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The Hive Welcomes Nostalgic New Play

Pentabus, the nation’s rural touring theatre company is returning to The Hive in March for one night only with its highly acclaimed play, ‘Here I Belong’.

The play, written by Matt Hartley, is a moving and funny story about a rural community and one woman, Elsie. The story charts the history of a village over 70 years and concludes on Elsie’s 90th birthday celebration.

Performed in a cabaret style, the action happens all around the audience with changing décor and actors, and includes cake.

Supported by Arts Council England, the production is touring the country and is at The Hive on Friday, 9 March at 7.30pm.

Writer Matt Hartley, says about the story: “Elsie has lived in the village all her life. She’s seen elections, weddings, wars, people coming, people going. We tell her story over six decades – from the coronation in 1953 to her birthday party today.”

Laura Worsfold, Business Development Manager at The Hive, said: “’Here I Belong’ promises to be a really intimate experience with plenty of audience participation as the actors move around, involving the audience in all aspects of the play. The themes of family, history, community all fit well with our ethos and aims here at The Hive, where we want everyone to feel they belong."

Tickets for ‘Here I Belong cost £10 and £6 for concessions and students and can be purchased online at or in person at The Hive.

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