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Steyning Festival Events

Steyning Festival 2016

The Steyning Festival runs from Saturday 21st May to Sunday 5th June this year. We are once again working with the Steyning Festival Committee to host a number of festival events at the school.  These begin with the Festival Friends fundraising event which is at the school on Saturday 16th April.  As well as the events at the school listed below, there will be plenty for students and parents to enjoy.

Events at the school

Young Dancer of the Year Competition Rehearsals - Sunday 1st May 2016, Drama Hall, Shooting Field

This is a new award, made possible by a generous donation from an anonymous couple in Steyning. It is a chance for the young people in our community to showcase their talent. A qualifying round will take place on 1st May and tonight we will be able to see the best five dancers from each of the three age groups: 8 – 11 years, 12 – 14 years, and 15 – 18 years. We welcome all styles of dancing from ballet to street dancing. So come and celebrate the best that Steyning’s young dancers have to offer and cheer them as they entertain us for the evening. The winners of each age group will be presented with their award – a cash prize that will help support and nurture their dance talent and careers. What better way to round off a Bank Holiday weekend?

Comedy Store Players Event - Saturday 21st May 2016, Drama Hall, Shooting Field

We asked lots of people what they would like to have as the main event on the first Saturday of the Festival and the unanimous response was 'The Comedy Store Players'! So the best ad-lib ensemble in the UK are back in Steyning with no script and not the faintest idea of what will happen as they create their brilliant sketches and comic dramas out of nothing but a few words supplied by the audience. What we can be sure of though is that we will all be aching with laughter and calling for more! The line-up this year will be: Richard Vranch, Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson and Marcus Brigstocke.


Author Talk - Tuesday 24th May 2016, Drama Hall, Shooting Field

A great opportunity to meet number one bestselling author Peter James as he introduces the twelfth novel in his thrilling Roy Grace series 'Love You Dead'. Peter James is one of the UK's most treasured thriller writers - recently voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author of All Time. His Roy Grace Series of thrillers have sold more than 17 million copies world-wide, and been traslated into over 36 languages! These are set in Brighton, Peter has many fascinating stories picked up while researching with the Sussex Police, so a very entertaining evening is guaranteed. The ticket price includes a copy of the book.

Festival Players, Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn - Friday 27th & Saturday 28th May 2016, Drama Hall, Shooting Field

A timeless classic of social comedy featuring four married couples at various stages of their relationships and the chaos they can cause in the lives of others. Good clean fun, with brilliant dialogue, touching insights into life and endless laughs. The Festival Players' are a group of talented actors who have been brought together specially to perform for the 2016 Festival. They are all local and have professional and amateur experience and expertise. Ayckbourn's hilarious, touching and nostalgic 1970s comedy suits them perfectly and is ideal for production in the Grammar School Drama Hall.

Lost Railway Film - Tuesday 31st May 2016, Drama Hall, Shooting Field

Artificial Intelligence in Education Talk - Friday 3rd June 2016, Learning Resource Centre, Shooting Field

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Aritficial intelligence is disrupting every walk of life, and education is no exception.

In this lively talk, Calum Chace, author of 'Surviving AI', will illustrate AI's astonishing rate of improvement, and why it matters for professionals as well as taxi drivers.


Julia Begbie, director of the UK's top interior design college and a pioneer in online education, will pick up on the AI introduction and describe how Big Data and AI have the power to transform education, the impact these have already had, and what to expect in the future.


Larkin About Play - Friday 3rd June 2016, Drama Hall, Shooting Field

Sunny Ormonde (who plays Lilian Bellamy in The Archers) had us in fits of laughter and moved us to tears with her one-woman show last festival. This time she returns with fellow Archers actor John Telfer (Rev. Alan Franks) and together with jazz pianist Matt Platt and flautist Ilone Antonius-Jones they explore the wit and words of Philip Larkin and the women and music in his life! You might also be interested in Philip Larkin: Funny Man, a presentation by John White, a friend and colleague of Larkin at Hull University for 20 years. See Friday 27th May in the Events Calendar.

Children's Show - Saturday 4th June 2016, Drama Hall, Shooting Field

Best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson will be acting her stories and singing her songs with a cast of four, including her guitar-playing husband Malcolm – plus lots of help from you, the audience! Julia’s books will be on sale after the show, when she will be happy to sign and dedicate them. Ideal for children aged 5-10 and their parents/carers.

Tickets for the Steyning Festival 2016 will be available to 'Friends of the Festival' on Thursday 21st April and to the general public on Monday 25th April. Join the Friends to take advantage of priority bookings. For full event details please go to the Steyning Festival website.  Please click here