Arts Council funds work with older gay men in Eastbourne

A theatre company exploring the family archive of the late comedian and Generation Game host Larry Grayson wins arts award to work with older gay men in the Eastbourne area.

Larry Grayson

Larry Grayson

The Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne has been awarded a Grants for the Arts Award to work with London-based Theatre company Cutting the Strings to devise and run a programme of workshops for older gay men in the Eastbourne area.

Darren Weir

Darren Weir

Darren Weir, Community Engagement Director at the Hippodrome, said: “The idea behind the project is to use the Larry Grayson story to open up the issues of hidden sexuality, isolation and  loneliness in families, as well as coping with ambitions later in life.

“This programme will involve working with a creative team to look at Larry’s life, as well as sharing stories and experiences, and advising the actors and playwright. It’s great that Cutting the Strings thought about doing this in Eastbourne.”

WEB.600.2The programme will culminate in a new show about Larry at the theatre, that will focus around his secret attempts to perform for the last time at the Royal Variety show in 1994. This will be premièred at The Hippodrome from March 24-26.

This creative programme is part of the theatre’s approach to engaging a wider theatre audience.

The free workshops will be run with the local Age Uk’s Rainbow Group, but are open to any gay person.

Event: Three days and three minutes with Larry

Where: Royal Hippodrome Theatre, 108-112 Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF

When: March 24-26

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: Tickets are on sale, costing from as little as £12.

To book tickets online, click here:

Or telephone: 01323 80 20 20

For full details of the programme email:


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