SATURDAY 2/6

ARTISTS’ OPEN HOUSES

THE AOH KEMPTOWN TRAIL: (OPENING TIMES VARY)

Brighton’s Artists’ Open Houses is a wonderful annual event where artists display their works in private houses, small galleries and other, more unexpected locations. It’s well established in Kemptown, with 21 venues this year. There is a ‘Kemptown Trail’ stretching and criss-crossing Kemptown and Queens Park from St James St to the Marina. What better way to enjoy the artistic atmosphere which takes hold of Brighton in May? For details of the Kemptown Trail, and venue opening times click here.

LANGUAGE LEARNING / BREAKFAST

RENDEZ-VOUS PETIT DEJEUNER AT CUP OF JOE: 0900-1100

Would you like to improve or resurrect your french? Native french speaker Fabrice Camus hosts this french-speaking group every two weeks over a much-acclaimed breakfast in the friendly environment of Cup of Joe cafe.  He also holds a weekly evening group across the street at The Barley Mow. Allons! Parlons! For venue details, click here.  To book a place, contact Fabrice on 07704 188055

SPORT

SATURDAY PING PONG : ALL COMERS, ALL AGES AT BRIGHTON TABLE TENNIS CLUB: 1400

Now 11 years old, BTTC has long been a remarkable phenomenon of which Brighton can be truly proud. Friendly, welcoming, inclusive and expert, it brings the fun of Table Tennis to people of all ages and abilities. This afternoon everyone is welcome at their freshly renovated premises in Kemptown to play. For venue details, click here.

Entry: £4

DRAMA / ACTING / KIDS

YOUNG ACTORS GROUP AT DORSET GARDENS METHODIST CHURCH : 1300, 1505, 1715 

Weekly drama classes, run by theatre professionals, for young people aged between 8 and 19. The Young Actors Group runs a number of schools across the southeast and has won an award for Best Young Production the Brighton Fringe. They also run a talent agency which has placed young talent in films, TV series, commercials and West End shows. Class members get a chance to write and direct their own material — and to take part in a theatre performance at Easter. The session for Juniors (8-11 years) is 1300-1500, for Seniors (12-15 years) is 1505-1705 and Advanced (16-19 years) is 1715-1915. YAG also runs classes at nearby St Mary’s Church on Thursday evenings. For more information see the YAG website or contact info@theyoungactorsgroup.com. For venue details, click here. 

DRAMA / ACTING / KIDS

DRAMA CLASSES AT ACT KIDS THEATRE: 0930, 1030, 1230, 1600

Not far from the classes mentioned above, the long established ACT at the Lantern Theatre at 8-10 Rock Place also holds Saturday acting classes for kids aged from 6 to late teens. For details of times and prices, see the AKT website by clicking here. 

BAR / COCKTAILS / FRINGE

THE SPIRE FESTIVAL BAR AT THE SPIRE: 1800 (ALL WEEKEND)

The Spire is a magical arts space in the former St Marks Chapel on Eastern Road — very close to Marmalade. As well as being a venue for performances during the Fringe/Festival, it has also transformed itself into an atmospheric bar, with the promise of ‘unusual art, curious performance and live music’at 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For details, click here.

Entry: free

THEATRE/FRINGE

CANDIDE AT MONTAGUE STUDIOS: 1900-2035

Candide believes that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. But this is put to the test in a story which travels across time and location. A production by the excellent drama department at nearby Brighton College, staged in a versatile converted former church. For event and venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £14 / £7.50

THEATRE / FRINGE

ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS AT THE LANTERN THEATRE: 1930-2100

A dramatic performance, inspired by the AIDS memorial quilt. ‘A series of heart-rending monologues and songs representing the stories of 30 individuals from all walks of life including those who contracted the virus from various sources and also of friends and family members dealing with the loss, told in free verse with a blues, jazz and rock score.’ For event and venue details, click here.

Tickets: £10

VISUAL ART / FRINGE

MUSEUM OF ORDINARY PEOPLE AT THE SPIRE: 1100-1900

An interesting idea: a temporary museum (in an atmospheric former church) of new exhibitions celebrating ‘the ripples that ordinary people leave behind.’ it includes, for example, an archive of possessions of a Brighton woman who lived during the 70s. Curators are theatre maker Jolie Booth and artist Lucy Malone. For venue and event details, click here.

Entry : free (donations)

KIDS / FAMILIES / COMEDY / FRINGE

BE ORIGINAL ! WITH LORRAINE BOWEN AT THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE: 1430-1530

If you watch Britain’s Got Talent, you may remember Lorraine Bowen, with her ironing board piano and her ‘Crumble’ song which won the heart of David Walliams (There’s a reminder here). Today she brings along her unique portfolio of songs, games and creative challenges for kids aged 6-11. For venue and event details, click here.

Tickets: £9.50 / £7.50

CABARET / FRINGE

DOPPEL DIETRICH AT THE NEW STEINE HOTEL: 2030-2200

Patricia Hartshorne transforms herself into the iconic Marlene Dietrich – ‘the woman who answered to nobody – not even Adolf Hitler!’ For ticket and venue details, click here

Tickets: £10

CABARET / FRINGE

A MUSICAL HISTORY OF 24 GEORGE ST AT BOM-BANE’S: 1900-2130

Trace an imagined history of those who have inhabited what is now Bom-Bane’s cafe at 24 George St from  400 to the present day Bom-Bane’s, all with a delicious home-cooked dinner. For event and venue details, click here.

Tickets: £25 / £12.50

COMEDY / FRINGE

GOOD KIDS: BLANK CANVAS AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 1830-1925

Good Kids describe themselves as ‘Cult sketch-comedy cowboys’. For event and venue details, click here.

Entry: free

COMEDY/ FRINGE

TOM WARD WORK IN PROGRESS AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 2130-2230

Award-winning comic Tom Ward is ‘looking for immortality through comedy, sex, love and not thinking.’ For event and venue details, click here.

Entry: free

COMEDY / FRINGE

SLIPSKIN AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 2000-2100

Join comic Sami Stone who ‘re-imagines moments in our lives where there are no words to describe, by borrowing from other cultures and creating new ones.’ You are advised to bring love, hope … and a dictionary. For event and venue details, click here.

Tickets: Free

COMEDY / FRINGE

MICHAEL MOONEY : WAVE MACHINE AT THE BROADWAY LOUNGE: 2100-2200

Explore Brighton life with Glaswegian-turned-Brighton resident Michael Mooney in an hour of straight-talking stand-up. For venue and event details, click here. 

Tickets: Free

COMEDY/FRINGE

NEIL O’ROURKE & PATRICK SPICER: COOL DUDE ISLAND AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 1500-1600

Acclaimed comic talent Neil O’Rourke (Irish Comedian of the Year 2017 Finalist) and Patrick Spicer (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018 Nominee) are the (p)residents of the coolest island off the coast of Brighton: Cool Dude Island. For more details of the show and venue, click here.

Entry: free