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Tuesday 15 October 2019

From Teenage Spies to Drag Queen Stories - Brighton Dome’s Family Friendly Events For Half Term

"Children are curious and accepting. Teaching them that "different" is not bad is key to the eradication of forms of hate, not just homophobia. The question I often get asked is: "Are you a boy or a girl?". The answer I give is, "I am whatever you want me to be!" According to one boy, I'm now a unicorn."

Credit Philippa Barr

So says Drag Queen Aida H Dee who will bring her unique style of storytelling to Brighton Dome, where, in a safe space children, teachers, carers and parents can encounter LGBTQ+ representation in a fun and educational way. 

Audience members are encouraged to present and dress as they wish in this inclusive, family-friendly event.

Maybe dive head-first into the world of teen-spy Alex Rider with author Anthony Horowitz; fairy tales come to life at Drag Queen Story Time and discover the beauty of dance through contemporary ballet Giselle.

Fans of Alex Rider can join best-selling author Anthony Horowitz as he shares what inspired him to write the famous undercover character. 

The successful series of books and graphic novels was adapted into a film in 2006 and is about to come to TV screens soon. 

Horowitz has written over forty books and is one of the UK's most prolific writers.  

At Brighton Dome he will be in conversation with Brighton-based author Elly Griffiths, reading excerpts from Alex Rider: Secret Weapons and signing copies of the book. 

Following a successful run at Sadler's Wells, acclaimed South African choreographer and dancer, Dada Masilo presents her fearless re-imagining of the iconic tale Giselle

Suitable for children aged twelve and above, the energetic performance follows the story of a young girl dealing with romantic heartbreak. 

Masilo brings a modern interpretation that combines ballet with both contemporary and traditional African dance styles.

 Budding dancers aged sixteen plus, with some experience of performing, are being given the unique opportunity to learn from Dada Masilo's dance company. 

Members of The Dance Factory Johannesburg will teach a class in Masilo's style. Participants will also get a special discount on tickets to the show.

Show Details:

Anthony Horowitz
Sun 27 Oct, 11.30am
Ages 8–12

Drag Queen Story Time
Tue 29 Oct, 11am and 2pm
£7, £5 child and concessions £22 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children)
Age 3–7

Dada Masilo's Giselle
Tue 29 Oct and Wed 30 Oct, 7.30pm
£10, £15, £20, £25
Age 12+

Dada Masilo Dance Workshop
Wed 30 Oct, 12.30-2pm
Age 16+
Dance experience required

Ticket Office - 01273 709709 |

by: Mike Cobley


After attending WWE Live at the Brighton Centre, earlier this week, Dave Cobley felt it was the perfect time to not only focus on how far the company, and the business as a whole, has come, but also to look at how little has changed.

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Following a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run, award-winning comedian Sarah Keyworth brings her new show, Pacific, to Komedia Brighton, next February. 

Sam Fender, who plays Brighton Dome later this month, recently released Will We Talk?, the final single from his debut album. 
Credit Hugo Glendinning

The first show announced for Brighton Festival 2020 is Double Murder, a two-part contemporary dance for our times, led by the multi-talented choreographer Hofesh Shechter OBE and performed by ten of his inimitable dancers, accompanied by the sounds of a Shechter-composed score. 

Following the release of his seventh studio album Up On High, Vetiver is heading out to Brighton, next month. In something of a rarity, the upcoming date (part of a UK tour) will see Andy Cabic taking to the stage without the accompaniment of his backing band.

Recently Jason Donovan talked candidly to The Brighton Magazine about his first steps in the role of producer, when the new production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert visits Theatre Royal Brighton, later this year. And now Joe McFadden opens up about about starring in the iconic production .. 

RadioReverb is appealing for community groups and charities in Brighton & Hove to nominate themselves as the radio station's Charity of the Year.

"Our last gig of the world tour was September 2018, in Brooklyn - I was done, had written no songs, nothing new, I thought I felt like quitting for a while," says Stereophonics frontman, Kelly Jones.

The Brighton Magazine is excited to bring you an interview with Brighton-based Maisie Adam, who is widely acknowledged as one of stand-up comedy's rising stars.

Brighton-based musician, promoter and studio owner, Stuart Avis, recently sat down with Steve Hackett - ahead of his date at Brighton Dome - who, as one fifth of Genesis during their 1970's prime prog phase, has gone on to build himself a reputation as one of rock's leading and most innovative guitarists. 

Calexico and Iron & Wine first made an artistic connection with In the Reins, the 2005 EP that brought Sam Beam, Joey Burns and John Convertino together. 

Lemon Jelly producer Fred Deakin's The Lasters is an ambitious new solo project inspired by classic concept albums like The Who's Quadrophenia and Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds.

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