Category Archives: Festivals

Vintage Mobile Cinema in Lewes

download (1)A sneak peek inside the Vintage Mobile Cinema which came to Lewes recently for our Ale and Hearty Heritage Open Days event showcasing a mini-exhibition and a bespoke film about local hops and brewing sourced form lots of different archive footage including some beautiful film images from the Screen Archive South East with which we were really pleased.

We had full houses for the whole Heritage Open Days weekend and really good positive feedback about the event and film. We will be showing it again at an event in Lewes on 2nd October for which you will need to book: and also at our final event on Saturday 18th January 2014 in Lewes, so do join our mailing list to keep in the loop for future showings and activities – all free!


Our Dancing Feet: Memories of the Regent Dancehall

Our Dancing Feet: Memories of the Regent Dancehall

The Ragroof Players are delighted to have been invited to collaborate with Zap Arts/ Inroad Productions in a fantastic new project exploring the histories of the Regent Dancehall in Brighton and the Winter Garden in Eastbourne.

So far, theye have been interviewing people and running community and outreach workshops with many different groups, including older people at Patching Lodge, performing arts students at City College, and members of Blind Veterans UK.

The Brighton show, Our Dancing Feet, a site-specific promenade adventure, will take place in November.

Looking forward to it!

Octoberfeast Lewes – Ale and Hearty event

Ale_v3_web Octoberfeast Lewes

We are hosting a Free Ale and Hearty talk and exhibition event as part of the 2013 Octoberfeast festival in Lewes
The talk and project displays will be hosted by the Ale and Hearty project.  Talks will be by Sussex Drinker Editor (The Quaffer) – David Muggleton, and accompanied by a preliminary rogue talk on ancient Egyptian brewing by Cath Tajima Powell.
We will also be starting with a project introduction by Dr Sam Carroll, and showing a bespoke short film about brewing in Sussex, made especially for the Ale and Hearty project.
The event takes place on Wednesday 2nd October 7.30pm
Please email to book your free place as places are limited.
You can update yourself about Ale and Hearty project activities here

Ale and Hearty hosts—the Vintage Mobile Cinema (for Lewes Heritage Open Days)

HODS weekendA free weekend cinema experience in Lewes, for Heritage Open Days on 14th & 15th September

The Ale and Hearty project hosts the Vintage Mobile Cinema, showcasing a bespoke short film celebrating bygone days of hop-picking, brewing and Sussex traditions, with vintage footage.

Come see our secret cinema and fascinating cinematic archive over the weekend, and enjoy the luxury of the red carpet treatment! We will be showing the film three times per hour, daily.

The Vintage Mobile Cinema is a 22 seater cinema open to

This event for Lewes Heritage Open Days, is part of the Ale and Hearty project celebrating lost breweries and brewing in the Lewes area.

Event at:  

Harveys Brewery car park,                                                                                                                       Corner of North Court & Harveys Way,                                                                                             Lewes                                                                                                                                                                            BN7 2JW

(No parking available at venue)

On: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th Sept 10.00-4.00pm

To find out more, please contact Ale and Hearty Project Coordinator:                 

Ale and Hearty is a Heritage Lottery Funded Lewes based  project, looking at the heritage of brewing in the town.



Showcasing a new project, Carnivaltastic set up by Lorraine Prince which Strike a Light will link up with to offer creative workshops specifically looking at carnival, and celebrating the festival vibe.

Carnivaltastic will offer workshops, team building, events, festivals, and hen parties so everyone can enjoy access to carnival, creative arts and music.

They would love to hear from you if you’re interested in any element of their carnival workshops. Carnivaltastic are flexible and able to work with all client groups, accommodating a range of needs.

Contact them on or call 07904 526 138.

Hope Springs Eternal re-visited

The 15 minute film ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ which Strike a Light created in collaboration with filmmaker Si Mitchell in October 2011 continues to receive positive responses. It was shown at White Night 2011 in Brighton as part of a wider event organised by Strike a Light also called ‘Hope Springs Eternal’, and again in December at Fabrica gallery as part of the ‘Relativity’ event.

‘Taking part in the ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ film was an interesting experience. I so hope that such a film will help to inspire similar events’.

Dancing at Hope Springs Eternal

The newly inaugurated Venus Fly Taps are performing at Strike a Light’s  Hope Springs Eternal Event this Saturday October 29 at 8pm in Pavilion Gardens, Brighton!
This Saturday will see the terrifyingly inaugural performance of both the chorus line and vintage tap dance act, The Venus Fly Taps. Come one and all and marvel at our dancing skills, giant gold coins and epic win over stage fright! Timings as follows…

*** 8.00 pm The Inaugural Busby Berkeleying in a Public Place – chorus line performance of ‘We’re in the Money’ to open the event Hope Springs Eternal in the Pavilion Gardens, just in front of the cafe.