Good Stuff: re:create

Good Stuff: re:create

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

COVID 19: Due to the recent lockdown situation, we are currently meeting on Zoom at 11am every Saturday. Email them on and they will send you an invitation (and help you get set up on zoom if you don’t already know – all you need is a smartphone or a laptop with a camera).

What happens at re:create?

Members develop and create their own performances using a 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.

Will we perform our work publicly?

re:create will be working towards a ‘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 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? re:create would love to have you join.

They are always looking for new members so if you enjoy performing or have always wanted to give it a go, email and they 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, Brittany Rd, Saint Leonards, TN38 0RD.


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.

Further info

re:create is a community project led by local LGBTQ+ residents who have formed a voluntary run Working Group to help shape the vision of the project.

It is part of Good Stuff in St Leonards, a community-led programme of creative activities and events. More information on re:create can be found on the dedicated Good Stuff website.

Good Stuff in St Leonards is coordinated by Home Live Art and funded by Creative Civic Change – a partnership between Local Trust, the National Lottery Community Fund, the Calouste Gulbekian Foundation, and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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