Theatre & Events

‘Rye-citals’ – A new classical concert series at Rye Creative Centre

Each month, Alisdair Kitchen – known in Rye for his widely acclaimed opera productions in the Rye Arts Festival – will present a concert at Rye Creative Centre featuring Euphonia Studio Artists, singers and instrumentalists who have delighted festival audiences with their performances in recent years. Euphonia Studio is the practice of London based director, musician and designer Alisdair Kitchen.

The series begins with a candlelit solo piano recitals given by Alisdair himself.

Sunday 26th February at 3.30pm ‘Viennese Classics’, Tickets £10

Featuring works by Mozart and Beethoven.

Tickets are only £10 and are available from the box office 01797 226827 and on the door.

Wry Rye – A new long weekend of comedy
Three comedy performances at Rye Creative Centre, kindly supported by Rye Arts Festival

17 – 21st March 2017

Wry Rye Comedy Festival tickets are £10 each or £25 for all three comedy performances over the long weekend.
Doors will be open from half an hour before each event begins.
FACILITIES: Disabled Access and toilets, Free Parking on site and Bar

Buy tickets:
Online from
Buy long weekend passes online from
In person at Grammar School Records, 15a High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JF
Phone the box office for tickets on 01797 226827
Or on the on the door

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Wry Rye – EUROHOUSE, UK National Tour

Performance – Friday 17th March at 7.30pm, tickets £10

+ Devising for Theatre WORKSHOP with the creators of Eurohouse, suitable for emerging actors & students 14yrs+ Click here for workshop details

Following a critically-acclaimed run at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas’s Total Theatre-nominated EUROHOUSE, co-produced by FellSwoop Theatre, returns for a major national UK tour.

“Bienvenue. Kalosórisma. Welcome. We are so happy to see you all here. Some of you we know rather well, some of you we don’t. But it doesn’t matter, you all look… stunning.”

Two performers – one Greek, one French – dance and shout, cry and sing, agree and disagree, about life in the Eurohouse. A darkly comic look at the EU’s founding ideals and what got lost along the way. Made in transit between Greece and the UK, EUROHOUSE was developed with the help and support of Bios Athens, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, MAYK, Wardrobe Theatre, CPT & Incoming Festival.

Wry Rye Comedy Festival tickets are £10 each or £25 for all three comedy performances over the long weekend.
Buy tickets online from
Buy long weekend passes online from
Phone the box office for tickets on 01797 226827
Or buy tickets on the on the door.

Read the reviews of previous performances here…

“This wonderfully playful, intimate and ultimately moving show … constantly pits idealism against self-interest and pragmatism.” ★★★★ —The Guardian

“An exhilarating, intelligent fusion of theatre & lecture” ★★★★ – Broadway Baby 

“Timely and refreshing” ★★★★ —The Reviews Hub

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Wry Rye – The Starship Osiris

Sunday 19 March at 5pm, tickets £10

‘The Starship Osiris’ is a comedy sci-fi farce about an arrogant theatre maker’s failed attempts to put on a show. It contains live music, videography, puppetry and audience participation and is non-stop fun from blast off to touchdown!
Despite a cast that despises him, George Vere will intend to bring you his Sci-Fi masterpiece!

Wry Rye Comedy Festival tickets are £10 each or £25 for all three comedy performances over the long weekend.Buy tickets online from
Buy long weekend passes online from
Phone the box office for tickets on 01797 226827
Or buy tickets on the on the door.

Click on these links to read the reviews!

“Hilarious” ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

 “An utter joy” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

 “The Play That Goes Wrong with a f**k-ton more swearing” ★★★★★ The Chocolate Ocelot

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The Pretend Men’s ‘POLICE COPS’ UK Tour Spring 2017

Tuesday 21st March at 7.30pm, tickets £12

WINNER – ‘Cape Town Fringe Best International Show 2016′        WINNER – ‘IYAF Best Theatre Award 2016’

WINNER – ‘The Stage Award for Acting Excellence 2015’              WINNER – ‘IYAF Best Comedy Show Award 2016’

WINNER – ‘Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2015’                WINNER – ‘VAULT Festival People’s Choice Award 2016’

Following sellout runs at London’s Soho Theatre, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016, The Cape Town Fringe 2016 and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016… POLICE COPS is coming to town! THE PRETEND MEN’s critically acclaimed, multi award-winning comedy blockbuster comes to Rye Creative Centre for an action packed hour of adrenaline fuelled physical comedy, cinematic style and uncompromising facial hair.

PRESENT DAY (of 1976). Straight-laced rookie Police Cop Jimmy Johnson is out to avenge his brother’s death, and he’s got to go it alone! (with his partner Harrison). The pair begin digging and soon unearth the soily secrets that the case holds. Police Cops is a cinematic joyride, speeding down Adventure Avenue in a souped-up squad car. Oh, and did I mention…the steering wheel is made out of guns.

Wry Rye Comedy Festival tickets are £12 each or £25 for all three comedy performances over the long weekend.

Buy tickets online from
Buy long weekend passes online from
Phone the box office for tickets on 01797 226827
Or buy tickets on the on the door.

Click on these links to read the reviews!

★★★★★ “Unbeatable physical cop parody” – The Stage

★★★★★ “The juggernaut of cheesy parody” – EdFestMag

★★★★★ “An absolute jewel in the crown” – The Argus

Previous Highlights at rye creative centre…


14993478_358971084454614_3692928794170927417_n-1Chekhov Triple Bill – Sun 18th Dec 2016 – 4pm

Euphonia’s Triple Bill of short plays by Anton Chekhov will be playing at Rye Creative Centre on December 18th at 4pm, Following their run in London.

Challenging the commonly-held assumption that opera singers can’t act, Euphonia Studio attempts to prove to the contrary in a highly entertaining triple-bill of short plays by Anton Chekhov.

Updated to a modern-day, north-of-England setting, The Proposal, On the Evils of Tobacco and The Bear feature a cast of young opera singers – Edward Jowle, Sophie Dicks and Hannah Jane Peel – using their voices in a completely different way to usual…without singing a note! Adapted and directed by Euphonia Studio Artistic Director Alisdair Kitchen, the production is playing in London from December 6th-10th at The Drayton Arms Theatre, and travels to Rye, East Sussex for a one-off performance in association with the Rye Arts Festival (18th December)
Tickets for the Rye performance are £10 + 65p booking fee are available here:



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Thursday 24 November 2016, 7.30pm
The Theatre, Rye Creative Centre
Tickets: £12
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue, Cash Bar

“Join my band and some wonderful vocalists at Rye Creative Centre as we celebrate some of the most influential female voices of all time! From Ella Fitzgerald to Carole King. With Popular standards from the Burt Bacharach songbook, Memories from Motown and Jazz classics like ‘Lullaby Of Birdland’ and ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ there really is something for everyone.

As always we’ll be delving into a little bit of background exploring the historic events, advances in recording technology, changes in fashion and popular culture which helped shape the music we will be playing in tribute to these ladies as we ponder the question ‘Why do we love these voices so?’. ” Sam Williams for ARRCC & Rye Creative Centre

For more information and tickets contact Sam Williams 07799771961 / 01797 229797


A MEETING OF MINDS – Martin wimbush

Sunday 30 October 2016, 5pm start
The Theatre, Rye Creative Centre
Tickets: £10
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue, Cash Bar

After a sold out performance as part of the Rye Arts Festival Martin Wimbush brings ‘A Meeting of Minds’ to Rye Creative Centre in aid of ARRCC for a special performance.

A celebration of the life and works of two of our greatest poets, John Betjeman and Philip Larkin, with essays by Alan Bennett.  Performed by Martin Wimbush in a unique way, recreating the great poems as though he were performing a play, presenting them as a soliloquy directly to the audience, with profound and witty quotes from Alan Bennett.

Tickets available from Rye Creative Centre 01797 229797 / 07939390036


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Saturday 22 October, 2016
The Theatre, Rye Creative Centre
Tickets: £7.50, concessions for carers
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue, Refreshments available 

Rye & District Dementia Action Alliance presents Sunset Serenade, a fundraising concert in aid of supporting the continuation of RDDAA’s work raising Dementia Awareness within Rye and surrounding areas. Featuring music from The Rye Ukulele Band and the Sunset Singers.

For tickets and more information please contact 07737350896

zine-tip-rachaelFRee cartoon workshop for women

Sunday 9 October 2016, 2pm – 4pm
The Art Room, Rye Creative Centre
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue

As part of Hastings & 1066 Country Cartoon Festival, Rye Creative Centre are hosting a workshop for women run by Loulou Cousin – for sassy girls, grumpy old women and everything in between. Draw cartoons and comics, have a rant, have a laugh, create something positive. No previous experience is necessary.

To book please visit eventbrite.


Don Pasquale Theatre Rye Arts FestivalDon Pasquale – Opera

Saturday 1 October 2016, doors open 6pm
Rye Creative Centre Theatre
Tickets: £15
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue, Cash Bar

A comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti. Alisdair Kitchen directs a cast of acclaimed young singers, drawn from the National Opera Studio, Benjamin Britten International Opera School and the Royal College of Music.

Tickets available from Rye Arts Festival.

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MARTIN PARR: A Chronicler of Our Age

Thursday 30 September 2016, 6.30pm
Doors: 5.30pm
Rye Creative Centre

Tickets: £12
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue, Cash Bar

In partnership with Rye Arts Festival we are very please to welcome Magnum photographer Martin Parr to Rye Creative Centre.

In the face of the constantly growing flood of images released by the media, Martin Parr’s photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective.

At first glance, his photographs seem exaggerated or even grotesque. The motifs he chooses are strange, the colours are garish and the perspectives are unusual. Parr’s term for the overwhelming power of published images is “propaganda”.  He counters this propaganda with his own chosen weapons: criticism, seduction and humour.  As a result, his photographs are original and entertaining, accessible and understandable. But at the same time they show us in a penetrating way how we live, how we present ourselves to others and what we value.

In this rare visit to Rye, Martin will deliver a talk giving ticket holders an insight into his process, his inspiration and his experiences as a chronicler of our age.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Tickets are available from Rye Arts Festival

For more information please call 01797 229797 or email .