A theatre company exploring the family archive of the late comedian and Generation Game host Larry Grayson has won an arts award to work with older gay men in Eastbourne.
The Royal Hippodrome Theatre has been successful in obtaining a Grants for the Arts Award to work with London based Theatre company Cutting the Strings to devise and run a programme of free workshops.
The RHT’s Darren Weir said: “The idea behind the project is to use the Larry Grayson story to open up the issues of hidden sexuality, isolation and loneliness in families, as well as coping with ambitions later in life. This programme will involve working with a creative team to look at Larry’s life, as well as sharing stories and experiences, and advising the actors and playwright. It’s great that Cutting the Strings thought about doing this in Eastbourne.”
The programme will culminate in a new show about Larry at the theatre, focussing around his secret attempts to perform for the last time at the Royal Variety show in 1994. This will be premièred at The Hippodrome from March 24-26.
Tickets cost from £12 and are available on 01323 802020 or at www.royalhippodrome.com. This creative programme is part of the theatre’s approach to engaging a wider theatre audience. The free workshops will be run with the Age Uk’s Rainbow Group.