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24th Oct, 2021

'Mini-festival' brings drama and music to Hillmorton park

AROUND 200 people bought picnic chairs and blankets to Featherbed Lane Recreation Ground for an evening of live open-air music and theatre.

Hillmorton and East Rugby Together Community Group (HEaRT) worked with directors, amateur actors and young musicians to bring the ‘mini festival’ to life.

The event consisted of three short comedy plays by local writers, directors and actors, with music from singer-songwriter Nicky Newman.

HEaRT co-chair Jill Dwyer said: “It was great to see over 200 people enjoying the music, theatre, food and drink at our mini-festival. It is absolutely part of what we want to do more of – bring people together to have fun and enjoy their local recreation ground.

“We are grateful to the actors and directors who gave their time and creative talent for free, and to our HEaRT volunteers who made all this possible.

“The weather stayed fine, the atmosphere was fantastic and the audience loved it. We will be planning the next HEaRT Festival on August 13 2022.

“HEaRT is on a mission to improve the use and appearance of our open green spaces. We already have more activity going on for local people to get involved with, so come along to our fitness classes on a Monday night at 6pm on Featherbed Lane Rec, Storytelling at The Friendly Bench every Tuesday at 2pm during the school holidays, and an exciting American Football and sports showcase on Featherbed Lane Rec on Saturday August 21 from 9.30am.

“We want more local people to get active, get involved and make new friends. That’s what HEaRT is all about.”

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