News headlines – July 2014

31 Jul 2014  –  London theatre trip to see 'Handbagged'
30 Jul 2014  –  Lucy Skinner (Blackwater 2009-11) appears at the Edinburgh Fringe
10 Jul 2014  –  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
9 Jul 2014  –  Robert Cohen (Reeves 1977–82) takes his one-man show to Edinburgh
3 Jul 2014  –  The 2014 Foundation Golf Challenge

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31 July 2014 - London Theatre trip to see Handbagged

The latest Eastbournian Society London theatre trip took us to the Vaudeville Theatre in the Strand for a matinee performance of Handbagged by Moira Buffini.

Described by the Evening Standard as 'wickedly funny', the play explored the relationship between the Queen and Prime Minister Thatcher, speculating on what was said behind closed doors during their weekly audiences.

Pictured here are some of the group outside the theatre just before the start. Our thanks, as ever, go to John Thornley for organising the group booking and for taking the photo.

If you would like to make a suggestion for a theatre trip please let us know. There will be a meeting for ES members to discuss future events on Thursday 18 September - all are welcome.

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30 July 2014 - Lucy Skinner (Blackwater 2009–11) to appear at the Edinburgh Fringe

Lucy Skinner (Blackwater 2009–11) will be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in a two-woman show called This Wide Night, in which she plays the role of Marie.

It will be on at the India Buildings in Victoria Street, EH1 2EX (C Nova Venue 145) from 10 to 25 August.

Earlier this year Lucy appeared at the Brighton Fringe Festival in The Lonesome West and has also worked as a reviewer for Broadway Baby, the fringe festival review website. In June she played Rita in Educating Rita at Eastbourne's Underground Theatre.

She was also scouted to audition for BBC1's The Voice, and auditioned in front of a producer which she describes as 'quite daunting but exciting'.

Having completed a RADA-accredited Acting Foundation course Lucy decided to go to university last year and has recently completed her first year studying English at Sussex University.

The play in Edinburgh is being produced by the university's drama society, SUDS. Lucy says, 'It's my second time round at the Edinburgh Fringe so I'm looking forward to what's on offer this year.'

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10 July 2014 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

On Thursday 10 July a group of Eastbournian Society members made their way to the Gielgud Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue for the matinee performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, the National Theatre's production based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel.

Described by the Evening Standard as ‘a beautiful, eloquent, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life’, the play was much appreciated by the audience.

Pictured here are some of the group outside the Gielgud Theatre, which, by coincidence, was the venue for our previous theatre outing in March, when members saw Dame Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit.

Our next theatre trip is on Thursday 31 July to see Handbagged at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. If you are interested please see the details of how to book tickets.

If there are any particular shows that members would like to see, please let John Thornley know and we will see if we are able to get discounts on group tickets. We aim to have a mixture of comedy, drama and musicals to cater for all tastes, so please tell us if you have any suggestions.

The next meeting to discuss future Eastbournian Society trips and events is at 7.30pm on Thursday 18 September in the Long Room, upstairs in the cricket pavilion. All are welcome and refreshments will be available.

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9 July 2014 - Robert Cohen (Reeves 1977-82) takes his one-man show to Edinburgh

Robert Cohen (Reeves 1977-82) will be performing his one-man tragicomedy High Vis, the story of Quint, a traffic warden under siege from an airgun-wielding stalker, in two shows at the Dukebox in Hove, before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

The play, which won Robert a Best Actor nomination in the latest Brighton Festival Awards, will be on at 8pm on 18 and 19 July at The Iron Duke, 3 Waterloo Street, Hove, BN3 1AQ. Tickets cost £5 and are available from

From 1 to 25 August Robert will be performing the show at the Phones4u venue at 16-17 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA (venue 197), as part of the La Favorita Freestival.

More information about Robert, his acting and his writing, can be found on his website

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3 July 2014 - The Foundation Golf Challenge

Eastbourne College held its annual Foundation Golf Challenge on Thursday 3 July, which was blessed with glorious weather.

The day's golf was followed by the prize-giving and an evening dinner and charity auction.

All funds raised by the day go towards the Peter Bibby Award, which helps a talented local cricketer to have a College education.

More photos and a full report can be seen on the 2014 Golf Challenge page.

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