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Things to do in Sussex this February

PUBLISHED: 11:33 30 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:37 30 January 2019

Dark Skies Festival (Photo by Anne-Katrin Purkiss)

Dark Skies Festival (Photo by Anne-Katrin Purkiss)

ANNE-KATRIN PURKISS

We round up some of the best events and things to do across Sussex this month

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ART

Young Picasso - 5 and 12 February

The Capitol Theatre, Horsham

A fascinating look into the life of one of history’s best known artists in this new film by Brighton’s Exhibition on Screen. There is the chance to hear from leading experts and even his grandson, Olivier Widmaier Picasso. Tickets from £14/£12 concessions, starts 7.30pm.

www.thecapitolhorsham.com

Palais de Justice - 17 February-2 June

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Carey Young is bringing her most ambitious video work to date to Eastbourne for its UK debut. Palais de Justice, filmed at the 19th century courthouse in Brussels from which it takes its name, turns patriarchal norms on their head by showing female judges and lawyers at work. The piece was filmed without permission, offering a fascinating, hitherto unseen, counter-narrative. The exhibition coincides with the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919, which allowed women to enter the legal professions for the first time ever, so it will be particularly poignant. Free entry.

www.townereastbourne.co.uk

MUSIC AND THEATRE

His Dark Materials - Until 3 February

Lewes Little Theatre

Join the Lewes Theatre Youth Group as they perform the first part of the two-play dramatisation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy. Aged between 11 and 18, the actors will take audiences on a thrilling journey filled with all kinds of magical creatures. Tickets from £6, times vary.

www.lewestheatre.org

Brian Cox: Universal - 2 February

The Hawth, Crawley

Professor Brian Cox OBE will take audiences to the edge of our current understanding of the origin and evolution of our Solar System and the workings of nature. He will be joined by comedian Robin Ince from BBC Radio 4 show Infinite Monkey Cage. From £32.50.

www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/The-Hawth

Russian State Ballet of Siberia - 4, 5 and 6 February

Theatre Royal Brighton

The touring company performs La Fille Mal Garde, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker on succesive nights. Tickets from £13, starts 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on 6 February.

www.atgtickets.com

Banff Mountain Film Festival - 5 February

Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Be transported to some of the planet’s most extreme destinations with the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which showcases the work of the most intrepid filmmakers. Highlights include The Mountain Life, a film which charts the adrenaline-packed story of a mother and daughter as they embark on a ski journey from Vancouver to Alaska. Tickets from £16 or £14 for concessions, starts 7.30pm.

www.brightondome.org

Lewes Psychedelic Festival - 8-9 February

Lewes Arms (8 Feb) and All Saints Centre (9 Feb), Lewes

Spectacular visuals and music from an exciting list of artists across the psychedelic spectrum including Group Listening and Kristin McClement on 8 Feb and AK/DK and Soundcarriers on 9 Feb, plus an intimate show at the Union Music Store, Lewes on 9 Feb. Doors open 8pm (8 Feb) and 3pm (9 Feb). Tickets from £10, plus a booking fee.

www.meltingvinyl.co.uk

Elin Manahan Thomas - 10 February

Fairlight Hall, Hastings

Elin Manahan Thomas sang at this year’s royal wedding as the new Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle walked up the aisle of St George’s Chapel. She will be performing closer to home at Fairlight Hall as part of a charity black-tie fundraiser for Barefoot Opera, a small and innovative opera company based in St Leonards. She will be accompanied by the talented Nicholas Bosworth on the piano. Tickets £50 in advance.

www.barefootopera.com

Reasons to Stay Alive - 11 February

Komedia Studio, Brighton

Critically acclaimed musician Andy Burrows has put together a mesmerising collection of songs all loosely inspired by best-selling Brighton author Matt Haig’s much-loved books, including Reasons to Stay Alive and How to Stop Time. The tour will see the former Razorlight drummer performing songs from the album as well as his own material. Tickets from £14, doors 7.30pm.

www.komedia.co.uk

Rough Crossing - 11-16 February

Chichester Festival Theatre

Tom Stoppard’s high seas comedy focuses on two famous but desperate playwrights stuck on an ocean liner to New York trying to rehearse their latest show before they dock. Holding up their preparations are a suicidal composer, a mistimed lifeboat drill and an unorthodox waiter. Stars Celebrity Masterchef John Partridge and Charlie Stemp. Tickets from £10, various times.

cft.org.uk

Doubt: A Parable - 12-16 and 19-23 February

Printers Playhouse, Grove Road, Eastbourne

New ethical theatre company Dark Unicorn Productions present John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer and Tony-winning play Doubt. Set in a New York Catholic elementary school in 1964, it explores the uncertainty raised when the principal, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, begins to suspect the intentions of local priest Father Brendan Flynn towards a vulnerable pupil. A gripping human drama, turned into an acclaimed movie starring Meryl Streep. This production sponsored by Much Ado Books, Alfriston. 7.45pm nightly, tickets £10.

www.darkunicorn.org

Dr Michael Mosley - 12 February

Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Join the man who created the 5:2 diet and now hosts the BBC’s Trust Me I’m A Doctor as he embarks on his first ever UK theatre tour, True Fast Health.

Dr Mosley will pick apart popular health myths, leading a fascinating tour of the human body. Tickets from £25, starts 7.30pm.

www.worthingtheatres.co.uk

Dance Those Magical Musicals - 19 February

Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Calling all Strictly Come Dancing fans… Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, two of the nation’s favourite professional dancers from the show, are bringing their talents to Brighton Dome as part of their magical UK tour. Joining them on stage will be the London Concert Orchestra, a West End dance ensemble and vocalist Lance Ellington, for what promises to be an evening to remember. Tickets from £34, starts 7.30pm.

www.brightondome.org

Rock of Ages - 19-23 February

The Hawth, Crawley

Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton stars in this smash hit tribute to the glory days of the rock era. Tickets from £25.50.

www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/The-Hawth

Without Borders - 23 February

The Birley Centre, Eastbourne

The London based Modulus String Quartet and the New Network Singers come together to perform a captivating array of music in response to one of the biggest challenges of our time: the migrant crisis. Featuring new work by three talented Eastbourne based composers – Melody Woodham, Clive Whitburn and Tim Laverack – alongside Classic FM presenter Jessica Curry. Tickets £12 or £8 for under 18s in advance, all profits to Migrant Help. Starts 7.30pm.

www.melodywoodham.com/withoutborders

OUT AND ABOUT

It’s All About You - 3 February

The Hamblin Centre, Bosham

Run by the Hamblin Trust, this powerful one day event offers women the chance to kick start 2019 in one of the best ways possible. A series of workshops and sessions have been designed to encourage participants to step off the treadmill and take time to focus on themselves, with the retreat day being led by life coach and children’s author, Lynne Healy. Tickets £69, including refreshments, lunch and a goody bag, from 9.30am and 4.30pm.

www.hamblincentre.org.uk

Stephen Jones - 7 February to 9 June

Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Master milliner Stephen Jones is filling the Royal Pavilion with hats as part of an eclectic exhibition. His creations have featured in the catwalk shows of many leading designers.

www.brightonmuseums.org.uk

The Story of Eastbourne - From 16 February

Victoria Mansions, Eastbourne

For the first time ever, the town’s fascinating history is to be told through the eyes of the real people who lived it, spanning from pre-history right through to present day. The exhibition will showcase artefacts such as an ancient elephant’s tooth and a piece of Roman flooring, complete with child-friendly activities and interactive exhibits. It is to run for two years before possibly becoming permanent.

www.heritageeastbourne.co.uk

Normans and Saxons 18-22 February

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, Battle

Venture back in time at Battle Abbey this half term, where soldiers will once again descend on the grounds. Younger visitors can brush up on their skills in the field with a sword, shield or spear as they take part in the Kids’ Battle of Hastings, but first they’ll have to decide whether their loyalty lies with the Normans or the Saxons. Who will clinch the coveted victory?

www.english-heritage.org.uk

The South Downs Dark Skies Festival - 20 February

Town Hall, Lewes

In celebration of a momentous 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing, this year’s festival will follow a lunar theme, offering participants the chance to learn about galaxies far, far away. Gather at the Town Hall before going outside for some star and moon-gazing, alongside fascinating indoor talks. Meet the wildlife who love the night-time, and try an astronaut’s space suit for size. Free, from 4pm to 8pm.

www.southdowns.gov.uk

Kenny Tutt - 23 February

Lancing College

Kenny will be hosting a pop-up dinner to support the College’s Foundationers campaign. Launched in late 2017, the campaign aims to support 25 students from disadvantaged backgrounds through the College over the next few years. Through this programme the school is working to ensure that the benefits of a Lancing education are made more widely available than ever before.

www.lancingcollege.co.uk/events

The Grand Brighton Half Marathon - 24 February

Grab your trainers and take part in, or support, the half marathon – now entering its 29th year. The 13.1 mile route takes in some of the city’s most iconic scenery, as it winds past the Palace Pier and the Grand Hotel with its newly refreshed façade.

The race is organised by The Sussex Beacon charity, who are doing fantastic work to support those living with HIV in the county, so it’s a great way to raise money for a very worthy cause. The main race starts at 9.30am.

www.brightonhalfmarathon.com

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