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9:30am Thursday 17th April 2014
The Pantaloons Theatre Company presented Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Victorian detective as we have never seen him before in their unique production of Sherlock Holmes at the Devonshire Park Theatre.
12:35pm Tuesday 15th April 2014
This was a gig of two equally magnificent halves. To emphasise the fairytale/mystical theme of the first section – much of it from her just-turned-silver album Wanderlust – Sophie wore a red Gretel-inspired dress. From the music-box like flurries in When The Storm Has Blown Over, to the touching Young Blood, the upbeat The Deer And The Wolf and the shouty 13 Little Dolls, Sophie delivered variety in volumes.
12:31pm Tuesday 15th April 2014
When Sunn 0))) frontman Stephen O’Malley last played Brighton, his seminal drone act turned the Coalition into a malign cave of quadrophonic heaviness. This solo show lacked those theatrics but retained the depth and majesty of the band’s sound.
12:29pm Tuesday 15th April 2014
Bright acoustics filled All Saints Church as the Philadelphian’s intimate solo performance made for a relaxing evening. Anyone hoping for a beer-chugging mosh pit would have left disappointed as the audience sat courteously in the pews. A spotlight shone down on a casual-looking chair placed on the stage in front of the altar. A personal feel seemed key to the show.
12:27pm Tuesday 15th April 2014
12:25pm Tuesday 15th April 2014
9:35am Tuesday 15th April 2014
9:29am Tuesday 15th April 2014
On Saturday night in the dark little box that is Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, the sexiest thing that’s ever happened to Brighton occurred, courtesy of reigning monarch of sinister post-modern cinema, David Lynch.
10:35am Monday 14th April 2014
Spread over two days, with the Friday aimed at industry insiders and the Saturday aimed at a more general consumer market, the inaugural Brighton Music Conference offered a huge range of talks and demonstrations.
10:33am Monday 14th April 2014
Forget the superheroes currently lining up at your local multiplex cinema, Friday night was an opportunity to see a diverse collection of super-humans defy the odds and perform death-defying feats for real.
4:30pm Thursday 10th April 2014
There was always a pleasingly melancholic edge to even the jauntiest Lloyd Cole And The Commotions track, despite the youth of the band, which was probably why their seminal debut album Rattlesnakes became the suede and corduroy-tinged soundtrack of 1980s student-dom.
4:28pm Thursday 10th April 2014
Manic Street Preachers were supposed to be the anti-establishment men who self-destructed. But playing old anthems to half-empty arenas in front of pictures of their younger selves felt like the act of a band who’ve turned into everything they used to hate.
3:51pm Thursday 10th April 2014
3:49pm Thursday 10th April 2014
“Good mornin’, good mornin’!” Chances are you’ll know the opening lines of the song Good Morning even if you don’t quite know why – such is the legacy of the 1952 Hollywood blockbuster Singin’ In The Rain.
11:31am Wednesday 9th April 2014
This latest stage version of a classic screen musical is a riot of colour with spectacular dance routines, combining grace with athletic exuberance. The show is full of songs – film familiars augmented by new ones.
12:32pm Tuesday 8th April 2014
2:16pm Monday 7th April 2014
2:12pm Monday 7th April 2014
12:05pm Monday 7th April 2014
The Connaught’s new children’s programme has been largely sold out over the past few months, but Sunday’s The Tin Soldier wasn’t. An inexplicable turn of events, since Storybox Theatre’s telling of the Hans Christian Anderson tale was the stand-out performance of an altogether excellent series of plays.
12:03pm Monday 7th April 2014
Scottee’s Hamburger Queen is a bold theatrical experience slash beauty pageant; a world in which normality is cheekily reversed and drag queen make-up is de rigour. The Marlborough Theatre threw open its doors to an enthusiastic audience who watched three contestants battle for a place in the Hamburger Queen final. The twist is that these ladies are fat and we were all there to celebrate their non-traditional beauty.
9:42am Saturday 5th April 2014
5:05pm Friday 4th April 2014
5:03pm Friday 4th April 2014
In Shakespeare’s original version the story of Petruchio’s “taming” of his shrew, Katharina, was presented by way of metatheatre; a play within a play. It was thought this might be Shakespeare’s way of distancing himself from the misogynistic overtones, sexist even by Elizabethan standards.
4:45pm Friday 4th April 2014
Love is a catastrophe, says Michel to Alexei in the last act of Turgenev’s A Month In The Country, at the end of which you believe him. On stage are thwarted, undeclared or unconsummated passions for married mothers, young tutors, innocent girls, family friends or servant girls: escape is only possible through mariage de convenance, or a train to Moscow. Happiness is not on offer. It’s a challenging play for young actors: plot as character develops as slowly as Turgenev’s own ‘lace from knots’, with only the merest of gestures for Natalya to demonstrate passive, Russian fatalism. But this allowed time for growing confidence – there was an early tendency to rush.
4:42pm Friday 4th April 2014
It was good to see the resurrection of Young Wick after a period of dormancy. Their choice of play was an interesting one that involved two time zones, with present day children shooting a film of a local legend from four centuries earlier. The action crisscrossed with the enactment of that legend, involving a girl thought to be a witch and the persecution from her peers.
4:39pm Friday 4th April 2014
1:16pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014
1:21pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014
The love between Abelard, a 12th-century philosopher and teacher, and his pupil Heloise is regarded as one of the greatest love stories. With them, the meeting of their minds matched the intensity of the meeting of their bodies.
1:19pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014
10:01am Tuesday 1st April 2014
3:03pm Monday 31st March 2014
3:00pm Monday 31st March 2014
2:59pm Monday 31st March 2014
The 89th season of Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra has been a tough one, with a lack of funding threatening their future. So it was to much applause that the Orchestra’s musical director, Barry Wordsworth, confirmed that the next season will definitely be going ahead.
2:55pm Monday 31st March 2014
Seattle’s all-girl four-piece La Luz played their first UK gig at the Green Door Store on Sunday and, as the venue slowly filled out, their confidence – at first perhaps knocked by sound issues and feedback – grew palpably.
2:54pm Monday 31st March 2014
2:51pm Monday 31st March 2014
Sticky Mike’s got a great Frog Bar and on Sunday night it became a hotbed of ecstasy as Long Beach, California’s exuberant hip-hop exports Ugly Duckling performed the final UK gig of their current tour.
2:49pm Monday 31st March 2014
2:47pm Monday 31st March 2014
There was something a little too studied, and perhaps pre-planned, about Dark Horses’s show on Saturday. It took the best bits of 1970s New York, UK punk, repetition from the likes of Clinic and even a smidgen of Garbage, then mixed them up, but sadly came out the other end with something a tad dull.
2:45pm Monday 31st March 2014
For Their Own Good by Untied Artists was a direct piece of verbatim theatre using puppetry to tell stories of death through the eyes of two knackermen. Pulling together threads of tales told by people who are close to death every day, For Their Own Good highlighted the necessity to talk about this difficult subject matter and to make plans with your loved ones for the inevitable.
2:24pm Monday 31st March 2014
3:26pm Friday 28th March 2014
3:11pm Thursday 27th March 2014
3:09pm Thursday 27th March 2014
11:38am Wednesday 26th March 2014
The sense of adulation that welcomed Katy B on stage last night was palpable. Club queen 24-year-old Kathleen Anne Brien didn't hang about, launching straight into some of her biggest hits, including Crying For No Reason, Easy Please Me and Aliyah.
11:36am Wednesday 26th March 2014
11:33am Wednesday 26th March 2014
In Komedia’s laidback underground North Lanes lair, tables on the stage were covered in toys. A child’s Speak & Spell, modified stylophones, a Barbie strapped to a sitar and a biscuit tin, just a few of the curios on display, were a colourful aesthetic introduction to the Conspirators of Pleasure.
11:31am Wednesday 26th March 2014
On their last visit to Brighton, Rough Trade-signed Howler appeared to be admired exclusively by discerning, vinyl-clinching types of an age several years their senior. Nearly 18 months on, their demographic appears to have altered dramatically – tunnelled close enough to the stage to make crowd-surfing mandatory, the fans who crammed in to hear much of new album World Of Joy resembled the younger siblings of a quartet barely old enough to drink in their native Minnesota.
12:22pm Tuesday 25th March 2014
There is no doubting Russell Howard can work a crowd. The 33-year-old has been a familiar face on our TV screens for years and the fact he’s embarking on a multi-stop national tour suggests he is doing something right.
1:58pm Monday 24th March 2014
1:56pm Monday 24th March 2014
The public’s affection for Jane Austen is far greater in proportion to the small number of books she was able to write before her untimely death. The quality of the writing has ensured her immortality.
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