Theatre groups to bid for £5k for Hastings Pier project

Little's Peerless Pierotts on the pier
Little's Peerless Pierotts on the pier

Budding actors are being offered the chance to tread the boards of Hastings Pier.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hastings Pier Charity is offering the opportunity for a community theatre group to devise a new piece of heritage inspired theatre.

It will be performed on the pier as part of a revived Victorian-themed Rock Fair in July, 2016.

A total of £5,000 is available to support the production and the aim of the project is for the participants and the audience to learn about the heritage of Hastings Pier in an enjoyable way.

Beatrice Rapley, Hastings Pier Charity’s learning and education manager, said: “We are looking for groups that work with the community to create high-quality theatrical performances.

“The final piece must relate to the history of Hastings Pier and have a Victorian link, but how the selected group achieves this is up to them.

“It can involve theatre, physical theatre, dance, mime, puppetry, projections, singing or music, for example.”

Applications are welcomed from theatre groups that work with children, young people or adults with special needs or school drama groups and the deadline for applications is Friday, September 25.

For more information, or to apply, visit Hastings Pier’s website,, and look under the Get Involved section for Community Theatre.

In April, Simon Opie, chief executive officer of Hastings Pier Charity, said the attraction will open for business on March 21, 2016.

The total renovation costs will exceed £14m, the lion’s share being covered by a £11.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, while more than 3,000 people bought community shares in the company that will own and operate the pier. More than 90 per cent of the pier was destroyed in a fire in October, 2010.

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