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Saturday 03 February 2007

Tap Dogs: Grab Your Macs For The 'Spice Boys'

The Olivier award-winning Tap Dogs trotted into town and proved its cast were anything but 'dogs'.
'A High Voltage Tap Sensation!'

When six strapping blokes walked onto the stage it was a bit like seeing the Spice Boys - 'cheeky', "butch', "laidback,' "punky', "street-wise' and the "cool one'. Together the lads equalled pure and raw energy.

Tap Dogs is the brain child of Dein Perry, & his show has been touring worldwide to national acclaim with its impressive show of tight routines of sparkly tap infused with cheeky fun.

The designer and director of Tap Dogs, Nigel Triffit, is acknowledged as a leader in visual theatre, both in Australia and internationally.

Props - blowtorches to basket balls - ensure an enthralled audience as do a heap of rain macs worn by the front two rows. Go see for yourself the entertaining why.

An exciting explosion of ballsy beats, and a refreshing (especially for the mac wearers) take on an often forgotten dance form - Tap Dogs really is a must see whether you're a Fred Astaire fan or not.

For info on forthcoming Theatre Royal Brighton shows call the Box Office on 08700 606 650 - or visit for more details.

by: Monica Perdoni


Credit Tom Woollard

Two of the UK's most innovative theatre companies, Gecko and Mind the Gap, have announced a co-production called A Little Space, which will visit The Old Market in Brighton, this December.

Singing for his supper. Squeeze's lead singer Glenn Tilbrook tells us why on the band's latest tour - which visits The Brighton Centre in October-  they'll be raising money and awareness for The Trussell Trust, the anti-poverty charity and foodbank network.

This year is a landmark year for songwriter Richard Hawley. Not only has he released his eighth studio album, Further, but a musical based on a collection of his songs opens in his hometown of Sheffield. 

Jazz Re:Fest at Brighton Dome prides itself on giving a platform to some of the dopest live music around, especially showcasing emerging and underexposed talent – this year will be no exception. 

Barns Courtney had started his musical journey as part of indie bands, SleeperCell and Dive Bella Dive. He then toured as a singer/songwriter, opening for Libertine Carl Barat but paid the bills by working at PC World. 

This month, Damian Barr will bring his legendary Literary Salon to Theatre Royal Brighton for a third time, with guest authors Dustin Lance Black and Tracey Thorn, both of whom will read from their new memoirs.

This summer Theatre Royal Brighton will welcome attendees to the Age of Aquarius. It's 1967 and Hair's hippie 'tribe' youngsters in the East Village of New York are yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. 
Credit Andy Sturmey

The Futureheads, who played Concorde 2, Brighton, last month, are set to release Powers, their sixth studio album and their first electric guitar release in almost a decade.  

Featuring real CCTV footage embellished by director Brain Wash, Bastille's new video for the track Joy gives a humorous look at the things people do when they think no one's looking. 

Sussex-based Mark and Helen Johnson, the award-winning founders of Out of the Ark Music, have launched a new label aimed at encouraging families and communities to singing intergenerationally. 

Two shows starring Sean Lock and Henning Wehn are already sold out and tickets are selling fast to see the likes of Alan Davies, Sara Pascoe, Adam Hills, Nina Conti, Nish Kumar and David O'Doherty.

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