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The 47th annual Rye Arts Festival is entering its second week and has dozens of events before its finale on 30th September with tickets still available for most events, including classical and contemporary music, literary talks, walks, films, drama and much more.

So, what’s on?

Not About Heroes

On Sunday 23rd September a Rye resident takes centre stage; a star of stage and TV screen, our very own Martin Wimbush! Martin will take us on a personal journey, where he rediscovers the parts he’s played in Shakespeare and explores the ones he hasn’t, with plenty of funny stories and jokes along the way.

Tuesday 25th September will see a performance of the two-hander play ‘Not About Heroes’. The play by Stephen Macdonald tells the moving story of the friendship of the World War 1 poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

Opera is, of course, a cross-over between music and theatre. And on Saturday 22nd and Saturday 29th the Festival presents a very funny opera by Francis Poulenc called ‘Les Mamelles de Tiresias’ which is being brought to Rye by Euphonia Studio, the London based company that has performed opera at Rye Arts Festival for the last eight years.

This year’s offering has been described as a riotous farce laden with gorgeous tunes and lush harmonies.

Mose Fan Fan

Moving on to classical music the 60-strong City of London Choir won’t disappoint, when they perform at St Mary’s Church, Rye on Sunday 23rd September.

You won’t be disappointed by Mose Fan Fan, who is the leader of the acclaimed Congolese band Somo Somo. On 26th September this brilliant band returns to Rye Arts Festival after many years.

The whole Festival concludes on the afternoon of Sunday 30th September with ‘An Audience with Dame Jenni Murray’. Jenni Murray, host of Women’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 will be talking about her book ‘A History of the World in 21 Women’, which is launched to coincide with the Festival.

For the full list of events, and to book tickets, go to . Otherwise ring the Box Office on 01797 224442.

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