Archive for March 11th, 2011

New Season at The Hawth

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The Hawth’s summer season is about to be revealed. What a scorcher it is! Packed with everything you would expect from your top local theatre. There’s so much to look forward to including comedy, dance, film, family shows and of course theatre.

Tickets are already selling fast for the hot comedy Calendar Girls, with an all star cast including, including Lesley Joseph (Birds of a Feather), Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders’ Little Mo), Sue Holderness (Marlene in Only Fools and Horses) and Strictly Come Dancing’s Camilla Dallerup, to name just some of the line up. There are in fact plenty of theatrical treats to be had both inside and out. Les Enfant Terribles present the ‘elegant and subversive’ The Infant in the Studio, while outside audiences can look forward to a return visit from Compagnie Animotion with the free world premiere of it’s first international multi-media commission, Diaspora, telling a tale inspired by the people of Crawley. There will also be alfresco theatre with Twelfth Night in the Amphitheatre in June followed by Fantastic Mr Fox (Goffs Park), Pirates of Penzance (Amphitheatre) and Wind In The Willows (Amphitheatre) in August. With The Hawth’s special Outdoor Summer Saver Offer there’s no better excuse to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Warsaw Village Band

The outdoor theme continues as Crawley Folk Festival returns in June to celebrate its 20th anniversary. There will be music from Warsaw Village Band, The Elevators and The Copper Family plus much more. Come along and enjoy the stalls, food, workshops and fun while soaking up the sun, sounds and atmosphere. Those looking for a more classical style of music will be delighted to hear that The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are back and legendary baritone Sir Willard White will be performing as part of the Classical Concert Series. The Hawth’s Going Global programme brings the amazing Harlem Gospel Choir to Crawley direct from New York and Ladysmith Black Mambazo make a welcome return. Plus there will be the usual selection of great blues, jazz and world music.

Harlem Gospel Choir

There is a lot to make you laugh this season as Dom Joly says Welcome to Wherever I Am and presents a one man show tracking his extraordinary life from Trigger Happy TV, to holidaying in Chernobyl and ending up in the jungle with Gillian McKeith. Plus Rob Rouse will be putting a smile on everyone’s face with his new show The Great Escape.

Dom Joly

Families can come along for an afternoon of sheer silliness as The Chuckle Brothers return with Barry Potty and his full blood brother Paul in the Ghostly Shadows. Later in the season some well known faces will be popping in including Shaun the Sheep in Shaun’s Big Show and Mr Benn, The Extraordinary Adventures of An Ordinary Man. Plus the internationally acclaimed Shaolin Warriors are back with a show full of breathtaking feats to wow all ages. The international family fun continues throughout the season culminating with Crawley International Mela, featuring music, dance, food, stalls and crafts from all over the world.

Shaun’s Big Show

Over the last two years The Hawth has given away over 2000 tickets to under 26s as part of A Night Less Ordinary. As the Arts Council Scheme comes to an end the theatre will be launcing it’s very own under 26 card to encourage young people to attend and enjoy the arts. The card will offer discounts, free tickets and events and extra rewards for visiting The Hawth. Look out for more details coming soon or call the box office with your contact details to be kept up to date.



Longest avenue of trees protected

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Longest avenue of trees protected

Important works to the south east’s longest avenue of horse chestnut trees is taking place.

More than 100 horse chestnut trees, believed to be around 100-150 years old, line land around The Ridings in Pound Hill.

The leaves of these trees are being attacked by the leaf miner larvae so the council has called in tree specialists who have been out spraying the trees to eradicate the problem. This work will protect the trees to ensure they live longer.

Bartlett Tree Experts are carrying out the work for the council. They have kindly agreed to adopt a number of trees in Crawley, including the large horse chestnut tree in Worth Park Gardens, and will treat these trees to get them back to full health, free of charge.

Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “The horse chestnuts in The Ridings are a bit of a hidden beauty, cutting across both sides of the road.

“The avenue of trees is very impressive at this time of year so I’m sure it will look stunning in the summer and autumn. I’d like to thank Bartlett Tree Experts for the work they are doing and for their adoption of the giant horse chestnut in Worth Park and other trees in Crawley.”

A spokesperson for Bartlett Tree Experts said: “Firstly we will apply a systemic insecticide to combat the leaf miner, which will help the tree by massively reducing the population of pests. Secondly we will soil inject high phosphate fertiliser. This wakes the tree up to the fact it’s under attack from the bleeding canker and kick starts its immune system.

“Finally we will carry out root invigoration and soil decompaction. This breaks up the highly compacted soil around the tree’s root zone enabling new root development. At the same time we incorporate a large mulch bed also beneficial to the roots.

“This combined package should go a long way to help these fantastic trees survive in the urban jungle that trees find themselves in these days.”

(l-r) Peter Small, Bartlett Tree Experts; George Frame, Arboricultural Officer at Crawley Borough Council; Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture at Crawley Borough Council


Family Fan at The Hawth

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Sparkle and Dark

The Clock Master

Sat 30 April 2pm, Studio

When a young girl enters a shop of clockwork wonders, she soon finds herself lost amongst strange stories of magic, music boxes, minstrels and monkeys!

A visually enchanting tale performed with live music, projected animation and moments of puppet-peril!

Using props, set and puppets made entirely from reclaimed materials and other everyday objects, this play has been created for both adults and children alike.

Suitable for children aged 5 plus. Running time: 70 mins.

After the show at 3.30pm there will be a Workshop in The Elgar Room. A one hour workshop where children will be taught how to make the puppet move to live music and sound effects.

The Chuckle Brothers

Mon 2 May 2.30pm & 5.30pm, Theatre

Barry Potty and his full blood brother Paul in The Ghostly Shadows

Join Paul and Barry Chuckle in their latest hilarious adventure.

The brothers arrive accidentally at Pigsnorts School of Magic where the evil Lord Fonterall is plotting to take over the school! Can the brothers halt his evil and wicked plan?

An exhilarating new show featuring ghosts, ghouls and spectacular magic.

Calibre Productions present by Arrangement with Aardman Ltd

Shaun the Sheep in Shaun’s Big Show

Wed 18 – Sat 21 May, Theatre

Wed 6.45pm, Thur 1pm & 4.30pm, Fri 4.30pm & 7.30pm, Sat 11am, 2.30pm & 6.45pm

Come and join Shaun and his friends in their very own live show.

All your favourite characters from the hit BBC show will be here including Bitzer, Shirley, Timmy and the rest of the flock in this magical, fully choreographed music and dance extravaganza.

Shaun is stage struck and has decided to put on a very special show for all his friends, so get ready for some fabulous madcap mayhem as they dance and prance their way through a series of wonderful adventures under the nose of the short-sighted Farmer.

This Emmy Award-winning BBC family favourite has been specially adapted for the stage by the ‘national children’s dramatist’ David Wood (The BFG, The Witches).

Suitable for children aged 3+

Half Moon Young People’s Theatre

Rip, Fold, Scrunch

Sat 21 May 11am, Studio

A butterfly flutters. A kite soars. But not everyone has something to play with.

Join Rip, Fold and Scrunch as they journey into the multicoloured world of friendship, with the help of some magical paper creations.

An enchanting show fusing theatre, Kathak dance and live music within a paper world. After the performance come and experiment with paper– rip, fold and scrunch your own creations!

Suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years


Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Joyful Theatre and Kijimuna Festa

Looking for Yoghurt

Sun 22 & Mon 23 May, Studio

Sun 3pm, Mon 10.30am

A year-long collaboration between artists from Korea, Japan and the UK, Looking for Yoghurt is a moving original story inspired by the wisdom of children.

A small Korean girl is looking for a stray cat called Yoghurt when she meets two children from other cultures and together they set off on an extraordinary adventure.

Free post show discussion on Sunday.

Suitable for children aged 6 – 12 years

Angel Heart Theatre

Oshima and the Big Sea

Sat 4 June 11am, Studio

Oshima goes fishing every day in his little boat hoping to catch a really big fish…

But he never does. Maybe it’s because he’s too busy day-dreaming about what it must be like under the big sea, one day he gets the chance to find out!

With lovingly-made sea creatures, shadow puppetry and live music, this is an uplifting show where warm-hearted humour swims with big-eyed wonder.

A family show set in and inspired by Japanese culture and puppetry.

Suitable for children aged 3 plus

Mr Benn – The Extraordinary Adventures of an Ordinary Man

Mon 13 & Tue 14 June, Theatre

Mon 4.30pm, Tue 10am & 2pm

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the much-loved television series, the creators of The Gruffalo and Room On The Broom stage shows present a new live production based on the classic character written and illustrated by David McKee.

Mr Benn, an ordinary man who lives in an ordinary street, gets a surprise when an envelope lands with a thud on his doormat. It’s an invitation. To a fancy dress party!

Mr Benn sets off to look for a costume and finds himself drawn to a small shop he’s never noticed before. As if by magic, the shopkeeper appears and shows Mr Benn into the changing room. But this is no ordinary changing room – it contains a special door that leads to adventures.

Suitable for children aged 3 plus. Running time: 55 minutes (no interval).

Theatre of Widdershins

Three Billy Goats Gruff and other Furry Tales

Sun 3 July 2pm, Studio

What really happened between the wolf and his three porky friends? Why was Goldilocks wandering in the woods? How did the goats overcome a mighty troll?

Let the wonderful Theatre of Widdershins explain with the help of fun, laughter, some gorgeous puppets and a soundtrack that will stick in your head long after you’ve left the theatre.

Suitable for ages 3 plus



Crawley MP Welcomes Virgin Atlantic’s Boot To Economic Growth In Crawley

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Henry Smith MP today welcomed Virgin Atlantic’s announcement that it will be expanding its service operations at Gatwick Airport.

Ten new A330 aircraft will be introduced over the next two years, which will not only boost services on offer from Gatwick (specifically additional weekly flights from London to Ghana, Tobago, Grenada and Havana) but will also create 350 new jobs locally.

The new posts will include cabin crew, pilots and ground staff for the newly created supporting head office roles.

Henry said:

“I warmly welcome Virgin Atlantic’s announcement to expand their Gatwick operations.

“Once again, Virgin Atlantic has demonstrated that it is a forward thinking and successful British company, that I feel very proud to have based here in Crawley.  This move will serve only to further cement Gatwick’s status as the nation’s second gateway.”

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