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Friends of Meads Parks and Gardens


Forthcoming Events:-

"The Comedy of Errors" - 26th July to 5th August 2017

Cake Stall at Airbourne - 20th August 2017

Meads Village Picnic - 10th September 2017

Members' Meeting - 18th November 2017

Eastbourne Operatic & Dramatic Society Eastbourne Operatic & Dramatic Society

Shakespeare in the Italian Gardens

It is almost time for the Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society to bring us their annual Shakespeare production.

This year it is the turn of The Comedy of Errors, an early play which is the shortest and most farcical of Shakespeare’s comedies. Most of the humour centres around mistaken identify and slapstick with plenty of puns and other forms of word play in dialogue so sharp you worry that the actors might cut themselves speaking it.

The Bard gives us not one but two sets of identical twins, separated at birth who meet in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. Their meeting triggers a series of wild mishaps including an arrest with the threat of the death penalty, wrongful beatings, a near seduction, false accusations of both infidelity and madness, theft, love at first sight, and even the spectre of demonic possession.

Needless to say, (plot spoiler alert!) it all gets sorted out eventually but there is much laughter and fun to be had on the way to a neat, tidy and very happy ending.

All this in the magical setting of the Italian Gardens, brought to life once again by the Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society’s hugely talented team.

The Comedy of Errors runs from 26 July to 5 August starting at 7.30pm. (No performance on Sunday 30 July)

Tickets are available from the Tourist Office, the Devonshire Park Theatre, EODS website (just google EODS Shakespeare) or from the Eastbourne Theatres Box Office number: 01323 412000 or on line.

Premium seats £18 (no concessions)

Standard seats £15 (£13 over 60s and under 16)

Wine, beer, tea, coffee and homemade cakes are available each evening.

The gardens are open from 6.30pm and the refreshment tent opens at 7pm.


Most recent events:-

Saturday 6th May 2017 - Annual General Meeting

Good Friday 14th April 2017 - Easter Egg Hunt

11th September 2016 - Meads Village Picnic


They say a picture paints a thousand words - here are some photographs of this year's wonderful Meads Village Picnic. A huge thank you to all members of the Friends who worked so hard in the run up to the event and on the day. Thanks too to the Meads Community Association and St John's Bowling Club for their support and fabulous cream teas.

You will see that two mermaids paid us a visit together with a friendly young pirate sweeping the board at the Fancy Dress Competition.

The Silver Band was a tough act to follow but the R&B trio Red Jackson did so with flying colours.  It was great to see the Petanque court being used too.  The star of the show was the Helen Garden which once again turned itself into our village green by the sea.

The event was well supported not only by members of the Friends (including our MP Caroline Ansell) but also by Eastbourne residents both young and young at heart.  The sun shone and the wind was still. It was a perfect day!


Prior to that it was:-

14th August 2016 - Picnic in the Helen Garden to watch Airbourne

Thanks to everyone who helped and visited our stall in the Helen Garden. And a huge thank you to those members of the Friends who baked the wonderful cakes! As the pictures show, they were fantastic and every last one of them was sold adding just over £92 to the funds. A special mention to Committee member Jan's two grandsons Sebastian and Alistair for baking and decorating a tray of cakes honouring the RAF - particularly fitting on the last day of Airbourne! The icing on the cake (couldn't resist that!) was the weather. For once it was more than kind - it was wonderful! A great day - thanks again.





Previous recent events


27th July - 6th August 2016 - EODS Productions of William Shakespeare's comedy... As You Like It!

12th June 2016 - Street Party in Meads to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday