The Branch Line

BRANCH LINE By Robin Belfield Commissioned by Lindfield Arts Festival and Lindfield Dramatic Club 2016

When: 11.30am and 2.30pm

Where: In the High Street

A play depicting Lindfield’s history performed  by school children, students, Lindfield Dramatic Society and Professional Actors.

In 1841 the London-Brighton railway opened, passing to the west of the parish with a ‘Station for Cuckfield and Lindfield Towns’ on open land that was to become the town of Haywards Heath. The construction of the Ouse Valley branch line reached Lindfield in 1866 with a proposed station to the north of All Saints’ Church but the line was abandoned for financial reasons or was it?

This play is about the history of Lindfield, including the historic buildings and the residents in past times. The scenes of the play will be acted out by local Lindfield Dramatic Club. Robin Belfield, previous Lindfield Arts Director 2013, Theatre Director and Producer is writing a Community Promenade Play to be performed in Lindfield High Street at different intervals throughout Saturday 17th September.

The Promenade Play will benefit the visitors to Lindfield High Street by raising their awareness of the historic value the buildings have, the notorious and famous residents from the past and the enjoyment of seeing different aged actors enacting short scenes that will resonate with the community.

Sarah and Geoff hit the airwaves

Mid Downs Radio recently interviewed Chair of the Trustees, Geoff Heath and designer, Sarah Reynolds at their studios in the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.

Having the opportunity to broadcast locally to the community is an important part of Lindfield Art Festival’s marketing strategy.

Programmes are now available, from which you can see the wide variety of events and activities happening all through the day. 17th September 2016 will be a day to remember, one filled with art, crafts, music, dance and much much more.  For more information enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com

Mid Downs Radio

Budding actors – apply here

Great news. Lindfield Arts Festival has secured the right to close the High Street for Saturday 17th September 2016. Don’t worry there will be alternative arrangements for all public transport and the LAF Team will endeavour to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged during the day.

performingThe closure means lots of street activities, much more than last year. This year, be prepared to be surprised by circus troupes and graffiti installations along with buskers, musicians and dance activities. You can also see the classic cars on display.

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Do you remember the street plays last year? This year we are looking for budding performers to participate again. Robin Belfield, now Young People’s Performance Developer at Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, has kindly agreed to write a script for LAF 2016 and this will be directed by a member of the Lindfield Dramatic Club. However we need some actors! If you are interested in joining the rehearsals and performing on both 17 and 18th September 2016 please email: enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com.

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A big thank you – a letter from the Chair

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18th – 20th September 2015

The 2015 LAF Team, led by myself, have now had time to sit down and evaluate the 2015 Lindfield Arts Festival.

With a small team and despite no dedicated artistic director, we can say that this year’s contained Festival was a resounding success in more ways than one. We have had consistently good feedback from those connected to the Festival, performers and local residents, most of whom attended. There was a varied, exciting programme which, with the back drop of Lindfield’s iconic High Street, showcased local talented actors, musicians, dancers, authors, artists and more.

Once again Lindfield Arts Festival is very grateful to their commercial sponsors particularly Barratt Homes, the charity support from local Rotary groups, Lindfield Preservation Society and The Comber Trust, local District and Parish Councils’ grant funding, Friends of the Festival and local traders that enabled the Festival to go ahead by providing the necessary financial support.

In practical terms, there are a host of thank-you’s to be offered to the army of volunteers including the hard-working Team LAF 2015 for their practical help before, during and after the Festival days’ events. We were delighted that the Lindfield Bonfire Society were able to provide much needed refreshments for the record number of people attending the Arts & Crafts displayed in the King Edward Hall.

We very much appreciated your support this year, and hope that we can look forward to your continued interest for the 2016 Lindfield Art Festival.

Yours sincerely

Geoff Heath

Chairman of the Trustees

Watch out

The Team LAF 2015 will be dressing the village High Street. Bunting, signage and posters will be appearing down the High Street.

The Butcher, King Edward Hall and the Junction all have the big banners advertising the Lindfield Arts Festival.

Preparations are all in hand for Saturday and Sunday’s festivities. Not forgetting the Comedy Night in the Bent Arms on Friday night.

Come along and see us. Your Arts, Your Village and we need you.

It’s the final countdown

top endTeam LAF 2015 are getting very excited.  There are only a couple more days to go before the sixth [yes Sixth] Lindfield Arts Festival kicks off.

Each year has had a different theme and focus and this year proves no exception. The High Street will feature prominently on Saturday as a backdrop to local performers.  Listen out for the church bell peals to open the Festival.

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We’re starting off with the Comedy Night and after a good night’s rest will prepare Lindfield High Street for its traffic free day of fun and frolics.  The Plays will be one of the main features but don’t forget the workshops happening around the Village and the activities, performances and art and craft displays.

Sunday has the Barefoot Players in the Lindfield Primary School performing their ‘Little Women’ whilst there will be a band playing in the Stand Up to round the Festival off.

Sue PearsonSaturday and Sunday in the King Edward Hall have a wonderful exhibition of Arts and Crafts.  Surely there’ll be something for everyone and it’s not too early to shop for Christmas is it?

Lots for everyone to see and do – join us. enquiries@lindfieldartfestival.com 

 

Mr Dickens, Look Away ….

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Saturday 19th September 2015

High Street, Lindfield

TIME

VENUE

PERFORMER

TITLE

DETAILS

11.00 – 11.10

All Saints Church

The Ballad of Friar Tuck

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors. Performed by Sussex Actors Studio. 

11.20 – 11.30

Osbourne Cottage

Perfect Shadows

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors. Performed by Stuart Angel.

11.40 – 11.50

The Toll House

Look Away

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors. Performed by Lindfield Dramatic Club. 

12.00 – 12.10

 The Stand Up Inn

Mr Dickens

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors. Performed by Laura Schofield. 

14.30 -14.40

All Saints Church

The Ballard of Friar Tuck

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors.  Performed by Sussex Actors Studio. 

14.50 – 15.00

Osbourne Cottage

Perfect Shadows

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors.  Performed by Stuart Angel. 

15.10 – 15.20

The Toll House

Look Away

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors.  Performed by Lindfield Dramatic Club

15.30 – 15.40

The Stand Up Inn

Mr Dickens

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors.  Performed by Laura Schofield.

The Lindfield Plays

By Robin Belfield

Directed by Robin Belfield & Jonathan Goodwin

A cycle of promenade plays inspired by Lindfield High Street. Each short play can be enjoyed as a stand alone piece of theatre or as part of this series commissioned especially for the Lindfield Arts Festival.

1. “THE BALLAD OF FRIAR TUCK”

Performed by: Sussex Actors Studio

Venue: All Saints Church

Performance times: 11am & 2.30pm

What is the truth behind the legendary Tuck – man or myth? Robin Hood’s friendly fat friar or simply a ruthless rogue? Thereby hangs a tale…

2. “PERFECT SHADOWS”

Performed by: Stuart Angel

Venue: Outside Osborne Cottage

Performance times: 11.20am & 2.50pm

The year is 1592 and the theatres of London are on the cusp of a golden age, when disaster strikes. Forced to close his playhouse because of the plague, Philip Henslowe returns home unsure of what awaits him there.

3. “LOOK AWAY”

Performed by: Lindfield Dramatic Club

Venue: Outside the Toll House

Performance times: 11.40am & 3.10pm

Rumours are flying through the village – smugglers are coming and lots of them! They will pass through in the dead of night and all the villagers have to do is ‘look away’. Easier said than done!

4. “MR. DICKENS”

Performed by: Laura Schofield

Venue: Outside The Stand Up Inn

Performance times: 12pm & 3.30pm

It’s not easy being a celebrity, with everyone staring and sharing your every move. But Mary isn’t a celebrity, she can only imagine what it must be like for her famous house guest. And are the motives of the housekeeper turned bodyguard as innocent as they seem?

Robin Belfield, previous Lindfield Arts Director 2013, Theatre Director and Producer is writing a Community Promenade Play to be performed in Lindfield High Street at different intervals throughout Saturday 19th September.

This play is about the history of Lindfield, including the historic buildings and the residents in past times. The scenes of the play will be acted out by local school children [Limepalm Productions], students from Sussex Actors Studio [Central Sussex College], Lindfield Amateur Dramatics and up to three professional actors.

The Promenade Play will benefit the visitors to Lindfield High Street by raising their awareness of the historic value the buildings have, the notorious and famous residents from the past and the enjoyment of seeing different aged actors enacting short scenes that will resonate with the community.

Lindfield Community Plays – times for your diary

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A series of plays depicting Lindfield’s history performed  by school children, students, Lindfield Dramatic Society and Professional Actors.

Saturday 19th September 2015

High Street, Lindfield

TIME

VENUE

PERFORMER

TITLE

DETAILS

11.00 – 11.10

All Saints Church

Robin Hood

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors

11.20 – 11.30

Osbourne Cottage

Henslowe

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors

11.40 – 11.50

The Toll House

Smugglers

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors

12.00 – 12.10

Glyn Thomas & The Stand Up Inn

Dickens

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors

14.30 -14.40

All Saints Church

Robin Hood

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors

14.50 – 15.00

Osbourne Cottage

Henslowe

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors

15.10 – 15.20

The Toll House

Smugglers

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors

15.30 – 15.40

Glyn Thomas & The Stand Up Inn

Dickens

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors

Robin Belfield, previous Lindfield Arts Director 2013, Theatre Director and Producer is writing a Community Promenade Play to be performed in Lindfield High Street at different intervals throughout Saturday 19th September.

This play is about the history of Lindfield, including the historic buildings and the residents in past times. The scenes of the play will be acted out by local school children [Limepalm Productions], students from Sussex Actors Studio [Central Sussex College], Lindfield Amateur Dramatics and up to three professional actors.

The Promenade Play will benefit the visitors to Lindfield High Street by raising their awareness of the historic value the buildings have, the notorious and famous residents from the past and the enjoyment of seeing different aged actors enacting short scenes that will resonate with the community.

Put it in your diary – the Lindfield Plays

drama

Saturday 19th September 2015

High Street, Lindfield

TIME

VENUE

PERFORMER

TITLE

DETAILS

11.00 – 11.10

All Saints Church

The Ballad of Friar Tuck

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors. Performed by Sussex Actors Studio. 

11.20 – 11.30

Osbourne Cottage

Perfect Shadows

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors. Performed by Stuart Angel.

11.40 – 11.50

The Toll House

Look Away

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors. Performed by Lindfield Dramatic Club. 

12.00 – 12.10

 The Stand Up Inn

Mr Dickens

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors. Performed by Laura Schofield. 

14.30 -14.40

All Saints Church

The Ballard of Friar Tuck

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors.  Performed by Sussex Actors Studio. 

14.50 – 15.00

Osbourne Cottage

Perfect Shadows

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors.  Performed by Stuart Angel. 

15.10 – 15.20

The Toll House

Look Away

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors.  Performed by Lindfield Dramatic Club

15.30 – 15.40

The Stand Up Inn

Mr Dickens

Lindfield Promenade Plays – watch out for the actors.  Performed by Laura Schofield.

The Lindfield Plays

By Robin Belfield

Directed by Robin Belfield & Jonathan Goodwin

A cycle of promenade plays inspired by Lindfield High Street. Each short play can be enjoyed as a stand alone piece of theatre or as part of this series commissioned especially for the Lindfield Arts Festival.

1. “THE BALLAD OF FRIAR TUCK”

Performed by: Sussex Actors Studio

Venue: All Saints Church

Performance times: 11am & 2.30pm

What is the truth behind the legendary Tuck – man or myth? Robin Hood’s friendly fat friar or simply a ruthless rogue? Thereby hangs a tale…

2. “PERFECT SHADOWS”

Performed by: Stuart Angel

Venue: Outside Osborne Cottage

Performance times: 11.20am & 2.50pm

The year is 1592 and the theatres of London are on the cusp of a golden age, when disaster strikes. Forced to close his playhouse because of the plague, Philip Henslowe returns home unsure of what awaits him there.

3. “LOOK AWAY”

Performed by: Lindfield Dramatic Club

Venue: Outside the Toll House

Performance times: 11.40am & 3.10pm

Rumours are flying through the village – smugglers are coming and lots of them! They will pass through in the dead of night and all the villagers have to do is ‘look away’. Easier said than done!

4. “MR. DICKENS”

Performed by: Laura Schofield

Venue: Outside The Stand Up Inn

Performance times: 12pm & 3.30pm

It’s not easy being a celebrity, with everyone staring and sharing your every move. But Mary isn’t a celebrity, she can only imagine what it must be like for her famous house guest. And are the motives of the housekeeper turned bodyguard as innocent as they seem?

 

Robin Belfield, previous Lindfield Arts Director 2013, Theatre Director and Producer is writing a Community Promenade Play to be performed in Lindfield High Street at different intervals throughout Saturday 19th September.

This play is about the history of Lindfield, including the historic buildings and the residents in past times. The scenes of the play will be acted out by local school children [Limepalm Productions], students from Sussex Actors Studio [Central Sussex College], Lindfield Amateur Dramatics and up to three professional actors. 

The Promenade Play will benefit the visitors to Lindfield High Street by raising their awareness of the historic value the buildings have, the notorious and famous residents from the past and the enjoyment of seeing different aged actors enacting short scenes that will resonate with the community.