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Someone, Somewhere by Pat Davis

In May 1980, 22-year-old Jessie Earl disappeared. Her flat in Eastbourne was left as if she'd just popped out for a moment. She became a 'missing person' until 9 years later when her body was discovered hidden in dense undergrowth on Beachy Head. This is the true story of those nine years of searching by her parents, Valerie and John; the nine years of waiting for Jessie to be found so her spirit could rest.  This brand new play mixes Jessie's evocative diaries, interviews with John and Valerie Earl and poetic monologues based on Jessie's other writings to create a moving portrait of the experience of loss and survival. United by integrity and courage, John and Valerie show how they transcended the tragedy of losing their only daughter, of learning to cope with the loss of all the possibilities that the future would have held for her.

The radio production written by Pat Davis won the Sony Silver Award for 'Best Feature'.

There will be a post-production Q&A with the playwright, directors and cast after each performance

If I Catch Alphonso, Tonight!

Billy Merson commenced his theatrical career as an acrobat and circus clown before going solo as a comedian. He composed and performed many songs – including ‘The Spaniard That Blighted My Life’. He first sang it in pantomime at Brighton and it played a very significant part in his fortunes thereafter. Having taken London Music Halls by storm in 1910, he went on to perform in revue, musical comedy and film. He is credited with having made the first British talking picture in 1926. Having reached the top of his profession, circumstances conspired against him and he returned to variety work. He last appeared at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, in 1938. It is a story of a man who constantly found himself on the ropes but always bounced back. A born entertainer, he was the inspiration for future generations of comedians and his legacy lives on.




 

Spine by Clara Brennan

Spine charts the explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Mischievous activist pensioner Glenda is hell-bent on leaving a political legacy and saving Amy from the Tory scrapheap because ‘there's nothing more terrifying than a teenager with something to say’. In this era of damaging coalition cuts and disillusionment, has politics forgotten people? Can we really take the power back? Amy is about to be forced to find out.