The Tourist

                      By Maud Boreham

He explored the town above the sea, so steeped in it’s antiquity

Filmed it’s narrow winding streets and cursed the cobbles ‘neath his feet

where red roofs tumbled, leaned and lurched and whispered secrets to the church. Continue reading The Tourist

Rye Headlines April 2004

Jim Hollands Asks; Have things changed for the better between 2004 and 2015?

Best Value

On Monday 8 March a very profound remark was made during the Emergency Surgery Site Debate. Paul Osbourne, commenting on County Council Leader Peter Jones oft quoted remark about the Ferry Road School site that it must be sold for the best value, questioned the context of ‘best value’ in relation to cash alone. Continue reading Rye Headlines April 2004

Sleeping Beauty

Woodchurch Players Annual Pantomime

By Amber King

The opening performance of Sleeping Beauty on 17th January was performed to a large audience of Brownies, who celebrate their Centenary and formation of the Brownies Association in 1914. Matinee and evening performances followed, seven performances altogether through to the 25th January. Sleeping Beauty was another excellent and entertaining production directed by Emma Priest. Continue reading Sleeping Beauty



Christmas Entertainment Pantomine from Theatrebox Drama Students of Rye

By Amber Carroll

What a wonderful afternoon at the first performance from the Rye students of TheatreBox. The students delivered a magnificent showing to a small but true panto style participating audience.

From the first act to the final bow, the performers were confident, funny and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The play was written especially by Artistic Director, Ciaran Bird to introduce and share the students’ “work in progress”, creation of character, teamwork and their commitment to the classes. The costumes and make up were exquisite and the students theatrically entered into the spirit delighting the audience, particular comedy was delivered by the wicked stepmother (Richard) and Buttons (Jasmine).

Invitation to the Ball
Invitation to the Ball

As mentioned in my previous piece introducing Theatrebox Drama School in December, for many of the students it was a new experience, not only performing to an audience but holding a speaking part.

During the interval, there was an added twist of an Australian Raffle and “armies” of Reindeer and Snowmen Cup Cakes (provided by The Cup Cake Cafe, Hastings)…….yum…..what more could one want on a cold winters Sunday afternoon.

Ciaran Bird and Rachel Kimber commented that they were extremely proud of the students and are looking forward to further opportunities in the New Year.

Visit the website to see the fab photographs which really captured the performances, taken by Sammi Drew , Drayton Studios.

Cinderella and Buttons
Cinderella and Buttons

The new term starts on Sunday 15th January 2012 and Theatrebox are offering a free class to all (ages 7-17) on that day at Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill in the upper hall from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Why not go along and see for yourselves how fun and rewarding it is.

They are also holding a free class at their Hastings class on Friday 13th January 2012.

Finally, Theatrebox are commencing LAMDA speech and drama examination tuition from January 2012 and Senior Classes (14-17 years) for students who are currently studying GCSE drama at School/College, to assist for the preparation for audition pieces and/or agent auditions.

Further information on classes, prices and venues can be seen on the website – or telephone: 0774 3754332

The Cast and production Team
The Cast and production Team

From the January 2012 Issue of Rye’s Own

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Great Friend of Cinque Ports Magazines who died in September 2011

In Memory of Brian Hargreaves

Popular Rye Artist

One of Rye’s Own best known artists, Brian Hargreaves died suddenly on the last day of September 2011.

Brian’s wonderful line drawings of Rye and the district have graced the pages of this magazine on many occasions. We shall miss him greatly. Brian will be remembered locally for the fine architectural quality drawings of Rye’s buildings which cover every corner of the town and have appeared in the fine Millennium publication “Ryennium” which he illustrated for Jo Kirkham, and in the two books he produced with his wife Joyce who is also an author and artist. Many pictures from these three publications have been used in the pages of “Rye’s Own” and “Hythe & Romney Life”. Continue reading Great Friend of Cinque Ports Magazines who died in September 2011

School Going From Strength To Strength

By Sally Lampitt

Just a year after opening, The School Creative Centre in Rye has firmly established itself as a centre of creative excellence in Rother – demonstrating how community, arts and business can work together to become a powerful and successful force. Continue reading School Going From Strength To Strength

Rye Arts Festival

The 39th Rye Arts Festival,which kicks off on 11th September and a packed programme of events runs through to 26th September, offering music, exhibitions, literary talks and a whole lot more for Ryers to enjoy. Continue reading Rye Arts Festival