Started A Story? Make Sure You Enter It!

Budding authors in school years 5 – 8 have until 30th November to submit their magical 1,000 word story. RB Writes has one golden rule: stories must clearly be about the area- or use local landmarks as inspiration. The Belfry Centre, Priory Park, Mercers and Earlswood Lakes, Banstead Common and Reigate Hill have featured as…

Hangmen by Martin McDonagh

Courtyard Theatre, Chipstead Hangmen, the first play by Martin McDounagh to be set in England, brims with dark humour and horror and gives a whole new meaning to the ‘Swinging Sixties’.  The curtain opens on a bleak scene, made more claustrophobic as only the far right of the stage is used. It is 1963 and…

The comforting and lawless world of the Mr Men.

Children’s Books. The Mr Men may be 50 somethings but they have stood the test of time, delighting and entertaining generations of children. The Mr Men provided the visual and wordy landscape of my early childhood – the vivid illustrations from Roger Hargreaves remain so etched on my mind’s eye, that to this day I…

Just in time for Half-Term!

RB Writes – the creative writing competition for young people returns for the 5th fantastical year. The 2022 round opens Thursday 13th October and young writers have until 30th November to submit their story. Once again, the borough’s young people are asked to pick up their pens or fire up a laptop and write a…

‘Down The Hatch’. Well Worth The Walk!

The Hatch, Hatchlands Road, Redhill. Is there a more perfectly placed RH pub than the Hatch? Opposite the War Memorial on Shaw’s Corner and eminently walkable from Redhill, Reigate and beyond. The announcement back in May that it would become the first Pilgrim Brewery Free House was no surprise. Its former incarnation attracted ‘regulars’ who…

Putting on the Ritz…

Aternoon Tea at The Ritz An average August Sunday afternoon in London Town. Honking horns blare with top notes of police sirens, pavements are equally as busy as ambling tourists take their selfies and absorb the capital’s sights. Amidst this madding crowd are a group of well-dressed women sashaying down Piccadilly. Afternoon Tea at The…

It’s Back!

Calling RB Writes Supporters. WRITI NG FINGERS AT THE READY! RB WRITES RETURNS THIS AUTUMN The 2022 Reigate & Banstead Writes competition will open for entries on 10th October. Young people aged 10-14 who live or go to school in the borough will be asked to write a 1,000 word story all about where they…

Back to the ’80s. Calling Planet Earth at Dorking Halls.

In the week Kate Bush dethroned Harry Styles from his number one spot, the current 1980’s ‘Back to the Future’ vibe was reinforced by ‘Calling Planet Earth’ at Dorking Halls. Calling Planet Earth is the show that defines a decade. For the uninitiated this may appear grandiose. But this New Romantic symphony is so much…

The Chipstead Players present The Woman in White.

The Chipstead Players are back with an ambitious adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ 1859 novel, The Woman in White.  It tells the story of the dashing Walter Hartright, (David Hall in his Courtyard debut). Who takes up the position of drawing master to Laura Fairlie and her half-sister Marian.  But he is troubled by the memory…

Strictly Magic!

Giovanni Pernice: The Hawth Theatre, Crawley – 16th April. It’s been a long wait for dance fans but strictly champion Giovanni Pernice has finaly quickstepped back to his ‘home town’ of Crawley with a wonderfully witty, energetic and sexy romp of a show.  Whilst it may not be for dance purists, Creative director and Choreographer…