Lewes History Group Meeting – Monday 14 November 2016, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Joyce Fisher and the Lewes Little Theatre: The Darker Shades of Sun Street

Absolutely true tales of 19th century scandal and petty crime, researched and compiled by Frances Stenlake, and presented by Lewes Little Theatre readers.

When the LHG Sun Street research team got going in 2014, Frances Stenlake started looking through newspapers from the 1820s, when the Sun Street community began to develop, to see how the street featured in local news during the 19th century. “It was very exciting to discover how frequently its residents were involved, as victims or perpetrators, in various unlawful activities. These ranged from petty crime, harshly punished, to shocking scandal in which the villain went completely scot-free.”

Several of the press reports suggested play scripts, and Sun Street researchers transformed themselves into ‘Sun Street Players’ to perform one of the stories, Stealing Turnip Greens, at the Dec 2014 LHG meeting. This went down so well that the next step was to go round the corner to the Little Theatre to see whether its experienced thespians would be interested in presenting more of the stories.

They certainly were, and Joyce Fisher is now directing a reading of The Darker Shades of Sun Street, taking part herself with Jennifer Henley, Miles Jenner and Mike Piller. Appropriate musical accompaniment will be provided by Valmai Goodyear of Lewes Folk Club.

These revelatory ‘street stories’ are sure to make ‘em laugh and make `em cry.

Sun Street, Lewes

All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.

There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)

See the Meetings page for a list of  forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.