Singing in the summer rain for an inventor

(l-r) Jim Wringe, Federica Cassera, Richard Stride, Ruth Walker, Emma Uden and Roberta Carlocchia.   Groundlings Theatre Company are hosting a day of events to celebrate the life of Jonas Hanway the man who brought the umbrella to the UK.

(l-r) Jim Wringe, Federica Cassera, Richard Stride, Ruth Walker, Emma Uden and Roberta Carlocchia. Groundlings Theatre Company are hosting a day of events to celebrate the life of Jonas Hanway the man who brought the umbrella to the UK.

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The Groundlings Theatre will celebrate the life of a man who made it possible for millions of people in the country to stay dry every day – Jonas Hanway, the inventor of the umbrella.

The Portsmouth-born man discovered the handy instrument when he travelled to Persia in the 1700s.

Running from 1pm to 7pm on Sunday, the theatre is holding the Umbrella Festivities, an arts festival to celebrate the tri-centenary of his birth.

Performances will come from theatre groups who are working in partnership with the Kings Theatre Stage School and Groundlings Drama School.

As well as art and craft stalls, there will be live music, dance, book launches, photography and fine art exhibitions.

The festival will also include an array of performances, such as sword fighting and circus skills, comedy and poetry.

Artistic director of Groundlings Theatre, Richard Stride, says: ‘The city is truly vibrant with art and can really boast of being a creative culture city.

‘We have a lot to be proud about.’

Entrance is free.

For more information go to groundlings.co.uk.

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