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Theatre Production
, 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Hastings Theatre Project presents the premiere of: DFL – A new play set in Hastings performed during the town’s most popular events.

Written by Nadine Passley

Directed by Dan Hutton & Poppy Rowley

Composer/Musician: Bev Lee Harling

Cast: Shannon Hayes & TBC

‘Notting Hill on the West Hill’

Over the next twelve months, Hastings will host a series of unique theatrical events. Hastings Theatre Project presents six short scenes set during key occasions in the town’s calendar and performed in different locations.

DFL (Down From London) is a girl-meets-boy romcom interrogating contemporary themes – think One Day-on-Sea, or Notting Hill on the West Hill.

The first scene will be performed three times in Bottle Alley on Saturday 20th July 2024 and is set during the Hastings Pirate Day festivities which are happening that weekend.

While on his work-break, Hastings local Noah is surprised when his ex, Lydia, turns up in full pirate gear, with news that she’s moved down from London. What can possibly go wrong?

This play is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The show will be presented on a ‘Pay What You Decide’ basis, meaning audiences can choose from different price points which suit them to watch an exciting piece of new theatre.

Theatre by, for, and with the people of Hastings.

Hastings Theatre Project is a brand-new theatre organisation based in Hastings. HTP was formed on the back of a long research project about theatre and new work locally, and exists to champion, progress, and make theatre by, for, and with the people of our town. As well as making DFL, HTP also sends out regular curated emails of local theatrical events, hosts a network of local theatre professionals, and provides funding and producing advice for local artists.

DFL is HTP’s first show, but plans are already afoot to support Hastings artists through work-in-progress events, and grow the organisation into the future. HTP is led by Dan Hutton and Poppy Rowley.

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