Date(s) - 14/03/2013
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
It is remarkable how quickly the Open Stage nights at the Eastbourne Under Ground Theatre have become an established part of the schedule. And the good news is that another is on its way – on Thursday 14th March. The doors open at 7pm, and the music starts at 7.30. The task of hosting the evening is now being shared by some of the biggest names on the local music scene. And back in charge this time is the same combination that ran the open stage night in January.
On the one hand is singer-songwriter Chris Liddiard, a regular performer at the UGT with Cornflower Blue – and also, as it happens, a talented artist, whose pictures are on display in the theatre foyer throughout March. Joining Chris in running the show is singer-guitarist John Cave, best known for his magnificently deadpan versions of songs by the likes of Jake Thackray and Richard Stilgoe. They’ll also be performing themselves, with a few songs at the start, and a few more after a brief mid-evening break.
Otherwise, any sort of musical talent is invited to take part – and indeed, any sort of stage performance will be welcome. This, perhaps, might help explain why the evenings are attracting big audiences, many of them hoping to perform, but the majority in happy pursuit of a great night’s entertainment at minimal cost.
Entry is free. And very reasonable prices are charged for the beer, wine, soft drinks, and tea & coffee on sale in either the theatre bar or the coffee-bar – both of which will be open from 7pm until 10.30pm, when the show ends. The advice to would-be performers is: get there early, and give your name to Chris or John. Every effort will be made to ensure everyone has a turn.