A QUILTBAG performance space


Re:create are currently having a short summer break and will resume in January 2021. Check back for more information coming soon.

What is re:create?

re:create is a small, friendly and free LGBTQ+ performance group based in St Leonards, East Sussex offering somewhere to find and explore your creative ideas. We provide opportunities to learn new skills, create your own performance work and get on stage.

What happens at re:create?

Members develop and create their own performances using la variety of different styles including storytelling, improvisation, cabaret, audience participation or using slideshows and videos.

Each performance is tailored to how individual members want to work and the facilitators will help to create something that works for you. You can work solo, or in pairs, or as a group. You can come with a performance idea, or we can help you to find one. You can come alone or with a friend.

Every Saturday session is a little bit different, but here's an example of what to expect:
11.00 Settle in, get a cup of tea and meet the group
11.10 Gentle, all-abilities group warm-up
11.20 Fun and fast-paced games to get your creativity flowing
11.40 A group member shares their work with the group and gets support, encouragement and feedback
12.00 Break - more tea!
12.10 Split into groups to work on your own ideas (with facilitator support) or to try the exercise of the week
12.50 Come back together as a whole group to share ideas and make plans for next timee

Will we perform our work publicly?

We will be working towards a ‘re:create showcase of performance’ in St Leonards at the end of the year where group members will be able to perform in front of a friendly and supportive audience. There is no obligation to share your work and If you would rather not perform that is totally fine there will be many other ways to help out with the showcase.

Who are the facilitators?

re:create is facilitated by Benny Lewis and Izzy Thornton both based in St Leonards

Izzy (she/her) studied theatre arts at Sussex University, and has worked backstage at many local theatres including Glyndbourne, the De La Warr, and White Rock. By day she is a loyal civil servant and jedi master; in re:create she aims to help local LGBTQ+ people to be themselves and tell their stories.

Benny (they/them) was a founding member of queer cabaret collective Lashings of Ginger Beer Time and now works in mental health. They come to re:create with a passion for empowering people to discover talents and capabilities that they did not know they had.

How do I join re:create?

Interested? Curious? We would love to have you join us.

We are always looking for new members so if you enjoy performing or have always wanted to give it a go, email us on or call 020 3920 9045 and leave a voice message with your name and phone number and we will get back to you with more details on how to join a session to see what its like.

Please note this performance group is specifically for those that identify as LGBTQ+

Where and when does re:create take place?

re:create meets every other Saturday from 11-1pm in St John’s Church Hall in St Leonards


The main church hall is accessible to wheelchair users via a ramp at the front door and it is all on one level. There is one toilet that can be accessed by a wheelchair however at the moment it does not have handrails or a hoist.

An access budget is available for those that may need help with the cost of attending re:create. This money can be used for a variety of costs including transport, childcare or to cover the cost of a personal assistant.

Please email with with any access requirements you would like to discuss or call 020 3920 9045 and leave a voice message with your name and phone number and we will get back to you as soon as we can

Supported by

re:create has been developed with the support of Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance and is part of Good Stuff in St Leonards, a community-led programme of creative activities and events funded by Creative Civic Change and facilitated by local arts charity Home Live Art

If you have any questions or queries regarding re:create please email or alternatively call 020 3920 9045 and leave a voice message with your name and telephone number and we will get back to you when we can.