September –
October 2016

Inspired by the 950th
anniversary of the
Battle of Hastings
19th April 2016

Sir David Hare is our Patron

We are proud to announce that acclaimed writer Sir David Hare has agreed to act as patron for ROOT 1066.

In the spirit of the festival, he writes 'how wonderful that Hastings, 950 years on, is experiencing such a deserved revival, and better still that ROOT 1066 is at the centre of it'.

David Hare was born in St Leonards-on-Sea, and has prolifically produced a range of controversial and critically-lauded works for stage, screen and radio. Amongst his best known stage plays are Skylight, Plenty and Amy’s View. He has been twice nominated for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ at the Academy Awards – for The Hours and The Reader. Last year his memoir The Blue Touch Paper was published, which gives insight into his Sussex youth.

David Hare’s versatile excellence – his ability to adapt to multiple artistic mediums – perfectly partners the aspirations of ROOT 1066. As patron, he will be writing a foreword for the ROOT 1066 brochure, and he will be giving a talk during the festival (details of which are to follow…)