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May 25 2015.

The Barn Theatre in Seaford organised and promoted performing and creative arts events as part of National Voluntary Arts Week, 15-24 May.

The aim of the week is to shine a national spotlight on the wide range of creative groups and dedicated volunteers who make up the UK and Republic of Ireland’s vibrant voluntary arts sector, encouraging more people to connect with activity in their community and discover the joy of ‘taking part’.

The week kicked off with a colourful and entertaining music hall variety show 'Sussex By The Sea' written and directed by London stage veteran, Graham Tubb at the Barn Theatre.

Neighbouring organisation, the Seaford Museum, based at the wartime Martello Tower, took part in the National 'Museums at Night' project with an illustrated talk on Sussex Graveyards by acclaimed author and historian, Kevin Gordon. The 'Last Minute Artists' Seaford art group presented a week long exhibition at the Crypt Gallery entitled 'Six Artists and a Dog', including a design a postcard competition in several art mediums.

Brighton choreographer, Stuart Hall, held two dance workshops at the Barn Theatre and professional actress and self-defence instructor Wendy Reed held a confidence building workshop using both drama and self-defence techniques.

Rebecca Woolven from Becca's Face Painting taught the basics of face and body art with creative and expressive styles and writer Paula Woolven held a writing workshop for school years 3-6 and all entries were submitted to the Kallikids creative writing competition.

Seaford Community Cinema showed the film 'Interstellar' on the large screen at the Barn Theatre, featuring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

Theatre taster open days were held for potential new performing arts members for Seaford Musical Theatre, with read throughs for 'Anything Goes', a musical theatre quiz, tea and cake and basic song and dance rehearsals.

An open air teddy-bears picnic, (pictured above), and a comedy performance by Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist, Sam Jones, finished off the week's events which were enjoyed by over 500 people.

'The Barn Theatre hopes to repeat and build on the success of the weeks events in 2016.