The global phenomenon that is Rock Challenge is appearing at the Congress Theatre at the end of March, promoted by the Be Your Best Foundation. Originally a drama competition that started in Sydney, Australia in the early 1980s, it made its way to the UK in 1996 being introduced by Inspector Mark Pontin of the Hampshire Constabulary. By 2009, there were 9 primary school events, 31 secondary school/college events, 6 secondary school/college Regional Grand Finals, 1 National Grand Final and over 23,000 young people took part!
The idea is that a team for any school or college that wants to take part decides upon a short dance-drama production that reflects their personalities and interests. They choreograph the dance, record the music, design and create their costumes and build their set. Then all the teams get together for one day, to see each others work and to perform their dances to public audience in the evening. The evening performance is judged with the best team going forward to Regional Finals and, hopefully, the UK National Grand Final.
The teams in the Eastbourne competition will include Bexhill College, Bishop Bell CE School, Brighton and Hove High School and St Leonard's Academy. If you know of any more, please Comment at the end of this post and I'll add them.
Congress Theatre, Tue 26th Mar, 19:00.
Tickets £12, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.