Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Wednesday 09 June 2021

Paradise Lost @ Brighton Dome: One-Man Show Takes Audience On An Eighty Minutes Journey Retelling The Creation Of Everything

Lost Dog's award-winning performance, Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) is to be revived and re-staged at Brighton Dome, on Saturday 26th June.
Credit Danilo Moroni

An adaptation of John Milton's epic 17th century poem, Paradise Lost, the one-man show is conceived, directed and performed by Laughton-based actor, dancer and Lost Dog founder, Ben Duke

Using theatre, comedy and physical movement, Duke takes the audience on a journey, re-telling the creation of everything but condensed into just 80 minutes. 

Beginning with Lucifer's rebellion and ending with Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) is for anyone who has ever created anything and then watched it spiral out of control.

Following a year of lockdown and being unable to perform publicly, Lost Dog have revived the concept to present a fresh take to audiences, as they safely return to theatres following the coronavirus pandemic.

Ben Duke explains more:

"As a Sussex-based company it's always a particular pleasure to perform in a local venue for local audiences. 

"We moved to Laughton 11 years ago into a housing community where there is space I can use for rehearsal. 

"That simple luxury changed my relationship to how I make work. 

"It allowed me to stop looking around at how everyone else was doing it and try and work out how I wanted to do it. 

"Both personally and professionally the move to Sussex was a huge turning point, it has shaped the work I make, how I live, and how I see the world.

"For me, 2020 was a time of panic and creative paralysis. I felt unsafe and it made me realise what a privileged position I normally occupy in order to have the head space for art. 

"It is a luxury and one that I took for granted before the lockdown. 

"In the name of 'coming back greener' I am offering not something new but something old. I am upcycling Paradise Lost… which involves getting rid of the cobwebs on the smoke machine and getting a new costume with a larger waist!"

Tickets £15 per person advance booking only, for households or bubbles of up to 4 people. Seating is socially distanced and available as cabaret style tables or in stalls. Book tickets at - 01273 709709 Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm

by: Mike Cobley


Credit Raving Beauties

Retain those carefree thoughts and long hot days of summer with the new golden sounds from long-time Brighton Magazine favourites, Raving Beauties.
Credit Graham Cameron

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, Brighton Dome employee Graham Cameron produced a series of striking illustrations detailing his experience of lockdown, the impact of Covid-19 on the arts and his time furloughed from work.

Rob Brydon has come to this interview directly from the photo shoot for his new live tour, A Night of Songs & Laughter, which visits Brighton Dome on Saturday 25 September. 

The Slow Readers Club, are back with their latest and most anthemic single yet, Tell No Lies; a synth-driven alternate anthem ready-made in time for the band's long anticipated – and three times rescheduled – UK Headline tour, which visits Chalk Brighton, next month. 

Fickle Friends, who are due to play a date in Brighton, next year, first established their reputation entirely independently, touring extensively throughout the UK and Europe before hitting the Top 10 with their major label debut album You Are Someone Else. 
Covers’ Help for Hospices returns with £30,000 fundraising target

After a break due to the pandemic, Covers Timber & Builders Merchants' successful fundraising initiative Help for Hospices will return to its Lewes and Burgess Hill depots from this week.

With entertainment back on its feet (fingers crossed there's no more lockdowns) local beer festival Oktoberfest Brighton is back and has an impressive lineup of acts throughout the four day event, located in the Big Top tent at The Level, Brighton.

Grab a brew and some good-for-dipping biscuits and listen to Peter Kay take a trip down memory lane, including his first-ever driving lesson, his childhood, the numerous jobs he held, right up until he found fame in the world of comedy.
Credit Joeseth Carter

A decade in the making, and sure as hell Royal Blood have made it .. big time! The English rock duo formed by Mike Kerr (vocals, bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums) in Brighton, are set to play the city's most iconic venue, and tickets are still available!
Credit: Roberta Parkin.Redferns GettyImages

Following the unveiling of the official trailer for the cinematic documentary Oasis Knebworth 1996, Oasis has revealed unseen footage of their performance of their single Live Forever from the record breaking shows. 

Ahead of their date at Chalk Brighton, alien ravers Henge are ready to launch the next episode of their unique and spectacular comic book series.
Credit Nobby-Clark

Inventive, witty and Noël Coward's own favourite play, Blithe Spirit is set to visit Harold Pinter Theatre this month, with comic actress, Jennifer Saunders staring as the eccentric clairvoyant Madame Arcati.

Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd