PERFORMING ARTS GROUP: SMTJ Community Youth Performing Arts Group in Seaford were successful in applying to be part of the National Theatre Connections Programme 2016 and were given a fantastic, hard hitting script to perform by award-winning writer, James Graham-Bassett. '˜At Wootton Bassett School the supply teacher has done a runner and locked the pupils in their classroom. Dean needs the toilet, Aimee needs a coffee, Amid needs to pray, and Leo'¦ well, Leo really, really wants to escape. Outside, only yards from their confinement, a repatriation of fallen British soldiers is happening along the high street, as it has over a hundred times before through this quiet Wiltshire town. But this one is more personal than most. As factions form and secrets are revealed, maybe Leo is not the only one who'll want to get away. An exhilarating startling snapshot of a generation who have inherited a world at war.'

Friday, 4th March 2016, 12:05 am

SMTJ are looking to fill the male lead, Leo, a confident, manipulative and controlling young man. This is a fantastic opportunity for a local young actor to be seen by a National Theatre Director, perform four shows in Seaford (The Barn Theatre) at the end of April before transferring to the 500 seater theatre in Horsham, The Capitol, in May. There may also be the opportunity, if chosen, to transfer to the National Theatre itself in London in May. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings (7.30pm to 9.00pm) at the Barn Theatre, Seaford. Any potential Leo’s (aged between 14 to 21 years) should contact Director, Paula Woolven for more details. Paula Woolven, Director - SMT Juniors, The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford BN25 1QL 07710 426321 [email protected]

QUIZ NIGHT: Friday, March 11, in aid of Sport Relief; Friday November 11 in aid of Children in Need, at the Civic Centre. Come along and enjoy this light-hearted quiz night. Teams of up to six at £2 per person. Bring your own food and drink.

RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION: Telscombe Residents’ Association meet on the first Thursday of each month from 7.15pm to 9.15pm in the Civic Centre. Email the secretary at [email protected] for a copy of the meeting agenda

WI: Peacehaven and Telscombe Women’s Institute meet in the Civic Centre on the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm.

FOOTNOTES: Strange how difficult it can be sometimes to break habits. I still head for the pets corner in Sainsburys, before I realise there is now no need. On the other hand, I am able to stay late at functions, without worrying about the dog at home. To Devonshire Park Theatre on Monday to see Aykebourns’ Confusions. Very funny play. How blessed we are here to have such brilliant theatres within reasonable distance. In the Fifties, I was part of their repertory company, and a few years ago played there as part of a national tour.

A sign that spring is on its way, the kind man that has been mowing my lawns for the past twenty years, arrived to start the season. Always welcome, he turns up as regular as clockwork at the beginning of March. The Dogs’ Trust has decided this week to start showing heart-aching adverts for their rescue dogs on television. I have managed to resist so far. Have a good week and enjoy it.

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