PENNED UP at Erlestoke

Mon 6th March - Thurs 16th March: HMP Erlestoke

Following the success of what may have been the first ever literature festival in a prison at HMP Lewes in November 2015, LLL Productions developed a second Penned Up festival at HMP Erlestoke in Wiltshire. Prisoners were involved in a management committee that oversaw all aspects of the festival. Visiting artists included Billy Bragg, Kit de Waal, Dreda Say Mitchell, Erwin James, Noel "Razor" Smith, Mr Gee and a performance of Diving into the Wreck, a multimedia production developed by poet Maggie Sawkins and LLL's Artistic Director Mark C. Hewitt in which addicts in recovery tell their own story.

10 Mistakes Every Girl Makes in her Twenties

Friday 10 February: private flat in Kemp Town, Brighton

Final part of the R&D of a thought-provoking new spoken word performance by emerging poet, Rachel Shorer. Drunken exploits, regrettable romances and embarassing outfits: there are a lot of ways to mess up in the first decade of adulthood. A work about growing up and f**king up in the age of social media.The work was developed at LLL's rehearsal space, directed by Mark C. Hewitt.

Roll Over Atlantic

Sunday 9 October: All Saints Centre, Lewes

LLL hosted a second warm-up performance of John Agard’s surreal one man show ahead of a run of dates at London's Southbank Centre. The production is directed by LLL's Artistic Director, Mark C. Hewitt. Read the Southbank review here »

Europa Cabaret

Sat 8 October: All Saints Centre, Lewes.

Billed as 'a celebration of connectedness for those of us suffering from the brexit blues', the Europa Cabaret was a well-attended extravaganza featuring performances by Amor FlamencoThe Brighton & Hove Russian Choir, Pam Hewitt & Anna Tabor's Euro Cabaret plus contributions from poets Maria JastrzębskaCatherine Smith, John Agard and singer Adrienne Thomas.

Sklamberg & the Shepherds

Sat 10 September: All Saints Centre, Lewes.

Sell out trio performance of Eastern European Jewish music by Lorin Sklamberg (American Grammy award winning lead singer of the Klezmatics) with Sussex-based clarinetist Merlin Shepherd and acclaimed vocalist / pianist Polina Shepherd, originally from Siberia.

Lives of the Artists #2 - Peter Messer

Dismays and Rainbows

Weds 20 July, 2016: Lewes All Saints Centre 

Artist Peter Messer, in conversation with LLL’s Artistic Director Mark Hewitt, discussed his journey and development as an artist, his eidetic tendencies, his literary and artistic heroes and his bête noires. Second in a series of LLL events in which artists talk about how and why they ended up doing what they do in the way that they do it. 

This is always the result

Mon 9th - Weds 11th May: Komedia Studio, Brighton Fringe 

Three performances during Brighton Fringe of a live literature production by Gus Watcham developed in association with LLL Productions.

In The Crush, ageing Kathy longs for the man who barely knows she exists.

In This is always the result, chaotic violence and human frailty crash in on Sarah's ordinary life in a seaside town.

Directed by Mark C. Hewitt with video sequence by Abigail Norris.

Lives of the Artists #1 - Tom Walker

Twice Upon A Time - further ponderings of a wanderer in doubt

Sun 24 April, 2016: Lewes All Saints Centre 

Using stories, illusions, music and humour, visual artist Tom Walker went behind his own scenes to reveal his memories, mentors, methods, myths and madness. First in a series of LLL events in which artists talk about how and why they ended up doing what they do in the way that they do it. 

The Itch

LLL's programme of scratch evenings and work-in-progress performances, supporting new writing and emerging live literature productions.

Sun 10 April, 2016: LLL Artists' Workspace

Rachel Shorer: 7 Mistakes Every Girl Makes in her Twenties

Jo Wonder: Ziggy Starlight

Waywardness, Writing, Sussex and the South

Tues 8 December, 2015: Lewes All Saints Centre 

Three critically acclaimed writers - Iain SinclairLee RourkeSuzanne Joinson - and writer/painter Julian Bell, discussed the inspiration they draw from the South of England; its literary history, landscapes, towns and character. This event was part of the Reading the South, a reading and creative writing campaign run in collaboration with East and West Sussex libraries.

Polskie Powiązania

Sun 29 November: All Saints Centre, Lewes

Three events with Polish connections.

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Cedars of Walpole Park. Launch of a new poetry collection in English and Polish by Maria Jastrzębska with Monika Stachyra.

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Behind the Curtain. Illustrated talk by artists Andrzej Klimowski & Danusia Schejbal from their graphic novel about attending art college in communist Warsaw during the late 1970s and 1980s.

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My Mother's Laugh. Rehearsed reading of a new theatre monologue written by Leah Roshinsky, performed by Eleanor Buchan & directed by Mark C. Hewitt

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Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute.

Roll Over Atlantic

Sat 28 November - All Saints Centre, Lewes

Second LLL preview of the mischievous one-man show by poet John Agard, developed in partnership with LLL. A satirical revisting of Christopher Columbus and his 'discovery' of The New World that mixes the tides of cabaret, calypso and the absurd. 

An Evening with Martina Cole

Weds 11 November: Brighton Dome Studio

PENNED UP satellite event in association with New Writing South. Bestselling crime writer Martina Cole was in conversation with LLL's David Kendall talking about her writing and about the stories that inspire her. In Brighton she gave us glimpses of her latest hard-hitting crime drama, Get Even, with excerpts from the book read by actors Jonathan Cullen and Kathryn McGarr

Martina’s novels are recognized as a different type of crime novel. “I write from the criminal’s point of view. And I show what happens to their families.”

Maggie Sawkins & David Swann - Penned Up

Tues 10 November 2015 - Elephant & Castle, Lewes

PENNED UP satellite event with poets Maggie Sawkins and David Swann (pictured, right), giving readings and talking about their work at Lewes Prison as part of the festival, as well as the broader issues of working with marginalised individuals. 

PENNED UP

Mon 2nd November - Thurs 12th November: HMP Lewes

PENNED UP was a unique two week literature festival staged within the walls of HMP Lewes. The programme included creative writing and graphic novel workshops, participative projects, author events and performances. Visiting artists included crime writers Martina Cole and Dreda Say Mitchell, spoken word artists Scroobius Pip, writers Noel "Razor" Smith and Roman Krznaric, plus a  performance of Maggie Sawkins' award-winning live literature production, Zones of Avoidance.

Accompanying satellite events took place in Lewes and Brighton featuring artists involved in the festival. 

Roll Over Atlantic

Sat 10 October 2015 - Chiddingly Village Hall

Village hall preview of one man show by John Agard satirising the life and times of Christopher Columbus. One of two previews to be hosted by LLL. Directed by Mark C. Hewitt with music by Thomas Arnold.

This is always the result

Tues 15 September 2015 - All Saints Centre, Lewes

Preview performance of a new work written and performed by Gus Watcham and directed by Mark Hewitt, with film sequence by Lewes video artist, Abigail Norris. The production, which features two stories of women encountering forces beyond their control, was developed initially through LLL's 'Making Innovative Live Literature' course, hosted by New Writing South.

Merlin & Polina Shepherd

Sat 25 July 2015. All Saints Centre Lewes

As part of LLL's Cabaret Sessions, a duo performance by internationally renowned singer / pianist Polina Shepherd and clarinetist Merlin Shepherd, both virtuosi in their own right. Effervescent Jewish/Klezmer and Russian music. 

Dora vs Picasso

Fri 24 July 2015. All Saints Centre Lewes

Repeat performance of the multimedia production written by Lewes poet Grace Nichols with Sybille Bernardin as Dora and Michael D'Cruze as Picasso. Live flamenco music and dance by Amor Flamenco.

El Mago de la Guitarra

Sun 15 March. Elephant & Castle, Lewes

Concert guitarist Richard Durrant & expert Carlos Salcedo Centurion presented an entertaining lecture-recital about the eccentric and neglected Paraguayan composer for the guitar, Agustin Barrios Mangoré.

Magical Realism Day School

Sat 14 Feb 2015: LLL studio space

One day workshop by Catherine Smith for writers working in any discipline. 

Dora vs Picasso

Tues 3 Feb 2015. All Saints Centre Lewes

Preview of a multimedia production about photographer / painter Dora Maar and her intense relationship during the 1930s with Pablo Picasso. Written by Lewes poet Grace Nichols and directed by Mark C. Hewitt with Sibylle Bernardin as Dora and Michael D'Cruze as Picasso. The production features projected images and live flamenco music and dance by Amor Flamenco.

Cabaret Sessions 2014 - Pam Hewitt & Anna Tabor

Sat 22 November. All Saints Centre, Lewes

A new set by Pam Hewitt (voice) and Anna Tabor (piano) featuring playful treatments of jazz, blues and classic cabaret. Some of the great twentieth century lyrics with the flavours and textures of the original languages, or as translations with a twist.

Cabaret Sessions 2014 - Baron Samedi & Maman Brigitte

Sat 22 November. All Saints Centre, Lewes

Crosspath Theatre's script-in-hand performance of a new cabaret play by poet John Agard, with the poet himself playing the role of Baron Samedi and Leann O'Kasi as Maman Brigitte. A bawdy meditation on the afterlife, steeped in Caribbean folklore and tradition. 

The New Cockaigne

Friday 14 November, 2014. The Lewes Arms (upstairs)

Two previews in one night of a new pub poetry production written by Lewes poet Catherine Smith. A rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess. Performed by Andy Sykes and Laura Freeman. With live music by Sam Walker.

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Sat 15 November: Other Worlds

Accompanying writers' workshop led by Catherine Smith exploring the possibilities - for writers working in any form - of creating parallel realities.