News: Hassocks Outdoor Theatre Opens

Posted on 18th July 2019

It has been a long journey! It started with a Year 11 trip to watch ‘Romeo & Juliet’ at the Brighton Open Air Theatre a few years ago and I returned to school inspired to create something similar here at Downlands.  The vision to create a performance and social space for the students at Downlands was born.  We were delighted to officially open HOPS this week!

Many thanks to everyone who has made our vision a reality.  We would especially like to thank everyone who has sponsored a seat or a sleeper in the amphitheatre and the people who contributed to our crowd fundraising campaign.  Other large donations came from the following organisations:

  • The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The Hassocks Parish Council
  • The Downlands School Association
  • The Southover Manor Trust.

We are especially grateful to landscape architect Nick Dexter who turned our vision into a brilliant design, Nigel Bowcock, Ross Jackson and the team at Acre Landscapes who took Nick’s design and turned it into our wonderful amphitheatre, HOPS.

If you would like to sponsor a seat (£15), a sleeper (£30) or a VIP sleeper in the front row (£50) please contact us at school.”

 

 

 

Nicki Burston

PA to Senior Leadership Team/Marketing & Communications

Downlands Community School

Dale Avenue, Hassocks, BN6 8LP

01273 845892

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