Find out about theatre’s past in Felpham display

Leslie Evershed-Martin, the theatre's founder         dm15116419a
Leslie Evershed-Martin, the theatre's founder dm15116419a

A DISPLAY in Felpham highlights some of the archives of Chichester Festival Theatre.

The exhibition at Inspire Leisure (Arun Leisure Centre) follows the successful tour of the Parkland to Performance exhibition about the theatre around Hampshire and West Sussex.

The story of the theatre’s founding will be explored through an array of photographs and documents which will be brought to life with oral history sound clips and early video footage.

John Stride, the chief executive of Inspire Leisure, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this cultural exhibition which tells the fantastic story of the festival theatre and includes some previously unseen material.”

The exhibition opened last Friday and continues until December 31. It is sited in the centre’s foyer as well as its Bramber Studio, which will be open to the public from 10.30am-4pm Saturdays and 8am-4pm on Sundays.

Among the exhibits are those which will examine the making of some of the theatre’s successful musicals, comedies and dramas. They include Macbeth and Just So as well as the youth theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland.

On weekdays, pupils from the neighbouring Felpham Community College will use what they learn about the theatre and its productions to inspire their work.