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We are inviting folks from our local-(ish) community (18+) to join the

Afri-Co-Lab Community Company in making The Hero's Journey.

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In 2022 we made a site specific theatre show inspired by the Spring Equinox, set around the hidden spaces of Marine Court. We had a complete blast and the project was a great success.


We have been commissioned by Home Live Art to make a NEW show for their 25th Anniversary Knotty Festival in June.


What is it about? We don't know yet! Together we will write, create and devise the show working with local industry professionals to make an epic offering premiering on the 14th June 2024 at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

We want to make something epic, something celebratory, something that invites everyone in to be their unique selves.  




We are looking for folks to join the company as either part of the performing cast, creative team (set, costume and sound design) and/or as show guides assisting the audience during the show. 


If performing is not for you don't worry, we will need help creating sets, making costumes and recording the sound design. 

If you are thinking about joining the community performing cast, please take a look at the rehearsal dates below, we will need you to attend them all.

If you can't make all the rehearsal dates what about joining the project as a show guide? The Hero's Journey will be adventure around Hastings Museum, it will need people to guide the audience through the performance and around the museum.


Performing Cast Rehearsal Dates

 Creative Team Rehearsal Dates

Show Guides Rehearsal Dates


  • ​WHAT: The Hero's Journey is a community audio led show, made by the Afri-Co-Lab Community Company.

  • WHEN: It will be performed in June 2024 at Home Live Art's Knotty Festival.

  • There will be weekly Sunday rehearsals starting in March for the performing company.

  • HOW: We want to recruit the local community to be part of our cast and creative team, helping us to make and perform it.

  • WHY? It will be a fun challenge; theatre experts will support you, learn new skills, meet new people and spend loads of time with us! What more could you ask for!

  • EXPENSES: We will provide refreshments at every rehearsal and give each community company member expenses of £10 per session- to support their attendance

  • We have limited company spaces, so sign up early to make sure you don't miss out!



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Hi, I’m Darragh. I’m originally from Cork, Ireland and now live in St Leonards-on-Sea. My work uses dance and movement to tell stories with a variety of different people from professionals to volunteers, community participants, young people and everyone in between. For the first 10 years of my career I was a performer in musical theatre in the West End, around the UK and internationally. As a choreographer and movement director my work now varies from musical theatre to plays, opening ceremonies for sporting events, flashmobs, wedding dances, movement coaching, physical theatre and music videos My work doesn’t just happen in theatres but can also be seen in museums, art galleries, outdoors on streets and in parks, sports stadiums, tv sets and prisons. I’m at my happiest collaborating in a playground of other theatre makers: figuring out creative solutions to new theatrical challenges, usually with just a bench and two boxes but sometimes with Danny Boyle in an Olympic Stadium.

My name is Anna-Maria and I use she/her pronouns. I am a Black, Ugandan-British person born and raised in London, living in St Leonards. I went to a state funded performing arts college and then to drama school to study acting. I have had many jobs alongside my creative career from working in pubs/fast-food takeaways to teaching kayaking in Cornwall. I work as an actress in mainstream theatre, film and television, as well as in devised, collaborative, experimental and political projects. I direct projects, short films and shows in drama schools here and in the USA. I also make my own work which varies from community workshops, plays, short films, experimental art films, zines, documentaries and projects that live in galleries. I mainly collaborate with other creative artists and some of these form on-going artistic relationships. I teach and coach acting both informally and at universities. I run a micro ethical fashion brand called AfroRetro and a community arts company called Afri-Co-Lab with my sister, that champions creativity as means to explore culture and identity. Amplifying diverse representations of the experiences of Black women is at the heart of everything I do.



When The Day Met The Night and The Night Met The Day
 community production for Hastings Last Thursdays, April 2022

The Hero's Journey has been commissioned by Home Live Arts, it is produced by Afri-Co-Lab and supported by Arts Council England and Hastings Museum & Art Gallery.

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