Hartfield looks set to come alive with Parallel Lives production
FINAL preparations are being made ahead of a professional production in a picturesque parish.
After two years of planning, play-writing and prop-making, the Hartfield Community Play is coming together.
Parallel Lives will take place in the St Mary's Church, which will be transformed into a theatre space for audiences of all ages from June 25 to July 7.
Hundreds of helpers have given up their time to researching stories, raising awareness and making props, costumes and shadow puppets for the project.
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Hartfield Community Play Steering Group chairman Caroline Tully said: "I'm overwhelmed by the response we have had from volunteers and their skills that have emerged with it.
"It's been lovely working alongside Laura Stanfield, who works for the English National Opera. She has designed all the costumes and scenery, which is very imaginative."
Parallel Lives was written by Jon Oram and produced by Claque Theatre, which has put on plays across the country for about 30 years.
The play tells the tale of Hartfield from 1913 to the Great Storm of 1987, and will be acted out by 56 adults and 30 children who live locally.
Local business have also helped in the lead up to the launch of the play.
Mid Sussex Timber donated wood to make the sets on Tye Farm, in Edenbridge Road, after permission was granted by owner Ray Pothecary.
Hartfield Parish Council donated £385 towards the use of the pavilion, where various props and costumes were made.
Mrs Tully said: "The generosity of people with their time has been fantastic. A lot of local businesses have chipped in to help too.
"It's great to see so many men involved as well, because unless you're into sport, there's not an awful lot for them to do in Hartfield."
Parallel Lives is designed as a promenade production and is best enjoyed by a standing audience, although a small number of seats for people with limited mobility will be available.
To book tickets, visit the box office at Hartfield Village Hall between 10am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday, visit www.claquetheatre.com/ productions or call 07714249232.
To get involved and gain experience as volunteer crew and stage management during the play, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org