Brighton’s Fringe’s newest pop-up venue has released details of its packed season during May. Based just north of St Peter’s Church, Caravanserai is essentially a micro-festival. It will provide some amazing spectacles to delight and amaze you.
The site offers two bespoke venues within the site. Luna Parc is a 220-seater big top tent, resplendent with its own hearse DJ booth and aerial rigging. While Junk Poet is a 50-seat theatre space built from repurposed fairground rides.
Highlights include the multi award winning and globally acclaimed Police Cops. They areoffering their infectious brand of comedy on Fri 5- Sun 7 May. This year’s show is an 80’s ‘low-fi sci-fi’ set in the most dangerous place on Earth…Space. After his father is killed by an evil robot, Sammy Johnson, the last Police Cop in the universe, blasts off in an unmanned escape pod. Now on a distant planet, he must team up with Alien fighter pilot Ranger and his trusty Cyborg C9 as they embark on an intergalactic adventure. They go across the galaxy to find Earth, avenge his father, and become the best damn Police Cop in space.
A stunning show telling the story of Ethiopian legend Deratru Tulu. Circus Abyssinia come to Caravanserai on Mon 22 – Weds 24, Fri 26 – Sun 28 & Tues 30 May – Sun 4 June. It features dazzling feats of speed and flight, rocking with the exuberant joy of its cast. This show covers the life of the famous long-distance runner, charting her rise from the humblest beginnings to become the first African woman to win Olympic gold. Circus Abyssinia aim to thrill and inspire. To celebrate the beauty and power of the imagination, and the real possibility that when we work together and fight for them, our dreams are for the taking.
A previous Brighton Fringe Award For Excellence winner,Mythos: Ragnarok heads on Caravanserai on Tues 23 – Weds 24 May & Fri 27 May – Fri 3 June. Created by Mythological Theatre, this is storytelling like you’ve never seen before. Gods, monsters and heroes from legend and folklore are brought to life. These are original stories based on traditional myths and tales. Witness mythology as it was meant to be experienced: live and evolving. The impact of live wrestling is combined with intensity of stage combat and stunt performance in a truly unique form of storytelling.
CREME DE LA CREME
Coming to Caravanserai on Mon 15 – Weds 17 & Sat 20 – Sun 21- May, Crème De La Crème is a fun and stunning variety show. It is filled with acrobats, traditional circus and cheeky bits of nudity. After their success at last year’s Brighton Fringe with their sell out show Railed, Head First Acrobats return with an incredible display of the hottest acts in this year’s festival with a variety night like no other. Expect world-class acrobatics from seasoned performers, great skits and physical comedy in this Raw and yet refined work.
It’s the Caravanserai Music Takeover on Thurs 11 – Sun 14 May.
This brings together the very best bands and musical artists from the festival circus, including several free events. Originally established at Camp Bestival in 2013, Caravanserai have played host to the very best festival talent over the years. Their pop-up at Brighton Fringe will be no different.
Expect the prodigious young talent of tuba player Theon Cross. Plus, some top-secret superstar DJs at The Rocking Horse rave. Make the most of free all day entertainment with Global Local, the people behind Shangri La Glastonbury and Continental Drifts, in the big top tent.
There’s also a special event from the infamous Drum ‘n’ Bass ‘n’ Brass mash-up band Carnival Collective. They bring you the best of what Brighton has to offer. Plus, festival favourites Slamboree are unleashing an evening of theatrics, up-and-coming talent, live music and performance art
Alongside the entertainment, there’ll also be a children’s area, bars and street food, and anyone can come onto the site for free to soak up the atmosphere.