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Friday 12 May 2017

Brighton Fringe World Premiere: Camping Is All Fun & Games. Until Someone Dies!

When a group of students go camping, they're pretty sure that they're in for a nice, relaxing break. It's a camping trip, right, what could possible go wrong? But when Tom discovers Nick lying dead in the middle of the camp-site, the trip takes a turn that none of them could have expected.

This summer, Brighton Fringe will be the first of five locations to host the world-premiere of the Immersive-Lite genre – a style pioneered by BoxedIn Theatre Company that connects with audiences by bringing them right in to the world of a performance.

BoxedIn will be welcoming you on to to the camp site to scrutinise the way that gender and sexuality is constructed in their newest production - Wood. 

You'll join the group of six students on their ill-fated camping trip, and be whisked through their history to ultimately ask – how well can we ever really understand ourselves?

Oli Savage, Artistic Director of BoxedIn Theatre, said: "Immersive theatre is incredibly powerful – it creates engaging pieces of theatre by bringing audiences right in to the location where the story takes place, in a way that is both challenging and entertaining. Immersive-Lite takes this one step further by bringing that location to them.

"We realised early on that we"re discussing a lot of important issues with Wood, so we started asking "can we find a way to harness the power of this enchanting and unique genre while communicating with a wider group of people than usual?" 

"Someone had the idea of taking the show on tour, which seemed crazy at first, but the more we thought about it, the more it made sense. 

"So the "Immersive-Lite" style grew from that, and we've ended up with a show that can create deep and meaningful connections with a wide variety of audiences."

And if the first performance catches your interest, come back the next night for something completely different. 

The show will be alternating between straight and queer performances, with actors playing characters of their own gender one night, and playing across genders the next. 

Be treated to two completely different productions of the same show, and watch as the way that gender is performed every day is brought to light.

BoxedIn Theatre's Wood at New Steine Gardens, Brighton, from 22nd May – 4th June 2017. Free Admission. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley


This year marks a brand new chapter for English alternative rock band, Mallory Knox, as their latest single, Black Holes, is turning heads, with frontman Sam Douglas describing the new music as “terrifying and exciting” and “the most energised Mallory has ever written”. 

Carleen Anderson has been hailed by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as 'phenomenal and one of a kind' and now, for Brighton Fesival 20018, she's joining ranks with virtuoso pianist Nikki Yeoh, and Mercury Music Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle.

Brighton bound Catholic Action are a product of Glasgow's famously fertile music scene but have won fans across the UK thanks to a run of peerless pop tunes.

Roger Daltrey is set to release new solo album, As Long As I Have You, which features Pete Townshend's inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council).

RadioReverb, Brighton's not for profit radio station, will be Broadcast Media Partner for Brighton Festival 2018, following last year's partnership.

As part of World Poetry Day, the world's first and only mobile poetic first aid service will be open to everyone at Jubilee Square, Brighton, on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 11am – 4pm. 

Snow Patrol will return later this spring with Wildness, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. 

The sexual health and contraception (SHAC) team in Brighton will be using new visual aids to help overcome female patients' embarrassment and stigma about their bodies after receiving a donation from Brighton artist, Jamie McCartney.

“Sometimes you have to go to the edge of the world in order to come back again,” says Chris Difford on the rollercoaster ride his eventful life in the music business has provided.

Reef, the revitalised west-country quartet, have returned with Revelation, their first studio album since 2000's, Getaway.  
The Damned by Steve Gullick 2018

It's 2018 and the results of The Damned's collaboration with another legend from pop's golden age – Tony Visconti, is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public

Described as “the missing link between David Bowie and The Sex Pistols” Doctors of Madness exploded onto the music scene in 1975 with their theatrical, William Burroughs-inspired Sci-fi nightmare, they were misunderstood by many, but those who knew understood the importance of the band's dangerous, uncompromising approach to lyrics, to music and to performance.

In 2015 The Handsome Family became famous for providing the theme tune to Season 1 of HBO's hit TV drama series True Detective, introducing them to a whole new audience and a whole load of new fans. 
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Brighton Dome joins forces with Brighton Women's Centre and Brighton Museum to celebrate International Women's Day 2018. Enjoy stalls, talks, tasters and specially commissioned work reflecting on the issues raised throughout the day.

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