2014 - 2024
Bersted Arts was formed in 2014 and is the combined creative talents of James Etheridge, Michael Gattrell & Will Hackett, all from West Sussex, who have an artistic background with combined experience in stagecraft, directing, writing and producing.
Over the last decade Bersted Arts have run a successful community choir, launched a regional choir festival - ChoirFest, which ran between 2017-2020. And have produced many drama productions, including The 39 Steps, The Haunting, and most recently Not About Heroes. In 2014 Bersted Arts were awarded the Chichester Observer Community Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to the Arts'.
Bersted Arts continues to offer a broad range of creative and imaginative events to engage and inspire the community. In 2014 we won the Chichester Observer Community Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to the Arts'.
Our core mission is to unlock creativity, broaden horizons and fulfill potential.
The Bersted Boys - TEN
FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER | The Riverside Theatre, Chichester College | 7.30pm
Celebrating a decade of The Bersted Boys. Join them for this intimate evening of cabaret where you'll be taken on a journey packed full of musical highlights from their ten year repertoire.
Enjoy a glass of something cold and fizzy, sit back and come with us to a world of pure imagination.
Not About Heroes
FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER | The Riverside Theatre, Chichester College | 7.30pm
Bersted Arts presents Stephen Macdonald’s beautifully written play which chronicles the unique relationship that developed between first world war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen - from their first meeting in 1917 at Craiglockhart War Hospital, where both were being treated for ‘war neurosis’, to their final meeting in August 1918, shortly before Owen’s return to active duty.
Featuring an original score that is both beautiful and haunting, innovative design, and two powerful central performances by two Sussex Actors James Etheridge (Owen) and Will Hackett (Sassoon), and directed by Jonathon Goodwin, Not About Heroes is both exhilarating and uncompromising in its exploration of love, war and a friendship that changed the face of British poetry.
SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER | Saint Wilfred's Church, Bognor Regis | 7.30pm
Join us this festive season as we bring you one spectacular festive night of entertainment. Featuring the amazing Phoenix Big Band and local professional vocalists. Let us help you get into the Christmas spirit.
SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2023
WE ARE ONE: CHOIR IN A DAY is exactly what it says on the tin. Come and rehearse during the day and then perform all your hard work to a live audience in the evening. This is an exciting opportunity for all those who want to try out what it's like to be in a choir without the ongoing commitment, and for anyone who is up for the challenge of learning a number of songs in a condensed amount of time and then perform them.
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LAST FEW PLACES REMAINING
THE BERSTED BOYS
The Bersted Boys are a vocal harmony group who have been singing together for ten years, though Michael, Will, and James have worked together in the theatre for more years than they care to remember!
Under the talented musical direction of Brett Wellcome the boys have played in venues throughout the South East of England and their love of music spans a kaleidoscope of genres including musical theatre, pop and classical.