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After months of online performances during lockdown, theatre company One Fell Swoop Project went al fresco to deliver six weeks of socially-distanced outdoor performances of classic Shakespeare plays.

More than 130 actors showcased the Bard’s complete works every week as part of ‘Unlocked’ which took place at St Anne’s Wells Gardens in Hove.

The sell-out shows raised a total of £1,148 for FareShare Sussex – enough to provide 4,500 meals for vulnerable people in the community. The outdoor events also helped raise funds for the artistic performers who have been hit hard by Covid-19.   

Joanna and Conor from One Fell Swoop visiting FareShare Sussex and presenting them with a script, t-shirt and poster from the event.

FareShare Sussex fundraising manager Beth Parry said:

We simply could not keep up our work without the support of the community. And it’s thanks to One Fell Swoop and others that we have been able to respond to the surge in demand for our service during the pandemic.

As the lasting effects of the crisis are being felt, with growing numbers of people experiencing food poverty, we do not expect to see things slowing any time soon. The support has never been more needed and we are so grateful that people are getting behind our cause.

One Fell Swoop Project is a collaboration between two award-winning local independent theatre makers Joanna RosenFeld and Conor Baum.

Joanna is a German theatre maker, director, artist, poet, mother and Mensch. In 2018 she won the ‘outstanding theatre award at the Brighton Fringe for the production, ‘A Polished Scar’, which she co-produced and directed.

While Conor – a theatre maker, director and actor – is former artistic director of Brighton-based company Brief Hiatus and currently head of curriculum for Brighton drama school ICTheatre’s further education programme.

One Fell Swoop Project is now taking its readings of Shakespeare back online but it is already in talks with Brighton and Hove city Council about using St Anne’s Wells Gardens again next summer to bring another season of Shakespeare to the sensory garden.

Joanna from One Fell Swoop said

The performing arts have been really challenged by the Covid 19 regulations, with loads of artists unemployed for long periods of time. This summer has been a lifeline to so many of us, and we are utterly grateful to the council and our audiences for supporting us with such enthusiasm and love.

If you or your organisation are interested in fundraising for us, please get in touch with Beth at beth@faresharesussex.org.uk.