The Devonshire Park Theatre is this Sunday (Sept 29) opening its door inviting visitors to watch a performance for free and try out its new state-of-the-art hearing loop.
After work was completed this summer on a low spill, phased array system, Eastbourne Theatres manager, Gavin Davis, wants to put it to the test with a special one-off show entitled “Hear This!”
Performers from the Eastbourne-based Pocket Size Theatre Company will be singing from the shows including “Les Miserables”, “Jekyll & Hyde”, “Children of Eden”, “Catch Mr If You Can” and “Taxi Cabaret”.
Among the singers will be 14-year-old Causeway School pupil, Hannah Turner, who recently starred as Dorothy in the Eastbourne Stagers’ production of the “Wizard of Oz”.
She will be singing the show-stopping “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
“We are really looking forward to performing at the theatre,” said Keith Smith, who formed the Pocket Size Theatre Company in 2011 to offer something different to the Eastbourne music scene.
“We were a group of friends stifled by the lack of diverse opportunities to perform in the local area.
“There appeared to be a huge void when looking for a contemporary musical experience in Eastbourne with most local and touring shows, despite their high quality, sticking to the recognised format.
“We decided to showcase the music of composers and writers, who are currently building their reputation within musical theatre, in a cabaret style atmosphere.
“Pocket-Size is delighted to be performing for Hearing Linkin what is a big venue for the group and also to mix our contemporary music with some more traditional and recognisable songs.”
The evening is aimed at hearing aid users and their families.
Besides the musical entertainment, there will be a few informal presentations from Gavin Davis, and those involved with hearing loops, including Eastbourne audiologist, Pauline Jenkins.
“I will be happy to talk about my experience as an audiologist in Eastourne over many years, looking at the benefits and limitations of hearing aids, do all hearing aids have a loop, and we will should touch on the benefits of acknowledging hearing loss and taking early action.”
Pauline said she will be happy to talk to hearing aid users afterwards to ensure the equipment is set correctly.
People who have obtained their hearing aids through the East Sussex Health Care NHS Trust can attend sessions at the Park Practice near the David Lloyd Centre on a Monday , Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm without an appointment to request that the induction loop is engaged on their hearing aids.
For “Hear This!” simply turn up to the theatre on the day.
The show is expected to last 90 minutes. For more details contact For more details contact Hearing Link on 01323 471 260 0300 111 1113 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org