating live dance, cleverly fused with the company’s trademark use of film and behind the scenes footage. The show features a mixed programme of four works including a mesmerising re-working of Russell Maliphant’s Torsion, Paul Roberts’ haunting Alpha plus two brand new commissions.


The Hawth is delighted to also be able to offer audiences the chance to see Flawless, the stars of StreetDance 3D and Britain’s Got Talent as never before in Chase The Dream, Monday 14 March at 7.30pm. The group fuse stunning street with jazz and ballet in a show that is breathtaking, funny and moving.

Internationally renowned contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre visit Crawley for the first time under new Artistic Director Sharon Watson on Wednesday 6 April at 7.30pm with Reflected. An evening of compelling, entertaining and diverse programmes featuring classic pieces from Phoenix’s rich history as well as new works (Recommended for ages 11+).

Rounding off the season of dance Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon uses her power to grip and seduce audiences in 7734 on Wednesday 27 April as the company of spectacular dancers examine man’s inhumanity to man and questions the human forces and weaknesses that have manufactured hell on earth. The choreography is combined with video, text and music to create an awe-inspiring performance.

To book tickets for any of these shows please call The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or visit to book online.