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The Post’s top 20 things to do & see this week 20/09 – 26/09


Theatre. Macbeth. John Simm and Dervla Kirwan lead the cast of Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre from September 21 to October 26. John makes his Chichester debut in the title role. Among his extensive screen and stage work, recent credits include Strangers, Collateral and Doctor Who on television, while Dervla, who plays Lady Macbeth, was alongside John in Strangers but also has extensive stage credits, including Uncle Vanya (2012) at Chichester. Tickets at or call 01243 781312.


Music. One Last Song. Join The Bersted Boys, James, Will and Michael, as they return to the intimate setting of the Little Alex Theatre and this time they are bringing friends to celebrate the end of summer with One Last Song on Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14 from the Alexandra Theatre box office. Call 01243 861010.


Talk. Some Transatlantic Ties. This illustrated talk by county local studies librarian Martin Hayes will look at the West Sussex connections of William Penn, best known as the founder of Pennsylvania, among the most successful of all American colonies, and as a leader of the fledgling Society of Friends (Quakers). Tickets, at £8, should be booked at the record office in Orchard Street, Chichester, where the talk will start at 7pm, on Tuesday, September 24.


Music. Andy Woon Vintage Hot Five Band. St Wilfrid’s Church, Ellasdale Road, Bognor Regis PO21 2RH is the venue for an evening of spirited hot music from the 1920s and 1930s. Drinks will be on sale and tickets, at £11 are available at for the event on Saturday, September 28, at 7pm.


Event. Running Grand Prix. As a change from cars, people have the chance to run around Goodwood’s motor circuit in laps of 5k this Sunday, September 22, from 9am. Runners can choose from distances of a marathon, 20 mile, half marathon, 10k or 5k. Book a place at:


Event. Real ale and music festival. After the success of its first real ale and music festival in June, freehouse The Old Barn, at Felpham Road, Felpham, is holding an autumn beer festival this weekend with live music from Triple-X on Saturday evening. The pub will be open today (Friday), tomorrow and Sunday, September 20-22, from noon to 11pm.


Music. The Vox Beatles. This leading Beatles tribute band will perform all the classic songs complete with costume changes, and authentic stage gear at Chichester’s Assembly Room in North Street (PO19 1LQ) on Friday, September 27, 7pm. Tickets are £22 for this evening of passion, enthusiasm and superb musicianship from


Music. Blakefest charity night. Original indie local band the Boy Wonders are playing to raise money for loved local CIC innovative and caring project Grandad’s Front Room as part of Blakefest Fringe 2019. Grandad’s Front Room provides a hub for anyone wanting a chat in Bognor Regis as well as providing practical help with furniture to those in need. Tickets for the gig at TAO, 41-43 High Street, 7pm-10pm on Friday, September 27, are £3.28 from


Event. Boxgrove Companion Dog Show. A great day out for dog-lovers is promised at Boxgrove Recreation Ground tomorrow (Saturday) with four obedience classes, seven for pedigree dogs and two rings of novelty classes for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Entries at the field next to the village hall will be accepted from 10.30am with judging at noon when the event opens to the public. Trade stalls and refreshments will add to the attractions of the afternoon. For enquiries, call 01243 785990. Proceeds will be divided between Boxgrove Priory and the village community fund.


Talk. Lesley Thomson. Join author Lesley at Bognor Regis Library on Tuesday, September 24, as she introduces the seventh title in The Detective’s Daughter series: The Playground Murders. Lesley is a prize-winning crime writer who teaches creative writing at West Dean College. Tickets to the event, which starts at 7pm, are £4.50 and can be bought via the library in London Road.


Event. Charity day. Chichester Christian Spiritualist Healing Centre is supporting three charities with an event at its base, 39 Basin Road, Chichester PO19 8PY. The centre will be open from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, September 28. Charities which will benefit are the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, Parkinson Society and Dementia UK. For information about the centre, visit its Facebook page.


Theatre. The Pirate Cruncher. A swashbuckling tale of greed punished and ingenuity rewarded… The Pirate Cruncher is at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing, with performances on tomorrow (Saturday) at 2.30pm and Sunday at 11am and 2.30pm. Tickets, priced from £12.50, from Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206206 and online at


Music, art, talk & poetry. Unpacking Blake. This free event at Felpham Memorial Village Hall, Vicarage Lane  PO22 7DZ on Sunday, September 22, 1pm-4pm will consist of a small exhibition including prints of his work and focused on various aspects researched and presented in a discussion panel by Blake experts. All welcome to hear a little about William Blake and his time living and working in Felpham.


Concert. Harp & a Monkey. Ever wondered what a 150-year-old pop song sounded like, or what might inspire a Victorian to write such a thing? You can find the answer to both these questions and more besides, when this award-winning modern folk and storytelling trio arrive for a special one-off show at Grayshott Folk Club on Friday, September 27, at 7.30pm. Tickets for the gig at Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ at £14 are available from Grayshott post office and Haslemere Bookshop or call 01428 607096.


Event. Book sale. Bookworms of all ages and a wide range of tastes should make their way to Bognor Regis Museum when one of its bi-annual sales is held. The event, to support the town’s local history society, which runs the museum, is at 25-27 West Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1XA on Saturday, September 28, 10am-4pm. Donated books on all subjects will be available for buyers.


Event. Pet photo shoot. The Hamblin Centre at Main Road, Bosham, is organising a fundraising pet photo shoot on Sunday, September 22, from 10.30 am to 4.30pm, open to all.  Organised by Olly Clarke, of Paws & Claws Photography, the 25-minute sessions have a £10 booking fee which will be used to support the charitable work of the centre but there is no obligation to buy any photos. To book a session, email


Music. Norman Jay. Norman Jay is unquestionably one of most respected and popular DJs in the world today. He played his first gig aged eight at a 10th birthday party. Influenced by his father’s record collection of blue beat, ska and jazz, by the late 1970s he was considered an emerging authority on contemporary Afro-American music including funk, disco, soul and jazz fusion and is still at the forefront of club culture. He is playing St Paul’s in central Worthing tonight (Friday) at 8pm. Tickets are £16.50. Call 0844 249 1000.


Event. Bus rally. The ever-popular bus rally at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre being organised this Sunday, September 22, 10am-4.30pm, promises fun for all the family as well as vintage vehicle enthusiasts gathering at the 36-acre chalkpit site. There will be static displays and the opportunity to ride on buses not normally available. The usual buildings and attractions will be open and standard admission fees apply.


Music. Jon Allen. Soulful, blues-soaked original music from Jon Allen, accompanied by his five-piece band, is offered at The Spring arts & heritage Centre, East Street, Havant, on Friday, September 27 at 8pm. Jon rose to fame in 2008 when an early single was used on Land Rover’s Cloudhopper advert. His debut album, Dead Man’s Suit, followed. Since then he has amassed over five million plays on Spotify and has toured with Dionne Warwick, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, KT Tunstall, Seal, Damien Rice and Jools Holland. Visit for tickets at £20 or call 023 9247 2700.


Event. Skinfest. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the spirit of 1969 and raising money for Southampton: Doing It For The Kids Specialized Project for Teenage Cancer Trust, Youth Music and Tonic Music For Mental Health, Skinfest has an eclectic line-up of bands appearing at the Gaiety Bar on Southsea’s South Parade Pier on Saturday, September 28, from 6pm-11pm. The line-up will include Symarip Pyramid, The Trojan Beats, The Izettas, The Collective, King Hammond, The Ska Dogs and Olas Boss. Tickets are £20, from:

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