Co-Directors: Pamela Howard & Gillian Plowman
Writer: Gillian Plowman
Choreographer/Producer: Chris Butler
Art and urban regeneration!
Tonight at the Pavilion… Charlie Chaplin! is an example of how creating art in an unloved and forgotten building can bring new life to an old space.
2015 marks 100 years of Chaplin’s invention of The Little Tramp. This new work is written by Gillian Plowman (author of The End of the Journey performed in this unreconstructed space in 2014), choreographed by Chris Butler, and is synonymous with the renaissance of the iconic Selsey Pavilion built in 1913. The 1hr 30 minutes performance uses silent movie clips, and has a live piano accompaniment. Tonight at the Pavilion… Charlie Chaplin, is set in the props and costume store of the Mack Sennet/Keystone Cops studios. An ensemble cast of West Sussex performers use song, dance and speech to tell an original story, supported by a talented team of theatre creators.
The Pavilion Theatre Selsey will now become a public performance and celebratory space for the community, while remaining under its present ownership. The Restored foyer incorporating Chaplin’s Coffee Shop has now re-opened.
Inside the renovated performance space I will be creating The History Wall, a hand painted mural recording the incredible history of the Pavilion Theatre/Cinema, where the famous and the local trod the boards, until its demise and closure in the 1960’s. The Wall will be both decorative and an educational resource. This, along with a Blue Plaque commemorating this iconic building, will be unveiled on completion of the Pavilion and will continue to be on view to the public when all structural work to the building is completed.
A limited, numbered and signed fine art prints of Tonight at the Pavilion... Charlie Chaplin (pictured above) will be available for sale.
All donations are paid to Arts Dream reg. charity no.1155713 and go toward the History Wall Mural. Gift Aid is welcomed.
Scenes from Tonight at the Pavilion… Charlie Chaplin
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