Best of Brighton Theatre – March 2016


Weds 2 – Sun 6 March
Theatre Royal Brighton

Ben is stuck in with his Gran on a Friday night, and he is not looking forward to the prospect of cabbage soup and Scrabble. But as the night descends into chaos, including tearing down the motorway on her mobility scooter and a quick swim down the Thames, Ben has a sneaking suspicion he may have underestimated his boring old Granny.

Based on the book by the UK’s best selling children’s author David Walliams, ‘Gangsta Granny’ is making its theatrical debut. Staged by the Birmingham Stage Company, acclaimed producers of children’s favourite ‘Horrible Histories’, it is as colouring and captivating as Walliams much-loves story.

SWALLOWSFEET 2016Best of Brighton Theatre – March 2016

Sat 5 – Sun 6 March
The Old Market

The weekend-long spectacular that is Swallowsfeet Festival promises to ignite your senses with dance, performance and inspiring installation. Returning for a fourth year the annual event has evolved from modest roots, with last years’ festival boasting 13 novel works involving over 40 artists and performers.

Brighton-based dance artist, Jessica Miller, founded the event as a performance platform for original and emerging talent. Immerse yourself in a weekend of experimental art from a host of international artists who reinvigorate and reinvent the performance space of The Old Market like never before.

DICK TRACYBest of Brighton Theatre – March 2016

Fri 11 – Sat 12 March
The Old Market

There’s been a series of high-profile crimes sweeping the city, but fear not, the police have put their best man on the job – Dick Tracy. Now the world famous, square-jawed, fast-shooting comic book detective sets out to save the day, get the girl and find out who is causing all the commotion.

Led by the one of the UK’s most inspired comic directors, John Nicholson (‘Peepolykus’) it promises tightly honed comedy at its best. Produced by the award-winning Le Navet Bete team, a highly physical and engaging performance is to be expected. Packed with music, copious character changes, audience interaction and plenty of mystery and mischief to keep you guessing until the end.

IMMUNE & FUGEEBest of Brighton Theatre – March 2016

Sun 13 March
The Old Market

Enjoy an evening of back-to-back theatre with two insightful shows exploring the challenges of childhood in two diverse settings. ‘Immune’ by Oladipo Agboluaje opens the night. Set in the familiarly mundane surrounding of the school classroom, all is as it seems before a double chemistry lesson produces an undesirable reaction, leaving the children’s lives changed forever.

The second offering of the night is Abi Morgan’s ‘Fugee’, delving into the forgotten narratives of orphans abandoned in London. Ara from Baghdad still sees bombs, Cheung is from a 1000-year-old Chinese village and Kojo is 14, but has no way to prove it. Together they’re a street family, unravelling Kojo’s intriguing tale of murder by a child who everyone believes is a man.

RAMBERT – THE THREE DANCERSBest of Brighton Theatre – March 2016

Weds 16 – Sat 19 March
Theatre Royal Brighton

Love, desire and betrayal are the components of the story that inspired Picasso’s masterpiece, ‘The Three Dancers’. Now prestigious London dance company Rambert transport this painting from the canvas and onto the stage. Choreographer Didy Veldman brings vivid Cubist imagery to life accompanied by music from leading Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin.

‘The Three Dancers’ forms the centrepiece of a triple bill beginning with ‘Transfigured Night’, a heart-breaking love story created by two-time Olivier Award-wining choreographer Kim Brandstrup. Completing the line-up is ‘Hydrargyrum’, a new work from the renowned Patricia Okenwa. Full of depth, live music and world-class performers, this is an evening showcasing Britain’s national dance company at its most captivating.

OUR SONS AS WELLBest of Brighton Theatre – March 2016

Sat 19 March
New Venture Theatre

Taking its title from the monument at Gallipoli reading, “your sons […] having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well”, this is an evening of poetry and prose dedicated to exploring the many faces of conflict during World War I. Insightful performances portray the pain of men, women, parents and lovers and the millions of others affected by the Great War. Stories are shared from across European nations, from Indian soldiers of Empire on the Western Front and Mesopotamia to Turks and ANZACs at the Dardanelles. Hosted by New Venture Theatre, this powerful production resonates and brings home the devastating human cost of war.

LEAPER – A FISH TALEBest of Brighton Theatre – March 2016

Sun 20 March
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Visionary production company, Tucked In bring the wonderful under-the-sea world to life with their signature blend of pioneering puppetry and mesmerising music, in this spectacularly fishy tale. ‘Leaper: A Fish Tale’ follows one small fish’s magical quest against the ever increasing natural and man-made dangers that lurk deep within our oceans. With all the makings of a children’s tale, Tucked In excel at entertainingly educating about the increasing reality of fish disappearing from our rivers and seas. Why is this happening, and how can one little girl help to stop it? Following celebrated performances such at ‘The Golden Cowpat’ and ‘Tim & Light’, this brilliant production may be Tucked In’s most ambitious yet.

THE HERBAL BEDBest of Brighton Theatre – March 2016

Tues 22 – Sat 26 March
Theatre Royal Brighton

Renowned British playwright, Peter Whelan explores the contradiction between human desire and the social convention, which seeks to repress it in a powerful and moving play set in Shakespearian England.

Shakespeare’s daughter is publicly shamed after being accused of adultery with her neighbour. When her devoted husband chooses to stand by her and sue her accuser, their lives fall under the sharp glare of public scrutiny. Raw emotions ensue and an intense thriller unfolds, based upon real events that occurred in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613. First produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the play has enjoyed successful West End and Broadway runs before making its Brighton debut.

FOOLS OF FORTUNEBest of Brighton Theatre – March 2016

Thurs 24 – Fri 25 March
The Marlborough Theatre

Riddles in the Dark present a theatrical production inspired by dark and mysterious Victorian parlour shows and the golden age of magic. Brought to you by international master of hypnosis, Marcus Lewis and award-winning magician Leon Simmonds, ‘Fools of Fortune’ is designed to entertain, amaze and ultimately confuse.

The pair reinvigorate classic parlour tricks with cleverly-conceived contemporary twists designed to excite and enthral from beginning to end. To make an evening of fate and fortune ever more intriguing, the audience are encouraged to take part and alter the outcome of the show by following a series of instructions included with ticket purchases.

Best of Brighton Theatre - March 2016ECHOES & SUCH SMALL HANDS

Tues 29 March
The Old Market

As part of the Women’s Voices mini-season, ‘Echoes’ explores the contemporary battles of womanhood told through a pair of intercut monologues from women born 175 years apart. One is a student jihadi from London, the other a Victorian and member of the fishing fleet – women that travelled to India to become brides of men setting up the Empire. Both are idealists, who travel East with a mission to impose a new system of government on unwilling citizens.

Written by award-winning Henry Naylor, Echoes received critical acclaim throughout last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, winning the prestigious Edinburgh Spirit of the Fringe Award 2015. Felicity Houlbrooke and Filipa Braganca offer an inspired performance as they warm up for their upcoming European tour. The powerful and thought-provoking play explores the parallels of religious colonialism past and present.

Such Small Hands is an electro-folk/pop project derived from the melancholy writings of Melanie Howard.

THESE BOOKS ARE MADE FOR WALKINGBest of Brighton Theatre – March 2016

Weds 30 March
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

This amusingly inventive piece of physical theatre by Bikes and Rabbits incorporates circus and theatre skills to create a daring and engaging production.

In a deserted old-fashioned library, two book lovers embark on one joyous literary journey that sees them bend the parameters of fiction to greater proportions. As the story unfolds, their imaginations bring the books to life. Books are consumed and reconstructed as beautiful backdrops, paper shoes and paper planes that fly through the air.

MY DEAR MISS TERRYBest of Brighton Theatre – March 2016

Thurs 31 Mar – Fri 1 April
Rialto Theatre

This captivating performance explores the tender love letters exchanged between much-adored English Actress Dame Ellen Terry and Irish literary genius Bernard Shaw throughout the summer of 1892. Terry was an international star, whilst Shaw was yet to make his name. Despite living just 20 minutes apart, theirs was a love they confined to the literary as they purposely avoided meeting.

Paid ode by the wonderful Jean Rogers, formerly Dolly Skilbeck in Emmerdale and Paddy O’Keefe, from award winning ‘Bernard Shaw Invites You’, the pair delicately read and explore the tender exchanges.

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