Company: White Rabbit
Venue: Brighton Spiegeltent
19-20 May 19:30 £12 (£10) [1hr]
Can kindness change the world? Find out in this uplifting joyful show. In response to the riots in 2011, Bernadette resolved to do a random act of kindness for a stranger every day. She left sweets in phone boxes, £5 notes on buses and offered her socks to the homeless. Part story telling, part stand up, part documentary."engaging and entertaining...charming, self-deprecating and downright funny..this show might just change your life"William Stafford
Company: University of Brighton
Venue: Sallis Benney Theatre
Category: Events and Film
22 May 18:30 £5 (£3) [2hrs]
'Bette Bourne: It Goes with the Shoes' paints an uproarious and moving portrait of an engaging and charismatic gay hero. With acclaimed playwright Mark Ravenhill as a guide, the film sheds light on a hidden part of gay history; from the early meetings of the Gay Liberation Front; to the first mass gay protests in Europe; to life in a gay drag commune and a European road trip with drag superstars, The Bloolips, a real life, Priscilla Queen of the Desert style adventure.
Company: Charmian Hughes
Venue: Laughing Horse @ The Quadrant
12-13 May 19:00 31 May-1 June 16:30 £5 (£3.50) [1hr]
Adventure, mass murder, and human banana sacrifices. A trip to India to follow in the footsteps of mutiny-escaping feisty great grandmamma ends up in Charmian having to escape herself. "Like Josie Long's mum" (Chortle), "Charming ribaldry" (The Guardian)
Company: Nathan Penlington
Venue: Komedia Studio
28-29 May 20:30 £12 (£10) [1hr30mins]
Pages from a forgotten diary fall from a book you buy on eBay. What would you do? … You decide.Inspired by the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' phenomenon of the 1980s - 'Choose Your Own Documentary' tells the true story of Nathan Penlington's discovery of a diary and his attempts to unravel its many mysteries. Part stand-up, part film documentary and part spoken word, it’s a unique and compelling interactive experience in which the audience play the most important role.
Company: Danielle Imara
Venue: Latest Music Bar
20-21, 29 May 19:00 £7 (£5) [1hr10mins]
Danielle Imara shares her experience of jail via a cutting-edge cabaret-style mix of upbeat songs, dance, and gritty dialogue. We meet other inmates, such as repeat re-offender Babs, whose life transforms when she meets the victim of one of her crimes face to face at a restorative justice conference. Highlights include “Drugs on Tap” a tap dance commenting on high heroin use in prisons, and a robotic duet with The Warden. Music styles cover reggae, dub, electro and soul.
Company: King Cnut Productions
Venue: Laughing Horse @ Caroline of Brunswick
23-26 May 19:45 £5 (£4) [1hr]
'C U in Court' is the extraordinary true story of how award-winning comedian Dave Griffiths obsessively fought clothing giant French Connection for his right to wear his CNUT t-shirts on stage. An incredible David vs Goliath story exposing the unbelievable double standards, intimidation & ruthlessness of huge corporations. "You need to see it" (The Comedy Reviewer). **** "Truly remarkable" (Time Out). "Hilarious" (Three Weeks). "Love your story" Mark Thomas.
Company: George Egg
Venue: Upstairs at Three and Ten
12, 14, 15 May 21:30 £8.50 (£7) [1hr]
If you like food, you’ll like this. Internationally acclaimed comedian George Egg is also a rather fanatical self-taught cook with a somewhat anarchic approach to making meals. “Hugely entertaining” (The Guardian). Being frankly more obsessed with culinary matters than comedic ones, and dissatisfied with the quality and cost of takeaways and room-service meals while touring the stand-up comedy clubs of the UK, George embarks on a project to take matters into his own capable hands.
Venue: The University of Brighton Foyer Gallery
Category: Visual Arts
28-30 April, 1-3, 5-10 May 10:00-17:00 Free, non-ticketed [7hrs]
An Exhibition of First World War photographs of limbless soldiers from the Pavilion Hospital engaged in specialist vocational training; along with photographs and cartoons from the soldiers’ periodicals, 'Pavilion Blues', illuminating the cultural life of the Hospital. Using material from the Royal Pavilion & Museum, Brighton & Hove, and the University of Brighton Design Archive collections, the exhibition resonates with contemporary debates about war, disability and military rehabilitation.
Company: MOOT - music of our time
Venue: St Nicholas Church
16 May 19:30 £15 (£12; first 25 Tickets free for Under 25's) [2hrs]
The Heath Quartet feature Roxanna Panufnik’s setting of Private Joe Wood’s letters from the Front, sung by his great-nephew Royal Opera House baritone Nigel Cliffe. Plus Beethoven's ‘Serioso’ Quartet, Op.95, George Butterworth’s ‘Love Blows Where the Wind Blows’, Bartók’s Third Quartet and the world premiere of ‘Sabotage Radio’, a new commission by Sussex composer Tom Reid. Part of 'Sounds of War - Instruments of Peace’ series.
Company: CAB Productions
Venue: Brighton Media Centre Studio
10-11, 17-18, 31 May, 1 June 16:00 £8 (£5) [1hr]
Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins was a storm from the moment he arrived on the professional snooker scene. At once a hero and a villain, a triumph and a failure, a sinner and a saint, Higgins broke records, rules and noses in his turbulent and tumultuous career. This one man show reveals the many sides of a flawed genius. The People’s Champion isn't about snooker – it’s about a man who could have had it all. Winner of Best of the Fest at the International Youth Arts Festival 2013.
Company: Chickenshed Theatre
Venue: Marlborough Theatre
24-26 May 18:00 £9 (£7) [1hr10mins]
Inspired by the life story of Zimbabwean Christopher Maphosa who left his homeland at the age of fourteen to join the revolution against white rule. Live and breathe his dramatic journey from innocence to escape, and finally the return to his homeland to witness Mugabe’s greatest betrayal. An extraordinary tale, both funny and warm as well as brutal and shocking. ***** (What's On Stage 2014), **** (London Evening Standard 2013)
Company: Streamline Taxis
Venue: The Palmeira Pub
3-31 May, 1 June 18:00 Free, non-ticketed [20mins]
Everyone in Brighton & Hove knows the name of Streamline Taxis, but did you know how it all started in 1936 with a group of cab drivers trying to improve the trade, and their service to the public? In those far off days, there was no organisation or co-operation between cabbies. Streamline was a new concept, which spread down the coast and eventually throughout England. This is their story.Film will be shown every 20 minutes, some screenings with Q&A after.
Company: What Next?
Venue: The Bathing Machine
4, 10-11, 16-17, 24-25, 31 May, 1 June 12:00 Free, non-ticketed [5hrs] 3 May 10:00 Free, non-ticketed [7hrs]
We’re inviting you to make a video to show why arts & culture matter to you. We want to know about any song, film, performance, comic, song, book or work of art that has meant something special to you. The change it made in your life may be small - it cheered you up or was a shared experience with someone – or it may be life-long.Film on anything: a camera, a phone. Upload it to YouTube with your name and #thatchangedmylife in the title. Or come to The Bathing Machine and we'll film it and upload it for you.Search for #thatchangedmylife to get inspired.
Company: Elal Productions
Venue: Hannah House
27-29 May 18:00 £8 (£5) [1hr15mins]
Alan Felton takes a look at selected Victorian/Edwardian poets, novelists and dramatists whose lives and works have been inspired by women. This is a revised version of his entertainment of the same name first produced at Brighton Fringe in 2010 and other festivals in that year, and includes, poems, readings and dramatic episodes. A feast for the ears.
Company: Institute of Development Studies
Venue: The Old Courtroom
29 May 18:00 Free, non-ticketed [2hrs]
Women everywhere are making a positive difference to the communities, countries and world they live in. But too often they are having to make these changes from the sidelines and fight to get their voices heard. So why, in the 21st century, aren’t there more women in power, and what would the world look like if there were? Come and have your say and hear from women from across the globe, including local MP Caroline Lucas, about their experiences of how change is possible.
Company: Juliette Burton
23-26 May 15:00 £9 (£7.50, £30 Family Ticket) [1hr]
As a child Juliette wanted to be many things: ballerina, princess, Muppet. Did she know her vocation before life got in the way? Award-winning performer Juliette Burton lives the dream - every dream she ever had! Is what we do who we are? Does growing up mean letting go? “A dream of a show – do not miss it!” ***** (Public Reviews).
Company: Brighton Permaculture Trust
Venue: Brighthelm Church & Community Centre
31 May 20:00 £5 (£3.50) [2hrs]
Come and watch The Origin of Apples, a documentary which explores the extraordinary political, personal and scientific challenges which lay in the path of visionary biologists in Kazakhstan, the USSR, the UK… Learn how apples crossed the globe from their wild origins, and how perilously close we are to losing this rich genetic resource. Enjoy Sussex apple juice and Normandy cider! Q&A with French director Catherine Peix, Dr Barrie Juniper of Oxford University and local apple activists.