Museum stories come to life at the De La Warr Pavilion

Mover and Shakers at the DLWP
Mover and Shakers at the DLWP

Bexhill Museum is celebrating its centenary with a specially commissioned unique youth performance, to bring the extraordinary stories of the museum to life.

Movers and Shakers is written by Suzi Hopkins and directed by Stephen Israel and features more than 25 young local actors, dancers, singers, musicians, songwriters, film-makers and a graphic artist. Participants include 15 young actors and actresses from the borough, 7 young dancers from Dance Ovation, Hastings, as well as 11 music and film students from DV8 Creative Industries Training for young people.

The project aims to engage young performers with the history of the museum and for them to interpret the founder’s stories, and create a fabulous multimedia production which will include theatre, dance, music and film.

The performance will feature the stories of Henry Sargent, who became the museum’s curator in 1924 and held the post for 63 years, he was imprisoned in 1916, during the First World War, because he was a conscientious objector.

Kate Marsden a formidable nurse, adventuress and one of the first female fellows of the Royal Geographical Society, who was instrumental in founding the museum in 1914. Also making an appearance in the show are Annie Brassey a Victorian botanist and traveller whose collections are housed at Bexhill, as well as at Hastings Museum.

Rachel Heminway Hurst, the Movers and Shakers project manager said: “This is our third and most ambitious youth performance yet, what we have discovered through working with these young people is that they have an abundance of creativity and imagination, and they have a lot to teach us. Working with them allows us to look at history in fresh and vibrant ways. This performance will take history out of its comfort zone and really make our historic characters come alive.”

The performance takes place at the De La Warr Pavilion Auditorium on Saturday 29 March 2014 at 2.30 – 3.45pm. Tickets are available from the DLWP- Adults £4, under 19s and concession £2. At: or call 01424 229 111