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The Paddock

   
the paddock


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  The Paddock produced works from 2004 - 2012. For more information on The Paddock, see Susannah Waters' blog.

Artistic Director/s    Susannah Waters

Vision  
The Paddock is an arts organisation committed to sourcing artists working in different art-forms in our local region and bringing them together to create new work for the benefit of the community in which they live.

We aim to get people of all ages actively involved in the arts, both as participants and as audience members, stressing an exchange of new talents and skills as well as an increased accessibility to a wide variety of art-forms.

Susannah Waters, Artistic Director of The Paddock writes:

    The Arts should work like a Farmer’s Market. That’s what I’ve been thinking about more and more these days, with climate chaos and oil crises threatening to change the way we live.

    How can we re-train ourselves to source our arts locally, much like we are learning to source our fruit and veg? To look for inspiration close to home, without feeling that local need be provincial and therefore less good, less exciting or less professional?

    Ever since I first came to Lewes, nearly ten years ago, I have been astounded by the people who live in this town, quietly producing fantastic art of all kinds: writers, actors, painters, sculptors, dancers, animators, musicians, singers. But for the most part, they are producing work which gets performed, put up, acted, published elsewhere, in London or even further afield.

    How can we get artists like these to work at home?

    The Paddock was formed to create projects that would entice some of these artists to produce work where they live, for, and with the people in this area. Last year we did a play in people’s houses. This year, we’ve been dancing in the streets. This summer we’ll be doing a family theatre piece on top of Mount Caburn. At Christmas, we’re performing a new musical based on Lewes people and their history.

    Come and be a part of these projects. Visit your Farmer’s Market for the Arts.

 
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Productions and Projects

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Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep
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2006
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Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep was written by Eleanor Farjeon, the first winner in 1956 of the Hans Anderson International Medal, who lived and worked in East Sussex.

It tells the tale of a champion skipper called Elsie Piddock, who through her skills manages to save a bit of the Sussex Downs from the clutches of an evil Lord bent on building a factory on it. It is the local fairies who teach Elsie to skip, and the play is full of fairy lore and details of village life.

Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep tells an important tale about our green spaces and what they contribute to the happiness and health of our communities.

The play is suitable for family audiences, especially skippers from age 5 to 50.

Commissioned by the East Sussex Arts Partnership and Farnham Maltings, with additional support from the Ashden Trust and the Arts Council England, South East, the production tours to outdoor rural spaces, such as village greens, public gardens and school playing fields throughout the summer of 2006.

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Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep

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Something to Dance About
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2006
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Something to Dance About was a seven-month project culminating in dance performances in public spaces throughout Lewes, East Sussex, all performed on one day in April 2006.

Led by professional choreographers, composers, musicians and designers from the area, eight new dances were created and performed by 180 amateur dancers of all ages and abilities from the community of Lewes and its surrounding areas.

The themes of these dances sprang from many of the stories and issues that touch the people who live in this place, including a dance on the floods which continue to threaten this town due to the effects of climate change, as well as a dance for parents and children on recycling and conservation, worked on in partnership with the local recycling centre. All of the costumes and the set for this dance were constructed from recycled materials and a solar-powered generator was used for the music and sound equipment.

The dances attracted an audience of approximately 2,500 people, moving from site to site on a rotating schedule throughout the day.

This project was the second of The Paddock's community arts and education events in the development of our aim of placing the arts and the work of local professional artists into the daily lives of the communities in which these artists live.

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Something to Dance About

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