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"Stacked": a community musical inspired by Operation Stack

The traffic chaos caused by Operation Stack has inspired a community musical.

Last summer's Operation caused misery and frustration for thousands of motorists. There were weeks of delays on Kent's roads caused by strikes at Calais and the presence of migrants in the channel Tunnel.

But Stack proved an unlikely inspiration for a community musical, two hundred local actors and musicians took part in "Stacked" earlier this month.

Derek Johnson went to see them ahead of their performance.

Children join voices for the Southern Cathedrals Festival

Young choristers arrive at the 900-year-old cathedral Credit: Chichester Cathedral

Children from across the south launched this year's celebration of cathedral music.

More than eighty choristers and thirty lay clerks (adult singers) from Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals opened the three-day Southern Cathedrals Festival.

It is taking place at Chichester Cathedral until 24th July.

Visitors filled the cathedral for the choral launch Credit: Chichester Cathedral

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Powerful Refugee artwork opens in Cathedral

Shadows of the Wanderer Credit: Chris Ison

Chichester Cathedral is staging an exhibition by acclaimed sculptor and artist Ana Macheco - looking at the plight of refugees.

The Cathedral’s entire North Transept has been taken over by a powerful set of sculptures, called "Shadows of the Wanderer. The artist says it "depicts a scene that resonates with some of our most pressing contemporary issues."

Artist Ana Macheco Credit: Chris Ison

It deals with current debates about exile, migration, and the displacement of people who are trying to escape persecution. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of supporting events, including new ‘People on the Move’ workshops uniquely developed with Amnesty International UK, specifically to explore the refugee experience.

Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, says: ‘We are delighted to be supporting this timely and poignant installation at Chichester Cathedral – visitors will experience not just their own reaction to the two desperate figures that flee, but also the varied and complex reactions of the other carved figures that witness their suffering. How we choose to respond to refugees is one of the most important questions on our national and international agenda.’

Events to support ‘Shadows of the Wanderer’ include: 'The Representation of Suffering: the Work of Ana Maria Pacheco' Tuesday 19th July at 6.30pm. A lecture by Christopher Wintle, Honorary Senior Research Fellow/Emeritus Senior Lecturer, King's College, London. In the Cathedral, with free entry.

'People on the Move: Exploring Refugee Experience' Selected dates September to October A series of workshops for schools and colleges developed in partnership with Amnesty International UK.

‘Colin Wiggins in Conversation with Ana Maria Pacheco’ Thursday 6th October at 6.30pm.

The exhibition opened today (July 16th) and will remain on display until November 14th. Entry is free.

Kites take to the skies over Brighton

The festival is one of the longest running in the country Credit: ITV

Hundreds of kites will be in the skies over Brighton today as the city celebrates its 38th annual festival. It's one of the longest running kite festivals in the country, taking place in Stanmer Park. The event is one of the longest running kite festivals in the country.

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Theatre firm to perform at secret location in Chatham

Theatre company to perform in Chatham Credit: Operation Black Antler

A theatre production company is coming to Chatham, offering performances of a different kind in a secret location.

The theatre company “Operation Black Antler” appeared first at Brighton Festival for its world premier and thrilled its audiences by involving them with controversial role-playing of characters. And the chance to literally 'walk in someone else’s shoes.'

Operation Black Antler secret locations are revealed after booking your tickets. Prices vary between £10-15. The shows will be at 19:00 to 20:45, every 15 minutes, on the 23rd , 24th and 25th of June.

Kings Theatre prepares for production of Peter Pan

The theatre is preparing for Peter Pan in July Credit: Kings Theatre

This July, at the Kings Theatre Portsmouth, more than 100 local children, aged between 4-18 years old, will take to the stage to perform Peter Pan.

It’s a huge youth theatre project involving children from many different schools and from all walks of life. The cast have been working hard for the last three months learning lines, lyrics and choreography to get ready for opening night.

Cinema comes to Winchester Cathedral

The cathedral will host an open-air cinema Credit: ITV

Open-air cinema is coming to Winchester. Screenings will be held in the cathedral's Inner Close during August and September.

Cult Screens organise events throughout the UK, turning unusual locations into temporary cinemas.

They will show everything from old favourites and retro classics through to the best new releases and cinema of recent years.

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