Rushlake Green Village Leaf

Seen & heard

Pictures and reports of recent events in and around the green.

Prince at the Hop Farm festival

Rushlake Green Flower Show 2010

Songs for a Summer Evening

Songs on the Sugarloaf 2010, Dallington

A Midsummer Nights Dream, Rushlake Green

 

Prince (and many more) at the Hop Farm festival

Playing to an audience of more than 50,000, Prince made his first ever festival appearance at our very own Hop Farm (Paddock Wood) on Sunday July 3rd. His performance was universally acclaimed as the high point of this 3-day event that also starred The Eagles, Brian Ferry, Iggy Pop, Morrisey and Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone fame.


Prince, in relaxed mode, performed his set as though he was enjoying one of his signature after-gig parties. After an opening 'Jam' to set the sound levels, Prince played many of his most well-loved hits including, 1999, Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette and Kiss. He also played covers of Play that Funky Music, Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop ‘til you get enough and the Beatles Come Together. He ended his two and a half hour set with a stupendous extended performance of Purple Rain - complete with virtuoso guitar solos, purple confetti and much arm-waving and singing by the audience. He was having so much fun by the end that it took three encores to get him off stage. Previous headline acts at the Hop Farm event, which is completely free from corporate sponsorship, have included Dylan and Van Morrison. And with Prince's appearance this year creating quite coup, this unique local event is beginning to really carve out a niche in the festival calendar - and it's just round the corner from Rushlake Green. Can't wait for next year's offering.

 

Rushlake Green Flower and Produce Show

(Warbleton Horticulture and Poultry Society annual show)

 



Songs for a summer's evening - after the 2010 flower show

 

 

Dallington Songs on the Sugarloaf 2010

Songs on the Sugarloaf 2010 took place on Saturday 10th July at Woods Corner, Dallington. The evening featured a brilliant line up of local talent, including Grass Roots (Bluegrass), Cornflower Blue (Folk), Quintasia (Harmony), Katie Ault (Classical) and Got Milk, (Rock Covers) and a firework finale.The event was well attended, with many turning up with picnics or taking advantage of the barbecue and drinks stall in the arena.

Grass Roots is a talented local Blue Grass group that has been together for years (and years!).

Rushlake Green's own Cornflower Blue brought their unique mix of songs, many their own compositions, and this time included a couple of seamless meddlies of classic numbers from the 50s and 60s.

Quintasia sang harmony versions of songs new and old, including a novel version of the ELO single 'Mr Blue Sky'.

You had to be there

Katie Ault, voice like an angel, added a touch of class with her unique operatic repertoire.

Got Milk had the audience on it's feet with their modern take on classic rock and pop hits from past decades. Even more impressive as drummer and bassist were last minute stand-ins when two band members had to cancel at short notice.

Sparkling finale

 

A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare

Performed by the Rushlake Green Village Players, on the village green. 24th - 26th June 2010

The Village Players performed each night, in a specially constructed auditorium space created on the village green, to near capacity audiences of enthusiastic local supporters. The following images sum up the jovial atmosphere, the delightful humour and the dramatic authenticity of the highly accomplished performances that each night began in the barmy heat of late evening, continued as dramatically the sun set over the Weald, and drew to a close under a warm, dark, blanket of stars.

Above. Titania with Changeling Boy; Oberon and his attendants.

Above left Helena & Lysander.                                                                      Above right Demetrius & Helena

 

Above: Robin Starveling, Snug and Nick Bottom

 

Above:Titania and her fairies; and second left: 'The Fairy'

Above: Nick Bottom, Peter Quince, Robin Starveling and Tom Snout.

 

Above: Titania & Oberon

Above left: Titania & Bottom                                           Above right: Bottom

Above: Bottom and Snout

 

Above left & right: Bottom and Puck

Above: Bottom, Titania and her fairies

Above: Hippolyta, Theseus, Philostrate, Hermia, Lysander, Helena and Demetrius.

Above: Theseus, Hippolyta & her attendants.

Above: Bottom, Quince, Wall, Francis Flute as Thisbe, watched by the lovers and Philostrate.

Above: Lysander, Hermia, Helena, Demetrius and Philostrate

Above: Moonshine, Lysander, Hermia, Helena, Demetrius and Philostrate

The Close