Theatre & Events


Friday 22 September 5.30 – 8pm
Saturday 23 September 10.30 – 5pm

The Rye Creative Centre is home to the New Road Artists. Our annual open studios event is a rare opportunity to meet these artists and get a glimpse behind the scenes. During the event, visitors can buy art & craft direct from the studios and meet the makers to discuss their work. There will be artist’s talks and other related events – more details to be announced soon.

We will kick off with a drinks reception on Friday evening and on Saturday we have delicious snacks provided by the Scrummylicious Cafe!

Free admission





We are delighted to bring a weekend of fantastic productions (playing as part of Hastings Fringe) to a Rye Audience this October. Don’t miss out on your chance to see these talented performers; we’ve made it easy by bringing an exciting, varied programme to you!

Friday 6th 7.30pm: The Cocktail Pianist
Saturday 7th 7.30pm: Highly Inflammable
Sunday 8th time 7.30pm: Seven Seconds

Tickets are available from the Hastings fringe box office at this link

The cocktail Pianist is a one man play. Mike Hatchard performs the story of Bernard Halfpen – the almost invisible pianist at the Luton Skyport Hotel. As he plays his anodyne melodies, he reveals a dark past, and how he might have been a great concert pianist had fate not had other plans.��The original score reflects how Bernard overcomes an illogical fear of numbers, untimely seductions, too much education, a dabble into alcoholism, and an entirely understandable inability to cope with the pressure of piano competitions.

Highly Inflammable was first performed at St Mary’s in the Castle in June 2017 as part of a celebration to local resident Marianne Elliot-Said, AKA Poly Styrene. Poly Styrene formed the inimitable punk band X-Ray Spex after seeing a gig by the Sex Pistols on Hastings pier in 1976. Set in two equally explosive eras – 1977 and post-Brexit Britain – Highly Inflammable tells the story of a teenage friendship ruined by intolerance, racism and idealism – all set to the music of punk legend Poly Styrene.
Crackling with music, energy and plenty of punk outrage at the state of our nation, Highly Inflammable asks what we could have done then to make the world different now.

Seven Seconds is a powerful, poignant drama exploring themes of social insecurity, sex and psychological trauma. Starring a cast of young local actors, it traces the events that led to the tragic death of a teenage girl. Challenging and emotive, it has particular relevance for a young audience.

Andy mcconnell EVENT- 5000 years of glass in a day

Andy McConnell in aid of ARRCC charity – hosted in Rye Creative Centre Theatre

Saturday 23 September, 10am-4pm including lunch


ARRCC are pleased to announce their patron Andy McConnell, glass specialist on the BBC’s Antique Roadshow, will hold a special event at Rye Creative Centre. Join Andy in the Theatre at 9.30am for a 10am start. 5,000 Years of Glass comprises three lectures plus an appraisal of attendee’s own glass, with breaks for refreshments and lunch. Employing his distinctively light, humorous and spontaneous approach, Andy guides participants though the three Ages of Glass though an all-digital presentation.
Guests are encouraged to handle numerous examples from his 30,000-piece collection, many of which are passed amongst those attending at relevant points during the talks.
The day long seminar will also include tea, coffee and a delicious buffet lunch. For more details of the event see Andy’s website. To reserve your place now, email

 Feast of delights – our annual festive designer & maker’s fair!

25-26 November 2017

Join us at Rye Creative Centre for our annual festive Designer and Maker’s Fair.
This year, over two days, we’ll be hosting amazing artists and craftspeople along with community entertainment, creative workshops and music. This will be a treasure trove for everyone hunting for unique and special christmas pressies and there’ll be plenty of other activities to join in with.
The Scrummylicious cafe will be open on site serving up excellent homebaking, both savoury and sweet.
We’ll have ample parking and admission is free



Stalls are now available for hire at this fantastic festive event. To sell your wares with us this November, contact