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A follow up to Sue MacLaine's award winning work Can I Start Again Please, Vessel takes inspiration from the remarkable history of Anchoritism to ask if voluntary solitude could ever be defined as a political act. 

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter, based on their critically acclaimed original BBC Radio 4 drama of the same name.

Actor and comedian Chris Addison will present La traviata: Behind the Curtain for Glyndebourne Tour 2018.

Gavin & Stacey star, Mathew Horne, takes time out to answer questions ahead of his appearance in the forthcoming Bill Kenwright production of Rain Man, at Theatre Royal Brighton. 

She's been called 'The Joan Rivers of the Drag World', and when it comes to snarky frankness, impeccable comedic timing, and politically incorrect humour, American born Bianca Del Rio has it all. But could she win over a packed house at The Brighton Centre? We sent along Stephanie Keane to find out ....

For too long festivals have been too male and now Byline Festival is doing something beyond the usual rhetoric….
Credit Carys Lavin

After receiving its UK premiere at Brighton Festival 2018, Creation (Pictures for Dorian) ran at Southbank Centre as part of LIFT festival, resulting in a nomination for the TBC Award (for productions that defy traditional categories) in The Off West End Theatre Awards.


The UK's first ever interactive film event, an opportunity to walk a mile in someone else's shoes or to fly in a virtual reality world, and a marathon performance of remembered dances are all part of a packed autumn season at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton.  
Photo by Mark Douet

An obsession with the film 'The Shining' was the inspiration behind David Walliams Awful Auntie, which is coming to Theatre Royal Brighton.
Pic by Jade Mainade

British/German arts collective Gob Squad have performed all over the world for a quarter of a century. Now, they are are at Brighton Festival with a brand-new show, Creation (Pictures for Dorian) where they will be joined onstage by six local Brighton-based performers.

Sometimes it's good to be challenged, to be mystified by unfolding events, to be totally flummoxed by the juxtaposition of what's being revealed. But other times it's best to admit defeat and realise there is no mystery, just bitter disappointment.

From an angel and a tennis player to a joyfully paint-splashed lady, Hangleton and East Brighton residents have been creating life-size 'avatars': colourfully painted, cut-out figures that explore who they are or who they would like to be for a Brighton Festival project called Looking Through Each Other's Eyes.

John Finnemore has followed a well worn path and is pretty much your definitive BBC Radio 4 comedian; studied English at Cambridge University and cut his teeth in the Cambridge footlights rising to become its vice president in his final year. After graduating, he performed in Sensible Haircut with the Footlights team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000.

My first visit to The Spire. As you may have guessed from the name it was once a church (St Mark's Chapel, in East Brighton). This one has been converted to an arts venue. It still looks very much like a church though, just missing the pews and altar etc and of course, it has a stage… and wonderfully, and at least on this night, a foyer with seating and a bar.

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