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.
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.
NATURE / FESTIVAL /INSTALLATION
THEATRE / FAMILY / FESTIVAL
APPLES AT THE SPIRE: 1030, 1230, 1430
Ideal for families with young children – a highly visual performance by Dutch duo Casier and Dies, with no words. ‘Enter a cosy yurt to discover an unusual apple tree and three crates that burst open with energetic kitchen tools and all kinds of wacky implements which come together to make delicious apple sauce.’ For event and venue details, click here.
THEATRE / FRINGE
CREATION SONG NORSE MYTHS STORYTELLING AT JUNKYARD DOGS: 1800-1900
The story of the Vanir tribe of Norse gods – and their influence on creation, told through ballad song, galdr chant and ancient Eddic poetry — and a ritual marriage. For event and venue details, click here.
MEETING AT 33 AT ST MARY’S CHURCH: 1600 AND 1730 (TWO PERFORMANCES)
A look at a subject which we sometimes hesitate to talk about – Alcoholics’ recovery. A performance created through anonymous interviews with addicts who have some remarkable stories to tell and a chance to think again about ‘the universal addictive tendencies which live within all of us.’ For event and venue details, click here.
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.
DOPPEL DIETRICH AT THE NEW STEINE HOTEL: 1730-1930
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
COMEDY / FRINGE
THE ROBOT VS THE HURICANE AT BRIGHTON ROCKS: 1800
Brighton Rocks serves some great cocktails, and you might well want to order one for this comedy cocktail featuring improviser ‘The Robot’ Nicholas Everritt and Pete ‘The Hurricane’ Nash. For details of the show and location, click here.
COMEDY / FRINGE
PALS AT THE BLACK DOVE: 1900-2000
The Black Dove holds regular stand-up sessions throughout the year. Tonight’s fringe show, Pals, features Simone Belshaw, finalist in last year’s South Coast Comedian competition and William Stone, a finalist in this year’s Max Turner competition. It’s an interactive show, ‘hosted by a phone’. For ticket and venue details, click here.